Gadfly

​Ignorance Still Plagues Us

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 10th, 2016

Killing Cats And Dogs, Selling Human Heads, And A Little Cannibalism

I got a severe case of the heebie-jeebies the other night during the Republican debate when Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz were in the middle of yelling at each other and exchanging insults and lies at warp speed. One of these guys might become leader of our temporary civilized “free” world?!! I thought of a few lines from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” When Atticus Finch, the lawyer defending…

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​A Case of Confirmationus Interruptus

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 3rd, 2016

The Supreme Court and Gitmo

Even before Justice Antonin Scalia’s body at that exclusive Texas ranch-resort had assumed room temperature, leaders of the American Taliban, the Republican Party, said it would be useless for President Barack Obama to nominate a replacement because Republicans would not allow an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

Other Republican right-wing nuts twitterized and facebooked that they were sure Democrats had killed him. Donald Trump, the savior of the white…

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​Remembering Army Sergeant Kristoffer Domeij

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 27th, 2016


Shouldn’t Everyone Carry Blood-Red Poppies?

Every time a soldier was shot and fell in the satiric movie “Oh What A Lovely War” the screen went red and a red poppy grew. The symbol of a red poppy for a death on the battlefield came out of the horrendous casualties in World War I.

In the most costly battle of the war for both sides, the battle of Somme, France, in 1916, Britain suffered 60,000 casualties on the first day. In the month following, the Allies advanced the front five…

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​Gladiators in the Colosseum

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 18th, 2016

Is the NFL Football Deflating?

Humans have always had a thing about contact sports to take their minds off the real world when life gets heavy. They packed the Roman Colosseum to watch Christians and criminals eaten by lions and tigers. They used their thumbs to save a fallen gladiator because he had performed well or was a cute blond—or to kill a loser who showed temerity or cowardice in battle.

When New Guinea tribes got bored and wanted barbecue on their menu they raided other tribes…

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​Of elephants and men

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 11th, 2016

What makes billionaires think they know what’s best for society? Could it be lots of money?

When 2,500 billionaires and global leaders met in Davos, Switzerland, in January of 2016 to discuss who was going to get the largest slices of the economic pies baking in the ovens of capitalism, the dominant topic in both daily discussion panels and nightly bar rooms was TRANSITION, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, described it as…

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​Davos Union

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 4th, 2016

How 62 people gathered as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population

Perhaps it all started when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that money is speech, corporations are people, and declared in the Citizens United case six years ago that politicians could not be corrupted by money.

Have you ever seen a formula like this: Dollars=Words? What are words worth today? Much more than yesterday. The world’s rich are having a daily word auction. The World Economic Forum Union of…

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​Living in the promised land

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 28th, 2016

The world is becoming a better place—but are we becoming a better people?

The other night I watched James Billington of the Library of Congress award 82-year-old Willie Nelson the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. I am not a fan of country music, Willie’s main talent, but he often crosses into jazz, blues, folk, rock, and Latin, is a guitar virtuoso in all those genres—and has the crackly, nasal voice of a tired cowboy or bartender. He has sold millions of records,…

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Medical Miracles, Maladies, and Morality

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 24th, 2016

Union Doctor: “To Work In A Hospital Today Is To Be Constantly Occupied With Money”

This quote came from an Oregon hospitalist, a doctor who supervises patients’ care in hospitals, when he and his fellow 35 hospitalists decided to form a union when they were offered bonus plans if they supervised more patients in two hospitals that had 450 beds. Their reason as expressed by one doctor: “We’re doctors, we’re professionals. Giving me a bonus for seeing two more…

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A Perfect Political Fit

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 14th, 2016

The Donald: On The March For God, Country, And The American Sheeple

Perhaps some of you will remember a great performance by the very likable Mayberry hero-sheriff Andy Griffith in the 1957 film “A Face In The Crowd” where he played Lonesome Rhodes, a poor Arkansas hobo who becomes a big TV sensation. It was a very different role for Griffith as he became drunk with the power of his voice. He said: “You gotta be a saint to stand all the power that little box can give you. I’m not…

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Coats of many colors

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 25th, 2015

Some of these economic sinners have many coats

Always fans of Dolly Parton, Corky and I watched the TV movie “A Coat of Many Colors” the other night, a story about her early life as a member of a poor Tennessee family that in many ways was much richer than many in the One Percent.

About 35 years ago we motor-homed through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a one-street town running through a valley in the Smoky Mountains for about five miles. Almost everybody was dirt poor, and Dolly was the…

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