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#90, Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words
April 18, 2017
Superhardtruth #1: the corporate-state-media muscle of the internet hides in plain sight below a sea of participatory good ‘n plenty only to manifest as real power, violence and control on demand
North Korea’s vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for building up a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, saying that his “aggressive” tweets were “making trouble.” In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in Pyongyang, Vice Minister Han Song Ryol also warned the U.S. against provoking North Korea militarily, saying, “We will go to war if they choose.” (North Korea: Trump’s ‘aggressive’ tweets ‘making trouble,’ AP, Eric Talmadge)
Superhardtruth #4: virality is virility
“If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK’s pre-emptive strike,” Han said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “We’ve got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a U.S. pre-emptive strike.” (Talmadge)
Superhardtruth #5: tiny contributions cascade into the mother of all bombs
Presidential bravado also risks North Korea taking him at his word, and miscalculating accordingly. Loose threats of pre-emptive military attacks could cause its leader, Kim Jong-un, to shoot first and worry about the consequences later — perhaps striking South Korea with conventional weapons to remind the world what he is capable of, if the United States seeks to eliminate his nuclear program. That’s a quick path to conflict with a volatile and nuclear-armed adversary. (Losing the Credibility War, NYT, Antony Blinken)
Superhardtruth #8: people need time to ponder so they can be truly ethical and thoughtful
Superhardtruth #6: #fakenews r us
Equally problematic is Mr. Trump’s challenged relationship with veracity, documented almost daily by independent fact-checking organizations. The greatest hits include his repeatedly debunked claim that former President Obama tapped his phones, that a nonexistent terrorist attack occurred in Sweden, that Germany owes NATO vast sums of money, that Mr. Obama released more than 100 detainees from Guantánamo who returned to the battlefield and that Democrats made up allegations about Russian efforts to influence our election. Mr. Trump’s canards risk undermining his ability to counter propaganda from our adversaries. (Blinken)
- “North Korea: Trump’s ‘aggressive’ tweets ‘making trouble,'” Eric Talmadge
- “Losing the Credibility War,” Antony Blinken
To see a poetic response to this hardtruth:Technology is a Weapon
Technology is a Weapon
Poets of Course
Technology is a weapon,
it can be used to hurt people,
it can be very dangerous.
People often use it to threaten others,
they often use it in abusive ways.
They often send nasty emails
or look up people's information,
and then use it to stalk them.
People often use technology
to take advantage of others.
They use it to manipulate each other
and to use other people for their personal gain.
They don't seem to care
how much it hurts
the people that they are targeting.
They just go ahead and keep doing it anyway.
Some people never seem to learn.
They continue to use technology
to benefit themselves at the expense of others,
even if they have been told not to.
Even if they have been given warnings.
They just keep using it to harass people.
Technology allows people to do very bad things.
It allows people to do things that they know they shouldn't do.
But people just don't seem to care about what's right and what's wrong.
All they care about is themselves
and their own selfish desires.
That is why technology is so dangerous.
It's very important for us to make sure
that we are using it responsibly.
If we are not careful with it,
then we could end up
becoming exactly the kind of people
that we don't want to be.
Technology can be very bad.
That's why we must use it with care.
This poem is a response to hardtruth #90:#90, Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words