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Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version
Every word a true one

by Thomas Neuburger

Almost the very definition of corruption is trading money for favors while serving the public interest in public office. Almost, but not quite. There are other definitions, and Zephyr Teachout's "self-serving use of public power for private ends...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-03 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

As most people know by now, on...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-30 - Original post - cached version
Bagram Air Base in north-central Afghanistan. Note Kandahar, home of Kandahar Air Field, much further south.

by Thomas Neuburger

The U.S. will never leave Afghanistan. Our military is too strong to be driven out by the Taliban, just as U.S. military control is too weak to "pacify" (fully...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version
Krystal Ball: This is the hill that Democratic leaders chose to die on?

by Thomas Neuburger

A note about the coming and much-cheered impeachment of Donald Trump. Of course impeachment was always the right thing to do. But having waited so long to do it, and having chosen Joe Biden's...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version
Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

What will happen when these two meet on the debate stage?

by Thomas Neuburger

After the third Democratic primary debate, Julián Castro was widely criticized for suggesting that Joe Biden might be disturbingly forgetful — "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version
Surfing on our waste (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

We recently wrote about the astonishing amount of microplastic — microscopic pieces of ordinary plastic, byproducts of the breakdown of the residue of our trash — in both our environment and our bodies (see "It's Raining Plastic, From the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version
Striking mill workers facing off with National Guardsmen in Greenville, S.C., in 1934. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

by Thomas Neuburger

     Power concedes nothing without a demand. 
     —Frederick Douglass

One of the things I worry about in the coming election is not...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version
Cops can do anything they want in modern America. This is from a 2015 Washington Post piece entitled "Cops took more stuff from people than burglars did last year." Notice the jump in seizures near the end of Obama's first term.

by Thomas Neuburger

As you listen to the panicked fear that...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version
The amount of carbon tax — a neoliberal solution — required to achieve just a modest reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (source). Bernie Sanders wants to reach 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization no...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version
As Jimmy Breslin wrote in his blurb, this is the best book ever written about legendary Democratic Party boss Richard J. Daley, king of the smoke-filled back room deal. (Fun fact: John Belushi played a character closely based on Royko in an early Lawrence Kasden film, Continental Divide, that's...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-26 - Original post - cached version
"You can't nibble around the edges any more," says Sanders in explaining his plan to essentially nationalize electricity production in the U.S. The full interview is here.

by Thomas Neuburger

Bernie Sanders recently released his plan for implementing the Green New Deal. These include...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version
Which Democratic candidate would be this bold, would do what any Republican in the country would do — simply dare to say, "Make it so" when executive power is clear and available?

by Thomas Neuburger

During the 2016 primary race it became apparent that Bernie Sanders was offering more...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version
Rainwater samples collected across Colorado and analyzed under a microscope contained a rainbow of plastic fibers. Photograph: USGS (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

I often worry whether we aren't one of those species that self-eliminates, that commits "ecological suicide" as many bacteria...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version
Watch these clips in order. The tech is not just used for personalized advertising, but also "criminal investigation" (as defined by the state), which the second clip makes clear near the end.

by Thomas Neuburger

I've been meaning to write for a while about the many scattered reports of...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version
Image source: A 2009 article in Hemp News entitled "Big Pharma Eyes Medical Marijuana." They've had their eye on this market for a while.

by Thomas Neuburger

According to recent reports, Joe Biden's plan for marijuana decriminalization calls for expunging criminal records of those...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version
Iowa's four congressional districts. Note Cedar Rapids in the First, Davenport and Iowa City (a college town) in the Second, Des Moines in the Third, and Ames (the other college town) in Steve King's Fourth (source).

by Thomas Neuburger

Everyone who was paying attention in 2016...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version
Stephanie Kelton explaining what Ben Bernanke meant in 2009 when he said the Fed doesn't "spend tax money" when it transfers money to banks, but simply changes numbers in a computer. "To lend to a bank, we simply use a computer to mark up the size of the account they have with the Fed." Kelton: "...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-29 - Original post - cached version
Steve Kornacki, MSNBC's so-called "numbers guy," visually misrepresents Sanders' strength against Trump, then lies about the erroneous graphic: "Elizabeth Warren, she’s been running second place, she is running second place on the Democratic side. She leads Trump by 5 points." The graphic shows...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version
Candida auris fungus (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

Normally humans are not much troubled by fungal infections (as opposed to bacterial and viral diseases, which are far more common). There are several reasons for this — a healthy human's immune system being one — but another is that the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-11 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

In a new book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, author Dahr Jamail writes about the coming world without any standing glacial ice anywhere on earth. He capsulizes his thoughts in this interview with Dharna Noor at...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-08 - Original post - cached version
The implementation of Israel's one-state solution is nearly complete (discussion here)

by Thomas Neuburger

I've been writing both publicly and privately about regime change and the U.S. national security state lately, most recently here. Bottom line: They do it and they like doing it. It...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version
What was left of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, after it crashed to the ground six minutes after takeoff. All 157 people aboard were killed (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

The essence of modern neoliberalism, as encouraged and enabled by both political parties, is...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-27 - Original post - cached version
New York Times response to Donald Trump's attack on the Times story revealing recent U.S. cyber-attacks against Russia

by Thomas Neuburger

The New York Times has just admitted that it clears national security stories with the government before it publishes them. We've already known this...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-24 - Original post - cached version
Surveillance images from East German Stasi archives (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

This is yet another reminder that we live in a nation in which citizen surveillance is assumed, with our permission, to be a infinitely expandable right possessed by government.

Even ICE, the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version
Control of the region recently called Palestine from 2000 BCE to the present (source; click to enlarge)

by Thomas Neuburger

There are two possible futures for Israel and Palestine: one close to the vision of Isaiah — “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-17 - Original post - cached version
Elizabeth Warren's Issues page from her campaign website. Do you see anything about Medicare for All, or even about health care?

by Thomas Neuburger

Does presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren support Medicare for All? I mean this as an actual question. I don't know the answer — or I...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

by Thomas Neuburger

It's been clear for while that John Bolton and Donald Trump are not on the same foreign policy page.

CNN, for example, recently reported that Trump announced publicly that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had "kept his word...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-10 - Original post - cached version
Konstantin Kilimnik, on of the most crucial and damaging figures in the Paul Manafort-Russia allegations. Does he indeed have "links to Russian intelligence"? Or is he instead a long-time, protected State Department asset? Is this information you'd like to have?

by Thomas Neuburger

One...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version
Will the U.S. Supreme Court expose itself to the public as a failed institution in this term or the next? (Iconic Portland Oregon poster showing future mayor Bud Clark and a downtown statue. Title: "Expose Yourself to Art." Story here.)

by Thomas Neuburger

The second point ... about the...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-23 - Original post - cached version
The Russian navy test-fires a Moskit P-270 antiship cruise missile in February of 2015. The P-270 Moskit is a Russian supersonic ramjet powered cruise missile (source). To view full-size, click here.

by Thomas Neuburger

Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-20 - Original post - cached version
Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version
Standoff at the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C. (Photo Ann Wright)

by Thomas Neuburger

This is US military policy, being carried out unlawfully on US soil. The DC police and Mayor Bowser's administration are siding with the right-wingers, who are acting unlawfully and with excessive...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-13 - Original post - cached version
Before and after images of the van that came to pick up the bodies of eleven men shot to death by circling American helicopters in Iraq in 2007. Both children in the van were wounded. "Well, it's their fault for bringing their kids to a battle," said one of the pilots. "That's right," replies...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-06 - Original post - cached version
Discrepancy between the reported Trump vote (red vertical line) and the unadjusted exit polls (green vertical line) in the 2016 North Carolina general election. If the actual Trump vote fell anywhere within the 95% confidence interval, Trump would have lost NC.

by Thomas Neuburger

This...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version
The red arrow shows the Strait of Hormuz, one of the most important shipping lanes (and bottlenecks) in the world. It's also within Iran's UN-defined "territorial water" if it wishes to make that claim.

by Thomas Neuburger

"'Anyone can go to Baghdad; real men go to Tehran', an...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-29 - Original post - cached version
Click to enlarge (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

On April 15, just prior to Joe Biden's entry into the race, Emerson College Polling released their Democratic primary contest report. Two things to note before we go further.

First, the poll of the Democratic primary shows four clear...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-25 - Original post - cached version
Would these people accept an Establishment bargain with a "unity candidate"?

by Thomas Neuburger

“We are going to win this primary, but if we don’t, he will do whatever it takes to defeat Donald Trump. If the nominee is Bernie Sanders, will those Democratic insiders fully support a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

What is Bernie Sanders looking for in a potential vice-presidential pick? What should he be looking for? These two questions, while it may be too early to ask them, are nonetheless worth considering.

For one thing, the issue of Sanders' age, for those who are...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version
How will these people respond if they think Sanders was cheated again?

by Thomas Neuburger

Like many I watched the 2016 Democratic primary carefully, and like many I was appalled by what looked like rampant cheating of varying types and degrees by national party leaders, state officials...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version
From a Sanders fundraising letter sent after CAP's attack on him

by Thomas Neuburger

One of my biggest concerns about the 2016 Sanders campaign was that, at least at the beginning, it was too easily forced to apologize for attacks on supposed "allies of progressives" in the Democratic...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-11 - Original post - cached version
Waiting the fate of Julian Assange

by Thomas Neuburger

The news, Julian Assange has been arrested at last:

"Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of -- like it or not -- award-winning...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-08 - Original post - cached version
Joe and Hunter Biden in 2009 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

by Thomas Neuburger

Wheels within wheels. This is from longtime investigative reporter John Solomon, writing in The Hill (emphasis mine throughout):

Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don't you want...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version
Jon Stewart as Biden: "Hey girl, you seem tense. Is it the stress of me groping you for 28 straight seconds?"

by Thomas Neuburger

An interesting thing is happening around Joe Biden's #MeToo moment. Even though Al Franken was almost immediately rousted from the Senate by now-presidential...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version
Jake Tapper: "Do you think [Biden's behavior toward women] is disqualifying for him?" Lucy Flores: "For me it's disqualifying."

by Thomas Neuburger

Listen to the clip above in which Lucy Flores talks with CNN's Jake Tapper about Joe Biden's "completely inappropriate" behavior toward her...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-28 - Original post - cached version
Michelle Obama in New York signing copies of her $65 million memoir. To date it has sold more than 10 milliion copies. Photograph: Richard Drew/AP (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

It's no secret that the Democratic Party establishment wants nothing more than to eliminate the possibility of...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-25 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

Short and dirty. Via David Dayen, writing at the American Prospect (emphasis added):

What passes for much “campaign-finance” reporting in America typically follows the flow of cash from big bundlers to particular candidates,...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

As a companion to this piece, "A Way-Too-Early Handicapping of the 2020 Presidential Race," I'd like to offer a look at Allan Lichtman's famous 13 keys to the White House and see where the contest stands at this early date.

A quick summary: Lichtman's keys are...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version
A cigarette, martini, a staircase and Bette Davis — the 2020 election in a nutshell

by Thomas Neuburger

There are two groups of candidates in the Democratic candidate field. The first group contains people like Bernie Sanders. The second group contains all other candidates whom...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-03-11 - Original post - cached version
Herman Goering on trial in Nuremberg, 1946 (source)

Slobodan Milošević on trial in The Hague, 1999 (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

"Crimes against international law are committed by men, not by abstract entities, and only by punishing individuals who commit such crimes can the...

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