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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
May Your Song Always Be Sung
Unreal. Bobby Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minn. turned 75 on Tuesday, and America's greatest troubadour is still on the road, heading for another joint. By now, pretty much everything's already been said about Dylan and his "extraordinary single imagination." And never mind that he's cranky and cryptic and his performances are wildly uneven. He's earned the right to all of it. Just listen.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
That's How It Is These Days
Another brutal white cop just walked in Baltimore, where a judge acquitted Edward Nero of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Nero was found not guilty of assault. Or reckless endangerment. Or misconduct in office. Or, in fact, anything. Nothing to see here. "This is our American system of justice," said the mayor; seeking calm, she even had the gall to add, "We once again ask the citizens to be patient." Obscene.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Teach Your Children Well
School's almost done; teaching never is. Cool video from the U.K.'s Inspiring the Future: Redraw the Balance campaign, which seeks to highlight ongoing gender stereotypes by asking kids to draw firefighters, surgeons, fighter pilots et al and then confronting them with the real thing. You kinda know what's coming, but the kids' faces are something else. Point taken: Old tropes die hard.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Grand Old Potty: Taking Bathroom Panic To Its Lunatic Conclusion
Born of the fear-mongering, "beyond specious" North Carolina bill targeting transgender people for something they've never done, bathroom hysteria is spreading across the land. The freakouts range from boycotts to rants about the "unraveling" of our culture to today's assault of a trans woman at a D.C. store. But reason may yet prevail. A petition calls for protecting us all from a group that actually has committed multiple sex crimes in public bathrooms - GOP politicians.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Feeding Critters, Not Killing Them
Big Problem, Cunning Small Solution Dept: With our oceans fouled by an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic - much of it those pesky, deadly six-pack rings from the 6.3 billion gallons of beer America guzzles each year - a Florida craft brewery has created 100% biodegradable rings from recycled barley and wheat that can double as lunch for any innocent marine animals who come upon them. Brilliant.
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Monday, May 16, 2016
Make America Less Smart Again! We Know Words! Obama Is A Joke! Sad!
Oh man. We can't even. So Obama gave a commencement speech at Rutgers where he inexplicably praised "facts, evidence, reason, logic" and even argued that, "In politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue." Then Drumpf, who says he is "like, a really smart person,” charged such remarks are why Obama "is the worst president in U.S. history!" because, duh, dumb is the greatest! We miss Vonnegut, Orwell, Ivins, those masters of surrealism. Sad!
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Silence Is Not An Option: ADL Breaks With Israel - and U.S. - To Acknowledge Armenian Genocide
Breaking with Israel's long insistence that Jews hold a monopoly as victims of mass murder, the Anti-Defamation League has for the first time declared the 1915 Turkish massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians "unequivocally genocide.” The call on Holocaust Remembrance Day to "edu­cate each gen­er­a­tion about the tragedies of the past" was seen by some as a rebuke to the denial of Turkey, the U.S., and an Israel that refuses to recognize the tragedy befalling not just Armenians, but Palestinians.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes.
Enough slime this week. So meet two men from the Chinese village of Yeli: Jia Haixia, who is blind, and his best friend Jia Wenqi, who has no arms. For 13 years, they have spent their days planting trees; today, over 10,000 guard the village "like green soldiers." "When we work together, two become one," says Haixia. "It may be hard financially, but we're so delighted spiritually." Humanity may yet prevail.
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Thursday, May 12, 2016
An Obscene Piece of American History: George Zimmerman Wants To Sell You His Gun. Yes, That Gun
We regret to inform you that child-murdering human slime bucket George Zimmerman is "honored and humbled" to auction off the "American Firearm Icon" he used to kill Trayvon Martin for being a black kid. The good news is the gun site for the listing rejected it, suggesting there's a sliver of hope for humanity. The bad news is another site took it. The worst news is this scumbag is still among us. Update: Trolls have hijacked the site. Top bid is now $65 million from one Racist McShootFace.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Engaged In Good Causes: Longtime War Criminal Inexplicably, Unconscionably Gets Not Jail Sentence But Award (WTF?)
Having blithely orchestrated several genocides and the deaths of millions of brown-skinned innocents in the imperial name of the right to bomb neutral countries to save them and us - a right the U.S. still claims - infamous war criminal Henry Kissinger has won a Distinguished Public Service Award, the military's highest honor for private citizens. The award from one grotesquely unfit Nobel Peace Prize winner to another was for services "unique in the annals of American diplomacy.”
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