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A Plethora of Pandemics

February 4th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Can a Sick Society Recover from Plagues, Pandemics, and Pandemonium?

I wanted to check the dictionary definition of “pandemic”: Widespread; general; universal. In medicine: Epidemic over an especially wide geographic area. A pandemic disease.

Just under pandemic was the word “pandemonium”: “Any place characterized by uproar and noise. The capital of Hell in Paradise Lost. A demon, spirit.” I thought I’d better check “plague” before…

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​Mechanisms and Variations

January 29th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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To ND Republican Legislators: Ignorance and Religion Is no Excuse

As a Minnesotan for my first 22 years and as an eight-year letter-winner in baseball and football in my high school and college years, I am a fan of University of Minnesota athletics.

I particularly watched Golden Gopher football during the 1970s because of the play of quarterback Tony Dungy, the first Black to play that position at Minnesota. He was named “Most Valuable” three years…

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​Government of the Absurd

January 21st, 2023

By Ed Raymond 

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Should Politicians Be Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a License?

After World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, European playwrights who survived the war wrote plays about man’s existentialism and had the characters express what happens to a society, country, or world when human existence lacks total meaning or purpose and communication among the…

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A Legend Died Quick

January 8th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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It’s Time to Kill a Virus that Has Killed a Million and Costs the U.S. $35 Million a Day

Legend Wheeler of Washington, D.C. found his father’s loaded gun in the living room of the family’s apartment, pulled the trigger, and killed himself while his father was in court for a hearing for two firearms offenses. Legend’s mother had often complained to his father about leaving loaded guns around the apartment. Legend was one year old.

In 2015,…

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The ​American Taliban at Work and Play

January 7th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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To ND Legislators: Are Women Equal to Men and Shall All LBGTQ+ be Stoned?

It is well known that many politicians who have played doctor when toddlers continue to play the same game and vote on medical and scientific issues they know nothing about after being elected to public office. Some believe Satan is very busy spreading a horrifying sexy virus around which will condemn participants to Hell.

What nonsense. A couple of decades ago Norwegian…

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14,000 Blinks

December 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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Why Is the World Such a Terrible Mess When We Have 4,200 Religions?

‘Twas said Hitler was kind to his secretary and was inconsolable when one of his favorite dogs died. How did he feel about killing six million of the eleven million Jews living in Europe, as well as starting a world war that may have killed more than sixty million?

Hitler was confirmed in 1904 as a Roman Catholic. His mother was a practicing Catholic while his father was a…

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​A Surplus of Sopranos

December 18th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

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The Donald Is Playing ‘Mac the Knife’

There have been several centuries-old historical records when men and boys were intentionally castrated to provide a specific social function. The Republican Party and Donald Trump have just started another record.

Eunuchs in the reign of Semiramis 4,000 years ago served as servants and slaves, as domestic workers, singers and entertainers, concubines, sexual partners, religious leaders, royal guards,…

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​Omelet or Wings?

December 15th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

What Is Abortion Really About? Religion, Science, Economics, Politics

In a recent cartoon, God is perched on a beautiful cloud and is looking down at a chicken and an egg ready to cross a road. The caption is: “Remember, you must both leave at the same time!”

Is God attempting to answer the question of which came first which has bedeviled, stupefied, and perplexed Homo sapiens since they created thousands of gods? Scientists have determined at this…

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​Liberty or Stupidity?

December 4th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

fargogadly@gmail.com

A Critical Fact: To Fully Understand a Country, One Must Know Its History

We have state legislatures attempting to prevent pre-schools through universities from teaching the real history of our country. We have school boards firing librarians and banning books that may provide students critical historical perspectives about where they live. Some conservatives want to “protect” their “sensitive” children from feelings of guilt about being White.…

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​Black-White Striped Flags

November 27th, 2022

By Ed Raymond

farhogadfly@gmail.com

Why Not Pass Black-White Flag Laws to Label Who Lies, Cheats, and Stinks?

We have “red flag” laws in 19 states to keep weapons out of the hands of malcontents and the mentally unbalanced who threaten family members and others with firearms or other weapons.

The American Psychiatric Association has estimated that six percent of the population will go “bonkers” each year and need mental health treatment. That means up to 20 million of us could be…

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