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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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Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

Pastor cautions Christian women about those Trump-loving men of the Christian Right—and he nails it

Started by Joan Denoo 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

We all know there are predatory men and women and I am not denying it.What is the rate of men and women rapes? Sadly, rape is grossly under-reported, especially men who are raped. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in…Continue

Tags: men, of, the, right, Trump-loving

The Satanic Panic - The Witch Hunt of the Late Twentieth Century (Seth Andrews)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 1 Reply

To a degree, I think the following video and talk are mislabeled.  Oh, absolutely, Seth talks at length and in detail about the "Satanic Panic," the crazed obsession some Christians had about elements of popular culture through the 1970s, 80s, and…Continue

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The things I remember

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 4 Replies

The things I remember about The John Birch Society, founded in 1958 by a candy entrepreneur, Robert Welch, who, in 1961, said the government of the United States was “50-70 percent” Communist-controlled and Dwight D. Eisenhower was a “dedicated,…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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