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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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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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Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 17 hours ago. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism

GET READY FOR THE FIRST SHOCKS OF TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM Naomi Klein January 24 2017

Started by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by tom sarbeck 20 minutes ago. 15 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

Tracking the steady stream of lies coming from the Republican White House

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Washington Post has a fact-checking project tracking the statements tRump makes during his first 100 days in office. It turns out that our Republican…Continue

Tags: misleading statements, misleading, falsehoods, false statements, Trump Pinocchio

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Comment by tom sarbeck 8 minutes ago

GC, that take on #45 may apply well to #46 too, Acting Pres. Mike Pence.

Comment by tom sarbeck 29 minutes ago

Politics everywhere selects for narcissism.

Comment by tom sarbeck 34 minutes ago

"...US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess."

I will say it in words familiar to bio-sciences folk.

American capitalism selects for anti-social personality disorder--sociopathy and/or psychopathy.

Comment by Joseph P 6 hours ago

Or it's like the pigeon-chess joke, Gary.

Comment by Joseph P 7 hours ago

Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.

Corollaries and usage

There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself) than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law.

Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. Similar criticisms of the "law" (or "at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes") have been made by American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.  It's fascism.  The latter is generally paired with the former, but the former not necessarily with the latter.

Comment by Gary S 7 hours ago

I also like those things GC. Like many of the other things I have read, the US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess.

Comment by Loren Miller 12 hours ago

Excellent stuff, GC, thank you!

Comment by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago

Another take on 45*... given his totalitarian tendencies, the comparison is quite justified; Godwin's law doesn't apply here.'45' drawn in black on a white background at an angle, resembling a Nazi swastika, inside a red 'no' or 'prohibited' circle-slash

Comment by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago

Where are TRUMP products made? (picture of Donald Trump on a gilded throne, with arrows calling out various items:) Furniture made in Turkey; suits made in Mexico; ties made in China; foreign policy made in Russia (with Vladimir Putin brandishing a folder labeled “DOSSIEЯ - D. TЯUMP”, i.e. “DOSSIER - D. TRUMP” in faux-Cyrillic, with Cyrillic letter Ya, which looks like a backwards R, replacing R)

Comment by Loren Miller 17 hours ago

 Keith Olbermann has released one of his calmest yet most on-point op-eds of this debacle:



Trump Must Go.

 
 
 

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