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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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New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? (Bill Maher)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 11. 4 Replies

Lead bullets?  Asbestos?!?  Rolling back mileage requirements that the automobile industry had already agreed to???  Such moves aren't just stupid or pandering to the corporate state, they are, to put it succinctly, DICK MOVES, put into motion by…Continue

Tags: move, dick, president, Drumpf, Donald Trump

Your private internet history up for sale, thanks to Republicans

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 30. 21 Replies

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

Tags: regulatory capture, corporate capture

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:36am

Humongous is one of my favorite words also.  It makes me smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2016 at 11:35am

I didn't think about trump followers being in a cult, but it sounds like it could be.

Comment by Joseph P on October 22, 2016 at 9:31am

I dunno.  His faculties seem to mostly be intact, from what I've seen.  He's just narcissistic to the extreme, and he's had so much soft-handling on his show and in his business ventures that his perception of how the rest of the world responds to his more insane shit is a bit off.

Plus, on his TV show, his more disgusting behavior was trimmed by the editors, I'm sure.

Comment by Daniel W on October 22, 2016 at 8:37am

Reading or hearing Trump's style makes me pause about my own speech. It also makes me wonder about whether there is mild demential or other neurological problem.  He latches onto a word, then repeats it several times in subsequent sentences.  And in subsequent speeches.  I remember my mother and grandmother doing that when their Alzheimers started.  The other place where those patterns can emerge is with cult leaders.  Trump's followers do have a cult-like mass hypnosis appearance.

When I hear so many superlatives and hyperbole, I find I like the opposite direction more, with subdued, understated speech.  The more he exaggerates, the less I trust.  Not that I have any trust in him, his style, his intentions, or any other aspect of Trump and Trumpism.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 22, 2016 at 6:31am

I find "humongous" more fun to say.

Trump? Why do so many people who may be insane have so much energy?

Comment by Daniel W on October 21, 2016 at 1:04pm

I've actually stopped myself from saying the word "huge".  There are better words anyway.  The word "huge" has been overused for a generation,  but now has new negative significance, it means "Trump huge".

I also feel less trust for superlatives, especially catostrophic ones - "worst in history" - meant "I don't like it".  Or "terrible, awful, horrible" means "I don't like it". 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2016 at 12:58pm

Trump uses so many con-artist's words that it's astounding how anyone can trust him.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 21, 2016 at 8:56am

The LA Times ran an interesting article on Trump's use of language.

'Believe me': People say Trump's language is affecting political discourse 'bigly'

Perhaps not since Sarah Palin gave Americans her tossed-word salads has a candidate’s speech pattern been so debated, celebrated and mocked.

But Trump is more than just a free-style rambler. Experts say he employs a very deliberate, effective communications approach unlike any other presidential candidate in memory.

The Trumpisms — “Believe me,” “People say,” “Sad!” — have become so well known they are the subject of spoofs. But like a savvy salesman or break-through advertising campaign, Trump’s techniques carry a quiet power.

Here’s a breakdown of Trump-speak.

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 19, 2016 at 3:14am

The tactic of setting the economically alienated against each other is the oldest and longest con in the playbook of American oligarchy.

Bert, Pierce's  words tell us the sympathies of those who refer to America as "our democracy".

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 18, 2016 at 11:14pm

Bertold, I only know about 4chan as a forum for trolls who harass female gamers and feminists. Thanks for the heads up.

Great cartoon, Grinning Cat.

 
 
 

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