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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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The Common Thread Among Trump Supporters? (Matthew MacWilliams - Politico)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 37 Replies

If I asked you what most defines Donald Trump supporters, what would you say? They’re white? They’re poor? They’re uneducated? You’d be wrong. In fact, I’ve found a single statistically significant variable predicts whether a voter supports…Continue

Tags: Politico, Donald Trump, authoritarianism

Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria, Florida, and Religious Totalitarianism

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Jan 17. 12 Replies

Like many of you, I have an email subscription to The Daily Kos, a liberal-leaning news and op-ed source which I frequently find both entertaining and frequently informative.  This morning I got their email distribution of links to various articles,…Continue

Tags: University, Daily Kos, Florida, Ave Maria, Domino's Pizza

The Brutalism of Ted Cruz (NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 15 Replies

In 1997, Michael Wayne Haley was arrested after stealing a calculator from Walmart. This was a crime that merited a maximum two-year prison term. But prosecutors incorrectly applied a habitual offender law. Neither the judge nor the defense lawyer…Continue

Tags: GOP, Michael Wayne Haley, party, Republican, Donald Trump

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan 11 hours ago

Courtesy of The Daily Kos:

You know that “TrusTed” logo? The one with TRUS and TED merged, yet separated via different colors?

Turns out that when you Google “TRUS”, the logo at once becomes hilarious and hilariously appropriate:

"A transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) is an ultrasound technique that is used to view a man's prostate and surrounding tissues. The ultrasound transducer (probe) sends sound waves through the wall of the rectum into the prostate gland, which is located directly in front of the rectum."

Yup, that’s the very top Google result. Basically, it’s an anal probe. Which makes us even more certain that he’s actually an alien.

Well done, Ted!

Comment by Loren Miller 12 hours ago

The problem with those questions to Republicans is that the answer for most of them, according to Sanders, is "TAXES" ... as in raising them.  The "T" word has been verboten since Grover Norquist decided that his side of the fence should NEVER EVER RAISE TAXES, not for nobody, and he has gotten entirely too much of the GOP to agree with him.

How we get those jerks to quit kneejerking, I don't know.

Comment by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago

I like Sander’s questions during the Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate 

~ Let’s talk about why, in the 1990s, Wall Street got deregulated. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street provided — spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions?

Well, some people might think, yeah, that had some influence.

~ Let’s ask why it is that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, and [the price of] your medicine can be doubled tomorrow, and there’s nothing that the government can do to stop it. …

~ Let’s talk about climate change. Do you think there’s a reason why not one Republican has the guts to recognize that climate change is real, and that we need to transform our energy system? Do you think it has anything to do with the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil pouring huge amounts of money into the political system?

~ … There is a reason. You know, there is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system. And in my view, it is undermining American democracy and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country.

Comment by tom sarbeck on Friday

The FSM is fictional?

Heretic! To a stake with you!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

Yes, Ruth --that's good! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday

LOL, this was the best part, Bertold.

And if you think a fictional religion shouldn’t be granted any sort of legal recognition, feel free to explain why all the other ones qualify.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Thursday

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is Now an Official Religion in the Netherlands

January 29, 2016 by Hemant Mehta

Congratulations, Dutch Pastafarians! The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is now an officially recognized religion in the Netherlands.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday

Loren, that "debate" had me ROFL. Thanks.

Comment by Loren Miller on Monday

It would seem as though, despite Donald Trumps absence from the last Republican debate, that he WAS debating ... or at least talking to himself ... with the assistance of Stephen Colbert.  The thing is, though, when Donnie talks out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, bad things just HAVE to happen!

Check it out!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 31, 2016 at 1:53am

|   I'm long past patience with the standoff.

Ruth, so are several others here.

And all of you have taken yourselves away from the task of solving the problem rationally.

Yeah, it feels good to express anger. One of the ways I do it, when I am not personally in danger, is to say "Damn! Damn! Damn!"

What were those childish but weaponized men doing that caused you all to feel personally endangered?

 
 
 

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