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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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Bursting the Bubble: Mourning and Whining In America
Day by car-crash day, the malignant narcissist disintegrates. Increasingly saying the quiet parts aloud - please die for capitalism - he had a 1 a.m Twitter fit over a Lincoln Project ad naming his catastrophic failures and the glaring truth America is now "weaker and sicker and poorer." Having spent more time fixating on an ad than the 72,000 deaths he's caused, he thus gifted it much free publicity and brutally exposed the "cracked crucible that is the White House." Def don't share the video.
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Monday, May 04, 2020
The Hate That Is Among Us
The apparent decision by "a stunningly dysfunctional White House" hellbent on re-electing a sociopath to pursue opening the country - thus sacrificing what could be 3,000 American lives a day - seems to have opened wider the floodgates of stupid and hateful. Cue lockdown protests boasting swastikas, nooses, assault rifles, Confederate flags and the Auschwitz slogan "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" borne aloft in the demented air. A dismayed official: "This is not who we are." At this point, we're not sure.
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Friday, May 01, 2020
Free Fauci
In the midst of a pandemic that's killed over 65,000 Americans, the White House announced Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading expert on pandemics and the primary reason the death toll isn't even more obscene, will be blocked from testifying at a House hearing on Trump's crisis response, because it would be "counterproductive" to have a scientist spout science stuff and nothing says we have nothing to hide like flagrant obstruction of the truth. We are without speech.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
America Eats, or Doesn't
As usual, Trump's failing, this time to feed the hungry: food banks are overwhelmed while, with no coherent supply system, mountains of produce rot. Enter Chef José Andrés - "Without empathy, nothing works" - who in stark contrast is "leadership in crisis...nimble, confident, proactive." Working with schools, parks, restaurants, his World Central Kitchen has served over three million meals - 200,000 a day - to everyone from health care workers to the homeless. From one fan, "You are hope."
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Operation America Unfriggingbelievably Tone-Deaf: Everybody Gets A Plane! (But Sorry Still No Masks, Tests, PPE or Jobless Benefits)
In the first of many more planned, unfathomable moves, the military has performed obscenely expensive, deeply pointless flyovers over COVID-ravaged New York in what was billed as "a touching display of American resolve." Residents pleading for masks, tests and a living wage were " overwhelmingly uninspired" by the shiny planes roaring over a still-9/11 traumatized city - "My God..the virus..it has planes now!" - especially as they flew over hospitals putting duct tape on their ventilators.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
What Would Jesus Do? (Not This)
Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence refused to wear a mask as he toured the Mayo Clinic Tuesday, though the alleged head of Trump's coronavirus task force knew the hospital's policy that all visitors wear masks per CDC guidelines, and the doctors, staff, patients all wore masks, and Pence was endangering them with either his ignorance or arrogance or boot-licking devotion to his idiot, real-men-don't wear-masks boss. What a shocker we now have over a million cases.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Pity the Nation
With yet more news of lethal failure - a dozen pandemic briefings ignored - it's hard not to feel buried by our daily evils. For a fresh, bleak, brilliant take, Irish writer Fintan O'Toole describes it to us - the "deliberate and homicidal stupidity," abject right-wing surrender, "monstrous blossoming of misrule" in a pandemic, and "toxicity (that has) become the lifeblood of American politics." "The world has loved, hated and envied the US," he writes. "Now, for the first time, we pity it."
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
The Clorox Presidency: Lord Help Others To See the Truth!
It seems the origin story on Dr. Trump's latest, lunatic, light-and-Lysol cure is as bonkers as...everything else. Days earlier, he got a letter from the "archbishop" of the "Genesis II Church of Health and Healing," whose founder says he's a billion-year-old alien and which claims drinking its "sacramental Miracle Mineral Solution" - industrial bleach - cures AIDS, cancer, and now COVID-19. The feds just shut them down, but the Church of Bleach pleads, " Please pray for us." Umm, we think not.
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
The Best People, Also Labradoodles
We take heart in the stellar team leading us in the current crisis, from the mad king to the new racist DHHS spokesman to one Brian Harrison, a former Texas dog breeder with no public health experience who it turns out Azar tapped to head the federal coronavirus task force, which maybe explains the weeks-long delays in testing and social distancing that experts say could have prevented 90% of the early deaths. Still, if you wanna know anything about Australian Labradoodles, he's your guy.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
First Do No Harm, Or Wait Maybe Just A Little If It's Good For Our Ratings
So much for Dr. 'What-Do-We-Have-To-Lose' Trump's "miracle" cure for coronavirus. To the surprise of nobody with a modicum of common sense and faith in science, a study has found the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine not only didn't benefit COVID-19 patients, but killed many of them. And an expert panel has recommended against using hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin - another Trump fave - because it can cause cardiac arrest. Let the rewriting of history begin.
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