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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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A Secular State of the Union Address (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 3 Replies

Seth Andrews refers to himself as a storyteller, as someone who can elucidate and illuminate the situations and problems experienced by himself and others, mostly but not exclusively related to religion.  Since 2009 he has made that first an…Continue

Tags: State of the Union, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

Widening Inequality Combined with Modest Growth

Started by Joan Denoo on Monday. 0 Replies

"The author, Benjamin M. Friedman, argues that inequality, combined with only modest growth, can have grave moral consequences. History suggests that, in the past, a rising standard of living has promoted tolerance for others, commitment to economic…Continue

Tags: stagnation, democracy, autocracy, opportunity, intolerance

Are Republicans quashing protest in order to establish a police state?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by k.h. ky 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

A dangerous and disturbing trend:Republican lawmakers at the state level—often with the backing of police unions ... in at least 11 states ... have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend…Continue

Tags: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, police state, Republican Party, GOP

Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism

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Comment by Grinning Cat on May 12, 2016 at 9:30am

Agreed on superdelegates as crap!

Why not have a short campaign season (with publicly funded airtime for all candidates who reach a reasonable threshold of signatures), then a single election with range voting -- voters give separate scores to each candidate, highest average wins. No primaries, no spoilers.

(Each candidate can get a predetermined number of artificial "0" votes, to prevent the "unknown lunatic wins" scenario where a candidate wins with a tiny, rabid following while most voters have "no opinion".)

Comment by Joseph P on May 11, 2016 at 8:08pm

It feels like stealing it, though, and that's coming from someone who voted for Bernie and wishes he would have won.  The whole superdelegate thing is kind of crap, and if they turned a primary completely the other way, there would be a riot ... sort of like what we had in 1968.

If we're talking about a difference of 1 or 2 points, then that isn't as bad.  Bernie is down 9 points, though, and I don't think he's going to get closer.  Hillary is polling ahead about 10 points in California and 18 points in New Jersey.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2016 at 4:57pm

Joseph, I don't think flipping superdelegates counts as stealing the nomination, because the function of supedelegates is to steal the nomination from registered Democrats. That's like charging the guy retrieving a stolen purse from the hands of a purse-snatcher, to return it to the owner, as a thief.

To change the topic, a quote:

... under the Obama administration’s corporate-friendly “all of the above” energy policy, the United States became the largest oil producer on the planet and massively expanded fracking ... Sorry, you can’t claim to take climate science seriously and at the same time vastly expand your national production of oil and gas. That’s not a credible climate plan. It’s a form of climate denial. [emphasis mine]

Other Universities Are Divesting From Fossil Fuels—but Harvard Is D...

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He's been a disappointment to me.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 11, 2016 at 11:47am

How many Republicans does it take to change a lightbulb? None. They would waste millions on “investigations” to blame Obama for the burnt out bulb, block any attempts to install a new one, and insist that we replace it with a candle. (Occupy Democrats)(image source; serial comma added)

One Facebook commenter wrote, "You're making the assumption that they know what a light-bulb is!"

Comment by Joseph P on May 11, 2016 at 10:46am

Bernie in the primary; Hillary in the general.  That's been my stance since June or July of last year.

He came a hell of a lot closer than I thought he would, but it's more or less over, at this point.  I can't see him flipping 90% of the superdelegates to his side, and I don't think he should anyway.  It would look like stealing the nomination, when they're this far apart in pledged delegates.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 9, 2016 at 4:18am

Yes, Jennifer; many Bernie supporters.

Comment by Jennifer W on May 9, 2016 at 4:11am
Any Bernie supporters here?
Comment by Loren Miller on May 6, 2016 at 2:47pm

I'll be there, too, Joan, less to pick brains than just to participate.  And as to someone I'd like to just chat with, Seth Andrews is the first person to come to mind.

As for Trump, he may be the apotheosis of the Republican's obsession with sizzle vs. steak.  He is all bloviation and bluster, the product of reality TV crossed with way too much money and influence ... and he needs to be voted down so hard he BOUNCES.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 6, 2016 at 2:32pm

Rachel Ford has a way with words.

… Donald Trump’s ascendency… should … be a wake up call to the Republican Party that that old fallback of prioritizing the demands of religious fanatics to win elections has an expiration date after all. … Trump’s success doesn’t mean that the Religious Right is defanged — just that, at least on a temporary basis, Republican voters were swayed by more pressing concerns than what was happening in other people’s pants.

Donald Trump Has Won the Republican Game of Thrones

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 5, 2016 at 11:07pm

Great Catch-22/Trump-context quote, Loren! <sigh>

 
 
 

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