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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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'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (Juliette Kayyem - CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 2. 5 Replies

It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed…Continue

Tags: Juliette Kayyem, CNN, tragedy, Puerto Rico, Donald Trump

Trump, America's First White President

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 30. 1 Reply

[reposting from the group "Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture", which will be was cleared and closed October 1.]Trump, America's first white presidentSo writes…Continue

Tags: race, racism, systemic racism, endemic racism, class

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Comment by tom sarbeck on January 6, 2017 at 9:47pm
Bert, some folks here will join you in resenting the WSJ for not saying Trump is lying. You and they want the media to stir feeling, not thinking.

The WSJ's readers want to think.

Need I explain that rather simple idea?
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 10:13am

I just learned about factba.se - a searchable "Donald Trump Complete" database that aims to be a comprehensive repository of his speeches, tweets, policies, etc., including transcribed video and deleted tweets, with links to the sources. Canty Media writes on the site, "We are testing this concept right now with the President-elect, though we plan to expand to cover other world leaders and people of note."

They're offering it through a freemium model, free for the basic service, with paid access to extra features for journalists. (They also offer "enterprise" arrangements for companies wanting their own video collections, etc. transcribed and indexed - no idea whether there are any takers.)

(screenshot from http://factba.se/ - background is a picture of Donald Trump in unearthly pale blues, almost grayscale) Donald Trump. Speeches. Tweets. Policy. Unedited. Unfiltered. Instantly. ('Mission' toggle with arrow) HOURS OF VIDEO 254.3 (search box with example 'ethics')

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 10:04am

(click to embiggen -- as if tRump's head isn't big enough already!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 10:03am

Joseph, I heard about the NC election board machinations. It just so happens that major elections all happen in even-numbered years. Coincidence? I don't think so!

Bertold, one aspect of the problem is the uncritical "Trump says" headlines, giving him a platform without meaningful fact-checking. If he's lying, questionable, or just plain wrong, the headline should reflect that, rather than only a rebuttal buried in the text.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2017 at 8:09am

Words of wisdom from one of my favorite columnists, Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Media must take a moral stand

[Whole article - Miami Herald]

Yes, news media must strive to be fair, to hold all sides to rigorous account, to offer a balanced view. But occasionally, there comes a point -- subjective, but no less real for that -- when pretending to moral equivalence between those sides is a lie, an act of journalistic malpractice.

In these perilous times, with authoritarianism coming to the White House and bizarre untruths infesting our national discourse, that is a sin we can ill afford. No one ever had to remind Cronkite or Murrow of the need to speak the truth when the truth was plain and the moral imperative clear. No one should have to remind this generation of journalists either.

Comment by Joseph P on January 6, 2017 at 12:06am

@Bertold

Apparently much more sleazy than what the Republicans attempted in North Carolina, trying to pack the state Supreme Court with Republican appointees, after losing an election for chief justice, and stripping the powers of the governor.

... and trying to set up a blatantly partisan policy for the board of elections, giving Democrats control of it on odd years and Republicans control of it on even years.  Yeah, that sounds totally fair, doesn't it?

Comment by Loren Miller on January 5, 2017 at 7:35pm

A little something for your entertainment, courtesy of Bill Maher:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2017 at 8:52am

@Joseph - No kidding! How sleazy does something have to be for Drumph to discourage it???

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2017 at 7:50am

Joan - "weapons of mass distraction" - great expression I've never heard before.

Comment by Joseph P on January 4, 2017 at 9:22pm

Hell, you've heard about their attempt to dismantle the Office of Congressional Ethics, right?  Nothing shady about that, huh?

 
 
 

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