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As recently as 2006, the conservative Supreme Court made certain that any "free speech" inside Washington won't be allowed to interfere with the process of opening up the U.S. Treasury to the predations of insider corporations. What began as a firestorm under Reagan has ignited into a nation-draining catastrophe.

In a 5-4 decision, Garcetti v. Ceballos, 126 S. Ct. 1951 (2006) , the Supreme Court ruled against the interests of all Americans, conservative or otherwise, by effectively vaporizing the First Amendment. As it stands now, any American in the employ of Uncle Sam can be terminated for revealing the truth about the ongoing criminality, fraud, and waste that ruins lives, kills people, and flushes billions per day down the tubes for no good reason. This ruling compares favorably with the Alien and Sedition Acts of another century.

As Dostoevsky once said, "Tyranny is a disease ... it grows upon us."

- M. B. Neff


 
YEAR OF THE RHINOCEROS
by Michael B. Neff
Red Hen Press
Published 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59709-137-4

Year of The Rhinoceros—the cover.

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Interview with M. B. Neff: On Tyranny and Whistleblowers

The author, Michael B. Neff, became inspired in his early years by courageous women and men who told the truth about corruption and criminality in Washington, termed "whistleblowers" by their peers. During his 15 years working in management and budget offices in the administrations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton, he also learned just how much the government hated these whistleblowers (and with good reason). Nevertheless, at GSA, during the early Bush years, he blew the whistle on GSA's failed stewardship of federal advisory committees and the never-ending corporate corruption that infects the committees (e.g., the POGO report). Upon parting ways with the Washington bureaucrats, Neff and his organization of literary journals, WebdelSol.Com, worked closely with the ACLU and other plantiffs to successfully defeat Internet censorship laws instigated by Evangelicals and the conservative right in battleground states like Michigan and Arizona. Most recently, Neff has joined others to lobby offices on Capitol Hill for greater whistleblower protections recently stripped from law by those in Congress anxious to avoid scrutiny.

In his more "peaceful" life, Michael Neff divides his time being a writer, editor, artist, filmmaker, and Internet entrepeneur best known over the past decade for his creation and direction of WebdelSol.Com, a popular Internet publisher and community portal for scores of journals, indie presses, filmmakers, poets, and writers. Since 1994, WDS.Com has served content to millions of readers worldwide, and links lead to WDS.Com content from over 40,000 other websites. WebdelSol.Com and Neff have been featured or reviewed in everything from Chronicle of Higher Education to Poets and Writers to the New York Times.

In 2003, Michael Neff founded and directed the Algonkian Writer Conferences on the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia. Since that time, the organization has expanded to include events and conferences around the country such as the NYC Pitch and Shop and the Fisherman's Wharf Writer Conference in San Francisco.

Michael Neff's literary work has also appeared in many prominent publications, including North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Literary Review, American Way Magazine, and Conjunctions, as well as several Internet publications. He was one of the winners of the first Imitation William Faulkner Contest sponsored by the University of Mississippi, and he has served as judge for various writing contests, including the 2001 Writer's Digest Finalist Prize for best short fiction.

Prior to his years with Uncle Sam, Neff worked as a brick mason, roofer, waiter, telemarketer (for two weeks), salesman, and Royal American Shows carney. His two favorite pursuits are writing and traveling (when he has the time).

Michael Neff was born and raised in Florida. His mother was Jewish and his father was Swiss Catholic. As a young boy he was forced to go to Catholic school for 12 long years.

This explains many things.


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