Monday, May 30, 2016
As Patriotic As Ever
Monday marks the 15th Memorial Day since "the dawning of the same damn movie (playing) in America since 2001, that revenge-and-war-porn blockbuster," from Iraq to Syria, that is the Era of Endless War. Rather than waving flags, an incisive look at the "unhinged fantasizing" that has led to it, and a warning we don't need more magical thinking or clueless pols - cue Drumpf as "bog monster of the American id" - to perpetuate the carnage.
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Friday, May 27, 2016
The Seeds of Fascism
Blasting a military that still acts with impunity and a judiciary that still serves as "the Occupation's fig leaf," Israel's foremost human rights organization B’Tselem has declared it will stop seeking justice for Palestinians by working with military courts they long hoped would become "a path to accountability." The move is the latest sign - along with a new uber-hawk defense minister - that Israel will continue its grim plunge into right-wing extremism.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Good News: Turns Out Most People Don't Want to Give Their Business To A Small Insecure Money-Grubber
Woman warrior Elizabeth Warren shredded the presumptive Drumpf this week, citing his 2007 "drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown" as he smelled profits, asking, "what kind of a man" roots for people to lose their homes and jobs, and righteously answering, “A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it." Except - good one - now that he's out and loud for all to see, he isn't: Bookings are down 60% at his crappy-glitzy hotels.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Drinking Milk While Black: Middle School Kid Busted For "Stealing" Milk Carton He Was Entitled To, and Besides They Probably Have A Frig At Home Too
A valiant police officer in Virginia handcuffed an aspiring thug and middle schooler - who is black which obviously had nothing to do with it - after the boy "stole" a 65-cent milk carton allowed him under a free lunch program. Ryan Turk was charged with larceny and suspended from school after he "yanked away" from the cop - in school-ese, "became disorderly." Clearly, this whole ugly incident could have been avoided if the cop or boy or milk carton had been armed. Gawd we love 'Murika.
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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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