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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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The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 20. 5 Replies

That's the title of Neil Buchanan's article in Newsweek (complete with irrelevant autoplaying video), reprinted from Justia's Verdict site where it has the title "…Continue

Tags: minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-choice, scams, civil rights

Economics and Community values as to real estate owned by religious groups

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz Mar 20. 6 Replies

I've been wondering off and on for a long time as to two inter-related (as I see it) issues: 1) evolving how people find community interaction when they want it. 2) real estate values of Churches and similar. 1) So, what I mean by the first is…Continue

California Deregulation as Foreshadow

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

How the Energy Boys Fucked Over CaliforniaEven partial deregulation of the electricity market was a nightmare for California.In 2000 and…Continue

Tags: deregulation

More Pieces Of Donald Trump Russia Dossier Check Out (Rachel Maddow)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joseph P on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Originally when I first heard that there may have been a relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians who were hacking the DNC and John Podesta, I wasn't sure whether to take those reports seriously.  With the information supplied here…Continue

Tags: John Podesta, Rachel Maddow, Russians, hacking, Drumpf

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2017 at 10:27am

Joseph, I'm not convinced that Drumpf's rhetoric rises even that high, which is not what I'd call, "encouraging" ... though what about that orangutan IS?

Comment by Joseph P on March 4, 2017 at 9:22am

Well, lift weights more often, man.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 4, 2017 at 1:18am

Joseph - I'm rubber and you're glue . . . 

Comment by Joseph P on March 3, 2017 at 9:04pm

It's sort of sad that the highest level that our president's rhetoric approaches is that of "I know you are, but what am I?" huh Bert?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 7:52pm

Mentioning this sets the bar so low it would take a team of trained archaeologists to find it, but 45* finally had one day this week without a false or misleading public statement, according to the Washington Post's "100 days of Trump claims" project. He's still averaging over four lies a day, sometimes seven or more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2017 at 7:17pm

Grinning Cat, excellent cartoons! As usual!

Bertold, Donald has a way of lying about other when he is the one committing the offensive lie. He just keeps doing it, even when proven that he is projecting onto others his own crimes.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2017 at 6:29pm

In case anyone was thinking it can't get more surreal

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 1:25pm

I rarely watch TV news, and was with a friend when ABC fawned over 45* for his "moderate", "presidential" tone before the joint session of Congress. Not one word about his lies. I was quite annoyed!

Some relevant cartoons:

Donald Trump at his speech before Congress: “I’m terrific at reading the teleprompter... the best there ever was... believe me... Even my hateful, xenophobic, totalitarian rhetoric sounds kinds of presidential!”

Man watching Trump's speech to Congress, intently studying the polygraph (lie detector) his TV is hooked up to

Trump speaking before Congress, with dozens of people on the floor and in the gallery shouting “You lie!” Trump responds, “Who invited fact checkers?!”

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 3, 2017 at 12:45am
The Keppler cartoon describes our times too, Joan.

The corrupt and the anti-corrupt become more skilled at what they do.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2017 at 2:58pm

"The Bosses of the Senate

"This cartoon by Joseph Keppler, who was the, both the editor and main cartoonist for Puck, which became one of, a very popular satirical weeklies in the post-Civil War period, expresses a general public discontent and concern about the growing impact and power of large businesses in the United States in the Gilded Age, particularly as this indicates, by businesses that have become monopolies in one way or another, and their control over the political process. 

"This is the period of time when the Senate is beginning to be conceived of as a millionaire’s club, it’s not quite called that yet, but it’s getting there, and certainly the sort of power and influence of business has become palatable.

"And this is a wonderful snapshot, if you will, of the relationship between the two, with the bloated figures, having squeezed their way through the door saying, 'Entrance for Monopolists,' and surrounding the Senate with the Lilliputian figures of the different senators, all of whom would be recognized by, by viewers because their faces are, you know, are quite realistic, and the influence is quite clear between the monopolists and their impact on the legislators who are either going to be manipulated by or intimidated by these figures. 

"The quote from the Gettysburg Address referred to the democracy, 'the government by the people and for the people' as opposed to, in this case, the corruption of it, which is, 'by the monopolists and for the monopolists.'"

~ Josh Brown, American Social History Project, City University of New York

"No limits on political campaign contributions and the direct appointment of Senators by State Legislatures, which was ended by the 17th amendment, created a climate of political corruption during the 'Gilded Age.'   

"Large corporate combines called 'Trusts' created monopolies using predatory pricing, anti-competitive mergers, and exclusive dealings and business arrangements.  They used the power of their enormous profits to buy key State legislatures and thereby control the Senators appointed by them.

"The progessives were able to promote both the 17th Amendment in 1913 and the Clayton Anti-Trust Act in 1914, which made great strides to break up the power of the 'Trusts' and put more political power back in the hands of ordinary voters."
 
 
 

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