Tuesday, November 11, 2014
He Bore All This Upon His Body: Rest In Peace Tomas Young
For Veterans' Day, it should be said to the estimated 22 veterans who each day kill themselves, rendering a total far above those who died in combat, and to Tomas Young, wounded veteran and eloquent activist who has finally died, and to all those surviving troubled veterans - it should be said, not the vapid "Thank you for your service," but, "We are sorry." From Young's searing last letter to Bush and Cheney: "We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned."
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Monday, November 10, 2014
#PointerGate: How Jesus, Biden, Oprah and This Cat Are Gang Members, or The Most Dumbly Racist Story Ever
A demented story out of Minneapolis that would be entertaining if not so deeply racist: Mayor Betsy Hodges, who is trying to clean up police's lousy relations with communities of color, was getting out the vote last week when she was photographed with a young black man once in prison, now on probation, also helping others to vote. Which prompted disgruntled police to orchestrate an idiotic story about the honorable mayor (gasp) making gang signs, and the community to issue a big WTF?
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Saturday, November 8, 2014
The Way of the Warrior: How To Stop A Pipeline
With a newly elected Congress gearing up to pass Keystone, inspiring video of the Unist'ot'en Camp, an indigenous resistance community set up in northwest Canada in the pathway of two (out of a possible 10) proposed pipelines to protect Wet'suwet'en land, which is unceded and thus not subject to the laws of Canada or other "colonial occupation." Unist’ot’en leader Freda Huson: "Our Chiefs have said no to these projects, and no means no. Our lands. Our final say."
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
The $9 Billion Witness: Taibbi's Back To Take Down Chase and Holder
Matt Taibbi is back at Rolling Stone with a piece on Alayne Fleischmann, a former JPMorgan Chase lawyer who tried to expose "massive criminal securities fraud" by Jamie 'I'm Richer Than You' Dimon, only to have the government try to silence her with a $9 billion settlement. Fleischmann breaks her confidentiality agreement to detail Chase's "rotten dog-meat loans," "theft on a scale that blows the mind," and cash-for-secrecy deals Holder used to protect Dimon and his too-big-to-jail colleagues.
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The Perfect (Sic) Body, Or Time To Start Throwing Up Dinner Again
Sheesh. America's women are getting some cranky about our sexist cultural norms, like they're suddenly all, "Kale and orange-juice-soaked cotton balls for dinner again?! WTF?!" First there was Stop the Beauty Madness; now it's a Victoria's Secret ad of skinny white women with the tagline, "The Perfect Body." NOT, say many pissed-off women. Cue petition, hashtags, alternative images, P.R. nightmare - and, today, new tagline. Next up: Amazon's Delicious Women's Phd Darling Sexy Costume.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
A Poor Substitute For Democracy
Oh man. Bring in the zombie clowns: Scott, Ernst, Walker, Brownback, McConnell and, yes, LePage, the surreal results of voting on fear, greed, anger. Though some key issues won, even the bears lost. For solace in dark times, it helps to hear Howard Zinn insist we will only have real democracy when people work to "budge the nation from its twin fundamental illnesses: capitalist greed and militarism," when there is "a clamor for change." So. We begin again.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Drop That Plate Right Now: Cops Arrest 90-Year-Old Advocate and Clergy For Scary Crime of Feeding the Hungry
Bound by faith and virtue to resist newly passed "homeless hate laws" in Fort Lauderdale, a 90-year-old activist and two ministers were arrested for sharing food with homeless people, part of a "week of resistance" to a growing body of laws criminalizing the poor. "It's man's inhumanity to man is all it is," argued longtime advocate Arnold Abbott. An angry crowd agreed, yelling "Shame!" at police. Abbott plans to hold his weekly Wednesday food share, as usual, at the beach.
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Monday, November 3, 2014
We Don't Get You People: Republicans Say Please Don't Vote
Yes, all this dark deep money being dumped into increasingly skewered elections is dispiriting. So is...almost everything. But failing to vote will only make it worse, nationally and locally. From The Young Turks and Rogue Kite Productions, a brutally honest video on voting that would be pretty funny if it wasn't so damn true.
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The World Is A Beautiful Place: As Planned, Brittany Maynard Died A Dignified Death
Determined to "speak your own truth, even when your voice shakes," Brittany Maynard, whose brain cancer led her to become an advocate for terminal patients' rights, has ended her life under Oregon’s death-with-dignity law just as she wanted - at peace, at home with her husband and family, "on my own terms." A teacher and traveler, she was 29. Pro-life (sic) groups criticized her decision as an affront to God. But many supported her courage and insistence that, "The freedom is in the choice."
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Listen Up, Young People: Virulent Chemicals and Corporate Hegemony Are Cool, Says New Director In Charge of Making Monsanto Look Less Evil
Biotech behemoth Monsanto may control much of the world's food supply, but they have yet to beat the "face of corporate evil" rap they've been handed by many of the 80 million millennials who constitute their future consumer base - and who may or may not like their fresh-faced babies' formula seasoned with glyphosate. Thus, meet Vance Crowe, Monsanto's slick new Director of Millennial Engagement, who says, actually, it's all good (if genetically engineered.)
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