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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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The Satanic Panic - The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 1 Reply

To a degree, I think the following video and talk are mislabeled.  Oh, absolutely, Seth talks at length and in detail about the "Satanic Panic," the crazed obsession some Christians had about elements of popular culture through the 1970s, 80s, and…Continue

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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…Continue

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Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Roy Moore Is Exactly What the Republican Party Is All About"The rise of what used to be known as “the religious right” did not…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 7:37pm

I probably should have said PUBLIC VPNs could be ruled against, Joseph.  Whether the average Joe can do without one or not could see a considerable bit of wrangling.

And parenthetically, I used VPNs in my last two jobs and yeah, they were pretty essential to wall off the corporate network from the outside world, while allowing me in when I was off site.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 7:28pm

Joseph, I'm going to check with Spicey to see if we should take you literally here.

Comment by Joseph P on March 14, 2017 at 6:50pm

Congress can't outlaw VPN's.  They're absolutely vital for doing ANYTHING online with any kind of security.  No corporate employees could work outside of their office without a VPN.  Corporate networks could not function outside of the building level, without VPN's.

I don't think you understand how basic VPN's are, since we don't use them very often, outside of a professional context.  I've done tech support for work-from-home employees, and ... well, they literally can't do anything without first connecting into the corporate network with a VPN.  Literally can't do anything.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 6:43pm

One of the early casualties - net neutrality. (Finally, we'll have "depressed areas" [the blights formerly known as slums] on the Internet.)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 6:28pm

The whole point of a public VPN is to make the user untrackable, Joan.  I suspect that, as a result, a LOT of ad firms will get upset, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were action in the congress to outlaw VPNs.  Problem is, the second they do that, the whole issue if internet freedom will likely hit the fan, and I doubt it will be pretty.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

The Best VPN Services of 2017

Will public VPN do the trick?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 5:17pm

Bertold, if that actually happens, the public VPN business will go through the roof!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 5:12pm

Republicans are about to let telecoms sell your internet browsing history — for your ‘protection’


[Raw Story]

A pair of Republican bills would allow telecommunications companies to sell their customers’ private internet data — but their sponsors claim the legislation would actually protect consumer privacy.

Sen. Jeff Flake (sic) (R-AZ) introduced S.J.Res 34, which would expand the Congressional Review Act to strip away privacy protections established in October by the Federal Communications Commission with broad bipartisan support, reported Privacy News Online.

Flake’s bill, which has gained more than 20 Republican co-sponsors, would allow lawmakers to repeal Obama-era privacy rules by a simple majority vote in the House and Senate and would prevent the FCC from establishing similar regulations in the future.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 6:48pm

>The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

Amen, brother.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 11, 2017 at 5:36pm

Bertold, I read about that genetic testing bill -- if it becomes law, and you refuse to get tested or share the results with your employer, they can charge you thousands of dollars more in health insurance premiums. The Rethuglicans pushing it through know exactly what they're doing. It's all about corporations keeping more of their money, never mind the risk-sharing principle that's the foundation of insurance itself.

This is an instance of "moral hazard" -- how dare someone benefit from services they didn't individually and personally pay for! (Or insure for, but we're not going to help each other through varying levels of risk and varying needs!)

And to bring in religion, many Republicans call themselves Christians, and that entire religion is founded on what is, for believers, the moral hazard to out-hazard all other moral hazards! In its story, people are all worthless sinners and Jesus grants forgiveness and salvation, not from any "payment" or good deeds or prayers or anything, but entirely out of utterly unearned grace and mercy!

The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

 
 
 

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