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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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Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism

GET READY FOR THE FIRST SHOCKS OF TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM Naomi Klein January 24 2017

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Gary S 7 minutes ago. 14 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

Tracking the steady stream of lies coming from the Republican White House

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Washington Post has a fact-checking project tracking the statements tRump makes during his first 100 days in office. It turns out that our Republican…Continue

Tags: misleading statements, misleading, falsehoods, false statements, Trump Pinocchio

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Comment by Grinning Cat on Wednesday

Trickle down economics - How we’re told it works (bottle pouring wine into the top glass of a pyramid of six; the wine spills over and completely fills the other five glasses) - What actually happens (bottle pouring wine into the top glass of a pyramid of six; the wineglass keeps expanding and expanding, and the other five glasses remain empty)(Of course, after the revelations concerning Russian prostitutes, our Republican PEEOTUS gives other meanings to the term as well!)

Comment by Joseph P on Wednesday

After these last few months, I don't blame them for mocking us.  There was this, back before the election, when seemed like there was no way in hell that Trump was going to happen:

Comment by Daniel W on Tuesday

I was at a protest today - posted some pics in the forum.  I thought about starting a chant, but (a) I'm too introverted and (b) couldn't get it right.  Something like "Vladimir and Donald, sittin' in a tree.  K-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes love, then a little shower, then comes Russia, with all their power"  but I don't like that last part yet.

Comment by Grinning Cat on Tuesday

"Here’s a political cartoon from the Netherlands. The whole world can see our President has been compromised by Putin & they’re mocking us."A Trojan horse with Donald Trump's head has landed next to the Statue of Liberty, and Russian soldiers climb out. (Jonathan Riley on Twitter)

Comment by Joseph P on Tuesday

There are a few, yeah.  A lot of their straight reporting is good.  Of course, you can get that same, straight reporting from plenty of other sources, so there's no reason to go to them for most things.

What they're mostly known for is their opinion shows, which makes sense since that's over 80% of their lineup.  I think there are about 2 hours a day that are straight-up news reporting, and that tends to be at least passable.

Comment by tom sarbeck on Tuesday
Loren, Smith is a reporter; the others are entertainers
Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

A credible reporter at Fox???  I may faint!

Comment by tom sarbeck on Tuesday
Shep Smith's news is the only Fox program I watch.
Comment by Daniel W on Tuesday

From Fox News, Shep Smith on the president's mendacity.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday

[Dale Berran]

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump
Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.

. . . Thus these Trump supporters hold a different sort of ideology, not one of “when will my horse come in”, but a trolling self-effacing, “I know my horse will never come in”. That is to say, younger Trump supporters know they are handing their money to someone who will never place their bets — only his own — because, after all, it’s plain as day there was never any other option.
In this sense, Trump’s incompetent, variable, and ridiculous behavior is the central pillar upon which his younger support rests.
Such an idea — one of utter contemptuous despair — is embodied in one image more than any other, one storied personage who has become a(n) hero to millions, the voice of a generation.

. . . It is, in other words, a value system, one reveling in deplorableness and being pridefully dispossessed. It is a culture of hopelessness, of knowing “the system is rigged”. But instead of fight the response is flight, knowing you’re trapped in your circumstances is cause to celebrate. For these young men, voting Trump is not a solution, but a new spiteful prank.

. . . the left should stop expecting Trump’s supporters to be upset when he doesn’t fulfill his promises.
Support for Trump is an acknowledgement that the promise is empty.
He is both the “promise” (the labyrinth”, the “alpha”) and the empty center (“the promise betrayed”, the “beta”), in a sublime, hilarious, combination that perfectly reflects the worldview of his supporters.

. . . In other words, we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:
1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.
2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.
3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

 
 
 

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