Politics, Economics, and Religion


Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

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Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

Whenever I see bad English translations, I mostly feel grateful for them, since my own Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Hindi, Finnish, etc., etc. are all nonexistent.

I still appreciate good puns and coincidences!

(Yes, this is veering off into Linguaphiles and Sesquipedalians territory, but I promise it'll get relevant to the group again in a paragraph or so.)

In the video below, one observer of linguistics points out that "most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order, and maybe a different way of writing." He goes on to describe a few "fantastic features" that aren't in English. One is time-independence in Chinese, where past/present/future tense isn't "baked into every single sentence."

Another language feature: imagine if all of our political and economic speeches -- and religious teachings and sermons! -- had to be given in a language with evidentiality, where the basic grammar in every sentence requires you to indicate how you know something, whether you personally witnessed it or not. (Some languages have five or more categories of evidentiality, including whether you've inferred something from indirect evidence, or whether you're reporting what someone else said.)

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Tuesday

GC, I've seen a lot of signs like that in China.  Very funny.  Of course, all of the signs in the US with translations for Chinese Tourists are plentiful and written in perfect Mandarin.  Oh wait...  :-)

BB, not really, but I do appreciate carrying on the tradition of cast iron cookware.  Those skillets make for the best scrambles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

On another note: this bit of "Engrish" -- or the English part of it, anyway -- should be posted inside every voting booth!

(Chinese text above English) DO NOT DUMB HERE. NOT DUMB AREA HERE.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

Daniel, do you have the hots for Doris the Dominatrix?

Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

Very true, Daniel! Realizing that this one real world is all we've got is no guarantee of moral behavior towards one's fellow human beings on this rock!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on Tuesday

GC, nice quotation.

Not wanting to be contrarian, but I dont think being atheist is any kind of guarantee of not being a tyrant.  True, she or he is aware this is life's only chance and with no reward or promise for a bucolic bovine future.  But they are also constricted only by their own conscience and ethics  and ambitions.  I've known narcisstic atheists who I thought would have no problem grinding up their "not one of us" perceived competetors or human speedbumps on the road to career Valhalla, and made into Alpo.  Why am I now wanting to see if Netflix carries "Eating Raul"?

Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

A comment that has nothing to do with the orange vulgarian, for a change: :-)

“I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever’s making that decision to understand that once it’s pushed, it’s over. Finito. They’re not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won’t be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn’t just a dress rehearsal for something better--but the only shot we get.” --Quentin R. Bufogle

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:36am

Humongous is one of my favorite words also.  It makes me smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:35am

I didn't think about trump followers being in a cult, but it sounds like it could be.

Comment by Joseph P on October 22, 2016 at 9:31am

I dunno.  His faculties seem to mostly be intact, from what I've seen.  He's just narcissistic to the extreme, and he's had so much soft-handling on his show and in his business ventures that his perception of how the rest of the world responds to his more insane shit is a bit off.

Plus, on his TV show, his more disgusting behavior was trimmed by the editors, I'm sure.


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