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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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Oh Yeah
And the people rejoiced: Impeachment, or what Twitter dubbed Impeachmas, is here. To one GOPer, it was "this whole flippin' goat rodeo." To Dems, it was "a democracy-defining moment." To many of us, it's a blessed glint of light in a dark, dark tunnel. Meanwhile, Trump ranted at a Michigan rally about Lisa Page, slow toilets, hot pilots, "how badly was Flint?" As the vote came, he said Dems "have branded themselves with an eternal mark of shame." Um, no, that would be you.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Sick
So, um, yeah. Trump wrote a "letter." A six-page, lie-filled, bonkers, incoherent, raging, self-pitying meltdown full of "Witch Hunt!" and "Impeachment Hoax!" and "perfect call!" and WTF linguistic gymnastics: "You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word impeachment!" Some media called it "blistering" or "scorching." Pelosi nailed it with, "Very sick." She also nailed an impeachment eve letter to the House: "If we do not act, we will be derelict in our duty."
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Monday, December 16, 2019
Hallmark Caves: Love, Noise and the Profit Motive Win
In another sad skirmish in culture wars fought by creaky white people missing the good old racist, sexist days, Hallmark pulled an innocuous ad celebrating a same-sex marriage - with, gasp, a kiss! - after the rabid One Million Moms who are actually 4,000 squawked about "family-friendly" values. The ban led a gazillion people to righteously ask, "Whose family, exactly?" in the quickly trending #BoycottHallmark, after which Hallmark reversed course because it's 2019 and, duh, love is love.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Between Hope and Horror: Sandy Hook Families Still Breathe Tiny Shards of Glass
Seven years after a gunman massacred 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook, families "live between hope and horror," and do what they can to abide. Even as school shootings remain a deadly constant, many work towards gun control to honor the memories of children who will forever be six or seven. Still, each death remains "a gaping hole (where) stunned and broken families stand around (in) ever-expanding circles of anguish and grief. The trauma never heals."
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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Now More Than Ever, Honoring Trump's "Traitors" and "Scum"
On "a very busy day" of tweeting 120 times - lying, ranting, bullying a heroic 16-year-old - we're surprised the Rageaholic-In-Chief didn't get around to attacking the honorable diplomats, analysts and public servants TIME just named Guardians of the Year. Trump reviled them as "traitors" and "human scum"; TIME praised them for taking on the duty of truth-telling in the face of such animus, noting, "The courage they summoned was not to break the law, but to follow it."
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Now Trump Is A Genocidal Despot Thanos Wannabe and America Is, Like, Ummm
In the spirit of our weird-ass end times, consider that Trump's "War Room" - yes, Private Five-Time Bone-Spurs has a "War Room" - just released a campaign ad portraying our most presidential "president" as murderous comic book warlord Thanos, intent on obliterating half the universe's population, in Marvel's Avengers. Questions inevitably arise: Do they realize he's the bad guy? Do they care? Do they know the movie ends with Thanos expunged like this? Is it all almost over?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
He Knew (and Did) Everything
Despite frantic, shameless gaslighting by all - Trump, Barr, GOP counsel Castor - the impeachment advances blessedly apace thanks. If you haven't the patience to follow it in depth, consider the electrifying testimony of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who in under five concise minutes summons the ghosts of Watergate - "What did the President know and when did he know it?" - to lay out a damning, gut-punching, killer Spark's Notes of Trumpian crimes.
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Monday, December 09, 2019
In Late-Stage Zombie Capitalism, The Poor Are Selling Their Blood
Amidst America's "staggering" economic inequality comes a new, macabre, blood-from-a-stone mode of survival for the poors: Making up to a third of their income by repeatedly selling blood plasma - an export worth more than our corn or soy - for about 40 bucks a pop in a booming $21 billion global industry dominated by a few big U.S companies. Their highly profitable, morally questionable business is projected to “grow radiantly,” because of course it is.
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Sunday, December 08, 2019
The Word Is Love
It was 39 years ago that John Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan in front of his apartment - or, wrote Jimmy Breslin that night, " became another person who died after being shot with a gun on the streets of New York." He was 40. Yoko Ono posted a searing tribute, calling his loss "a hollowing experience" and noting that 1,400,000 Americans have died by gun since his death. These dark days, God knows we could use his voice, heart, wit and hope.
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Be Best, My Ass
OK, we are now and truly done with the con man and his money-grubbing hussy squatting in the White House. Having stayed silent through endless atrocities - rapes, lies, cruelty, racism, bullying, leaving families hungry, caging 70,000 children and killing six, now including one on video - the Birther Queen of Hypocrisy just offered us a jingoistic tour of tacky Christmas decor and a steaming pile of faux outrage about what "a minor child deserves." The Internet: " Sit down and STFU, lady."
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