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 18, 2020
Holy Super Soaker Batman
There's gotta be nothing more 2020 than Father Tim Pelc of Detroit's St. Ambrose Parish, cognizant of all things COVID, blessing his parishioners’ Easter baskets with a squirt gun - or Twitter's "super soaker of Christ"- because thy rod and staff and squirt gun will comfort me. Pelc, 70, says he's "happy being the masked avenger here" because " this whole idea of combating evil is a good one...We all want to believe the devil is not the most powerful force on the earth, and neither is COVID-19.”
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Friday, May 15, 2020
Trump's Very Good Job
On Friday, this happened: Evidently lacking more urgent matters to attend to, the toddler in the White House unveiled the new flag for his super-duper Space Force; the Barbie Press Secretary displayed his "robust" new pandemic playbook in shiny binders; and the CDC said US COVID-19 deaths could exceed 100,000 by June 1 - which means Trump must really be doing "a very good job" 'cause he reached his goal early! Now if he'd just bought the domain name before launching his "Transition To Greatness."
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
NONE OF THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!
Cadet Bone Spurs just went to a Pennsylvania mask factory. He did not wear a mask, but he did deliver a mind-blowing, bone-chilling speech praising "our healthcare warriors” who are "running into death just like soldiers run into bullets," grotesquely adding, "It’s a beautiful thing to see.” NOT, said every biped on social media, especially enraged doctors and nurses; said one ICU nurse, "T his makes me white hot mad like the core of the sun." The consensus: "T his is a very sick motherfucker."
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Too Fast, Too Soon
Because grim times call for grim measures, members of the progressive group Indivisible laid body bags overseen by the Grim Reaper at Florida, Arizona and Texas statehouses Tuesday to protest their GOP governors' reckless moves to push ahead with re-opening their states despite grossly inadequate testing and rising COVID-19 cases and deaths - most notably, as restrictions begin to be lifted. Given the willful, lethal stupidity on display, they say, "Giving up is not an option."
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The Atrocities, Documented
So Trump's Monday presser was a wowzer. Yes, he ended it storming offstage after a racist, sexist meltdown. But it also featured a dubious new campaign theme - People Are Dying of Other Things Too! - a massive dodge on his lame Obamagate, and a host of brazen lies on tests and cases. Most scarily, despite his bold "We have prevailed" claim of "numbers coming down rapidly," it seems his own task force has found cases spiking up to 650% in new hot spots in the heartland. Heck of a job, Donnie.
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Friday, May 08, 2020
To Be A Black Man In America
The battered wheels of justice are slowly turning in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, killed while jogging in Georgia for the crime of the color of his skin - another black life reduced to a hashtag. As thousands ran to honor what would have been his 26th birthday, the feds were asked to investigate why it took two months and a now-viral video of "the intolerable spectacle of a black man’s execution in public view" to prod the state to arrest his killers, and recognize his black life mattered.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Bursting the Bubble: Mourning and Whining In America
Day by car-crash day, the malignant narcissist disintegrates. Increasingly saying the quiet parts aloud - please die for capitalism - he had a 1 a.m Twitter fit over a Lincoln Project ad naming his catastrophic failures and the glaring truth America is now "weaker and sicker and poorer." Having spent more time fixating on an ad than the 72,000 deaths he's caused, he thus gifted it much free publicity and brutally exposed the "cracked crucible that is the White House." Def don't share the video.
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Monday, May 04, 2020
The Hate That Is Among Us
The apparent decision by "a stunningly dysfunctional White House" hellbent on re-electing a sociopath to pursue opening the country - thus sacrificing what could be 3,000 American lives a day - seems to have opened wider the floodgates of stupid and hateful. Cue lockdown protests boasting swastikas, nooses, assault rifles, Confederate flags and the Auschwitz slogan "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" borne aloft in the demented air. A dismayed official: "This is not who we are." At this point, we're not sure.
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Friday, May 01, 2020
Free Fauci
In the midst of a pandemic that's killed over 65,000 Americans, the White House announced Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading expert on pandemics and the primary reason the death toll isn't even more obscene, will be blocked from testifying at a House hearing on Trump's crisis response, because it would be "counterproductive" to have a scientist spout science stuff and nothing says we have nothing to hide like flagrant obstruction of the truth. We are without speech.
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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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