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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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wellRED : From Dixie With Love with Trae Crowder

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For a little old 81 year-old Victorian raised lady this guy knocked off my socks!  Take a minute and watch a man take on the Southern Bigots. Thanks to Chris for the site! wellRED…Continue

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Free and open internet in our future?

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From today's email from Demand Progress (minus "send us money!"; ellipses, emphases, notes, footnote expansions, picture additions mine):---…Continue

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Hedge Funds Triumph and You Lose

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Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 20. 3 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 9:49pm

Joseph, clearly, I don't have a clue about this technical age and all the protocols. However, if there is a dispute, as there seems to be in this case, of public VPN or VPN, what are the pros and cons of each side? Or, am I assuming there are sides where none exist? 

Comment by Gary S on March 16, 2017 at 8:34pm

I should have also added this quote from an Economist:

Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist. - Kenneth Boulding

Comment by Gary S on March 16, 2017 at 8:29pm

I have liked this quote from Chris Hedges for a while: "Trump is emblematic of what anthropologists call 'crisis cults.' A society in terminal decline often retreats into magical thinking."

Comment by Joseph P on March 16, 2017 at 6:47pm

Err, I'm not sure what you mean about what to support.  Do you mean something in regards to the VPN stuff?  They're just tools to make use of as you see fit, not something you need to ... support.  Could you try to specify what sort of information you're looking for?  I'm not following you.

As for the article ... strangely, he might soon actually be successful in his businesses, if you change your definition of success a bit.  As the president, he can strong-arm other countries into pumping money into his various properties, making them far more profitable than they would naturally be.

The bribes from Russia will also add up, if they haven't already.  Putin's theft of much of the Russian national economy served as a great vision for Trump, after all.  You heard the way that Trump spoke of Putin, during the election.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 1:47pm

@Joseph & @Loren, do you have recommendations of what needs to happen? What should I support, and not?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 1:42pm

Disciples of a False Prophet

Trump, the con-man, revealed as a liar, and exploiter, as a thief of working people's time and effort, becomes known to more of the faithful followers of his carnival-type shouts. The man does not tell the truth and those who trust him feel the sting of betrayal. 

"The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal-maker. He is not even competent.

"His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions."

Comment by Joseph P on March 14, 2017 at 8:16pm

@Bert

You do that.  :-P

@Loren

They couldn't really do anything about the public VPN's, either.  Sure, most people don't need to use one, but what about people with small businesses?

What about people who run servers out of their homes, as I do?  What about people who keep servers at a NOC and need to be able to remote into them?

You can't regulate things like that, not even the "small-government" Republican party.  It would be comparable to saying that no one but corporations are allowed to buy the professional versions of Windows.

And say that they somehow managed to actually get a bill passed?  Great, I can VPN into a server in Canada or the UK.  No worries.

Sure, some jerkoff, Tea-Party congressman will propose a bill to do so, but then someone who knows how to do more than check e-mail on his iPhone will have a word with the moron.

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.

 
 
 

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