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, May 28, 2014
Passing Gun Legislation Is Not That F#cking Hard
At a memorial service for the California shooting victims that drew over 20,000 people, grieving father Richard Martinez told politicians to stop making condolence calls - "I don't care about your sympathy" - and start making gun control happen, blasting an NRA that works "to normalize this (gun violence) like it's an act of nature." The Onion echoes him in, "'No Way to Prevent This,' Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens." Last year, they likewise posted helpful tips for politiicians working on gun control. They begin: "Write gun control legislation. Pass gun control legislation." "Consider if overwhelming public support for a particular measure is something you want to be associated with...Put on your stupid little suit, run a comb through your greasy hair, go to the U.S Capitol building, pick up your fancy little gold pen, and pass a fucking gun control bill."
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Solar Freakin' Roadways
From Idaho-based start-up Solar Roadways , a brilliant idea that will provide clean energy, cut pollution, keep roads snow-free, revolutionize road safety, eliminate electrical and phone poles, create thousands of jobs, and oh yeah, save the planet. A couple more days to a crowdfunding campaign that has already raised way over their $1 million goal. Detractors raise objections - ie: a projected $56 trillion price tag - but dreams have to start someplace. Their video is almost as brilliant as their idea.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Pope, We Need to Speak (and Speak Again) About Justice
Some revealing backstory to the Pope's unscheduled, much-photographed stop Sunday to pray at the Apartheid Wall near graffiti reading "Pope, Bethlehem Look Like Warsaw Ghetto" - which was, many noted, "not an image Israel wanted." Confronted by Israeli security, it turns out activists had returned to the scene a couple of times - armed with their paint and tenacity, almost all they have - to say what they wanted to say.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Because So Many Have Already Rehearsed, 'Take Whatever You Want, Just Don't Hurt Me'
In the wake of the Isla Vista horror - and the clueless #NotAllMen meme - the powerful hashtag #YesAllWomen has now drawn over a million tweets. Part memorial to the needlessly dead, part hopeful communal conversation, part fierce howl that this has to stop. Update : More violence confronting women every day from When Women Refuse.
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Monday, May 26, 2014
War Is A Racket: A Few Profit, and the Many Pay, Still
As relevant as ever this Memorial Day, the great War Is A Racket speech by Major General Smedley Butler, two-time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, on war as profit. It ends, "To Hell with war." "WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." - Smedley Butler
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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Not One More
Gruesomely, the latest gun-fuelled horror in Isla Vista, wherein a deranged young man massacred six people for no discernible reason, is now what Michael Moore calls "part of normal American life." The most searing presence of the carnage fallout has to be the raw and furious Richard Martinez, father of victim Christopher Martinez. At an anguished press conference, he struck out at "craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA" before asking the most vital question: "When will this insanity stop?" Chris, 20, was an only child. "We are a nation founded in violence, grew our borders through violence, and allow men in power to use violence around the world to further our so-called American "interests." The gun, not the eagle, is our true national symbol." - Moore Update : From a blog attracting this sort of thing, Joe the Idiot Plumber to the families of the victims: "Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional Rights." What, one has to wonder, will become of us?
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Friday, May 23, 2014
U.S. Aid Wrapped In A Body Bag: Suing the Drone Makers
Mohammed Al-Qawli, an educational consultant in Yemen, remains haunted by the day in January 2013 when he spent hours trying to collect the burned body parts of his brother Ali, a schoolteacher, and his cousin Salim, a student, both "accidentally" killed in a U.S. drone strike. Now Al-Qawli and rights group Reprieve are mounting a legal challenge against the U.K government for failing to investigate human rights violations by a British communications giant allegedly facilitating the killings of many hundreds of innocent people. Al-Qawli has also launched the National Organization for Drone Victims to work toward ending the program. His hope: "That the American people (will) stand against the violent actions of their Nobel Peace Prize–winning president." "I have received U.S. gifts and U.S. aid, wrapped in a body bag...The U.S. and Yemeni governments killed a young man who strongly opposed terrorism and tried to bring change through education - the very same things they purport to want themselves. I want to know why."
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Colorado GOP Woos Women Voters By Telling Them Poilitics Is Just Like the Dating Game
At a surreal debate this week aimed at wooing Colorado women voters wary of their egregiously misogynist policies, three of four GOP candidates for governor offered no actual ideas about the issues facing women - unequal pay, domestic violence, health clinics closing, a pending anti-abortion “personhood” bill - but did praise a panel of four women as "ornamental" before inviting them to interview the candidates - "Bachelor #1! Bachelor #2! Bachelor #3!" - to the theme music from that '70s idiocy The Dating Game. Yeah, that'll bring the gals running.
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Friday, May 23, 2014
See the Redwoods (Soon). And You Better Get to the Amazon Rainforest Too.
Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that majesty remains, mostly due to our propensity for taking etc. You need a coffee table? Ask where it comes from.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014
On Oscar Grant: What Is the Life of A Young Black Male Worth?
The sorrowful saga of the 2009 death of Oscar Grant - shot in the back by a BART cop while pinned face down on a subway platform - came to a muted close this week when the five friends with Grant that night settled their federal lawsuit against BART for $175,000, or $35,000 per person. The shooting of Grant, 22, was recorded by scores of angry bystanders and sparked widespread protests. His killer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served just 12 months. A judge later ruled Grant and his friends "posed no apparent threat" - except, of course, that they were black.
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