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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 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 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 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 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.


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  • ddt 07.34 on January 23, 2017  

    Day 2 – Lies, Damned Lies, and Alternate Sets of Facts

    President Trump visits CIA headquarters to tell spies how awesome they are and how much he loves them. Pretty epic given the constant disses of the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Sean Spicer (above), edgy, nervous, and clearly pissed chastises the press for false reporting “at a time when our nation and the world was watching the peaceful transition of power[1] (emphasis ddt). Much has been made of “the peaceful transition of power” this year and President Trump’s infamous refusal to promise it, made everyone press it even more, certain that he would loose and his supporters would make trouble. But President Trump didn’t loose and “the peaceful transition of power” is evermore a phrase to hold over people.

    We’re going to see this a lot, as folks object to things, to actions or inactions, and happenstances. There’s a dangerous parallel that some will draw between speaking out against a governmental policy and advocating open rebellion. It’s clear that, as Americans, all of us do in fact support the peaceful transition of power, otherwise this fiasco would either have already ended or we would be watching block-by-block gun battles on BBC and Al Jazeera.

    Back to the press core …

    Spicer insists as his boss insists, that the 2017 inauguration was attended by more people than any other inauguration in history—this has been refuted by every source except the White House and the alt-rite press, some focusing on the MLK angle more and the end bit (not transcribed yesterday):

    “There’s been a lot of talk in the media about holding President Trump accountable. Well, I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well. The American people deserve better,” Spicer said. “And as long as he serves as the messenger of this incredible movement, he will take this message directly to the American people where his focus will always be.”


    Mildly threatening (“We’re going to hold the press accountable”), partially coded (“this incredible movement”)—this is the stuff of dystopian films and television. This on top of other language also mildly threatening and also sometimes coded, e.g. “Make America Great Again”—the interpretations are endless. This language could mean nothing … or it could mean whichever extremist paranoia fits one’s socio-politcal strata. Few folks find these phrases comforting or reassuring.

    Some sites, like this one,  aren’t even “the press”, yet are participating in the fake news as the administration is calling inauguration day attendance numbers. There are few ways to hold everyone accountable for one set of truth where everything else is a lie. There is no peaceful transition of power involved in any of those ways. This is why Spicer’s words are mildly threatening (if not outrightly so).

    A peaceful transition of power is less a positive, naturally occuring process of a country each time those in government or just out of that government repeat the phrase.

    The internetz are brutal about facts, in some circles. If you say it, it’d better be true, because if it isn’t, there are four or five folks who seem like they’ve been sitting around all day just waiting to tell you how wrong you are. We all seem used to that, but the new administration is from that other part of the internetz, the famous alt-rite echo chamber. When the internetz started to hammer on Spicer’s words, we learned that he was giving “an alternative set of facts.”

    This is nothing new. This is one of those science-isn’t-real-god-is type of utterances. Some schools now teach intelligent design alongside natural selection because it is ‘an alternative set of facts’. Kellyanne Conway, is pulling from another alt-rite language point and clearly, Chuck Todd has never actually had to deal with a science denier and gets owned by the illogic. It’s funny to watch if you’ve had to deal with illogic or a science-denier. When Popular Science killed off its comments section in 2013 in part because of illogic and attacks on science itself, everyone should have sat up and taken note that idiocracy was actually a “thing”.

    Intelligent design and natural selection are theories, not facts. The number of people at the 2017 inauguration, is currently also a theory and will remain so until there are independent counts completed and those rely on aerial photography and a lot more analysis than there has been time for in this nascent presidency.

    The real problem is that millions of people are caught up in this idiocy. Not one American should be giving a shit how many people showed up to President Trump’s inauguration. It’s just not important. The lying, is a little bit important … but not really. That President Trump is a liar is not news. That his staff would lie for him or to boost his image is not news. None of this is news.

    The real news is on the sidelines. You have to watch for it.

    The real news is stuff like this bill, which would never have a chance of passing, has a chance now, under the new administration and Congress. This bill … it’s like that time when Popular Science turned off its comment section. Sit up and take note.

    #smashtheechochamber #dronesmotherfucker #ddongtoday

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  • ddt 11.32 on January 19, 2017  

    What to Expect on January 20th

    If it goes down like this, everything will be a-okay.

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  • ddt 11.15 on January 19, 2017  

    How to Write an Open Letter to a Wannabe Despot

    Case point: An open letter to Trump from the US press corps – Columbia Journalism Review

    This is for the choir and to ignite the conservators of conservatism and the alt-rite defenders of Trump (assuming there are any remaining, as some articles want folks to think). Trump won’t read this, assuming someone even gives it to him or he finds it linked on Twitter. If this does somehow reach the hailstorm of nothingness he has surrounded himself with, he will only skim it.


    Consider the writing and the tone, this is a soapbox declaration of principles addressed to him. Addressing him directly has already been shown to be ineffective. This piece will get lefty shares and nods, and righty FUs and little else.

    How then does one get the attention of our soon-to-be POTUS?

    By not addressing him directly, as an actress did on tv not long ago. Don’t mention him. Don’t use the pronouns “you” or “your”. That’s how.

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  • ddt 08.49 on January 19, 2017  

    The False Caring of Facebook

    Consider this screen capture:

    This is Facebook’s way of pretending to give a shit about you. Nothing happens when you put this junk on your timeline. Except … Facebook makes more money off of you and your friend because affirmation of that connection, that meaning, creates more metadata for Facebook to mine. If you really want to celebrate your friendship, then got do something with your friend instead of allowing a self-masturbating animation of your digitally limited Facebook friendship to be spewed on the internetz. Really, no one cares, not even your friend.

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