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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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Putin critic says he's one of the lucky ones: "I'm still here" (CBS News "60 Minutes")

Started by Loren Miller Jun 4. 0 Replies

If anyone should doubt the toxic nature of the Russian government of Vladimir Putin, they need look no further than the case of anti-Putin activist, Vladimir Kara-Murza. On two separate occasions in the past four years, Kara-Murza has been subjected…Continue

Tags: poison, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, 60 Minutes, CBS News

Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 2. 4 Replies

Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world"Child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing…Continue

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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo May 28. 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 May 28. 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

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Comment by Joseph P on May 25, 2017 at 2:49am

Only when you say something silly, Tom.  Plenty of what you say on here is spot on.  This particular argument of yours just wasn't validly constructed.

Think about what you said about the New York Times.  Sure, during the Vietnam War, they were sycophants of the State Department.  They probably had someone in the driver's seat who was a major war hawk, or ... something.  I don't know; I wasn't an adult back then.

That's still a far cry from being an actual appendage of the State Department, as is the case of RT and the Kremlin.  The New York Times could have had a change of leadership and gone entirely another direction.  It's just a wee bit harder for RT to do that, when the Kremlin holds the purse strings and has ultimate directorial control.

I'm taking your perspective on what the New York Times was up to with Vietnam at face value, by the way.  I don't care enough to look it up, and it was just an example, anyway, which serves your purpose well enough, regardless of its accuracy.

Think about Fox News and the Republican party.  I could see an argument that the Republican party was an appendage of Fox News ... or at least that was the case a few years ago.  It was a pretty smart tail, wagging that dog like crazy.  Recently, though, it seems that it wagged a little too hard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2017 at 11:20pm

Steve Keen makes sense to me. He not only demonstrates why neoclassic theory provides an unsound economic principle on which to stand, but he also provides a description of what will work and performs some mathematical analysis to illustrate the problem and the solution. Keen is hard to understand, orally, and impossible to follow mathematically, and his graphs and charts reveal very different patterns. He could be talking a big bunch of blow-hard, but after listening and watching him for a while, I can figure our what he says and what he means.

Professor Steve Keen A Real Media Interview

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2017 at 10:09pm

Tom & Joseph, you come from different points of view. I wonder, do you have thoughts in common? Perhaps, war destroys, bullets create problems, domineering leadership presents an inferior form of leadership. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2017 at 10:03pm

Joseph, thanks for the information about RT. Very interesting  bits of Russian PR history. 

Loren, I agree that all the US and any other nation's news casts contain bias. That is the rub. The hunt ends up finding a writer that makes sense and then see what he/she has to say. 

Do you have particular reporters/writers that you read on a regular basis? 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2017 at 8:49pm

Meanwhile:

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 24, 2017 at 8:39pm

I will paraphrase an old favorite, Loren.

I do objectivity, you do subjectivity, s/he do crap.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Joseph, I just do everything wrong, don't I?

Comment by Loren Miller on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm

I've watched enough RT to recognize that it is no better than Fox News (and possibly worse) as regards anything resembling objectivity or integrity in reportage ... and I will have nothing to do with it.

Comment by Joseph P on May 24, 2017 at 4:10pm

Tom, you're comparing the functioning of random media outlets to top-down influence of a government-funded media outlet in an authoritarian near-dictatorship.  RT was set up with the explicit mission of countering the proposed anti-Russian bias of western media, while funded by the Russian government.  The propagandistic potential is built into it from the start.

The American media was cheer-leading a bit at the start of the two current wars, yes.  Then, they turned on the administration, once it became clear that the pretenses for the Iraq war were fraudulent.  That isn't government-controlled propaganda.

And what does a press secretary saying that the government has a right to lie to its people have to do with anything under discussion?  You're introducing red herrings like crazy, man.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2017 at 4:48am

I just received notice my mailbox is full and messages to me bounce back to the author.   Sorry if I didn't receive your recent mail. I'm working on cleaning out my mailbox.

 
 
 

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