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Back-to-Back Barbarians

November 4th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Well, Whaddaya Know! Barbarians Have the Same Life Expectancy!

A barbarian is defined as one belonging to a people or tribe considered to be a primitive civilization filled with fierce, brutal, and cruel persons who are uncultured and insensitive. If there has been a century in the history of Homo sapiens when we didn’t have any barbarians acting up, please let me know.

The Roman Empire conquered half the known earth, but expired when barbarians…

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Of Pitchforks and Penthouses

October 28th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Everybody Needs to Understand Critical Economic and Racial Facts

Once in a great while one runs across an innocent-looking article that is like a combined X-ray, sonogram, and MRI examining your country. Daniel Immerwahr in the October 23 New Yorker in “The Pitchfork of History: Beyond the myth of rural America” covers some facts that are not often covered by the media in its struggles to never stop presses, turn out lights, or shut off cameras.

Did…

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Eyes for Eyes and Babies for Babies

October 21st, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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How many centuries have religions been fighting each other in the Middle East?

In the early foggy, frosty morning of December 25, 1914, before cannons roared and bullets whizzed, songs of Christmas were heard by German troops in the trenches on the Western Front. It was “all quiet on the front.” The music came from English troops in trenches a few hundred yards across No Man’s Land.

As the singing continued, troops left trenches without weapons…

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Billionaires and Bidenomics

October 17th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Remember When “Mission Impossible” Instructions Self-Destructed in Five Seconds?

Some Democrats, including a few of his closest advisors, are forgetting what got Joe Biden elected in 2020. He never had a personal political platform to run on except for the fact he had 44 years of experience getting elected senator and vice-president. He had one skill: cozying up to those who voted for the majority in Delaware.

He strapped on Senator Bernie Sanders’…

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Asexual Avocados

October 7th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Were the Mushrooms You Ate With Your Steak Asexual or Bisexual?

British plant scientists made a discovery while investigating why an extremely rare green shrub formally called Ruizia mauririana was not doing well in an old Victoria formal garden called Temperate House, in London’s Kew Gardens.

Examples of this specimen are extremely rare, but several were found in the Mauritian highlands. They also made a remarkable genetic discovery. The plant was…

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Cruelty and Human Nature

September 29th, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Is Cruelty a Part of Nature—or Is It Just Part of Human Nature?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has been my economics guru for many years for his pithy columns in The New York Times. In his September 14 column he used a word that I believe he has never used before when discussing economic issues. That word is “cruel.”

His statement: “I’ve been writing about economics and politics for many years, and have learned to keep my temper.…

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Biden and the Second Coming

September 23rd, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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Eighty Million Eligible Voters Did Not Vote in the DSA in 2020. Why Not?

In the first week of February, 2023, Deborah Daub, 59, shot and killed her husband James Daub, 62, Morgan Daub, their daughter, then killed her mother Deborah, and then killed herself. Pennsylvania township police said the murders and suicide “appeared to be a joint decision from notes left behind.”

The fundamentalist Christian family was considered by neighbors to be…

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Everybody’s Going to Be ‘Hot’

September 22nd, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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If Homo Sapiens Do Nothing About Climate-Change, We Will Be Dead Saps Soon

Animals started to develop from plants 1.8 billion years ago, so that’s when our brains began to develop. The world’s politicians are currently experiencing climate change on every continent but haven’t come up with answers to control it so Homo sapiens can survive on Planet Earth. Our current three pounds of gray matter will not evolve enough to solve it in time. The…

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Conjoined Country

September 16th, 2023

By Ed Raymond 

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Art: José Guadalupe Posada, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Can Our Conjoined Democracy Be Separated and Survive?

A two-headed western rat snake is back in a pit at a Waco, Texas zoo after recovering from an injury that most likely was caused by an argument between its two brains.

The unusual snake with brains labeled Pancho and Lefty was discovered in 2016 by a family in its backyard. Now eight…

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Wars of Chimps and Homo Sapiens

September 2nd, 2023

By Ed Raymond

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At What Evolutionary Level Do Animals Make War on Each Other?

Many animals are territorial but only a few will kill brothers and sisters to maintain a predator area.

Foxes are known to kill chickens when they are looking for one to eat. Wolves kill a lot of sheep and eat some. Lions, often called the king of beasts, kill to eat—but not for the hell of it. Northern pike kill little northern pike to eat but not to force them to migrate.

Male grizzly, brown,…

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