Friday, September 23, 2016
The Hurt Is Evident: In the Shoes of A Child of Color In Tulsa Right Now
As his family and community prepare to bury Terence Crutcher on Saturday, the students of a Tulsa middle school - including his daughter and almost 10 of his relatives - struggle to process his death. Painfully aware "we are shaping their world view with blood and bullets," a popular teacher just led three group discussions to allow kids to grieve, weep, speak their fears - "Do I matter?" - and their plaintive hopes: "I wish white people could give us a chance."
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
On Rats, Rocks, Goats and Liars: Presenting The Ig Nobels
With the world too much with us, we honor the winners of the 26th First Annual (yes) Ig Nobel Prizes, celebrating wild if minimally useful science research around the world. Winners include a brand analysis of rock personalities (Economics), a three-volume work on collecting flies (Literature), an effort to live as a badger (Biology), and, key in this election season, a philosophical study on bullshit (Peace Prize); the authors conclude, "Bullshit may be more pervasive than ever before.”
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
I, Too: White America, Take A Knee
In swift grim succession, two more dead black bodies, two more shady cop stories, two more fiery, grieving cities - Tulsa and Charlotte - furiously proclaiming black lives matter. Even as football players seek to stem the bleeding, the killings of Terence Crutcher - seeking help on a highway, blameless hands in the air - and Keith Scott - sitting in a car, reportedly with a book - remind white Americans of the task before us: "Our brothers and sisters of color should not be kneeling alone."
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Monday, September 19, 2016
Sickeningly Obvious Note To Drumpf: Skittles Are Candy. Refugees Are People. Duh.
Who are these cretins? Going as low as any "family of pond scum grifters" can go, elephant-killing mini-Drumpf follows up on his latest Holocaust joke by comparing desperate Syrian refugees to - yes - poisoned Skittles in order to warn us of the dangers they pose. We can't even... His ghastly analogy has sparked revelations about its Nazi origins, outrage on Twitter, and a brisk well-duh rebuke from the manufacturer: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
From Standing Rock to Palestine to Ireland: We Are Water
With construction temporarily halted on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux and members of other newly-united tribes continue to protest in the name of their right to water, sacred land and their basic humanity. As the protests swell, it's instructive to see connections being made between peoples who share a common history of invasion and colonization - from other Native tribes to Palestinians to, this weekend, Irish fighting their own water war.
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Friday, September 16, 2016
Before Anything Else, We Are All Human
Weary of He Who Must Not Be Named? In desperate, soul-starved need of proof that his hate-filled America is not, in fact, all we are as a country? Visit the Ad Council's "Love Has No Labels" inclusion-themed PSA, which just won a Creative Arts Emmy for Best Commercial. A tale of love and hope, it seeks to “challenge us to open our eyes to our bias," and remind us in these bleak times of our common humanity. Hold fast to it, and we'll make it. (We think.)
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
When the 'Facts' Are Not Facts At All, and the Cops Are Killing Black Children
Another dead child, another grievous hashtag, another police narrative that defies belief. Police in Columbus, Ohio say one of their own fatally shot 13-year-old Tyre King "multiple times" after he allegedly "pulled a gun from his waistband" when he was chased by police called about a reported armed robbery of $10. But the "gun" turned out to be a BB gun and the "facts" are hotly disputed. Except this one from the mayor: "There is something wrong in this country."
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
When You Give to Them, They Do Whatever the Hell You Want Them To Do
A few journalists actually doing their job have given us a chilling portrait of a post-Citizens-United American democracy where elections and power are won more by corporate cash than political leadership. A Guardian look at sealed documents in the investigation of Scott Walker campaign finance violations, and a Newsweek analysis of murky Trump connections around the world, reveal the pay-to-play democracy - and then some - that Bernie and many more warn us about.
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Monday, September 12, 2016
Visit Beautiful Apartheid-Free Spain
The provincial capital Cadiz has become the latest of over 50 municipalities across Spain to pass a motion declaring itself an Israeli “Apartheid Free Zone” in support of the BDS movement. Despite ongoing legal challenges led by a Madrid-based, pro-Israel lobbying group, the campaign to create "islands of political consciousness" - which include boycotts of companies complicit with the Israeli Occupation and outreach for Palestinian rights - is growing.
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Hating the Hatred
Thousands of "pro-family" - but evidently only certain kinds of family - Mexicans came out this weekend to protest against a move by President Enrique Peña Nieto to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the largely Catholic country. They were met by hundreds of marriage equality supporters, and, in Celaya, Guanajuato, one resolute 12-year-old boy trying to block them in the name of his gay uncle - a valorous act that gives us hope.
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