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, March 17, 2020
Quarantined: On Penguins, Memes, Songs and Non-Social-Distancing Cats
Yes, the apocalypse looms, and experts say it will get worse. And yes life goes on, with resilient bipeds, as is their wont, doing what they can to get by. Schools, museums and other institutions are trying to fill the gap with live cams and zoom conferences, people are posting therapeutic memes, and those who can are working from home, often in the company of rowdy four-footed colleagues. These dark days, take a goofy break, thank Al Gore for inventing the Internet, and stay safe.
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Monday, March 16, 2020
Racist AF
Okay, he went there. Tweeting about the lethal pandemic upon us, Trump just called it "the Chinese virus," because, really, faced with a vast global and national catastrophe, what could be more helpful - along with maybe adequate testing, social distancing and a functional health care system - than mindless racism? Listen up, you despicable pig: Viruses don't have nationalities, hand-washing helps, xenophobic hating on others doesn't. Twitter: "'Chinese virus.' American jackass."
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Sunday, March 15, 2020
So It's A Joke Not A Hoax: John Cornyn Is Nero Redux
Man, these people. Appointing himself our first pandemic comedian, Texas Sen. John Cornyn made a funny on Twitter as he enjoyed a three-day weekend off. Meanwhile, House Dems passed an emergency coronavirus measure - to cover free tests, treatment, lost wages - which isn't law yet because Republicans went on vacation instead and so what if the airports are apocalyptic and cases are soaring and people are dying? We have two pandemics: The other's the GOP, sick jokes all.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Wowzer
Hell of a week as the country reeled under the weight of coronavirus and the stupefying ineptness of a delusional clown who flamboyantly stumbled and rambled and flailed, offering only "head-snapping misinformation and mendacity," ghoulish cruelty, and the doubtless-historic edict, “I don’t take responsibility at all.” The good news: We the people - states, cities, schools, sports, social media, a new president - took control, Italians sang from their balconies, and he's close to done.
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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Chelsea Manning Is Freed
A federal judge has ordered Chelsea Manning be released from jail in Virginia, where she's been held over a year for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury investigating Wikileaks. The ruling that her testimony "is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose," came a day after news reports Manning had attempted suicide; her lawyers stressed the act proved again " she will not betray her principles, even at risk of grave harm to herself."
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
This Is What Justice Looks Like
Time's up, for real. In a stunning victory for "every moral person who stands up and says 'enough,'” longtime sexual predator Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years for sexual assault and rape. His guilty verdict and harsh sentence came after gutsy testimony by six of his victims against a man who "had haunted our lives, even our nightmares.” Now, said one, "I have found my voice and hope for a future where monsters no longer hide in our closet." Sea change. Next: Trump.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Homeless, Not Voiceless
For a break from the madness, a small story from Dallas, where the country's largest street choir seeks to remind a privileged world and each other, "We may be homeless but we never gave up." With the new gift of a voice and a sort of home, the Dallas Street Choir has performed from Texas to Carnegie Hall, where their founder and conductor insisted they don't have to be "Carnegie Hall good"; they're just "Carnegie Hall worthy." Agreed, says one glad singer: "Music is a therapy."
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Monday, March 09, 2020
Grandstanding, Lying, Praying It Away: Dear God and Hookers For Jesus, Please Send Help
Oh man. Spreading virus, plunging markets, fractured health system and terrifying evidence of "gross amateur hour incompetence" by our fake president and his band of Christian zealots, headed by ever-praying Vice-Pastor Pence. The sorry truth on Trump, brutally bared in his bonkers CDC presser: You can't gaslight, bully, bribe, fire, threaten or bullshit a pandemic, "so nothing you know how to do will help you here." But the new White House tennis pavilion is coming along nicely, thanks.
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Thursday, March 05, 2020
Thank You Elizabeth
A respectful, sorrowful, grateful farewell to Elizabeth Warren, the smartest, fiercest candidate in the race and one who deserved better from our sexist culture. Social media proffered thank yous - for her passion, intellect, plans, grace, pinky swears and "modelling goddamn excellence" - as well as rage and grief. "Heartbroken," wrote one fan. " How do we keep telling our daughters they can grow up to do anything, when we can't get this one very obvious thing done?" Yes.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2020
American Citizen: Texas GOP Wants to Shut Out Black and Brown Voters, But They're Not Having It
Thanks to a Supreme Court that's "making Jim Crow great again," thousands of Texas voters endured insanely long lines on Super Tuesday in the wake of the GOP's recent shuttering of 750 polling sites, largely in growing communities of color, in what critics call "voter suppression, plain and simple." Still, Hervis Rogers waited over six hours to cast his vote at 1:30 a.m. because "I wasn’t going to let anything stop me." Good man. But damn: Our rights shouldn't come that hard.
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