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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.

    tagged as: China, fake news, Japan, North Korea, , , , , war   
  • 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 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 12.47 on January 22, 2017  

    Why Can’t Anyone Count?

    Check out this CNN site with a thingamajig called a “gigapixel”:


    It’s a massive, scrollable photograph of the inauguration. Be sure to swing a hard right with your mouse/finger and check the massive cluster of people that reaches back to the Washington Monument.

    Whatever the National Park Service (NPS) retweeted, they’ve been forced to delete it. And when putting sooo much faith in their counting, remember that they undercounted the Million Man March in 1995 (emphasis mine):

    within 24 hours after the March there arose a conflict about crowd sizeestimates between March organizers and Park Service officials. The National Park Service issued an estimate of about 400,000 attendees, a number significantly lower than March organizers had hoped for. After a heated exchange between leaders of the march and Park Service, ABC-TV-funded researchers at Boston University estimated the crowd size to be about 837,000 members, with a 20% margin of error.

    Vox is pimping the “no one showed” up story, but the images they have are from probably 30 minutes before CNN’s gigapixel shot was taken. And this tirade isn’t helping:

    Yesterday, at a time when our nation and the world was watching the peaceful transition of power, and as the president said, “The transition and the balance of power from Washington to the citizens of the United States.” Member … some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting. For all the talk about the proper use of Twitter, two instances yesterday stand out. One was a particularly egregious example in which a reported falsely tweeted out that the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. had been removed from The Oval Office. After it was pointed out that this was just plain wrong, the reporter casually reported an con … tweeted out that a Secret Service agent must have just been standing in front of it. This was irresponsible and reckless. Secondly, photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way … in one particular tweet to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall. This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas were people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual. This was also the first time that fencing and magnetometers went as far back on the wall preventing hundreds of thousands of people from a … being able to access the mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past. Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempts to try to count the number of protesters today in the same fashion. We do know a few things, so let’s go through the facts. We know …”

    He then goes into “the facts” as the White House is choosing to spin them today. He goes on about the great reception President Trump received this place and that place, takes a dig at the Democrats, mentions Canada and Mexico. Then chastises the press for not writing about those things. Finally, he follows it all up with a schedule of what President Trump will do tomorrow before walking out.

    It’s easy to miss in the video and maybe in the transcript, too, but the harshness of the press secretary’s tone when he says, “This was irresponsible and reckless.” This is the sitting government adding a layer of aesthetic interpretation to what is being said about them in a public forum. Other governments have done this too, it’s not special, unique, or even worrisome per se, but it is very worthy of note here, because this is presented within a larger context of “fake news”. The reporter says it was a mistake. Brietbart calls it “Fake News on Day One“. Ddong Today calls it ‘jumping the gun’.

    Whatever it was, it is no more irresponsible and reckless than any number of things that have gone down since this fiasco started with a rant about raping Mexicans.

    Forget the numbers and counting, as stated in the Vox article, real counts aren’t known for days or weeks until after an event. The thing to watch are the press conferences, the tone the White House sets down as “acceptable” (e.g. not irresponsible, not reckless), and what other stories, events, people, facts, etc. will fall into the newly defined category of ‘irresponsible and reckless’.

    #blasttheechochamber #ddongtoday


    Slate has a comparison of Twitter cover images when the @POTUS Twitter account flipped over. Some President Trump staffer uploaded a picture of Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Of course someone caught it and so there is media fodder about it.

    These “mistakes” feel more like digs and FUs than ignorance. It takes energy to do stuff like this and unless that image was just one in a default upload folder. And President Trump himself has shown again and again that he’s a big fan of the petty dig.

    Meanwhile the counting continues …

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