Articles by Raymond





This can’t possibly be a good sign. WSJ reports: Some members of Congress made risky bets with their own money that U.S. stocks or bonds would fall during the financial crisis, a Wall Street…






Anyone who knows anything about Evergreen State College in Washington knows that there is nowhere in the world with a higher concentration of young hippies.  Apparently, the state police went for the…







The 1939 vision of the future looks a lot like Epcot Center… I wonder how history would have unfolded if humanity had avoided the Second World War. See Wired.com for a full gallery from the 1939/1940 World’s Fair.

From Wired.com

The New York World’s Fair of 1939 and 1940 promised visitors they would be looking at the “World of Tomorrow.” Not everything they saw there came true, but plenty was close. One reason for that was the fair’s own lasting influence on American architecture and industrial design.




It’s been nearly fifty years since the murder of Malcolm X, and Thomas Hagan still claims that there was no conspiracy behind the crime.  What are the other theories explaining who was…



Is the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan going much worse than the press is reporting?  Glenn Greenwald from Salon writes about current war propaganda. The New York Times yesterday excitedly declared that the…





From Slate: I am a great believer in used-bookstore serendipity. Sometimes when you’re thinking about how to express something, you find a perfect exemplification of it just by chance in the musty…