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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P yesterday. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

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Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

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Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2016 at 5:24pm

According to RS author Joshua Holland,

This Election Is Being Rigged – But Not by Hillary Clinton

. . . Meanwhile, a small town in Macedonia called Veles has become a "global hub for pro-Trump misinformation," according to BuzzFeed. The village of 45,000 people hosts 100 websites that spew Facebook-shareable nonsense about the election – and Hillary Clinton's many "crimes."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 30, 2016 at 11:38pm

Neil Carter reviews Citizen United's pre-election propaganda film Torchcbearer, starring Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.

This weekend, the Political Action Committee (PAC) Citizens United (yes, that same Citizens United) releases in theaters a new film entitled Torchbearer, a movie aimed at stirring their conservative base into a frightened frenzy, mobilizing them to get out the vote, hoping to use the November election to put conservatives back into the White House before America finally collapses under the oppressive weight of its own utter godlessness.


Torchbearer stars Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and was produced, written, and directed by Stephen K. Bannon, chairman of Breitbart News and CEO of Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign (need I say anything else?).

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 3:19pm

Whenever I see bad English translations, I mostly feel grateful for them, since my own Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Hindi, Finnish, etc., etc. are all nonexistent.

I still appreciate good puns and coincidences!

(Yes, this is veering off into Linguaphiles and Sesquipedalians territory, but I promise it'll get relevant to the group again in a paragraph or so.)

In the video below, one observer of linguistics points out that "most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order, and maybe a different way of writing." He goes on to describe a few "fantastic features" that aren't in English. One is time-independence in Chinese, where past/present/future tense isn't "baked into every single sentence."

Another language feature: imagine if all of our political and economic speeches -- and religious teachings and sermons! -- had to be given in a language with evidentiality, where the basic grammar in every sentence requires you to indicate how you know something, whether you personally witnessed it or not. (Some languages have five or more categories of evidentiality, including whether you've inferred something from indirect evidence, or whether you're reporting what someone else said.)

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 25, 2016 at 12:52pm

GC, I've seen a lot of signs like that in China.  Very funny.  Of course, all of the signs in the US with translations for Chinese Tourists are plentiful and written in perfect Mandarin.  Oh wait...  :-)

BB, not really, but I do appreciate carrying on the tradition of cast iron cookware.  Those skillets make for the best scrambles.

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 11:38am

On another note: this bit of "Engrish" -- or the English part of it, anyway -- should be posted inside every voting booth!

(Chinese text above English) DO NOT DUMB HERE. NOT DUMB AREA HERE.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 25, 2016 at 11:02am

Daniel, do you have the hots for Doris the Dominatrix?

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 10:58am

Very true, Daniel! Realizing that this one real world is all we've got is no guarantee of moral behavior towards one's fellow human beings on this rock!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 25, 2016 at 10:47am

GC, nice quotation.

Not wanting to be contrarian, but I dont think being atheist is any kind of guarantee of not being a tyrant.  True, she or he is aware this is life's only chance and with no reward or promise for a bucolic bovine future.  But they are also constricted only by their own conscience and ethics  and ambitions.  I've known narcisstic atheists who I thought would have no problem grinding up their "not one of us" perceived competetors or human speedbumps on the road to career Valhalla, and made into Alpo.  Why am I now wanting to see if Netflix carries "Eating Raul"?

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 25, 2016 at 10:10am

A comment that has nothing to do with the orange vulgarian, for a change: :-)

“I want an avowed atheist in the White House. When time comes to push that button, I want whoever’s making that decision to understand that once it’s pushed, it’s over. Finito. They’re not gonna have lunch with Jesus. Won’t be deflowering 72 virgins on the great shag carpet of eternity, or reincarnated as a cow. I want someone making that decision who believes life on this Earth isn’t just a dress rehearsal for something better--but the only shot we get.” --Quentin R. Bufogle

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

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

 
 
 

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