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.

Good overview of the racist drug war

Hero you haven't heard of to be sent to jail

Tim DeChristopher put in the winning bid in a federal auction of oil and gas on 150,000 acres of public lands. Without any money. “I wasn’t motivated to protect land. I wouldn’t go to jail to protect land. I’m primarily motivated to protect human beings. This is about climate justice. We must move away from fossil fuels and create a world with clean energy for sure, but not continue corporate exploitation through the banner of green energy, a world where people have the power, not corporations. It is about equality and justice.”

the author is ringleader, cheerleader, ringmaster, organizer, and jack of all trades of a process that might never end

Seth Godin is spying on me. How else to explain that he just wrote: "what it means to be an author is changing for the first time in a hundred years [...] the author is the ringleader, cheerleader, ringmaster, organizer and jack of all trades of a process that might not ever end."

Sure, he claims that's his takeaway from Craig Mod's essay "Post-Artifact Books and Publishing", but it seems more likely he's been following the writing and publishing of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7.

Arrival in Cape Cod, 5:40 a.m.

Just made the 14 hour, 23 minute trip from Sissonville, West Virginia to Wellfleet, Massachusetts in just over 11 hours.

Thank you, ye gods of speed traps, for clearing them out of my way.

I never thought it would be my personality to be the fastest car on the road – in my grandfather's minivan no less – but except for a couple attempts at having a pace car, and once in traffic, no one passed me in the whole 815 miles i was on the road.

15 Minutes to Live: the story that has to be written

Gwen Bell – 15 Minutes to Live
"We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.
1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

Dear person, every person, any person,

In an entire decade we couldn't manage to hold a trial?

I've missed most news coverage, but i heard that Obama said "justice has been done" with our military's extra-judicial killing of Osama bin Laden. This is disconcerting given the lack of judicial process in this instance and the broader contempt for rule of law and legal process exhibited by the Obama administration and its predecessor. Not that i consider courts to be the only legitimate arbiters of the broad concept of justice, but when it's the president of my country talking about the crime of mass murder...

Catch 22, the 87 e-mail edition

Catch 22: If your e-mail inbox is not acting as your TODO stack, it would not matter that it has 87 e-mails in it. But if it weren't acting as your TODO list, it wouldn't have 87 e-mails in it.

Lost: Tattered Wristband. Orange and red thread wrapped in a layer of purple cloth.

My band o' unrequited love has been lost. I've been wearing it, a Rakhi thread signifying love and protection between a brother and a sister (and i learned later that in Indian popular culture it is what you do not want someone you are falling in love with to tie on you), since 2009 August 5.

Help or liberation

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.

But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

— Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s (via Lilla Watson)

Political prostitution

Of course politicians are against prostitution; they hate the competition.

— Uric Lanbe

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