Thursday, March 24, 2016
On Exploding Right-Wing Heads
Now that Obama's left his commie friends behind, a word about the preposterous hypocrisy of an American right that remains willfully, selectively disingenuous about its own abuses. Thus, the president's visit to Cuba and photo-op with Che backdrop sparked an insane torrent of rabid rants - Obama Besties With Blood-Soaked Marxist Murderer! - while the visit to Argentina, still healing from a Dirty War in which we were complicit, elicits not a peep.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Drumpf Speaks. God Help Us.
Turns out it can get worse, in a mezmerizing sort of way. After the WaPo Editorial Board met with Drumpf, they released a transcript. You may find it surreal listening to him speak, but there's nothing - except maybe that replayed loop of the second plane ramming the Twin Towers - like seeing in print his stupefyingly WTF mix of words. FYI: This is a small, sick, racist, insecure, narcissistic, penis-obsessed moron.
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The terror in Brussels has prompted an outpouring of compassion, solidarity, dignity and defiance from Belgians and worldwide, with officials vowing, "Barbarism will be fought continuously." Using hashtags like #OpenHouse and #IWillHelp, people on social media have stepped up with heartfelt grace, grit and wit to offer rides, beds, couches, jokes, hugs, sly images of resistance and testimony of "class acts full of light, even in a moment of darkness."
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Monday, March 21, 2016
The Ostensible Writing On the Wall: Hillary Et Al See One Thing, #StillSanders Stubbornly Sees Another
The clear discrepancies mount. As a grotesquely pandering Hillary gave an uber-hawkish speech to AIPAC, Bernie skipped the Zionist confab to draw many thousands in Washington - where Hillary plans a small pricey fundraiser - many millions in donations, and once-unthinkable support in Utah. Yet oblivious pols and pundits are calling louder than ever for Bernie to go. His supporters' response: #StillSanders.
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Friday, March 18, 2016
Bhutan Plants 108,000 Trees In the Name of Gross National Happiness
Instead of Canada if the unthinkable occurs and Drumpf....you know....consider the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan, the world's most eco-friendly, carbon-negative country, which just celebrated the birth of its new prince by planting 108,000 saplings - the number of impurities a Buddhist must overcome for enlightenment. Not only must 60% of Bhutan's land remain forest; trees are a core feature of its Happiness Index.
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Thursday, March 17, 2016
They Are Us, We Are Them: Remembering Rachel Corrie
This week marks the 13th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie under the blade of an Israeli, U.S.-funded bulldozer as she protested the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah. After an obligatory "investigation," Israel declared her death "an accident," citing "protesters who were acting very irresponsibly." Despite years of legal battles by her family, Israel has staunchly continued claiming immunity for her death, like so many others. May she rest in peace and power.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Pigeon In the Coal Mine
Aimed at "making the invisible visible" - thus raising awareness of air pollution levels that can rival Beijing's - a stalwart troupe of formerly unemployed, perennially maligned pigeons have just finished a three-day trial flight of the newly created Pigeon Air Patrol, whereby the birds monitor London's air quality via teeny backpack sensors that can relay reports of pollution levels to Twitter. It's hard to avoid Tweet puns here, but we're trying.
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Monday, March 14, 2016
Tenemos Familias: Migrant Workers For Bernie, Who Didn't Keep Silent
In 2008, Bernie Sanders went to Immokalee, Fla. to meet migrant farmworkers picking tomatoes under slavery-like conditions that eventually improved thanks to his advocacy, a grassroots campaign and a Fair Food movement still fighting, most recently with a Wendy's boycott. Now, for the key Florida primary, Immokalee workers are in turn speaking up for Sanders: In a new video, they praise the only pol who paid attention, and "didn’t keep silent about what he witnessed."
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We Want You In Charge: Iceland's Pirates Now Largest Political Party
For a break from the Drumpfian gutter into which our national discourse has fallen, consider Iceland, where a survey finds the Pirate Party - touting civil rights, collective action, transparency - is now the biggest party, with a 38% support that would dominate Parliament in an election today. One leader cites a hacker's belief in what is possible: “As soon as I know about limitations, I start to respect them. It’s better to pretend you don’t know the limitations, so you can break them.”
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Friday, March 11, 2016
Hillary "Misspeaks"
The backlash was swift after Hillary Clinton, whose strong suit is evidently not history, praised the Reagans for their "advocacy" on AIDS, when in fact they infamously looked away as 20,000 people died. Clinton quickly apologized by saying she "misspoke" - a quintessentially Clintonesque term for "lie" - but not before Twitter's #HillaryHistory called out her unconscionable revisionism.
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