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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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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealthIt's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.""sub-Saharan…Continue

Tags: corporations, tax-havens, repatriate, climate, change

Retaking State Legislation May Be Our Only Hope

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo 20 hours ago. 1 Reply

Andrew O’Hehir makes the point that,... the extreme and ingenious gerrymandering of congressional districts locked in by Republican state legislators after the 2010 census virtually guarantees a GOP House majority until the next census and at least…Continue

Tags: gerrymandering, symbolic thinking

Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago. 38 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 23, 2016 at 4:24pm

It's also a continuation of a highly disturbing pattern associated with Drumpf, yet one which doesn't seem to be upsetting anyone sufficiently to send up a flare about.  The push to "normalize" Drumpf continues, which is enormously disturbing to me.

Comment by Joseph P on December 23, 2016 at 2:29pm

Well, it's not automatically damning, but it's something that your vetting process should turn up.  I would say that you should avoid candidates who cause such major optics problems, but we are talking about Trump here.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 23, 2016 at 10:10am

As though the madness with Drumpf hasn't gotten bad enough:

Trump Aide Partnered With Firm Run by Man With Alleged KGB Ties (Bloomberg.com)

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 20, 2016 at 11:13pm

In "Media Issues" I shared a cartoon on president-elect popular vote loser tRump's (hypothetical) press conference; it's also relevant here.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 18, 2016 at 2:42pm
Voice mail? Never. And "being away" is easy to fake.

I set my cell to send incalls to my landline phone, set its ringer to silent and send incalls to my answering machine, and set it to remain silent until a caller speaks. Peace at last!
Comment by Joseph P on December 18, 2016 at 12:47pm

Oh, and with the voice-mails, I never actually know that I'm going to have to deal with one until I have the outgoing message playing.  I guess I could hang up and call back once I write everything down, but if I'm out and about somewhere, that might not be an option.

Anyway, it's an issue of the past, at this point.  The only calls I've made in the past 2 or 3 years have been ones to places of business, such as doctor's offices, the plumber, or similar places that have secretaries who always pick up during business hours.

I can't think of the last time that I've actually called someone that I know in my personal life.  Texting or e-mail works much better, depending upon the person.  My phone is a pocket computer, not a telephone.  It isn't for talking to someone by voice ... unless maybe I'm calling someone through Skype.

Comment by Joseph P on December 18, 2016 at 12:40pm

No worries.  I got sort of what you meant.

There are people who lock themselves into an echo-chamber and don't realize that they've done so.  So, they get the impression that everyone knows that Hillary Clinton is a treasonous spy who deliberately e-mailed state secrets to the Muslim Brotherhood and helped found ISIS/ISIL.  And there must be something wrong with the 5% of people who don't accept that well-established fact.

The liberal side locks themselves into echo-chambers sometimes, too.  "Safe spaces", for example, can be toxic, if you never come outside of them to discuss issues with the general population.  I've seen people who retreat into them and never come out.  After a while, the stuff that I start hearing from them starts sounding as insane as the stuff that we get from the alt-right, even if I agree with those people on the base goal which they've twisted into absurdity.

Comment by Daniel W on December 18, 2016 at 11:35am

Joseph, I lose it in voice mail too.  Also with telephone people like the encounter described below.  If I can, I write it down first so that I don't babble.

Comment by Daniel W on December 18, 2016 at 11:27am

Joseph, I agree with you 100% that a place is needed for venting and safe discussion among like minded people.  I apologize for my strong wording.

Kathy, I think a ow information voter can perceive that they are being demeaned.  I am guilty of doing that online in places such as this.  They won't be reading here, but they are well aware of what their pundits tell them.

Tom, you make some really good points.  First, that changes of leadership renew organizations, as well as the unreported benefit that they probably renew the people being replaced, who then need to adapt and grow and learn new things.  It's hard, but stagnation is bad too.

Tom, your other point about the Berni Sanders movement is well taken.  I don't disagree with that at all.  I thought Clinton had a better chance in the general election, and maybe I was wrong.  We'll never know.  Is it possible that he too, has been in politics too long, and that fresher leaders are needed? 

I continue to assert that a revolt of yellow dog Democrats is needed, not just the young but the old, and not just the coasts and liberal strongholds, but the rust belt and corn belt and agricultural belt of the Southeast, and blue collar everywhere.  We need balance of powers, not elites who as Tom states abandon their base.  The Democrat party should have a big tent, not just politically correct and blue state.  Where does the rubber hit the road?  Details, the devil is in the details.

Comment by Joseph P on December 18, 2016 at 1:24am

That's like me in a voice-mail, Joan.  I hear the beep, and I just freaking lose it.  By the time I reach about 30 or 45 seconds in, I forget what I said during the first 15 or 20 seconds, and then I just ramble all over the place, trying to cover things that I probably already covered.

 
 
 

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