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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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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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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 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

Retaking State Legislation May Be Our Only Hope

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo 17 minutes ago. 1 Reply

Andrew O’Hehir makes the point that,... the extreme and ingenious gerrymandering of congressional districts locked in by Republican state legislators after the 2010 census virtually guarantees a GOP House majority until the next census and at least…Continue

Tags: gerrymandering, symbolic thinking

Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 2 hours ago. 36 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2017 at 2:19pm

McConnell Tells Putin: “Lissen, Putin, you been tryin’ to screw up our democracy. We won’t stand for that. No, sir! We’re Americans. We’ll screw up our own democracy! (We don’t need help from anybody.)”(click any of these to enlarge)

Trump Coal Policy as a factory with four smokestacks belching out a thick cloud of sulfur dioxide, mercury, climate change, lead, nitrous oxide, acid rain, and ozone. Conversation inside the White House: “It looks like another gas attack on babies.” “I don’t think so. It’s not on cable TV.” (Tiny cartoonist commenting in the corner: “Our slow-acting weapon of mass destruction.”

And in the spirit of this weekend's holiday:

Kids finding Easter eggs at the White House Easter egg hunt. One girl found something else: “This isn’t an Easter egg... it’s a Titleist!” (as she holds a golf ball)

Comment by Joseph P on April 7, 2017 at 9:48pm

It's a variety of reasons, which vary from group to group.  The anti-choicers and anti-gay bigots probably don't care about the hypocrisy, since it's to their advantage.  A disturbing portion of the voters in our country are those sorts of single-issue voters who will ignore everything on the economic side of things, as long as their representatives talk Jesus and family-values enough ... family-values, meaning the oppression of families that don't look like mine.

The swing voters are often the sorts of low-information voters who wouldn't understand fiscal policy if it bit them, so anything as complex as the filibuster is a nonstarter.  Their thinking rarely seems to go much beyond, "I think the economy could be doing better than it is now.  So, let's toss out the party of the current president, since that will fix everything."

Most people are more clueless about economics than my one uncle about whom I like to rant.  My uncle doesn't seem to understand that there's a difference between the national debt and the budget deficit.  They're both D-words, so they must basically be the same thing.

He prides himself on knowing all sorts of things about the economy, but a lot of the voters in this country never step beyond turning on Faux News and allowing the buzzwords to pour into their brains, until they think trickle-down economics is the greatest way to get high-paying jobs for the poor.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2017 at 5:05pm

>Republican party is exceptional in that respect.

I'll never get how this wasn't painfully obvious to everyone from the time they started bullshitting about "small government."

Comment by Joseph P on April 7, 2017 at 4:20pm

Yeah, would have been nice.

How much do you want to bet that when the Democrats finally take back the senate, whenever that is, that the lame-duck Republican senate will reinstate the filibuster for all matters, then talk about Democrats treading on senate tradition, if the Democrats try to change it back?  Sure, you get hypocrisy from all sides, at times, but the modern Republican party is exceptional in that respect.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2017 at 4:12pm

They're the same guys, Joseph ... stomping on 200-year-old rules while simultaneously decrying their own actions and congratulating themselves on the reactionary they've put on the court.  As with too many other things these days, I would give real money to hear the pithy and acidic commentary Christopher Hitchens would have on it.

Comment by Joseph P on April 7, 2017 at 4:08pm

Aren't these the same guys who were saying that the Supreme Court would be just fine with only 8 justices, when it looked like Hillary was going to win?

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2017 at 2:26pm

I see the Repub's use of the nuclear option as being at least as bad if not worse than Gorsuch's elevation to SCOTUS, because it makes a lot more like him a lot easier.  What really pisses me off is guys like McCain and Graham crying crocodile tears about "gee, I wish we didn't have to do this."  News bulletin, jackasses: YOU DIDN'T ... and there are a lot of people out there who have noted that fact ... and we have LONG memories.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 7, 2017 at 11:10am

Yeah, digital has replaced film for the vast majority of photographers, both casual photographers and many professionals.

Bad news: the Senate just voted to confirm corporatist extremist Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Scalia has been replaced by a super-Scalia. The Republicans have been rewarded for their year of obstructionism. I just hope there are no more Supreme Court vacancies while they remain in power!

Senate Confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court (NPR)

Senate Confirms Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice (NYTimes)

Comment by Loren Miller on April 7, 2017 at 10:28am

I just checked, GC, and Kodacolor and Fuji Film are both still available from Amazon, and doubtless other venues.  The thing is that I'd wager that most photographers still using film would be going to heavyweight professional developers to process their shots, so just WHO would use Fotomat?

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 7, 2017 at 9:58am

tRump and allies are burglars ransacking the home of '2016 Election'; he shines his flashlight at someone watching through the window, and is on his phone: 'I'm calling to report a peeping Tom.'(click to embiggen)

And on a lighter note:

BREAKING: Trump announces that as soon as he's done bringing coal jobs back, he plans to get Fotomat workers back to developing film. [picture of abandoned Fotomat booth]

 
 
 

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