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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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Tracking the steady stream of lies coming from the Republican White House

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by tom sarbeck 55 minutes ago. 1 Reply

The Washington Post has a fact-checking project tracking the statements tRump makes during his first 100 days in office. It turns out that our Republican…Continue

Tags: misleading statements, misleading, falsehoods, false statements, Trump Pinocchio

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P yesterday. 8 Replies

80% Stock Market Crash To Strike in 2017, Economist Warns“A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of…Continue

Tags: overvalued, stocks, economic, crash

Nonviolent Resistance is All That's Left

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Feb 14. 0 Replies

Chris Hedges says our institutions were already hollowed out by corporate elites, so  "A sustained, nationwide popular uprising of nonviolent obstruction and noncooperation is the only weapon left to save the republic."…Continue

Tags: mistaking vulgarity for courage, corporate elites, rise of US totalitarianism, nonviolent obstruction, democratic institution credibility

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 6, 2016 at 8:19am

Aw, the poor Vatican's pissed offat Charlie Hebdo again.

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s anniversary edition featuring a gun-wielding God has elicited criticism from the Vatican’s newspaper. The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano (The Roman Observer) said in an editorial Tuesday that the cartoon shows the world’s sad paradox of being politically correct but still disrespectful of believers.

The magazine’s special edition, marking the one-year anniversary of a terror attack on Charlie Hebdo's offices, will hit France’s newsstands Wednesday with its cover carrying a cartoon of a bearded man representing God with a Kalashnikov hanging over his shoulder. The cartoon is accompanied with a text reading: “One year on: The assassin is still out there.” One million copies of the special edition will be sold across the country and over thousands will be sent overseas.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 14, 2015 at 5:35pm

There's more irony, Ruth.

A recent book by Heather Cox Richardson is titled, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

The early Repub Party freed the slaves and today's Party wants to return them to slavery.

From the first bill to add the Equal Right Amendment to the Constitution and until the middle 1970s, it supported equal rights for women and today wants to enslave them.

From 1980 the Party has made wealthy white men wealthier and made them slaves to taxpayer subsidies.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 14, 2015 at 5:15pm

Calvin and Trump differ, too.

Calvin dreams of doing it and we laugh because we know he won't. Trump used his daddy's money to do it and made it his religion.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 14, 2015 at 1:54pm

Speaking to similarities to robber barons, Joan, consider this Salon article.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and a Right-Wing Insurgency the GOP Can No ...

In 1860 southern slave owners were the wealthy 1% controlling the Democratic Party. Their agenda was to make the new western states pro-slavery, so they could import their "property" to extend their economic and political control over the entire US.

Northerners ... organized a new political party, the Republican Party, to stand firm against the expansion of slavery into the West.

..., Democrats harped on the idea that the Republicans were attacking the culture of traditional America.

Today the parties have swapped sides, but the pattern is the same. Once again, political leaders have for years used  inflammatory rhetoric to bolster a system that  favors the very wealthy. Once again, their rhetoric has created an insurgency that they cannot control.

<sigh>, I haven't captured the irony of the party propaganda reversal.

And, Trump similarity to Calvin & Hobbes via cheezburger

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Comment by Grinning Cat on December 14, 2015 at 1:40pm

It's scary how seamlessly Donald Trump fits into the role of the precocious, ambitious and self-centered six-year-old boy in Calvin and Hobbes!

Donald Trump (head pasted onto the boy Calvin of 'Calvin and Hobbes'): 'What do you think is the secret to happiness? Is it money, power or fame? *I'd* choose money. If you have enough money, you can *buy* power and fame. That way you'd have it all and be *really* happy! Happiness is being famous for your financial ability to indulge in every kind of excess.' Hobbes: 'I suppose that's *one* way to define it.' Trump: 'The part I think I'd like best is crushing people who get in my way.'(click to embiggen; from donaldandhobbes at imgur, via cheezburger)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:43am

Chris, I hope your challenges can be overcome and you rest and recuperate from whatever is the source. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 11, 2015 at 12:08am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 3:04am

Oh! The whole country is becoming less white, more living below the poverty line, fewer living in the middle class, wealth concentrating in the "robber barons", government favors business and neglects needs of people and environment. 

Internationally, workers rise against exploitation and domination. 

In the U.S., all these variables exist because of monumental shifts of power and the inactivity of the comfortable middle class. We let power slip away and have not generated the energy to restore the nation to balance. 

I am in Spokane this week, and more businesses closed their doors. Even medical offices closed down. 

As in the 1930s, with a growth of fascism in Europe and Asia, the only flourishing businesses had to do with preparing for war. It took a war, mass killings, destruction of infrastructures, laying waste of farms, industry and decimation of families until people just wore out. 

Any of you old timers see the similarities today?

We have reached the time of revolt! It is not going to be pretty. 

Comment by Plinius on December 9, 2015 at 1:01pm

Some 200 years ago xtians promoted schooling - and I know the limits of that from my fundy childhood - but how did the xtian ideals degenerate to Trump c.s? Staggering!

Comment by Loren Miller on December 9, 2015 at 11:25am

Sadly, Chris, because America has ignorant, uninformed jingoists who can't imagine the US as being anything other than a white-bread christian country where they're at the head of the line and everyone else is nowhere to be seen.  These people not only have no idea about diversity, they don't want to know, and they'll fight anyone who attempts to inform them.

These people are purposefully ignorant and determined to remain so.

 
 
 

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