Forrest Johnson

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Thu. Jun. 5th, 2014

Sports in general and the myths of patriotism

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We spent a trillion dollars or more for a theater of operations in Iraq. No, we borrowed and spent a trillion dollars or more for a theater of operations in Iraq. How quickly we forget that kind of wild spending on a war.

Thu. May. 1st, 2014

The employees lose their jobs when the smoke clears

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Stockholders seem happy at this point but employees generally don’t. They know that to pay the money back for the sale is going to mean a loss of jobs. The jobs are gone but somebody is making money during the transaction. It always happens.

Thu. Apr. 24th, 2014

The free market has me suspicious about the food market

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Tang was soon gone from the shelf. Gram was a Swede and suspicious of something that seemed too good to be true. She was particularly suspicious of white bread as well, even if it did build strong bodies twelve ways.

Thu. Apr. 17th, 2014

Dancing with old poverty and the new poor-still

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Real poverty. Poverty that leaves a family of four living on less than $22,314 per year. That’s not a living wage job supporting that income level, supporting those kids, trying to pay that rent.

Thu. Feb. 27th, 2014

Industrial foods, farming methods and your brain—Part Three

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You are what you eat. Bad foods, bad thoughts. Chemically-based agriculture is an oxymoron of the first order and it has been the foundation of most American farming since the invention of DDT and other synthetic measures

Thu. Feb. 20th, 2014

Just say no to sulfide mining-Part Two

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The peril of possession is another of our human follies, something our large brains should have figured out by now but by and large we haven’t.

Thu. Feb. 13th, 2014

These shoes will cure all apathy

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People talk about all sorts of woes that afflict our national karma, the lackluster economy, the New Conservative Neanderthal Party (formerly the Republicans)

Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

Don’t worry, our big brains will get us out of any mess

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We are a faithful people, we Americans. Steadfast. I’m not suggesting that we are an overly religious society in our faithfulness, though plenty of folks believe in a God of some sort, a higher power, the Boss.

Thu. Jan. 16th, 2014

The guy living under the bench was right

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Oh, that crazy, mixed up world of crude oil and fossil fuels. I was wondering just which crisis scared the oil traders and speculators this time as gas prices jumped back up to $3.29 a gallon after we had danced with visions of $2.91

Thu. Dec. 19th, 2013

From the side

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In the days when lutefisk ran the rivers

Thu. Dec. 12th, 2013

From the side

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Department of Mental Duress worried about our robotic future

Thu. Dec. 5th, 2013

From the side

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The National Union of Friendly Americans needs your help-Again

Fri. Aug. 16th, 2013

From the side

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Industrial foods and farming methods and your brain—Part Two

Thu. Aug. 15th, 2013

From the side

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Industrial foods and farming methods and your brain—Part Two

Fri. Jul. 19th, 2013

Better health through hard labor

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NAKNEK, ALASKA – Well, another National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fitness and fishing season is coming to a close.

Fri. Jul. 12th, 2013

Convenience will come to rule us

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Our local chapter of the National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) has severely restricted the use of drones after it was revealed that

Fri. Jul. 5th, 2013

Latest climate change report from the warming tundra

Forrest Johnson

Once again the National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) has been called upon to assist reticent nations and citizens in coming to terms with climate change. No one truly expects any real progress

Fri. Jun. 14th, 2013

NUFA fighting for the privacy of all Americans

Forrest Johnson

National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) espionage school instructors always make sure that the espionage we are involved in is done in good faith, is not hidden from view and is discussed in explicit detail with both sp

Fri. May. 31st, 2013

NUFA needs no hidden donors to fund its operations

Forrest Johnson

NUFA thinkers were in a quandary. Is the National Union of Friendly Americans a social group for charitable purposes, eligible for tax-exempt status and able to hide donors from scrutiny? NUFA, after a

Fri. May. 24th, 2013

The uprising of “Learning more can’t hurt”

Forrest Johnson

It may be time for an old fashioned revolt of the masses. An uprising for a sustainable planet and an educated populace that doesn’t fear the boogeyman and doesn’t form its opinions in the vacuum of intransig

Fri. May. 17th, 2013

The guy living under the bench in DC was right…again

Forrest Johnson

Oh, that crazy, mixed up world of crude oil and fossil fuels. I was wondering just which crisis scared the oil traders and speculators this time as gas prices jumped back up to $3.89 a gallon after we had danced with visions

Fri. May. 10th, 2013

Band-aids for the problems, not solutions—Part Two

Forrest Johnson

The patented portable carbon dioxide/methane/greenhouse gas vacuum is a proven technology and under construction as we speak. Climate change deniers and skeptics will cringe in the shadow of the vacuum as it rolls through the nation, not quite und

Fri. May. 3rd, 2013

Industrial foods, farming methods, and your brain

Forrest Johnson

Long ago I wrote about efforts by the National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) to remove intelligence-draining food products produced by the industrial food complex from our tables. Exac

Fri. Apr. 26th, 2013

We are evolving toward the cows every day

Forrest Johnson

While authorities are still seeking the cause of last week’s fertilizer factory blast in Texas the larger question regarding inorganic fertilizer use and a non-sustainable and industrial modeled farming method goes un

Fri. Apr. 19th, 2013

Ring the bell for Planet Earth

Forrest Johnson

At National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) world headquarters at Camp Shack, far from the encroachment of roads and humanity, a fresh new day is born after another howlin

Fri. Apr. 12th, 2013

Head To Your Nearest Nufa Recruiting Camp Soon

Forrest Johnson

The National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) held an emergency meeting at Camp Shack International Labor Temple early this week as the slave masters closed in on the hard-earned loopholes created across deer cam

Thu. Feb. 28th, 2013

Your health care crisis could be over

Forrest Johnson

A key component of the federal Affordable Care Act in Minnesota will be the creation of a state-run health care exchange. We at the National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) have created a sensible, affordable, cost-effective way to manage

Fri. Feb. 22nd, 2013

Seems like an inferiority complex is at work

Forrest Johnson

I thought the President was a bit optimistic when he rhetorically explained the other night that the state of the union was “strong.” Yes, he said economic revival is an “unfinished task” and as

Sat. Feb. 16th, 2013

Revisit the wolf plan before the next hunt

Forrest Johnson

Well, I added up the numbers, and it appears as though in 2012 700-plus wolves were taken by hunting, trapping, and through the state/federal problem wolf removal program in Minnesota. Over 400 wolves were taken during the hunting and trapping seasons.

Mon. Feb. 11th, 2013

Bring back the free-range kids

Forrest Johnson

I recently attended a workshop for a program I work with called Safe Routes To Schools. During the workshop, a very animated and dedicated fellow by the name of Mark Fenton asked us to reflect back on our days of growing up and whether we spent time in trees and roaming the landscape, free of parental and adult interference.

Thu. Jan. 31st, 2013

The guy living under the bench in DC was right

Forrest Johnson

Oh, that crazy, mixed-up world of crude oil and fossil fuels. I was wondering just which crisis scared the oil traders and speculators this time, as gas prices jumped back up to $3.39 a gallon

Sun. Jan. 20th, 2013

My debt ceiling will be raised once again-Part two

Forrest Johnson

Talk of raising the nation’s debt ceiling, minus the hubbedy-do we saw the summer before last, stirred me into fiscal action. Dredging up an idea from that recent past seemed appropriate. I just negotiated a restorative and holistic compromise raising my personal debt ceiling.

Fri. Jan. 11th, 2013

The Constitutional right to ask the dumb question is guaranteed

Forrest Johnson

I’m not a constitutional lawyer and I don’t even pretend to know the document like some people, but I still have some simple and exactingly dumb questions of those who do seem to know a lot more than I do. As I thumb through my hand-size copy of the Constitution, courtesy of the American Civil Liberties

Fri. Dec. 28th, 2012

Held hostage by terrorists and the gun lobby

Forrest Johnson

I’m sorry to say, but this nation has fallen prey to the terrorists and the gun lobby. We may poke at the root causes of our fear and anxiety with a 10-foot pole, but we eventually drift away from the conversat

Thu. Dec. 13th, 2012

(No) Right To Work legislation bad for your teeth

Forrest Johnson

The National Union of Friendly Americans (NUFA) held an emergency meeting at Camp Shack International Labor Temple early this week as the slave masters closed in on the hard-earned loopholes created across hunting and relaxation camps over the past cent

Fri. Dec. 7th, 2012

To hell with compromise—it’s time to hire Ralph Nader

Forrest Johnson

Oh, golly, we have deadlock once again in Washington. But perhaps not. Political theater, they say, the two sides jostling for position, keeping true to their constituencies, promises, and beliefs. The slow, measurable tracking toward compromise.

Fri. Nov. 30th, 2012

The end of deer season and the Fire of Renewal

Forrest Johnson

In a touching moment when there are no dry eyes left at Camp Shack, the Exalted Shack Master lowers the flag of deer season, pausing briefly at half-mast before retiring the tattered symbol of the yearly inherent pursuit of frivolity with guns to its sacred spot on the sacred shelf next to the corkscrews, swizzle sticks, and shot and champagne glasses.

Fri. Nov. 16th, 2012

After the vote, out of our realm and into cholesterol

Forrest Johnson

The Exalted Shack Master and a single subject recently paid a visit to faraway Camp Cholesterol, and boy, did we have fun. It is deer season, after all. The longest of elections was finally over. New Conservative Neanderthal Party (NCNP) members had retreated to their caves. It was time to g