Tuesday, March 14, 2017
An Environmental Crime In Its Own Right
With Trump, Pruitt et al poised to slash federal rules aimed at curbing climate change and thus ensuring the survival of the only planet we've got, activists snuck into the uber-pricey Trump National Golf Club in California to carve out a six-foot-high “NO MORE TIGERS, NO MORE WOODS” to protest Trump's water-and-land-guzzling "playground for the privileged." The WaPo called it a "daring act of defiance"; in an arguable move after Eric T. complained, they changed it to "vandalism."
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Monday, March 13, 2017
If Western Civilization's So Superior, How Did It Produce Steve King?
A few salient points on the well-deserved uproar greeting Steve King's "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies" line, the latest from a sordid, witless white supremacist who for years has used his office to spout insults about the brown people in "his" country. On history: We are all someone else's baby. On context: This is today's GOP. To the media: His comments aren't "viewed as racist" by some - they're racist. To Iowans: Time to deport some white men.
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Theater of the Absurd: On Israel's So-Called Purity of Arms
With Israel's slide into right-wing nationalism, the trial of Elor Azaria - a young Israeli soldier filmed shooting a dying Palestinian in the head as he lay on the ground - perfectly, painfully captures the ramifications of that descent. After he was tried, convicted and given "a sentence fit for a bicycle thief," his case spiralled into angry chaos - appeals, racism charges, disparate factions deeming him a brute/role model - mirroring the deep divisions of an apartheid-afflicted Israel.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Nevertheless She Persists
The women have returned to work - and the organizers have been released from jail - but the spirit remains, as does the droll, defiant, audacious art that insists on truth-telling. The Women's March that keeps on marching has prompted a wave of guerrilla art - from Russian Socialists' subway ads on domestic violence to NYC murals calling out Trump's sexist outrages to the bronze statue facing off against Wall Street's bull - titled, aptly, The Fearless Girl.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Oblivious Murder: George Bush Paints the Veterans Whose Lives He Shattered
In a surreal stab at redemption, George Bush is back and being feted for his newest, guileless, bloodstained, evidently unironic painting project "Portraits of Courage," a book and exhibit of Forrest-Gumpish tribute portraits of 98 men and women blown apart, broken down, rendered limbless and otherwise ravaged by his senseless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Idiocy in art has its charms," one critic says, but in war criminals "those charms quickly sour."
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Too Much Blood: Activists Walk When Alabama Pol Uses Selma Remembrance To Praise Voting Restrictions
Shameless Inc: Someone tell Alabama's clueless Secretary of State it's not cool to use the anniversary of this country's foremost civil rights march - and its savage police response - to talk up photo IDs and other repressive moves targeting those marchers' descendants. The Rev. William Barber walked out because “too much blood is on the pews of that church and in these walls for us to sit there and not at least say, ‘Excuse me...you’re wrong.'”
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Friday, March 3, 2017
The Worst View In the World: Banksy Builds The Walled-Off Hotel Smack Dab At the Apartheid Wall, Because Banksy
The ever-brilliant Banksy has unveiled a 10-room, colonially-themed Walled-Off Hotel - "a three-storey cure for fanaticism, with limited car parking" - hard by Bethlehem's Apartheid Wall aimed at sparking dialogue and boosting the Palestinian economy. Full of new Banksy art from gas-masked-cherubs to sniper-targeted Jesus, the hotel boasts a history museum, gallery showcasing Palestinian art, and replica signing of the Balfour Declaration when Britain "started re-arranging the furniture."
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Grotesque Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Grotesque Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is
The orange perpetual deception machine, caught in more yuge lies on Sessions/ Russia, is again madly disassembling and distracting, this time with triumphant tweets about "JOBS!" It's a timely reminder of the utter vacuity of his speech's much-touted "core principle" - cue teeny hand motions - of "Buy American! Hire American!" - which it turns out he hasn't done with wine, ties, towels, TVs, hotels, pipelines, plane parts or any other economic "ideas" widely deemed "garbage."
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Passing the Torch In A Chain Full of the Earthquake of the Dreams In Our Hearts and the Bigly Hopes In Our Souls All the Way Down To the Present and the Swamp, Which Will Be Great
Full disclosure: We didn't watch The Speech. We couldn't stomach the hollow spectacle of that cretinous shitgibbon lying and babbling and smirking and being praised - oh, low bar - for not grabbing any pussy. This is a roiling gut level response; see inside for more sober/sickened/fact-checking ones. Just this: May those of good will and sound mind keep fighting, and may God, Bowie, Karl/Groucho Marx and the Sisters of Mercy bless these once-and-perhaps-once-again shining United States.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Safe and Secure: Who Does and Doesn't Matter In Trump's America
Hundreds of mourners followed the flower-laden body of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, to its cremation site in southern India after he was killed by a white man in a Kansas bar who yelled "Get out of my country!" before opening fire. Another Indian was wounded, as was a white patron who tried to stop the shooter because it "was naturally right to do.” The ever-blathering Trump, whose rhetoric has helped make these things acceptable, has said not a word. Which speaks volumes.
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