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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 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 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 14.14 on January 24, 2017  

    As one city fingers its policy at the new administration, this exchange comes to mind:

    Governor Tarkin:
    The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.

    General Tagge:
    But that’s impossible. How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?

    Governor Tarkin:
    The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.


    Without a battle station (Death Star), and other than pulling Federal funding, there’s little Trump can do (legally) to keep the local systems (states, counties, cities) in line. Except tweet-rage about … maybe.

    #ddongtoday #watchandlisten

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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 09.38 on January 20, 2017  

    How to Write a Letter to a Wannabe Despot, part II

    Now this is How to Write an Open Letter to a Wannabe Despot. Compare the words between this and the open letter from the Columbia Journalism Review. Direct versus indirect. Read the one by John Pavlovitz first 😉

    Let the Record Show

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