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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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Maajid Nawaz Interview (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 2 Replies

There may be no one who has a fuller understanding of the culture and dynamics of Muslim world in both its moderate and radical aspects than Maajid Nawaz. The problem has been that, because he has the unmitigated nerve to use clear observation and…Continue

Tags: Southern Poverty Law Center, Muslims, Islam, Bill Maher, Maajid Nawaz

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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2016 at 12:37am

Joseph, to whom do you refer when you write, "It's particularly a problem coming from someone with as much money as he has"?

Are you saying that Gillette has lost touch with the "middle class and poor"?

I think I understand what you mean when you talk about civil liberties although I am not as kind and generous about a bright girl choosing to flip burgers and have babies. I know what kind of hole that is and how hard it is to get out of it.

How is that a bizarre example of poor people? To me, that is a perfect example of how people make choices that lead to no future and a lot of avoidable grief.  Since when is it a responsible thing for a young man or woman to avoid developing a trade or profession that will support him or her and any children he or she may create?

I am not so generous about giving support for individuals who choose a poverty lifestyle when they have the capacity to carry their load. I don't want to work to enable someone else to choose poverty.

While I want people to be self-sufficient, I know there are some who do not have the ability to provide for themselves and their children. I want to help in ways that do not enable them not to work. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2016 at 12:11am

Tom, I wouldn't put Gillette and Rand on the same planet, let alone the same political philosophy. When I read your comment, I kind of flinched.

Yes, I suppose they do share a philosophy. To me, Gillette has more "heart".  

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2016 at 12:06am

Spud,  a great video! I like the way Penn sorts out the issues, looks at each candidate, and I especially like his emphasis on a discussion about what we want our country to do.  

I also like the way he formulated his ideas on Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Johnson, Libertarianism, and government; I like the way he framed issues of taxes, welfare, sex, and weed. 

Thanks for sharing the excellent video.

Comment by Daniel W on August 24, 2016 at 10:12pm

The Penn Jillette video makes no sense to me.  It's so vague and filled with artificial scenarios.  I can't listen to a monologue that long, quit at 9 minutes.

Comment by Joseph P on August 24, 2016 at 8:47pm

It's particularly a problem coming from someone with as much money as he has.  I think that people like him have completely lost touch with the middle class and the poor.  I'm with them on the civil-liberties side of things, but on governmental social programs and societal well-being, they just don't get it.

His example of the girl who chooses pregnancy and McDonald's over going to Stamford is particularly galling.  Those are exactly the sorts of bizarre examples that they use to represent everyone who is poor.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 24, 2016 at 7:41pm

Is Penn Jillette's Libertarianism less sociopathic than Ayn Rand's?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 3:44pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 24, 2016 at 3:14am

Yet another cartoon nightmare scenario about the Orange One as president, considering two "presidential" (not!) options...

President Donald Trump, eyeing the two red buttons on his Oval Office desk, a shocked general looking on. The buttons are labeled 'TWEET' and 'NUKE'.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 17, 2016 at 11:11am

          >The entire Republican party is a good scapegoat.

Finally, a good use for them, as opposed to their usual sop of making everyone else a scapegoat.

Comment by Joseph P on August 17, 2016 at 9:40am

It sure as hell feels like that's a definite possibility, doesn't it?  He can blame it on all sorts of people afterward, too.  The entire Republican party is a good scapegoat.

 
 
 

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