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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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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

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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

Retaking State Legislation May Be Our Only Hope

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 28. 1 Reply

Andrew O’Hehir makes the point that,... the extreme and ingenious gerrymandering of congressional districts locked in by Republican state legislators after the 2010 census virtually guarantees a GOP House majority until the next census and at least…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 11:22am
Have a bit of patience while more Americans, like addicts, approach the bottom and learn there's only one way out and we have to raise ourselves.

In the eighteen states whose voters have the direct initiative and referendum, we are not victims of those we elect to make laws. Even here in California, where we have a Democratic trifecta, we have to, and in November did, discipline legislators. It's like socializing people whose parents failed to socialize them when they were children.

Voter education is essential.
Comment by Loren Miller on January 27, 2017 at 8:21am

Sadly, Jennifer, it's exactly the kind of thing I would expect post-Citizens-United.  It's taking the plutocracy concept and pushing it that much further.  Worse, it's aiming at shutting the voters' voice completely out of the equation.  The only remaining question in South Dakota at least, is whether the governor is willing to stand up to the legislature.

This isn't just bad; it's fuckin' DANGEROUS.

Comment by Jennifer W on January 27, 2017 at 7:34am
This disgusts me the most. How can we fight back even if we can't do it legally?
Comment by tom sarbeck on January 27, 2017 at 4:03am
Yeah, Jennifer, I believe it.
Legislators are bold in their disregard for voters, even in the 18 states with the DIRECT initiative whose voters can make law without interference by their legislators.
In states without the initiative, and in the national government, people are the VICTIMS of the people they elect to make laws.
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 27, 2017 at 1:56am

Speaking of "alternative facts":

Tired of politics? Here's some puppies. [picture of snakes] OOPS! - #AlternativeFacts - Mock the Meme.

(seen as a Facebook image in a blog comment)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 26, 2017 at 7:58pm

Yes.

Comment by Jennifer W on January 26, 2017 at 7:35pm
Can you believe this bullshit?

https://youtu.be/VqEzsqMG5nU
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2017 at 7:41pm

Ruth, your cartoons stand out as telling the truth, as compared to Trump's "alternative truths"! 

Alternative Truths

The huckster is up on the stage once again
Selling his snake oil and pushing his brand
His yes-men and women, they nod and they grin
As they sharpen their knives and their policy pens

His speech it rings hollow, transparent as glass
And he can't help but smirk as the power is passed
And I can't help but wonder how it happened so fast
This shell game for suckers, this crooked die cast

The crown won't rest easy on your worried brow
You're in over your head and there's no backing out 
Like a petulant child in an ill-fitting suit
You keep spinning your lies and alternative truths
Spinning your lies and alternative truths

But in twenty-four hours a new day has dawned
And with it, the women, so stalwart and strong
They marched and assembled, joined voices in song
To defend their rights and rally against wrongs

The huckster grew jealous of the crowds at his door
Over half a million strong and worldwide, millions more
Those streets were so empty just one day before
But facts are for fools and easy to ignore

Our eyes can see through you, your schemes and your plans
From the size of your crowds to the size of your hands
Like a petulant child in an ill-fitting suit
You keep spinning your lies and alternative truths
Spinning your lies and alternative truths

My sisters and brothers we've planted a seed
And together we're strong as a mighty oak tree
To fight for your birthright is the American creed
Don't let anyone tell you different

How can I explain to the willfully blind
'Patriot' is not a word only you can define
From the mountains to valleys to the voting booths
We won't buy your lies and alternative truths
We'll keep fighting your lies and alternative truths
We won't close our eyes to alternative truths

Published on Jan 24, 2017

Alternative Truths

music/lyrics: Richard Popovic
copyright 2017

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm

>When other methods are about to fail, be obscure.

Sounds like a polite translation of the old saying: If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2017 at 7:29pm

ochlocracy

ORIGINlate 16th century: via French from Greek okhlokratia, from okhlos  mob + -kratia  power.

I've haven't heard of this Greek word before, okhlos, 'mob'. 

 
 
 

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