Friday, January 9, 2015
Oh This World, I Have the Right: Gaza's Kids Seek A Voice Amidst the Chaos
A severe winter storm this week brought ever more suffering to the long-suffering residents of Gaza, with over 100,000 still-homeless struggling to stay warm and dry in rubble without heat, fuel or power. At least three infants and a young man have frozen to death; several more have died in fires. Inconceivably, life goes on, and even hope. From a Palestinian girl of 15: "In silence, I am powerless, but with my voice, I can do many things.”
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Here We Stand: Je Suis Charlie
The most poignant response to the horrors in Paris - committed against those who dared to think, speak, draw - have come from their colleagues. As thousands flood the streets declaring their right to free speech even when insolent, cartoonists have offered their own sorrowful tributes to the "exquisitely intolerable...visual mockery" that is their most powerful tool against "murderous clowns."
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Come and Take It: Gun Freaks Will Make Their Own Guns At Capitol Rally To Better Taunt Regular People
Because their mission is "taking gun rights to a whole new level" and "freedom is coming back to these United States of America!", Come and Take It Texas will rally next week "in a way as Big as Texas" to support a gun bill - that would allow them to open-carry not just long guns but handguns at their favorite Chipotle - by both turning up armed and making guns on the Capitol steps. They think this plan is way cool. Other gun-rights advocates think it "seems confrontational." You think?
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
To The Clueless Wingnut Councilman Formerly Known As Rebuked Artily: Welcome to the First Amendment
Good times with one Kirby Delauter, a Maryland pol who threatened to sue a newspaper for using his name without permission, thus earning the merciless ridicule of a press that called out his "astonishing lack of understanding of the role of a public servant,” sought to educate him about the "avantgarde experiment" called the First Amendment, and gleefully, endlessly repeated his "unauthorized" name. As in, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter.
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Monday, January 5, 2015
St. Louis' "Justice" System - Hell, Even the Whole Country's - Might Actually Be Forced To Work One Day
The lawsuit by a Ferguson grand juror challenging a court gag order is only one of several moves against the long imperious reign of Bob McCulloch and an old boy legal system facing growing calls for accountability. To date, the NAACP has mounted a challenge and a group of citizens and lawyers have filed an ethics complaint alleging McCullough violated 15 Rules of Professional Conduct. So much for "all the evidence." The lies, and anger, mount.
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Saturday, January 3, 2015
In Gaza, Just Another Steadfast Day/Year/Decade of Occupation
P.A. President Abbas' move to join the International Criminal Court to ultimately file war crimes charges against Israel comes amidst the ongoing travesties - shootings, demolitions, tear-gassing of Santas, lives lived in rubble - that constitute Gaza's "perpetual cycle of suffering." Still, Gazans insist they are not helpless victims but part of a larger resistance to a "war"; the point, they say, is freedom, not suffering.
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Friday, January 2, 2015
Consider Who You Are Marching With
Serving a “rebellion of the decent” against what they deem "a symbol of darkness," Germany's landmark Cologne Cathedral will shut off its famed lights to protest the latest march by a right-wing, anti-Muslim-immigrant movement on the rise there. The gesture comes amidst counter-protests and social media campaigns to ask the new "pinstripe-Nazis" with "prejudice, coldness and hatred in their hearts" if they truly want to take Germany there, again.
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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Touch Wood
A reminder that, despite the havoc we willfully, witlessly wreak on it, much of Planet Earth endures in all its splendor. For 14 years, photographer Beth Moon has been traveling the world to find "the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments" - baobabs! - many in remote enough places they remain untouched by our idiocy. May they continue to do so. And may the new year bring peace.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Oh America: Two-Year-Old Shoots Mom Dead In Walmart Because Freedom
We really don't want to start a new year with this so let's do it now: Victoria Rutledge, 29, a nuclear science researcher, gun lover and "beautiful person” was shot and killed in an Idaho Walmart by her two-year-old son after he pulled her loaded handgun from the conceal carry purse her husband had bought her for Christmas. Police called it "a tragic accident." If only she'd had a gun to defend herself. Oh wait.
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Alternatives To How We Live Now: Le Guin Blasts Fear, Greed and the Profit Motive
Amidst the best-of-2014 lists seeking to brighten a pretty dark year, we should find a place for the barn-burning speech at the National Book Awards by Ursula Le Guin, who accepted an award for decades of Marxist, feminist science fiction by slamming the power of capitalism in the form of Amazon, her own publisher, and writers "letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant." Citing hard times ahead, she suggested, "We will need writers who can remember freedom."
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