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, March 09, 2018
Dissent Is Not Disloyalty: Edward R. Murrow Reminds Us We Have, Alas, Been Here Before
On this date 64 years ago, the esteemed Edward R. Murrow, speaking on his CBS show "See It Now," struck one of the first and, in retrospect, deadliest blows against Joe McCarthy - a hateful, bullying, lying, fear-mongering demagogue and "domestic Munich" who venomously attacked his critics and the press. Urging increasingly divided Americans to speak up against what was fast becoming "an age of unreason," the prophetic Murrow proclaimed, "We will not walk in fear, one of another."
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
On Asking Only That They Take Their Feet Off Our Necks
With the exception of a small dumb McFeminism move, this year's International Women's Day boasted much stirring good news, from global protests to Spain's strike to the spreading of "the Not Sorry wisdom" to the seismic, galvanizing and growing affirmation that "something long tolerated is finally recognized as intolerable." Icing on the cake: The release of the trailer for "RBG," a new documentary celebrating "the closest thing to a superhero" we have, for now.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Visiting Parkland, Betsy DeVos Interacts More With Comfort Dog Than Students, Who God Love 'Em Are Some Pissed
A visit to Parkland by Betsy DeVos, an oblivious grifter who perennially underestimates her audience, went about as well as you'd expect: She walked around school with three student journalists, ignored the other 2,997 students, talked up guns, babbled through an 8-minute press conference, and got shredded by savvy kids who saw right through the hollow photo op. Aping a DeVos adage to "Be bold. Do something unexpected," one enraged student wrote, “Do something unexpected: Answer our questions.”
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Tuesday, March 06, 2018
What Dreams May Come
Taking a small glad moment away from the madness, we present two-year-old Parker Curry, recently photographed staring mesmerized at the official portrait of Michelle Obama. At its unveiling, Obama had cited the "girls of color, who (will) come to this place and they will look up and they will see an image of someone who looks like them." On Tuesday, Obama met Parker, and they danced. They also proved, says the artist, that "representation matters."
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Monday, March 05, 2018
The Presidency As Grifting and Golfing
In less than shocking news, the Grifter-In-Chief is still at it with a tawdry vengeance. Not only did he just spend his 100th day at one of his over-priced golf courses - never mind shootings, trade wars, nuclear standoffs - but his feckless minions have ordered dozens of tee markers for the courses emblazoned with the Presidential seal, a move that's illegal in the name of fending off any scumbags who might want to pimp out the Presidency. Oh wait. Too late.
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Friday, March 02, 2018
With A Rod Of Iron: AR-15-Toting So-Called Churchgoers Renew Their Commitment To the Blood-Soaked Lunacy of Our Nation Amen
Amidst the debate about our murderous landscape comes this: Several hundred Moonie-flavored brides and grooms wearing bullet crowns and clutching AR-15s renewed their vows at a Pennsylvania church dubbed the Rod of Iron Ministries, for the Biblical "rod of iron" with which God smites enemies. Meshing right-wing Christian jingoism with corporate gun fetishism, they blessed the sacred "accoutrements" (guns) that will "protect God's children," because at this point sure why not.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Driving While Black, Still
"The Negro traveler's inconveniences are many,” discreetly noted The Negro Motorist Green Book, a bible of survival for blacks navigating segregated America. “Carry your Green Book with you - you may need it.” A 1947 facsimile listing safe "tourist homes," restaurants et al has just been republished; given today's America - surging hate crimes to stalled civil rights to enough tales of refused bookings to prompt the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack - we may still need it.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Israel Arrests Ahed's Relatives, Including A Child Missing A Third Of His Skull After They Shot Him
Ever-vengeful Israeli forces just raided occupied Nabi Saleh to arrest 10 relatives of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, including the 15-year-old cousin whose shooting prompted the slap that put Aheb in prison on "assault" charges. After the boy was interrogated, an official said he "confessed" he was injured when he fell off his bike; he also dismissed medical records as "fake news." The Tamimi family, he charged, embody “a culture of lies and incitement.” Savage pot/steadfast kettle.
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Monday, February 26, 2018
I, Too, Am America
Monday marked the sixth anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin by a white guy with a gun who shouldn't have had one, a killing that helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement. Unlike the Parkland victims, the thousands of mostly black kids protesting gun violence have often been dubbed thugs, not heroes. What is wrong with this picture? All victims, say black activists, deserve to be honored "for our moments of courage or grieving."
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Savage Sickos Among Us
Amidst the last week's searing drama, heroes have arisen: the extraordinary Parkland kids with their eloquent fury, their parents and fellow-advocates for sanity. The ghouls have crawled out too: Wingnut cynics; a Grifter-In-Chief who needed a cheat sheet to feign empathy, blamed mentally ill "sickos" and urged we arm "gun adept" teachers to keep the blood flowing; and a soulless NRA now newly, feverishly blaming the media, which "loves mass shootings."
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