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  • ddt 19.59 on March 6, 2018  

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


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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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  • 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. 


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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.


    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:


    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.


    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


    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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  • ddt 10.56 on February 15, 2017  

    Item #5 in a Google Search for “DAPL”

    This is part of how to win an idea war: by dumping your version of the facts into every accessible slot. For Friends of Ddong Today, you might as well call this post “This Is How to Loose, exhibit 23”. The US is deep into a massive propaganda war of ideas about the world and how stuff should be and it’s a war that’s been going on since before the internet was born … 

    Instead of sharing into the vacuum of Facebook, reactive content needs to be created independently and put out there, then shared back into Fakebook and everywhere else. This is a fantastic example of how to fight this long war:

    On the left is the website dakotaaccesspipeline.net with a counter factsheet to the Energy Transfer Partners propaganda site daplpipelinefacts.com. The reactive site has ripped off the whole look, feel, and content of the pro-pipeline/pro-oil fact sheet, but interjected the missing factoids. Dakotaaccesspipeline dot net’s only problem is it’s the only such site. There should be hundreds like this. There should be one up for every person who thinks Energy Transfers is full of crap.

    … but there isn’t a 100 counter-sites and that’s the problem.

    For every quality source, there are 100s of “alternate fact” sources out these to debunk it, tear it up, and remix it into an alternate alt-rite message.

    Writing about this stuff on a closed, proprietary, corporate, Trump-backing (Peter Thiel) platform does do anything. It is a waste of energy to share things on Facebook.


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  • ddt 08.04 on February 13, 2017  

    What We Talk About When We Talk About the Internet

    What we think of as the internet has been under assault for years, perhaps even more than a decade, and to be honest, the nature of the assault has been vastly brushed over because for the longest time, the internet was place for a few kinds of information we could afford to not take seriously. Stuff like cats battling it out with lightsabers, lists of every cultural and literary appropriation of the phrase ‘bad boys’, random meme generators, quick checks of whats-her-face in that movie, and hundreds of other bits of uselessness have become such a staple of two generations that it’s gobbled up the two before it (aka the “my mom is on Facebook” and “my grandpa tweets” phenomena) and has eaten its way into all the others that are up-and-coming. 

    It’s been a sick, fun ride that’s made a handful of people very, very, very rich. It’s also been a host of other things that aren’t that great. The internet has devastated mom-n-pop shops of all kinds (bookstores, video stores, copy shops). The internet has shredded most traditional media. Where Americans sat and watched the 5, 6, and 11’o clock news for basically 50 years, now most Americans get their news in fragments, sped-read across multiple sources. The veracity and integrity of “the media”—and let’s not get carried away here, the old model sucked and was either too liberal or too conservative (depending on who you talked to), but there were still standbys and a few names folks felt they could trust. This is almost all gone now. In another four years, or eight years, news, as we know it today, will be gone. This isn’t an alt-rite thing, this isn’t a Trump thing, this is what happens when there is a cultural shift in the way people relate to technology and each other in the same time period. The old systems don’t survive, they sort of adapt, cling, stagger, droop, and eventually die. Slowly. Think horses to cars; acoustic to electric; landline to cellular.

    Since the early days of the world wide web, AOL, news groups and the like, the idea of being anonymous has been appealing and the fear of loosing that anonymity has shaped most of the arguments over the internet since. For a while it was cookies, web sites set little files on your computer called cookies that tracked your habits, remembered your preferences and this freaked folks out. Then it was less than 1kb invisible images that couldn’t be blocked like cookies could. And later “browser profiles”, how your browser is configured leaves a footprint that can be tracked across the internet. Groups like the EFF work to keep these things private so folks can continue to have believe they have privacy (Snowden taught us better). 

    In the years leading to where we find ourselves today, news channels, newspapers, and urban legends would conjure the almost monthly story on the ‘evils of the internet’ with sensationalist headlines: Internet Safety for ChildrenHow Kids Fool Their Parents on Social NetworksRising Number of Kids Exposed to Online PornThe Undercover Parent, etc. All of these stories focus on the need for children to “understand the dangers” and suggestion some sort of parental supervision. This is where the dialog end for nearly everyone, if they bothered to start it at all. Yes, children are at risk, yes parents should monitor their children’s online behavior to the point of using spyware because it’s the responsible thing to do.

    We don’t talk enough about how everyone must be vigilant, how everyone should deal with cyberbullying, how families should keep an online eye on each other, much like they would if a family member were crossing the street. It’s that basic, but it’s also worse than that basic example. 

    For every company with an internet platform which exists to coral folks into groups and push ads in front of them or to harvest everything online keystroke for meta-data and then sell that information, millions of people willingly give up their most precious information: their address, their phone number, their status, their age, their income, etc. Companies are not responsible for the safeguarding of that information. If they loose it, you loose your account. If they get hacked, you loose your account (and a lot more if your password was 123456gg). Companies are not libel for not protecting your precious information. If you had a Yahoo! account anytime in the last 10 years, all of that data is being trafficked on the internet. If your Yahoo password was used for another account, that information is also being trafficked on the internet. The CNN article is a fucking joke of victim blaming:

    Use different passwords for all online accounts
    Beware of emails asking for more information
    Block access to your credit report

    They mention some of the fault is on Yahoo!:

    Companies need to step up security measures to protect themselves not only against hacking, but also against the aftereffects of hacking like credential stuffing attacks … “The trust that your users have in you is directly tied to the level of security they expect … If you don’t have confidence [in Yahoo] in the future, that’s a personal decision people need to make …

    Yahoo! rejected the repeated advice of their own security staff which is why they’re an easy target for this class-action lawsuit. There is no law and it’s not common policy for companies to detail what happens in case of a breach to your data or what (fi any) responsibility they have to protect that information. This is one of the most fucked up and least talked about things about the internet today.

    This exposure, this complete disregard for privacy in a constant race to fatten the wallets of a few isn’t as nasty as the internet has become.

    The worst of the internet is driven by three things laid out above (perhaps indirectly, so): money, privacy, lack of responsibility. To say that we, the users of the internet, are wholly in charge of those three things is what the Flim-Flam Man says with his wagon of broken trinkets as he blows through town. The suggestion that internet consumers users can walk off of a platform like Yahoo! to something else to show their displeasure is about as helpful as suggesting a family pick up and move house because the faucet water is toxic (hello Flint critics)—it has no basis in reality. One doesn’t just pull 50GB of photography, thousands of followers, and move to another Flickr. Media consolidation has had that ill effect on the internet too, just as much as not actually being in possession of those thousands of followers has had an ill effect (e.g. no client / benefactors list to move; just like no other house to move to when your water is poisoning you). 

    People are products of the web pages they log into in any equation where the company behind that page draws a single penny of profit from the existence of that person’s account. 

    These companies don’t get (not yet) that they have to protect their product.

    This means policing your platform. Companies should start by taking a stronger position on hate speech, then work down from there by employing well-train, human readers (and not algorithms) to sort things out. 

    This means not carving your platform into silos and attempting to milk coin from everyone. Companies should start by keeping everyone in the same pool, let users decide who they do and do not want to listen to or talk with.

    This means, and some aren’t going to like this, striping away the privacy. Companies should start by forcing users to use their legal name—Facebook has already started this, Twitter shoulda started long ago.

    This means protecting user data like IP, on a secure server, locked up, with limited access. Companies should have been compelled by law to do this from the beginning, and this is unlikely to become law under the Trump administration—watch the Yahoo! class action lawsuit; also watch the Verizon / Yahoo! deal, the outcome of those things will determine what happens next.

    This means separating freedom of speech from harassment (from “having fun” to criminal). Real, legal names go a long way here. There’re good reasons and background to support this move, read: And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for MeLeslie Jones Twitter Racism; Gamergate; How the Alt-Rite Influenced Trump Supporters’ Language on Facebook (“a large-scale analysis of 8,215,332 comments from 1,734,738 different accounts” … accounts, not people); Amid the Chaos in Berkeley, a Grinning Face, Covered in Blood (the nefarious case of Eddy Brock).


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  • ddt 15.29 on February 6, 2017  

    Wild Echo Chambers

    Meet our friend Hoaxy. We tasked Hoaxy with the phrase “crowd size”, and this (above) is what Hoaxy spat back: data, lots of data. What Hoaxy does is track stories across the and then separates the data it collects into two, color-coded sets. One set for “claims” and one set for “fact-checks”. While still in beta, what Hoaxy does is important because it presents us with tangible, visible clusters of information and tells us how and information is being distributed across the internetz and where the hubs of “claims” and “fact-checks” are. On the left side, Hoaxy graphs the increase in frequency of the search word or phrase corresponding with a date (note the January 21 spike). Best of all though, Hoaxy shows relationships between those hubs and everything else (on the right side; the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff).

    When the colors are revealed (above), Hoaxy’s data shows which locations on the internetz are restating claims and which ones are stopping to fact-check. For example, the node “realDonaldTrump”, in the cluster (above, right) is purple and the branches from it are 50/50 orange (fact-check) and purple (claim). This half those who read a claim about crowd size (our search phrase) wrote about the claim and fact-checked it—shown in a purple node, to orange branch, to orange node. 

    The masses of purple are equally insular in all of Ddong Today’s test searches with Hoaxy. These purple tumors with no orange intersects are where the alt-rite live, read, bitch, and plot. This is what an alt-rite echo chamber looks like (above, centered around Alex Jones).

    A side effect of Hoaxy is the blunt demonstration of the two halves of the political spectrum which rarely engage each other …

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  • ddt 03.50 on February 3, 2017  

    TIME Editors Say, “Fuck It”

    Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?

    TIME editors throw in the towel before week 2 of the Trump administration comes to a close (or maybe they just fired senior editors that didn’t wanna play scratch backs). Seriously, either they know Betteridge’s Law of Headlines or they just don’t give a shit anymore.

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  • ddt 22.15 on January 31, 2017  

    Meet the FEWP

    Last weekend was all fakeout, execute real business, watch, purge. What Ddong Today will refer to from here on as a FEWP.

    You’re lying to yourself, your family, your friends if you think either of these things:

    1. that was the last FEWP
    2. so what (aka Obama did same/worse)

    Last weekend was not normal. This is not fine.

    This is not good for the country. This will not make America great again.

    Consolidating power into the hands of less people, stymying voices of objection, purging those who disagree, demoting those with more experience—these things have all been done before and have been proven each time to make those in power more powerful at the cost of striping it from others almost always through violence and subjugation. 

    #dronesmotherfucker #fewp

    From the article:

    Protestors get all kinds of feel-good that they’re among fellow believers and standing up for what’s right, and they go home feeling like they’ve done their part. Even if protestors gain mild, symbolic concessions, the fact that their anger has an outlet is useful to the other side. Do protest, but be very wary of going home feeling like you’ve done your job. You haven’t.

    Protesting is not the same as action, not the same as writing, not the same as taking a picture, not the same as using a law degree to take on an executive order. Being seen is good, numbers are good (coz if anything, numbers really irk the president), but it is a limited act. 

    Information gets harder to come by when power gets consolidated. We have information now … later, it might not be so. 

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