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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 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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  • 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 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 19.48 on January 22, 2017  

    Y = C+G+I+NX, Baby

    A non-American family member asked today, “So, what are you gonna do?”.
    “Nothing. We are fucked.”

    If we do nothing we are fucked. If we try and fail, at least we can know that we did something. If we try and succeed, we think things will be different, better, how we don’t know, but the idea is that it won’t be what we find ourselves in today—incessant bickering across the SNS (social network services) stratosphere about how many people showed up to whose party. In other words: we know it won’t be high school. Whatever future there is going forward, at least (we hope), it’s got to be better than high school braggarts in the capitol and on the screens going round after round of I’m-right-and-you’re-wrong.

    If this is you, right now, on the internetz or in a bar, talking about this … this cruft of the inauguration, you’ve already lost. You’re already doing nothing if you are mindlessly sharing a comparative picture of Obama’s 2009 inauguration and the 2017 inauguration. If you’re not looking at the sources, you’ve lost. If you’ve taken at face value, any part of the MLK bust removed from The Oval Office—be it as the 😱-what-a-monster (leftie) or the LOOK!-fake-news (rightie), you’ve lost.

    The truth, the news, is somewhere in the middle. You have to think for yourself to find it. You have to read between the lines. You have to talk with people who agree with you and those who do not. Most of all, you have to listen.

    If you’re not listening, then you’re doing nothing.

    #dronesmotherfucker #ddongtoday

    Y = C+G+I+NX

    The first thing that America has lost is prosperity. How do I know? The fundamental equation of macroeconomics says so, without a shred of doubt. Y = C+G+I+NX. Don’t be scared. It’s much simpler than it looks. It just means: GDP = Consumption + Government expenditure + Investment + eXports.


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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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