Thursday, September 3, 2015
A Sin In Thee: On Brazenly Making Up God's Part of the Conversation
Modestly declaring herself “just a vessel God has chosen for this time and this place,” Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who doesn't want gay couples to get married, has been jailed by a federal judge for confusing religious freedom with illegal discrimination, ignoring our time-honored separation of church and state, and self-righteously setting herself above the law - aka not doing her job. Wingnuts are giddily prepping for her sainthood.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Yes to Compassion: 12,000 Icelanders Step Up For Refugees, Shaming Their Government (and Several Others')
Noting "Just Because It Isn't Happening Here Doesn't Mean It Isn't Happening," over 12,000 Icelanders have offered homes and spare bedrooms and moral support to Syrian refugees after their own government said they'd help just 50 of the 4 million fleeing Syria's civil war. "We have clothes, toys and everything a child needs," wrote a single mother and teacher. "I would of course pay for the airplane ticket.” "This is humanity," wrote another. "When world leaders look away, the people won't."
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Play At Selling Black Bodies! An Adventure Like No Other!
Friends of capitalism: For a swell time, why not go online and play slave trading? Get the best price for selling black people! Help abused but plucky slave boy Tim rescue his sister from rape! Find the most efficient way to stack slaves in the hold of the ship! Or just kill us now. The video game was just posted on the Steam website to less than rapturous responses. Sample: "White people are sick."
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Monday, August 31, 2015
Removing the Mask of the Occupation. Just Watch.
For any American not yet aware of "all the insanity and the injustice and the stupidity and the purposelessness (of) the Occupation and the settlement enterprise," watch this deranged video from the latest protest in Nabi Saleh, wherein a masked, livid Israeli soldier attacks a 12-year-old Palestinian boy with a broken arm, only to be fought off by his furious sister, mother and aunt. Every day, this - or worse - is the Occupation.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
When One May, In Good Conscience, Rest: Oliver Sacks Dies
Oliver Sacks, the incomparable neurologist, writer, and explorer of the human condition through whose compassionate voice "science became poetry," has died of cancer at 82. Through many years and until the end, Sacks wrote with grace and clarity about the "enormous privilege and adventure” of being alive, of the right "of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."
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Friday, August 28, 2015
Picking The Wings Off Butterflies: Bush Returns to New Orleans
Blithely returning to the scene of (one of) his crimes, a grinning, dancing, shamelessly oblivious George Bush visited New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Katrina to rewrite history, honor a rebuilt school, and celebrate what one former lackey called "the almost unimaginable renaisssance" of a city that for thousands of hardscrabble survivors remains, in truth, ravaged. From one: “We ain’t been winning anything.”
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Peace Go With You, Brother
When the great Gil Scott-Heron died in 2011, he was celebrated as a poet, teacher, artist, activist, a complex soul revered by many Black Americans in tumultuous times as "a part of us." Thursday, his protégé Malik Al Nasir finally honors the surrogate father who "meant everything to me" with a tribute concert, "The Revolution Will Be Live," featuring musicians and activists eager to pay their respects to a brilliant, troubled, big-hearted legend who "wanted to make the world a better place.”
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Donald Trump Will Make the Country Great Again By Going Full Racist When Brown-Skinned If Eminent Journalists Commit Journalism Against Him
Topping off an odious few days in which the boor of the hour won the white supremacist vote - the KKK said he gets "the real sentiment of America" - the moron vote - a supporter said he'd make us great again because "it's on his hat" - and the misogynist vote - another stupid nasty attack on Megyn Kelly - Trump ejected Jorge Ramos, the country's most respected Latino newsman, from a news conference by snarling, "Go back to Univision." Our once-blessed democracy can't go much lower.
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Monday, August 24, 2015
Colonialism Dies Hard: Clueless Oil Pipeline Officials Seek Thousands of Acres of Virgin Native Lands In Exchange For Beads and Trinkets
This summer, after five years of steadfastly maintaining an encampment built to resist scores of proposed oil and gas pipelines through traditional unceded territory, a group of indigenous Unist’ot’en have faced mounting police and industry challenges to their occupation, from drones to helicopters to surveyors seeking access. In the latest, Chevron officials showed up seeking entry. In return, they presented an "offering" - of bottled water and tobacco. Really.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Welcome to Dismaland, Banksy's Demented Bemusement Park For the 99%
From a derelict seaside resort, Banky has created his largest project: a dystopian "family theme park unsuitable for small children” boasting a Grim Reaper, a dead Cinderella, a predatory loan booth, an armor-plated riot control vehicle turned kids' slide, boats jammed with asylum seekers, surly Mickey-Mouse-ears-wearing greeters, and much macabre art by 50 artists, including himself. Enjoy "the U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction!"
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