Friday, December 3, 2010

so I'm probably totally on a watchlist now...

... based on my Internet consumption.

We've been having a lot of fun with the newest batch of Wikileaks files due to our amusement regarding the antics of grown men and women with lots of money and power talking smack about each other.

For someone like me who prefers to follow the antics of Hugo Chavez, Silvio Berlusconi and his "bunga bunga parties", Muammar Gaddafi's fabulous wardrobe choices and long speeches, and Vladimir Putin's PR campaign of manly manliness, this stuff is pure comedy gold in a gossipy "did you hear what so-and-so said?" kind of way. And headlines like this are awesome.

It's like a gigantic geopolitical high school notebook passed around in class where everyone's dishing dirt on the cool kids and the weirdos and no one's holding anything back and there's much more at stake and Hillary Clinton evidently types in capital letters ALL THE TIME. As regional as this little outpost on the Internets is, I love reading about places that I really don't know much about especially since I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to travel to Kazakhstan.

For all this hope and change talk we get from our Kindler Gentler Machine Gun Hand, the same shit different day approach to foreign policy and national security makes me really glad I voted third party in 2008, what with the TSA molestations and new checkpoints and Gitmo and the School of the Americas (renamed the very reassuring Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) being still open and us being in Afghanistan even longer than the Russians.

Besides, U.S. Government, you're depriving me of some damn good reading material here about Central Asian weddings involving men with golden guns and "jet-skiing under the influence."

It's infinitely more interesting than celebrities who are dying digitally by quitting Facebook and Twitter to tell us that AIDS kills people. No duh. Also, Janelle Monae, you are way too awesome to be a part of this ridiculousness. And L7 beat you all to it anyway.

It must be nice to feel like you've really given up a part of your life for a cause by just not being on the Internet for a few days. Way to really sacrifice. Aung San Suu Kyi would be so proud of you.


Randal Graves said...

What gives me the most joy from Wikileaks is the childlike notion that a crazy world of neo-Blofeldian excess and hubris actually exists outside of a screenplay.

Anonymous said...

well the Good News of the day is that we won't have to suffer such fools for long, save the date!

thatgirl said...

Truth is really stranger isn't it.

Anytime I see those things I figure that we've got a few more years left on this earth. I wish they'd give it up already.

Anonymous said...

for better or worse they still make me chuckle (as long as they aren't in the congress, oh wait), i prefer the thinking of the theologian john caputo that christians are a people waiting for the coming of they know not what, coming they know not when. but as such a faith/ethos is not common in our can do-fastfood- nation.

Anonymous said...

leaving aside the dead to note the quick:

thatgirl said...

That's awesome and something we don't hear much about in the local paper.

It breaks my heart driving through some of those neighborhoods, especially Slavic Village. I'm so glad that there's people still fighting on there.