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  • Bullies in Charge in Topeka

    May 27, 2016

    David Burress

    The radical right loves many things, including: –bullying designated scapegoats such as gays and transexuals and school children –repressing sexuality –skirting the delicious edges of open hypocrisy –raising divisive issues to change the subject from their own fiscal incompetence –grandstanding on feckless issues to whip up their irrational mob of supporters –beating up on black folks indirectly, or not so indirectly ...

  • Three Talking Points Used in the Insane Defense of Monsanto

    May 27, 2016

    David Burress

    If you point out that 9 out of 10 Americans tested positive for Monsanto’s cancer-linked herbicide glyphosate, GMO defenders will reply that: 1. exposures are within allowed DOA and FDA limits and 2. reviews have show no evidence of human damage (yet), and 3. therefore you are a science denier. In other words, objecting to having an artificial chemical ...

  • Transparency

    May 24, 2016

    David Burress

    “Transparency” is an interesting political metaphor. Like any good progressive, I’d like to get all the important information out in the public, but if it were “transparent” like air we’d see through it and see nothing. Perfect transparency is functionally the same as opacity. What we really want is a kind of model or diorama ...

  • The Inevitable Unsecurity of the National Security State

    May 19, 2016

    David Burress

    We have built a secret surveillance society supported by the plurality of Americans who share a delusion that it makes them safer. It doesn’t. Leaving aside the risk that many ordinary citizens will be mistreated, the larger the number of overempowered and overstaffed spies we have, the more they will destroy the careers of innocent ...