Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
All the Lying
Finally. After 20,000 lies and 174 years in office, a journalist spoke truth to mendacious power during its daily hate speech. “Do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?” asked S.V. Dáte of the guy who'll be known as "the impeached president who made up the most stuff...pretty much every day." To end it, we "will have to decide that lying is unacceptable in our governance" - and with Dáte probably disappeared, gulag-like, his colleagues will have to grow a spine.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Very Fine People
On the third anniversary of a deadly Charlottesville hate fest that saw tiki-torch-bearing white supremacists screaming "Seig Heil!" and "Jews will not replace us!", the sad old racist who crowed about swell people "on both sides" - having upgraded his dog whistle to a scream - was raving about protecting "the suburban housewife" from an "invasion" of black people. Thank God we now have adults in the room; Joe and Kamala entered to Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up," and slayed it.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Avengers, Assemble
Okay, maybe Kamala Harris wasn't your first choice - she wasn't ours. But the daughter of an Indian scientist and Jamaican economist, married to a Jewish lawyer, is a smart, tough, empathetic all-American scrapper who brings "hot molten steel" to Biden's campaign. And on social media, bone-weary Americans strove to name an inchoate, exotic feeling that perhaps once was hope. See her in "very nasty" action as she eviscerates multiple Trump stooges, and for God's sake vote.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Look! (A Bit of) Journalisting!
More bunk. Trailed by his mass negligent homicide - 163,000 deaths, over 5 million cases - Trump just tried issuing executive orders widely deemed "Constitutional slop" to stem the bleeding. But he's facing a growing clamor from mutinous journalists, mostly women. This weekend, CBS's Paula Reid called out a lie he's told 150 times; the playground bully flinched, snarled and walked out. Note to our long-prostrate media: More please, or, "Screw your access - do your job."
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Monday, August 10, 2020
The Interests of the Nation
It was 46 years ago that Richard Nixon resigned the presidency for crimes that so quaintly, ludicrously pale before Don the Con's that today, amidst the apocalypse, the war-mongering, burglary-bungling, I-am-not-a-crook loser we all thought represented the greasy bottom of the political barrel almost looks like a goddamn saint. In his resignation speech, Nixon said he hoped his act would hasten "that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America." Sounds good. Just sayin'.
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
The Kids Are Putting Elected Officials On Notice
Coinciding with the news New York's A.G. is suing to dissolve the mass-murdering NRA - "thoughts and prayers" - March For Our Lives has launched their first TV ad, on Fox yet. Facing an election where for the first time younger and/or darker voters will make up a third of the electorate - and targeting those voters in nine swing states - the devastating ad portrays America's often-racist gun violence before pivoting to warn those in power, "Yo ung people will determine the nation's future."
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Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Lower Than the World
Gotta Laugh Or Cry: More grim proof of "the soul-shattering ignorance of our country's leader" in his deranged interview with The Axios' Jonathan Swan, whose actual, unsparing journalism (take note, U.S. media) repeatedly, often incredulously exposed Trump's idiocy - and put the Internet's meme machine into overdrive. Stunners range from Trump fumbling with bright-colored kindergarten-level graphs to his vile, vapid response to our 1,000-plus COVID deaths a day: "It is what it is."
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Monday, August 03, 2020
Proud If Delusional Police: An Incredible Amount of Restraint
Six years after the murder of Michael Brown and a week after thug feds left Portland, savage video and a damning report show U.S. police continue to abuse and attack people, especially those of color, with little to no consequence. In the latest proof police are still "on George Floyd's neck," prosecutors just decided not to charge the Ferguson cop who killed Brown, and left his body in the street. Police: They're "upholding the rule of law." Michael Brown Sr: "Justice has not been served."
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Sunday, August 02, 2020
Fun With Numbers
Sunday, the day Cheeto promised the rollout of an "exciting" new health plan, he played golf; he did Saturday too. But while he "aced" his cognitive test, he doesn't seem to get math. We'll help: It was his 284th golf game and 377th day at one of his courses. We have 4.7 million COVID cases and 157,000 deaths, over 1,000 a day, or 9 per hole. We have 25 million people losing unemployment benefits, 54 million - 1 in 4 kids - who could go hungry, 0 national COVID plan, and one inept POS to blame.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020
To Walk With the Wind
The farewell to civil rights icon John Lewis by "a stick-swinging, Old-Testament Obama" was a rousing call to action and tribute to "the ways ordinary people can change the world...America was built by John Lewises.” More soul-stirring yet was Lewis' own grace-filled farewell to us all, and especially young people: "Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring."
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