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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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 10 hours ago. 17 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

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

Tags: deregulation

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 20, 2016 at 7:32pm

@Joseph - But doesn't Gibson get points for being right? Corporations pretty much do have that much power now, and pretty much use it as unscrupulously as he depicted. I guess the main difference between where we are and his dystopias is corporations stiil have to engage in lots of disinformation disseminating to get their way. If the Republicans win the election in November, they won't need to bother. I'm sure you've noticed how they no longer even feel the need to mask their true intentions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 12, 2016 at 6:46pm

Joseph P, you really hit the nail on the head there!

Gotta love Citizens United.  It's the best in Orwellian doublespeak, calling a consortium of special-interest corporations a group of "citizens," with the stated objective of returning the government to citizens' control ... by which they mean the billionaires and multinational corporations.
Comment by Joseph P on May 12, 2016 at 6:44pm

Yeah, I've read a few of Gibson's books.  Did he do a single one that wasn't dystopian?  The guy has issues.

Sort of like SMBC, when we get a run of 7 or 8 comics in a row which are just dark and messed up as hell.  Makes me want to shoot him an e-mail: "Zach, you doing alright, man?"

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 12, 2016 at 5:43pm

>by which they mean the billionaires and multinational corporations.

Who continually make obscene profits and aren't even willing to help foot the bill for infrastructure that keeps them going. Back in the 80s sci fi writer William Gibson did a great job of projecting what (then) future corporatocracy would look like. In short, they've already drowned government in the bathtub and the 99% are reduced to fighting over the scum in the soap ring.

Comment by Joseph P on May 12, 2016 at 5:32pm

I'm all for Bernie staying in it until the end of the primaries, on June 14th.  But if he's still down more than 5 points then, it's time to suspend his campaign.

Sure, he can try to extract some concessions from Hillary, in exchange for going away.  I hope he can help push her further to the progressive end of things, on the issues for which she's less so than he is, but he needs to think of the good of the party and progressivism in general.

And he really needs to freaking lay off of any more negative ads against Hillary.

I'm afraid that we're a long way from the sort of electoral reform that you're talking about.  Before we even worry about that, we should get rid of the freaking electoral college and overturn Citizens United.

Gotta love Citizens United.  It's the best in Orwellian doublespeak, calling a consortium of special-interest corporations a group of "citizens," with the stated objective of returning the government to citizens' control ... by which they mean the billionaires and multinational corporations.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 12, 2016 at 4:31pm

Which is Trump and which is the party?

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 12, 2016 at 9:43am

This convinced me that Bernie Sanders should stay in the race until someone actually gets the Democratic nomination for president:

Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care (NYTimes)

For months [...] Hillary Clinton has resisted calls from Senator Bernie Sanders to back a single-payer health system [...]

But as she tries to clinch the nomination, Mrs. Clinton is moving to the left on health care and this week took a significant step in her opponent’s direction, suggesting she would like to give people the option to buy into Medicare. [...]

Mr. Sanders calls his single-payer health care plan “Medicare for all.” What Mrs. Clinton proposed was a sort of Medicare for more. [...]

(Hillary Clinton campaigned at the Mug ‘n Muffin in Stone Ridge, Va., on Monday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 12, 2016 at 9:30am

Agreed on superdelegates as crap!

Why not have a short campaign season (with publicly funded airtime for all candidates who reach a reasonable threshold of signatures), then a single election with range voting -- voters give separate scores to each candidate, highest average wins. No primaries, no spoilers.

(Each candidate can get a predetermined number of artificial "0" votes, to prevent the "unknown lunatic wins" scenario where a candidate wins with a tiny, rabid following while most voters have "no opinion".)

Comment by Joseph P on May 11, 2016 at 8:08pm

It feels like stealing it, though, and that's coming from someone who voted for Bernie and wishes he would have won.  The whole superdelegate thing is kind of crap, and if they turned a primary completely the other way, there would be a riot ... sort of like what we had in 1968.

If we're talking about a difference of 1 or 2 points, then that isn't as bad.  Bernie is down 9 points, though, and I don't think he's going to get closer.  Hillary is polling ahead about 10 points in California and 18 points in New Jersey.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 11, 2016 at 4:57pm

Joseph, I don't think flipping superdelegates counts as stealing the nomination, because the function of supedelegates is to steal the nomination from registered Democrats. That's like charging the guy retrieving a stolen purse from the hands of a purse-snatcher, to return it to the owner, as a thief.

To change the topic, a quote:

... under the Obama administration’s corporate-friendly “all of the above” energy policy, the United States became the largest oil producer on the planet and massively expanded fracking ... Sorry, you can’t claim to take climate science seriously and at the same time vastly expand your national production of oil and gas. That’s not a credible climate plan. It’s a form of climate denial. [emphasis mine]

Other Universities Are Divesting From Fossil Fuels—but Harvard Is D...

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