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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 23.35 on April 11, 2018  

    Zck Doesn’t Give a Fck

    The tweet is here.

    The most obnoxious thing about this tweet is here. Read it. It’s an excellent piece entitled: “WHY ZUCKERBERG’S 14-YEAR APOLOGY TOUR HASN’T FIXED FACEBOOK”.

    The answer is simple: Mark Zuckerburg is a misanthrope. He does not care about anyone. Worse, he is a sociopathic misanthrope, he doesn’t care about anyone, yet he spends time and effort pretending like he does to get other people to relax and keep thrusting themselves into the passive-aggressive shart known as Facebook. Most people do this to get rich, but Zuck has already bought and sold 2 billion people. 2,000,000,000,000. Twelve zeroes. 2/7 of the population on the planet.  

    By now, it ought to be plain … to everyone, that Facebook’s 2 billion-plus users are surveilled and profiled, that their attention is then sold to advertisers and, it seems, practically anyone else who will pay Facebook—including unsavory dictators like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. That is Facebook’s business model. 

    The only happy ending to Facebook is the one where Zuck goes to prison and his company is dissolved and its data destroyed. And … it will never happen. 


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  • ddt 19.59 on March 6, 2018  

    “It was as if all criminal roads led to Trump Tower,”

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier

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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 00.09 on June 6, 2017  

    South Korea Bans Reddiwip

    Ah, nitrous oxide, the drug of choice for 10-12 year old skater boys in Eugene, Oregon circa the 1990s is the hot “new” and legal drug of SoKo’s wanton youth. There’s nothing like being out with your wingman an egging him on to huff a balloon of laughing gas before going to a bar to giggle in the corner. When Soko eventually regulates it, those pesky youths will do what every desperate American teen punk does:

    go to the fooking supermarket and buy a can of Reddiwip and take nitro hits off of that (and spill the cream on their clothing, aka “mark of the whippet”, aka “cum stain”)

    This summer will see gals and guys in fits of sniggery rolling on the floor at every quickie mart near you. “What’s the joke?” Easy, you can punch a woman to death and only get three years in the clink, but if you confront the teacher who raped your daughter and then stab him to death, you’re going to do ten years of hard time

    Lee told authorities that his live-in girlfriend expressed interest one night in September 2012 in meeting a man that patronized a bar run by Lee. He said he was already angry at the fact that she had introduced herself to the man at the bar earlier in the evening as a “friend” of Lee’s rather than his “girlfriend.”

    Lee then punched her face four times while she was lying down at their home in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong, police said, and she died on the spot.

    Lee buried her body in a local field, and police were able to track him down last year. The prosecution sought a 12-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter and concealment of a body.

    the mother, was sentenced to 10 years for killing a 51-year-old teacher at her daughter’s high school in February after her daughter told her she had been raped by the man. She reported herself to police about an hour after she stabbed him at a cafe in Cheongju, North Chungcheong.

    Kim had told the court she killed the man accidentally, but the court argued Kim had planned the murder by “sending a text message to a relative suggesting she was planning to kill the teacher, and preparing a weapon in advance to meeting the teacher,” adding that “revenge murder calls for a heavy sentence.”

    Pass the Reddiwip. 

    –header image source: Steve.So.Fine (Flickr)


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  • ddt 20.57 on March 20, 2017  

    Stay Angry; Stay Hungry

    The Boy from Mar-A-Lago

    The Boy from Mar-A-Lago……Available for download: https://sandyandrichardriccardi.bandcamp.com/track/the-boy-from-mar-a-lago-2

    Posted by Sandy and Richard Riccardi on Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Stay angry at what seems hopeless or unchangeable.

    Stay hungry for a life that is better—settling means everything said that you don’t like is fine.

    Focus your anger and hunger and DO SOMETHING off of every social network.

    As you act, share what you DO with everyone on a social network.

    This is how to live in 2017.

    This is how to live in 2017, just a modicum above complacent and compliant. 

    This is how to live in 2017, if living in 2017 isn’t like what you thought 2017 would be in 2016 or 2015 0r 1973. 

    This is how to live in 2017. 

    BandCamp lyrics/mp3


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  • ddt 11.23 on March 4, 2017  

    The Ddong Today Breakdown (H-B1 Visas)

    From The Verge: the end of fast processing of visas for skilled technology workers.

    The Ddong Today Breakdown:

    The Trump administration needs Silicon Valley to do what it says to push its agenda on everything from “fake news” to trade to healthcare to repealing legislation it doesn’t like. H-1B visas are the tech industry’s Achilles heel. This is another blood move intended to crush opposition and has not one thing to do with immigration, simplifying immigration, or “making America great again”. Rather, this is another step in the revolution that is going on in America.

    This move significantly weakens a vocal enemy with a lot of followers. By getting involved in the processing of H-1B visas, the government will be able to choose favorites (like it has already done with the press core). The visas will be used as a “reward” for the companies that do the administration’s bidding and tow the line. 

    Expect to see a lot of switchers in the coming months; it’s unlikely that Apple would switch, but Google and Facebook (yes, especially Facebook) tend to the gray as much as possible to keep as consumers products as possible and make money. Any company that values money over principles will flip to Trump supporting to get their workers back. 

    The end ramification of this petty, vengeful move is that America will cease to be the go-to place for folks with skills and other countries will scoop them and their talents up and one of those countries will be the next technology leader. 

    #dronesmotherfucker


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  • ddt 21.00 on February 16, 2017  

    Wallhead, Putin-lover, or Maverick Swamp Drainer

    http://www.businessinsider.com/us-senators-call-for-nukes-to-europe-after-russias-missile-violations-2017-2

    One only flushes a treaty in place for 28 years if there’s something to gain or one’s opponent is impotent (or on the dole already). So Trump is either so obsessed by radical Islam and walls that he won’t be arsed to match the build up (and trigger a new arms race) or he is another toothless politician/Putin-shill. 

    The next few weeks will show what Trump really is: wall loving bigot, Putin fuck buddy, or maverick drainage worker.


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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.

    #dronesmotherfucker 


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  • ddt 03.50 on February 3, 2017  

    TIME Editors Say, “Fuck It”

    Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?

    TIME editors throw in the towel before week 2 of the Trump administration comes to a close (or maybe they just fired senior editors that didn’t wanna play scratch backs). Seriously, either they know Betteridge’s Law of Headlines or they just don’t give a shit anymore.


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  • ddt 22.15 on January 31, 2017  

    Meet the FEWP

    Last weekend was all fakeout, execute real business, watch, purge. What Ddong Today will refer to from here on as a FEWP.

    You’re lying to yourself, your family, your friends if you think either of these things:

    1. that was the last FEWP
    2. so what (aka Obama did same/worse)

    Last weekend was not normal. This is not fine.

    This is not good for the country. This will not make America great again.

    Consolidating power into the hands of less people, stymying voices of objection, purging those who disagree, demoting those with more experience—these things have all been done before and have been proven each time to make those in power more powerful at the cost of striping it from others almost always through violence and subjugation. 

    #dronesmotherfucker #fewp

    From the article:

    Protestors get all kinds of feel-good that they’re among fellow believers and standing up for what’s right, and they go home feeling like they’ve done their part. Even if protestors gain mild, symbolic concessions, the fact that their anger has an outlet is useful to the other side. Do protest, but be very wary of going home feeling like you’ve done your job. You haven’t.

    Protesting is not the same as action, not the same as writing, not the same as taking a picture, not the same as using a law degree to take on an executive order. Being seen is good, numbers are good (coz if anything, numbers really irk the president), but it is a limited act. 

    Information gets harder to come by when power gets consolidated. We have information now … later, it might not be so. 


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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 13.13 on January 31, 2017  

    Coming Soon to a 7-11 Near Everyone

    Wacky tobaccy. That’s right. Let’s assume, based on the last few days that President Trump gets a full eight year ride. There’s simply too much money in weed to not legalize. And the new president likes making money. And there’s the matter of too many uptight millennials who won’t do what they’re told. Remember that it’s Huxley’s Brave New World (and so many others after it) where the citizens take a drug called soma which deals with “any residual unhappiness” [sourceIn the 1998 made-for-tv adaptation of Brave New World (IMDB), as Peter Gallagher’s Bernard Marx voices worry about “the savage”, his coworker says, “Take a soma and I don’t give a damna.” [no source]

    Ddong Today bets that marijuana will be legal in most parts of the USA by 2020. There’s too much money to be made (by white folks) and the States that continue to flip the bird at this administration and its commands will have to have income to stay afloat.

    #ddongtoday #dronesmotherfucker 


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  • ddt 06.39 on January 31, 2017  

    Resources

    Google docs to bookmark, contribute to, and build on:


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  • ddt 10.33 on January 29, 2017  

    The new immigration executive action is racist. Showing preference for Christians doesn’t make it any less racist. 

    This weekend, it’s Muslims because that kind of ban is easy to push. But next weekend, next month, next year? Who else does the US not like? What other group(s) of people does Trump’s America disdain? 

    This ban is biased guilt by association. You are from a Muslim country. Terrorists are Muslim. Therefore, you are a terrorist.

    This logic is faulty and can and will be applied (as all things are once they are in play) to other groups, religions, and nations the Trump administration does not approve of.

    Let’s talk about Korea. For so many Americans there is only North Korea. Americans are barely cognizant of a South Korea (although Samsung may have helped to change that until their phones began exploding). The faulty logic drapes nicely here. The continued fear of a DPRK ICBM striking America will easily drive a Korean travel ban with average Americans not batting much of an eye based on other, racial stereotypes of Koreans (they eat dogs, they are shitty drivers, most of the woman are prostitutes).

    As an American citizen living abroad with a South Korean wife and child, we have been slowing building a 4-6 year exodus plan to live in America. To be near my family and to live with more space and more culture. The thought of living in America seems more and more distant with this administration. We already live in a country that denies asylum seekers bases on the color of their skin. We already live in a country that is xenophobic, where the average Joe Kim discriminates against anyone who is not of his race, his culture, his country. If the prospect of moving becomes which mildly oppressive, racist government do we want to live under, which is better? 

    The answer is the one where: the most money can be saved and the best healthcare can be had. Sadly, that looks to be less and less like America. 

    Given the way the week has fallen, orders signed, actions signed, making America great again looks to be mostly about making America white, Christian, and unforgiving. 


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  • ddt 09.52 on January 29, 2017  

    Total madness The order blocked travelers from entering…

    Total madness:

    The order … blocked travelers from entering the country and airlines barred visa-holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as people from those countries who are lawful U.S. residents, from getting on planes to the country.

    source

    To return, these folks will undergo “extreme vetting”. The United States of America is only going to let the good Jews Muslims in from now on. Christians get “priority” processing. 


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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 13.00 on January 26, 2017  

    This Coming Age of Silence

    Another day, another batch of executive orders, another round of reactions, worries, celebrations, and memes. There are so many stories to sift through. There is so much exhaustion of eyes, of minds, of rage, of delight. Five days in and people are unplugging from SNS (social network services) (social network services) (social network services) (social network services), filling their feeds with cats, LOLz, hot chicks, hotter guys, and Obama-nostalgia posts. 

    Not even a week has passed and these things have changed for the next four years:

    There is some good reporting and writing going on too, but not enough. These are all worth your reading time:

    Lastly, watch and remember this: Lest We Forget – Bill Moyers and four historians on the big lie behind the rise of Trump.

    #ddongtoday #dronesmotherfucker


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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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