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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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Maajid Nawaz Interview (Real Time with Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 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 Bertold Brautigan on February 2, 2017 at 8:19am

Here's a nice touch:

Trump to Focus Counter-Extremism Program Solely on Islam

[The Daily Beast]

The White House has decided to revamp the U.S. counter-extremism program to focus solely on Islamist extremism, according to Reuters.  . . . The program will no longer target any other groups, including white supremacists who have carried out shootings and bombings in the United States. Instead, the program, now called “Countering Violent Extremism,” will be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.” The change is consistent with President Trump’s rhetoric during the 2016 campaign and in his first two weeks as commander in chief.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 12:17pm

Capitol Switchboard:

Senate 202-224-3121; House 202-225-3121.

They'll connect you to your members of Congress. (Better: look up their state/district offices at senate.gov and house.gov.)

All of them, from idealists who care about doing good to the ones who care only about money and power, want to stay in office; they all want to be reelected. To do that they have to at least pretend to be responsive to their constituents.

They notice when hundreds or thousands of people call to register our "votes" on issues; each person who calls is representing many more who don't.

Senator Jeff Merkley on Twitter: "Oregonians are calling me at 10x usual volume- registering great distress with Trump’s policies. I hear you. We must and will #resist!"

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 12:09pm

Dems must change from being just a party, to being a movement.  But not a bowel movement.  That's the other party.

No shit!

All the Republicans falling in line behind tRump demonstrates the truth of that! They've truly become the party of evil and -- especially in pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act without having a reasonable replacement [such as civilized countries' universal single-payer systems!] -- the party of death.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 12:04pm

Thanks, Daniel, for the insights and the laughs -- "with angel hair noodles for a paddle"! Workers need to cook all that pasta and put it together into solid paddles -- and dams!

Comment by Daniel W on February 1, 2017 at 11:21am

Robert Reich on 7 hard truths the democrats must face if we are not to become a one-party system. Heavily paraphrasing and with some spontaneous commentary -

1. Dems are up shit creek with a chopstick for a paddle.

2. Populism is the zietgeist of our era.

3. Even if jobs are up, wages are bad, inequality is horrendous, men especially have given up, and everyone is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The worker are up shit creek with a spaghetti noodle for a paddle.  Possibly Capelli d'angelo.

4. Dems are corporation money poodles. They have to figure out that is a problem and either quit or be replaced. No offense meant to poodles, which are wonderful doggies but I don't one as my senator.  I don't understand why it's not part of the problem for repubs, but what's sauce for the goose is apparently just Spanish fly for the gander.

5. Dems can't just be AGAINST Trump. On Sesame Street "Beaker" got laughs, but no one will vote for him for president.  They have to be for something. Although, apparently, Repubs did fine by just being against Obama, Clinton, Mexicans, Muslims, and LGBT people. But they were FOR christian dumbfuckery.

6. Berni-ism is the future for Dems, especially among the young.

7. Dems must change from being just a party, to being a movement.  But not a bowel movement.  That's the other party.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2017 at 10:49pm

And more satire:

Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryan’s Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines

... Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who have been studying the skeletal structures of both Republicans for months, believe that their ability to stand, walk, and even break into a brisk trot when confronted by reporters’ questions is “virtually inexplicable.”

... “According to everything medical science teaches us, their bodies should be collapsing to the ground in two heaps.”

... one theory that has gained traction is what Logsdon calls “the startled-deer hypothesis.”

“Just as a deer freezes in the headlights of a car and briefly appears statue-like, we believe that Ryan and McConnell’s bodies may retain their rigid structure out of terror alone.” ...

(read more)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2017 at 10:42pm

More satire from the Borowitz Report:

Trump Fires Attorney General After Copy of Constitution Is Found on Her Computer

[...] According to the Trump Administration’s code of ethics, established by Steve Bannon [...] “possessing, reading, or referring to the United States Constitution” is a violation that is punishable by termination. [...]

“Sally Yates was hatching a covert plot to require my actions to be in accordance with the Constitution,” Trump said. “We caught her red-handed.” [...]

(read more)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2017 at 4:23pm

[Medium - Yonatan Zunger]

Trial Balloon for a Coup?
Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours

. . . (4) The Guardian is reporting (heavily sourced) that the “mass resignations” of nearly all senior staff at the State Department on Thursday were not, in fact, resignations, but a purge ordered by the White House. As the diagram below (by Emily Roslin v Praze) shows, this leaves almost nobody in the entire senior staff of the State Department at this point.

. . . Combining all of these facts, we have a fairly clear picture in play.

Trump was, indeed, perfectly honest during the campaign; he intends to do everything he said, and more. This should not be reassuring to you.

The regime’s main organizational goal right now is to transfer all effective power to a tight inner circle, eliminating any possible checks from either the Federal bureaucracy, Congress, or the Courts. Departments are being reorganized or purged to effect this.

The inner circle is actively probing the means by which they can seize unchallenged power; yesterday’s moves should be read as the first part of that.

The aims of crushing various groups — Muslims, Latinos, the black and trans communities, academics, the press — are very much primary aims of the regime, and are likely to be acted on with much greater speed than was earlier suspected. The secondary aim of personal enrichment is also very much in play, and clever people will find ways to play these two goals off each other.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 3:00pm
My wifi connection probly failed briefly. which it occasionally does. By the time I started my Kindle to test the connection, wifi started again.
Comment by Joseph P on January 30, 2017 at 1:59pm

Yeah, you just have to hit the little x in the top right corner of your post, though.  Don't you love failed page-loads, in which the send went through properly, but you don't know that, since the receive didn't come through?

At least we have a delete function here, unlike lots of blog comment-sections.

 
 
 

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