Friday, April 7, 2017
On Those Beautiful Babies
How to choose the most ghastly part of Trump's "presidential" charade of playing soldier in Syria - the mindless move to armaments, the inchoate strategy, the media's war porn swoon (the beauty of our weapons!), the hollow pointlessness: This weekend, Syria undertook two new deadly, unfazed airstrikes. We'll go with the sanctimonious cant of pretending to care about those "beautiful babies" after so many thousands have suffered and died. Wanna help? Let them in.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
All Men Hand In Hand
In the clearly more enlightened Netherlands, straight men across the country have been pointedly and publicly holding hands in solidarity with a gay couple who were recently beaten up by a group of teenage thugs. Hundreds of Dutch men - including politicians, policemen, athletes and EMTs - have marched, walked to work and posted pictures together under the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand because, said one, "We think it's normal to show who you are as a person."
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He Is A Good Person: Super-Gross Sexual Predator Defends One of His Own and We Sure Are Convinced
Our Pussy-Grabber-In-Chief has kicked off National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month with his usual grace by blithely defending longtime buddy and fellow-grabber Bill O'Reilly, now facing heat for revelations he's settled at least five sexual harassment cases against him. Still, Trump's lofty support might not be enough. At least 31 companies have pulled advertising from Fox, and a DropOReilly campaign is urging women to "fight until every one of them is gone." Yeah, the big guy too.
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Monday, April 3, 2017
In The Biz of Facts: ProPublica Drops the Mic On Spicer World
Thankfully, the investigative, Pulitzer-rich news hounds at ProPublica - motto: We're Not Shutting Up - are here to insist facts still matter in our Orwellian world: When Sean "Pants on Fire" Spicer dissed them as "a left-wing blog" inventing a story that Trump can newly cash in from his (sic) trust without telling anyone, ProPublica buried him in a barrage of damning facts. "What we do," they explained, "is hold people in power accountable."
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The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen, and Big Brother Is Coming To A Theater Near You
On April 4, 1984, Winston Smith, the hero of Orwell’s 1984, begins his rebellion against a dystopian world - one "held in a grip of fear, a world of absolute conformity, continuous surveillance, organized hatred and ceaseless war" - by writing in a diary, "Down with Big Brother." Tuesday, 200 movie theaters will show 1984 to resist its coming and "take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and (the) truth there are (no) ‘alternative facts.'"
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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time of Useful Consciousness
A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, publisher, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, painter, patron saint of the Beats, living monument to the arts, "old-ass anarchist" and dazzlingly prescient speaker of truth. He wrote "Pity the Nation" ten years ago. It could be today. "Pity the nation whose people are sheep/ and whose shepherds mislead them./ Pity the nation wh ose leaders are liars/ whose sages are silenced,/ and whose bigots haunt the airwaves."
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Friday, March 31, 2017
History Is Not On Your Side
Amidst the ugly frenzy of ICE threatening sanctuary cities, stalking immigrants at courts, and now detaining them mid-green-card-application, the first public appearance of the ICE director - at an open forum in immigrant-rich Sacramento - was met with massive angry crowds. One impassioned speaker brought them to rapt silence: An 87-year-old Holocaust survivor summoned another dark chapter "fueled by hate and discrimination" when "we picked on people," and others failed to speak up.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
On April, Maxine, Melania and Susan B. Anthony, Who - Note to Our Clueless Loser - Yeah We've Heard Of
Tough call, but Most Gag-Inducing Moment of an ignoble week has to be the sordid spectacle of the Pussy-Grabber-In Chief smugly blathering about his respect for women's achievements as his enabler-in-chief reads words about gender empowerment and "respect for people from all backgrounds" - all as white guy cohorts mock two high-achieving black women for their hair and uppitiness. We drown in irony; nevertheless, we persist in counting on the thousands of women newly running for office.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Turning the Ingenious Tables: Buying the Right To the Privacy Of Those Who Sold Yours
Now that Congress has voted to sell your Internet history to the highest bidder, a new crowdfunding campaign wants to raise enough money to see what GOP douchebags who led the invasive charge - McConnell, Ryan, Blackburn etc - are up to online themselves. Since we didn't get to vote on selling our privacy, its organizer argues, let's "show our legislators what a democracy is." You also get to vote on whose history gets bought first. Total to date: $155,000-plus and climbing fast.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Our States Stay Woke
While progressive attention is largely focused on the national calamities daily inflicted by Trump et al, some Black Lives Matter activists are also urging resistance at the state and local level, where the country's 32 GOP-led legislatures can do plenty of harm. Now the anti-police-violence Campaign Zero has created a helpful new tool: A state-by-state breakdown of bills threatening women, protesters, LGBTQ, people of color et al to help you fight back at home.
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