Dogey Treats: News & Memes
The biggest stories and dankest memes from the past week on Twitter
This week, I’m rolling out a standalone Wednesday news digest for subscribers called “Dogey Treats: News & Memes.”
I’m planning to make this a weekly thing where I cover Dogecoin-adjacent topics like the Global Financial System, crypto, Covid, geopolitics, and memes.
The goal is to capture the Internet zeitgeist, and provide a way for folks to keep up with all the happenings on Twitter in one convenient place. In particular, I want to look at stories that capture the attention of meme makers: this week, I focused on the Chinese Spy Balloon Fiasco.
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Most-Memed Story: Chinese Spy Balloon
In one of the zanier stories in recent memory, a Chinese Spy Balloon crossed the Canada-Montana border and floated across the country before being shot down off the coast of South Carolina.
Thursday, a Pentagon official confirmed the existence of “high-altitude surveillance balloon” that was “currently over the center of the continental United States.”
The same day, Bloomberg reported that US authorities had been tracking the balloon since Saturday, January 28th, but chose not to inform the public out of concern that the incident would disrupt a meeting between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In response to news of the balloon going public, China issued a statement claiming the balloon was designed for climate research and blew off course by accident. Pentagon officials insisted it was designed for surveillance.
As it floated from Billings to Myrtle Beech, the balloon generated rumors, political controversy, and countless memes.
Conservatives immediately seized on the balloon to score political points against the Biden administration, calling it weak for not shooting the balloon down.
Biden explained the decision not to immediately shoot the balloon down to reporters: “I ordered the Pentagon to shoot it down, on Wednesday, as soon as possible, they decided, without doing damage to anyone on the ground, they decided that the best time to do that was that it got over water within our twelve mile limit.”
Friday morning, Trump posted to Truth Social calling for authorities to ”SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON.”
Another report alleged the Pentagon deliberately withheld balloon-info from Trump because it feared he would respond aggressively.
Later, a Senior US General disputed the reports, saying military intelligence was not aware of any balloons flying over the country during the Trump’s term in office.
On Saturday night, an F-22 fighter jet shot the balloon with a missile over the Myrtle Beach.
The Chinese foreign ministry said shooting down the balloon was “a clear overreaction and a serious violation of international practice."
On Monday, a Pentagon official said the balloon was 200 feet tall, weighed thousands of pounds, and was filled with an explosive payload the size of a jetliner to destroy itself.
Whatever it’s geopolitical significance, the ballon resulted in countless memes.
The ballon fiasco overshadowed the other big story last week, a Project Veritas recording of a high-level Pfizer employee claiming mRNA vaccines may be responsible for documented irregularities in womens’ menstrual cycles.
The video racked up eight million views on Twitter, but was not allowed on other major social media platforms.
Until recently, the topic of vaccines and fertility was aggressively censored by Twitter. Its re-emergence marks another evolution in the Covid discussion.
Despite the fortuitous balloon distraction, Pfizer again found itself on blast after sponsoring a brazenly Satanic Grammy performance over the weekend.
Here were other big news items from the bird app over the last week.
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