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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2016 at 2:23pm

Spot of crazy for lunch anyone?


A Nevada Republican compared slain rancher LaVoy Finicum to both Jesus and Moses in an over-the-top Facebook post.

Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton, a first-term Republican, heaped praise on Finicum — who was shot to death by law enforcement officers as they executed arrest warrants for the armed militants who took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon.

“In any given generation there are men who are willing to stand for what they believe,” Shelton said in a Facebook post. “Most of the time they are demonized and the uninformed are made to believe they are criminals.”

“From Moses who killed an Egyptian for abusing his people, to Jesus who died on a cross as a condemned criminal, many of those who operate outside the box and promote love and justice over the current form of government are treated as outcasts and many times murdered,” she added.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2016 at 12:22pm

I vary as it comes to catching Overtime, but that one should have been a don't-miss!  Thanks for posting that, Pat!

Comment by Pat on January 27, 2016 at 11:41am

Bertold, if you saw the internet Overtime of Bill Maher's Real Time on January 22nd, he had a guest - Rep. Michael McCaul (R). McCaul is the head of the House Homeland Security Committee. He was actually very articulate  and well informed. When asked which of the Republicans would be best on homeland security, he couldn't name one. And, when asked if he thought Trump was qualified to be commander-in-chief, all he could do was hang his head and sigh. This, coming from one for their own.

Video is here.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2016 at 11:13am

No great surprise, Bertold.  Too many Americans can't be bothered to dig into details or listen to any more news than a sound bite can contain.  NPR and PBS are unknown and anathema to them because both require an attention span of longer than 30 seconds.

These are people who will INSIST on their rights as citizens, yet cannot be bothered with the associated responsibilities.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 27, 2016 at 10:59am

It's about time! Per Raw Story:

Former Pentagon chief Robert Gates: Republicans’ grasp of national security is at a child’s level


David Smith, The Guardian DAVID SMITH, THE GUARDIAN
26 JAN 2016 AT 14:43 ET

Robert Gates , a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election candidates for a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle schooler”.


An ex-CIA director who first joined the White House under Richard Nixon, Gates joked that if frontrunner Donald Trump wins the presidency, he would emigrate to Canada. He condemned the media for failing to challenge candidates from both parties on promises he believes are unaffordable, illegal or unconstitutional.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 25, 2016 at 9:26pm

Wow! Justice from Texas on an abortion issue. I'm surprised.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 25, 2016 at 8:22pm

Yeah, super-cool. The Texas grand jury found in Planned P'hood's favor and indicted the anti-abortion activists who made the video. They might go to prison for a few years.

Leave it to some Texas officials to refuse to accept the grand jury's finding and "investigate" further. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 25, 2016 at 6:53pm

Cool!

Grand jury in Texas indicts activists behind Planned Parenthood videos


Fox News - ‎45 minutes ago‎


A Houston grand jury investigating criminal allegations against Planned Parenthood stemming from a series of undercover videos on Monday instead indicted two of the anti-abortion activists who shot the footage.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 25, 2016 at 4:41pm

We can count on conservatives to love government when it helps them and to hate government when it helps others.

Ditto for billionaires.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 25, 2016 at 11:48am
 
 
 

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