Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On the Inexecrable Narcissistic Man-Baby: Jon Stewart Speaks
After too many months of straight-faced news "analyses" of jaw-dropping Trump "policies," it's swell to hear Jon Stewart pop up on "The Axe Files" podcast to speak rude tough truth to the currently lunatic incarnation of power. With his usual clarity and a good dollop of profanity, he offered a fine, take-no-prisoners rant on the "unrepentant narcissistic asshole" that is "Fuckface von Clownstick," and how the media, Democrats and GOP are all to blame.
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Monday, May 9, 2016
No More Fig Leafs: Doctors Without Borders Rejects World Aid Summit, Rips U.N. For Ongoing War Crimes
Having seen 75 of its hospitals bombed and hundreds killed "in violation of the most fundamental rules of war," Doctors Without Borders has withdrawn from an upcoming World Humanitarian Summit charging it's become "a fig-leaf of good intentions" that will not hold states accountable. In a blistering speech to the U.N., MSF's president charged countries with failing to "stop the carnage." "Seeking or providing healthcare must not be a death sentence," she said. "Your work has only begun."
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Mothers of Trans Kids To Clueless Lawmakers: Meet My Child
In time for Mother's Day, and in response to a wave of panicked, bigoted laws bizarrely focused on the pivotal issue of who uses what bathrooms, the nation's first transgender lobby, Trans United Fund, has launched a campaign to educate those obsessively working to pass laws bearing no relation to the reality of the lives they will affect. In a video, moms of trans kids make breakfast, play ball, speak their fears and pledge their love: "She is my heart."
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Thursday, May 5, 2016
We Can Do Something: One Stalwart Woman Vs. 300 Stone-Faced Nazis
Bravo to fearless Afro-Swedish activist Tess Asplund, 42, and the photographer who caught the moment Asplund ferociously, instinctively charged a march of anti-immigrant neo-Nazis with her head and fist held high, and Nelson Mandela in her mind. In a country and continent where right-wing racism is on the rise, she just knew "they shouldn’t be here and spread their hate...I was thinking, 'Hell no. No Nazi is going to march here. It’s not okay.'”
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
These Are Not Sweet, Nice Little People: Argentinians and Pretty Much Everyone Else Troll Drumpf
Now that - yes, Virginia - Drumpf is the presumptive if inconceivable GOP nominee, the merciless hordes of brown-skinned barbarians he's trashed are like many others making the most of it: In an ad for the international soccer tourney Copa América coming here soon, the Argentinians gleefully romp and sneer and score as Trump intones, "We have people coming in through the border that are not people we want....These are total killers." Mark Twain: “Humor (is) the great thing, the saving thing after all.”
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Telling the Truth Is Not A Crime
In honor of this too often ignored World Press Freedom Day, a reminder that today at least 200 journalists - from China to Burundi to Iran to perhaps most egregiously Egypt and Turkey - are imprisoned and sometimes tortured for doing their job, which is telling the truth and giving a voice to the voiceless. "Journalism is not a crime," notes Amnesty International, "yet the principles of free speech and a free press are threatened across the world."
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Monday, May 2, 2016
Know Where You Stand: Decades Ago, the Ever-Prescient Daniel Berrigan Lamented That the Dream of Israel Had Become A Nightmare
We mourn the indomitable Daniel Berrigan, who serenely deemed his decades-long fight for peacemaking "tough, unfinished, blood-ridden." Among his keen insights, he denounced an Israel that by 1973 had become "a criminal Jewish community" embarked on an "imperial adventure...The model is not the kingdom of peace; it is an Orwellian transplant, taken bodily from Big Brother's bloody heart." On Israel as elsewhere, he counseled, "Know where you stand, and stand there." May he be, at last, at peace.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Men's Awful Tweets To Women Sportscasters: "One of the Players Should Beat You to Death With Their Hockey Stick Like the Whore You Are"
In an often hatefully misogynistic culture, there's not much worse than the mindless, profane, violent venom often spewed at women sportscasters by online bullies with issues and keyboards to hide behind. Having had enough, two female sports journalists launched #MoreThanMean, a stunningly pointed, pained PSA wherein visibly discomfited guys - not the Tweets' authors - read them messages like, "I hope your boyfriend beats you," then softly, ashamedly add, "Sorry."
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Fly In My Cell
Despite broad condemnation of solitary confinement as cruel and degrading treatment akin to torture - and increased efforts to ban it - the U.S. still holds up to 100,000 broken human beings, sometimes for years, isolated in what prisoners describe as "a small, dark, deep space." The Guardian's new interactive "Welcome To My Cell" and several other book and art projects seek to capture the voices of those held, alone, "grieving for their lost lives."
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Maine's Cretin Guv to Stricken Addicts: We Prefer You Dead, Thanks
Maine's infamous Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill, universally supported by health professionals, law enforcement and bipartisan legislators, to allow pharmacists to dispense without prescription the opiate-fighting Narcan, which reverses potentially fatal heroin overdoses; he argued the drug "does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose." In other words - never mind science and his merciful pro-life God - let ’em die.
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