Gadfly

A lesson for the common good

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 4th, 2017

Norwegians know how to govern -- just ask Ole and Lena

Sometimes we get the idea from Norwegian Ole and Lena jokes that “Norvegians” play with only 39 cards.

There’s the one about Ole calling the airlines and asking how long it takes to fly from Minneapolis to Fargo. “Just a minute,” said the busy and rather irritated desk clerk. Ole says, “Vell , if it goes that fast, I tink I’ll just take a bus.”

Or there’s the one about Ole talking to his brother Svenn, who lived…

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American healthcare

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 27th, 2017

A mixture of despair, extortion, life-saving treatments, and inequality

Fifty-four-year-old Antony Marino of Wise, Virginia keeps a pair of needle-nosed pliers handy so he can pull out a rotting tooth that’s bothering him. He has never been to a dentist. Forty-nine-year-old Joyce Bays tenderizes the meat she eats with a hammer, and cuts it into small pieces because she has no teeth.

Forklift driver Robin Neal has had Type 1 diabetes since age 10 and has pancreatitis, but her…

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Character, or the lack thereof

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 20th, 2017

What kind of characters would charge $99 for a case of water?

In the days before the solar eclipse safety glasses sold for $8.95 for a five-pack of certified glasses. The day before the eclipse the price was raised to $59. During Hurricane Harvey, some gas stations were charging $20 a gallon. The other day I saw a local supermarket selling a 24-bottle case of water for $6.95. During Irma a Florida store was charging $99. An airline out of Houston was charging $6,785 for an economy seat.…

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When does America become Amerikka?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 13th, 2017

The four horses of the Apocalypse are running wild on the American plains

In the last book of the New Testament, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride around the world on their red, white, black, and pale horses representing Conquest, War, Famine, and Death.

The rider of the white horse held a bow, was given a crown, and rode out as a conqueror. The rider of the red horse was given a large sword to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. The rider of the black horse…

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Arpaio vs. Kaepernick: who will win out?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 6th, 2017

Eight of our presidents staffed the White House with slaves

Sometime in the future we may teach real history, not reality history, not fake history. The truth is eight of our presidents staffed their White House with slaves personally owned by them—and ran a government from a capitol building mainly built by slaves.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, John Tyler, James Polk, and Zachary Taylor, all of the guys who signed that statement about…

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A country rigged for the wealthy

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 30th, 2017

How you can earn $12 million a year in the United States

When Martin Shkreli, who had raised the price of an AIDS drug called Daraprim 5,000 percent while he was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, was arrested for eight counts of unrelated securities fraud, the court found it very difficult to find a jury of his peers who said they could judge his case without prejudice.

His infamous act had received wide coverage in the country. The judge and the attorneys had to question over 200…

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A time for war, and a time for peace

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 23rd, 2017

Photo: Wikipedia: Regiment of Armaments surrender Battle of Moscow

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven’

The recent clashes between white supremacists and American ideals actually started hundreds of years ago in the Jewish pogroms of Europe and Russia, and when the first black slaves were brought to New England in 1619.

About 12.5 million blacks were brought to the U.S., many of them adding billions to slave owners’ profits and the…

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Crazy like a fox

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 16th, 2017

Can we learn anything after we know it all?

There’s a 100-page book written by a high school dropout that should be read by all high schoolers, college education students, teachers, and politicians.

Michael J.Fox of movie and TV fame wrote his little manifesto, “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned,” after receiving a number of honorary degrees and doctorates from leading universities while speaking at their graduation ceremonies.…

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Do we live in a crazy country?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

The world has decided King Donald has made us irrelevant

Fareed Zakaria of the Washington Post and CNN while on assignment in London had a Nigerian man approach him and say with a mixture of outrage and amusement: “Your country has gone crazy. I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t think I would say this in America.”

In Dublin, Ireland a young Irish woman told him:”I’ve come to realize that, as a European, I have very different values than America these days. I realized…

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From feudalism To democracy, and back to feudalism

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

When have-it-alls and well-to-doers don’t want to share any of it

There’s a new novel out about the 19th Century Great Potato Famine, when Ireland lost one million of its population of eight million to starvation and disease, and two million to emigration to other countries, including many thousands to the United States.

Ireland still has a smaller population than it had before the famine. Domesticated in Peru and Bolivia over 7,000 years ago, the potato became the sole subsistence…

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