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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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What is the purpose of life?

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

Tags: of, Stuff, Story, the, crunchnestle

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

Tags: gerrymandering, symbolic thinking

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 23, 2017 at 12:33am

>Who lies more, American TV or Russian TV?

They didn't cover that in social studies class.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 23, 2017 at 12:15am
If those are Russia's active measures, what do we call the measures America has been using since the Monroe Doctrine? First the native Americans, then the South and Central Americans, then Russian communists, now the world. Oh, and always the American working class.

A few weeks ago Rachel seemed surprised that RT exists. Who lies more, American TV or Russian TV?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 22, 2017 at 11:28pm

Today’s Russia hearings actually revealed something new and important

[WAPO]

According to Watts (who was backed up by other witnesses who testified), the Russians have been using “active measures,” which are built on propaganda tactics that date back to Soviet times, to spread disinformation, fear, confusion, and chaos in multiple democratic countries, including the United States.

These efforts include the use of visible Kremlin propaganda outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, to publish false news stories and conspiracy theories. Russian actors then deploy social media bots to spread these false stories far and wide. In the U.S., Watts said, the goal has been to provoke the Trump into repeating them or retweeting them to his millions of followers.

>the goal has been to provoke the Trump into repeating them or retweeting them to his millions of followers.

Well, we know THAT would never work.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 22, 2017 at 11:14pm
Since Jill Stein's previous run, I saw no evidence of her building a Green Party. Without Green majorities in Congress, her presidency would fail. Less politely, women are about equally capable of egotism.

German Greens built a party and succeeded. American Green have not built a party.
Comment by Joseph P on May 22, 2017 at 10:59pm

And sadly, the tertiary and quaternary parties are a mess of issues, themselves.  People kept pointing me to Jill Stein as an alternative.  Even if voting for the Green party right now wasn't effectively throwing away your vote, I wouldn't really want her as president.

I mean, she'd be a hell of a lot better as president than Trump is, but then so would a slime mold.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 22, 2017 at 10:58pm
Joan, a metaphor follows; don't read it literally.

Decades ago I decided that if both Dems and Repubs are shooting at me, I may be in the right place.

Alternatively, the leaders of both major parties are predators. They cooperate to weaken or destroy competing third parties.

More simply, Demo policies are dumb; Repub policies are cruel.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2017 at 1:24pm

Tom, my interpretation of G.C. comment is to keep on doing what you are doing, it works.

~ Grinning Cat

"keep having powerful, moving stories that resonate with other voters"

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 22, 2017 at 1:18pm
GC, what are you wanting me to know?

Are 'enlightened positions' and 'for their own interests' equivalent?
Comment by Grinning Cat on May 22, 2017 at 10:40am

Tom and Joseph, we need to keep having powerful, moving stories that resonate with other voters, so they'll vote for enlightened positions rather than against their own interests (as in "buyer's remorse" over 45*).

Apropos especially to 45* and the Republican Party:

Partially drawn U.S. flag saying 'Anything for money' and 'This space for rent'

Comment by Joseph P on May 19, 2017 at 5:08pm

@Tom

Hell, why go back 20 - 24 years?  The actions of the school board that led to the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial happened 12½ years ago.

Thankfully, in that case as well, every single school board member who voted to insert the ID bullshit into the schools was voted out in the election that happened a month and a half before the conclusion of the trial, in 2005.  I almost would have liked to see the decision appealed up higher within the court system, but with the school board then in the hands of honest people, it was basically dead.

 
 
 

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