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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A White Shooter, A Black Hero, Four Victims of Color, A Silent Vile President
Days after a white punk killed four young black and brown people, a Nashville waffle house has reopened with proceeds going to the victims' families. Still, the shooting remains an ugly microcosm of today's America: A white shooter with an AR-15 murders POC and is arrested unharmed by police after an unarmed black man stops the carnage. Because none of the racist GOP tropes fit, Trump has yet to even name the good guy. Note to Prez Fuckface: He's James Shaw Jr.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
On Monkey Selfies and "Friends"
Ending an improbable battle over "the world’s most litigious selfie," an appeals court has ruled that Naruto, an endangered crested macaque, cannot legally file a copyright claim against a photographer who provided the camera for said selfie because Naruto is, while handsome, not human. The court also took a jab at PETA, who represented Naruto based on their "significant relationship," noting, "If any such relationship exists, PETA appears to have failed to live up to the title of 'friend.'"
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Monday, April 23, 2018
Reminder To Rabid Georgia Police Attacking Anti-Fascist Protesters: The Nazis Are the Bad Guys
Because it wasn't bad enough to have Nazis descend on Newnan, GA for a rally to honor Hitler's birthday - note to law enforcement: Inappropriate Celebration Alert - authorities gathered over 700 combat-ready, riot-gear-swaddled, assault-weapon-bearing cops who, in the militarized excitement of the moment, chose to attack and point said weapons at peaceful unarmed protesters; then they roughly arrested them under an obscure 1951 mask-banning law originally aimed at the KKK. Hello America?
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Trump Through the Looking Glass
After another up-is-down proclamation from the alternative reality of Trump World - his Earth Day claim that heedless capitalism will save the planet - it's enlightening to view two wildly divergent videos from his weekend trip to Key West. The first shows furious crowds screaming FUCK YOU! at his passing motorcade. The second, posted by Trump, shows the same scene but with slo-mo, waving, adoring crowds to the rhapsodic anthem, "God Bless the USA." Just think: He really does live there.
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Friday, April 20, 2018
Split This Rock: They Will Beat Their Guns Into Poems
Seeking to add "a tapestry of voices” to the dialogue, socially active poets held an anti-gun poetry slam before joining thousands of D.C. kids at Friday's National School Walkout. About two dozen people each added one line to the piece "Longer Than A Gun" - “Our hearts are less fragile than the nothingness that pulls the trigger” - to remind listeners, "W e’re not talking about policy - we're talking about people who get up every morning and treasure one another.”
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Our Day Of Tragedy Is Their Day of Joy
Israel this week again laid bare the old, grim juxtaposition that marks its birth: As it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the state's founding, thousands of disenfranchised Palestinians marched to one of 500 demolished villages to mourn their own "catastrophe," victims of the violence on both sides held an alternative ceremony to honor "the void created by loss,” and Israeli right-wingers nearby chanted "Death to the Traitors." 70 years on, the ugly chasm seethes.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Still Following the Money
The kids are still at it. Days before a National School Walkout, Parkland firebrand David Hogg has urged a boycott of massive money managers BlackRock and Vanguard, the biggest owners of publicly traded gun makers Sturm Ruger and American Outdoor Brands, parent to Smith & Wesson. Hogg's mild proposal that stockholders " feel free to let them know" if they oppose blood-soaked investments has sparked the usual "fascist bot" sort of venom. May he not grow weary.
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Saturday, April 14, 2018
Sitting In Starbucks While Black
In this once-reasonably-fair democracy in the year of our ostensible Lord 2018, two black guys sitting peaceably in a Philadelphia Starbucks waiting for a friend to show up for a meeting were charged with "trespassing," asked to leave, and arrested by a swarm of cops for declining to do so though other patrons agreed "they didn't do anything." One stunning aspect of the now viral-video: The preternatural calm with which both now-handcuffed guys get up, because welcome to America.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Who Cares About the Rule Of Law When We Need To Save Our Fragile Tin-Pot Dictator From People Saying Mean Things About Him?
Because there's nothing else on their minds - Syria, Gaza, racism, safety-net-shredding, say what? - the leaders of a purported major party are going all out against the greatest threat facing the nation: the memoir of James Comey. With Comey doing interviews before next week's release, the GOP has launched a blitz campaign to discredit "Lyin' Comey" through a website, ads, smears and talking points to show they're tending to the vital business of our country, and we feel better already.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tumbling Through Calamity: The Definition of the Freedom Spirit
With the Imbecile-In-Chief playing 4th-grade bully to Russia - missiles coming "nice and new and “smart!” WTF? - a reminder that behind all the bellicose bluster are, as usual, besieged people trying to survive unimaginable horrors. In Syria, as in Gaza, kids use what they can to resist their hardscrabble lives. This week, defiant young Gazans unveiled a searing music video and performed their sky-high parkour, both at the border site of current deadly protests, to proclaim, "We will return."
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