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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P Dec 2. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo Dec 1. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Joseph P on November 11, 2016 at 10:22pm

I'm signing up as an escort for one of my local Planned Parenthood offices, myself.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2016 at 1:45pm

Taibbi is correct, again, and offers the reasons we have to stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, superstitions, and myths wherever we witness them. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2016 at 12:23pm

Matt Taibbi of RS wrote a thoughtful post-mortem on the election.

[Entire article here]

President Trump: How America Got It So Wrong
Journalists and politicians blew off the warning signs of a Trump presidency – now, we all must pay the price

Highlights (my emphases):

. . . There's no way to overstate the horror of what just went down. Sure, we've had some unstable characters enter the White House. JFK had health problems that led him to take amphetamine shots during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reagan's attention span was so short, the CIA had to make mini-movies to brief him on foreign leaders. George W. Bush not only didn't read the news, he wasn't interested in it ("What's in the newspapers worth worrying about?" he once asked, without irony).
But all of these men were just fronts for one or the other half of the familiar alternating power structure, surrounded by predictable, relatively sober confederates who managed the day-to-day. Trump enters the White House as a lone wrecking ball of conspiratorial ideas, a one-man movement unto himself who owes almost nothing to traditional Republicans and can be expected to be anything but a figurehead. He takes office at a time when the chief executive is vastly more powerful than ever before, with nearly unlimited authority to investigate, surveil, torture and assassinate foreigners and even U.S. citizens – powers that didn't seem to trouble people much when they were granted to Barack Obama.
. . . Trump's rebellion was born at the intersection of two toxic American myths, the post-racial society and the classless society.
. . . Republicans had flirted with racist (and sexist) rhetoric for decades, refusing to the last to understand how dangerous this behavior was. They never imagined their voters would one day demand that they act on all this race-baiting talk. They believed their own pablum about racism being a thing of the past and reverse discrimination being the true threat to the American polity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2016 at 9:13pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 5:24pm

According to RS author Joshua Holland,

This Election Is Being Rigged – But Not by Hillary Clinton

. . . Meanwhile, a small town in Macedonia called Veles has become a "global hub for pro-Trump misinformation," according to BuzzFeed. The village of 45,000 people hosts 100 websites that spew Facebook-shareable nonsense about the election – and Hillary Clinton's many "crimes."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 30, 2016 at 11:38pm

Neil Carter reviews Citizen United's pre-election propaganda film Torchcbearer, starring Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.

This weekend, the Political Action Committee (PAC) Citizens United (yes, that same Citizens United) releases in theaters a new film entitled Torchbearer, a movie aimed at stirring their conservative base into a frightened frenzy, mobilizing them to get out the vote, hoping to use the November election to put conservatives back into the White House before America finally collapses under the oppressive weight of its own utter godlessness.


Torchbearer stars Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and was produced, written, and directed by Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News and CEO of Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign (need I say anything else?).

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 3:19pm

Whenever I see bad English translations, I mostly feel grateful for them, since my own Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Hindi, Finnish, etc., etc. are all nonexistent.

I still appreciate good puns and coincidences!

(Yes, this is veering off into Linguaphiles and Sesquipedalians territory, but I promise it'll get relevant to the group again in a paragraph or so.)

In the video below, one observer of linguistics points out that "most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order, and maybe a different way of writing." He goes on to describe a few "fantastic features" that aren't in English. One is time-independence in Chinese, where past/present/future tense isn't "baked into every single sentence."

Another language feature: imagine if all of our political and economic speeches -- and religious teachings and sermons! -- had to be given in a language with evidentiality, where the basic grammar in every sentence requires you to indicate how you know something, whether you personally witnessed it or not. (Some languages have five or more categories of evidentiality, including whether you've inferred something from indirect evidence, or whether you're reporting what someone else said.)

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 25, 2016 at 12:52pm

GC, I've seen a lot of signs like that in China.  Very funny.  Of course, all of the signs in the US with translations for Chinese Tourists are plentiful and written in perfect Mandarin.  Oh wait...  :-)

BB, not really, but I do appreciate carrying on the tradition of cast iron cookware.  Those skillets make for the best scrambles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 11:38am

On another note: this bit of "Engrish" -- or the English part of it, anyway -- should be posted inside every voting booth!

(Chinese text above English) DO NOT DUMB HERE. NOT DUMB AREA HERE.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2016 at 11:02am

Daniel, do you have the hots for Doris the Dominatrix?

 
 
 

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