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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Monday, March 27, 2017
An Attack On All Of Us
A bit of perspective amidst our gaudy circus: Defiant Londoners have summoned grace and dignity in the wake of the Westminster attack that killed four and injured 40. Scores of mostly Muslim women formed a human chain across the bridge Sunday to show unity, and at a candlelit vigil London's Muslim mayor eloquently declared, "We will not be cowed by terrorism." He also brushed off like a pesky fly an inane Trump Jr. diss. Because, yes, there is still gravitas and lucidity out there.
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Friday, March 24, 2017
So Much Winning
Sweet, sweet fail for the artless deal-maker and GOP cretins who spent 7 years and 60-plus votes braying they'd kill Obamacare and then couldn't sell a sorry-ass plan that hurt all the wrong people, notably women. To appreciate their mind-numbing obtuseness, look no further than Pence's photo of 30 old white men meeting to rob women of basic health care - on the grounds, notes one she-devil, "that it is icky." Lessons of the debacle: You can't do that, and it ain't over.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Have We Gone As Low As We Can Go Yet (Please)? Capitol Police Arrest Unseemly Disabled Protesters Who Seem To Think They Have A Right to Health Care
With Congress about to vote on TrumpCare - aka "Why Would Poor, Sick or Elderly People Need Health Care Anyway? - the empathy-rich GOP figured they had to silence 54 disabled activists in unsightly wheelchairs who occupied the Capitol Rotunda to argue they may die without care and to chant, "Ho ho, hey hey, my Medicaid has got to stay." Capitol police arrested the members of ADAPT under a D.C. law against "Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding," because Amurica.
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Whose Streets? Our Streets. Portland Anarchists Will Fix Your Potholes
To the challenge oft posed by skeptics of anarchism - 'But who will fix the roads?' - the tar-hauling, civic-minded crews of Oregon's Portland Anarchist Road Care have the (duh) answer: We will. Citing the key role of "community oriented direct action" and the "gross negligence" of a state apparatus that "cares more about funding a militarized police force" than patching potholes deadly to cars and bikes, anarchists have taken on that task because "these are our streets."
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A Clear Crime: Israel's South Africa Moment May Be Drawing Nearer
Citing her "duty not to conceal a clear crime," the head of a Beirut-based U.N. agency has resigned after the withdrawal of a scathing UN-commissioned report that for the first time charges Israel is "a racist state that has established an apartheid system that persecutes the Palestinian people." While furious Israeli leaders likened the report to Nazi propaganda, Rima Khalaf said she rejected their "vicious attacks" and stood by the findings that "Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid."
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Electing To Be Happy
Today's technological perfect storm killed our piece about rowdy town halls in Texas once too often, so here's another form of resistance: The solace of online wiseacres cannily, gleefully, faithfully puncturing the bleak absurdity of the times. With the shadow of the Trumpocalypse looming daily, God love the meme-ing and photo-shopping wits of the Internet - and the guy who came up with the pharmaceutical miracle Impeachara - for reminding us this, too, shall pass.
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