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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 Thomas Murray on November 3, 2017 at 5:52pm

Rick Perry throws another wammie ....

"Perry links fossil fuel development to preventing sexual assault"

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/358386-rick-perry-fossil...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on November 3, 2017 at 2:37pm
Right, corporations have taken over and, as Michael Moore(?) and others have said, corporations are legal sociopaths.

Check that line in the Declaration of Independence about our not changing the forms to which we are accustomed.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 3, 2017 at 2:19pm

We Worked on Tax Reform Under Reagan. The Republican Plan Is a Corp...

This article helped me understand, in part, why corporations have taken over.

...executive compensation has shifted dramatically since 1986. Company stock and stock options soared from 24% of compensation in the 1980s to 60% in the 2000s. As a result, executives today are more fixated on their corporation’s stock price and their capital gains rate.
Comment by tom sarbeck on November 2, 2017 at 1:04pm
To mystify and maybe piss off Democrats, suggest that business INCOME not be taxed.

(Note, I said INCOME.)

The reason? The amount companies pay in taxes becomes a part of the prices their customers pay. So, like the value-added taxes (VAT) levied in Europe, taxes on business income are a HIDDEN TAX.

‘Hidden’ means ‘We don’t know we are paying them.’
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 1, 2017 at 5:26pm

Perfect quote, Joan!

"The answers go to the remarkable success of anti-tax ideologues at marketing what they want you to believe, using the same techniques that sell breast-enlargement creams and male-enhancement pills. The trick is to appeal to what you wish were true and to avoid thinking clearly and logically."

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 1, 2017 at 3:15pm

Joan,

I understand the idea behind these tax cuts for big businesses, but with more billionaires than before, tax cut for the big businesses it is not common sense.

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 1, 2017 at 3:07pm

GC,

That is funny.

Seriously though, Trump is insane enough to accuse Hilary of losing the election purposely.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2017 at 1:42pm

tRump's new accusation: “Crooked Hillary lost on purpose because she wanted me to be impeached.”

(Satire from the Borowitz Report: Trump Accuses Clinton of Deliberately Losing Election So He Could B...)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 6:32pm

"With this in mind and with equities expensive, the seasoned value investor holds onto piles of cash to prepare for potential buying opportunities. Berkshire Hathaway now has $99.7 billion in undeployed cash, the most in the company’s history.

Bill Ackman

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman took a position in “out of the money” call options on the VIX.

“This will protect against stock market risk.”

– Bill Ackman, Aug 2017

David Einhorn

The billionaire founder of Greenlight Capital says he is keeping gold as a top position.

“The (Trump) administration comes with a high degree of uncertainty.”

– David Einhorn, Feb 2017

Howard Marks

Lastly, the famous value investor Howard Marks warned his clients to move into lower-risk investments to protect against future losses.

“The uncertainties are unusual in terms of number, scale and insolubility in areas including: 

* secular economic growth; 

* the impact of central banks; 

* interest rates and inflation; 

* political dysfunction; 

* geopolitical trouble spots; and the 

* long-term impact of technology.”

– Howard Marks, July 2017"

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 6:30pm

"ELITE INVESTORS TAKING ACTION

With these risks perceived to be on the table, some of the world’s most elite investors like Ray Dalio and Warren Buffett are taking action. Here’s what they are up to:

Ray Dalio 

The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, had this to say:

“When it comes to assessing political matters we are very humble.”

- Ray Dalio, Aug 2017

Dalio’s advice: to stay liquid, stay diversified, and not be overly exposed to any particular economic outcomes. He also recommends a 5%-10% position in gold.

Warren Buffett

The Oracle of Omaha has a similar but very different perspective.

“No one can tell you when these traumas will occur – not me, not Charlie, not economists, not the media.”

– Warren Buffett, Feb 2017

 
 
 

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