Zapatistas Call for Different Forms of Protest in Mexico

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Zapatistas Call for Different Forms of Protest in Mexico

zapatistas.jpg_1718483346 Members of the EZLN hold banners saying “You are not alone,” and “Your anger is also ours.” | Photo: Reuters

For the past six months, Mexicans have been tirelessly protesting over the forced disappearances of 43 students from a teacher training college. Mexican revolutionary group the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) is questioning the effectiveness of traditional methods of popular struggle, including “marches, real or virtual, elections, inquiries and meetings,” to address the “catastrophe” that has engulfed the country.

In a press release, signed by Insurgent Subcommander Galeano, the militants said that even though the nation was in the midst of a “storm,” they could see and hear that “everything is carrying on the same,” and that people are being presented with “only small variations that do not significantly alter the landscape.” “

As Zapatistas, we see one thing and…

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Poor people in Kansas restricted from taking cruises, because we all know poor people take cruises.

Aimee Patton

Are you a poor person in Kansas who receives government assistance each month and takes luxury cruises?   I can just picture it – your $497 per month comes in and you think, “dial-up Carnival Cruise lines where am I headed this month with my family of four?  The Bahamas?  No I think I’ll head to Alaska!”

The new Kansas bill focused on government assistance will prevent poor people from cruising.

Maybe you a poor person, but cruising isn’t your style.  Let’s face it, cruising isn’t for everyone.  Maybe eating lobster at every meal is how you roll.  We all know that only the finest lobster can be feasted on for a family of four living on $16 per day.  As a single mother with 3 children – you will get over hearing your children cry from hunger for the other 15 days out of the month when you feed…

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Loss in Translation: Ayotzinapa and Mexico’s More than 27,000 Disappeared

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Loss in Translation: Ayotzinapa and Mexico’s More than 27,000 Disappeared

by Maggie Ervin
At its best, a translation can be sublime and elevating. I dare say Edith Grossman’s English version of One Hundred Years of Solitudeis almost as stunningly delicious as Garcia Marquez’s original. And I wonder if Rilke’s original Sonnets to Orpheus could possibly be more transcendent than Stephen Mitchell’s take on it. At its worst, translation can be awkward and disappointing. When trying to convey the layers of Portuguese’s saudade, or those long, precise German nouns stuck together to make one single word.
Translating certain words from Spanish to English can be complicated too. In English, “disappear” is not normally a transitive verb. Something or someone disappears by its own will, or by negligence, but it’s not something you do to someone else. There are plenty of cruel things you can do to people in English…

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The search for happiness

Zen Flash

1483327_10152051904436154_573310790_nThe search for happiness is not about looking at life through rose-colored glasses or blinding oneself to the pain and imperfections of the world. Nor is happiness a state of exultation to be perpetuated at all costs.

It is the purging of mental toxins, such as hatred and obsession, that literally poison the mind. It is also about learning how to put things in perspective and reduce the gap between appearances and reality.

To that end we must acquire a better knowledge of how the mind works and a more accurate insight into the nature of things, for in its deepest sense, suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension of the nature of reality.

―Matthieu Ricard

With thanks to Tashi at

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200 farmers committed suicide in Marathwada, says official – The Times of India

The total number of farmers who committed suicide during the last three months in the eight districts of Marathwada region has crossed 200, official sources said here today.

The main reason behind taking the extreme step is bankruptcy due to loans which cannot be repayed due to crops destroyed by natural calamities.

via 200 farmers committed suicide in Marathwada, says official – The Times of India.

Inside Manhattan’s Adorable New Pencil Shop: Gothamist

“There aren’t very many pencil factories left, but most of them still maintain the quality and heritage of yesteryear. Some harder to find pencils have to be tracked down via a third party (friends in other countries) or collected while traveling,” Weaver says of her inventory, “The old pencils are bit trickier, but most of mine come from collectors who have an excess of a certain pencil or from auctions.”

The most interesting pencil Weaver has seen comes from long ago, “There are a lot of pencils from the 1920s to 1950s with really odd and elaborately shaped erasers attached to them. There’s one that I have called the Dixon Inline which has really fine orange and white stripes on the barrel and a big, flat, square eraser on the end which is held by an elaborate gold ferrule. It’s a really lovely and strange pencil.”

There is an online store, but we highly recommend dropping by the shop. It’s located at 100a Forsyth Street in Manhattan, and is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, and Sunday 12 to 7 p.m.

via Inside Manhattan’s Adorable New Pencil Shop: Gothamist.

Israeli Forces Target Journalists in West Bank | Inter Press Service

Tear gas canisters, which under Israeli law are meant to be shot from a safe distance in an upward arch so as not to endanger life, have also been shot directly at journalists from close range even when the journalists were out of the line of fire.

The rising trend of Israeli security forces using live ammunition against Palestinian protesters has expanded to include journalists as well.

via Israeli Forces Target Journalists in West Bank | Inter Press Service.

Leave The Pages Bloody. | Rebelle Society

Leave the pages bloody…

Leave them ripe with summer sweat, hard work, no work, lust, love, pain, grief, messy sex, no sex, lovemaking, mouth to mouth, warm hugs, spiritual enlightenment, rebirth, rain, fire, ice, ashes, matches, gasoline and lastly, most integral, life. Leave the pages of your mind drenched with the ink of the breath of every solitary subconscious thought.

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