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, April 06, 2020
Mr. Impeached Pretend President, What the Fuck Is Wrong With You?
So today this happened: A government watchdog report found deadly shortages of vital medical equipment, from PPE to thermometers, in 324 U.S. hospitals battling the coronavirus that's killed over 10,908 people; it also found poor federal guidance has led to "fear and distrust" among medical providers. Asked about his own report, Trump said it was "wrong," attacked and insulted reporters, and blamed George Bush. He also signed an executive order to support mining on the moon. Really.
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Friday, April 03, 2020
The Man Is A Hero
In a time when "a true patriot gets fired for doing the right thing," a Navy captain ousted for blowing the whistle on Navy inaction as coronavirus ravaged his crew walked off his ship to the stirring sound of thousands of sailors chanting, "Cap-tain Cro-zier!" Facing 1,000 cases, Capt. Brett Crozier "was wrongfully relieved of command but did right by the sailors" when he warned the outbreak could kill sailors "entrusted to our care.” His leadership, said one, made him "the man for the people.”
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Friday, April 03, 2020
With the Feds Missing In Action, Depending On the Kindness Of (RV-Owning) Strangers
More clusterfuck from a government eager to use its power to put kids in cages but now nowhere in sight: States in bidding wars for equipment, a cancelled warning system for pandemics, just-ordered golf carts. Blessedly, many have stepped into the vacuum, from kitchen-table mask-sewers to thousands of people lending their RVs to bone-weary doctors and nurses in need of refuge that won't infect their families - a tender, spontaneous exercise in "everything that is right and good in this world."
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
A Very Good Job (At Slow-Rolling, Mass Negligent Homicide)
Nigh on speechless: After months of criminal denial, delay, ineptitude, Trump has said the country could see up to 240,000 COVID-19 deaths, an obscenely preventable number that dwarfs the 3,500 deaths in China, with over four times our population. Critics are now speaking the ugly truth of "a fiasco of incredible proportions... We are witnessing one of the greatest failures of governance and basic leadership in modern times." A furious new hashtag: #TrumpGenocide.
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Monday, March 30, 2020
On Loaves and Fishes and Toilet Paper: Crackpot Trumpian Pastor Arrested For Packing In Congregants Because COVID-19 Is A Jesus-Hating Liberal Plot
Following the rabid lead of anti-science evangelicals, the pastor of a Tampa megachurch who says his church will only close when the Rapture comes was arrested for risking his followers' and many more lives by defiantly leading two packed Sunday services. After busing congregants to his church - allegedly fitted with magic virus-killing gizmos - Howard-Browne urged them to shake hands and vowed their toilet paper would multiply if they trust in God. "Are you with me?" he asked. Actually, not.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Cease and Desist
As Trump's lies and boasts and deadly fictions mount with the virus - we now have a record 82,404 cases - so does the urge to shut him up. A Seattle public radio station has stopped airing daily briefings that "offer no public benefit," and other media are cutting back and fact-checking. Still, the atrocities keep coming: Trump just sicced his goons on TV stations showing a Democratic ad that (accurately) cites his murderous lies, arguing it's "false" and "misleading." Because, priorities.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Know That We Are Connected
Enough news for today, thanks. Time for a beauty/solace/sanity break to help us through. Amidst the multitude of random kindnesses underway in our besieged world: Expert advice on grief, inexpert dinosaurs on parade, lock-down concerts, quarantine birthdays, neighbors bearing whoopie pies, Yo Yo Ma's Songs of Comfort, and poetry á la Ferlinghetti's "I am signalling you through the flames." Lynn Ungar: Know that our lives/are in one another's hands/(Surely, that has come clear.)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Our Country Wasn't Built To Be Shut Down: Send Flamethrowers and Cuomo and Fauci, Please
On the first day U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 100 amidst critical shortages, our deranged game show host president bragged "our country wasn't built to be shut down," cited all the deaths from flu and car crashes, and suggested it may be time to stop this social-distance nonsense to get back to making money, even if it kills us. For even a glimmer of hope, we look to the sanity of Andrew Cuomo, Dr. Fauci, and Italian mayors yelling at their roaming denizens, "Where are you fucking going?!"
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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Stay Home, Save Lives
Facing ongoing human stupidity and the grim prospect of a growing wave of COVID-19 cases, doctors and nurses on social media are urging people around the world to stay home - for their sake and ours - declaring, "I stayed at work for you. You stay at home for us!" In dark reports from Italy and New York, they describe "a war (that) has literally exploded," with not enough beds, tests, anything. Don't panic, they implore. Just heed our social contract, and listen up.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Let Them Tape Brooms Together: Pandemics Are Fun!
Always eager to use any crass opportunity for a tone-deaf photo-op, Nepotism Barbie's now transformed into Pandemic Barbie to urge families stuck at home to play " living room camp out!" "Throw a bedsheet (over) brooms," says Ivanka in a (recycled) photo with her kids in a slick, shimmery tableau. It did not go well, with many posting photos of kids in cages: "In door camping! How fun! Where are their mommies?" Enraged consensus: "So cute. Go fuck yourself."
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