Monday, September 19, 2016
Sickeningly Obvious Note To Drumpf: Skittles Are Candy. Refugees Are People. Duh.
Who are these cretins? Going as low as any "family of pond scum grifters" can go, elephant-killing mini-Drumpf follows up on his latest Holocaust joke by comparing desperate Syrian refugees to - yes - poisoned Skittles in order to warn us of the dangers they pose. We can't even... His ghastly analogy has sparked revelations about its Nazi origins, outrage on Twitter, and a brisk well-duh rebuke from the manufacturer: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
From Standing Rock to Palestine to Ireland: We Are Water
With construction temporarily halted on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux and members of other newly-united tribes continue to protest in the name of their right to water, sacred land and their basic humanity. As the protests swell, it's instructive to see connections being made between peoples who share a common history of invasion and colonization - from other Native tribes to Palestinians to, this weekend, Irish fighting their own water war.
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Before Anything Else, We Are All Human
Weary of He Who Must Not Be Named? In desperate, soul-starved need of proof that his hate-filled America is not, in fact, all we are as a country? Visit the Ad Council's "Love Has No Labels" inclusion-themed PSA, which just won a Creative Arts Emmy for Best Commercial. A tale of love and hope, it seeks to “challenge us to open our eyes to our bias," and remind us in these bleak times of our common humanity. Hold fast to it, and we'll make it. (We think.)
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
When the 'Facts' Are Not Facts At All, and the Cops Are Killing Black Children
Another dead child, another grievous hashtag, another police narrative that defies belief. Police in Columbus, Ohio say one of their own fatally shot 13-year-old Tyre King "multiple times" after he allegedly "pulled a gun from his waistband" when he was chased by police called about a reported armed robbery of $10. But the "gun" turned out to be a BB gun and the "facts" are hotly disputed. Except this one from the mayor: "There is something wrong in this country."
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
When You Give to Them, They Do Whatever the Hell You Want Them To Do
A few journalists actually doing their job have given us a chilling portrait of a post-Citizens-United American democracy where elections and power are won more by corporate cash than political leadership. A Guardian look at sealed documents in the investigation of Scott Walker campaign finance violations, and a Newsweek analysis of murky Trump connections around the world, reveal the pay-to-play democracy - and then some - that Bernie and many more warn us about.
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Monday, September 12, 2016
Visit Beautiful Apartheid-Free Spain
The provincial capital Cadiz has become the latest of over 50 municipalities across Spain to pass a motion declaring itself an Israeli “Apartheid Free Zone” in support of the BDS movement. Despite ongoing legal challenges led by a Madrid-based, pro-Israel lobbying group, the campaign to create "islands of political consciousness" - which include boycotts of companies complicit with the Israeli Occupation and outreach for Palestinian rights - is growing.
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Hating the Hatred
Thousands of "pro-family" - but evidently only certain kinds of family - Mexicans came out this weekend to protest against a move by President Enrique Peña Nieto to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the largely Catholic country. They were met by hundreds of marriage equality supporters, and, in Celaya, Guanajuato, one resolute 12-year-old boy trying to block them in the name of his gay uncle - a valorous act that gives us hope.
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Friday, September 9, 2016
Censoring Our War Crimes
Facebook has backed down after deleting the iconic photo of a naked, screaming, napalm-burned Vietnamese girl in the name of "maintaining a safe and respectful experience for our global community." The shift came amidst charges the social network was revising history, abusing its power, attacking "a mainstay of our democratic society" - and proving it really needs to learn some editorial judgment if it can't understand the obscenity of the photo lies not in its nudity.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016
What Is Aleppo? This.
Gary Johnson's blank gaze at the name "Aleppo" is shocking - about as shocking as yesterday's chlorine gas attack there, or the Times' three corrections to get right what Aleppo is, or the way social media only started noticing Aleppo when one guy screwed up, or that another candidate knows less than Trump, or that Johnson's bewilderment pretty much sums up U.S. policy on Syria, which is, as he astutely noted, "a mess." Yeah, a lot of it going around.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Our Racist Homophobe Moron Klansman Mickey Mouse Governor Just Got Called Out
Within 24 hours, Maine's unholy Gov. Paul LePage was honored with several public portraits on the wall of Portland's wastewater treatment facility: He was deservedly painted as a KKK member with the labels "Racist, Homophobe, Moron," repainted over (in white!), returned as a Klansman, and regressed into Mickey Mouse. Even as city officials struggled to draw the fine line between free and hate speech, the public spoke: "This is an honest portrayal. It is good work."
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