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Down With Tyranny - 2020-06-01 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

Among the many thoughts these rebellious times inspire is this one: How will it ever end?

It could end in mass and chaotic violence, of course, with anti-copkiller protests hijacked by cop provocateurs and Proud Boy "bust 'em up" squads, followed by the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-28 - Original post - cached version
Former Minnesota prosecutor Amy Klobuchar’s comment on the “officer-involved death” (her phrasing) of George...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-25 - Original post - cached version
The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., built to honor the 58,000 Americans killed in that war (Getty Images)

by Thomas Neuburger

It's appropriate to remember, as the end of May approaches, the nation's honored dead. It's also appropriate to remember its forgotten dead, those whose...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version
Building on the site of the World War II-era Japanese biological weapons research and testing facility at Harbin in China (source).

by Thomas Neuburger

One of the more interesting side issues in the “novel coronavirus” story is its biological origin. ("Novel coronavirus" simply means "...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version
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by Thomas Neuburger

I began writing this piece by considering the modern shape of rebellion, should it come, in America. That led to words on the shapes of rebellion in general which led to many more words, a chapter in fact of some pages.

Let’s spare you that for now,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-14 - Original post - cached version
The spa in the Europa One compound in Germany. Europa One spans 76 acres and has 228,000 square feet of living area — one of the many "safe spaces with amenities" being built for the rich, tailored to these Coronavirus times, according to the LA Times

by Thomas Neuburger

For them, the...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version
Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin. Could a third-party candidate do this?

by Thomas Neuburger

I'm thinking out loud these days, trying to crack the uncrackable nut, escape the inescapable trap laid for policy-minded voters, the one that says “It's a Republican or a neoliberal; there's no other...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-07 - Original post - cached version
Juanita Broaddrick, right, with residents of her Arkansas retirement home and Bill Clinton in April 1978, the same month she alleges that Clinton assaulted her (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

Hid among the grease and grime of the Tara Reade rape discussion — "Should we believe her? To what...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-05-04 - Original post - cached version
What the 2016 electoral vote would have looked if the “FU / None of the Above” electorate had turned out (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

“If I were to become President, these wars in the Middle East would end. War is a money-making scheme done by the military industrial complex. I would...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-30 - Original post - cached version
Big Media silence is breaking in the Tara Reade story

by Thomas Neuburger

Is the Tara Reade story reaching critical mass, approaching a tipping point? It seems so.

The initial response to this story was silence from anyone with political or media power. The media in particular...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-27 - Original post - cached version
Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-20 - Original post - cached version
The Sack of Rome in 1527 by Johannes Lingelbach

by Thomas Neuburger

Diverse pathes leden diverse folk the righte way to Rome.
—Geoffrey Chaucer, A Treatise on the Astrolabe

The following offers a brief look into the middle distance, a view past the immediate future — the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version
Photo: Getty Images. From an article titled: "Barack Obama Reportedly Plans To Tell The Nation To Pause If Bernie Sanders Gets Close To Securing The Democratic Nomination — The former president privately told his advisers that he would speak up against Sanders."

by Thomas Neuburger

This...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version
More on Cuomo's corruption problem — or one of them — here.

 by Thomas Neuburger

Andrew Cuomo takes money from rich people, sneers at principled rivals, says taxes on rich people aren’t politically possible, and then implements left policies only if he can get rich people to...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version
Zephyr Teachout ran against Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo then, but not in 2018.

by Thomas Neuburger

A Very Short Story in Three Short Acts

Act I. Monica Klein tweeted this on April 1, 2020:

"No other state in America has ballot requirements as...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version
Exponential growth (red) vs. linear growth (blue). Source.

by Thomas Neuburger

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”
—Al Bartlett (quoted here)

Exponential growth occurs when a number (interest on a loan, for...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

I’ve written before about the wide and deep rift that splits all three layers of the Democratic “party”*. Today, that split within these layers — office-holders and leaders; activists and campaign workers; voters and angry non-voters — is widening.

A Legacy of...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version
In the fictional Star Trek universe, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

by Thomas Neuburger

The U.S. is at a national crossroads of world-historical proportions. Thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic we're headed for a collision, a heavy-engine oil train pileup, between two...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version
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by Thomas Neuburger

There's quite a lot to write about coronavirus, all of it of the PSA variety. There's the coming need for hospital beds ("These Places Could Run Out of Hospital Beds as Coronavirus Spreads"), the need for parts for ventilators ("Volunteers 3D...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-16 - Original post - cached version
A simple graphic illustration of "flattening the curve," spreading out the incidence of disease in an attempt to not overwhelm a country's medical care facilities. "Protective measures" means social distancing, frequent hand-washing, quarantine of known cases and the like. It does not mean...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-02 - Original post - cached version
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by Thomas Neuburger

It's easy to make the obvious connection between MSNBC's owner Comcast and the deplorable (yes, that word again) behavior of its hosts and invited guests. It beggars thought not to make it.

Still, details — tangible connections — are...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version
If you put all of the crowds that flock to watch Warren, Buttigieg, Bloomberg and Biden into this arena, would they fill even half of it?

by Thomas Neuburger

The "Prisoner's Dilemma" is a game often analyzed in game theory. In its simplest form, it looks like this:

Two prisoners...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version
Paradise lost. One misstep is all it takes to take the proud down low.

by Thomas Neuburger

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make proud.
—With apologies to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is a small point that leads to a larger one. Consider what Mike Bloomberg is...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version
The Pete Buttigieg Memorial Wine Cave Club. Members shown celebrating their early freedom from Social Security taxes.

by Thomas Neuburger

It's February 20. Why are people with million-dollar salaries celebrating? Because as of yesterday, they stopped having to pay for Social Security....

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version
Location of Esperanza Station on the northern tip of Antarctica

by Thomas Neuburger

The climate news out of Antarctica isn't good. As Vice News put it on February 7, "Good Morning. It's 65 Degrees in Antarctica. That's warmer than Orlando today."

Since then the news from the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version
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by Thomas Neuburger

There are growing signs that the resistance to [Sanders'] campaign will be led by cable news anchors.
—Alex Shepherd, The New Republic

The "Resistance" has been almost clichéd to death these days, bludgeoned into...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version
The latest final results from Iowa as of the February 9 (source, also here, though the Des Moines Register begs to differ). Despite having a lead of less than 1% in SDEs, Buttigieg has now been given a lead of two national delegates (16% more delegates than Sanders is given).

by Thomas...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-06 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

The new show-your-work requirements for Iowa seem to have revealed that not every precinct follows the rules and many struggle with the math of calculating delegate equivalents, there has probably never been a clean caucus.
—Matt Bruenig here (emphasis added)...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-03 - Original post - cached version
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by Thomas Neuburger

The Iowa caucuses are today, and the results will be known either tonight or tomorrow. Iowa has 41 pledged delegates available (along with eight superdelegates, who won't vote at the convention until after the first round).

So let's take a quick look...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-30 - Original post - cached version
Iowa's four congressional districts. Note Cedar Rapids in CD1, Iowa City (a major college town) in CD2, Des Moines in CD3 and Ames (the other large college town) in the otherwise heavily rural CD4.

by Thomas Neuburger

Most people think, innocently enough, that the coming Democratic Party...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-27 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

"Where would you stick the knife in?" 
— 2020 Democratic Convention Rules Committee nominee John Podesta, referring to candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016

DNC chair Tom Perez recently presented his nominations for the 2020 Democratic Convention standing...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-23 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

For all the damage he’s inflicted on American democracy, for all the political corpses he’s left in his wake, Mitch McConnell has never betrayed an ounce of shame.
—Robert Moser, Rolling Stone

Mitch McConnell is a unique individual in the modern...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-20 - Original post - cached version
Elizabeth Warren talking at SXSW about the now-famous private conversation with Bernie Sanders

by Thomas Neuburger

Much has been written about the Warren-Sanders-CNN confrontation at the most recent debate, both the conflict at the debate itself and hot-mic conversation afterward (...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

I can think of no better tribute to this Holiday Season in America — on the eve of the election that will determine for more than a generation which path the nation will follow, populist democracy or faux-populist destruction by our overlords (I mean, protectors) —...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version
Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-12 - Original post - cached version
Donald Trump discussing the new NAFTA trade deal (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

If Trump gets re-elected, if Big Tech continues to evade accountability, if imperial adventures continue abroad, if migrant farmworkers cannot feed their families, you can trace it back to this Tuesday, and the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-25 - Original post - cached version
Cover of a 2015 book glorifying the privatization of the Internet via "a unique and vibrant interplay between government and private industry." Nothing dollarable is safe.

by Thomas Neuburger

The love of money is a sickness with these people.
—Attributed to an Indian chief as he...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

Wheels within wheels. One of the more cogent speculations around Deval Patrick's "entry" into the Democratic primary (actually, just the New Hampshire race) involves his close relationship with what Alex Parene calls "Obama World," the circle of people around Barack...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version
Bernie Sanders, making Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer cry

by Thomas Neuburger

"The head of Third Way, the corporate wing of the Democratic Party, said, 'Bernie Sanders is an existential threat to the Democratic Party.' I agree with him. I am. I want to convert the Democratic Party, to...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version
A device that generates electricity from temperature differences, drawing heat from below and radiating it into the night sky (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

Large streams from little fountains flow,
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.
— Folk proverb

In the race against...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (Mary Schwalm / Reuters)

by Thomas Neuburger

One of the more likely outcomes of this season's primary race is that either Warren or Sanders will be the nominee. Not because either will get a majority of first-ballot votes at the convention, though that...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-07 - Original post - cached version
New, more accurate topographic mapping shows that sea level rise could cause Southern Vietnam to disappear by 2050 (source)

by Thomas Neuburger

Most people in power now acknowledge that global warming will drastically remake the planet if it's not addressed in time, if fossil fuels aren'...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version
Image: U.S. Army/John Hall

by Thomas Neuburger

A note about one more aspect of the pending climate collapse: The U.S. military is concerned that the military itself could collapse under the stress of extreme climate change.

This comes via a report in Vice Motherboard by the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version
An abandoned panopticon prison in Cuba (source). Being publicly observed, or the knowledge that they may be being observed at any one time, keeps prisoners under control.

by Thomas Neuburger

All regimes with an overriding need to control their populations — including the U.S. and China...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-28 - Original post - cached version
Concerns about a marijuana monopoly are not unfounded (source).

by Thomas Neuburger

"Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
—John Ehrlichman, Chief Domestic Advisor for Richard Nixon

In the welter of plans from the welter of Democratic primary candidates, this...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-24 - Original post - cached version
Richard J. Daley, legendary boss of the Democratic Party machine in Chicago (source: Chicago Sun Times)

by Thomas Neuburger

We're still more than half a year from the 2020 Democratic National Convention with the entire voting part of the primary race ahead of us, yet fears of a dramatic...

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...

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