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Wednesday Toon Roundup 1 - Forms of Protest

Naomi Klein: Trump's like the fatberg - horrible, noxious, hard to dislodge

The author and journalist Naomi Klein has likened Donald Trump to a “fatberg”, a congealed lump of fat and sanitary products that causes dangerous blockages in sewers.

Klein, the Canadian author of bestsellers including No Logo and The Shock Doctrine and a Guardian contributor, was the international guest speaker at the Labour party conference in Brighton. Previous speakers have included Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.


In remarks greeted by laughter and applause, Klein said: “It’s tough to know exactly how to adequately sum [Trump] up. So let me try a local example.

“You know that horrible thing currently clogging up London’s sewers – I believe you call it the fatberg – well, Trump is the political equivalent of that.



Boston Universitys CTE Breakthrough Could Forever Change Football

The ability to detect brain disease while players are still alive and active will be a massive win for player safety—and a massive problem for the viability of the game


In January 2016, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif suffered a concussion in the first half of a playoff game against the Houston Texans. There were 271 concussions in the league that season, but Duvernay-Tardif, who was also attending medical school at McGill University during the offseason, understood the implications as well as any football player who’s ever suffered a head injury has. “Concussions is one of my fields of interests,” he told me last summer. “I’ve read a lot about it. Especially when you study pediatrics, which I do, because it’s one of the biggest injuries for kids under 16.”

Duvernay-Tardif recognized the symptoms as soon as he began to display them: “I’m the one who went to the trainer and said, ‘Something is wrong.’ And the reason I was able to do that was I had knowledge.”

While waiting to get cleared for game action the following week, Duvernay-Tardif dove further into his research, reading additional studies on the prognosis for concussions, including examining the testing and “scoring system” that he’d have to go through to prove health and return to the field. He’s now in his medical residency. He’s also still starting for the Chiefs, and I can’t think of a clearer example of how complex the NFL’s concussion issue is than that: Despite all of his knowledge, and despite his personal battle with a concussion, Duvernay-Tardif still plays.


McCain defends NFL protests: 'That's their right'

Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) affirmed on Tuesday the right of NFL players kneeling in protest of the national anthem at football games.

"That's their right to do what they want to do as citizens," McCain told TMZ.

McCain's comments come after the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones knelt before the national anthem at a Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals, but later stood during the anthem's performance.




Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday celebrated the collapse of the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare.

Murphy touted the GOP's failure to achieve several of its key agenda items after it was announced that Senate Republicans would not hold a vote on the health-care bill.

"8 months in. No border wall. No trickle down tax cut. No health care repeal," Murphy tweeted.




Black lawmaker kneels on House floor in solidarity with athletes

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) knelt on the House floor Monday night to show solidarity with NFL players defying President Trump to protest police brutality.

Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, blasted Trump for attacking NFL players who kneel during the national anthem at games to draw attention to the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement.

Then she took a knee herself.

"I kneel in honor of them. I kneel in front of the flag and on this floor," Jackson Lee declared.

"I kneel in honor of the First Amendment. I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom. I kneel because I'm going to stand against racism. I kneel because I will stand with those young men and I'll stand with our soldiers. And I'll stand with America, because I kneel," she said.



Turtle Mitch right now...

Bill Russell is the Man!

A tweeted photo of Bill Russell kneeling while wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom surfaced Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity to the sports world's reaction to President Donald Trump's recent comments regarding NFL players.

A solemn-faced Russell, bearing his trademark white goatee and crew cut, is shown bent to the floor in what appears to be the beige-carpeted room of a home, balanced on his right arm with his other arm resting on his thigh, looking intently into the camera in a light-blue T-shirt and khaki slacks.

"Proud to take a knee, and to stand tall against social injustice," the photo's caption reads, followed by the hashtags #takeaknee #medaloffreedom #NFL #BillRussell #MSNBC.

Dangling from his neck is the Presidential Medal of Freedom he was awarded by President Barack Obama in 2011. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.


Restaurant Refuses to Air NFL Game Due to Take the Knee Protests

A Louisiana restaurant is facing public backlash after management announced it would not be airing the Saints football game on Sunday. WOW Cafe & Wingery in St. Bernard Parish was taking a stand against several NFL players who had made the decision to sit out the national anthem, according to the New York Daily News. The so-called “take the knee protests” were a reaction to racial injustice and statements made earlier in the week by president Donald Trump.

In a statement on the restaurant’s social media pages on Sunday, restaurant owner Brook Songy Anastasiadis wrote that the players’ protests during the anthem “will not be supported or praised at WOW.”

The Louisiana Saints players were among many members of the NFL who chose to sit out, take a knee, or lock arms in solidarity with other players on September 24 during the anthem. Free agent and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick pioneered taking the knee last year as a protest of police brutality and racial injustice. However, the practice drew the ire of some sports fans and critics as disrespectful, with many calling for politics to stay outside of sports.



Another place I will never eat at.
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