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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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
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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Monday, March 16, 2015
We're Supposed To Be Peace Officers: Good Cop Who Stopped Brutality and Got Fired For Her Trouble Just Won Her Job Back
Pigs Fly Dept: Regina Tasca, an actual, humane cop in New Jersey - her department's only female and openly gay one - won back her job after a judge invalidated her 2012 firing due to the scummy behavior of police higher-ups. They declared Tasca "unfit" after she fought off fellow officers beating on a disturbed young man whose family had called them for help. Many say Tasca was targeted for "crossing the blue line" of police impunity. Damn straight, she says: "I did what I’m supposed to do.”
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Hunger and Other Losses
As the civil war in Syria enters its fifth grim year, humanitarian agencies say the world has abandoned its victims, from the 220,000 killed to over 10 million displaced. Among the war's hostages are the desperate residents of Yarmouk, Syria's largest community of Palestinian refugees: In rebel hands and under siege by Assad, those who have lost so much are now dying of hunger in what has become "Syria's Gaza, a prison from which there is no escape."
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Notorious: Good-bye Barbie, Hello Legal Justice League (Please)
In honor of Women's History Month, do let's trash Mattel's new, creepy, eavesdropping, Wi-Fi-connected "Hello Barbie" - dubbed Soviet Snitch Barbie by skeptics in Europe - and fight for Maia Weinstock's new, teeny, inspired female SCOTUS justices in LEGO form. The company rejected them under their rule of "no politics or political symbols," but many want to see them made, and think they will. The notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Dissents speak to a future age."
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
On Idiot Warmongers
Big oops for the infamous Iran letter by our jingoist Gang of 47, which is being savaged across the country. Scores of news editorials have blasted it as a shameful, traitorous, foolish, bizarre etc etc abomination; a White House petition seeking to prosecute its clown perpetrators has collected 250,000 signatures; and a flurry of furiously trending hashtags - UniteBlue, 47Traitors, GOPWantsWar - suggests a country that's had it with defense contractors and their bloody plunder.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
On Beheading Arabs, Netanyahu's Legacy of Darkness, and the Mitzvah of Voting Against It
Push Comes to Shove Dept: Facing a tight election, Israeli political leaders are descending to new depths with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's brazen brutal declaration that "those who are against us - we must take an axe and chop off their heads." The incendiary call to murder those deemed "disloyal" to Israel prompted condemnation, demands for Lieberman's arrest for incitement, and the suggestion his racist fear-mongering is emblematic of a toxic political leadership that must go.
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Monday, March 9, 2015
For Truth and Honor's Sake: I Will Show You Change, and It Will Not Include George Bush
Amidst the spectacle and soaring rhetoric of Sunday's Selma march, an incisive morality play was quietly unfolding: Diane Nash, a key King colleague 50 years ago, declined to march, citing the odious presence of George Bush. "The Selma movement stands for nonviolence and peace and democracy, and George Bush stands for... violence and war," she declared. She also urged disaffected citizens not to wait for those in power but "make the necessary changes." Nash and John Lewis give us hope.
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Friday, March 6, 2015
You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Rhinestones: Kids Choose Commie-Themed Prom
The mission of Albuquerque's Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School is to provide "a dynamic environment where students learn to think for themselves." So now they are. This week seniors voted online to hold a Communist-themed prom they dubbed “prom-munism,” a choice that sparked some turmoil among conservative students variously bemused - "jokesters"! - or freaked - "a very powerful and destructive idea" - or just bummed they wouldn't have an aquarium theme. To each according to his or her needs.
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Under the Dome: Trying To Save This Whole System We Call Home
Talk about viral: Last weekend, over 200 million people in China watched a new, deeply personal, meticulously researched, $160,000 documentary about that country's calamitous pollution, which on its worst "airpocalypse" days is said to resemble an airport smoking lounge. Some view the impact of the film, released on the eve of the National People's Congress, as akin to China's "Silent Spring." Journalist and filmmaker Chai Jing hopes so: "This is how history will be made."
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