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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Friday

In case anyone hasn't had enough bad news lately:

Ohio Judge Rules Against Atheists Who Sued to Remove “In God We Trust” from U.S. Currency

[Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist]

I wonder how the christo-nazis would like this:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2016 at 8:16pm

Loren, when a "belief system has no basis in fact, the entirety of its structure" should "become the target of questions and doubts."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2016 at 8:13pm

Bertold, ironic, is it not, that Christians fight a war against Christmas, if for different reasons than pagans fight. I like Valerie's statement, 

"Fortunately, for almost 500 years, Christian critics of Christmas have offered an alternative view, one that is rather beautiful, even though they themselves regard it darkly. It is the view that our mid-winter celebration reflects, more than anything, the Pagan and universal yearning to embrace hope in the dead of winter, our impulse to celebrate with abandon the return of light and the promise that spring—and new life—will come again.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 26, 2016 at 10:45am

Good stuff, Bertold, which should surprise no one.  I mean, when your belief system has no basis in fact, the entirety of its structure can and does become the target of questions and doubts.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 26, 2016 at 10:29am

A bit of perspective - Valerie Tarico explains Christianity's War on Christmas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2016 at 2:29pm

Spud, that tape on robot calls, it is funny, accurate and outrageous. I like the responses. 

My goodness, the Trump University lawsuits should get his attention. I wonder if he will begin to think as a mentally healthy, mature, adult. 

"In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of ​millions of dollars through a scheme known as Trump University. Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes. Today's $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university."

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2016 at 2:13pm

Milt Priggee's Trump gives thanks. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2016 at 1:06pm

House passes anti-spoofing bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted 382-5 to pass the Anti-Spoofing Act of 2016 (H.R. 2669), which would: 

  • Amend the Communications Act of 1934 to expand the prohibition of using a caller identification service to knowingly transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value to persons outside the United States if the recipient is within the United States.
  • Revise the definitions of "caller identification information" and "caller identification service" to include text messages sent using a text messaging service.
  • Require the Federal Communication Commission and FTC to develop more educational materials to help consumers guard against robocall scams.
  • Require the U.S. Comptroller General to examine trends in the types of scams that use misleading caller ID information and recommend further actions that the FTC and Congress can take.

This bill may have passed too late to get Senate concurrence in this legislative session. It also fails to address the fact that many land-line phone companies have refused to implement blocking technologies that are now available. However, it is a step in the right direction, and the 382-5 vote suggests that combating robocall scams has bipartisan political support. People interested in decreasing robocalls should register their int....

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2016 at 1:01pm

Trump University lawsuits settled

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that Donald J. Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits which charged that he had misrepresented the nature and value of real estate courses offered by Trump University. The settlement includes payment of $21 million to settle two California class-action suits and $4 million to New York State to be used to (a) reimburse former students who were not parties to the class-action suits and (b) if funds remain, to pay up to $1 million for costs and/or penalties for Trump University's failure to obtain a license from the New York's Education Department. Trump admitted no liability, but Schneiderman’s press release minced no words: 

In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of ​millions of dollars through a scheme known as Trump University. Donald Trump fought us every step of the way, filing baseless charges and fruitless appeals and refusing to settle for even modest amounts of compensation for the victims of his phony university. Today, that all changes. Today's $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university. 

Credential Watch has additional details and links to the documents ....

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 21, 2016 at 10:07pm

The 2016 Presidential election felt to me more like psychological warfare by two factions, each of whom wanted power over the US for their own purposes.  From the definition for psychological warfare, "any action which is practiced mainly by psychological methods with the aim of evoking a planned psychological reaction in other people."[2] Various techniques are used, and are aimed at influencing a target audience's value system, belief system, emotions, motives, reasoning, or behavior." One side made better use of social media, the big lie(s),gas-lighting, and I think, psy-war tactics by Russians, the FBI, and Julian Assange / Wikileaks.  The other side tried to use divisive identity politics while claiming to be inclusive, but demonized the majority electorate in the majority of states as "a basket of deplorables".  What we need now for the Democrats is to get rid of old dynasties and not create new ones - that includes Chelsea Clinton - as well as multi-generation Kennedys, and let people run on their records, not just who can politic the best.  I would say the same about the Republicans, but they won and will not be inclined dismantle dynasties until they sink under the weight of their own excess and fuel another rebellion.

 
 
 

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