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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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The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 20. 5 Replies

That's the title of Neil Buchanan's article in Newsweek (complete with irrelevant autoplaying video), reprinted from Justia's Verdict site where it has the title "…Continue

Tags: minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-choice, scams, civil rights

Economics and Community values as to real estate owned by religious groups

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz Mar 20. 6 Replies

I've been wondering off and on for a long time as to two inter-related (as I see it) issues: 1) evolving how people find community interaction when they want it. 2) real estate values of Churches and similar. 1) So, what I mean by the first is…Continue

California Deregulation as Foreshadow

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

How the Energy Boys Fucked Over CaliforniaEven partial deregulation of the electricity market was a nightmare for California.In 2000 and…Continue

Tags: deregulation

More Pieces Of Donald Trump Russia Dossier Check Out (Rachel Maddow)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joseph P on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Originally when I first heard that there may have been a relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians who were hacking the DNC and John Podesta, I wasn't sure whether to take those reports seriously.  With the information supplied here…Continue

Tags: John Podesta, Rachel Maddow, Russians, hacking, Drumpf

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan 44 minutes ago

Great response, GC. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago

Joan, thanks for that interview with all unverified and false statements redacted! (Ruth, you're right that the president* said wiretapping directly and literally.)

There was an SF book The Truth Machine, about a near-future society where an apparently unbeatable voice-analyzer lie detector has been invented. In that society, political candidates who refused to be interviewed using the Truth Machine quickly found themselves unelectable.

Bertold, on Bill Donohue of the Catholic endorsing gutting funding for the arts because it supports things he considers "perverted", here's how I commented off the cuff at Joe.My.God.:

You want perverted and immoral, Bill?

$598 billion of taxpayers' money funding our armed forces (more than the next seven countries combined!). You shouldn't need a commandment to know that killing people is almost always wrong.

And the surplus military equipment given to increasingly militarized police forces, and grants like $34 billion from DHS for police agencies to buy things like tanks and drones, which end up being used in misguided raids that kill innocent members of racial minorities... Black lives matter!

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/11-shocking-facts-about-ame...

If we're allowed to claim privilege for our deeply held beliefs, millions and millions of citizens would withhold our tax money from THESE outrages!

Comment by Loren Miller 13 hours ago

Give Drumpf a truth pill, and either: 

  1. He would gag on it, or
  2. His brain would implode.

Other possibilities may exist.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 13 hours ago

Great article about the redacted interview, Joan. But, "When I said wiretapping, it was in quotes," wasn't true, so that should have been redacted too. 

If TV prerecorded every political speech and interview and ad, and redacted everything that wasn't verifiable truth, it would go a long way toward sanity.

Comment by tom sarbeck 13 hours ago

Give Trump a truth pill and it wouldn't let him swallow it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 14 hours ago

Great point, Joan. It's his kind of charlatanism that shouldn't receive a cent of government spending, but unfortunately we're headed in the opposite direction.

Comment by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago

Bertold, odd that Donohue makes the same argument and for the same reason I do not want my tax dollars paying for churches, temples, mosques, and whatever else houses religious bodies. 

"It’s time we stopped giving the arts a privileged position and cut their funding. The same is true for publicly funded radio and TV programming that has a history of insulting the majority of Americans."

Donohue

Comment by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago

We Redacted Everything That's Not a Verifiably True Statement From ...

"In the full transcript of the interview published by Time, Trump lies a lot, says a number of half-true things, does not admit he was incorrect to link Ted Cruz’s father with Lee Harvey Oswald, foists responsibility for his inaccuracies onto media reports that he misrepresents, says the word “Brexit” 11 times, and forms sentences like “Brussels, I said, Brussels is not Brussels.” But, listen, some of it was fine! In the transcript below, we have redacted everything that is not verifiably true. What remains is everything the president said that is definitely true."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan 17 hours ago

Catholic League Endorses Trump’s Gutting Of The Arts Because “Perverts” Shouldn’t Get Federal Money

From Donohue's press release:

"Justice demands that these agencies should be eliminated: Taxpayers should not be forced to pay for assaults on their religion. Christians constitute roughly 75 percent of the population; Catholics are approximately 25 percent of the total. In the name of “art,” these Americans are expected to pay for irreverent exhibits, but depictions that are reverential—such as a nativity scene outside City Hall—are denied a dime. It’s time we stopped giving the arts a privileged position and cut their funding. The same is true for publicly funded radio and TV programming that has a history of insulting the majority of Americans."
The press release goes on at some length to recount the many times Donohue personally protested outside of plays and art exhibits that offended his tender feewings.

Comment by tom sarbeck on Thursday
As to the SCOTUS seat stolen from Merrick Garland, tell Senate Dems to grow some backbone and oppose Gorsuch's unindicted coconspirators in the Senate.

GOP majorities in state legislatures can gerrymander US House districts but cannot gerrymander state boundaries so Dems can run competitive candidates.
 
 
 

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