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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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Are Republicans quashing protest in order to establish a police state?

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 11 hours ago. 2 Replies

A dangerous and disturbing trend:Republican lawmakers at the state level—often with the backing of police unions ... in at least 11 states ... have either introduced or threatened to introduce bills that make it more dangerous or costly to attend…Continue

Tags: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, police state, Republican Party, GOP

Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

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GET READY FOR THE FIRST SHOCKS OF TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM Naomi Klein January 24 2017

Started by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 12 hours ago. 18 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 7, 2017 at 2:45pm

Discussion about, and links for, the Indivisible Guide, and also the Call the Halls guide written by a Republican who voted for Clinton: http://atheistnexus.org/group/politics-economics-and-religion/forum...

Comment by Joseph P on January 7, 2017 at 1:34pm

Yeah, Indivisible was covered on Maddow, sometime around the end of this last week.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2017 at 12:59pm

Even dead people are declining to perform for Trump


 NEWSWEEK


06 JAN 2017 AT 18:07 

Remember Nancy with the laughing face?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2017 at 12:52pm

I just ran across this.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 7, 2017 at 12:27pm

Trump in the Oval Office, refusing a thick “Daily intelligence briefing” while holding up a smartphone displaying “FAKE NEWS”: “Don’t bother. I’m already up to speed.”(click to embiggen)

Apropos: "Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Finds" (yesterday's NYT)

"Mr. Trump told The New York Times in an interview that the storm surrounding Russian hacking was nothing more than a “political witch hunt” carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the 2016 election. Speaking by telephone three hours before the intelligence briefing, Mr. Trump repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia."

(via @MikeIsaac on Twitter)

Comment by Joseph P on January 7, 2017 at 12:06pm

Err, I'm not seeing where you're going with that.  Calling Trump a nonstop liar and exposing his lies would have been beneficial, if it meant that we didn't get him as a president.

I don't see how your comments apply to anything we're talking about.  Explain please.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 7, 2017 at 12:34am
Joseph, when you'll never see a guy again you won't lose a lot if you call him on a lie.
When you will see him again, soon or often, you might want to be more tactful and say "There's more recent info you'll want to check."
But go ahead and your bridges if you like.
Comment by Joseph P on January 7, 2017 at 12:14am

When something is a blatant lie, there isn't anything to think about, in regards to that.  Now, if the WSJ wants to leave their readers open to whether or not Trump's blatant lying is a good or bad thing, that's different.

The basic fact of Trump's nonstop, aggressive, willful lies isn't really challenge-able, though, unless you want to be laughed at.

What you're letting slide is what has been behavior by the news organizations that is a lot like what creationists do, trying to shove their unscientific shit into high-school science classes.  The kids need the basic education on the objective facts, before they have any sort of valid opinion on the subject ... which they might someday have, somewhere around the post-graduate level.

Most people turning to the news do not already have a basic education on the facts.  Nor do they have the time and ability to weed through all of the details themselves to determine whether or not Trump is lying.  News programs of old used to actually try to educate people, not do the sort of wishy-washy, you-should-make-up-your-own-mind-whether-or-not-he's-lying presentation that you're proposing.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 6, 2017 at 10:04pm
Pitts' concluding thought experiment omitted mention of whether there were enough reporters to cover both the ribbon cutting and the mall event.

Columnists and editors deal with different problems.
Comment by tom sarbeck on January 6, 2017 at 9:47pm
Bert, some folks here will join you in resenting the WSJ for not saying Trump is lying. You and they want the media to stir feeling, not thinking.

The WSJ's readers want to think.

Need I explain that rather simple idea?
 
 
 

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