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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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Your private internet history up for sale, thanks to Republicans? Being considered by House *tonight*

Started by Grinning Cat 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

The U.S. House of Representatives will be considering S.J.Res. 34, a bill to repeal the FCC's protections for internet privacy, as early as tonight.The bill, passed by…Continue

Tags: FTC, Republicans, Congress, FCC, browsing history

The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 20. 5 Replies

That's the title of Neil Buchanan's article in Newsweek (complete with irrelevant autoplaying video), reprinted from Justia's Verdict site where it has the title "…Continue

Tags: minimum wage, anti-abortion, anti-choice, scams, civil rights

Economics and Community values as to real estate owned by religious groups

Started by jlaz. Last reply by jlaz Mar 20. 6 Replies

I've been wondering off and on for a long time as to two inter-related (as I see it) issues: 1) evolving how people find community interaction when they want it. 2) real estate values of Churches and similar. 1) So, what I mean by the first is…Continue

California Deregulation as Foreshadow

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

How the Energy Boys Fucked Over CaliforniaEven partial deregulation of the electricity market was a nightmare for California.In 2000 and…Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 4, 2016 at 7:48am

Per David Leonhardt, op-ed columnist, NYT:

Donald Trump has made blatant the party’s current problem with lying. But Trump is more of a reflection of the problem than the cause of it. Remarkably, every Republican presidential candidate this year was untruthful more often than every Democratic candidate, according to the watchdog PolitiFact (which was trying so hard to be neutral that it didn’t point out the pattern!).
Keep an eye out for the truth gap at tonight’s vice-presidential debate. Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, is a likeable, often sunny conservative, according to those who know him. He is the kind of politician who could make the real conservative arguments I wish we heard more often.
Instead, he is prone to falsehoods.
He’s called Trump’s back-and-forth immigration positions “completely consistent.” He claimed that raising income taxes reduced federal revenue. He said that President Obama’s health law would “deprive roughly 120 million Americans of their current health care coverage.” And Pence lied about Hillary Clinton’s actions during the Benghazi attacks.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 2, 2016 at 1:42pm

Trump's anger won the support of the people the Republican establishment had been exploiting for decades: their own base.

Sanders' anger won the support of the people the Democratic establishment had been exploiting. Happily there were fewer of them.

And it is about arousing the lizard brain, which is why the GOP and its base want to limit education.

Comment by Daniel W on October 2, 2016 at 11:35am

Loren, it's all about the amygdala.   There must be 20 news reports about Cheeto Jesus, compared to one about the Hillster.

It doesn't have to make sense.  Just arouse that primordial lizard brain.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 2, 2016 at 11:34am

That is what charisma does, he attracts the emotive aspect of one's personality, not his qualifications. 

We did a lousy job of teaching our history, political science, life skills. When I taught in Texas, I was carefully supervised as to what I taught and how. The people put into place the books from which I was to teach and monitored us so we wouldn't overstep the boundaries. 

Remember Nixon's "Southern Strategy"?

"In American politics, southern strategy refers to methods the Republican Party used to gain political support in the South by appealing to the racism against African Americans harbored by many southern white voters.[1][2][3]

"As the African American Civil Rights Movement and dismantling of Jim Crow laws in the 1950s and 1960s visibly deepened pre-existing racial tensions in much of the Southern United States, Republican politicians such as presidential candidate Richard Nixon and Senator Barry Goldwater developed strategies that successfully contributed to the political realignment of many white, conservative voters in the South to the Republican Party that had traditionally supported the Democratic Party.[4]"

Wikipedia

Comment by Loren Miller on October 2, 2016 at 11:02am

And yet a bit more to consider regarding the Republican presidential nominee:



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Comment by Grinning Cat on October 1, 2016 at 12:25pm

Another tRump cartoon: (click to enlarge)

1973: Donald Trump, Landlord (as the sign outside his door says) to an angry and disappointed Black woman, 'We don't want your kind in here...' / 2016: The White House with sign, 'The American People, landlords', telling an angry and disappointed Trump, 'We don't want your kind in here...'

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 30, 2016 at 4:07pm

I'm reading a book by David Brock titled Killing the Messenger - The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Highjack Your Government. It's an interesting read because originally he was one of the hired guns employed to slime the Clintons. He saw the light, so to speak, and in 2004 founded Media Matters. In 2010 he started the super PAC American Bridge. He's also the author of Blinded by the Right: the Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 30, 2016 at 3:35pm

Something to consider:



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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2016 at 3:42pm

Bertold, that piece by Pierce on Cruz, presents a funny/tragic figure.

I don't remember the reference to McCain's daughter in 2004. The only thing I found was her public displays of sexuality and being in a lesbian relationship. Yes, that would be a problem for McCain and his ambition. 

Pierce surely knows how to select words that evoke powerful images. 

"an abject spasm of hilarious self-abnegation as we saw from Tailgunner Ted Cruz, fearless fighter for the Constitution, dauntless soldier of the living Christ, and marshmallow-spined careerist."

That is funny, especially looking at Cruz's less than handsome face. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 24, 2016 at 1:34pm

Mr. Pierce on Ted Cruz's endorsement of Drumph:

Finally, Something to Laugh About in This Godforsaken Campaign

Not since 2008, when John McCain sucked up to the same forces that had soaked his young daughter in calumny four years earlier, have we seen such an abject spasm of hilarious self-abnegation as we saw from Tailgunner Ted Cruz, fearless fighter for the Constitution, dauntless soldier of the living Christ, and marshmallow-spined careerist. There hasn't been much to laugh about in this godforsaken campaign, but I'm rolling on the floor over this one. What an absolute coward. What a comic fraction of a statesman. What a pocket-sized imitation of a United States Senator.
 
 
 

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