Thursday, September 4, 2014
Exxon Hates the World, Also Your Children and America
ExxonMobil is continuing its obscenely profitable ($420 billion in sales), ethically deplorable (duh) rampage across the globe, with new projects in Norway, Tanzania, Vietnam and drilling in the Russian Arctic. In response, the brutally honest ExxonHates.com campaign by a coalition of environmental groups has released Exxon Hates the World. Evidently. From the smirking narrator, "The hotter the world gets, the more money we make...Wind and solar? Nice try, hippie."
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Ferguson's Perfect Companion To Upheaval: More (Itsy Bitsy) Guns
While the state of emergency in Ferguson was just lifted, the repercussions of Michael Brown's murder continue to swell: Justice Department and FBI investigations, anger towards a flawed grand jury process led by a sketchy prosecutor, pending lawsuits against police abuses. Ferguson now needs healing, and justice. Which is why they're getting more guns. Specifically, cool new pocket-sized shotguns - to be followed by pocket assault rifles! - in girly colors. 'Cause freedom.
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Kill Bill and Everyone Else: Spoofing ISIS
Arguing "belittlement is your enemy's greatest fear," Muslim activists are using the risky tool of satire against the supremely unfunny atrocities of ISIS. Their online campaigns range from mock ISIS movies - The Hills Have Alis, Monsters Inc, No Country for Old Men, Or Young Men, Or Women and Children - to ads, videos and news stories. In one, the invasion of Beirut is delayed due to “crazy traffic, bro” and the daunting political chaos of Lebanon: “Who the fuck do we overthrow around here?”
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Without Corn There Is No Country: Stopping Monsanto in Mexico
Some good news from Mexico, which keeps throwing pesky wrenches into Monsanto's reckless science experiment on the rest of us: A federal court has upheld a ruling suspending licenses for GMO corn field trials by Monsanto and other Big-Ag colleagues, citing the risks to 7,000 years of indigenous maize cultivation. The decision follows other legal victories - including one by beekeepers banning GMO soybeans that threaten honey production - in what many view as GMO Ground Zero.
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Police Riot: Ferguson Residents Sue and Otherwise Demand Their Humanity Back From Thug Cops
Calling the hyped-up, gun-toting army of Ferguson goons "completely out of control," Black Lawyers for Justice have filed a lawsuit seeking $41.5 million on behalf of protesters arrested, beaten, tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, almost drowned, shot with rubber bullets, called racist names and otherwise brutalized for exercising their Constitutional right of assembly. Another group of attorneys is seeking amnesty for a telling mountain of non-violent warrants: over 40,000 for 21,000 residents.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This Is What We Have: Gaza's Heartrending Rubble Bucket Challenge
Using debris from the devastation all around them to put a trenchant, gritty spin on the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Palestinians have created the Rubble Bucket Challenge - also dust and remains - to highlight the massacre in Gaza and ask for worldwide solidarity. The videos, which invariably note there's no water nor electricity to make ice cubes, seek not money but simple awareness: They make the modest, harrowing request that we see, feel and speak up against the violence.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Burden of the Perfect Victim: Being An Angel Is Now the Standard For Avoiding Public Execution
Mike Brown is buried, but rage over his death churns on, often inflamed by racist media. A Times profile notes Brown was "no angel" because he smoked weed, possibly shoplifted and wrote rap, thus rendering him like any kid in his "unremarkable humanity." It has sparked furious hashtags: #NoAngel and #IDeservedIt, wherein people confess to the crimes of their youth - "I argued with my mother, I got a parking ticket"- so if they're killed by cops they had it coming. Laugh, cry, fight for change.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Holocaust Survivors On Gaza: Genocide Begins With the Silence of the World
History turns. In a stunning condemnation of Jewish attempts to "justify the unjustifiable," over 300 Holocaust survivors and descendants have blasted "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza" and U.S. funding for it, and called for a boycott of Israel. Using the key word from their own singular experience - "Genocide begins with the silence of the world" - they go on to insist, "'Never again' must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE." Extraordinary.
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Friday, August 22, 2014
An Unnecessary Thing: Racism Is Alive and Vile and Raising Money For Killer Cop Darren Wilson
Look no further than the online site raising money for Darren Miller to discern the racist cesspool festering beneath our national landscape. The page has now raised over $300,000 from white people grateful Wilson took on the task of "cleaning up the streets." The glimmer of hope here: Many are appalled at the site and the "bunch of vile racists" it's drawn. But beyond Wilson, "one ghastly fact" lingers from Ferguson: They left the body in the street, and what kind of country does that?
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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ireland's Zombie Armagayddon: So Much...Equality
Confronting the inevitable freakout, Ireland's LGBT Noise has made the slyest, funniest video ever to gear up for this weekend's March For Marriage, and next spring's referendum on marriage equality. John and Mary, a paranoid straight couple, have barricaded themselves inside their home - and their son inside a box - to guard against the coming Armagayddon. John recalls the terror: "We tried to blend in, but the weddings were... unbelievable. I felt completely underdressed."
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