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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 tom sarbeck 1 hour ago. 29 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 Bertold Brautigan on February 18, 2017 at 12:33pm

Very thoughtful article - Daily Beast (my emphases)

One of the first priorities of demagoguery is the fostering of ignorance. Lies require collaboration from those who are being lied to, and for a propaganda machine to be effective it needs a special kind of public ignorance.

. . . The Trump White House is demonstrating in its own innovative ways just how far habitual lying can clear the way for the triumph of ideology over truth. This can’t be simplified by charging Trump himself with being a pathological liar. His administration has invented a new and distinctly American propaganda machine that is built on lies. But not enough attention has been given to its willing partner in this exercise: a carefully nurtured kind of public ignorance that it can exploit.

. . . But in the context of the Age of Trump, ignorance is not actually a pejorative term, it’s a description of a set of beliefs in which knowledge and truth are less persuasive than prejudice and fear.

This process began long before Trump decided to run. Years of talk radio diatribes fueled by Obama-phobia and Fox News harangues prepared the soil and then Breitbart, the alt-right, and fake news softened it further. Trump understood this better than anyone and harvested its fruits.

. . . This is not the ignorance of unlearned knowledge—it’s more potent than that. It’s a tutored ignorance, and in its most basic form it’s anti-scientific.
And that is why the present and future influence of Vice President Mike Pence needs to get close attention.

. . . This movement may sail under religious colors but its agenda reflects the way that religion has become a euphemism for atavism. Buried within the code of “Make America Great Again” there was always the promise of restoring a repressive social order.

. . . Trump’s White House may be in chaos but that chaos hides the long game that Pence has the patience and guile to pursue. The continuing barrage of propaganda and outrageous lies still finds a ready audience among his constituency, where the mainstream media has no credibility. Consensual ignorance provides its own extensive comfort zone where yesterday has a lot more to recommend it than tomorrow.

. . . In fact, the bedrock beneath this process was much older and a uniquely American phenomenon, a widespread consensual ignorance. There is a strain of dogmatic religious activism here that does not exist to anything like the same extent in other advanced democracies. It uses religion—or misuses religion—to resist or rollback changes in social behavior and to suggest who the alien “other” should be.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 18, 2017 at 11:18am

Retired Navy SEAL declines national security job. Trump looks at other candidates! (Trump, with exaggeratedly long hair and tie, gives two thumbs up to a circus seal applauding him.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2017 at 10:11pm

" “we’re in the second week of an administration, and evangelicals already have something they demanded in exchange for their vote. ... This is a huge win for evangelicals.”

A Faustian Bargain Pays Off for Conservative Christians

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 17, 2017 at 12:09pm

Donald Trump is bald, foaming at the mouth, in a straitjacket in a padded cell. The DONALD's folder shows tabs for egomania, schizophrenia, megalomania, xenophobia, psychosis, Tourette's, and alopecia. His 'hairpiece' ferret is sitting on top of the folder, saying, 'WE DEMAND TO SEE HILLARY'S HEALTH RECORD!'

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 17, 2017 at 11:26am

Vladimir Putin, shirtless, riding a [Republican] elephant who's wearing a red 'TRUMP' hat, carrying a sign in its trunk, 'STOP RUSSIA HACKING PROBE!', and thinking, 'How did I get here?!...'

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 17, 2017 at 11:21am

The Mainstream Translator (newsstand with sign overhead, “VERIFIED FACTS THAT WILL REFUTE YOUR PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS AND MEMES”, selling the Times, the Post, and another stack of newspapers; redheaded wife tells her husband who’s wearing a Confederate-flag T-shirt that “It’s code for ‘elitist’...”)(click to enlarge)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 16, 2017 at 10:02pm
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Comment by Loren Miller on February 16, 2017 at 4:24pm

Ruth, that YouTube piece you posted gave me a whole new take on what's going on with Bannon and the NSC.  It also just about made me lose my lunch, but I'll be okay ... I think!

Comment by Joseph P on February 16, 2017 at 3:54pm

And when Spud's post mentions "other lenders", think payday loans and similar predatory, stupidly-high interest, constantly rolled-over loan institutions.

 
 
 

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