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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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80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P 8 hours ago. 5 Replies

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns“A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of…Continue

Tags: overvalued, stocks, economic, crash

Nonviolent Resistance is All That's Left

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Chris Hedges says our institutions were already hollowed out by corporate elites, so  "A sustained, nationwide popular uprising of nonviolent obstruction and noncooperation is the only weapon left to save the republic."…Continue

Tags: mistaking vulgarity for courage, corporate elites, rise of US totalitarianism, nonviolent obstruction, democratic institution credibility

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable (Huffington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 9. 12 Replies

WASHINGTON ― In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon. Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of…Continue

Tags: apocalypse, Steve Bannon, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Daniel W yesterday

here here!

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Grinning Cat, Another excellent cartoon, thanks. 

Ruth, outstanding cartoons, thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Bertold, thanks for the excellent article from The Daily Beast. 

Loren, thanks for the funny and true video by Bill Maher. 

Comment by Loren Miller yesterday

Bill Maher makes a remarkable and highly observant "New Rule" about that little (R) after some people's names in government:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

Very thoughtful article - Daily Beast (my emphases)

One of the first priorities of demagoguery is the fostering of ignorance. Lies require collaboration from those who are being lied to, and for a propaganda machine to be effective it needs a special kind of public ignorance.

. . . The Trump White House is demonstrating in its own innovative ways just how far habitual lying can clear the way for the triumph of ideology over truth. This can’t be simplified by charging Trump himself with being a pathological liar. His administration has invented a new and distinctly American propaganda machine that is built on lies. But not enough attention has been given to its willing partner in this exercise: a carefully nurtured kind of public ignorance that it can exploit.

. . . But in the context of the Age of Trump, ignorance is not actually a pejorative term, it’s a description of a set of beliefs in which knowledge and truth are less persuasive than prejudice and fear.

This process began long before Trump decided to run. Years of talk radio diatribes fueled by Obama-phobia and Fox News harangues prepared the soil and then Breitbart, the alt-right, and fake news softened it further. Trump understood this better than anyone and harvested its fruits.

. . . This is not the ignorance of unlearned knowledge—it’s more potent than that. It’s a tutored ignorance, and in its most basic form it’s anti-scientific.
And that is why the present and future influence of Vice President Mike Pence needs to get close attention.

. . . This movement may sail under religious colors but its agenda reflects the way that religion has become a euphemism for atavism. Buried within the code of “Make America Great Again” there was always the promise of restoring a repressive social order.

. . . Trump’s White House may be in chaos but that chaos hides the long game that Pence has the patience and guile to pursue. The continuing barrage of propaganda and outrageous lies still finds a ready audience among his constituency, where the mainstream media has no credibility. Consensual ignorance provides its own extensive comfort zone where yesterday has a lot more to recommend it than tomorrow.

. . . In fact, the bedrock beneath this process was much older and a uniquely American phenomenon, a widespread consensual ignorance. There is a strain of dogmatic religious activism here that does not exist to anything like the same extent in other advanced democracies. It uses religion—or misuses religion—to resist or rollback changes in social behavior and to suggest who the alien “other” should be.

Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

Retired Navy SEAL declines national security job. Trump looks at other candidates! (Trump, with exaggeratedly long hair and tie, gives two thumbs up to a circus seal applauding him.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

" “we’re in the second week of an administration, and evangelicals already have something they demanded in exchange for their vote. ... This is a huge win for evangelicals.”

A Faustian Bargain Pays Off for Conservative Christians

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

Donald Trump is bald, foaming at the mouth, in a straitjacket in a padded cell. The DONALD's folder shows tabs for egomania, schizophrenia, megalomania, xenophobia, psychosis, Tourette's, and alopecia. His 'hairpiece' ferret is sitting on top of the folder, saying, 'WE DEMAND TO SEE HILLARY'S HEALTH RECORD!'

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

Vladimir Putin, shirtless, riding a [Republican] elephant who's wearing a red 'TRUMP' hat, carrying a sign in its trunk, 'STOP RUSSIA HACKING PROBE!', and thinking, 'How did I get here?!...'

Comment by Grinning Cat on Friday

The Mainstream Translator (newsstand with sign overhead, “VERIFIED FACTS THAT WILL REFUTE YOUR PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS AND MEMES”, selling the Times, the Post, and another stack of newspapers; redheaded wife tells her husband who’s wearing a Confederate-flag T-shirt that “It’s code for ‘elitist’...”)(click to enlarge)

 
 
 

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