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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Thursday, June 07, 2018
In (Nasty) Bed With Fossil Fuel
Calling out perhaps the swampiest of Trump's swamp monsters, Greenpeace marked World Environment Day by presenting Scott Pruitt, arch enemy of the environment, with his very own used mattress (ewww, wait, WTF?) from Trump Hotel, just like he asked his aide to find on your dime. Trying to solve the mystery of the malodorous mattress, activists figure Pruitt's been in bed with so many fossil fuel lobbyists, he probably wore out his old one.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
I Am Not Resisting!
Another ugly, fractious day in America: Out-of-control sheriffs' deputies in Oregon were caught on video brutally arresting Kevin Straw, a slight, homeless, clearly mentally ill man for yelling outside a police search and rescue command post; once they threw Straw to the ground, one beefy thug punched him in the head up to 20 times as Straw screamed, "I am not resisting!" and "Help!" This, along with the rest, is why the empire is falling.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Loudly and Proudly Celebrating The Anthem (That the Bullshitter-In Chief Doesn't Know) Except For Those Two Guys Who Took A Knee
The final icing on our ludicrous narcissist's Gonna-Take-My-Ball-and-Anthem-and-Go-Home cake that was his "celebration" of enforced patriotism: As Donnie leered and bobbed his head while a blindingly white crowd of lowly WH staffers obediently sang, hands on heart, of our democracy's wonders, at least two men took a defiant knee to protest the travesty. One remained silent; one heckled Trump to "stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem!" - or just stop doing anything.
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Sunday, June 03, 2018
For Those Not With Us: Parkland Seniors Graduate and Prepare to Hit the Road To Change
In a bittersweet ceremony, Marjory Stoneman Douglas' Class of 2018 graduated Sunday facing four empty seats and wearing sober tributes to those killed; for many, the day's most poignant moment came as the mother of Joaquin Oliver hoisted up his posthumous diploma in a shirt that read, "This should be my son.” In 10 days, many students will head out on a barnstorming and voter registration "Road to Change" tour hoping to ensure that heart-rending scene will never be replicated.
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Friday, June 01, 2018
Heckuva Murderous Job, Donnie
In appalling but unsurprising news at the edgy start of yet another hurricane season, a devastated Puerto Rico and a criminally incognizant dotard-in-chief are still with us. In the wake of a damning study that found 4,645 deaths - 72 times the feds' figures - from Maria, Trump bragged this week his and the Coast Guard's "brand" - governing=retail - has soared; in response to such delusion, angry, grieving Puerto Ricans created a memorial of empty shoes labelled "Genocidio."
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
What's A Black Life Worth In Trump's America? Four Bucks, Evidently. Oops, Scratch That. Four Cents.
In "the most racist jury 'award' in history," a Florida jury decided cops shooting and killing Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. because he was playing loud music in his own garage while drunk weren't guilty of excessive force, and awarded Hill's family just $4 compensation for his death - $1 to his mother, $1 to each of his children. The grievous punchline: Because Hill was drunk, they found he was 99% responsible for his own death, bringing the award to pennies.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The Young People Will Win, Even If They Have to Deliver Their Commencement Speech Outside After Being Barred For Being "Political"
A Kentucky high school valedictorian - and oh yeah openly gay, gender non-conforming social activist - was barred by his Catholic school and local diocese from giving a speech deemed "aggressive, angry, confrontational" and "inconsistent with church teachings." Undaunted, Christian Bales used a bullhorn to speak outside the ceremony - as did the school council president, also banned - praising the Parkman students and others speaking up "in the face of institutions that try to silence us.”
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Monday, May 28, 2018
Pro Patria Mori: The Old Lie
As the witless, narcissistic Bone-Spurs-In Chief blathers on about the day - "Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today....Nice!" - let's remember the reality: Our wars' tangled, bloody history, their untenable and yes ongoing cost, and the empty myths that too often create them. Wilfred Owen's searing "Dulce Et Decorum Est," on one poison gas death, still speaks volumes.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Deal of the Day! Get Your Korean Summit That Isn't Happening Collectible At New Low Prices!
The ill-fated "peace summit" with North Korea has gone the way of so many other Trump Amateur Hour efforts, but we still have the tacky merch: A commemorative coin with multi-chinned Kim Jong Un and Trump facing off amidst flags and gold and chintzy swirls. And prices have been slashed! The White House gift shop was originally selling the collectible, well in time for the Nobel ceremony, for $24.95. Now it's $19.95 - cheap, just like how this inept administration's selling out democracy.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Patriotism Is Earned By A Nation That Lives Up To Its Promises: Just Ask Sterling Brown
The debacle of the new NFL policy penalizing teams whose players "do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" - aka "white supremacy at its finest" by punishing "the definition of patriotism " - is even more grotesque coming the same day that Milwaukee police released video showing a hostile swarm of cops tasing and arresting the Milwaukee Bucks' Sterling Brown for the crime of parking sloppily. If you want to understand why players take a knee, watch the video.
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