Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Cat Lover

Published on Monday 11. May 2015

I have always had cats until recently because we travel so much that it would be unfair to them. The few times we travelled when we had TJ Maxx and Filene and left their care to a neighbor, they made it quite clear that this was not acceptable. I am trying to capture my love of cats in a works-in-progress book entitled “Give Me a Cat Any Day: Why Perspective Parents Should Seriously Consider Having Cats Rather Than Kids.” I say work-in-progress which is a slight overstatement as my illustrator refuses to illustrate any more reasons until I get a publisher. However, if you scroll down to page 6 you can see how far we have gotten. And if you know of or are a publisher please get in touch. I have also recorded a couple of songs in honor of our cats. The song “Sourpuss” is dedicated to Filene who was one sour puss. She wouldn’t let herself be held and only on rare occasions petted. But we loved her inspite of her disposition. Click on my two songs and enjoy.

Sourpuss

Blues for My Two Dead Cats

A Health Tip

Published on Tuesday 5. May 2015

I hadn’t really thought about turning this web site into a health column, but there are two very potent health foods that I think you should know about. They are tumeric and ginger. My wife and I mix a teaspoon of tumeric and a pinch of black pepper in a glass of orange juice for breakfast. In addtion, we eat a slice of raw ginger sweetened with Acacia honey. Below you will find the reasons we do this.

0.2% = $270 Billion

Published on Monday 27. April 2015

If the Republicans control both the presidentcy and Congress after the 2016 election, they plan on abolishing the estate tax, a tax on inheritance. But as it stands, it only is on inheritance over $5 million which would affect 0.2% of the population, the fat cats. It would cost $270 billion, tax money which could be used for schools, health care and improving our infrastructure. If there was any doubt, it is quite clear that the Republicans are the party of the 1%. This is just one more reason why I have serious questions about where the U.S. is heading. What can come of a nation where more and more power is falling in the hands of the very people who intend to insure that the quality of life of the majority is reduced?

The Boiled American Frog

Published on Wednesday 22. April 2015

Americans with an average salary or lower who vote for Republicans are simply turning up the heat under the kettle. The analogy is such that if you drop a frog into boiling water, it will jump out immediately. However, if you put it in luke warm water, let it get accustomed to it and then slowly turn up the heat, ┬ábefore it knows what is happening, it will get boiled. If you put a whole nation into the same situation, and let’s call the water market liberalism, the same thing can happen. You give a little fat cat tax break here and a little market deregulation there, cut a little from programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps, take away collective bargaining from state workers, abolish estate tax add a little Citizens United allowing the likes of the Koch brothers to buy elections and soon you will have a boiled frog, only the frog won’t be a frog.

Will the Shit Hit the Fan?

Published on Thursday 16. April 2015

When Blacks get tired of being shot by racist policemen and Hispanics get tired of being suspected of being illegal and hounded by local sheriffs and militias, when most Americans figure out that the American Dream is dead and when they learn that their salaries have stagnated over the past 40 years and that their bosses are making 350 times their salary, will the shit hit the fan? Or when a right wing Republican nut case wins the 2016 presidential election and cuts back on food stamps sending the hunger rate from the current 14% to over 20%. When he cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security leaving many people desperate, will the shit hit the fan? Or when Obama Care is abolished leaving millions of Americans without health insurance, will the shit hit the fan? When all those who thought that if they just worked hard enough they could make it, wake up and discover that their chances are about as great as winning the Power Ball jackpot, will the shit hit the fan? And if it does, what next?