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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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'Trump's Katrina?' No, it's much worse (Juliette Kayyem - CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 2. 5 Replies

It is a difficult task to turn the memory of Hurricane Katrina into a quaint story of well-meaning government actors unable to save a city from destruction. President Donald Trump managed to do that on Saturday morning when he essentially blamed…Continue

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Trump, America's First White President

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[reposting from the group "Conversations on Race, Ethnicity, and Culture", which will be was cleared and closed October 1.]Trump, America's first white presidentSo writes…Continue

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Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2017 at 9:12am

To be honest, I don't even know what Snapchat is.  But what they are doing sounds laudible at first read - fighting clickbait and fake news.

I keep saying we should avoid twitter until they come up with a way to do that.  Twitter is the mouthpiece of you-know-who, with a format that does not allow actual context.  140 characters is enough to inflame, gaslight, or proclaim, but no way to have a meaningful discussion.  Facebook was a major source of fake news that some think influenced the election - I think so - but they say that despite their billions in profits, they can't come up with a way to avoid it.

Maybe, Snapchat Discover, buy directly targeting clickbait and fake news, and stating that they want to keep away from those abusive practices, might give users an alternative to those slimy practices that coarsen discourse and harm democracy.

This is an example of what I keep wanting to promote - positive changes and alternatives that will help rebuild credibility and empower people.  I can't say much more about Snapchat, or whether they are a good company or good product, but that action gives me some hope.  It's nice to have something uplifting in the news to report.

Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2017 at 7:41am

So Drumpf wants us to be patriotic?  He'd better fasten his fuckin' seat belt!  Try a few of these quotes on for size, Donnie:

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
― Benjamin Franklin

One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
― Albert Einstein

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
― Theodore Roosevelt

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
-- Thomas Jefferson (allegedly)

And there's LOTS more where those came from!

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 7:28am

Many of the founding fathers would have thought so, at any rate.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 7:23am

Somehow "patriotic devotion" ought to be an oxymoron.

Comment by Joseph P on January 24, 2017 at 7:05am

Well, the wording of this proclamation isn't at all creepy:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/23/tru...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2017 at 7:03am

Love the blather, Reince, repeat line GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 3:15am

Since the Trump administration loves citing “ALTERNATIVE FACTS”... can we get an ALTERNATIVE PRESIDENT? (Occupy Democrats)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 24, 2017 at 2:20am

(Left to right: Donald Trump, Reince Priebus, Kellyanne Conway) Blather. Reince. Repeat.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2017 at 4:18pm

That's the point of it, Bertold. Well put. His blatant self-inflating lies scream "Dictator!" and "Failed State!" to anyone with half a brain.

Framing the Denier-in-Chief as The Joker is so apropos.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 22, 2017 at 9:05pm

From the New York Times, one of the scarier sentences I've seen lately:

Disinformation was for dictatorships, banana republics and failed states.

That past tense verb is a pip, to say the least.

Yet there it was on Saturday, emanating from the lectern of the White House briefing room — the official microphone of the United States — as Mr. Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, used his first appearance there to put forth easily debunked statistics¹ that questioned the news media’s reporting on the size of the president’s inaugural audience (of all things).

 
 
 

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