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  • ddt 19.24 on January 27, 2017  

    Somewhere in this land, lay an ancient alien artifact which instills realignments of the persona. Until it’s found, settle for GQ’s makeover machine:


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  • ddt 05.25 on January 25, 2017  

    Day … Fuck Your Echo Chamber

    If you thought Ddong Today was going to give you a day-by-day commentary on the Trump administration, then you were wrong. Day-by-days are a joke, a way to affix a false sense of chronology to a period of time to remember it better or more neatly. MSM does day-by-days and then they  stop because that stops selling content and when that happens it gets a lot harder to sell advertising. We will see “week 1” or “the first week” commentaries soon enough and later, “first month”, then “the first 100 days”, and finally, “the first year”. Recap, summarize, distill to the sound byte, and sell—that is our system. 

    There’s too much going on to keep shoehorning into day-by-day posts. Already this browser is bloody with pinned tabs, so much to say and so little time and space and time to say it in. So many issues, the obvious things, the executive orders, the reactions from the right and the left, the schisms, and the unobvious things. 

    We are four days into President Trump’s vision of America. It is not great again, and in many ways, America looks the same as it did last week. But the mood is different—very different. We are four days in and already folks are worn out. How can we tell? Simple: there is no protesting and the meming is way up. 

    (from the left on the left)

    Yes, Spicer and Conway sound like they are talking straight from 1984 .

    Yes, that is disturbing, but how many of President Trump’s cabinet have seen a 1984 movie or read the book? If they had read the book or even seen the movie, their spin doctors would take greater care in how their message is being crafted. They may think their words are smart and original, but without the background knowledge of how things change into absolute authoritarianism, e.g. from news to newsspeak, their self-preception of how they choose to speak seems efficient to them, rather that completely scary to the folks who have read the book; necessary to them rather than dangerous to the folks who have read the book. In this case, attaching their words to those of George Orwell then, means nothing. This meme will travel the leftie echo chamber and everyone will go, “See! These people are insane and power-hungry. They want control. We have to stop Trump.” 

    (from the right on the right)

    Yes, we live in America (or abroad with our American passports). Yes, that is our flag. Yes, that is the president. And, yes, that is how it works.

    Yes, maybe folks should sit down and accept what has come to be … only that isn’t how we all grew up. The American way is to stand up for yourself, for what you believe in. Hollywood movies and hundreds of tv shows repeat these themes throughout our childhoods, teens, and adulthood. We don’t just accept something because someone said so. This sounds great if you’re into this administration. These are all the facts needed to layout why protesting is wrong. No sane American can deny the truth in this meme. It is real. It is life. It is now. (And it isn’t a loose comparison to a book Joe Blow read in middle school). This meme has folks in the righie echo chamber going, “That’s right. You don’t like it? Leave.”

    #ddongtoday #dronesmotherfucker #smashtheechochamber


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  • ddt 12.11 on January 24, 2017  

    Punching Nazis

    Putting things into the contexts in which we were raised:

    • Nazis = bad
    • Nazi haters = good
    • fighting Nazis = good
    • not fighting Nazis = bad
    • punching someone because you don’t like what they say = bad
    • punching someone because they are going to hurt you = okay

    This code wasn’t remembered, a friend had to point it out, and that friend is right. As much as we loathe Richard Spencer, he has as much right as any American to stand on a corner anywhere in America and talk. That is a 1st Amendment right. There are exceptions to that right (read this to understand), which as clearly seen in the video, Spencer was not in or even veering towards. This is a video of an assault. If Spencer filed a police report, the law would be on his side, even if most folks are not. 

    There is a mob mentality as we push forward into the Trump era. Folks are pissed. Looking for things to push back against. And pushing back by decking a guy talking on a street corner because we don’t like him is a bad play. Other than coded hate speech, Spencer has no crime under the Constitution (though one could make a case that shouting “Hail Trump” and alluding to the “Lügenpresse” is a kind of incitation of impending violence by evoking Hitler’s brand of fascism, which would fall into the realm of the earlier referred to exceptions of the 1st Amendment—seriously, read the link). 

    More troubling is the willing acceptance of punching out Spencer as the right thing do because it is an American thing to do. This creates a fallacy in ‘the American way’ way of life:

    Indiana Jones punching a Nazi for self-defense (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Captain America punching out Hitler in a room of soldiers with guns versus an unarmed, non-hate speaking (in the video) Richard Spencer getting punched in mid-sentence. Two of these things are justifiable, one is not. The action of a solitary, anonymous, white man punching Spencer is that it makes Spencer the clear victim. It allows folks to see him as human, as needing protection, as just-a-guy-some-people-don’t-like, as a hero. We don’t need and can’t afford to create martyrs of anyone in the alt-rite movement or any other cluster of folks who don’t agree with the core tenents of what we might call, being a decent fucking human being:

    • non-discriminatory against anyone’s race, class, sex, or orientation 
    • accepting of otherness—specifically religions, gender identities
    • non-exclusionatory politics
    • empathic of those in need—specifically refugees
    • philanthropic

    Nick Spencer, perhaps most famous for writing the Captain-America-is-really-a-Hydra-agent comic book storyline (pro-tip: Hydra = Nazis), made a similar distinction between punching Nazis and punching Spencer:

    The NYT ran an article of its own: Attack on Alt-Right Leader Has Internet Asking: Is It O.K. to Punch a Nazi? Not many saw or read this article, but Betteridge’s Law of Headlines says, ‘No, it isn’t O.K. to punch a Nazi.’

    Remember too, that President Trump on the campaign trail last year advocated similar violence against protesters at his rallies.

    The martyrization of Spencer, the lawlessness of him getting punched in the face on the street, the ‘yays’ of the internetz, the memes that have followed all contribute to the climate of hate and intolerance propped up by Trump himself (and, historically, many others). Folks on the internetz reacting without thinking or “memeing” without considering is not new. Those acts are part of the reason we now call Trump, President Trump.

    Because Spencer is the victim, he and the alt-rite can milk the situation for everything it is worth and more. It is worth a lot, partially because Spencer had fallen to the sidelines of the national consciousness since the inauguration, now he has another 15 minutes to shame America and surely some will wonder why we have free speech at all (and it’s clear that is one direction the Trump administration is pushing—last push, read the link about 1st Amendment exceptions). The solitary, anonymous, white man violated Spencer’s “safe space” (yes, the alt-rite has hijacked terminology created for anyone but white men). Using that language, the video, and everything thing else, there is a bounty on that solitary, anonymous, white man’s nameExpose The ANTIFA Who Sucker Punched Richard Spencer.

    Ponder that for a moment. 

    A bounty. Not for a head. Not dead or alive.

    A bounty for a name.

    What happens to this solitary, anonymous, white man once his name is known to the alt-rite. What happened to the Jews between the walls? What happened to the freedom fighters in the basement? What happened to the black man on his way home?

    But this is 2017, you say. Okay. This is what will happen to the solitary, anonymous, white man once his name is known to the alt-rite in 2017:

    • he will definitely be given a black eye, but probably much worse (the Nazi way)
    • he will probably be doxed (see ‘doxing‘)
    • he will be harassed at his place of work
    • he will be harassed at home
    • his family, if he has one, will be threatened
    • the police will probably not be able to help him since none of the perpetrators will be known

    Folks on the internetz are aware of the bounty and the ramifications of it, and in typical internetz fashion have attached a hashtag to the situation #IPunchedRichardSpencer. The idea is to flood the internetz with so many people claiming to be that solitary, anonymous, white man that the alt-rite won’t be able to find him. 

    It doesn’t work like that and the hashtag isn’t as proactive or as useful as say, trying to get the site to pull the bounty. The hashtag is the same kind of passive interaction, sharing and tagging in place of speaking and acting, that folks now see as “doing something” to “make a difference” because it’s “better than doing nothing.” But hashtagging and posting is, in fact, doing nothing. Like thousands of folks updating their Facebook statues to show them “at” Standing Rock is doing nothing. Hashtags are meant to gauge popular interest in topics and rank them on a page or make popular topics easy to find, that’s all they do. To wield hashtags in a polarizing way, they have to be coordinated, even loosely, between folks. That is doing something. 

    Doing something would be to try to get the bounty pulled from Wesearchr whose tag line is: Crowdfunding the Truth.

    There’s no truth to be had in outing an assault perp, only vengeance and lawlessness. Wesearchr’s own terms & conditions page makes a good case for pulling the bounty: 

    User Content

    The term “User Content” means any information, text, graphics, video, or other material of any kind whatsoever that you post on the Site or otherwise submit to us. This term includes within its scope (without limiting the generality of the foregoing) both (i) anything that an Asker posts to the Site or otherwise submits to us in order to initiate or oversee a Bounty; and (ii) anything that a Researcher submits to the us as a proposed Answer to a Bounty or in connection therewith.

    You represent, warrant, and agree that you will not contribute any User Content or otherwise use the Services in a manner that:

    1. infringes, violates or otherwise interferes with any copyright or trademark of another party;
    2. reveals any trade secret, unless the trade secret belongs to you or you have the owner’s permission to disclose it;
    3. infringes any intellectual property right of another;
    4. unlawfully violates the privacy or publicity rights of another;
    5. discloses any information that you are contractually obligated to refrain from disclosing;
    6. is libelous, defamatory, indecent, abusive, harassing, threatening, or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party;
    7. creates an impression that you know is incorrect, misleading, or deceptive, including by impersonating others or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
    8. contains other people’s private or personally identifiable information without their express authorization and permission;
    9. contains or links to a virus, Trojan horse, worm, time bomb or other computer programming routine or engine that is intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information; and/or
    10. contains links to other sites that contain the kind of content that falls within the descriptions set out in (a) through (i) above.

    The Wesearchr FAQ page states that the site can’t be used for doxing … :

    Can I use WeSearchr to dox or harass people?
    No. WeSearchr is a journalistic enterprise that publishes information of journalistic value that is in the public interest. Bounties seeking information that is not publishable or is not of any journalistic relevance will not be approved. All Proposed Bounties are reviewed by WeSearchr senior editors before being opened for contributions.

    It’s doubtful, though subjective, that outing the man who punched Spencer is of journalistic interest and the way the internetz work and the rise of CCTV, it’s equally doubtful that he will remain anonymous for very long now that the police have been involved.  


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  • ddt 16.49 on January 23, 2017  

    The internetz, relentless as ever, does not disappoint. Less than 24 hours after the “alternate facts” spin/FAIL, we get: The Little Golden Book of Alternate Facts to help guide us through these trying times.

    https://scontent-icn1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16195462_10154268562278873_2322380296629313591_n.jpg?oh=8d678ee7b4a76b119386d2c7ab8ecf7f&oe=59065E9E


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  • ddt 10.37 on January 20, 2017  

    Analysis of the Obama years, internetz style: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-look-back-at-the-memes-of-the-obama-administration


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