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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Baby, We Are Going To Fight
Among the U.N. Climate Summit's righteous speeches and vague promises - and Obama's "nothingburger in place of a respectable climate plan" - came a thunderous poem from 26-year-old Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner of the Marshall Islands, whose low-lying islands are already fighting for survival. If Jetnil-Kijiner's "Dear Matafele Peinem," addressed to her seven-month-old daughter, can't move leaders to actually act, nothing can.
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Prepare the Child For the Path: Banning Charlotte's Web and Native Son
Just in time for Banned Books Week, the wise elders of Texas have yanked from schools several terrific, Pulitzer-and-Nobel-winning books - Siddhartha, Song of Solomon, The Glass Castle - because they're icky, aka deal with real-life things like sex, swearing, Buddhism, violence. The books thus join the exalted ranks of offenders like To Kill A Mockingbird (trashy), Charlotte's Web (sacreligious), The Giving Tree (anti-forestry), Grapes of Wrath (commie, duh) and many more you should read.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Arresting the Polar Bear
Talk about iconic. Among the over 100 protesters arrested at Flood Wall Street were two Captain Planets and Frostpaw, the ubiquitous polar bear and activist. His arrest prompted boos and chants from the crowd, the P.R.- perfect image for protesters, and a swift, often gleeful response from online commenters. Noted one, "There's now been 100% more polar bears arrested than bankers." From another, "Thanks NYPD, you always deliver."
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Bill O'Reilly Will Save Us From ISIS
Those of us distressed by our airstrikes on Syria and woeful all-round saber-rattling, take heart. Bill O'Reilly has a "real" solution to ISIS: A well-paid, well trained mercenary army of "elite fighters (to) defeat terrorists all over the world," except experts say it would be illegal, immoral and "a terrible idea," but still. Is this what media "analysis" has come to? Regrettably, the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup comes to mind: "We got guns! They got guns! All God's children got guns!"
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Honk For Jesus, Or, If You're So Inclined, Satan
Beware, ye God-fearing souls: Lucifer, who may or may not be trolling us, is on the march. So it is that kids in some Florida schools will get a Satanic Children’s BIG BOOK of Activities, Oklahoma's capitol may soon boast a Satanic statue, and it just hosted a Black Mass conducted by gleeful Satanists fighting the incursions of evangelical Christians with their own arguments. The Church, not happy, is seeking to stop the "devil worshipers" in their heathen tracks. Stay tuned.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Do Not Waste Time
Maybe Sunday will prove to be a seminal moment in the climate crisis, or not. On the same day three new studies reported the world last year pumped 39.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air - 2.3% up from the year before, and more than ever before - up to a half million people took to the streets to demand change. Monday's call is for people to Flood Wall Street to keep up the pressure. For inspiration, aerial views of democracy in action.
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Friday, September 19, 2014
The True Faces of Evil: Really Big Coloring Books Ask Our Children, What Are You Going To Do When Isis Comes For You?
Forget flowers and dinosaurs. Because it's never too early to teach bigotry to your guileless toddlers, get them the new "True Faces of Evil - Terror" coloring book, with an introduction to ISIS - "See the man being crucified, honey! Can you color his gaping head wounds red?" - AND four glossy pages of terrorist trading cards that helpfully include Julian Assange. And no, it is NOT racist or anti-Muslim, even if it does describe "these animals, these brutal people, these terrible humans."
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Chutzpah Writ Large: Israel Will Allow Rebuilding of Gaza If It Turns A Big Enough Profit
A straight-faced New York Times has reported an agreement between Palestinian and U.N. officials to begin delivery of building materials into Gaza. But it fails to mention a couple of key points: The generous Israeli officials allowing the start of reconstruction are the same thugs and killers who destroyed everything that now must be rebuilt, and their construction industry stands to make millions by a de facto policy banning non-Israeli reconstruction aid from entering Gaza.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Reading, Writing and, Just In Case, Grenade Launchers
So San Diego isn't the only school district to get a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicle ((MRAP) and other military baubles from feds overloaded with lethal gimcrackery. At least 120 schools in 33 states have gotten toys, with Texas' ten districts topping the list of militarized madness. Blowback is growing, which may or may not be why L.A. just returned three grenade launchers. But they're keeping 61 rifles and their MRAP, because you never know when some ten-year-old might get mouthy.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Women Put A Searing New Game Face On the NFL, Corporate Sponsors Actually Start to Notice
As ever, money talks. With profit-driven carnage the name of its game, little wonder the NFL has tried to turn a blind eye to its two latest domestic violence scandals. But much of the public, especially women - a major marketing target as almost half the NFL fan base - aren't having it. By brilliantly hijacking an ad campaign by CoverGirl, the NFL's "official beauty sponsor" - yes, this is a thing - they've triggered a major backlash against the league, and its acceptance of the unacceptable.
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