Abby Zimet, staff writer

Abby Zimet has edited 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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Friday, February 02, 2018
Behold: Divine Intervention for Michele Bachmann Straight From God's Lips, If She Has Them
Because of course, Minnesota wingnut, Trump evangelical "advisor" and screechy enemy of Obamacare Michele Bachmann recently said she was looking for a sign from her besty God before deciding if she was "being called" to run for Al Franken's vacant Senate seat. And praise be: The Good Lord Above just mercifully answered her by putting up a new billboard in downtown St. Paul. "NO," it says. Goddamn, we wish we could have our own boundless questions about life answered so succinctly.
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Democracy Dies In Dankness, Though These Days It's Kinda Living In It Too
Blundering foot-in-mouth-first into the Nunes memo mayhem, eldest son and "idiot of towering proportions" Little Donny Jr. gave us one of the greatest typos ever by attacking a press that only likes info "‘leaked’ from unverified sources," so “now it will be tough for them to sell their ‘democracy dies in dankness’ byline.” Cue hilarity on social media and a poem on the bad idea that is democracy, "prone to demagogues/ reason crowded out/ stupidity inevitably ascendant."
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
You Are Not Welcome Anymore
Enraged by Trump's mindlessly inflammatory threats to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and cut off aid, Palestinian activists chanting "America Out" shut down a business meeting between Palestinian officials and Americans in occupied Bethlehem, then pelted the cars of the fleeing Americans. Grievous new polls reflect their fury - support for armed struggle has almost doubled among Palestinians - as does wrenching video of the protest.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The State of the Uniom Is Pained, Misspelled and By Now Pretty Much Beyond Parody
We couldn't handle watching the State of the Union, but The Onion captured the demented mood: Lawmakers brought as guests an endangered wolf and a statue of Jefferson Davis, Trump boasted about the first SOTU ever and handed out guns to defend against thugs overrunning us, Stephen Miller celebrated by visiting tearful Mexican kids in detention and a GOP lawmaker threatened to arrest "illegal aliens" who came to the speech. No. Wait. That actually happened.
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Monday, January 29, 2018
Opening the Door to Possibilities
A belated requiem for Ursula K. Le Guin, who died last week at 88 after creating a lifetime of singularly thoughtful, feminist, leftist and wondrous science fiction. In her books, including The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, she explored a wide world of themes - anarchism, androgyny, mythology, capitalism, the Taoist concept of balance, the enduring challenge of being human - and we are richer for it.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
An Army Of Survivors and A Ferocious Judge Say "It Stops Now"
This week saw the just, overdue eradication of Larry Nassar, former Olympic gymnastics doctor and serial sexual assaulter, who was sentenced to 175 years in prison after a week of searing testimony by 156 of his accusers - "We are no longer victims, we are survivors" - and the fiery presiding judge - “I just signed your death warrant." "Sir, you do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again," she said. "Anywhere you walk, destruction will occur."
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Guggenheim's Dazzling Burn: Sorry Mr. President, All Outta Van Goghs But How About This Golden Toilet?
Behold the glorious panache of the Guggenheim's chief curator after the Trumps made the tacky request to “borrow” a Vincent Van Gogh painting for use in their living quarters. No can do, she politely responded, but we can offer an "alternative": an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet, an interactive satirical work by artist Maurizio Cattelan entitled "America." Because, notes one pundit, "Nothing says Trump's America like a solid gold toilet." Well-played, all.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
We Let Them Pull the Trigger
Another one. This time in Kentucky. Two killed, 18 injured. The 11th school shooting of the year, and it's still January. Barely a blip in the heedless news 'cause same old: Close-knit town, people shocked and grieving, good kids and "sweet souls" who will be missed, police searching for a reason for a 15-year-old to open fire, pols sending their goddamn thoughts and prayers. "In our time," goes the poem, "About death... We knew too much."
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Both Cruel and Stupid, Again/Still
In another crime against women and science, this week marks the anniversary of what advocates call "a clear killer": Trump not just reinstating, but expanding, a Global Gag Rule that denies U.S. funds to international health non-profits who offer - or even talk about - abortion, which in turn curtails access to contraceptives and other services. Activists marked the sorry event with a lightshow on Trump's D.C. Hotel declaring, "It doesn't take a genius to know family planning works."
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Monday, January 22, 2018
The Least the Patriarchy Can Do
This weekend's hundreds of thousands of defiant, exultant women marchers have gone home, but not for long. Change is in the air: The all-female SAG award presenters and leaders at the Davos Economic Forum, the dizzying 21-point swing toward Democrats by white women, the massive spike in women running for political offices long held by corrupt good ole boys, and the title of a cover story profiling those resistance candidates echoing their mood - "The Avengers."
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