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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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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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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

Part 2 

Oh! Isn't this just wonderful! Betsy trains up a fine group of leaders from charter and private schools. Their training includes leadership and how to manipulate and exploit others, while public schools struggle to teach the Tree RRRs and have no funds for books, training aids, field trips. This group of under educated young men and women attempt to enter the paid labor force and all they can do is meet the time clock, do what they are told, follow directions, obey, go home, eat a meal and watch TV. 

Seems like a perfect match for training a bunch of military troops to go and fight for Erik and his minions. The uneducated bleed and die for the benefit of those folks who know what they are doing and why. A perfect education and military storm develops. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2017 at 4:35pm

I hate terrorism as much as anyone but is the team of Erik Pince and his sister Betsy Prince DeVos the kind of people we want managing our education and military? 

"Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.”

"Some critics of school choice argue that charters, which are publicly funded but governed by appointed boards and often run by private companies with varying degrees of state oversight, can skim high-performing students from traditional public schools, leaving them with more high-needs kids and less money."

"All told, their foundation contributed $8.6 million to private religious schools—a reflection of the DeVoses’ lifelong dedication to building “God’s kingdom” through education.

"Detroit, in particular, provides a cautionary tale of what happens when the ideology of market-driven “school choice” trumps the focus on student outcomes. The city’s schools—where 83 percent of students are black and 74 percent are poor—have been in steady decline since charter schools started proliferating: Public school test scores in math and reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress have remained the worst among large cities since 2009."

This is a dumbing down of America via loss of funding for public education. Jefferson wanted an educated voting population. What kind of education that results in lowering scores can we raise up with this funding system? 

Betsy DeVos Wants to Use America’s Schools to Build “God’s Kingdom”

"For Erik Prince, a large mercenary force inspired by the British East India Company would be Blackwater 2.0, a phenomenal business opportunity for someone with White House connections. (His sister is Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.) But he’s also got inroads of his own. In January, he held secret meetings in the Seychelles, allegedly to establish a back channel between Trump and Vladimir Putin."

"Their interests are more likely profit than concern for Afghans. The fact that the idea has champions in the West Wing sends a message to the whole galaxy of private military contractors: Business may be booming once again! If America entertains the possibility of outsourcing one of its most intractable foreign policy boondoggles, it may well push the market to spit out huge numbers of these fighters. It is supply and demand, generating tens of thousands of soldiers of fortune>"

The 'Blackwater 2.0' Plan for Afghanistan

see part 2 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 12:21pm

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder

The Nation

  • A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
Comment by tom sarbeck on August 29, 2017 at 12:53pm
Bannon backs Moore?

Bannon is smart and Moore is dumb as a stone, which means Bannon will have the power and Moore will get the blame.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 29, 2017 at 7:39am

Lovely--

Report: Bannon Breaks With Trump, Backs Roy Moore In Alabama Run-off

Talking Points Memo

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 24, 2017 at 5:56pm

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse


The most dangerous people in America.


By John Nichols and Steve Brodner


The Nation

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2017 at 9:43pm

Thank God for the honesty and integrity of Donald Trump, America's moral compass during these difficult times


Trump called the groups opposed to the Nazis the 'alt-left' and it’s about time we had an appropriate name for extremists whose views are so militant that they’re opposed to Nazis

SATIRE, courtesy of Independent

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 18, 2017 at 1:54pm

Somewhat related to the inflatable tRump chicken and rat:

"Ridicule Fascism"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 18, 2017 at 12:47pm

Bannon is out.

NYT

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 14, 2017 at 7:12pm

 
 
 

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