Benjamin Maurice Melançon the First, A.D.H.D. variously known as BMM Inc., the Maurice Institute Library, and the godfather of CATSUP, is quite possibly a figment of his own imagination.
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Mayans march in Chiapas for Democracy, Liberty, and Justice

The world didn't end today, but no Mayan ever (ever) said that it would. As Daniel Feder wrote: "Actual Mayans had other plans for today.... 6,000 EZLN members marching in complete silence into five Chiapas cities, in an action organized in secret that took the country by surprise."

Mayans march in silence and black masks, five across and hundreds deep, through Ocosingo, Chiapas streets
Photo by Raul Vera. Marcha Zapatista, Ocosingo, Chiapas.

More detail from Narco News:

Election 2012 excess thoughts

My girlfriend went to sleep so you all in the general world will have the remainder of my post-election musings foisted upon you.

Proposition 37 Million Dollars

Wars are not won buying ammunition from the enemy

Thirty-six, thirty-seven million dollars has a way of making a point. If we're lucky, one point will be that a thirty-million dollar advantage spent spreading slander and disinformation can only almost sway thirty percent of an electorate away from voting for what they want and believe.

Taking risks

It's not risk-taking if you don't calculate the odds.

— Uric Lanbe

If Drugs Were Legal, My Friend Would Be Alive Today

If drugs were legal, my friend Andrew would not have died Sunday night.

This was not my first reaction. My first reaction was unfocused rage (which itself seems to be a coping method when faced with overwhelming sadness).

Andrew Judson Grice (1969-2012)

[Because i worked at a newspaper and part of what i did there was write obituaries, i've written one each for my grandmother and my father. I realize since starting this (and turning to an opinion piece instead) that it is not my place to write an obituary for Andrew, but instead to simply give testimony to the parts of his life it was my honor to be part of.]

Figuring out the real story is part of life, just to get over the indignity of being lied to all the time

"I don’t really do research in order to write. Finding out about things, figuring out the real story—what you call research—is part of life now for some of us. Mostly just to get over the indignity of living in a pool of propaganda, of being lied to all the time, if nothing else."

-- Arundhati Roy, http://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/2356/roy_2_15_11/

(hat tip to Shreya Sanghani)

It's the day before Yom Kippur and i've had two pretzels.

Plan? Plan!

Oh, and wine. Celebrating that http://daniel-libeskind.com is live!!!

The Uncertainties of the Aftermath of Genocide: The New York Times Makes the Case for Passivity

Like its dictator-nailing subtitle, “Granito” often feels in its certitude like an inversion of vintage neoconservatism.

GRANITO

How to Nail a Dictator

Opens on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Directed by Pamela Yates; edited by Peter Kinoy; produced by Paco de Onís; released by Skylight Pictures. At the IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, at Third Street, Greenwich Village. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 43 minutes. This film is not rated.

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