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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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 11 hours ago. 14 Replies

Warner Brothers and Universal have both been dusting off an inventory of classic monsters — King Kong, Godzilla, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, etc. — which prompted New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott to speculate whether this was a…Continue

Tags: Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Kimmel, monsters

Skepticism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius May 14. 7 Replies

We, you and I, claim to live in a democracy, a place where the rule of law stands higher than the rule of man. We believe such fallacies because that is what we learned in school, from the first time we stood tall and proud and repeated the "pledge…Continue

Tags: propaganda, tRump, manipulation, fraud, mendacity

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by tom sarbeck 35 minutes ago
@Joseph: "...I wasn't an adult back then. [when the NYT were sycophants of the State Department]"

It may be true that you weren't an adult then, Joseph. Many people weren't. I was and in 1951 was a veteran of military combat (the Korean War). Yeah, I'm playing the older is smarter card.
Comment by Joseph P 6 hours ago

I'm sure that Tom and I agree on 80% or 90% of things, Joan.  The points of disagreement are the ones that are the most important and the most interesting to discuss.

Comment by Joseph P 6 hours ago

Only when you say something silly, Tom.  Plenty of what you say on here is spot on.  This particular argument of yours just wasn't validly constructed.

Think about what you said about the New York Times.  Sure, during the Vietnam War, they were sycophants of the State Department.  They probably had someone in the driver's seat who was a major war hawk, or ... something.  I don't know; I wasn't an adult back then.

That's still a far cry from being an actual appendage of the State Department, as is the case of RT and the Kremlin.  The New York Times could have had a change of leadership and gone entirely another direction.  It's just a wee bit harder for RT to do that, when the Kremlin holds the purse strings and has ultimate directorial control.

I'm taking your perspective on what the New York Times was up to with Vietnam at face value, by the way.  I don't care enough to look it up, and it was just an example, anyway, which serves your purpose well enough, regardless of its accuracy.

Think about Fox News and the Republican party.  I could see an argument that the Republican party was an appendage of Fox News ... or at least that was the case a few years ago.  It was a pretty smart tail, wagging that dog like crazy.  Recently, though, it seems that it wagged a little too hard.

Comment by Joan Denoo 10 hours ago

Steve Keen makes sense to me. He not only demonstrates why neoclassic theory provides an unsound economic principle on which to stand, but he also provides a description of what will work and performs some mathematical analysis to illustrate the problem and the solution. Keen is hard to understand, orally, and impossible to follow mathematically, and his graphs and charts reveal very different patterns. He could be talking a big bunch of blow-hard, but after listening and watching him for a while, I can figure our what he says and what he means.

Professor Steve Keen A Real Media Interview

Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

Tom & Joseph, you come from different points of view. I wonder, do you have thoughts in common? Perhaps, war destroys, bullets create problems, domineering leadership presents an inferior form of leadership. 

Comment by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago

Joseph, thanks for the information about RT. Very interesting  bits of Russian PR history. 

Loren, I agree that all the US and any other nation's news casts contain bias. That is the rub. The hunt ends up finding a writer that makes sense and then see what he/she has to say. 

Do you have particular reporters/writers that you read on a regular basis? 

Comment by Loren Miller 12 hours ago

Meanwhile:

Comment by tom sarbeck 13 hours ago

I will paraphrase an old favorite, Loren.

I do objectivity, you do subjectivity, s/he do crap.

Comment by tom sarbeck 13 hours ago

Joseph, I just do everything wrong, don't I?

Comment by Loren Miller 17 hours ago

I've watched enough RT to recognize that it is no better than Fox News (and possibly worse) as regards anything resembling objectivity or integrity in reportage ... and I will have nothing to do with it.

 
 
 

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