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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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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo 23 hours 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 22 hours 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 Joan Denoo 12 hours ago. 38 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 Bertold Brautigan on March 31, 2017 at 10:36am

Joseph - we have the same hope.

Today’s Russia hearings actually revealed something new and important


[WAPO opinion]

In a moment that stunned the hearing room, Watts flatly stated that the president himself has become a cog in such Russian measures. When asked by Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who appeared visibly dismayed, why, if Russians have long used these methods, they finally worked in this election cycle, Watts’ answer was extraordinary.

“I think this answer is very simple and is one no one is really saying in this room,” he said. Part of the reason, he went on, “is the commander in chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponents.”

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 31, 2017 at 3:22am
I have for years heard that WSJ's news is credible but its editorials are all Wall Street.

Who owns it now? News Corp and Rupert Murdoch.
Comment by Joseph P on March 31, 2017 at 3:05am

Yeah, very often partisan, but credible.  The story is all over the place, at this point.

Well, we've been wondering who would be the first to turn on Trump.  Looks like we know, now.  If this is as bad as we're hoping ... or at least as bad as I'm hoping ... do you think Pence could go down, too?  President Ryan?  He's third in line, after all, and I somehow doubt he would be involved in Trump's Russian scandal.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 30, 2017 at 7:42pm

So, this is the Wall Street Journal, which reasonable people would hopefully still agree is not fake news. (Oftentimes fucked news, yes, but not generally fake)

Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

WSJ

As an adviser to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and later one of Mr. Trump’s top aides in the White House, Mr. Flynn was privy to some of the most sensitive foreign-policy deliberations of the new administration and was directly involved in discussions about the possible lifting of sanctions on Russia imposed by the Obama administration.

He has made the offer to the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees through his lawyer but has so far found no takers, the officials said.

This could be a "holy fuck!" moment. Or yet another artful dodge.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 30, 2017 at 4:03pm

To put it simply, Drumpf is:

  • Ignorant
  • Self-involved
  • Narcissistic
  • Inflexible

While at the same time being empowered at a level few could dream of, being President of the United States.  To say this situation makes him supremely dangerous is to understate with malintent!

Comment by Joseph P on March 30, 2017 at 3:38pm

I'd like to see him tested for Alzheimer's, too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2017 at 3:29pm

Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2017 at 3:00pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2017 at 4:24am

Thanks, Bertold, for the link to 

‘Religious Freedom’: A Euphemism for Our Times

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2017 at 4:22am

challenging religious privilege in public life

‘Religious Freedom’: A Euphemism for Our Times

"Despite the fact that the actual piety of Donald Trump has always been open to question, the list of people for whom he has expressed hatred nonetheless won him the votes of 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of Catholics in November. And lest we assume that Trump’s removal from office would make America secular again, an army of white supremacists and theocrats is waiting in the wings."

 
 
 

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