"There's no law on the books against natural bodily functions," said Saul Alinsky in '72. / wackystuff
The Baffler,  June 20, 2016

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Refugee day, fart-in, drug test

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• It’s world refugee day, the day we briefly recall the 65 million people on the planet who are displaced. Astra Taylor travelled to Greece on the day the EU-Turkey refugee deal went into effect and reported back in The Baffler, no. 31. Liberals from rich countries who “remain trapped in a binge-purge cycle of outrage and indifference,” she argues, would do well to learn from the hospitality of the Greek anarchists who call the refugees from the Mediterranean and Aegean “our friends who live across the sea.” 

• Delightfully, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is planning to stage a fart-in during Hillary Clinton’s July speech accepting the Democratic nomination. “The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing,” Cheri Honkala says. As Saul Alinsky argued, in a 1972 interview with Playboy, “What oppressed person doesn’t want, literally or figuratively, to shit on his oppressors?”

• “Sick and tired” Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore is proposing an act that would require those seeking tax deductions of more than $150,000 to submit to drug tests.

• Baffler editor Chris Lehmann has gone and written a “tour de force” on money and religion in America, which was acclaimed by that rich person thing, the New York Times.

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