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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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck 5 hours ago. 27 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

@ tom sarbeck, good, this is an opportunity for me to learn. You wrote, "I too enjoy being challenged to think and you occasionally do that."

Can you give me examples of when I think? 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Absolute size and share of the agricultural labor force in the USA,...I have a been-there-done-that view of a lot of things. Surely, I was a child and didn't know what was happening outside my Grandmother's kitchen. However, I can remember conversations, fear, grief, anger, joy, and pride and put pieces together and to make sense of our history. I remember vividly our poor living standards and the external forces that fed much of what I remember. The Great Depression, WW II and all the men in my family but one off to build airfields and army facilities, the Cold War, and threats of nuclear attacks. There were goodbyes to loved ones during WW II, the Korean, and Viet Nam, wars and their return as changed individuals. As civilians, we sat with adults in watch for enemy aircraft until technology took over that task. 

Grown women learned how to drive during WW II and keep their bank records accurately. Our moms and grandparents served as extra workers in the business of our small town. 

We saw the labor force move from the Agriculture Sector to the Industry Sector, and now to the Service Sector. 

Distribution of the labor force by sector, 1840-2010

History lessons: Understanding the decline in manufacturing

Absolute size and share of the agricultural labor force in the USA,...

Totol agriculture employment rate in the year 2000 was 1.8%

World maps of employment in agriculture as share of total employmen...

Comment by tom sarbeck yesterday
Bert, when you stop hanging with Trump and his gang, you won't think it a low metaphor. :)
Comment by tom sarbeck yesterday
Thanks, Joan. I too enjoy being challenged to think and you occasionally do that.
Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Joseph, thanks for the history of news and involvement with government. The mainstream news does not cover Steven King and after listening to your videos, I can see why. RT does broadcast his material. Now I know why. How about:  

E120. Professor Steve Keen Interview - The Future of Money

I very much value your input, Joseph and agree the interesting parts are where principles and perceptions clash. I want and need that kind of participation with me.

To everyone, I am looking for investigative reporters who get beyond the propaganda stuff. Please share information with me on the people you trust.

Also, everyone, the invitation is open to have criticism of what I write and share.

I love the way Tom Sarbeck challenges me and I welcome any comments from others! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

As frank as a politician. Thanks for a new low in metaphors, Tom.

Comment by tom sarbeck yesterday
Ruth, I will be as frank as some of the politicians I've met. For whom are you providing cover?

1. Politics doesn't have to be seen as so corrupt, but people who don't see its opportunities for corruption will be victims. People who SAY they don't see the opportunities are innocent or they are co-conspirators.

2. That public is the oligarchs' prey.

3, An oligarchy controlled by corrupted party leaders does not describe Bernie Sanders, so far as his words have told us or so far as some of us need to believe.

There are ways politicians can prove they are not corrupt and you probably know some of them. Please share some of those you know.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Tom, politics doesn't have to be seen as so corrupt. Anyway, the oligarchy isn't in conflict with the lied-to taxpaying public, that public is their tool. Leave room for honest politics, like Bernie Sanders. They may be vastly outnumbered, but they exist. Don't define them away.

Comment by tom sarbeck yesterday
@Joseph: "...wasn't validly constructed."
Politics is not an exercise in philosophy. Some say politics is economics. It is, in part.

With both major parties corrupted by money, and no laws to prevent a rising minor party from becoming similarly corrupted, politics requires a different description.

Having done politics, and having seen more than the car bomb murder of an investigative reporter (see 'Don Bolles' in Wikipedia), politics is more accurately described as conflict between:
1. an oligarchy controlled by corrupted party leaders who exhibit some of the behavior of sociopaths, and
2. a lied-to and ill-informed taxpaying public.
Comment by tom sarbeck yesterday
@Joseph: Joseph might be sure he and I agree on 80 or 90% of things. Since we haven't conferred, I'm not sure. :)
 
 
 

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