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Monday, April 24, 2017
Primarily A Mental Phenomenon: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance's Robert Pirsig Dies
Robert Pirsig, the brilliant, troubled author of 1974's iconic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - a dense philosophical exploration, father/son road trip narrative, and study of the art of motorcycle maintenance as "the art of rationality itself” - has died at 88 at his Maine home. Seeking to reconcile humanism and technology, Pirsig argued in what became a cultural touchstone that, "The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself."
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous: On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance
The Strangelovian Korea debacle still unfolds. By now, the loser-in-chief has a. marveled after a 10-minute history lesson that the issue of North Korea is "not so easy," b. confused leader Kim Jong-un with his father, c. boasted, "We are sending an armada" when in fact it was sailing away, d. claimed Korea was once part of China (it wasn't) and thus e. infuriated South Korea and terrified Asian allies who " cannot help but feel embarrassed and shocked" by his ignorance. We feel their pain.
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Taking Out the Garbage
Let us enjoy a brief but blessed moment of celebration in these uncelebratory times: After 20 ill-advised years of racism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamaphobia, lies, rage and, yes, sexual harassment of women, longtime douchebag, foul-mouthed miscreant, and "bold fresh piece of humanity" Bill O'Reilly is finally out at Fox. Savor the awful highlights, and hope for more righteous doors hitting more sordid losers on their way out.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Standing Pat: The Patriots Skipping the Trump White House Visit
Half the New England Patriots - including Trump pal Tom Brady - skipped today's annual visit of Super Bowl champs to the White House, currently inhabited by a guy who, one says in a bruisingly forthright video, "I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to.” Before the reportedly glum event, at least six of the no-shows called out Dumpster's misogyny, racism, lying, groping and all-round immorality, about which "all humans who live in America should be concerned."
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
A Library For Gaza, Because Freedom Is Sometimes A State of Mind
Surviving in the rubble of the open-air prison that is Gaza today are a mere handful of public libraries; they hold just 70,000 books - donated and often in languages Gazans don't speak - for almost two million inhabitants. Because he himself has found solace and liberation in reading, a young Gazan is seeking to start a library/book shop to give back to trapped neighbors who've lost so much a way into "an imaginary world where there are no boundaries."
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Monday, April 17, 2017
In Georgia, Looking To Take Trump Down With Great Vengeance and Furious Anger
Vowing to "Make Trump Furious," 30-year-old progressive Jon Ossoff is aiming for the first Democratic win since the 1970s in Georgia's longtime conservative Sixth District in Tuesday's special election to replace Tom Price. Now leading a field of 18 candidates, the potential first "Congressman of the Resistance" has drawn a broad array of supporters including the ever-fierce Samuel L. Jackson; in a new radio ad urging voters to turn out, the actor and activist, as usual, ain't fooling around.
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Friday, April 14, 2017
See You In Space
In a cool feat of "suborbital dissent," activists from the community-based Autonomous Space Agency Network have launched the first protest in space against our anti-science ignoramus-in-chief, floating a giant tweet that quotes a former astronaut on the blind pettiness of politicians. The action coincides with Yuri's Night, when the first human in space marveled at the planet and urged, "People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty."
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
The (Former) People's House: Trump Et Al Can't Even Get It Together For the Easter Egg Roll
Now that Sean Spicer bungled Passover with his "Holocaust centers," he and the Trumpian clowns are taking on the White House Easter Egg Roll, a high-profile public event widely viewed as a barometer of an administration's competency. Yes, well. Cue reports of eggs ordered late, missing tickets, sorry numbers, military bands not A-listers - and a "people's alternative" egg with proceeds going to PBS and NEA. America's Easter Egg reads, "Protect Our Children's Future," because these dolts won't.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
United Airline's Brutal Version of "Re-Accommodating" Passengers Isn't Going Over So Well
The dystopian video of Chicago cops yanking a 69-year-old doctor out of his seat on an overbooked United flight, slamming his head on an armrest and hauling his bloodied body out like a bag of trash has sparked fury - compounded by United's blame-the-victim response commending employees for going "above and beyond to ensure we fly right." Swift vengeance came from social media, the stock market, and consumers sick of abuse by big corporations and brutish cops defending their interests.
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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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