Friday, June 2, 2017
Because Of Them We Can
Grim week among too many. For a small shining glimmer of light, some stories of doing good in the world: Portland survivor Micah Fletcher speaks up for what's right, Michael Brown's mom and sister graduate high school together, Baltimore produces a new black 12-year-old chess champion in a barbershop, and anti-Trump stewards of the earth labor to save it because, says 83-year-old Antonio Vicente, who's spent decades replanting 76 acres of lost rain forest, "What's here will remain for everyone."
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Thursday, June 1, 2017
A Spectacle Both Awe-Inducing and Horrifying
We're too spent with rage to rant about the latest unpresidented atrocity, but many aren't: Trump's move to kill the planet (and the children) has been excoriated as stupid, reckless, grossly immoral, "one of the most ignorant and dangerous actions ever taken by a President." The same day, a melting Antarctica sent its own baleful message: A long-watched crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is about to break off, producing one of the largest icebergs ever - think Delaware - and unknown ravages.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Us + Them: Roger Waters Says Resist
Pulling no genteel punches, Roger Waters kicked off his new, unity-themed "Us + Them" national tour with a blistering show in Kansas City featuring giant flying pigs as war machines, grotesque images of the malignant unpresident in lipstick, Klan hood, dominatrix gear, defiant kids in "RESIST" shirts and one rage-filled message: "F#ck Trump." The tour, says Waters, is "an exercise in resistance, not just to Trump, but to all the despots, dictators, thieves and ne'er-do-wells all over the world."
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On Killing Children
More than two and a half years after he shot and killed Tamir Rice, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann has been fired - not for murdering a 12-year-old child playing with a toy gun, but for lying on his job application. A second cop there that day was briefly suspended for using "improper tactics." Their indignant police union argues both officers "did not do anything outside of our policy." Therein, our American tragedy.
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Monday, May 29, 2017
The Way Forward
Declaring, "We choose love," thousands gathered at vigils in Portland, Oregon this weekend to honor three victims of a bloody hate crime sparked by the toxic times. In remembrances for the two men killed and one injured when they faced down an assault on two young women of color, many echoed the grieving, grace-filled family of Taliesin Myrddin, who wrote that he "did the right thing...In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed is the way forward."
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
On Kalief Browder Way: This Happens Every Day
Thursday, on what would have been his 24th birthday, a Bronx intersection was renamed for Kalief Browder, the 16-year-old boy flung into New York's brutal Rikers Prison after being wrongly accused of stealing a backpack. There he endured three years of "documented torture" - two in solitary - before charges were dropped and he was freed. Two traumatized years later, he hanged himself. A version of his “American tragedy," Kalief once said, "happens every day."
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Vote For Rob Quist, Who Didn't Assault Any Reporters Like This Rich Jerk Just Did
Ugly Sign of the Trumpian Times: On Wednesday, hours before a Montana special election long supposed to be a GOP slam dunk that now intriguingly isn't, right-wing, evidently short-fused GOP tech millionaire Greg Gianforte body slammed a Guardian reporter to the ground for asking a question about health care; he has been charged with assault. Gianforte's populist, folk-singing Democratic opponent Rob Quist declined to comment. But we will. These people are thugs.
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Monday, May 22, 2017
They Say There's Never Been Anything Like It Ever Before: Dumpster Fire In Israel Promotes the Possibility of Lasting Peach
Oh, the ruinous phantasmagoria of our moron loose in the world, from cringeworthy typos to grandiose gaffes - "I never said Israel!" - to the sight of "a giant hate carrot" slipping into one of the world's holy sites his scribbled unholy requests - for pussy, chocolate cake, a nap? He spent 15 minutes at the Holocaust Museum - "So amazing!" - and an hour in the West Bank. Unsurprisingly, say Palestinians, "Nothing has changed" in a grim bloody Occupation that turns 50 in June. Thanks, America.
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KKK Is Okay By Us
New guerrilla art made a dazzling, albeit brief, appearance this weekend when artist/activist Robin Bell lit up the Department of Justice and FBI buildings with projections calling out AG and good-ole-white-boy Jeff Sessions for his failure to recuse, his affinity for the KKK, and the need to fire him for crimes against decency and competence - this, most newly, surreally manifested in his cruel proposal to bring back the long-savaged war on crime and drugs.
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Friday, May 19, 2017
This Is American Justice: On Betty Shelby and Malcolm X
Malcolm X would have turned 92 Friday, two days after white Tulsa cop Betty Shelby was acquitted of fatally shooting unarmed, hands-in-the-air "bad dude" - aka big black man - Terrence Crutcher after his car fatally stalled. At her trial, Shelby said she'd "never been so scared," adding, "I can't believe he made me do it." The more things change: It was 55 years ago the prescient Malcolm warned, "They put their club upside your head, and (then) accuse you of attacking them."
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