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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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Maajid Nawaz Interview (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

There may be no one who has a fuller understanding of the culture and dynamics of Muslim world in both its moderate and radical aspects than Maajid Nawaz. The problem has been that, because he has the unmitigated nerve to use clear observation and…Continue

Tags: Southern Poverty Law Center, Muslims, Islam, Bill Maher, Maajid Nawaz

Putin critic says he's one of the lucky ones: "I'm still here" (CBS News "60 Minutes")

Started by Loren Miller Jun 4. 0 Replies

If anyone should doubt the toxic nature of the Russian government of Vladimir Putin, they need look no further than the case of anti-Putin activist, Vladimir Kara-Murza. On two separate occasions in the past four years, Kara-Murza has been subjected…Continue

Tags: poison, Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, 60 Minutes, CBS News

Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 2. 4 Replies

Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world"Child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing…Continue

Tags: of, Stuff, Story, the, crunchnestle

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

Started by Joan Denoo May 28. 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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:35pm

Upper facade of the White House, with a speech balloon, 'LIE' in giant letters. The L is made of many copies of 'WE', the I is made of many copies of 'CAN', and the E is made of many copies of 'EXPLAIN'. 'WE CAN EXPLAIN' forms the 'LIE'.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2017 at 7:33pm

here here!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2017 at 7:26pm

Grinning Cat, Another excellent cartoon, thanks. 

Ruth, outstanding cartoons, thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 18, 2017 at 7:24pm

Bertold, thanks for the excellent article from The Daily Beast. 

Loren, thanks for the funny and true video by Bill Maher. 

Comment by Loren Miller on February 18, 2017 at 1:19pm

Bill Maher makes a remarkable and highly observant "New Rule" about that little (R) after some people's names in government:

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?!...'

 
 
 

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