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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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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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Welfare? Who pays into the pot more than they get out? Who takes out more ?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 14. 6 Replies

Welfare? Who benefits? Who pays? “Residents of “blue” states send more tax money to Washington than they get back in federal help, while residents of “red” states send less money to Washington than they get back in federal help.”  For  every tax…Continue

Tags: Reich, Robert, spending, taxes, welfare

Democrat vs. Republican

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 12. 2 Replies

The central U.S. opened like a fissure, threatening a volcanic eruption spewing out hate clothed in white supremacist ideology, spreading its deadly gases over the land. Officials tossed out legitimate voter registrations, closed down voting places,…Continue

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 23, 2018 at 3:10pm

Bert, there are models we can trust, and there’s the Big Bang model.

Nix spoke of a model TO predict. Did it predict?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 23, 2018 at 12:57pm

Very interesting Medium article by Dave Smith:

Weapons of Micro Destruction: How Our ‘Likes’ Hijacked Democracy

Excel file reveals the Data Science behind the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Scandal

“We were able to form a model to predict the personality of every single adult in the United States of America.” — Alexander Nix, former CEO of Cambridge Analytica

Comment by Patricia on October 14, 2018 at 12:46pm

Yes, I passed it around to several sites myself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2018 at 2:38am

Patricia, outstanding item by Adam-Troy Castro. I am passing it on. Thanks!

Comment by Patricia on October 14, 2018 at 2:06am

An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?"
The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters - the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't...
That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."
That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."
That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem."
That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue."
That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"
That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?"
That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."
That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"
That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!"
That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be."
That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"
That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"
That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense."
That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!"
That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”
That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise.
What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2018, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.
Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.

Original post by Adam-Troy Castro.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 4, 2018 at 1:53am

Will someone please remind those Senate Republican men that masculinity is a birth defect and a mental illness?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 3, 2018 at 11:27pm

Yahoo News says more than 500 law professors from more than 100 law schools, including Kavanaugh’s alma mater, oppose his confirmation.

Their letter should get to the Senate tomorrow, Oct 4th

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 3, 2018 at 11:14pm

You're so right on about that, Grinning Cat!

"If corporations were required to pay for the costs of cancer treatment (and damages for wrongful deaths as well as pain and suffering, unemployment, etc., etc.) -- in other words, if the societal costs -- their calculations would be very different."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2018 at 8:41pm

Grinning Cat, I agree, "If corporations were required to pay for the costs of cancer treatment (and damages for wrongful deaths as well as pain and suffering, unemployment, etc., etc.) -- in other words, if the societal costs weren't externalized -- their calculations would be very different.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 2, 2018 at 11:46pm

If it cost corporations more to allow a little radiation exposure than to protect us thoroughly, the Trump/Republican EPA would be all over itself to maintain its "any amount of harmful radiation is risky" policy.

A classic example of regulatory capture, and the power of "unelected corporate government"!

If corporations were required to pay for the costs of cancer treatment (and damages for wrongful deaths as well as pain and suffering, unemployment, etc., etc.) -- in other words, if the societal costs weren't externalized -- their calculations would be very different.

 
 
 

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