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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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 4 hours ago. 28 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2017 at 4:41pm

Good stuff, GC, and on the mark in all cases!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:41pm

Mike Pence: “My most important job as vice president is to be ready at a moment’s notice to step in and be just as horrible as Trump.” (Comment from tiny cartoonist in the corner: “You bring some of your own special talents.”)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:39pm

Donald Trump on the phone, hearing, “Sir, Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia and then lied about it!” Trump sits impassive, silent, for five more frames. Another phone call: “Sir, the press is reporting Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia and then lied about it!” Trump’s immediate reply: “That’s terrible! Untenable! Sad! Fire the press!”(click to embiggen -- not that 45*'s ego needs to get any bigger!!!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:35pm

Upper facade of the White House, with a speech balloon, 'LIE' in giant letters. The L is made of many copies of 'WE', the I is made of many copies of 'CAN', and the E is made of many copies of 'EXPLAIN'. 'WE CAN EXPLAIN' forms the 'LIE'.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2017 at 7:33pm

here here!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2017 at 7:26pm

Grinning Cat, Another excellent cartoon, thanks. 

Ruth, outstanding cartoons, thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2017 at 7:24pm

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 on February 18, 2017 at 1:19pm

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 on February 18, 2017 at 12:33pm

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 on February 18, 2017 at 11:18am

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.)

 
 
 

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