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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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A most interesting exercise in fantasy

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Sunday. 2 Replies

The One Speech That Could Turn Donald Trump From Villain To HeroPatheos - August 16, 2016 by Benjamin L. CoreyArticle…Continue

Tags: Trump

Global Elites Failing

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 0 Replies

The new challenge for climate action? PopulismDoug Hendrie sees the disenfranchised rejecting the globalization being…Continue

Tags: climate change, fossil fuel addiction, protectionism, nativism, nationalism

The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 21. 0 Replies

Will Denayer's article thrusts us into startling clarity, by summing up our climate/economic/political situation.How climate change…Continue

Tags: fossil fuel corporations deadlock on governments, climate model failures, Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Jul 17. 18 Replies

The title rather says it all.  Nevertheless, details matter.  Here's the story from this morning's Plain Dealer (16 July, 2016):…Continue

Tags: plurality, nones, Pew, religious

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 29, 2016 at 8:41pm

"The paradox of environmental economics is that we feel compelled to price nature to make its loss visible on the balance sheet, but in doing so we legitimise its commodification and validate its critical overconsumption in an unbounded market system."    Andrew Simms

It's the economy that needs to be integrated into the environment -...

Simms helps me to understand what's wrong with cap and trade and carbon tax. Sometimes it gets confusing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2016 at 2:21am

That is the way I see it, Grinning Cat!

Comment by k.h. ky on June 28, 2016 at 10:48pm
Bertold, performance art was based on the Catholic Church. Lol. Wait a minute.... did my parents force me into performance art as a baby? Now that I think about it, yes, yes they did.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 28, 2016 at 10:27pm

@Joseph - yeah, a Catholic castigating someone by saying They like being in power. They like control. is a real hoot. It reminds me of this particular graphic they put out a while back.

Uh, excuse me, you Catholics are calling queers predators??? That takes some balls. As Hitchens noted in a debate at Berkeley, where he makes mincemeat out of a creationist  their motto seems to be No child's behind left.

Comment by Joseph P on June 28, 2016 at 9:39pm

Well sure, Loren.  I don't think he had any intention of seriously running, until he suddenly sprung up to 25% out of nowhere, after he started saying insane things.

I don't think that he's as wrong as we wish he was, though.  A disturbing portion of the US electorate has defective bullshit detectors.  This isn't going to be a landslide.

Comment by Joseph P on June 28, 2016 at 9:27pm

@Bertold

Yeah, that's just amazing.  Do these people not even pay attention to the words as the words come out of their mouths?  Hell, this is in text.  They had time for proof reading.

Let's see.  The White House is 223.57 miles from my house, according to the distance calculation tool on Google Maps.  Saint Peter's Basilica is 4,679.58 miles away.

They're right.  I shouldn't accept rigid, blanket policies handed down from distant capital cities.

I know what you mean.  At a certain point, you have to start wondering how many moles there are, inside of the Catholic media machines.  They couldn't be this spot on, if there weren't hundreds of people actively trying to make them look stupid.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2016 at 9:19pm

Trump's first (and I suspect only) priority is Trump, his ego, his standing, and how he thinks he looks in his own echo chamber.  He thinks he can BS anyone and be believed, and he can just shuck off anyone who wants to challenge him.

Once we're past the conventions, I suspect dear Donnie is going to learn just how wrong he is.

Comment by Joseph P on June 28, 2016 at 9:12pm

@Joan

Trump simply does not see how stupid and unworkable his ideas are.

But now that we're into the general election, he's said that everything is on the table.  So, the people who voted for him in the primary can pretend that he's going to do what they want him to do.  The people in the middle can pretend that he's not going to do any of the insane stuff that he was talking about during the primary.

I'm pretty sure that it isn't a matter of him not being able to see how stupid what he's saying is.  He just doesn't care, because he knows it will have very little effect.  It breezed him through the Republican primary with very little effort or thought.

I'm an issues voter.  You're an issues voter.  Most of the people on this site are issues voters.

Most American voters are not issues voters.

He is insane! I deleted his video and hope no one else saw it. Thanks, dear friend, for another alert!

*jumps up and down*

Ooh, ooh!  I saw it!

^.^

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2016 at 5:02pm

Bertold, you are correct about " their political propaganda missive". This has been going on under our noses, and if we don't know it, we don't know it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 28, 2016 at 2:17pm

Adding to "Mayberry" – in 1955, with neighbors Ozzie & Harriet, plus the kid next door who's dependent on an iron lung because he didn't get the Salk vaccine in time, and the Negros live on the other side of the tracks.

I'd call people like that "Neanderthals," except I'd probably be insulting the Neanderthals.

 
 
 

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