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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 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 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 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.

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    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 15.38 on January 31, 2017  

    READ: Anti-Muslim Ban Responses from Strongest to Weakest

    Interesting are the degrees with which each company takes its position. Facebook sounds complacent and ready to serve their new master. (figures though, Zuckerburg is to the 2010s what Bill Gates was to the 1990s). Maybe Tim Cook didn’t like his Cheerios and couldn’t focus on a final proof of Apple’s statement. It lacks the defiance of say, holding ground against bullshit requests from the FacebookI and then the government to build backdoors into its products. Then the rebel rousing tones from Y Combinator and Box. 

    That Adobe put out such a pitiful response shouldn’t make anyone feel guilty ever for pirating their software. 😉 #dronesmotherfucker


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  • ddt 19.48 on January 22, 2017  

    Y = C+G+I+NX, Baby

    A non-American family member asked today, “So, what are you gonna do?”.
    “Nothing. We are fucked.”

    If we do nothing we are fucked. If we try and fail, at least we can know that we did something. If we try and succeed, we think things will be different, better, how we don’t know, but the idea is that it won’t be what we find ourselves in today—incessant bickering across the SNS (social network services) stratosphere about how many people showed up to whose party. In other words: we know it won’t be high school. Whatever future there is going forward, at least (we hope), it’s got to be better than high school braggarts in the capitol and on the screens going round after round of I’m-right-and-you’re-wrong.

    If this is you, right now, on the internetz or in a bar, talking about this … this cruft of the inauguration, you’ve already lost. You’re already doing nothing if you are mindlessly sharing a comparative picture of Obama’s 2009 inauguration and the 2017 inauguration. If you’re not looking at the sources, you’ve lost. If you’ve taken at face value, any part of the MLK bust removed from The Oval Office—be it as the 😱-what-a-monster (leftie) or the LOOK!-fake-news (rightie), you’ve lost.

    The truth, the news, is somewhere in the middle. You have to think for yourself to find it. You have to read between the lines. You have to talk with people who agree with you and those who do not. Most of all, you have to listen.

    If you’re not listening, then you’re doing nothing.

    #dronesmotherfucker #ddongtoday

    Y = C+G+I+NX

    The first thing that America has lost is prosperity. How do I know? The fundamental equation of macroeconomics says so, without a shred of doubt. Y = C+G+I+NX. Don’t be scared. It’s much simpler than it looks. It just means: GDP = Consumption + Government expenditure + Investment + eXports.

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