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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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The phony "freedoms" Republicans promise

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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 on Tuesday. 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

More Pieces Of Donald Trump Russia Dossier Check Out (Rachel Maddow)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joseph P on Tuesday. 6 Replies

Originally when I first heard that there may have been a relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians who were hacking the DNC and John Podesta, I wasn't sure whether to take those reports seriously.  With the information supplied here…Continue

Tags: John Podesta, Rachel Maddow, Russians, hacking, Drumpf

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Comment by Joseph P on February 24, 2017 at 8:34pm

Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.

Corollaries and usage

There are many corollaries to Godwin's law, some considered more canonical (by being adopted by Godwin himself) than others. For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned Hitler has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. This principle is itself frequently referred to as Godwin's law.

Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate. Similar criticisms of the "law" (or "at least the distorted version which purports to prohibit all comparisons to German crimes") have been made by American lawyer, journalist and author Glenn Greenwald.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.  It's fascism.  The latter is generally paired with the former, but the former not necessarily with the latter.

Comment by Gary S on February 24, 2017 at 8:33pm

I also like those things GC. Like many of the other things I have read, the US isn't even playing checkers and the rest of the world is playing chess.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 3:23pm

Excellent stuff, GC, thank you!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:18pm

Another take on 45*... given his totalitarian tendencies, the comparison is quite justified; Godwin's law doesn't apply here.'45' drawn in black on a white background at an angle, resembling a Nazi swastika, inside a red 'no' or 'prohibited' circle-slash

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 24, 2017 at 3:15pm

Where are TRUMP products made? (picture of Donald Trump on a gilded throne, with arrows calling out various items:) Furniture made in Turkey; suits made in Mexico; ties made in China; foreign policy made in Russia (with Vladimir Putin brandishing a folder labeled “DOSSIEЯ - D. TЯUMP”, i.e. “DOSSIER - D. TRUMP” in faux-Cyrillic, with Cyrillic letter Ya, which looks like a backwards R, replacing R)

Comment by Loren Miller on February 24, 2017 at 9:45am

 Keith Olbermann has released one of his calmest yet most on-point op-eds of this debacle:



Trump Must Go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2017 at 10:48am

Good article Bertold.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2017 at 10:38pm

Thanks, Bertold Brautigan

Theology: An effort to explain the unknowable by putting it into terms of the not worth knowing.

--H.L. Mencken

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 22, 2017 at 9:35pm

A very timely essay from Benjamin Corey--

America Isn’t Growing Hostile Towards Christians, It’s Growing Hostile Towards Religious Bullies.

[Patheos]

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 22, 2017 at 10:45am

Trickle down economics - How we’re told it works (bottle pouring wine into the top glass of a pyramid of six; the wine spills over and completely fills the other five glasses) - What actually happens (bottle pouring wine into the top glass of a pyramid of six; the wineglass keeps expanding and expanding, and the other five glasses remain empty)(Of course, after the revelations concerning Russian prostitutes, our Republican PEEOTUS gives other meanings to the term as well!)

 
 
 

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