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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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New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? (Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 11. 4 Replies

Lead bullets?  Asbestos?!?  Rolling back mileage requirements that the automobile industry had already agreed to???  Such moves aren't just stupid or pandering to the corporate state, they are, to put it succinctly, DICK MOVES, put into motion by…Continue

Tags: move, dick, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

Your private internet history up for sale, thanks to Republicans

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 30. 21 Replies

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will be considering passed S.J.Res. 34, a bill to repeal the FCC's protections for internet privacy, as early…Continue

Tags: regulatory capture, corporate capture

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 1:47pm

@Joseph & @Loren, do you have recommendations of what needs to happen? What should I support, and not?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2017 at 1:42pm

Disciples of a False Prophet

Trump, the con-man, revealed as a liar, and exploiter, as a thief of working people's time and effort, becomes known to more of the faithful followers of his carnival-type shouts. The man does not tell the truth and those who trust him feel the sting of betrayal. 

"The con Donald Trump committed on his voters is slowly coming undone. He is not honest. He is not a brilliant deal-maker. He is not even competent.

"His entire life, Trump has sold shimmer and called it silver. It was and is all an illusion, a brand built on selling banality with braggadocio. He shaped vapors into dreams and delivered them to those hungry for a taste of the showy, hollow form of the high life he came to represent. He was successful at exploiting those with an ostentatious appetite for the air of success. Trump’s life story is a pyramid scheme of ambitions."

Comment by Joseph P on March 14, 2017 at 8:16pm

@Bert

You do that.  :-P

@Loren

They couldn't really do anything about the public VPN's, either.  Sure, most people don't need to use one, but what about people with small businesses?

What about people who run servers out of their homes, as I do?  What about people who keep servers at a NOC and need to be able to remote into them?

You can't regulate things like that, not even the "small-government" Republican party.  It would be comparable to saying that no one but corporations are allowed to buy the professional versions of Windows.

And say that they somehow managed to actually get a bill passed?  Great, I can VPN into a server in Canada or the UK.  No worries.

Sure, some jerkoff, Tea-Party congressman will propose a bill to do so, but then someone who knows how to do more than check e-mail on his iPhone will have a word with the moron.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 7:37pm

I probably should have said PUBLIC VPNs could be ruled against, Joseph.  Whether the average Joe can do without one or not could see a considerable bit of wrangling.

And parenthetically, I used VPNs in my last two jobs and yeah, they were pretty essential to wall off the corporate network from the outside world, while allowing me in when I was off site.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 7:28pm

Joseph, I'm going to check with Spicey to see if we should take you literally here.

Comment by Joseph P on March 14, 2017 at 6:50pm

Congress can't outlaw VPN's.  They're absolutely vital for doing ANYTHING online with any kind of security.  No corporate employees could work outside of their office without a VPN.  Corporate networks could not function outside of the building level, without VPN's.

I don't think you understand how basic VPN's are, since we don't use them very often, outside of a professional context.  I've done tech support for work-from-home employees, and ... well, they literally can't do anything without first connecting into the corporate network with a VPN.  Literally can't do anything.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 6:43pm

One of the early casualties - net neutrality. (Finally, we'll have "depressed areas" [the blights formerly known as slums] on the Internet.)

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 6:28pm

The whole point of a public VPN is to make the user untrackable, Joan.  I suspect that, as a result, a LOT of ad firms will get upset, and it wouldn't surprise me if there were action in the congress to outlaw VPNs.  Problem is, the second they do that, the whole issue if internet freedom will likely hit the fan, and I doubt it will be pretty.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2017 at 5:34pm

The Best VPN Services of 2017

Will public VPN do the trick?

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2017 at 5:17pm

Bertold, if that actually happens, the public VPN business will go through the roof!

 
 
 

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