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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Monday, May 12, 2014
Looking the Monster In the Eye: On Hebrew Neo-Nazis
Anger is at long last rising against the new form of extremist Zionism dubbed "price tag attacks," wherein Israeli settlers vandalize Muslim and Christian sites to threaten them with "paying the price" for opposing Jewish settlements. The Pope is among critics calling such hate crimes acts of "terror," and renowned Israeli writer Amos Oz has just blasted terms like "price tag" and "hilltop youth" as "sweet names for a monster that needs to be called what it is - Hebrew neo-Nazis." "We wanted to be like all other peoples. We had hoped that the day would arrive in which there would be a Hebrew thief and a Hebrew whore. We also have Hebrew neo-Nazi groups."
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Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Peace Mothers
From Fambul Tok - family talk - a short film on the efforts of the extraordinary women of Sierre Leone to heal their communities, one village at a time, after a devastating decade-long civil war. A happy and peaceful Mother's Day.
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Sunday, May 11, 2014
NFL, Meet the Modern World
Michael Sam made admittedly belated history Saturday when the St. Louis Rams picked him in the 2014 NFL draft, thus making him the first openly gay player to be drafted into the league. The Missouri defensive end was the 249th choice in the seventh round - late given his creds, some argue - suggesting the NFL still has a long way to go on their stance that a gay player poses "distractions" to a proudly sexist, racist, homophobic and otherwise brutal sport that in fact could use some.
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Friday, May 09, 2014
Cruel Joke: What Will Your Mother's Day Flowers Cost?
This Mother's Day, Americans will buy over $2 billion worth of cut flowers for their doubtless worthy mothers. Alas, other worthy mothers - many in Colombia's Bogotá Savanna - will have often produced them, enduring injuries, pesticides, birth defects and obscenely low wages for your pleasure. Also their kids sometimes. Maybe get her a (locally grown) perennial instead?
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Friday, May 09, 2014
Jurors' Remorse
A bizarre twist in the legal and moral clusterf#ck that is the Cecily McMillan case: Nine of 12 jurors who inexplicably found her guilty of assaulting the cop who sexually assaulted her - none of whom knew the conviction carried a prison sentence - have written the judge seeking leniency for the Occupy activist, arguing "it serves no purpose to Cecily or to society to incarcerate her."
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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Sweet (Black) Miss Sully, 93, Shot to Death By Idiot (White) Cop, 28
Hearne, Texas police officer (sic) Steven Stem fired at least five shots that killed 93-year-old Pearlie 'Miss Sully' Golden after she came out to her yard waving a gun - aka "brandishing a firearm" - evidently because she was some pissed her nephew wanted to take away her car keys after she failed a driving test. Her neighbors are doubly upset because Stern also pointlessly shot and killed a young man in 2012, leading them to believe, entirely understandably, that police " are going to do what they want to do."
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Small Shelter From the Storm
Inspired by the ingenuity of the homeless all around him in Oakland, CA., artist Gregory Lincoln Kloehn decided to try building a house from scrap and trash, just like they do. It came out pretty nice. Now he makes them, gives them away, and runs workshops to teach others to build more. Kloehn knows he's not solving the tragedy of homelessness, just offering a rare rich dry sliver of hope, and ease.
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Any Threat, Any Terrain, Any Time: Israeli Contractor Adept At Targeting Palestinians Wins U.S. Contract to Target Mexicans
Touting its "Proven Technology, Proven Security," Israeli contractor Elbit Systems, which sustains the Israeli Occupation with everything from “intrusion detection systems” on the Apartheid Wall to drones against Gaza to an “Adopt a Combat Unit” program, has won a $145 million contract to provide surveillance to “assist agents in detecting, tracking, identifying and classifying items of interest along our nation's borders." You can see some of those "items" in their creepy, Mission-Impossible-like promotional video.
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
U.S. To Veterans: You Can Go Fight Our Pointless Wars For Us, But You Can't Smoke Weed When You Come Home Broken
Even as a new report calls for ending a war on drugs with "enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage,” Congress has rejected an amendment to a veterans' funding bill to allow VA doctors in medical marijuana states to discuss pot - not prescribe it or provide it but suggest it - to treat PTSD and other ills they got serving the country that is now denying them what "a mountain of evidence" says is their best treatment. The close 222–195 vote suggests the tide is turning, but not quickly enough. Every day, at least 22 tormented veterans are said to commit suicide. But for God's sake don't let them get high, and find some peace.
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Tantalizing But Epically Wrong: John Oliver Goes There
In the wake of Oklahoma's mangled killing of Clayton Lockett, John Oliver took on the death penalty on his show Last Week Tonight . Among the hard questions he asks: Should this be allowed in a civilized society, and why is a comedy show talking about this? "It costs up to 10 times more to give someone the death penalty than life in prison. So what we know now is the death penalty is expensive, potentially kills innocent people, and doesn't deter crime. And here is where it gets hard..."
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