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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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Hedge Funds Triumph and You Lose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 24. 2 Replies

image sourceThousands of  profitable…Continue

Tags: Wall Street, deregulation, ., hedge funds, bankruptcy

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

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 19. 0 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

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 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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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

Trump will continue his losing streak if he keeps Bannon at his side, WSJ says in blistering editorial

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 8:57am

On Godwin's Law, I've tread there by looking into Nazi propagandist practices and comparing to those of our Executive Branch elite and their actions.  The parallels are just too clear - especially in comparing Spicer and Conway to Goebbels.  It's almost like they are inspired by Goebbels' words.  Orwell's works could also be considered as a guidebook,  Which is weird, since those are precautionary tales.

GC that's a great letter!

Comment by Loren Miller on February 26, 2017 at 8:24am

Grinning Cat, all I got to say is:

Just.
Plain.
BRILLIANT.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 26, 2017 at 7:08am

From today's NYT:

To the Editor:

I am writing in support of a woman I know about. She is an immigrant, and she is from a country in which there has been much terrorism recently. I am worried that she may be sent back. Perhaps she is “undocumented.” I don’t know what that term means.

She has no documents saying she belongs here, and she has no relatives living in the United States. She is dressed strangely, wearing only a robe. She lives in New York City, where there have been raids looking for undocumented immigrants. She probably has no criminal record.

But if the authorities want to charge her with something, they probably can. She constantly stands in one location, so she could possibly be charged with vagrancy. Her only possessions seem to be a torch and a tablet. Her name is Liberty. I fear for the future of Liberty.

KEITH EDMONSON

Mount Prospect, Ill.

(h/t Stewart Dean)

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:32am

GC, that take on #45 may apply well to #46 too, Acting Pres. Mike Pence.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:11am

Politics everywhere selects for narcissism.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:06am

"...US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess."

I will say it in words familiar to bio-sciences folk.

American capitalism selects for anti-social personality disorder--sociopathy and/or psychopathy.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:47pm

Or it's like the pigeon-chess joke, Gary.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.

Corollaries and usage

There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself) than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law.

Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. Similar criticisms of the "law" (or "at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes") have been made by American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.  It's fascism.  The latter is generally paired with the former, but the former not necessarily with the latter.

Comment by Gary S on February 24, 2017 at 8:33pm

I also like those things GC. Like many of the other things I have read, the US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess.

 
 
 

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