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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 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!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 5:12pm

Republicans are about to let telecoms sell your internet browsing history — for your ‘protection’


[Raw Story]

A pair of Republican bills would allow telecommunications companies to sell their customers’ private internet data — but their sponsors claim the legislation would actually protect consumer privacy.

Sen. Jeff Flake (sic) (R-AZ) introduced S.J.Res 34, which would expand the Congressional Review Act to strip away privacy protections established in October by the Federal Communications Commission with broad bipartisan support, reported Privacy News Online.

Flake’s bill, which has gained more than 20 Republican co-sponsors, would allow lawmakers to repeal Obama-era privacy rules by a simple majority vote in the House and Senate and would prevent the FCC from establishing similar regulations in the future.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 6:48pm

>The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

Amen, brother.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 11, 2017 at 5:36pm

Bertold, I read about that genetic testing bill -- if it becomes law, and you refuse to get tested or share the results with your employer, they can charge you thousands of dollars more in health insurance premiums. The Rethuglicans pushing it through know exactly what they're doing. It's all about corporations keeping more of their money, never mind the risk-sharing principle that's the foundation of insurance itself.

This is an instance of "moral hazard" -- how dare someone benefit from services they didn't individually and personally pay for! (Or insure for, but we're not going to help each other through varying levels of risk and varying needs!)

And to bring in religion, many Republicans call themselves Christians, and that entire religion is founded on what is, for believers, the moral hazard to out-hazard all other moral hazards! In its story, people are all worthless sinners and Jesus grants forgiveness and salvation, not from any "payment" or good deeds or prayers or anything, but entirely out of utterly unearned grace and mercy!

The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 2:39pm

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 11, 2017 at 2:49am
Bert, the people who WRITE BILLS such as HR 1313 understand and believe in science.
The people who SAY they don't believe in science will vote them into law.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2017 at 6:47pm

This looks more than a bit scary. 

11/ A bill moving through Congress would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results. The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

STAT

Nice how people who don't believe in science are making laws about things of which they have no understanding.

 
 
 

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