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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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Shrinkflation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Have you noticed that products get smaller every year? But often the box looks just as big, often with designed special air spaces.More than 2,500 products subject to shrinkflation,…Continue

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Trump lies while POTUS

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 20. 0 Replies

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We have dire Problems: Don’t be distracted by Trump’s Twitter Cascades

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 10. 1 Reply

We have dire Problems: Don’t be distracted by Trump’s Twitter Cascades"I don’t tweet, but I do have a brief message for our president: Will you please…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on February 20, 2017 at 9:11pm
Loren, Smith is a reporter; the others are entertainers
Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2017 at 9:02pm

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

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 20, 2017 at 8:51pm
Shep Smith's news is the only Fox program I watch.
Comment by Daniel W on February 20, 2017 at 7:49pm

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

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2017 at 6:04pm

[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.

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!

 
 
 

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