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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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Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

The Satanic Panic - The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 1 Reply

To a degree, I think the following video and talk are mislabeled.  Oh, absolutely, Seth talks at length and in detail about the "Satanic Panic," the crazed obsession some Christians had about elements of popular culture through the 1970s, 80s, and…Continue

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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 15. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 14, 2017 at 5:12pm

Republicans are about to let telecoms sell your internet browsing history — for your ‘protection’


[Raw Story]

A pair of Republican bills would allow telecommunications companies to sell their customers’ private internet data — but their sponsors claim the legislation would actually protect consumer privacy.

Sen. Jeff Flake (sic) (R-AZ) introduced S.J.Res 34, which would expand the Congressional Review Act to strip away privacy protections established in October by the Federal Communications Commission with broad bipartisan support, reported Privacy News Online.

Flake’s bill, which has gained more than 20 Republican co-sponsors, would allow lawmakers to repeal Obama-era privacy rules by a simple majority vote in the House and Senate and would prevent the FCC from establishing similar regulations in the future.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 6:48pm

>The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

Amen, brother.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 11, 2017 at 5:36pm

Bertold, I read about that genetic testing bill -- if it becomes law, and you refuse to get tested or share the results with your employer, they can charge you thousands of dollars more in health insurance premiums. The Rethuglicans pushing it through know exactly what they're doing. It's all about corporations keeping more of their money, never mind the risk-sharing principle that's the foundation of insurance itself.

This is an instance of "moral hazard" -- how dare someone benefit from services they didn't individually and personally pay for! (Or insure for, but we're not going to help each other through varying levels of risk and varying needs!)

And to bring in religion, many Republicans call themselves Christians, and that entire religion is founded on what is, for believers, the moral hazard to out-hazard all other moral hazards! In its story, people are all worthless sinners and Jesus grants forgiveness and salvation, not from any "payment" or good deeds or prayers or anything, but entirely out of utterly unearned grace and mercy!

The "moral hazard" folks almost make me wish there were a hell so they could be sent there!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 11, 2017 at 2:39pm

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 11, 2017 at 2:49am
Bert, the people who WRITE BILLS such as HR 1313 understand and believe in science.
The people who SAY they don't believe in science will vote them into law.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 10, 2017 at 6:47pm

This looks more than a bit scary. 

11/ A bill moving through Congress would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results. The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

STAT

Nice how people who don't believe in science are making laws about things of which they have no understanding.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 7:00pm

[Daily Beast]

The Madness of President Donald

In the White House, the Bannon-Miller Axis of Weasels is ready to merrily watch the world burn for the sake of pleasing their master’s mercurial moods and their own dark nationalist fantasies. For them, these outbursts aren’t bugs, but core features. They want the Trumpbartian war over all else, and, contrary to what official Washington tries to believe, they want him ragey and dangerous, which is why they’re feeding his paranoid talk (perhaps made vivid for him by his own eavesdropping instincts) about President Obama “tapping” him in Trump Tower.

. . . For the intelligence community, it was one more chapter in the war Trump and Bannon have waged on them since the first days of the Administration. Bannon’s desire to purge the intelligence community and reshape it into a Muslim-and-Mexican Hunting Agency has already pushed career professionals in the IC to their breaking points. One said to me this weekend, “Trump has a pair of twos, at best. The IC has a royal flush.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 8, 2017 at 5:55pm

Great alternate timeline, Loren!

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 8, 2017 at 4:50pm

As a button I have says, "Music is my drug of choice."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 8, 2017 at 11:24am

Craft beers, pinots noirs and pot keep me off the Xanax train.

 
 
 

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