Obama Sets Chelsea Free


The president who prosecuted more people under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst who leaked the biggest trove of classified material ever:

“President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. military intelligence who was responsible for a 2010 leak of classified materials to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the biggest such breach in U.S. history.

A White House official said there was no connection between Manning’s commutation and renewed U.S. government concern about WikiLeaks actions during last year’s presidential election, or a promise by its founder Julian Assange to accept extradition if Manning was freed.

Manning has been a focus of a worldwide debate on government secrecy since she provided more than 700,000 documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts to WikiLeaks – a leak for which she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.”

SOURCE: “Obama Shows Clemency To Manning, Intelligence Analyst Behind Leaks” | Reuters | Roberta Rampton | 01/17/2016

Several thoughts:

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Democrats Have Already Lost The 2020 Presidential Election


After Trump’s win I posted this on Facebook:


When the fake can’t overcome the real thing, its only option is to get real. However the upper echelon of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Republican Party has no interest in this kind of analysis. Therefore, the party has no interest in reality.

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There’s No Such Thing As The Real Economy


Trading floors are just as real as factory floors because there’s no such thing as a “real economy.”

By this I mean that there’s no easily distinguishable difference between the “real” economy and some “other” economy that’s less real, or, not really real at all.

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The Geopolitics Of John Podesta’s Idiocy


While it may be probable that Russian agencies or those affiliated with them are responsible for hacking the DNC’s or the Clinton campaigns’ emails, I don’t know for sure.

The 17 intelligence agencies (mostly just two) that Hillary Clinton claims have found a direct link between “the highest levels of the Russian government” and recent Wikileaks revelations don’t really know as much as she wants them to:

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The Tricknology Of Lesser Evilism (Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, And Malcolm X)


The most compelling thing said about this election came from a man who’s been dead longer than I’ve been alive:

“If Johnson had been running all by himself, he would not have been acceptable to anyone. The only thing that made him acceptable to the world was that the shrewd capitalists, the shrewd imperialists, knew that the only way people would run toward the fox would be if you showed them a wolf. So they created a ghastly alternative. And it had the whole world — including people who call themselves Marxists — hoping that Johnson would beat Goldwater.”

Malcolm X on the 1964 Presidential Election, from Malcolm X Speaks

Malcolm X understood that in politics, the more extreme the perception of differences between Democrats and Republicans, the more likely that fear rather than reason will determine how votes are cast.

True then, true now, so much so that the parallels between Hillary Clinton and Lyndon Johnson on the left side of the ideological spectrum and Donald Trump and Barry Goldwater on the right are too eerie to ignore.

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Not So Noble And Barely Literary Thoughts On The Nobel Prize For Literature


It’s been dry times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, even though there was actually an era when it was The Oscars for book nerds.

(So yeah, I’m a book nerd. Down for life.)

Ah, the 1990s, that feverish run of Octavio Paz, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, Kenzaburo Oe, and Seamus Heaney. Compared to this, I haven’t really pricked my ears up at Nobel Literature announcements since madman Harold Pinter in 2005.

But as the announcement looms, Murakami is in the air, that great techno-fabulist who augurs as much cool and as much weird as our post-postmodern age thinks it thinks it can stomach. Should he win, it would be fitting. He’s the End-Time Prophet for a “time” that’s ending all the time. And thus, his acceptance speech should be a hologramed continuous loop of him chanting “We will rock you,” with Queen playing in the background.

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