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Americans At The Precipice

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 19th, 2018

Living Paycheck To Paycheck
The French “yellow vest” is required for each driver in case of an accident. It is now the symbol of income-inequality protest in France and may represent the beginning of World War III and the battle between the haves and have-nots. Caravans of the poor are assaulting borders on five continents while half of the populace in developed countries is living paycheck to paycheck. The smart phone and the Internet have brought fantastic wealth and crippling…

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Affluenza

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 12th, 2018

What happens if conspicuous consumption becomes global?
The latest National Geographic has an editorial “The Global Peril of Inequality” by UCLA Professor Jared Diamond which the entire world should read. The author of many books on science, he is ranked ninth in a poll naming the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. He has won too many scientific awards to mention, but it’s very important to recognize he is considered an expert in a variety of scientific fields: particularly…

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Empty Pews and Collection Plates

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 5th, 2018

Raymond-Gadfly-photograph by Sabrina Hornung

What Is The Fastest Growing Religion?
Recent surveys by the Pew Research Center and the Hartford Institute for Religious Research indicate that one in four Americans do not belong to any religion. In fact, the largest “religious” group in the United States now is made up of ex-Catholics. At last count, there were about 385,000 churches belonging to more than 60 denominations, down about 30,000 from just five years ago. Over half of these churches have only 100 worshippers on…

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After 232 Years, Are We Equal Yet?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 28th, 2018

Will Knowledge Ever Win The Political Sweepstakes?

One might assume that when slave owner Thomas Jefferson thought of the proposition that “all men are created equal” 232 years ago a civilized society over the next ten generations might have figured out how to accomplish the task. Evidently, it is way too short a time for the four horses of Ignorance, Bigotry, Race, and Economic Inequality to be defeated by a crippled old warhorse named Knowledge. Evidently, the arc of history,…

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Crystal Night And The Wolves Of Hate

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 14th, 2018

The Third Reich—And Making A Country Great Again
I was in first grade in country school on November 9, 1938 when the Nazis, in avenging the assassination of a German embassy official in Paris by a 17-year-old Jewish youth, committed the “Night of Broken Glass” (Kristallnacht), destroying 1,400 synagogues, 7,000 Jewish businesses, and killing about 100 Jews. The Nazis then arrested 30,000 Jews, sending them to labor and death camps. Our farm was close to Pierz, Minnesota, a little…

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Gay Followers Of Christ Finally Meet

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 7th, 2018


Do Muslims and Christians have to wear gloves to play football?
Gene and Matthew were both young teenagers when they realized they were gay. They finally met in the hallowed halls of Washington’s National Cathedral where leading American citizens are celebrated and buried. Gene was raised by Kentucky tobacco sharecroppers in a very conservative Disciples of Christ church. No dancing, no card-playing, no drinking, no movies—and the teachings of Leviticus were the order of the day.…

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Faces In The Trump Crowds

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 31st, 2018

Raymond - Gadfly - comic by Daily Trump Cartoon

When anarchy is loosed upon the world

A poem by William Butler Yeats perfectly catches the divisiveness of American politics in the Age of Trump. From the Second Coming:

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of…

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Anti-science politicians

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 24th, 2018


TRUMP “HOAX” DESTROYS MEXICO BEACH, FLORIDA AT 157 MILES PER HOUR!
This headline could have appeared in The Donald’s favorite publication, his revered source of truth, the “National Enquirer.” But this is not “fake news” from “the enemy of the people,” the national press. How many billions Hurricane Michael is going to cost us will take months or years to determine. The mayor of Mexico Beach has told the residents not to come “home” for 12 to 18 months because there…

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Goodbye Democracy!

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 17th, 2018

Raymond-Gadfly-cartoon courtesy of Daily Trump Cartoon

How today’s “christians” hammered the nails into the hands and feet of christ

Historian Christopher Browning, who has spent a lifetime studying the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and the World War II era of Europe, has expressed concerns about fascist leanings appearing in Europe and the White House. Over the years it is axiomatic that great civilizations support literature, art, and music. Even Adolf Hitler who approved the Holocaust had two favorite musicians, Ludwig van Beethoven and…

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Are Our Ponies Blind?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 10th, 2018


Is Life Just Keeping House On The Deck Of The Titanic?

As a lifetime reader of thousands of books and a collector of thousands, I have had good reads and terrible reads. My Morrison County (District 54) of 25 students in grades 1-8 had a 300-book library. I read them all, regardless of topic. I majored in English, Journalism, and Creative Writing in college, and my Master’s Degree is in English literature. I just finished a great read I couldn’t put down—except I did once in awhile…

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