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  • ddt 19.04 on April 13, 2018  

    Soon, on EBAY

    Ddong Today lays down its hard coinage to bet these (and knockoffs purporting to be legit) start popping up on EBAY and other choice auction sites with opening bids at $10. They look like black lacquered versions of Cooperstown souvenir bats. A “baby’s first Christmas” bat will bleed you $40, but the Pennsylvania school district got generic “active shooter” situational crime stopper bats for a mere $3 each. This is a clear case of:

      1. collect underpants
      2. ???
      3. profit

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  • ddt 23.35 on April 11, 2018  

    Zck Doesn’t Give a Fck

    The tweet is here.

    The most obnoxious thing about this tweet is here. Read it. It’s an excellent piece entitled: “WHY ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK”.

    The answer is simple: Mark Zuckerburg is a misanthrope. He does not care about anyone. Worse, he is a sociopathic misanthrope, he doesn’t care about anyone, yet he spends time and effort pretending like he does to get other people to relax and keep thrusting themselves into the passive-aggressive shart known as Facebook. Most people do this to get rich, but Zuck has already bought and sold 2 billion people. 2,000,000,000,000. Twelve zeroes. 2/7 of the population on the planet.  

    By now, it ought to be plain … to everyone, that Facebook’s 2 billion-plus users are surveilled and profiled, that their attention is then sold to advertisers and, it seems, practically anyone else who will pay Facebook—including unsavory dictators like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. That is Facebook’s business model. 

    The only happy ending to Facebook is the one where Zuck goes to prison and his company is dissolved and its data destroyed. And … it will never happen. 


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  • ddt 19.59 on March 6, 2018  

    “It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,”

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier

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  • ddt 19.54 on March 2, 2018  

    BOKFAOCE = Exercises in Insular Stupidity

    Potato Patato. You ‘need’ an AR-15 like We ‘need’ anthrax … hobbies and shit. There are millions upon millions of people in the US who don’t feel compelled to own an AR-15 or any other gun and there’s nothing wrong with that. ‘need’ isn’t a right, but that’s how the most irresponsible gun owners approach a potential ban on AR-15. The right to buy, the right to own, the right to look at, are the same as the right to sit in any section of the bus … No. Those things are not synonymous. Anyone attempting to equate these things as the same, liking a Facebook post with this meme, commenting (full-duplex) ignorance that “cool kids sit in the back”, is demonstrating a severe disconnect with society, critical thinking, and rational thought.

    This should be part of the measure to weed out the crazies. And the dotards. If you’re not smart enough to explain why you ‘need’ an AR-15, you have no fucking business owning one. The same should be true for other things like: we ‘need’ anthrax.

    This meme is so outlandish and irrational that it was mostly likely made by a bot or a Putin/Trump/4Chan troll. Or Death just got tired of helping stupids over the terminator all goddamned day.


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  • ddt 00.02 on March 2, 2018  

    Basic Ignorance of What Your Company Does, Exhibit FU

    Our basic stance is this: if you own a company that traffics tech, then you should be held accountable when the tech is mishandled. So if you are Yahoo and your shite security practices allow one billion accounts to be compromised, you, the CEO and CTO should be held accountable. Personally. How? We like the China solution. Take the CEO and CTO out back and leave’em in front of a firing squad. Same applies here: 23,000 HTTPS certificates axed after CEO emails private keys.

    This crap will only keep happening because the CEO and CTO make decisions based on money and less on security. It might take a dozen or so dead corpocrats, but then suddenly this epic, multiple industry affecting, millions-of-people-burned stuff would stop happening. It’d be like baby Jesus coming around for 2019 Christmas with free home fusion reactors and holodecks for everyone.


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  • ddt 11.17 on March 1, 2018  

    Facebook Friendly, Facebook Protect You

    Only Facebook, ever the conflicted conundrum of “How do we make suckle more money out of people and also make them never leave?”, trusting itself to algorithms, allows a juxtaposition such as above. This is a company that walks backward over itself to excuse hate speech, revenge posts, and silos everyone into clusters of like-minds. Today’s algorithm decided that the attempted assassination of a president too graphic for my view. It’s our own post. We put it on our wall ourselves. We don’t need protection from ourselves, Facebook. You’re not our fucking mom. This image is no less or more violent than Jedi Cats


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  • ddt 00.09 on June 6, 2017  

    South Korea Bans Reddiwip

    Ah, nitrous oxide, the drug of choice for 10-12 year old skater boys in Eugene, Oregon circa the 1990s is the hot “new” and legal drug of SoKo’s wanton youth. There’s nothing like being out with your wingman an egging him on to huff a balloon of laughing gas before going to a bar to giggle in the corner. When Soko eventually regulates it, those pesky youths will do what every desperate American teen punk does:

    go to the fooking supermarket and buy a can of Reddiwip and take nitro hits off of that (and spill the cream on their clothing, aka “mark of the whippet”, aka “cum stain”)

    This summer will see gals and guys in fits of sniggery rolling on the floor at every quickie mart near you. “What’s the joke?” Easy, you can punch a woman to death and only get three years in the clink, but if you confront the teacher who raped your daughter and then stab him to death, you’re going to do ten years of hard time

    Lee told authorities that his live-in girlfriend expressed interest one night in September 2012 in meeting a man that patronized a bar run by Lee. He said he was already angry at the fact that she had introduced herself to the man at the bar earlier in the evening as a “friend” of Lee’s rather than his “girlfriend.”

    Lee then punched her face four times while she was lying down at their home in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong, police said, and she died on the spot.

    Lee buried her body in a local field, and police were able to track him down last year. The prosecution sought a 12-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a body.

    the mother, was sentenced to 10 years for killing a 51-year-old teacher at her daughter’s high school in February after her daughter told her she had been raped by the man. She reported herself to police about an hour after she stabbed him at a cafe in Cheongju, North Chungcheong.

    Kim had told the court she killed the man accidentally, but the court argued Kim had planned the murder by “sending a text message to a relative suggesting she was planning to kill the teacher, and preparing a weapon in advance to meeting the teacher,” adding that “revenge murder calls for a heavy sentence.”

    Pass the Reddiwip. 

    –header image source: Steve.So.Fine (Flickr)


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  • ddt 19.58 on May 19, 2017  

    Suck it, America

    Ha-ha. Suck it, America. You lose your net neutrality. All your internetz belong to … not you! Your internetz belong to corporations. YOU belong to corporations, but only corporations get rich. You pick good president. He make America great again by making his friends rich(er) again(er). Get ready to pay for your video streaming, torrenting, podcasting, porn mongering, and innovating. It will be cheaper again to take your family of eight to the movie theater and buy three jumbo popcorns. It will be cheaper to pocket-wank during your lap dance. It will be cheaper to let Russia and North Korea “innovate” for you. But this is okay because your internetz already suck. Now it will suck more than most of the OECD. Booya! $25 a month for a 100Mb fiber optic connect is farther into the realm of pure fantasy than it ever has been for you! 

    What happens next? Again, net neutrality isn’t technically dead yet. There will be another vote later this year, followed by inevitable lawsuits — which supporters have a good chance of winning.

    Don’t worry, if you live in Silicon Valley or in a Trump building, your internetz will probably be just fine. Facebook and fake news will always be free. (heart) America, fuck yeah! Corporate America, fuck yeah! Corporamerica, fuck yeah. Corporations, fuck yeah! 


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  • milwaukiedave 15.00 on March 30, 2017  

    Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: A Healthcare Saga

    Back in 2009, then President Barack Obama proposed and Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On the seventh anniversary of its passing, the Republicans in Congress are still trying to repeal the ACA having attempted more than 50 times. The Republicans latest attempt was the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA would have repealed parts of the ACA that were part of the federal budget including the individual and employee mandates, changes to Medicaid, and the repeal of taxes on Cadillac policies and medical equipment.

    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the number of people with health insurance would be reduced by 24 million over the next nine years with a savings of $150 billion over a decade. Insurance premiums would go up, but would supposedly be offset by grants by 2020. Insurance companies could charge as much as five times more for premiums for older people than younger ones.

    The good news is the expenditures for Social Security would decrease $3 billion from 2017-2026 due to early death. Even better news, Planned Parenthood would get less for birth control, so that means teen pregnancy would be on the rise. Less old people and more out-of-wedlock pregnancies is what the AHCA would bring us.

    Thankfully for now the Republicans have failed miserably. Republicans can’t manage to get the votes in the House. The Senate would be just as difficult.

    At least three presidents in modern history have now staked their legacy on healthcare at the beginning of their administrations (Clinton, Obama, and Trump). Of the three, only President Obama was able to pass a bill a healthcare. Why is this?  The answer is politicians are making it too complicated.

    The problem could be summed up in two words: universal healthcare

    Go ahead and scream “socialism”! Make broad-brush comparisons to Europe where people are taxed heavily. Are you done? Then let’s look at the facts.

    Twenty-four countries have universal healthcare around the world. Which countries are they? (hint: they are not all in Europe)

    Besides Canada and most of Europe, other countries that have universal healthcare include Israel, Chile, Turkey, Australia, Japan and South Korea. Well these all must be socialist countries as well right? Wrong. In fact none of the countries listed are socialist, they instead treat healthcare as a human right instead of a privilege.

    In South Korea for instance, the premium is shared 6.12% of the employee’s gross earnings shared between the employee and employer. If you are self-employed or unemployed you can purchase health insurance. The elderly are provided insurance by the government at a reduced rate or at no cost of they are indigent. A person can walk into a doctor’s office or hospital and get seen whenever they need to. 

    The United States has a population of over 300 million people and many of them could now afford healthcare before the ACA. While the ACA is not perfect, we need to continue to push to reform it and eventually turn it into a universal healthcare system where no one is turned away from a hospital and no one has to go bankrupt to get medical care.

    Update: HR 676 has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would give Medicare to all. Currently 116 Democrats are not co-sponsoring the bill. If one of your representatives is on the list please call them.


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  • milwaukiedave 18.53 on March 26, 2017  

    Trump Supporter’s Husband Deported

    File this under things that make you go “hmm…”.

    The Huffington Post Reports that Roberto Beristain is being deported after being in the United States for almost 20 years from Mexico City. He owns a restaurant and has a wife and four daughters. Roberto’s wife, Helen, is a Donald Trump supporter. Helen agrees with Trump’s stance on immigration, but doesn’t understand why her husband is being deported.

    A little bit of background on the reason for the deportation. In 2000, the couple was on their way to Niagara Falls and went the wrong direction ending up in Canada. When they came back across the border Roberto was detained and he was told he had 30 days to leave the country. He chose not to and was given a waiver and told if he worked and did not have a run in with the law that he could stay.

    Obviously under Presidents Bush and Obama there was not a big push to deport those who had not committed a crime. Enter Donald Trump. Right from the start he promised that he would deport anyone who was not in the country legally. At a rally where he announced he would run for president, Trump stated:

    When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

    Trump made it abundantly clear from his statements that any immigrants that did not have the proper paperwork would be thrown out of the country. There was no ambiguity about it. A vote for Trump was a vote for mass deportation. Yet Helen Beristain still voted for Trump and professes to agree with his stance. This makes no sense at all. Are people really dumb enough to vote against their own best interest? Obviously, yes they are. Now we can begin to see why Trump won the election and why many of his supporters are not happy.

    Now the family has to pay the piper. You get what you deserve.

    Here is a clip of his exact words:


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  • milwaukiedave 23.59 on March 25, 2017  

    The Church and Politics

    According to the NY Times, Donald Trump has said he wants to fulfill a campaign promise to “destroy” the Johnson Amendment and intends to sign a bill repealing it. Now if you don’t know what the Johnson Amendment is, don’t feel bad, neither did I. The amendment that was passed by a Republican Congress in 1954 and signed by President Eisenhower prohibits any tax-exempt entity from either directly or indirectly participating in any political campaigning. If a tax-exempt organization engages in political activity, they risk losing their tax-exempt status. Some examples of tax-exempt organizations are churches or charitable organizations.

    Why is Trump so hell bent on repealing the Johnson Amendment? According to NPR the repeal is about more than just “free speech” for churches and pastors, it is also about money. If the law is overturned the churches could give tax-free donations to a political candidate or campaign. This would allow religious organizations to become a source of money in politics. Which side would this favor? The Republicans OF COURSE (channeling Cenk Uygar). Large churches like the Church of Latter Day Saints and the Catholic Church could give money hand over fist to help elect a political candidate or push their own agenda.

    Yet once again public opinion is not on Trump’s side. A poll by Public Religion Research (PRRI) showed that 71% of Americans opposed allowing churches and places of worship to endorse political candidates while keeping their tax-exempt status. Even more damaging the same PRRI poll showed that 56% of white evangelical Protestants and 63% of Republicans oppose this.

    Is the Johnson Amendment enforced? The answer is no. The most common example of the lack of enforcement of the law is Measure 8 (the anti-gay marriage amendment) in California which passed in 2008 by about 400,000 votes. According to the Huffington Post, the Mormons fessed up in a filing to the California Secretary of State to spending $189,903.58 to help pass Measure 8. Yet no action was taken by the IRS. The threat of action up until now has for the most part stopped churches from participating in political activities.

    If passed, the repeal could open the door to allow churches to help fund Republican candidates and causes. What causes would churches help fund? The causes would be anti-woman, anti-choice, pro-gun, pro-charter schools, anti-science (there goes global warming) etc., etc. What is the worst part? Churches could help fund measures to bring religion into school.

    What about the Constitution? Amendment one to the Constitution of the United States says:

    Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

    Congress cannot pass a law that respects or prohibits a religion. In other words, the government must stay neutral in term of religion. Other than the prohibition of churches participating in political activities, Congress is not supposed to be involved.

    Instead of repealing the Johnson Amendment, what should happen is that churches and charitable organizations (which could be an off-shoot of a church in the case of the Catholic Charities) should be taxed on ALL revenue (including donations) and property at a flat 10%. Also eliminate the tax write-off for charities that people take on their taxes every year. The combination of the two causes the loss of billions of dollars in taxes per year. Stop allowing religion to dictate how people are helped in our society as they use it as a recruitment tool to get the poor and homeless in the doors of their churches. We should not allow churches to get away with amassing large sums of money and property (the Catholic Church and the LDS are perfect examples) and using it to control people.

    In short, we should be going the other direction on the role of churches in society. It is time for churches and charities to pay the piper and contribute to society rather than allow the burden to be placed on the people.


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  • ddt 02.55 on March 22, 2017  

    The Looming War in Korea

    The following is a response to a post on Facebook where the phrase “looming war in Korea” was used:

    ALL Western press don’t know what they’re talking about when they mention either Korea—it’s no joke to say that 95% of articles get stuff about 99% wrong.

    There is no looming war in or with the DPRK, the press, particularly in the West, scapegoat and fear monger every event like it’s the assassination of a duke and “this is it boys / this is war” … it’s just not happening.

    The overall situation, the armistice, the DPRK’s rockets, China’s involvement and South Korea are all constantly and horribly simplified for American consumption. any war would pull the US, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea in immediately as those nations are involved in the so-called “six party talks” that used to happen when an official end to the war was wanted. Four of those countries are in the top ten GDP; Russia is 12th … a war would seriously mess with economies worldwide—yes, world wars do just that, but there aren’t enough crazies involved and there’s nothing to gain aside from some mineral resources in the DPRK which China is already manipulated away. all six nations have everything to lose in a war.

    To make a war on the Korean peninsula a thing, the DPRK probably has to hit the US with a nuke, that’s the only thing that would break the stalemate. such a launch would be detected early and very likely the militaries of the other five nations would move to destroy the missile because of the stakes. But the DPRK doesn’t have that missile and they don’t have the balls to launch one if they did, as the country exists by the sole grace of China as a wedge in regional politics. The very, very, very last thing China wants is to be pitted against its largest customer (the United States) in a war where the interests of South Korea and Japan align and they become allies. Everyone loses and everyone is too rich and busy trying to twist and fuck the world in other ways to ignite this place.

    Consistently, constantly reliable sources on all things “Korea” come via anything with Bruce Cummings speaking (most recently on Democracy Now; linked below); One Free Korea (; the BBC is hit and miss; Al Jazeera is more right than wrong—the South Korean press doesn’t talk about any war unless the DRPK does something to South Koreans, like shooting a tourist on the beach, like attacking and sinking coast guard boats, like shelling a disputed island and killing South Korean citizens.

    Trump is all talk and no action. He could do an op like he did in Yemen, but there’s no way the military brass would go along with it, at least not until the troops in South Korea are finished consolidating at the new base south of Seoul, but even then, the local general, US ambassador, and local advisors would make cooler heads prevail because they understand the situation.

    For a war to happen without the DPRK nuking the US with a missile … Trump would have to replace all the folks in South Korea with morons, specifically morons that did not give any crap about civilian deaths which would easily be 20% of the South Korean population in the first few hours of a conflict without a nuke as conventional artillery positions in the North have the ability to dump enough rounds on Seoul in the first hours and there are more positions than the Joint Forces could eliminate in reasonable-loss-of-life timeframe and those positions have had 60 years to dig in (longer than the Imperial Empire had to dig in in the Pacific) and prepare for air strikes … 20% is the low estimate, Bruce Cummings put this at 33% a two weeks ago—imagine a refugee crisis where not millions, but tens of millions of people flood into China, Japan, Russia, the US territories, and Hawaii fleeing a conventional war on the peninsula …

    … it is just not going to happen.

    A Trump war would be somewhere that has little overall impact on the US economy and his personal wallet, somewhere where multinationals can make a nice buck on death, Syria looked good for this, but that Trump-Putin relationship will probably keep it from happening unless that’s part of their joke.


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  • ddt 20.57 on March 20, 2017  

    Stay Angry; Stay Hungry

    The Boy from Mar-A-Lago

    The Boy from Mar-A-Lago……Available for download: https://sandyandrichardriccardi.bandcamp.com/track/the-boy-from-mar-a-lago-2

    Posted by Sandy and Richard Riccardi on Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Stay angry at what seems hopeless or unchangeable.

    Stay hungry for a life that is better—settling means everything said that you don’t like is fine.

    Focus your anger and hunger and DO SOMETHING off of every social network.

    As you act, share what you DO with everyone on a social network.

    This is how to live in 2017.

    This is how to live in 2017, just a modicum above complacent and compliant. 

    This is how to live in 2017, if living in 2017 isn’t like what you thought 2017 would be in 2016 or 2015 0r 1973. 

    This is how to live in 2017. 

    BandCamp lyrics/mp3


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  • ddt 12.44 on March 4, 2017  

    The. Press. Is. The. Enemy. Of. The. People.

    Facebook commenter on the above image (source):

    When the press is controlled by two or three massively wealthy individuals , it is indeed the enemy of the people. 

    When a staffer putting her feet on the couch is the top story, that makes the press the enemy of the people. 

    When the President putting ketchup on his steak is big news, the press is the enemy if the people. 

    When the press deletes content that negates their views (Huffington Post, MSNBC, CNN, BuzzFeed) the press is the enemy of the people. 

    When comedians are viewed as astute opinionmakers and intelligent thinkers forming the views of the public, the press is the enemy of the people. 

    When skin color and appearance should never be taken into account as far as qualifications for office (or anything else ) are concerned, but only for some (a Cheeto with a dead animal on his head and tiny hands), the press is most definitely the enemy of the people.


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  • ddt 11.23 on March 4, 2017  

    The Ddong Today Breakdown (H-B1 Visas)

    From The Verge: the end of fast processing of visas for skilled technology workers.

    The Ddong Today Breakdown:

    The Trump administration needs Silicon Valley to do what it says to push its agenda on everything from “fake news” to trade to healthcare to repealing legislation it doesn’t like. H-1B visas are the tech industry’s Achilles heel. This is another blood move intended to crush opposition and has not one thing to do with immigration, simplifying immigration, or “making America great again”. Rather, this is another step in the revolution that is going on in America.

    This move significantly weakens a vocal enemy with a lot of followers. By getting involved in the processing of H-1B visas, the government will be able to choose favorites (like it has already done with the press core). The visas will be used as a “reward” for the companies that do the administration’s bidding and tow the line. 

    Expect to see a lot of switchers in the coming months; it’s unlikely that Apple would switch, but Google and Facebook (yes, especially Facebook) tend to the gray as much as possible to keep as consumers products as possible and make money. Any company that values money over principles will flip to Trump supporting to get their workers back. 

    The end ramification of this petty, vengeful move is that America will cease to be the go-to place for folks with skills and other countries will scoop them and their talents up and one of those countries will be the next technology leader. 

    #dronesmotherfucker


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  • ddt 00.59 on February 18, 2017  

    Forbes, Reminding Everyone That It Knows Jackshit

    Via foreboding Forbes in a fallacious #farticle:

    U.S. policymakers are engaged in the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth, fulminating about the threat to American security and debating which unsatisfactory course of action Washington should next take. There is almost unanimous agreement that the DPRK poses a serious, if not currently the most serious, international danger facing America.

    But the threat is largely self-induced. That is, Washington could easily deflate the fantastic nightmare of a North Korean nuclear attack on America by leaving the Korean peninsula.

    source

    The emphasis is all Ddong Today and really, the only two things that will be accomplished with an American pull out on the Korean peninsula will be:

    1. The South Korean government, opposition groups, chaebols, etc. will loose their favorite boogeyman/scapegoat and be forced to look inward for malcontents and only be able to come up with “immigrants” which will be the start of a backlash/purge of darker skinned folks from parts of lesser Asia and the Middle East (where “lesser” = poorer than South Korea which is basically every country except Japan and China; UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia).
    2. China will flex more muscle in the region, increase its bullying showdowns in the West Sea and sink more South Korean fishing boats and Coast Guard vessels.

    Forbes is shitting armchair analysis of a country most of their staff probably couldn’t name 10 brands from or a single province or name five cities. They also probably don’t know that South Korea has had an incredibly puny defense budget for so long, that an American pull out would leave the country ill-equiped to fend off aggressors. (Heck, the government removed most of the anti-tank barriers north of Seoul in 2006).

    There is a standing army and mandatory military service and the ROK marines are hardcore, but the defense of the country has been strategized for the last 60 years with the US right there. Having troops arrive after a conflict has started from Japan and Guam might not be good enough.

    Forbes’ farticle has a page 2:

    But the U.S. could take one simple step which would transform the Korean conflict. Washington should end its security guarantee to the South and phase out American troops. While offering their diplomatic assistance, U.S. policymakers should turn over responsibility for dealing with the North to its neighbors.

    There is no “one simple step” here. Pulling 30,000 troops and support and logistics out of anywhere is not “one simple step”. And Accomplishment #1 (above) would slow down, delay, and possibly even derail or perpetually sabotage the “one simple step” from ever happening. South Korea needs the US presence for more than just defense posture—not having to maintain a huge military budget means most Koreans pay a paltry 3.3% of their earnings in taxes. (Yes, this is another way, a much bigger way, that American tax dollars subsidize the South Korean economy even with the local government picking up most of the yearly costs of stationing US soldiers on its lands). 

    Forbes also seems to think that ending a security guarantee is a good thing to do. This would have repercussions with other, present tense allies already nervous about the Trump agenda. Worse, breaking a security guarantee would definitely have repercussions with other, future tense allies—potential friends needed in situations unfathomable right now asked to do things for a guarantee that would mean a lot less if one had been broken in the past because it was politically convenient. 

    Ddong Today should also mention a third, somewhat hidden accomplishment:

    1. All those Korean products Americans love so much, the Hyundai cars, the Samsung washing machines, the LG phones, etc. would be a lot more expensive once the tax burden in South Korea increased significantly and the country’s citizens could no longer pay the inflated prices offered for the identical items in the South Korean marketplace. Once South Koreans stopped subsidizing Korean goods at home, prices in America would rise to normal and no longer be as competitive further sealing the economic down spirals (unless America got giddy for cheap Chinese knockoffs again, it’d be back to Japanese gadgets or ass expensive Korean ones). 

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  • ddt 15.28 on February 17, 2017  

    Why Trump Hating Asshats Are Do Nothings

    This. Read this “article”. It will take less than 10 seconds because it isn’t an article, it’s a 5am tweet. It’s less coherent than the stream-of-angst from the president of the United States of America. This is clickbait:

    Why are the liberals completely overreacting to Trump’s unique style of governing?

    They’re not. He’s a fucking sociopath. And here’s a recipe for raspberry scones:

    source

    The rest is a scone recipe. Literally. 

    This kind of internet segue is a sign of the interrelational quagmire we find ourselves wherein discourse has been replaced by one-offs. Trump is “a fucking sociopath”—why? Cite one example, there’s lots to choose from, so it’s not that hard—it’s just lazy not to choose an example then breakdown why it makes Trump a sociopath. Here, from the NYT transcript of the president’s hour and fifteen minute press conference:

    I will not back down from defending our country. I got elected on defense of our country. I keep my campaign promises, and our citizens will be very happy when they see the result. They already are, I can tell you that. Extreme vetting will be put in place and it already is in place in many places.

    source

    Excepting that a true sociopath has extreme anti-social tendencies and that Trump is almost the opposite of that (as narcissists are extroverts), the other trait of a true sociopath is a lack of conscience. Trump made so many campaign promises trying to be everything to his wide, but mostly white voter base, that’s it’s improbable that he could keep all his campaign promises even if he intended to. Stuff like releasing his tax returns and making Mexico pay for its new border wall (here Time has a nice pre-election round-up of seven campaign promises Trump would be unlikely to keep). Trump has repeatedly dismissed these two things and clearly doesn’t care that folks don’t like that. He does have to care because the law can’t force him to keep his campaign promises and neither can “the people”. 

    He is in office and is doing whatever he pleases which mostly includes chastising his political opponents, the press, the intelligence community, liberals, and SNL. 

    This isn’t a hard thing to write about. It takes a few extra minutes to focus one’s thoughts, to find a few links, and Jenga a post together that has some substance beyond a bar one-liner. 

    And, Ddong Today disagrees with the “he’s a sociopath” armchair analysis. It doesn’t really matter what the psychological makeup of the 45th president is—focusing on that is yet another distraction from the core issues. Like, he is already in office and fucking shit up with his cohort of hate. They’re all off-kilt in some way … then again, so are a lot of regular folks, so again, it doesn’t matter what Trump is, it’s what he’s doing and how we talk about this shit that actually matters.  


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  • ddt 21.00 on February 16, 2017  

    Wallhead, Putin-lover, or Maverick Swamp Drainer

    http://www.businessinsider.com/us-senators-call-for-nukes-to-europe-after-russias-missile-violations-2017-2

    One only flushes a treaty in place for 28 years if there’s something to gain or one’s opponent is impotent (or on the dole already). So Trump is either so obsessed by radical Islam and walls that he won’t be arsed to match the build up (and trigger a new arms race) or he is another toothless politician/Putin-shill. 

    The next few weeks will show what Trump really is: wall loving bigot, Putin fuck buddy, or maverick drainage worker.


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  • ddt 10.42 on February 16, 2017  

    How to Play With Trolls

    Remember in how in school, there was always an asshole (or five). The ones that would do and say stuff just to get the teacher(s) amped up, to piss off other kids, to push others around … remember those asshats? Those were bullies. Bullies come with every endeavor we make into the public sphere—one might go as far as to say that bullies are a part of the world or bullies make you strong or bullies give you reasons to push back, to stand up.

    At the core of a bully is someone who gets off on pushing other people’s buttons, either psychologically or physically. When put like that, bullies are literally everywhere. President Trump is a bully, but this is already long in the tooth (along with bozo and punk). Much of the government consists of bullies—DAPL being the foremost example, but any video of black folks encountering a police officer in every US city almost always ends up with some form of bullying. The ultimate story arc of white privilege is when folks call Trump a bully like he is the first one to take a government office. History reveals/reminds that the United States government has been a 200+ years escapade of bullying with the rich and the white as masters of the bullying machine, establishing a pecking order where people of color are always at the bottom with the next tier up being anyone denying the definition of “normal”.  Trump is nothing more than another thread in a government that pushes people around and builds its successes upon that. Folks need to come to terms with that concept or be just another foot imprint in The Life of Reason

    The differences between a troll and a bully:

    a troll will do or say anything to detract one from a destination or idea usually by way of offense or threat

    a bully will do or say anything to get one to act in accordance with their wish which is often a form of humiliation

    The OED is less succinct in its scope:

    troll — a person who makes a deliberately offensive or provocative online post.

    bully — a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

    It’s important to know this difference because the only “new” thing about the Trump administration (a White House of assholes; incompetence; hatred politics; etc. are nothing new), is that Americans are experiencing their first troll president (Russia has had this pleasure for the last 12 years, as have many other countries). It’s fitting that America has a troll for a president given the rise of the nonsensical internet and the growing infiltration and subjugation of mainstream American internet discourses by the 3rd internet (where there is the internet for regular things like CNN and Facebook; where there is the so called ‘darknet’ built on the onion protocol; where there is an alt-rite internet that mostly talks in circles to itself).

    Question: How many guides does the internet need for dealing with, living under, or resisting a troll president?

    Answer: As many guides have to be written until every pissed American starts reading the using the strategies within and building upon those ideas to enhance and create newer, better strategies. 


    How to Play with Troll by Ddong Today

    1. Don’t Feed the Troll — Trolls live for conflict (especially violence or its little sister, high school drama); not feeding the troll is internet debate 101, but IRL (in real life), folks seem to have both forgotten this basic rule or don’t know they’ve encountered a troll. The Billy Goats Gruff ultimately solved their troll problem with violence by chucking the troll into the stream where it, presumably, drowned. The key point of the story is that the first two goats got across by tricking the troll. That should be the take away. Tricking trolls is pretty easy, on and off line, because trolls are more focused on the disruption and destruction of a message that they’re able to be caught and called out on their BS. Call out each instance of troll BS to the troll’s face and the world. Trolls are so goal-oriented and their need for troll-success so deep that they would rather abort one failed trolling to get to another one that they can troll successfully to feel good about themselves and their trolling. Call that shit out, every time. 
    2. Don’t Ignore the Troll — It takes more effort to ignore a troll than it does to call one out and trolls know that, so the amount of time and energy being expelled makes the troll happy. One needs only to look at any Trump twitter fiasco to catch mental imagery of Narcissus gleaming because he is the most talked about girl in the strip mall. The troll love for attention deepens with every act of “inattention”. See the troll, name the troll.
    3. Don’t Try to Argue with the Troll — Trolls will use illogic against your logic and logic against your illogic and school you for being illogical, and if you’ve got an exceptionally feisty troll, school you on debate tactics. Talking with a troll is nothing like talking with a skilled spin-tactician like Kellyanne Conway, so one can expect what seems like chaos at every talkback. But remember that a troll will do anything to get one “off-message”, so all tools of trolldom and debate are put to use. The use of every tool in the shed usually leads to contradictory statements and positioning—the goals of disruption don’t allow one to also protect any one stance; troll hypocrisy is exceptional rife given enough time. So the key is to keep the trolling talking. Don’t let the troll think it has a trollvictory or it will stop engaging, instead give the troll things to talk about and let the troll talk. Soon the troll will expose itself to #1.  

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  • ddt 15.41 on February 15, 2017  

    The Way to Con Like Kellyanne

    Ddong Today hasn’t made time for this character yet, but her LEGO effigy made it to the Trump administration figurehead caricature photoshoot a couple of weeks back. It took a little work with the limited LEGO on hand to find a white block for the main head. The imagery is all there, for whatever nonsensical sounding gospel spews from Conway’s mouth, she is just mouth on a stick whose main purpose is to disrupt and confound (part of the larger FEWP agenda). Her style (as analyzed below) is as magnificent as it is malevolent. She’s been on the inner circle of the 2016 ticket and now has a seat at that same table where she is directed to do what she does best, thwart all intelligence with her illogic. 

    Illogic is a common theme for Westerners in South Korea and the strategies to deal with an illogical mouthpiece like Kellyanne Conway are the same:

    • walk away if you can
    • do not engage if have to stay
    • take away the reasons for the illogical mouthpiece to keep talking by switching to a new topic where the purveyor of illogic will begin to spout logic (sports works well here, no one would ever twist the rules of baseball, for example), once common ground of logic is established through the new topic, feel out the illogical mouthpiece for weaknesses of their illogical philosophy, then:
      • if a weakness can be found, slowly and very gently walk the illogical mouthpiece back towards the original topic reinforcing the bounds of the agreed upon logic from the new topic (really, this almost never happens … you’ve got a 30/70 chance) 
      • if no weaknesses can be found, get the fuck away from the nonsense before you kill
    • if you can’t find common logical ground with the illogical mouthpiece, get away (you’d wouldn’t hang around talking to acid, would you?)

    Watch the video to help you reverse engineer this gunk before applying the strategy above. 


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