Sunday, September 27, 2015
What Makes Us Human
In the midst of the world's unparalleled refugee crisis comes this month's launch of HUMAN by filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a documentary exploring our common humanity - both its darkness and light - and our relation to the earth. After three years of collecting stories from 2,000 people in 60 countries, Arthus-Bertrand offers extraordinary portraits, tales of life and death and beauty, and aerial imagery of a world that, he insists, we must all learn to share.
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Friday, September 25, 2015
The GOP Just Tilted So Far Right They Damn Near Fell Off the Map
If you haven't heard, the clowns took over the GOP circus today with a lunatic vengeance, successfully ousting House Speaker John Boehner, who announced his resignation, and loudly celebrating his demise at the annual Jesus-loving, fringe-pandering, gay-Islam-abortion-hating revival meeting that is the Values Voter Summit. God! Guns! Bibles! Freedom! Christmas! Kim Davis! Prediction for the post-Boehner GOP: "The living will envy the dead."
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
On Blood Money
In another tragi-comic round of hypocrisy, the U.S. says it "welcomes" the new appointment of Saudi Arabia to lead the U.N.'s so-called Human Rights Council panel, never mind its famously abysmal record of human rights abuses, including this year's hundred-plus beheadings, floggings, executions of minors, killing of thousands of Yemeni civilians and repression of women, minorities and free speech. One more complicitous time, “Petro-dollars and politics have trumped human rights.”
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The Pope's Lunch
Seeking to make real his vision of "a church in the streets," Pope Francis - having visited Cuba, blasted economic inequality, suggested churches that don't act like churches should pay taxes, insisted climate change is a critical issue, and made his first appearance here in the back of a Fiat - will blow off Congressional leaders Thursday to have lunch with 300 of D.C.'s homeless. Thus does he fulfill his role as "a walking, talking parable."
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Health Care in America: Profit-Driven For Somebody, Invariably A Consummate Douchebag
Meet Martin Shkreli, a young former hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical kingpin in the news for buying an old drug that treats life-threatening parasitic infections in AIDS and cancer patients, and overnight hiking its price from $13.50 to $750 - up 5,455%. Shkreli is being called a "vermin," a "greedy creep in a suit," a "turd with feet" - all richly deserved, though we also want to thank him for so clearly, cruelly proving that health care should not be a for-profit business.
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Confederate Sandwiches Matter
Change Comes Hard Chap. 824: Foiled in their attempts to remain in the slavery-amenable 19th century, a group of Confederate flag enthusiasts took to the defiant air with a small plane to protest a Richmond, VA. rally by activists against an international bike race route sprinkled with statues to Confederate leaders. The plane, triumphantly dubbed "The Confederate Air Force," trailed a banner celebrating their own inimitable heroes - which was, alas, misspelled.
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Friday, September 18, 2015
He's A F#cking Kid: Briefly Walking In the Bus Lane While Black
Again: Thugs in police uniforms in Stockton, Calif. attacked a 16-year-old black kid trying to get the bus to school after he declined to accept their suggestion to walk on the sidewalk not in the bus lane, and tried to shield his face when one slugged him for his uppitiness. Nine goons eventually took him down. The good news: He didn't die. The bad news: This is (still) policing in America.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
When Can We Get Rid of Them?
As if last night's war-mongering, fetus-loving, fringe-pandering debacle of a GOP debate wasn't enough, the Trump moved today to a New Hampshire town hall event where he blandly heard out a lunatic rant about Muslims - the one in the White House, all the ones training to kill us - and barely lifted a bushy eyebrow. Today, we and our politics got what we deserve: the Taiwanese animation treatment.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
A Clock Is A Clock Is A Clock, Except (Duh) When A Muslim Kid Makes It
Our national idiocy, racism and Islamophobia has come into spectacularly inane focus in the saga of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old smart brown kid in Texas arrested when he created a homemade clock that school officials and police in their wisdom figured must be a bomb, 'cause, c'mon, lookit that name. In the fallout, the Internet and Ahmed - showered with support and invites - won; America lost.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
This Is Not Sport
Despite protests, a dozen Europeans who paid about $20,000 for the privilege successfully slaughtered at least 100 antelopes, wildebeest and other animals in a South African "driven hunt," aka real-life shooting gallery, in which terrified animals get herded into a corridor where "hunters" on platforms can blast them away. One wildlife advocate on the barbarism: “This is a rich man’s thing."
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