Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 8. 6 Replies

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin — apparently…Continue

Tags: Seychelles, meeting, Putin, Russia, collusion

Amazon is taking over the world

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 1. 5 Replies

Taking over the world of commerce isn't just about economics. It's also control of ideas.Amazon…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on November 1, 2017 at 1:42pm

tRump's new accusation: “Crooked Hillary lost on purpose because she wanted me to be impeached.”

(Satire from the Borowitz Report: Trump Accuses Clinton of Deliberately Losing Election So He Could B...)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 6:32pm

"With this in mind and with equities expensive, the seasoned value investor holds onto piles of cash to prepare for potential buying opportunities. Berkshire Hathaway now has $99.7 billion in undeployed cash, the most in the company’s history.

Bill Ackman

Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman took a position in “out of the money” call options on the VIX.

“This will protect against stock market risk.”

– Bill Ackman, Aug 2017

David Einhorn

The billionaire founder of Greenlight Capital says he is keeping gold as a top position.

“The (Trump) administration comes with a high degree of uncertainty.”

– David Einhorn, Feb 2017

Howard Marks

Lastly, the famous value investor Howard Marks warned his clients to move into lower-risk investments to protect against future losses.

“The uncertainties are unusual in terms of number, scale and insolubility in areas including: 

* secular economic growth; 

* the impact of central banks; 

* interest rates and inflation; 

* political dysfunction; 

* geopolitical trouble spots; and the 

* long-term impact of technology.”

– Howard Marks, July 2017"

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 6:30pm


With these risks perceived to be on the table, some of the world’s most elite investors like Ray Dalio and Warren Buffett are taking action. Here’s what they are up to:

Ray Dalio 

The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, had this to say:

“When it comes to assessing political matters we are very humble.”

- Ray Dalio, Aug 2017

Dalio’s advice: to stay liquid, stay diversified, and not be overly exposed to any particular economic outcomes. He also recommends a 5%-10% position in gold.

Warren Buffett

The Oracle of Omaha has a similar but very different perspective.

“No one can tell you when these traumas will occur – not me, not Charlie, not economists, not the media.”

– Warren Buffett, Feb 2017

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 6:29pm

We are experiencing the perfect storm of “-isms”: nationalism, nativism, protectionism, and isolationism.

As a result, the following potential geopolitical risks are at the top of the agenda for experts and top investors:

Domestic risks:

* Unpredictability of the Trump administration, 

* government inaction, 

* a trade war with China, and 

* NAFTA renegotiations

International risks:

* Economic nationalism, 

* further “exits” from the EU, 

* Russia and China seeking to assert authority, 

* terrorism, 

* escalation of Middle East conflicts, and 

* North Korea’s nuclear ambitions

~ Jeff DesJardins, October 31, 2017

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2017 at 1:45pm

Donnie, We’re Not In Kansas Anymore "Brownback promised his tax cuts would create 100,000 new jobs per year. After four-and-one-quarter years, however, Kansas added just 51,300 private- sector jobs, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show. That’s about 12,000 jobs per year, laughably short of the promise.

"Further west, in tax-raising California, jobs increased much faster. While jobs grew in Kansas by 3.8%, in California the lift was 11.8%.
"How could California add new jobs at more than three times the rate of Kansas and grow its economy 1.7 times more than Kansas if tax cuts are the key to faster economic growth?
"The answers go to the remarkable success of anti-tax ideologues at marketing what they want you to believe, using the same techniques that sell breast-enlargement creams and male-enhancement pills. The trick is to appeal to what you wish were true and to avoid thinking clearly and logically."

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 27, 2017 at 1:24pm

SHOULD TRUMP BE IMPEACHED? (TOSS A COIN) / HEADS WE LOSE [obverse with Trump head, “IN (‘GOD’ X’ed out, replaced by ‘ME’) WE TRUST” above, “DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA” below, “FIBERTY” to the side] / TAILS THEY WIN [reverse with a Pence-headed eagle with halo and a “KOCH” banner, holding a “PRAY AWAY GAY” sign and dollar signs, “E PURITAN LOONUM” above, “ONE PENCE” below](click to embiggen)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2017 at 4:50pm

Fear is an excellent motivator for action. It is time to take off the gloves and stand up to this tyrant, tRump. If we don't, our nation will surely go the way of Hitler's, Mussolini's, and Hirohito's*.

*Wrestling with a guilty verdict

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on October 17, 2017 at 3:28pm
Frightening, no. Angrifying, yes, and activating.
Comment by Patricia on October 17, 2017 at 1:17pm

Frightening, huh?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 17, 2017 at 10:49am

A baby with its pudgy thumb on the nuclear button.  Yikes!




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