Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

Tags: far-right echo-chamber overtakes national voice

Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

Tags: Bill Maher, asshole, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 28, 2015 at 1:24am

In a dramatic break with tradition, Greece's new prime minister took a civil rather than religious oath of office.

From The Guardian: "Here’s the moment that Greek radical leftist party SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras signed the official protocols after being sworn in (using a secular oath) by president Karolos Papoulias."

From The Economist:

GREECE'S new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, made history within hours of his victory by informing the Archbishop of Athens, very politely, that clerical services would not be required for his swearing-in ceremony. An avowed atheist who has nonetheless made a point of dealing courteously with senior clergy, Mr Tsipras lost no time in making known that his oath of office would be a secular procedure. It was also explained that when the whole cabinet was sworn in, a more junior cleric (but not the archbishop) would be invited to assist those who wished to take a religious oath.

It's hard to overstate what a rupture this marks with the ceremonial culture of Greece. For as long as anybody can remember, every senior office-holder, from socialists to right-wing dictators, has assumed the post with a ritual involving Bibles, crosses and often holy water, sprinkled about with a sprig of basil.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2015 at 7:41pm

A few choice words from the Rude Pundit on Sarah Palin's speech at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit:

The most hilarious part of this is that conservatives are saying that the speech wasn't "serious" and that watching it was "painful." Joe Scarborough called it a "tragedy" that she had fallen so far, apparently not understanding the difference between tragedy and comedy.

Really . . .? This was the speech that made you decide Palin was not going to be president one day? 'Cause, see, the rest of us knew she was a fraud and a puffed-up idiot, a wannabe player, and a power-mad gorgon from the start. We didn't need this babbling cartoon character, this monster with a gaping maw, gorging on fame and attention like a snake on a rat, to blither through one more parade of faux folksiness, like Hee-Haw was her Critique of Pure Reason.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2015 at 6:04pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2015 at 6:03pm

When I was young, I looked forward to the day that computers and robots did all the boring, unpleasant, unsafe work, and we all benefitted from their production, so we didn't have to work to provide for ourselves, but could do what interested us.

It's sad that the richest 1% have taken most of the fruits of that production, leaving the rest of us with very little.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 26, 2015 at 6:01pm

Ruth, I am unable to see your most recent post. I know it contains something interesting/important. Can someone else send it to me, please. I am most grateful! 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 26, 2015 at 5:54pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2015 at 1:16pm

It looks like we have the Donald and Her Sarahship to look forward to again in the Republican presidential primaries. When it comes to this particular crazy train, the more the merrier methinks. With Mike the Huckster and the two Ricks, the entertainment level should go through the roof. C'mon Michelle, throw in your hat!

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 9, 2015 at 11:19pm

Please, folks, stop describing the US of A as "our democracy"!

From its start it has been, and still is, an oligarchy -- rule by a few.

The question to ask is Who comprises this oligarchy?

Campaign donors (the bribe givers and the extortion payers).

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 9, 2015 at 2:37pm

Wishful thinking, for some... one of the possible answers in Buzzfeed's "The Supreme Court Quiz":

16. Where does the Supreme Court meet? [Answer choices are pictures of the White House, the Supreme Court Building, Washington National Cathedral (highlighted), and the Capitol Building]

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 24, 2014 at 2:46pm

From a Public Citizen email, new words to "Frosty the Snowman":
In this fall’s midterm elections — the most expensive ever — the Koch Brothers’ extremist network intended to spend upwards of $300 million.

Of course, $300 million is a LOT of money (enough, for example, to run Public Citizen for a couple of decades).

But here’s the thing: It’s not even four-tenths of one percent of the Koch Brothers’ fortune.

For someone making $50,000 a year, that would be like $182.

In other words, for roughly the equivalent of what you might be spending on presents for your siblings or grandchildren, the Koch Brothers are corrupting our very democracy.

So, in “celebration” of the Koch Brothers — and the ugly, itchy, ill-fitting sweater of plutocracy they give us all year after year — here’s an update on “Frosty the Snowman” for your merriment:

Costly, the Koch Men
Such a folly that will spoil
With some snow job hype
And a glut of dough
From two guys made rich by oil

Costly, the Koch Men
It is scary how much they pay
To subvert our votes
To buy shills then gloat
That plutocracy holds sway

They’re Citizens United sins
That bad SCOTUS decree
But once we pass an amendment
We’ll get back democracy

So costly, the Koch Men
Telling lies we should not heed
All the people say
We demand our way
Not this game of corporate greed

Thumpity thump thump
Thumpity thump thump
Look out costly Kochs
Thumpity thump thump
Thumpity thump thump
Over this ill you’ll choke



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