Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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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Global Tax on Fossil Fuel Needed

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Ralph Regenvanu and Avinash Persaud make perfect sense, arguing that current climate risk insurance policy practices are immoral.It's time for those who caused…Continue

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The French method of resistance

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Nov 25. 3 Replies


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Comment by Chris on November 22, 2018 at 6:18am

Another from the National Security Archive interesting to look at is

Gina Haspel's CIA Torture File

Washington, D.C., April 26, 2018 – The Trump administration’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, personally supervised the torture of a CIA detainee in 2002 leading to at least three waterboard sessions, subsequently drafted the cable that ordered destruction of the videotape evidence of torture, and served as a senior CIA official while the Agency was lying to itself, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Congress, and the public about the effectiveness of torture in eliciting useful intelligence, according to declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

The documents include a new and less-redacted version of the CIA Inspector General’s report from 2004, repeated references in the declassified Senate Intelligence Committee torture report to Ms. Haspel’s tenure as chief of base of the CIA black site (“Detention Site Green” in Thailand) in 2002, and other CIA documents on the contract psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, whose torture program Ms. Haspel supervised in November 2002 and supported through multiple senior CIA positions until President Obama ended the torture program in 2009.

As a senior officer in the CIA Counterterrorism Center and then at the National Clandestine Services (where she was chief of staff in 2005), Ms. Haspel played a leading role in the creation and perpetuation of the CIA’s false claims that torture uniquely produced actionable intelligence that saved lives. The exhaustive Senate Intelligence Committee torture report reviewed over 6 million pages of the CIA’s own documents and proved these justifications “rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness” and were “wrong in fundamental respects.”[1]

For the 20 major and minor claims CIA has put forward for its torture having thwarted terrorist plots or led to the capture of terrorists, the Senate Intelligence Committee report documents that in every case the actionable intelligence actually did not come from torture, but CIA officials – including Ms. Haspel – deluded themselves into believing so.[2] 


Of course there is more in the above link.

Comment by Chris on November 22, 2018 at 6:10am

Regarding the caravan.  The U.S. is responsible for the instability in in Central  and South America 

Iran Contra is one of many reasons for the instability along with 'Operation Condor' 

Naomi Klein's books contain good investigative journalism. I've read some.

George Washington University - National Security Archives has  information about it and other things.

The CIA' s family jewels" report ls is an interesting link.


Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2018 at 4:23pm

Why does the caravan of 7,000, mostly from Guatemala and Honduras, exist?

"How did it come to be?"

Does Trump have any idea of the history behind the failures of these people's governments? 

Does it matter to Trump that the U.S. policies set the framework for the failure of their economies and political structures? 

Trump said the flow of people contained “dangerous criminals!” 

What evidence does he have? 

"thousands of Central American migrants tried to cross the bridge be..., seeking safety up north.

"Guatemala provides a great case for how U.S. involvement has contributed to political instability and economic inequality in Central America."

This is a MUST READ article. Learn about the U.S. involvement in support of the destruction of democratically elected leaders and replacing them with despots. 

If you haven't read Naomi Klein's books, this is a good way to understand their history.

The chickens come home to roost.

Comment by Chris on November 19, 2018 at 12:41pm

Paper money in other countries are different sizes.   As long as the largest bill fits in the billfold then it should work and be easy. Smaller denominations don't need to be much smaller.

Here in the States 20's, 10's, 5's and 1's  should be easy to manage within a billfold/wallet.

Of course if some one is going to cheat and rob then there isn't much that can be done. 

Comment by Chris on November 19, 2018 at 12:33pm

On paper money and ADA aside from size, I suppose brail could be imbedded on the corners.

I'm not sure if I wrote that a local city representative called and left a message on my telephone answering machine asking me to vote for him. The end of the message he said "Don't forget to put a stamp on it."

That stressed me out because I didn't put a stamp on the envelope.  Locals I've spoken with about that were absent about the requirement.  Most I spoke with said they put stamps on the envelope.  I haven't  spoken with the  head of the Election Division.  

I'm glad I didn't because I dug up the  voters instructions that  says "Mailed through the US Postal Service in the postage paid envelope"

There's a guy I speak with who is a teachers aid at a middle school. He - like it was a race turned in his ballot the same day he received it.  He also thought he had to vote on every initiative, or his ballot wouldn't be counted.     Maybe I've (intentional lingual vernacular, for those grammar Nazi's) leaned him.

Are you moving Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2018 at 10:44pm

Bertold & Grinning Cat, funny!

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 12, 2018 at 10:34pm

Adding a bit of religion into the mix:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 8, 2018 at 12:07am

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2018 at 2:58am

I can't imagine a blind person trying to deal with paper money! 

I'm not sure different sizes would be very convenient for a sighted person. I wonder if there are billfolds designed for different sized bills? 

Would different sizes protect a blind person; I know they develop the sensitivity in their fingertips but is paper money unable to be duplicated? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2018 at 2:52am

Chris, did you see the photo of my home that I just sold? In case you didn't, here is the front entrance:

We put the ramp on to accommodate my Dad when he lived with the last seven years of his life. I never took it down and needed it when I became ill. 




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