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How about freedom from religion?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 17th, 2017

It’s time to end religious slavery, discrimination, racism, and sexual violence

Religions have authorized slavery for thousands of years. It still exists in many corners of the world and is outlawed in few countries.

Religions have allowed men to marry several women at one time, which is now a crime called bigamy in some countries. Remember: Osama bin Laden had four wives.

Churches in our South taught that blacks were inferior to whites and pushed for Jim Crow laws to make sure blacks…

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School lunch

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2017

How about cow’s tongue for school lunch?

King Donald of Trumpistan has decreed that the school lunch regulations propagated by Michelle Obama back in 2010, after serious research and debate by medical authorities and dieticians, did not have enough fat, sugar, and sodium.

So he has ordered the Department of Agriculture to follow the desires of food corporations such as General Mills, Schwan’s, Cargill, Land of Lakes, and Hormel, that over the years have added millions of tons of fat…

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Back to the basement, graduates

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 3rd, 2017

The absolute destruction of the American dream

It has become commonplace. The majority of college graduates in the United States now are forced to move back home to their parent’s basements, sometimes for more than a decade, because the 2016 graduating class is the most indebted in history.

They might make more than $15 an hour in a job, but they cannot afford homes, cars, or other accoutrements of a middle class life.

There is no doubt that economic growth and the national…

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A huge pile of corpses

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 26th, 2017

Are we nearing the end of the human race?

Moore’s Law is a rather simple observation made by Gordon Moore back in 1965 when he founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, two very important computer chip makers. He remarked that he thought the number of transistors in a circuit would double about every two years—and would continue to double every two years for at least another ten years. The art of doubling computer chip capacity every two years has now continued to 2017.

With the great…

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All cruelty springs from weakness

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 19th, 2017

Would a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican kill baited bears?

Since King Donald ascended to the throne of a political party that doesn’t give a damn about anything except cutting taxes and filling their own wallets, he has been busy signing destructive executive orders.

Shortly after entering the White House oval office on the first day of his reign he signed a vague order on Obamacare that basically announced the Republicans were going to repeal and replace it at the…

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Citizens Un-united of America

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 12th, 2017

Random thoughts of our great leader

Our leader does not particularly like Republicans. They are crooks who helped ruin the country. The mainstream news media is the enemy of the American people. The Clintons were terrible for the country. When we invaded Iraq we should have taken all of the oil under their sands.

Nuclear weapons are not so bad. The residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are actually healthier because of all the radiation! We should build more nukes because nuclear accidents…

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Athens will probably never be great again

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 5th, 2017

Where is a Socrates when you really need him?

I was born in 1932 during the Great Depression. I was brought up in a tiny farmhouse without electricity or plumbing. I walked two miles to a little country school for eight years, uphill both ways, of course. So many fascinating things have happened in my 85 years, I wish I could live at least another twenty.

We have just found 15-foot-square footprints of dinosaurs in Australia that lived 130 million years ago that make Ty Rex look like a…

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How many kids have been killed by teddy bears?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 29th, 2017

What does a comma cost? Sometimes, $10 million

We may be in the middle of March Madness basketball in the United States, but nothing can surpass the madness we are dealing with in national and international politics, particularly since King Donald ascended the White House throne.

After months of hard investigative work, the FBI has found out who stole a football jersey with the number “12” that you can buy online for $100—one that was probably “manufactured” in Bangladesh for $2.…

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Is healthcare a privilege or a right?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 22nd, 2017

How can we be so stupid?

So here we go again with healthcare costs. Doctors once were paid pigs, chickens, and veggies for delivering babies. But now we have $10 Tylenols, $1,000-a-day pills, $10,000-a-day hospital rooms, $100,000 surgeries, $300,000-a-year drug protocols, and $500,000 organ transplants.

We are the only industrialized country that does not have health insurance for all its citizens—and sometimes even visitors. A visitor to Paris who ends up in a hospital has the bill…

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Dominant wealth “deconstructs” society

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 15th, 2017

Living in the eye of the wealth hurricane

An old Cree Indian prophecy may outline what our future looks like: “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters have been polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”

Here is one view by C.J. Polychroniou in a Truthout article, “Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: “The United States is rapidly declining on numerous…

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Aunt Deloris

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