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Thursday, June 4, 2015
Zip It, Proud Families: Cheering Your Kids' Achievements While Black Is Mississippi's Newest Crime Against Humanity
So this: Mississippi police issued arrest warrants to four uppity family members who cheered for their offspring at a high school graduation after being asked not to. The alleged perpetrators were charged with "disturbing the peace" for celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime, hard-won victory for their kids. Oh, did we mention they were black? Amidst appalling racist responses to the "savage" families: "If they don’t stop these lawbreakers now (it) could escalate into full-on standing ovations."
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Canary Mission: Ensuring That Today's Radicals Are Not Tomorrow's Employees
Whoah: Zionism + McCarthyism = Slime. Citing their mission to expose those who are "anti-Freedom, anti-American and anti-Semitic (to protect) our democratic values," a murky website has launched with profiles of dozens of pro-Palestinian "radicals" - from known BDS leaders to students who once attended a Jewish Voice For Peace rally - hoping to harass them out of their beliefs and future jobs. Canary Mission claims to represent a canary in the coalmine of anti-Semitism. Sounds like a blacklist to us.
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More Guns For Everyone! Idaho School Arms Teachers and What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Because America's roughly 300 million guns and seven shootings an hour are apparently not enough, a rural school in Idaho has bought four rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammunition so faculty can serve as a "line of first defense" against possible bad guys, thus joining a questionable but growing trend of pretty much everyone packing heat. Despite evidence that arming ill-equipped "good guys" is a lousy idea, school officials say they are "showing due diligence," so not to worry.
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Monday, June 1, 2015
Monsanto, Let Our Farmers Grow: Rock Star Bucks Coffee Giant
Indefatigable rocker and activist Neil Young has a new video featuring an anti-Starbucks anthem, part of his fierce fight against Monsanto, GMOs and Starbucks' alleged support of an industry effort to block Vermont's GMO-labelling bill. The exuberant, vintage-style song comes ahead of this month's release of Young's concept album, "The Monsanto Years," and a summer tour with Willie Nelson's sons. "I want a cup of coffee," wails Young, "but I don't want a GMO." Good man.
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Sunday, May 31, 2015
In the Same Spirit As Heretofore: The Guardian's Rusbridger Steps Down
After 20 years at the helm of arguably the world's greatest newspaper, Alan Rusbridger has stepped down with a thoughtful, grateful, eloquent farewell to "the readers...the real carriers of the flame." Encompassing the historic upheaval from print to digital news, he reflects on covering pivotal stories of the day - from libel to Wikileaks to Snowden to climate change - while sustaining the paper as "a place of sanctuary for free thought and writing."
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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Breathtaking In Its Stupidity
Oh, Wisconsin. It wasn't bad enough your “exceptionally incompetent (and) exceptionally irresponsible” governor just tried to defend his indefensible mandated ultrasounds by declaring them "a cool thing," like a selfie in the womb. Now, in what educators call "a race to the bottom," Walker's GOP lawmakers want to further trash the state's economy and education by allowing high school dropouts to teach in public schools. Because who needs good teachers, minds or skools?
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
How Chicago Cops Protect and Serve
So, this. A judge has released this photo of two Chicago cops posing with their hunting trophy - a black guy on the floor with antlers on his head - after police spent years trying to hide it, they said, to protect the privacy of the guy. LOL. Both cops, who worked with an elite unit, were fired. One's in prison for egregious thuggery; the other wants his job back despite behavior deemed to "shock the conscience.” Except, not really: Too often, this is "justice" in America.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I, Too, Am America: Bernie Sanders and Many More Ask Why We Have Hungry Children In America
Bernie Sanders, kicking off his presidential campaign today, made mainstream headlines for questioning whether an economy where the top one-tenth of 1% owns more than the other 90% is a "moral" economy, not an "obscene" one. Duh: not. For those dismayed by his truth-telling, see "I, Too, Am America," a photo exhibit by fast-food and low-wage workers fighting for a living wage, scrambling to get by and insisting, “We need to be able to live.” Langston Hughes: "Tomorrow/I'll be at the table."
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
On Imperishable Honor and Glory
The world's leading war maker marks another Memorial Day, ostensibly a day for peace that too often betrays those "not fallen but pushed" in our ceaseless wars. Howard Zinn used the day to urge, "Let us not set out on the same old drunken ride to death." Fiercely echoing him: Mark Twain, Siegfried Sassoon, today's veterans. Perhaps most anguished was World War One's Wilfred Owen, who warned the ardent children of his time against "the old lie... it is sweet and right to die for your country."
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Endangered Elephants to Mandarin: I'd Rather Stay At the Ritz
The luxury Mandarin Oriental hotels offer guests the finest amenities, from wellness spas to French cuisine to Dynasty Suites, costing up to thousands of dollars per night - and untold destruction of rainforest, natural habitat and the endangered Sumatran elephant by its parent company in the name of palm oil profits. A new campaign by Forest Heroes seeks to stop them; drone footage of the bulldozed devastation shows why.
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