Wiki Leaks Seriously Unshocking

So far, I’ve yet to be startled by anything in the leaks. In fact, my take on international politics is being validated.

Kim Jong Il is bat-shit crazy.

Angela Merkel is kind of boring.

Nobody likes Mr. Imadinnerjacket.

Vladimir Putin is hand-in-glove with the Russian kleptocracy.

Americans are in Pakistan and Yemen, calling in drone attacks on Al-Queda camps.

Afghani politicians are corrupt.

If any of that surprises you, you’ll be amazed to learn that

people in Cleveland don’t like Lebron James anymore;

Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds did take steroids, as did about 85% of all major league baseball players in the 1990s;

Hollywood is about to release a bunch of comic book hero movie sequels and they probably will suck;

the Cubs are unlikely to win the World Series. Ever.

Remember: you heard it here first!

8 thoughts on “Wiki Leaks Seriously Unshocking”

  1. However, the first rule of bureaucratic warfare is Thou Shalt Not Speak Unpleasant Truths Aloud. And woe to the poor bastid who does.

    /b

  2. I chalk up all the hype to a deeply ingrained confusion over the difference between knowledge and control.

    Does public knowledge of all the inner machinations of foreign policy really give us any more say in what our government does or don’t do? (Or in this case, “did or didn’t” do?)

    The thousands of Americans who pay attention to this sort of news (myself included) may sleep more uneasily because what was suspected is now blatant, but how does knowing this really change anything?

    Yet we “well-informed” sorts continue to pursue knowledge as if it will give us some “handle” on things. So we can what? Shift some investment dollars around in foreign markets? As if we have any left since 2008….

    (I guess this is my way of giving a whole-hearted “yes!” to MDR’s comments above.)

  3. the world needs the Cubs to win….
    but first Cleveland will win an NBA championship…and then…the righteous
    will be taken to the heavenly place with bodies intact and souls shining.

  4. Mary, I just subscribed to your BLOG! (such a great word, right) and I love your candor. I would have to say that 85% number may have been a bit low. I have a quick question for you. what do you think of christopher hitchens or sam harris? Have you ever read them? I have been captivated by them both for the last year or so. Any thoughts on them?

    Happy Holidays
    Tim

  5. Hey, Tim. Before he got sick, I thought Christopher Hitchens as just sort of snarky and bad-tempered, but his unblinking stare into the face of death has been admirable. I’ve heard an NPR interview and read his articles in Vanity Fair, and there’s nothing he’s said about mortality and oblivion that I disagree with. I find his rationality and calm inspiring.

    I wasn’t familiar with Sam Harris but I googled his name and found a TED lecture about a scientific approach to morality. Again: rational, calm, and admirable. Thanks for putting me onto him!

    http://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_science_can_show_what_s_right.html

  6. I agree that Christopher Hitchens is inspiring.
    Thanks for sharing the link to the TED lecture by Sam Harris. He’s interesting, but I think the questions asked of him after the lecture show the weakness of his argument when he’s not dealing with extreme cases like the Taliban’s imposition of the burka.
    Orthodox Jewish women willingly cover their hair and wear stockings and long-sleeved, high-necked dresses even in very hot weather. Many of them also have a baby every year. They will not be beaten or murdered if they do not conform. They have been socialized to accept these ways of living. What moral basis do we have for saying that this is wrong? I am not defending this way of life. I’m simply using it as a test case for Sam Harris’s argument.

  7. Mary,
    Like I said, I have read all of Christopher Hitchens books, articles, blurbs, or anything I can read by him and his cancer is as unfortunate as it is advanced. I hope he beats it but it does not look good. To me, Christopher Hitchens is very passionate about his anti-theism and Sam Harris is much more calms, deliberate, and rational. In the last year or so, I have crossed over, happily to say, fully and wholeheartedly, into the Atheist realm and find these two guys (with Richard Dawkins a distant, far off, third. he is so boring, and frankly, scientific for my liking but relevant nonetheless). I know that you were an atheist for a long time and I know we have talked about this a few brief times but I feel, very confidently, that I have reached the point of no return on faith. I do not think anything could/would ever happen that would make me recant.

    I hope we can talk soon!

    Tim

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