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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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80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P yesterday. 5 Replies

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns“A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of…Continue

Tags: overvalued, stocks, economic, crash

Nonviolent Resistance is All That's Left

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 14. 0 Replies

Chris Hedges says our institutions were already hollowed out by corporate elites, so  "A sustained, nationwide popular uprising of nonviolent obstruction and noncooperation is the only weapon left to save the republic."…Continue

Tags: mistaking vulgarity for courage, corporate elites, rise of US totalitarianism, nonviolent obstruction, democratic institution credibility

Steve Bannon Believes The Apocalypse Is Coming And War Is Inevitable (Huffington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Feb 9. 12 Replies

WASHINGTON ― In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon. Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of…Continue

Tags: apocalypse, Steve Bannon, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2017 at 9:05pm

From the New York Times, one of the scarier sentences I've seen lately:

Disinformation was for dictatorships, banana republics and failed states.

That past tense verb is a pip, to say the least.

Yet there it was on Saturday, emanating from the lectern of the White House briefing room — the official microphone of the United States — as Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, used his first appearance there to put forth easily debunked statistics¹ that questioned the news media’s reporting on the size of the president’s inaugural audience (of all things).

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 20, 2017 at 12:47pm

Also worth repeating - Loren's reply:

"ANYONE who thinks I'm going to lay down and play dead while the orange nightmare runs amok doesn't know me at all!

And speaking of orange nightmares, maybe we should start associating Drumpf with this guy:"
(Gossamer, the big hairy orange monster in Loony Tunes cartoons)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 20, 2017 at 11:51am

Daniel W.'s comment on Loren's status today, about tRump's inauguration, is worth reposting. (Bolding is mine.)

"Try not to let it get you down too much.  I feel disillusioned, probably as much as anyone.  But letting this individual, his name, and his confederates disillusion you and make you feel defeated, also makes it more difficult to pull out and fight the battles to follow.  Each win and each defeat is only temporary.  After Bush the Younger was president, we got Obama.  True, much damage was done during the interim.  But who knows what will come next.  Damage will be done, but out of the ashes a phoenix will rise.  It's the job of the opposition to make sure that phoenix is not a dodo bird."

Comment by Gary S on January 19, 2017 at 8:44pm

Joan, that is also the verse that I was thinking of.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 19, 2017 at 1:29pm

‘And now the end is near’: Nancy Sinatra trolls Trump with opening lines of ‘My Way’

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 18, 2017 at 6:02pm

MIKE PENCE WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL CHRISTIAN SUPREMACIST IN U.S. HISTORY

[The Intercept] Emphases mine

Pence’s ascent to the second most powerful position in the U.S. government is a tremendous coup for the radical religious right. Pence — and his fellow Christian supremacist militants — would not have been able to win the White House on their own. For them, Donald Trump was a godsend. “This may not be our preferred candidate, but that doesn’t mean it may not be God’s candidate to do something that we don’t see,” said David Barton, a prominent Christian-right activist and president of Wall Builders, an organization dedicated to making the U.S. government enforce “biblical values.” In June, Barton prophesied: “We may look back in a few years and say, ‘Wow, [Trump] really did some things that none of us expected.’”

Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors. With Republican control of the House and Senate and the prospect of dramatically and decisively tilting the balance of the Supreme Court to the far right, the incoming administration will have a real shot at bringing the fire and brimstone of the second coming to Washington.

“The enemy, to them, is secularism. They want a God-led government. That’s the only legitimate government,” contends Jeff Sharlet, author of two books on the radical religious right, including “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.” “So when they speak of business, they’re speaking not of something separate from God, but they’re speaking of what, in Mike Pence’s circles, would be called biblical capitalism, the idea that this economic system is God-ordained.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 17, 2017 at 11:31pm

If I remember correctly, Gary, you tell it like the Bible says. 

"Weymouth New Testament
Let every individual be obedient to those who rule over him; for no one is a ruler except by God's permission, and our present rulers have had their rank and power assigned to them by Him."

~ Romans 13:1

Oh! I remember how hard I tried to be an obedient servant!

Comment by Gary S on January 17, 2017 at 10:33pm

I like that Daniel. They forgot to mention that their book says that their "god" puts all leaders in place and that those leaders are supposed to be followed.

Comment by Daniel W on January 16, 2017 at 9:12pm

Comment by Loren Miller on January 16, 2017 at 3:05pm

Oh, but of course, the Russia investigation should be kept secret ... 'cuz if the public did know about it, either or both of two things would happen:

  • Drumpf would wind up looking more like the horse's ass he is.
  • More people would be looking to have Donnie's head on a pike!

As for garbanzos vs. chick-peas, long as my felafel and hummus has 'em, rock and roll!

 
 
 

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