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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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Same Sex Marriage

Started by Vangelis. Last reply by Patricia yesterday. 4 Replies

In Australia, we are currently voting on the question of same sex marriage (yes, we are a little behind the rest of the modern world). The reason I raise it on this forum is because this political/ethical question is typically divided along…Continue

The Profit Motive and the Election Motive Intersect.

Started by tom sarbeck Sep 12. 0 Replies

Who has not heard the term 'profit motive'?'Election motive' may be a neologism, a newly-coined word.The former moves capitalists; the latter moves politicians.The SCOTUS in the 1970s held that money is speech. In 2010 SCOTUS held that corporations…Continue

Tags: money, speech, corruption, SCOTUS, politicians

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 14. 3 Replies

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You"Big money will pull out all the stops to sell you a tax plan that exclusively benefits the wealthy. Don’t buy…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2017 at 1:33pm

Grinning Cat, your cartoons reveal the loss of our innocence and the encroachment of cynism that destroys and the kinds of love that kills.  

I long for those days of not knowing our government is corrupt and we have been fed propaganda.  

NO! I need to know, I must take effective action against such a government. 

OK, I am ready for the truth and continue to send letters, make phone calls, and stand against corruption at all levels of government. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 1, 2017 at 11:46am

2014: The Militarization of Officer Joe (huge white policeman in paramilitary camo uniform and gear, including zip-tie handcuffs and a long gun in addition to a billy club and revolver, leaning in towards a shocked and scared Black boy; the white counterman smirks at the officer)

Top: Norman Rockwell for the Saturday Evening Post

Bottom: Desmond Devlin (idea) and Richard Williams (artist) for Mad Magazine

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2017 at 7:39pm

A good read--

Radical Christian Extremists Control the Republican Party
ISIS and these radical religious extremists are no different

The Trumpian Christian Fascist Soft Coup

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

Part 2 

Oh! Isn't this just wonderful! Betsy trains up a fine group of leaders from charter and private schools. Their training includes leadership and how to manipulate and exploit others, while public schools struggle to teach the Tree RRRs and have no funds for books, training aids, field trips. This group of under educated young men and women attempt to enter the paid labor force and all they can do is meet the time clock, do what they are told, follow directions, obey, go home, eat a meal and watch TV. 

Seems like a perfect match for training a bunch of military troops to go and fight for Erik and his minions. The uneducated bleed and die for the benefit of those folks who know what they are doing and why. A perfect education and military storm develops. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

I hate terrorism as much as anyone but is the team of Erik Pince and his sister Betsy Prince DeVos the kind of people we want managing our education and military? 

"Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”

"Some critics of school choice argue that charters, which are publicly funded but governed by appointed boards and often run by private companies with varying degrees of state oversight, can skim high-performing students from traditional public schools, leaving them with more high-needs kids and less money."

"All told, their foundation contributed $8.6 million to private religious schools—a reflection of the DeVoses’ lifelong dedication to building “God’s kingdom” through education.

"Detroit, in particular, provides a cautionary tale of what happens when the ideology of market-driven “school choice” trumps the focus on student outcomes. The city’s schools—where 83 percent of students are black and 74 percent are poor—have been in steady decline since charter schools started proliferating: Public school test scores in math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained the worst among large cities since 2009."

This is a dumbing down of America via loss of funding for public education. Jefferson wanted an educated voting population. What kind of education that results in lowering scores can we raise up with this funding system? 

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America’s Schools to Build “God’s Kingdom”

"For Erik Prince, a large mercenary force inspired by the British East India Company would be Blackwater 2.0, a phenomenal business opportunity for someone with White House connections. (His sister is Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.) But he’s also got inroads of his own. In January, he held secret meetings in the Seychelles, allegedly to establish a back channel between Trump and Vladimir Putin."

"Their interests are more likely profit than concern for Afghans. The fact that the idea has champions in the West Wing sends a message to the whole galaxy of private military contractors: Business may be booming once again! If America entertains the possibility of outsourcing one of its most intractable foreign policy boondoggles, it may well push the market to spit out huge numbers of these fighters. It is supply and demand, generating tens of thousands of soldiers of fortune>"

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

see part 2 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 12:21pm

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder

The Nation

  • A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
Comment by tom sarbeck on August 29, 2017 at 12:53pm
Bannon backs Moore?

Bannon is smart and Moore is dumb as a stone, which means Bannon will have the power and Moore will get the blame.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 29, 2017 at 7:39am

Lovely--

Report: Bannon Breaks With Trump, Backs Roy Moore In Alabama Run-off

Talking Points Memo

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 5:56pm

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse


The most dangerous people in America.


By John Nichols and Steve Brodner


The Nation

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2017 at 9:43pm

Thank God for the honesty and integrity of Donald Trump, America's moral compass during these difficult times


Trump called the groups opposed to the Nazis the 'alt-left' and it’s about time we had an appropriate name for extremists whose views are so militant that they’re opposed to Nazis

SATIRE, courtesy of Independent

 
 
 

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