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​Another Annual World Series

September 6th, 2021

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

In the Annual Battle of Virus and Bacteria vs. Brain, the Score Is Probably 8-3

Medical researchers have just determined that the average adult human body has four pounds of bacteria clinging to the outside and invading the inside of the body. The brain in the average adult weighs in at an inadequate three pounds.

Bacteria are free-living cells that can live inside or outside the body. Viruses such as COVID-19 and Delta are a non-living collection of…

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​Elements of a Decent Life

August 28th, 2021

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

Should We Care if a Woolly Mammoth Walked 43,500 Miles 17,100 Years Ago?

And by the way, Kik died of starvation when he was 28 years old. This intimate knowledge of this huge, hairy beast was learned from examining his nearly six-foot tusks, that added a level of exotic and plain material almost every day of his life.

It’s something about strontium isotopes in plants and soils, the teeth of rodents wherever he strolled, volcanic deposits, ancient…

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​Science vs. Stupor, Stupified, and Stupid

August 21st, 2021

By Ed Raymond

farggadfly@gmail.com

Why Does the Sign by the Tallahatchie Bridge Have to Be Bulletproof?

I had Ben Eveslage for chemistry and physics at Little Falls High School. With his wild gray hair and on-tip-nose glasses, he looked like the mad scientist, and if you didn’t answer his questions precisely, he would give that “Don’t be so damn stupid” look -- and then grin. Science was very important to him and he passed science on.

Nobel Prize for Science winner Swiss Henrich…

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​Births, Bills, Bankruptcies

August 17th, 2021

By Ed Raymond fargogadfly@gmail.com

19 August 2021

Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege

Shubham Chandra’s father, a New York City cardiologist, died of COVID-19 in his hospital after spending seven months in one of its beds.

Shubham quit his well-paying job in a media startup to manage the insurance coverage and the hundreds of medical bills. He spent his mornings analyzing the charges on new bills…

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​Some Are More Equal Than Others

August 8th, 2021

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

There’s Nothing but Trouble in the City on the Potomac

When “The Chosen One,” Donald “Jesus” Trump, arrived at the city on the Potomac River in 2017 to swindle the “losers” for at least for four years and maybe forever, his ascent to attack and loot the treasury of the United States was sure to cause trouble. When trouble is around, I always think of the lines “Ya Got Trouble” in that great musical The Music Man:

Except in this case…

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​Going Critical With Race Facts

August 2nd, 2021

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

05 August 2021

Sometimes Facts Lead to Theories. Sometimes They Lead to More Facts.

On 21 May 1946, veteran Canadian physicist and chemist Louis Slotin, working in our Manhattan Project in New York, was experimenting with uranium and plutonium cores to determine their critical mass values. Pushing the cores together with a screwdriver in one hand, it slipped in his hand and started a fission nuclear reaction, releasing a burst of hard radiation. He died…

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​A Cult for All Time

July 26th, 2021

Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

29 July 2021

This Is About the Religious-Rich-QAnon-White Supremacist-Trumplican Cult

There are hundreds of thousands of cults in countries and societies around the world that have played or are playing a role in the formation or disintegration of a group or government. Therefore, the definition of a cult has to be quite broad: A cult is a group of people with extreme dedication to a certain leader or sets of beliefs that are often viewed as odd by others,…

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​The Longest Pony Postal Route

July 18th, 2021

Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

22 July 2021

Bosom Buddies: Genghis and Bernie

In the 13th Century Genghis Khan of Mongolia ruled the largest empire the world has ever seen: from the Pacific Ocean to the borders of Europe and from Northern Siberia to Southern Persia. His government, known as The Golden Horde, took in many countries, including present-day China, Mongolia, Russia, Afghanistan, Persia, Hungary, Turkey, and all of Central Asia.

To govern it well, Genghis established the…

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​And the Billionaires Are Jumping Over the Moon

July 11th, 2021

By Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.con

15 July 2021

Looking Backward: 1887 to Brave New World, 632 After Ford

We currently have three billionaires spending billions to leave planet Earth.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the richest man in the world, will soon take a ride on his Blue Origin New Shepherd rocket with a passenger who paid $28 million to sit beside him. Jeff is working on putting huge cylindrical rings in space where millions of Earthians will live after escaping grilling on a hot planet.…

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​What a Thoughtful Birthday Gift!

July 4th, 2021

by Ed Raymond

fargogadfly@gmail.com

08 July 2021

Miranda Was Wrong: We Are Terribly Short Of ‘Goodly Creatures’

Before I attack God, Catholics, evangelical Christians, and Trumplicans, I’ve got to attack the Supreme Court. The Court voted 8-1 that a foul-mouthed bratty teenaged cheerleader, with parents who want be “friends” instead of parents, had had her First Amendment rights violated.

She had been suspended from school for using Trumpian profane language against teachers,…

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