Entries by Bob Ramsay

The Plague-Ground – How to divert – and defend – yourself this weekend.

Enough of reality. It makes my head hurt. We’re all locked-down. It’s not even February. So rather than writing about plagues and insurrections, today’s Plague-Ground will be unimpeachably and giddily about you. Here are some ways to divert yourself. The Bart Simpson Gloom Eliminator. Test your blackboard writing skills. Tell Miss Jones what you really […]

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The Plague-Ground – Stupid White Men

Remember the shirtless, horned rioter who carried his 6-foot spear into the US Senate chamber last Wednesday? Jake Angeli is 32-years old and lives in Phoenix. He’s an unsuccessful actor and voice-over artist who’s now an entrepreneur, selling online courses on how to combat “dark forces” for $44.44. He believes the pandemic is a hoax, […]

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The Plague-Ground – Trump in the Bunker

No, Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. The Republican Party is not the Nazis, and America is not the Third Reich. But in these fiery last days of America’s first seditious President, there is a sense that The White House will become the President’s bunker. So it’s worthwhile to go back to Berlin in May 1945 […]

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The Plague-Ground – Strike 4. We’re out.

“Where were you when….?” Yesterday was one of those days. I’d chalked up two of them in the past four years, to balance the two engraved in my brain for many years: November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and September 11, 2001, or Nine-Eleven. My most recent Where were you…?  moments […]

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The Plague-Ground – A Masterclass in Thuggery

I urge you to set aside an hour of your life to listen to a man whom you likely disdain and whose predations account for untold misery in America today — especially this very day. I want you to listen to Donald Trump’s phone call last week with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where […]

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The Plague-Ground – A shot in the arm

The vaccine’s no longer coming. It’s here. The trouble is, its presence is as spotty and enduring as our response to the pandemic itself. And by “here,” I don’t just mean Canada, but the world. EU leaders on the weekend rushed to quell “mounting disquiet over the slow pace of national vaccination campaigns,” while in […]

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The Plague-Ground – We’re seeing other people.

What one word sums up your year? Mine isn’t ‘COVID’ or ‘coronavirus’, even though those words appeared in half the stories in the New York Times and four-fifths of them in The Economist – by late March. No, the word that sums up the year for me is ‘divorce’. There’s an epidemic of it: 40% […]

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