Monday, April 11, 2016
Sitting In At Democracy Spring
Police arrested a record number of protesters - about 500, including Lady Liberty - at the US Capitol during a Democracy Spring sit-in against big and dark money in our politics. Despite broad support on social media and the number of arrests - police had to stop when they ran out of buses - most mainstream media were strangely absent from the event.
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Friday, April 8, 2016
Shades of Sun City: Springsteen Cancels Concert in North Carolina
The Boss being the Boss, Bruce Springsteen just cancelled his Sunday show in Greensboro to protest North Carolina's notorious HB2 bill, dubbed "the worst anti-LGBT law in the nation." Echoing the Sun City boycott against apartheid he joined 30 years ago, he called equal rights advocates "freedom fighters" and argued, "Some things are more important than a rock show, and this fight against prejudice and bigotry (is) one of them."
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Equal Citizens Under Law (Except For, You Know, Soaring Arrests and Demolitions and lllegal Settlements)
Aggrieved Israeli officials are howling censorship after the UN rejected parts of an "Israel Matters" exhibit as "inappropriate," given its dubious claims that Israel is the Jews' "indigenous homeland," Jerusalem is its "center," and Arab-Israelis are “equal citizens," sorta. Israel called the rebuff "scandalous," which coincidentally is how many view Israel's first Stop BDS conference, virulent Palestinian arrests and demolitions, and defiant expansion of what are, alas, illegal settlements.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Measure of A Man: Trump Vs. The Construction Worker Who Hung A Mexican Flag on Trump Tower
Grace Under Pressure (Or Not): When Mexican/Canadian steel framer Diego Saul Reyna planted a Mexican flag atop Vancouver's immigrant-built Trump Tower as a message of "love and unity," his gentle tone was striking. His "humble request" after Drumpf's racist insults: "Please don't call everyone I love (a) criminal...Mexican brethren, this flag was for all of us." In contrast, see Drumpf/Borowitz on his ugly tantrum after Wisconsin. “I am a fabulous loser...I am the biggest loser in this country.”
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
What's Going On There? Asks Bernie in 2011 About Sketchy Panama Free Trade Deal That Hillary and Most Everyone Thought Was A Great Idea
Talk about being on the right, and prescient, side of history: Five, long, obscenely-profitable-for-a-small-kleptocracy years ago, Bernie Sanders delivered a terrific, incisive rant on the Senate floor about an unfettered free trade deal with Panama, along with South Korea and Colombia, that he said would allow "large corporations to evade U.S. taxes by stashing their cash in off-shore tax havens." Hillary Clinton supported it.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016
United We Stand, Albeit In Blackface
Hmm. The sorta weird but trying-to-be-good-guys response by an amateur German soccer team after two teammates, both Sudanese refugees, were attacked last week: Seeking to show solidarity in a culture that evidently views blackface in a benign way, they all painted their faces black. "Violence against refugees is pathetic,” reads a team Facebook post. “Emad and Amar, you are one of us.”
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Friday, April 1, 2016
Loving Vincent
This week marks the 163rd birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. In tribute, a look at the astonishing "Loving Vincent," the first feature-length painted animation, featuring 56,000 oil paintings - or 12 paintings a second - created by over 100 artists in the style of Van Gogh. The Polish-British filmmakers seek to tell the story of Van Gogh's troubled life and death through his paintings and their subjects. They cite Vincent's last letter: "The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings."
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
What We Can Be: A Nation of Potlucks
George Clooney, eat your $353,400 heart out. In an ingenious move that highlights the differences between Clinton/Sanders, a couple of Bernie supporters have devised Dine With the 99%, a nationwide pot luck event in April featuring food "by the people and for the people" with a $27 price tag. In another truly grassroots act, a couple more Bernie fans just created one of the most lovely campaign videos ever. Heartfelt signs, all, of what we can be and do.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Bring Them Home: The Grisly Legacy of Kill the Indian, Save the Man
Over 100 years after the children of their ancestors were taken East by white men who cut their hair, changed their names, banned their language and cleansed their "savage natures" - while, alas, often killing them with disease - Native Americans are now fighting to bring back from the infamous Carlisle School the small bodies of those lost to the "noble experiment" of forced assimilation. Says one, "We're trying to make peace with those spirits, and bring them home."
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Trump Campaign Hit By Sudden Outbreak of Accountability
Better Late Than Never Dept: The arrest of Corey Lewandowski, Drumpf's chief henchman/aka campaign manager, for battery assault on a reporter is the latest, splashiest sign that the once-and-future buffoon is at long last being called out on the mountain of bullshit he's strewn on the campaign trail. After months of his skating by with bluffs, insults, denials and non-sequitors, much of America seems to have resolved it's time - duh - to stand up against hate.
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