Abby Zimet, staff writer

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Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 9:15pm
The Only Appropriate Public Event For George Bush To Attend Is His Own War Crimes Tribunal
Bravo to activist and scholar Phyllis Bennis, who at a conference on the George Bush Presidency declared - bluntly, calmly, hedging no bets - Bush a war criminal. Bennis said the criminality of Iraq and Afghanistan lay both in the way those wars were conducted, and in their very existence as wars of aggression - deemed by the Nuremberg trials "the supreme international crime." Thus, the legacy of Bush "is going to be that of a war criminal." From a painful past, a breath of fresh truthful air.
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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 6:45pm
Iceland's Police Are Not Our Police
How do we love Iceland? Let us count the ways: It's the most peaceful country in the world. It has no army. It has few rich or poor, with a vast middle class. It has free health care and education, strict gun control and geothermal energy. It was a key supporter of Wikileaks. It has almost no murder. In 2013 it saw its first police killing, ever, and people trust the Coast Guard and police more than any public body. Reykjavik police's Instagram account shows why: This sure ain't Ferguson.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:30pm
Bullets to the Head: God's Just Wrath For Tolerating Wickedness In Our Midst Increasingly, and May We Say Dubiously, Being Called Upon To Get Rid of Pesky Gay People
Our culture wars lurch on, propped up by ever implausible calls to God by bigots clinging to the wrong side of history. Thus, a new Indiana law allows the pious to discriminate against godless gays, and California's "Sodomite Suppression Act" proposes anyone who touches another same-sex person for sexual gratification - "a monstrous evil (to) Almighty God" - be "put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method," and praise Jesus.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:45am
On Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables
Eat Your Wonky Vegetables Dept: Those rows of glossy, flawless apples at the store come at a grim cost: The U.S. and other rich fussy countries waste up to 40% of their food, tossing out a staggering 1.3 billion tons of food that emits 3 billion tons of greenhouse gases once dumped in landfills. Cue sensible campaigns to discount produce that's "naturally imperfect" - much like the rest of us - creating a win for farmers, consumers, the planet and the feelings of uncomely vegetables alike.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 1:00pm
Imagine This Is All A Dream: Ted Cruz, Meet the Internet - Also Obamacare?!?
FYI, the GOP presidential clown car has left the station in the sanctimonious, scary-fringey person of Ted Cruz, who launched his campaign with a holy roller event at Falwell's Liberty University. His first day, Cruz got trolled even by the uber-straight kids (who had to attend or pay a $10 fine), by wiseacres who commandeered his insecure domain name - Obamacare! Nigerian Princes! - and most everyone else. Cruz' slogan: A Time For Truth. Truth is, except for the trolls, this is dispiriting.
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 11:30am
We Forgive But We Do Not Forget: There Were Many My Lais
Precisely 47 years after the Vietnam War's My Lai massacre, the great Seymour Hersh, whose chilling dispatches stirred public outrage, has for the first time visited "the scene of the crime." Though well-schooled in the war's atrocities, he hears more stories "in bland appalling detail," grasps anew My Lai was "not an aberration," and affirms its still-crucial lesson: Duplicitous U.S. leaders colluded in an immoral war that ended, in part, when the press and the people spoke out against it.
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 6:15pm
You Buy, the Sea Pays
Most of our bountiful planet's water is in the ocean, which - humans, take a bow - are a calamity: Up to 26 million tons of plastic packaging and other debris threatens the life of our oceans and its hundreds of thousands of inhabitants. For the 20th anniversary of its Ocean Initiatives, the Surfrider Foundation has launched a new campaign to remind us, "Ocean pollution begins with the purchase of the object which will eventually be discarded as waste" - you buy, the sea pays.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:00pm
For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food, I Was Thirsty and You Gave Me Drink, I Was Homeless and WTF You Drenched Me With Sprinklers To Drive Me Away
Evidently setting aside their stated goal of "advancing human dignity" to ponder the question, "Who would Jesus soak?" San Francisco's stately Saint Mary’s Cathedral has been dousing homeless people sleeping in its doorways with sprinklers as "a safety, security and cleanliness measure" to "encourage them to relocate to other areas" - with, obviously, God's blessing. They just stopped after critics ripped the "inhumane" practice, the city said it's illegal, and wait - about that drought?
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 5:15pm
Veteran Vision: When It's Done, This Is What the War Looks Like
Despite sundry flimsy efforts to halt them, suicides of veterans broken by their service in our unconscionable wars continue at the staggering rate of 22 a day, or one almost every hour. The Veteran Vision Project seeks both to help them heal and spread awareness about the challenges they face once home through a stunning double photo series - one as soldier, one as civilian - aimed at revealing "their truest selves."
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 12:45pm
Starbucks' Race Together: May I Have A Latte and An Explanation for Why Your People Continue to Plunder My Country?
Mixing healthy shots of hubris, cluelessness and no-doubt good intentions, Starbucks has launched an initiative to address racism by having servers write "Race Together " on your $5 cup of privilege while holding a Race Relations 101 seminar on compassion, which is more than the idea has gotten. Twitter went berserk with catchy drink ideas - Malcom Xpresso, Latte from Birmingham Jail - and withering putdowns: "I don't have time to explain 400 years of oppression to you and still catch my train."
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