Edward Snowden meets Arundhati Roy 

“I asked Ed Snowden what he thought about Washington’s ability to destroy countries and its inability to win a war (despite mass surveillance). I think the question was phrased quite rudely – something like, “When was the last time the United States won a war?” We spoke about whether the economic sanctions and subsequent invasion of Iraq could be accurately called genocide. We talked about how the CIA knew – and was preparing for the fact – that the world was heading to a place of not just inter-country war but of intra-country war, in which mass surveillance would be necessary to control populations. And about how armies were being turned into police forces to administer countries they have invaded and occupied, while the police – even in places such as India and Pakistan and Ferguson, Missouri, in the United States – were being trained to behave like armies to quell internal insurrections.

We talked about war and greed, about terrorism, and what an accurate definition of it would be. We spoke about countries, flags and the meaning of patriotism. We talked about public opinion and the concept of public morality and how fickle it could be, and how easily manipulated.

[…] I asked Ed whether the NSA was just feigning annoyance at his revelations, but might actually be secretly pleased at being known as the All Seeing, All Knowing Agency – because that would help to keep people fearful, off-balance, always looking over their shoulders and easy to manage. Dan spoke about how even in the US, a police state was only another 9/11 away: “We are not in a police state now, not yet. I’m talking about what may come. I realise I shouldn’t put it that way… White, middle-class, educated people like myself are not living in a police state… Black, poor people are living in a police state. The repression starts with the semi-white, the Middle Easterners, including anybody who is allied with them, and goes on from there… One more 9/11, and then I believe we will have hundreds of thousands of detentions. Middle Easterners and Muslims will be put in detention camps or deported. After 9/11, we had thousands of people arrested without charges… But I’m talking about the future. I’m talking the level of the Japanese in the second world war… I’m talking of hundreds of thousands in camps or deported. I think the surveillance is very relevant to that. They will know who to put away – the data is already collected.” (When he said this, I did wonder, though I did not ask – how different would things have been if Snowden had not been white?)

Read the full article by Arundhati Roy here.


Cryptid Themed Alcohol

Mothman Black IPA is described as  “a balanced bitterness of citrus, hints of floral, with a touch of roasted toffee and chocolate”. It is made by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company out of West Virginia. This specific drink has a 6.7% ABV.

Beast of Bodmin Moor is “deep chestnut red ale, great complex malt flavours with a berry, fruity bitter finish.” Made by Penpoint Brewery, this alcohol has a 5.0% ABV and is from Cornwall, England.

Brewed in Mexicali, Mexico, Chupacabras Pale Ale is made by Cervecería Cucapá. Its ABV is 5.8% and it is described as “tastes like hops, caramel, malt and shows notes of fruit, toasted bread.”

Yeti Imperial Stout is an umbrella that covers several different beers including:  Yeti Imperial Stout, Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, Belgian Yeti, and Oatmeal Yeti. The brewery is located in Denver, Colorado and is called Great Divide. Yeti Imperial’s ABV is 9.5%.


December 9th 1824: Battle of Ayacucho

On this day in 1824, the climatic battle of the Peruvian war of independence occured at Ayacucho, ending in a decisive victory for the revolutionaries. The South American countries had been Spanish colonies for centuries, but their grip on the distant outposts began to falter at the beginning of the nineteenth century. At this time, Spain was wracked by political turmoil following Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and the capture of King Fernando VII. In this climate, other Spanish colonies - including Chile in 1810 - had declared their independence. Peru, however, remained loyal to the Spanish crown until the 1820s, when the regional campaign for self-determination spilled into Peru. There, revolutionaries led by Venezuelan Simon Bolivar sought to rout royalist forces, who were under the leadership of Viceroy Jose de la Serna, and engaged in protracted warfare in the effort to liberate Peru. The revolutionaries were initially repelled by Spanish troops, but Bolivar capitalised on political instability in the colonial administration to recruit soldiers from neighboring countries and launch further attacks. By December, the revolutionaries had amassed a considerable army at Ayacucho, made up of Peruvians, Venezuelans, Colombians, Argentines, and Chileans. Here, they were able take higher ground, giving them a tactical advantage over Spanish troops. Masterful military leadership by Bolivar’s second-in-command - Antonio Jose de Sucre - helped to secure the revolutionaries’ victory at Ayacucho. The royalist defeat, and capture of the viceroy, led to the end of the Peruvian war of independence, with Spanish surrender secured. The next year, Upper Peru (modern Bolivia) was also liberated. The last of the Spanish forces finally departed Peru in 1826, and with them ended Spanish rule in South America.


The Twelve Empresses, in A Distrait Life of Mistakes/Sights On Heaven.

  • Alilah Peixes, The First Empress, Her Hallowed Highness, 2 560 sweeps.
  • Nafash Peixes, The Second Empress, Her Imperious Greatness, 9 320 sweeps.
  • Zagara Peixes, The Third Empress, Her Imperious Graciousness, 650 sweeps.
  • Niadra Peixes, The Fourth Empress, Her Imperious Competence, 28 320 sweeps.
  • Rokarr Peixes, The Fifth Empress, Her Imperious Temperance, 7 950 sweeps.
  • Naktul Peixes, The Sixth Empress, Her Imperious Kindness, 90 sweeps.
  • Scylla Peixes, The Seventh Empress, Her Imperiuos Tenacity, 12 510 sweeps.
  • Kalysa Peixes, The Eighth Empress, Her Imperious Wisdom, 29 090 sweeps.
  • Ryloth Peixes, The Ninth Empress, Her Imperious Indifference, 6 500 sweeps.
  • Galene Peixes, The Tenth Empress, Her Imperious Radiance, 25 100 sweeps.
  • Meenah Peixes, The Eleventh Empress, Her Imperious Condescension, 25 600 sweeps.
  • Feferi Peixes, The Twelfth Empress, Her Imperious Complacence, 2 050 sweeps.
Music Tag

Tagged by my sister @mistmountaindreamer

Rules: Shuffle your music and write down the first 10 songs. No skipping! Tago 10 people in the end.

Here’s my list:

1. Everywhere- Fleetwood Mac

2. I Still Miss Someone (Blue Eyes)- Stevie Nicks

3. Do Ya’- KT Oslin

4. White Liar- Miranda Lambert

5. The Walker- Fitz and the Tantrums

6. Chandelier- Sia

7. Boys Don’t Cry- The Cure

8. Edge of Seventeen- Stevie Nicks

9. Imperial Hotel- Stevie Nicks

10. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination- Gladys Knight and the Pips

Tagging: Whoever wants to do this <3

Vacay Piece: NYC!

So I am now often in New York City, as that is where my boyfriend lives and because all my friends live there.  I went to NYU, so I don’t mind the commute, and it gives me a great opportunity to try out new places to eat!

It was recently the BF’s birthday, and I decided we were gonna fance it up for the evening.  We went to the chic Mondrian hotel’s signature restaurant, Imperial No. 9, for some amazing food.

Amazing does not even begin to describe this place.

So, first things first, atmosphere.  The place is drop-dead gorgeous.

  The 20’s-esque plant life combined with the gorgeous chandeliers amidst garden-style seating put the diner immediately at ease.  It’s like a festival for your eyes…you walk in, stare at everything, and worry that you might lose focus on your food because of how pretty this place it is.

That worry is unfounded.

The waiters, all dressed in a semi-casual apron…um, thingie, are all super nice (at least as far as I could tell).  Our waiter was incredibly helpful and described to me how every waiter is given the opportunity to taste their rotating specials so that they can accurately describe food to the customer.  This probably happens other places, but the fact that he took the time to tell me how delicious everything was, meant that this guy meant business.  I love a man who loves food.

So, after hearing the specials and ordering cocktails (all hand-crafted and locally sourced and very New York), we ordered.  My sweetie had the fried dorade stuffed with Mediterranean veggies, and I had a mushroom special.  I love mushrooms.  I expected it to be pretty good, but not overwhelming, as mushrooms can be easily made bland.  I was so wrong, and I am so glad.  That mushroom dish spoke to my soul.  It is now a part of who I am.  The fish was also incredible.  We couldn’t believe our good luck in having selected this place.

Then came dessert, and you wouldn’t believe the options.  Finally, we settled on splitting a key lime-style tart and a goat cheese cheesecake.  If that sounds gross to you then you are terrible.  They both blew our minds completely.

So, if any of you reading this are ever in NYC, please go to this place and give them your money.  It’s not likely that this place will ever be shut down, but I think my soul would be crushed if every person did not get to experience the amazingness that is Imperial No. 9. 

P.S. - Yes, all photos were taken with Instagram and I am a horrible, terrible hipster demon.  Deal.