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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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What is the purpose of life?

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 tom sarbeck on September 21, 2016 at 1:13am

In San Francisco several decades ago, new stadium opponents called it "sports socialism".

Too few of us protest.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 21, 2016 at 12:20am

And how many new stadiums and arenas all over the nation were supported with tax dollars, while many public schools struggle?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 20, 2016 at 9:15pm

New Minnesota Vikings stadium construction cost more than NASA's tr...

Capitalist priorities.

The construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium is a more costly project than the space probe NASA sent to Pluto. The Vikings' new home, recently christened U.S. Bank Stadium, cost $1 billion, while the New Horizon satellite project, a 10-year voyage spanning the solar system, cost only $720 million.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2016 at 6:44pm

Grinning Cat, I read that post and by the end of it I intended to look up Brian Bilston and tell him what I think has happened and why and what needs to happen, with a few "My Goodnesses!" thrown in for emphasis.

Then I read, "(now read from bottom to top)" and I realized I did not need to give my lecture, he knows what we need to start thinking and why it is in our best interest to do. Well, he didn't name many specific things we simply have to do, but he wrote enough to know we need fundamental changes

OK, brainstorming now: 

*Speak out when we hear blaming and scapegoating; 

*A person born in a particular country may be a citizen of that country. However, he or she is also a human who may have potential. Is he or she poor because they are not ambitious or because they lack opportunity?

*Why are people running from their birthplaces? Because of war, injustices, little chance, fear/or disgust of corrupt leadership?

*Stop building walls, put an end to wars and violence; 

*Make work projects of repairing the war damages, including the health of the people who would flee, rebuild homes, businesses, and infrastructure of each community.  

*Require workers be paid a living wage, with the intent of a home in every family and "a chicken in every pot"; I know this statement is a fallacy because it promises and does not demonstrate how to pull it off or provide an opportunity to create their food forests.  If we need to repair all those homes, start food plots at every residence, teach people how to grow their vegetables and fruits and proteins it will get people involved in building their futures.   

*Realize that each of us could have been born into a family and place that did not provide they inquiring mind and how to think of alternatives that might work. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 20, 2016 at 6:06pm
Effect of cellphone polling on last presidential election. Big factor and demographic effect.

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/obamas-lead-loo...
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 20, 2016 at 5:51pm

Nice, GC - thanx for posting.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 20, 2016 at 5:32pm

(Maybe this should go in "Pathways for taking in refugees?"... but it's broadly applicable here too.)

Refugees

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)

(Brian Bilston)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2016 at 11:17am
We need to wake up to propaganda.

Hear,Hear!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 28, 2016 at 11:00pm

@Bertold, I like Ruth's suggestion to start a discussion  in Media Issues. We need to wake up to propaganda. Here would be an excellent place to start. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 28, 2016 at 10:19pm

Bertold, that's a scary article! I sure hope that's not all that we are. This really deserves a discussion, perhaps one in Media Issues. You should consider joining that group. You have much to add. These points hit home for me.

...Trump understands how Americans actually think. They think TV. They think ratings. They think entertainment. We are a TV-based culture.

We have been watching reality TV shows. That is what we love. That is what we resonate to. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

We are TV culture. It defines who we are.

Today, political conventions are nothing but carefully directed TV shows. Likewise “debates.” They exist only to entertain a TV audience. TV and  entertainment now dictate everything political. It is a never-ending show. The biggest reality show on air.

And Donald Trump is great TV.

He knows how to entertain.

Hillary Clinton is crap TV.

She may be smarter, better prepared, a better politician. It won’t matter. She is terrible entertainment.

 
 
 

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