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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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New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? (Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 11. 4 Replies

Lead bullets?  Asbestos?!?  Rolling back mileage requirements that the automobile industry had already agreed to???  Such moves aren't just stupid or pandering to the corporate state, they are, to put it succinctly, DICK MOVES, put into motion by…Continue

Tags: move, dick, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

Your private internet history up for sale, thanks to Republicans

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 30. 21 Replies

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will be considering passed S.J.Res. 34, a bill to repeal the FCC's protections for internet privacy, as early…Continue

Tags: regulatory capture, corporate capture

The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 20. 5 Replies

That's the title of Neil Buchanan's article in Newsweek (complete with irrelevant autoplaying video), reprinted from Justia's Verdict site where it has the title "…Continue

Tags: minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-choice, scams, civil rights

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Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 6:05pm

@Jennifer W & Daniel W

That's part of the problem with not being in a target demographic.  I'm very partisan, highly educated in the issues, and I usually make it out to my freaking municipal elections on the odd-numbered years, in addition to the primaries.

I can't be swayed on the social issues, without some major revelation about what will be beneficial for the country ... which the right doesn't have, or they would have presented the evidence sometime in the last 20-something years.  I can't be bought with appeals to my economic advantage, since I have enough that I care more about what will help our society as a whole rather than what will benefit me personally.

I can't be motivated to get out and vote, more than I already am.  The only thing that could keep me away from the polling stations, generally on the first day of early-voting, would be a major illness, and then I would vote by mail-in or whatever is available in my state.  I've never really looked into it, since it hasn't come up.

So, yeah, they have no reason to talk to me.

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 5:54pm

@Daniel W

Facebook was a major source of fake news that some think influenced the election - I think so - but they say that despite their billions in profits, they can't come up with a way to avoid it.

I think it's more that they didn't think it would be as much of a problem.  Hell, they get so much money, whether or not they allow the fake news, that there's no reason for them to approve of the fake stuff.  The two at the top are pretty liberal, so they have a great deal of motivation to shut down the fake stuff, since it really won't hurt their bottom line.

... might actually help their bottom line, since it will help build trust from the center and left, in declaring that they'll be doing something about it.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 5:49pm

It's not just the wording that's creepy on this:

[Raw Story]

Trump bans government scientists from sharing their work with the taxpayers who funded it

The president signed executive orders Tuesday that cut off all new contracts and grants for the Environmental Protection Agency — and he also banned the agency’s employees from providing updates on social media or to journalists, the Associated Press reported.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 4:25pm

The administration seems to have taken on the internal dynamics of a middle-school run by the Borgias.
--Charles Pierce

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 12:31pm
Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 11:52am

Jennifer, I agree with you about that too.  We can hold CNN and MSNBC accountable by not watching them when alternatives are available.   I suppose we should also tell them that, and why.  If they know they are losing  viewers, maybe they will change.  Actually they don't care about me - I am not the demographic they seek.

Comment by Jennifer W on January 24, 2017 at 11:10am
@Daniel W
CNN, MSNBC and most mainstream media actually has more to blame, IMHO over alternative media. In the election, they gave Trump over a billion dollars of free media for ratings and hedge all of their eggs for Hilary, who was intensely corrupt, had no platform and spoke down to voters. They didn't cover WikiLeaks and overall corruption, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and acts like a lot of news did not happen.
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 10:36am

On tRump's declaration of a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion":

"There is no freedom where the people do not believe in it; no law where the people do not follow it..."

Mr. President*, take a good long look at yourself in the mirror with those words in mind!

(Also, "and no peace where the people do not pray for it." Quite an about-face from President Obama who explicitly recognized nonbelievers!)

And yes, I'm adopting the suggestion to adopt sportswriters' notation when some record is tainted by circumstances such as doping. Given the very questionable election, tRump will always be an asterisk president.

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 9:12am

To be honest, I don't even know what Snapchat is.  But what they are doing sounds laudible at first read - fighting clickbait and fake news.

I keep saying we should avoid twitter until they come up with a way to do that.  Twitter is the mouthpiece of you-know-who, with a format that does not allow actual context.  140 characters is enough to inflame, gaslight, or proclaim, but no way to have a meaningful discussion.  Facebook was a major source of fake news that some think influenced the election - I think so - but they say that despite their billions in profits, they can't come up with a way to avoid it.

Maybe, Snapchat Discover, buy directly targeting clickbait and fake news, and stating that they want to keep away from those abusive practices, might give users an alternative to those slimy practices that coarsen discourse and harm democracy.

This is an example of what I keep wanting to promote - positive changes and alternatives that will help rebuild credibility and empower people.  I can't say much more about Snapchat, or whether they are a good company or good product, but that action gives me some hope.  It's nice to have something uplifting in the news to report.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2017 at 7:41am

So Drumpf wants us to be patriotic?  He'd better fasten his fuckin' seat belt!  Try a few of these quotes on for size, Donnie:

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
― Benjamin Franklin

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
― Albert Einstein

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
― Theodore Roosevelt

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
-- Thomas Jefferson (allegedly)

And there's LOTS more where those came from!

 
 
 

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