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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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Maybe Today? Bigly Ratings For Sure
With crowds outside chanting, "Jail to the Chief!" and caught in the sordid turmoil of Watergate, Richard 'I Am Not A Crook' Nixon resigned the presidency 44 years ago today in the name of hastening "the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America." Revisiting his final speech, most startling in this crudest of eras is his relative gravitas; for those pining for history to repeat itself, Borowitz suggests, "Imagine this, only without the complete sentences."
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
We Rise Together, Homie
So this: Over 100 mostly Latino construction workers were on an Indianapolis job site when a white boss known for hassling them tried to fire several workers over a slight. In an impromptu act of solidarity, they all walked out - and were filmed by Antoine Dangerfield, a black welder who exultantly narrated the act and its giddy result: "The Mexicans shut this motherf*cker down!" He got fired for the now-viral video, but also got a vital lesson: "We can all come together. "
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Monday, August 06, 2018
Deleting Alex Jones
Small good news. Every big tech company but Twitter has finally banned conspiracy crank Alex Jones and his loathsome Infowars rants about anchor babies and Sandy Hook actors and gay Pentagon juice in the water. Jones says globalists are removing "outlets of liberty and truth" because " inbred child molesters in Hollywood had some psychotic dream they wanted to kill everybody." The techies say he's spewing bonkers hate and it's not okay.
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Saturday, August 04, 2018
Nothing Is Given, Everything Is Earned: LeBron James Makes America Great
Tale of two people. Last week, a small, rich, sick bully who ordered brown children put in cages attacked a big, black, beloved star athlete born poor who has long given back and has now opened a progressive, family-oriented, bikes-to-college-tuition school for at-risk kids, " truly investing in public education," to show them "someone cares." Because he does, we all win, and the loser, as usual, loses. Update: LeBron takes to TV 'cause he still won't shut up and dribble.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
What Trump Hath Wrought
The unhinged Tampa brawl was bad enough, with its jeering, cretinous mobs screeching at Jim Acosta for doing his job. Then a puffed-up Trump posted video, Sarah Sanders called it "free speech," and Hannity - really? - attacked Acosta's "abusively biased coverage." It gets harder, but let's keep it real: Trump has now told 4,229 lies, and they're soaring. He started with 4.9 lies a day. In June and July, it was 16 a day. Don't let them drown you out.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Still There: Black Power Behind Bars
Almost half a century on, a racist, vengeful American "justice" system still holds captive 19 African-American radical political prisoners representing "the unfinished business of the black liberation struggle." A devastating Guardian series finds them caught in an impossible bind after often-solitary decades behind bars: They maintain their innocence and yearn for freedom, but will not renounce their ideals. "Slavery never ended," says one. "It was just disguised."
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Monday, July 30, 2018
From Sea To Idiotic Sea: Of Course Roy Moore Fails A Pedophile Test
Because the inglorious times sure seem to call for Sacha Baron Cohen's brazen Who Is America?, we just got Roy Moore - moron, racist, bigot, sex offender and can you believe former Alabama chief justice and U.S. Senate candidate - extolling Alabama's heritage of equality before setting off a pedophile beeper waved by Israeli honcho Erran Morad. "I've been married 33," he sputtered, because these days the bar for righteous defense can't get any lower.
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Saturday, July 28, 2018
It's Not Just My Story: Still-Defiant Ahed Tamimi Released From Prison
After eight months in prison for having the audacity to protest the brutal Israeli occupation with a childlike slap, Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamini, who turned 17 in custody, has been released - though not, it must be noted, really freed. In the long tradition of civility by the region's only "democracy," Israel marked her release by changing its time and location three times to avoid publicity, and arresting three artists painting a tribute mural of Tamini on their Apartheid Wall.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Keeping America Great (In China)
Okay let's get this straight: The loudmouth Grifter-In-Chief who yaps endlessly about supporting American business except he makes all his crap in other countries is super busy making “Keep America Great!” banners for his supposed re-election in a factory in China - where he's ramping up production to keep the cost of his swag sweatshop-cheap before his own threatened, ill-considered tariffs on Chinese goods kick in. Entirely too much winning.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
America Sends Exultant Thoughts and Sort Of Prayers For Trump's Demolished Hollywood Star of Infamy
Oh dear. People seem increasingly unhappy with their "president." Wednesday saw Rise and Resist protesters shut down 5th Ave. at Trump Tower in their first act of civil disobedience, and early that morning one patriot took a resolute pick-axe to Trump's long-dubious star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, obliterating it. Reactions were gleeful - "Whoever you are, marry me" to "Round up the usual 8.6 billion suspects" - with the consensus the perp had created a stunning metaphor for Trump's America.
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