Reading While Eating for March 6: Adios, Chàvez

Must read links for your lunch break: Assessing Chàvez's legacy and pondering the unstoppable spread of 'Harlem Shake' videos

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Supporters of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez react to the announcement of his death outside the hospital where he was being treated, in Caracas March 5, 2013.

Vaya Con Dios: Venezuelan President Hugo Chàvez died Tuesday after a drawn-out battle with cancer. Among other things, his political sentiments, unorthodox historical theories and spiteful invectives made for snappy quoting. (

All The World’s a Stage: Whatever drama he gave the world — calling former President George W. Bush a devil, blowing kisses, denouncing Halloween as a game of terror — most agree Chàvez was an oppressive dictator. (The New York Times)

You Win Some… Venezuela’s fortunes under 14 years of Chàvez’s rule, in one handy chart (sneak preview: unemployment halves, murders skyrocket). (The Guardian)

What if It Wasn’t Cancer? The CIA have long had it out for Chàvez and ultimately did him in, say the most confident people on Twitter. (BuzzFeed)

Work Hard, Play Hard: With such a virulent anti-U.S. leader gone, maybe we can get along with Venezuela, Obama said in a statement Tuesday. Now all our diplomats need to do is PUT DOWN THE DANG BOTTLE. (The Daily What)

Kids These Days: If you’ve said that lately, you’re almost definitely kind of an adult. (Thought Catalog)

We’re Still Mourning The Wire: If networks swapped out current, low-ratings TV shows for their infinitely better rerun counterparts, the world would be a better place. And we could see that adorable Early Edition cat again. (Flavorwire)

Meme Killed Dead: Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign has posted a “Harlem Shake” video. Just try not to cringe when you see the senate minority leader’s oversized cardboard head bopping to the beat. (Talking Points Memo)

Meet The New iPet: Cats, dogs and frogs are way better at iPad games than humans are. (YouTube via mental_floss)