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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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80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago. 7 Replies

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns“A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of…Continue

Tags: overvalued, stocks, economic, crash

Nonviolent Resistance is All That's Left

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 14. 0 Replies

Chris Hedges says our institutions were already hollowed out by corporate elites, so  "A sustained, nationwide popular uprising of nonviolent obstruction and noncooperation is the only weapon left to save the republic."…Continue

Tags: mistaking vulgarity for courage, corporate elites, rise of US totalitarianism, nonviolent obstruction, democratic institution credibility

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable (Huffington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 9. 12 Replies

WASHINGTON ― In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon. Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of…Continue

Tags: apocalypse, Steve Bannon, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Daniel W 2 hours ago

I was at a protest today - posted some pics in the forum.  I thought about starting a chant, but (a) I'm too introverted and (b) couldn't get it right.  Something like "Vladimir and Donald, sittin' in a tree.  K-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes love, then a little shower, then comes Russia, with all their power"  but I don't like that last part yet.

Comment by Grinning Cat 4 hours ago

"Here’s a political cartoon from the Netherlands. The whole world can see our President has been compromised by Putin & they’re mocking us."A Trojan horse with Donald Trump's head has landed next to the Statue of Liberty, and Russian soldiers climb out. (Jonathan Riley on Twitter)

Comment by Joseph P 10 hours ago

There are a few, yeah.  A lot of their straight reporting is good.  Of course, you can get that same, straight reporting from plenty of other sources, so there's no reason to go to them for most things.

What they're mostly known for is their opinion shows, which makes sense since that's over 80% of their lineup.  I think there are about 2 hours a day that are straight-up news reporting, and that tends to be at least passable.

Comment by tom sarbeck 20 hours ago
Loren, Smith is a reporter; the others are entertainers
Comment by Loren Miller 20 hours ago

A credible reporter at Fox???  I may faint!

Comment by tom sarbeck 20 hours ago
Shep Smith's news is the only Fox program I watch.
Comment by Daniel W 21 hours ago

From Fox News, Shep Smith on the president's mendacity.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 23 hours ago

[Dale Berran]

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump
Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.

. . . Thus these Trump supporters hold a different sort of ideology, not one of “when will my horse come in”, but a trolling self-effacing, “I know my horse will never come in”. That is to say, younger Trump supporters know they are handing their money to someone who will never place their bets — only his own — because, after all, it’s plain as day there was never any other option.
In this sense, Trump’s incompetent, variable, and ridiculous behavior is the central pillar upon which his younger support rests.
Such an idea — one of utter contemptuous despair — is embodied in one image more than any other, one storied personage who has become a(n) hero to millions, the voice of a generation.

. . . It is, in other words, a value system, one reveling in deplorableness and being pridefully dispossessed. It is a culture of hopelessness, of knowing “the system is rigged”. But instead of fight the response is flight, knowing you’re trapped in your circumstances is cause to celebrate. For these young men, voting Trump is not a solution, but a new spiteful prank.

. . . the left should stop expecting Trump’s supporters to be upset when he doesn’t fulfill his promises.
Support for Trump is an acknowledgement that the promise is empty.
He is both the “promise” (the labyrinth”, the “alpha”) and the empty center (“the promise betrayed”, the “beta”), in a sublime, hilarious, combination that perfectly reflects the worldview of his supporters.

. . . In other words, we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:
1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.
2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.
3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Good stuff, GC, and on the mark in all cases!

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

Mike Pence: “My most important job as vice president is to be ready at a moment’s notice to step in and be just as horrible as Trump.” (Comment from tiny cartoonist in the corner: “You bring some of your own special talents.”)

 
 
 

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