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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 phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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

Economics and Community values as to real estate owned by religious groups

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz on Tuesday. 6 Replies

I've been wondering off and on for a long time as to two inter-related (as I see it) issues: 1) evolving how people find community interaction when they want it. 2) real estate values of Churches and similar. 1) So, what I mean by the first is…Continue

California Deregulation as Foreshadow

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

How the Energy Boys Fucked Over CaliforniaEven partial deregulation of the electricity market was a nightmare for California.In 2000 and…Continue

Tags: deregulation

More Pieces Of Donald Trump Russia Dossier Check Out (Rachel Maddow)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joseph P on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Originally when I first heard that there may have been a relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians who were hacking the DNC and John Podesta, I wasn't sure whether to take those reports seriously.  With the information supplied here…Continue

Tags: John Podesta, Rachel Maddow, Russians, hacking, Drumpf

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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!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 2:39pm

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 11, 2017 at 2:49am
Bert, the people who WRITE BILLS such as HR 1313 understand and believe in science.
The people who SAY they don't believe in science will vote them into law.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2017 at 6:47pm

This looks more than a bit scary. 

11/ A bill moving through Congress would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results. The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

STAT

Nice how people who don't believe in science are making laws about things of which they have no understanding.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 7:00pm

[Daily Beast]

The Madness of President Donald

In the White House, the Bannon-Miller Axis of Weasels is ready to merrily watch the world burn for the sake of pleasing their master’s mercurial moods and their own dark nationalist fantasies. For them, these outbursts aren’t bugs, but core features. They want the Trumpbartian war over all else, and, contrary to what official Washington tries to believe, they want him ragey and dangerous, which is why they’re feeding his paranoid talk (perhaps made vivid for him by his own eavesdropping instincts) about President Obama “tapping” him in Trump Tower.

. . . For the intelligence community, it was one more chapter in the war Trump and Bannon have waged on them since the first days of the Administration. Bannon’s desire to purge the intelligence community and reshape it into a Muslim-and-Mexican Hunting Agency has already pushed career professionals in the IC to their breaking points. One said to me this weekend, “Trump has a pair of twos, at best. The IC has a royal flush.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 8, 2017 at 5:55pm

Great alternate timeline, Loren!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 8, 2017 at 4:50pm

As a button I have says, "Music is my drug of choice."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 11:24am

Craft beers, pinots noirs and pot keep me off the Xanax train.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 8, 2017 at 10:24am

HIGH-Larious, Daniel!  She can lean on her Xanax; I'll stick with Glenlivet ... and Aberlour ... throw in some MacAllan and Glenmorangie ... oh, and Kahlua and vodka for Black Russians as a change of pace...

Comment by Daniel W on March 8, 2017 at 9:53am
 
 
 

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