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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Saturday, September 21, 2019
On Panic and Hope: No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference
That stark photo of Greta Thunberg's solitary, obstinate climate strike was a mere year ago. This week, four million people joined her in the largest climate strike ever to declare, "L ike the sea, we rise ." Greta's rhetoric is hard-core: She told Dems lauding her to "save your praise...Don’t (tell) us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it," and told global leaders, "I don't want your hope, I want you to panic." We're all good on panic thanks, but we'll take the hope too.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The Call of Blood Money
Because we inhabit a repugnant, rapacious culture, some repugnant, rapacious creeps thought it'd be cool to make clothes celebrating our national sport of killing children en masse. Thus has Bstroy, makers of "neo-native, post-apocalypse streetwear," unveiled what really shouldn't be in the same sentence: "school shooting-themed hoodies," complete with artfully placed faux bullet holes. In a searing new video, the families of Sandy Hook explain why this is not ok.
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Note to Media: Having A Penis Thrust In Your Face Is Not Harmless Fun and Jesus What Is Wrong With You People Further
Monday, September 16, 2019
Note to Media: Having A Penis Thrust In Your Face Is Not Harmless Fun and Jesus What Is Wrong With You People
The latest news that Justice Lying Beer Bong is a serial sexual predator - and that the louts in power worked to cover it up - is dismally unsurprising. More unexpected is the unholy mess the New York Times made of the story: They buried the news, ran it as "opinion," then teased it by vilely positing that a drunken dick shoved in your face "may seem like harmless fun.” Say what? Enduring lesson from the entitled and immune: "Fun is what I do to you," and why aren't you laughing?
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
The Cruelty Is the Point
Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn't begin to cover it. This week, the sick demons in power just deported a Cuban man so ill doctors say he could die on the flight, stonewalled on deporting sick children who will likely die back in their countries, declined to allow desperate hurricane survivors to take refuge here, incarcerated a 12-year-old girl who flew to Florida - but got separated from her family - as an "alien" child, and now refuse to release her. If there's a hell...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
This We'll Defend
The monsters in power marked another 9/11 with their usual grace and gravitas. As Trump whined about the polls, lied about the day, and boasted me me me, smarmy sycophant Rudy Giuliani, concluding his ugly mutation from America's Mayor to Fascism's Mayor, posted a deranged, "truly evil" video celebrating police brutality against Americans exercising their 1st Amendment rights. Experts called it "pernicious propaganda." Twitter paraphrased with, "What the fuck, dude?"
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
RIP Robert Frank: It Is Important To See What Is Invisible To Others
Robert Frank, the radical photographer and filmmaker who famously documented the darkness, racism and inequality of an ostensibly shiny post-war America, has died at 94. A Swiss immigrant who "made the margins (his) home," Frank’s classic book "The Americans" unsparingly portrayed things "as they really were - unaestheticized, somewhat plain, more than a little dour." In the spirit of the beats, Jack Kerouac wrote in his intro, the book “sucked a sad poem out of America.”
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Monday, September 09, 2019
So Close Yet So Far: And I Will Strike Down Upon Thee With Great Vengeance and Furious Anger
It musta been the latest deranged racism of Trump's claim he cruelly refused to let Dorian's destitute survivors into the U.S. because some Bahamians were - OMFG - gang members, drug dealers and " very bad people." Thus did it come to pass that, arriving soon after in North Carolina for another Nazi rally, God smote him down, or at least tried to, by hurling a lightning bolt at Air Force One. The people rejoiced. Then they lamented: Alas, She missed. Better aim, please.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Setting the Record Straight On Hurricanes, Grifters, Mensches
Remarkably - "it was the worst of times" - #Sharpiegate persists. An NOAA Trumpster said yup sure Alabama, the rest of NOAA and the world said WTF, the grifter's campaign started selling markers "to set the record straight," the free press said Trump is a loser buffoon, his thugs made a North-Korea-flavored video to say no way, and oh yeah 70,000 hurricane victims need life-saving help. Chef and humanitarian José Andrés is there feeding them. Note: Be like Andrés, not Donnie.
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
Steve King Is Drinking From Toilets (Sort Of) to Own the Libs and We Feel Bad For the Toilet
Another day, another racist clown. Seeking to rebut AOC with a big "Oh yeah?" for slamming conditions at Trump's concentration camps so barbaric migrant women had to drink water from toilets, Iowa's Steve 'What's Wrong With Being A Nazi' King got into a camp so he could film himself drinking water from said toilets and declare "Not bad!" Except he used the attached fountain, not the bowl. Regardless, maybe he got a nice touch of Hep C for his moronic trouble.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Village Idiot Offers Congrats To Poland For Nazi Invasion That Decimated Their Country and Killed Millions
Oh sweet God make it stop. After Trump declined to join a 40-nation ceremony in Poland marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion that launched the bloodiest war in history - he stayed home to "monitor" the hurricane, aka play golf - he sent a solemn, decorous message to the Polish people: "Congratulations!" He also praised them as "a great country with great people," a quarter of whom died in the aforementioned conflagration. Next up: Congrats to Japan for Hiroshima!
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