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Sonnen's coach Scott McQuarry told MMAJunkie.com that he plans to appeal the bout's result. Here's the brewing storm on Twitter:

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Tue, Jul 10 2012 02:18:45

Here is the knee "in question."
Anderson Silva lands brutal knee to Chael Sonnen's body #ufc148 http://twitpic.com/a57vai · REDRUM
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<![CDATA[Deadly Floods, Landslides in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar]]>

Nearly 100 dead and an estimated 250,000 stranded or displaced.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Thu, Jun 28 2012 02:21:34

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<![CDATA[100 Poets for Change - 2012]]>

There are only a few days left to support the "100 Poets for Change" KickStarter Campaign. If you are a poet or you appreciate poetry's place in our world, there aren't many better causes to support. This is a truly worldwide event and is shaping up to be the world's largest poetry event ever.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Tue, May 29 2012 02:25:47

BETTER BY NOW (ain't it supposed to be?) 100 Thousand Poets for Change 2012 · 100tpc

you can make small donations to 100 Thousand Poets for Change throught this link. Please show your support! 100 Thousand Mimes for Change in Istanbul, Turkey and Cairo, Egypt! 100 Thousand Puppeteers for Change in Gotheburg, Sweden and Miami, Florida, 100 Thousand Musicians for Change in over 40 cities, 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 100 countries, I am ready to roll!! Sign up and speak out!

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Garcia Marquez is Alive and, well...]]>

it's crazy that such a title needs to be. The Twitter hoax followed by a sampling of its backlash:

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Mon, May 14 2012 23:44:57

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<![CDATA[CAGED bursts into Amazon's Top 100 Books]]>

CAGED: Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet is currently ranked #1 in Sports, #2 in Memoir and #77 out of millions in Amazon's free eBook store.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Mon, Apr 09 2012 11:37:52

It has had loads of help on social media to get there. Here's a glimpse into how it happened:
On Twitter:
On Facebook:

My friend Cameron Conaway has his book out for FREE for a couple more days...The #1 free kindle download in Sports. I've read the book. Great book about a complex life.

From major reviewers:
through friends working hard on-the-ground and some good luck like getting featured here:
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<![CDATA[The Real Hunger Games]]>

The wildly popular fantasy book "The Hunger Games" grossed $61.1 million at the box office last weekend, but let's look at reality's more important ongoing hunger games.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Wed, Apr 04 2012 10:36:30

Bahrain Hunger Striker's Life in Peril as US-Backed Forces Continue Anti-Democracy Crackdown · democracynow
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<![CDATA[Reports: Aung San Suu Kyi wins]]>

If the victory is officially confirmed, it'll mark a milestone not only in Burmese history but in Southeast Asia and democracy worldwide. Here's a sampling of the social media buzz.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Sun, Apr 01 2012 11:41:44

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<![CDATA[Thailand Bans MMA?]]>

The rumored ban has the world of MMA spinning.

Storified by Cameron Conaway · Fri, Mar 30 2012 06:31:29

BANGKOK, Thailand -
30.March.2012

Perhaps more than any country in the world, hand-to-hand fighting has perhaps its deepest roots in "The Land of Smiles." Whereas other countries fused their primal and practical martial arts with weapons, Thailand has taken exhaustive measures to protect their ancient art of Muay Boran (the sport version of which is called Muay Thai). Such measures likely were primarily about preserving their cultural heritage, but more and more it seems that money is playing an increasingly important role.

King Rama VII (reigned from 1925-1935) is often given credit for helping to turn Muay Boran into sport. Now, in 2012, thousands of people each year come to Thailand specifically to train in Muay Thai. For many, including myself, it was a lifelong dream. For many others, they are sharpening their skills so that they can compete in MMA - Muay Thai has proven to be one of the most effective martial arts in the sport of mixed martial arts. However, where as my interest in Muay Thai grew because I found MMA, there are rumors that Thailand's Ministry of Tourism & Sports have officially banned MMA precisely because it is "causing erosion" to and "damaging the image" of Thailand's national sport. Yes, that the same group handles both "Tourism" and "Sports" certainly has much to do with this.

This supposed ban comes at a time of rapid growth within Thailand's MMA community. In the past year, DARE Fight Sports has grown tremendously in popularity. DARE is a professional MMA promotion in Bangkok and is Thailand's first organization to use the octagonal cage that is now MMA's trademark. In fact, last week an article I wrote about them appeared on the front page of Sherdog.com, MMA's premier website. And just three days ago DARE made a sort of history - they were, in the opinion of many, the first MMA organization to have a front page article about them in The Bangkok Post.

Those who have watched Muay Thai in Thailand know well the brutality of it. Some fighters compete once-per-week or more. Fighters often begin training and even fighting well before they would graduate from elementary school in the United States. A majority of people who attend the fights in Thailand do so because they love to bet on fights. The referees often let the fights go long after they should be stopped. I consider myself a seasoned fight fan and even a lover of Muay Thai, yet I actually had to walk out of one Muay Thai event I went to because I truly thought a fighter was going to die.

Sure, Muay Thai has its problems. But the rise of MMA has only helped the rise of Muay Thai. I'd argue that millions of people in the world who never previously heard of Muay Thai now know quite a bit about it thanks to the rise of mixed martial arts. However, Thailand is a place proud to have never been colonized. And they've got in their national treasure and sport a simultaneous touristic money-maker. It's only natural that they want to protect it - it's the same as a country that wants to preserve their oil or their unique environmental attractions. For many, Thailand is Muay Thai. That said, as many fighters in Thailand want to transition to MMA and as Muay Thai seems to be taking more and more of a backseat to the sport of mixed martial arts, it's easy to see why Thailand may take such measures. While sources about the ban are still a bit shady at this point, the reality is that it may only be a matter of time before Thailand bans MMA.


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