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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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Are We Monsters? (HuffPost – Neal Gabler)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 19 hours ago. 14 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

The Republicans are going to kill Robert Samuel White's mother.

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 5. 1 Reply

This Twitter thread from Robert Samuel White, telling his family's story and reacting to yesterday's House passage of the American Health "Care" Act that will…Continue

Tags: GOP, Republican Party, Republicans, Greedy Old Party, insurance

Agriculture and religion have much in common, other than bull shit.

Started by Joan Denoo May 4. 0 Replies

Sixty some years ago I started college with a major in horticulture at Washington State College (now university). The first day of class, our prof, Dr. Woody Kalin, explained to us that we would be working with soil, and there was a difference…Continue

Tags: probability, opportunity, possibility, preferability., revolution

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Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:11am

Politics everywhere selects for narcissism.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 25, 2017 at 3:06am

"...US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess."

I will say it in words familiar to bio-sciences folk.

American capitalism selects for anti-social personality disorder--sociopathy and/or psychopathy.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:47pm

Or it's like the pigeon-chess joke, Gary.

Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.

Corollaries and usage

There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself) than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law.

Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. Similar criticisms of the "law" (or "at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes") have been made by American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.  It's fascism.  The latter is generally paired with the former, but the former not necessarily with the latter.

Comment by Gary S on February 24, 2017 at 8:33pm

I also like those things GC. Like many of the other things I have read, the US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 3:23pm

Excellent stuff, GC, thank you!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:18pm

Another take on 45*... given his totalitarian tendencies, the comparison is quite justified; Godwin's law doesn't apply here.'45' drawn in black on a white background at an angle, resembling a Nazi swastika, inside a red 'no' or 'prohibited' circle-slash

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:15pm

Where are TRUMP products made? (picture of Donald Trump on a gilded throne, with arrows calling out various items:) Furniture made in Turkey; suits made in Mexico; ties made in China; foreign policy made in Russia (with Vladimir Putin brandishing a folder labeled “DOSSIEЯ - D. TЯUMP”, i.e. “DOSSIER - D. TRUMP” in faux-Cyrillic, with Cyrillic letter Ya, which looks like a backwards R, replacing R)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 9:45am

 Keith Olbermann has released one of his calmest yet most on-point op-eds of this debacle:



Trump Must Go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2017 at 10:48am

Good article Bertold.

 
 
 

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