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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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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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Maajid Nawaz Interview (Real Time with Bill Maher)

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There may be no one who has a fuller understanding of the culture and dynamics of Muslim world in both its moderate and radical aspects than Maajid Nawaz. The problem has been that, because he has the unmitigated nerve to use clear observation and…Continue

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Putin critic says he's one of the lucky ones: "I'm still here" (CBS News "60 Minutes")

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If anyone should doubt the toxic nature of the Russian government of Vladimir Putin, they need look no further than the case of anti-Putin activist, Vladimir Kara-Murza. On two separate occasions in the past four years, Kara-Murza has been subjected…Continue

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Why Nestle is one of the most hated companies in the world

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Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 6, 2016 at 12:22am

Back to general political commentary:

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell, which nicely illustrate what they're really out to "conserve":

The Five Circles of Conservative Hell: [outer to inner] Preserve Cultural Privilege / Preserve the Aristocracy / Repeal the New Deal / Repeal the Constitution / Repeal the Enlightenment

(h/t Ruth)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 31, 2016 at 9:06pm

Joseph  - if you're interested, Jerry Coyne posted an interview with the author, followed up by a rebuttal with Lawrence Krauss (a real friend of Christopher's) 

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/taunton-vs-krau...

Comment by Joseph P on May 31, 2016 at 12:04am

That's even more preposterous than the usual shenanigans that they pull, Bertold.  We already have real articles that Hitchens wrote from his death-bed.

I'd say that it's ridiculous, since they're not fooling anyone, but they're only saying it for their credulous sheep, not anyone who would know better.  A lot of the religious sheep will accept the most ludicrous things without examination, as long as those things confirm what they want to be true.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2016 at 6:42pm

Ruth, there isn't sound on the GIF with Trump & Sanders. Can you send me the URL for that video clip, please?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 30, 2016 at 5:29pm

Everyone here is probably familiar with the fact that religionists are trying -- in a move as absurd as all their marketing shenanigans but even more brazen than most -- to claim that Christopher Hitchens underwent a last-minute conversion to Christianity. This (it's only a) theory has been laid out in the execrable book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Athiest by Hitchen's (supposed) friend, Alabama Evangelist Larry Alex Taunton.


In an opinion piece on today's Guardian Website, Matthew

d'Ancona very neatly lays any such delusions to rest.


Christopher Hitchens and the Christian conversion that wasn’t


Entire article here.


This is his wrap-up:

It is tempting to write off this book as no more than an outburst of epic self-deception. But its craven purpose – to claim Hitchens posthumously for evangelical Christianity – is to defame a man who was a champion of the Enlightenment and an enemy of all systems of thought that elevate one caste (priestly, or otherwise) above the rest. It is a shoddy tactic in the culture wars that began in America but are spreading in battles over theocracy, identity and social uniformity.

Far from being the double agent of the author’s addled imagination, Hitchens incarnated the pluralism in which he believed so passionately, revelling in the contradictions that are the hallmark of the authentically modern self.

He had no religion, other than friendship. Laughable in itself, Taunton’s Judas kiss serves notice yet again that the literalists of all faiths respect absolutely no limits in pursuit of their higher cause.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 7:29pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 26, 2016 at 6:50pm

Tom, I agree that Democratic Superdelegates and the Electoral College both function to protect the establishment from voters.

Here's a gif that captures the moment for me.

Comment by Joseph P on May 22, 2016 at 12:55am

Err, was anyone fooled by the purpose of those two mechanics?  I would have thought that even the dimmest bulbs amongst the Fox-News-only voters would be aware of that, at least in regards to the electoral college.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 21, 2016 at 6:32pm

When you're supporting the 8, and you're left with the decision between the 3 and the 6, you don't vote for the 3 out of spite.

An apt metaphor, Joseph. It will inspire me.

For starters, when I'm denied chocolate ice cream I may grumble a bit and drink chocolate milk; I do not drink castor oil.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 21, 2016 at 6:05pm

Know this as well as you know anything:

The Democratic Party's superdelegates and the Electoral College serve exactly the same purpose: to protect the establishment from the voters.

How does the Republican Party protect the Establishment? According to Heather Cox Richardson's ironically-named history of the Party, To Make Men Free, they very soon after Lincoln's death made protecting the establishment their chief purpose. But for brief periods of populism, during which the Party enacted consumer protection and child labor laws, the Party has consistently exploited their base. Foe instance, Reagan invited xians to join the Party and the Party is now feeling their anger for decades of exploitation. Trump, probably a pathological liar and narcissist, is for his own entirely selfish purposes performing a public service.

All of the above is, of course, my opinion. I've been following the Party's history since the 1950s, when its far right Birch Society called Eisenhower a communist sympathizer and started expelling moderates. The Party replaced the moderates with 1) the racist Southern Dems (whose ancestors had owned the slaves Lincoln's Republicans freed), and 2) the xians Reagan brought into the Party.

 
 
 

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