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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Democracy As Reality TV
Coming to a bar near you: The Comey Show! Aka the Super Bowl of Washington or Shit Just Got Real Tour! Come see the Republic crumble - aka "watch the drama unfold" - live! Opening early and offering specials like Bad Hombre, Paid Protester, the mysterious Covfefe cocktail, the FBI Breakfast - French toast, bacon and ice cream - and free rounds every time Trump tweets. Such is the state of our democracy when a reality TV president worms his clownish way into power. SAD!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
One Long Atrocity
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Israel's Six-Day War, and the birth of the "50-year-old festering wound" that is the Occupation. While Israel seeks to cast the anniversary as a national celebration, most of the world mourns the pitiless crimes that followed - the Occupation's murdered, beaten, jailed, dispossessed, its amputee boys, paralyzed girls, farmers without farms, and thousands of other Palestinian victims, today all but invisible to an Israel in deep and lethal denial.
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Monday, June 5, 2017
Trump Is A Fear-Mongering Moron Part 4,627, But Britain Isn't Having It Thanks
Improbably, our pathetic excuse for a leader slithers to new lows: In several tantrums after the terror attack in London, he picked an ill-informed fight with their eloquent mayor, used people's deaths to push his own crackpot racism, shot himself in the legal foot and was widely decried as "an utterly horrid man." Resolute Britons, meanwhile, carried on; they rejected hate, refused fear, cracked wise about "reeling," and joyously gathered at a concert to proclaim, "We will not fall."
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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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