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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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Hedge Funds Triumph and You Lose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 24. 2 Replies

image sourceThousands of  profitable…Continue

Tags: Wall Street, deregulation, ., hedge funds, bankruptcy

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 Nov 20. 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

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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 Nov 19. 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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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 4, 2017 at 1:18am

Joseph - I'm rubber and you're glue . . . 

Comment by Joseph P on March 3, 2017 at 9:04pm

It's sort of sad that the highest level that our president's rhetoric approaches is that of "I know you are, but what am I?" huh Bert?

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 7:52pm

Mentioning this sets the bar so low it would take a team of trained archaeologists to find it, but 45* finally had one day this week without a false or misleading public statement, according to the Washington Post's "100 days of Trump claims" project. He's still averaging over four lies a day, sometimes seven or more.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2017 at 7:17pm

Grinning Cat, excellent cartoons! As usual!

Bertold, Donald has a way of lying about other when he is the one committing the offensive lie. He just keeps doing it, even when proven that he is projecting onto others his own crimes.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 3, 2017 at 6:29pm

In case anyone was thinking it can't get more surreal

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2017 at 1:25pm

I rarely watch TV news, and was with a friend when ABC fawned over 45* for his "moderate", "presidential" tone before the joint session of Congress. Not one word about his lies. I was quite annoyed!

Some relevant cartoons:

Donald Trump at his speech before Congress: “I’m terrific at reading the teleprompter... the best there ever was... believe me... Even my hateful, xenophobic, totalitarian rhetoric sounds kinds of presidential!”

Man watching Trump's speech to Congress, intently studying the polygraph (lie detector) his TV is hooked up to

Trump speaking before Congress, with dozens of people on the floor and in the gallery shouting “You lie!” Trump responds, “Who invited fact checkers?!”

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 3, 2017 at 12:45am
The Keppler cartoon describes our times too, Joan.

The corrupt and the anti-corrupt become more skilled at what they do.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2017 at 2:58pm

"The Bosses of the Senate

"This cartoon by Joseph Keppler, who was the, both the editor and main cartoonist for Puck, which became one of, a very popular satirical weeklies in the post-Civil War period, expresses a general public discontent and concern about the growing impact and power of large businesses in the United States in the Gilded Age, particularly as this indicates, by businesses that have become monopolies in one way or another, and their control over the political process. 

"This is the period of time when the Senate is beginning to be conceived of as a millionaire’s club, it’s not quite called that yet, but it’s getting there, and certainly the sort of power and influence of business has become palatable.

"And this is a wonderful snapshot, if you will, of the relationship between the two, with the bloated figures, having squeezed their way through the door saying, 'Entrance for Monopolists,' and surrounding the Senate with the Lilliputian figures of the different senators, all of whom would be recognized by, by viewers because their faces are, you know, are quite realistic, and the influence is quite clear between the monopolists and their impact on the legislators who are either going to be manipulated by or intimidated by these figures. 

"The quote from the Gettysburg Address referred to the democracy, 'the government by the people and for the people' as opposed to, in this case, the corruption of it, which is, 'by the monopolists and for the monopolists.'"

~ Josh Brown, American Social History Project, City University of New York

"No limits on political campaign contributions and the direct appointment of Senators by State Legislatures, which was ended by the 17th amendment, created a climate of political corruption during the 'Gilded Age.'   

"Large corporate combines called 'Trusts' created monopolies using predatory pricing, anti-competitive mergers, and exclusive dealings and business arrangements.  They used the power of their enormous profits to buy key State legislatures and thereby control the Senators appointed by them.

"The progessives were able to promote both the 17th Amendment in 1913 and the Clayton Anti-Trust Act in 1914, which made great strides to break up the power of the 'Trusts' and put more political power back in the hands of ordinary voters."
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 28, 2017 at 1:59pm

Trump will continue his losing streak if he keeps Bannon at his side, WSJ says in blistering editorial

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 8:57am

On Godwin's Law, I've tread there by looking into Nazi propagandist practices and comparing to those of our Executive Branch elite and their actions.  The parallels are just too clear - especially in comparing Spicer and Conway to Goebbels.  It's almost like they are inspired by Goebbels' words.  Orwell's works could also be considered as a guidebook,  Which is weird, since those are precautionary tales.

GC that's a great letter!

 
 
 

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