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, 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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Monday, April 20, 2020
On Badass Nurses: I Want My Death To Make You Angry
Amidst a frenzied rise of anti-lockdown, pro-stupidity protests for the all-American right to die for stubborn ignorance - "Jesus Is My Vaccine" - a Minnesota nurse wrote a searing letter about daily reeling through the stages of grief, from anger at a broken health system to bleak acceptance she may die of COVID-19. If she does, she says, don't talk heroes or angels. Use her murder by negligence and greed to "shame those who have profited or failed to act....Use it as fuel to demand change."
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Saturday, April 18, 2020
Unnecessary Death and Disaster: We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident
The fatal blunders, and ugly feints to cover them, are still coming - masks sent to China, failure to test, the fomenting of reckless mutinies, the ceaseless scapegoating and corruption and vanity. Nancy Pelosi, with no fucks left to give, has called it all out in a scorching letter, urging Americans to move past the lies of "a weak person, a poor leader" with blood on his stubby hands to save ourselves: "We must speak the truth, we must insist on the truth and we must and will act upon it."
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Friday, April 17, 2020
Birth Of A Nation Redux
Wow. So okay then. Skipping the polite part, Trump and his team of racist cretins are going full-on Nazi out of the gate with their first ad, whose scary brown guys Biden won't deport are supposedly MS-13 gang members here - like the thousands of moms and kids in cages - but are actually prisoners in Central America. Nice work guys: Seems racism and fear-mongering is all you got. Maya Angelou: When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time." Also, the despicable 8,746th time.
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