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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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The Profit Motive and the Election Motive Intersect.

Started by tom sarbeck Sep 12. 0 Replies

Who has not heard the term 'profit motive'?'Election motive' may be a neologism, a newly-coined word.The former moves capitalists; the latter moves politicians.The SCOTUS in the 1970s held that money is speech. In 2010 SCOTUS held that corporations…Continue

Tags: money, speech, corruption, SCOTUS, politicians

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 3 Replies

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You"Big money will pull out all the stops to sell you a tax plan that exclusively benefits the wealthy. Don’t buy…Continue

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Porque?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck Sep 13. 8 Replies

How is it that Joe Arpaio deserves a pardon and dreamers don't?Continue

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2017 at 12:59pm

Even dead people are declining to perform for Trump


 NEWSWEEK


06 JAN 2017 AT 18:07 

Remember Nancy with the laughing face?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 7, 2017 at 12:52pm

I just ran across this.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 7, 2017 at 12:27pm

Trump in the Oval Office, refusing a thick “Daily intelligence briefing” while holding up a smartphone displaying “FAKE NEWS”: “Don’t bother. I’m already up to speed.”(click to embiggen)

Apropos: "Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Finds" (yesterday's NYT)

"Mr. Trump told The New York Times in an interview that the storm surrounding Russian hacking was nothing more than a “political witch hunt” carried out by his adversaries, who he said were embarrassed by their loss to him in the 2016 election. Speaking by telephone three hours before the intelligence briefing, Mr. Trump repeatedly criticized the intense focus on Russia."

(via @MikeIsaac on Twitter)

Comment by Joseph P on January 7, 2017 at 12:06pm

Err, I'm not seeing where you're going with that.  Calling Trump a nonstop liar and exposing his lies would have been beneficial, if it meant that we didn't get him as a president.

I don't see how your comments apply to anything we're talking about.  Explain please.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 7, 2017 at 12:34am
Joseph, when you'll never see a guy again you won't lose a lot if you call him on a lie.
When you will see him again, soon or often, you might want to be more tactful and say "There's more recent info you'll want to check."
But go ahead and your bridges if you like.
Comment by Joseph P on January 7, 2017 at 12:14am

When something is a blatant lie, there isn't anything to think about, in regards to that.  Now, if the WSJ wants to leave their readers open to whether or not Trump's blatant lying is a good or bad thing, that's different.

The basic fact of Trump's nonstop, aggressive, willful lies isn't really challenge-able, though, unless you want to be laughed at.

What you're letting slide is what has been behavior by the news organizations that is a lot like what creationists do, trying to shove their unscientific shit into high-school science classes.  The kids need the basic education on the objective facts, before they have any sort of valid opinion on the subject ... which they might someday have, somewhere around the post-graduate level.

Most people turning to the news do not already have a basic education on the facts.  Nor do they have the time and ability to weed through all of the details themselves to determine whether or not Trump is lying.  News programs of old used to actually try to educate people, not do the sort of wishy-washy, you-should-make-up-your-own-mind-whether-or-not-he's-lying presentation that you're proposing.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 6, 2017 at 10:04pm
Pitts' concluding thought experiment omitted mention of whether there were enough reporters to cover both the ribbon cutting and the mall event.

Columnists and editors deal with different problems.
Comment by tom sarbeck on January 6, 2017 at 9:47pm
Bert, some folks here will join you in resenting the WSJ for not saying Trump is lying. You and they want the media to stir feeling, not thinking.

The WSJ's readers want to think.

Need I explain that rather simple idea?
Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 10:13am

I just learned about factba.se - a searchable "Donald Trump Complete" database that aims to be a comprehensive repository of his speeches, tweets, policies, etc., including transcribed video and deleted tweets, with links to the sources. Canty Media writes on the site, "We are testing this concept right now with the President-elect, though we plan to expand to cover other world leaders and people of note."

They're offering it through a freemium model, free for the basic service, with paid access to extra features for journalists. (They also offer "enterprise" arrangements for companies wanting their own video collections, etc. transcribed and indexed - no idea whether there are any takers.)

(screenshot from http://factba.se/ - background is a picture of Donald Trump in unearthly pale blues, almost grayscale) Donald Trump. Speeches. Tweets. Policy. Unedited. Unfiltered. Instantly. ('Mission' toggle with arrow) HOURS OF VIDEO 254.3 (search box with example 'ethics')

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2017 at 10:04am

(click to embiggen -- as if tRump's head isn't big enough already!)

 
 
 

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