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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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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 yesterday. 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 21, 2017 at 6:49am

There are a few, yeah.  A lot of their straight reporting is good.  Of course, you can get that same, straight reporting from plenty of other sources, so there's no reason to go to them for most things.

What they're mostly known for is their opinion shows, which makes sense since that's over 80% of their lineup.  I think there are about 2 hours a day that are straight-up news reporting, and that tends to be at least passable.

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 20, 2017 at 9:11pm
Loren, Smith is a reporter; the others are entertainers
Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2017 at 9:02pm

A credible reporter at Fox???  I may faint!

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 20, 2017 at 8:51pm
Shep Smith's news is the only Fox program I watch.
Comment by Daniel W on February 20, 2017 at 7:49pm

From Fox News, Shep Smith on the president's mendacity.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2017 at 6:04pm

[Dale Berran]

4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump
Trump’s younger supporters know he’s an incompetent joke; in fact, that’s why they support him.

. . . Thus these Trump supporters hold a different sort of ideology, not one of “when will my horse come in”, but a trolling self-effacing, “I know my horse will never come in”. That is to say, younger Trump supporters know they are handing their money to someone who will never place their bets — only his own — because, after all, it’s plain as day there was never any other option.
In this sense, Trump’s incompetent, variable, and ridiculous behavior is the central pillar upon which his younger support rests.
Such an idea — one of utter contemptuous despair — is embodied in one image more than any other, one storied personage who has become a(n) hero to millions, the voice of a generation.

. . . It is, in other words, a value system, one reveling in deplorableness and being pridefully dispossessed. It is a culture of hopelessness, of knowing “the system is rigged”. But instead of fight the response is flight, knowing you’re trapped in your circumstances is cause to celebrate. For these young men, voting Trump is not a solution, but a new spiteful prank.

. . . the left should stop expecting Trump’s supporters to be upset when he doesn’t fulfill his promises.
Support for Trump is an acknowledgement that the promise is empty.
He is both the “promise” (the labyrinth”, the “alpha”) and the empty center (“the promise betrayed”, the “beta”), in a sublime, hilarious, combination that perfectly reflects the worldview of his supporters.

. . . In other words, we can append a third category to the two classically understood division of Trump supporters:
1) Generally older people who naively believe Trump will “make America great again”, that is to say, return it to its 1950s ideal evoked by both Trump and Clinton.
2) The 1 percent, who know this promise is empty, but also know it will be beneficial to short term business interests.
3) Younger members of the 99 percent, like Anon, who also know this promise is empty, but who support Trump as a defiant expression of despair.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2017 at 4:41pm

Good stuff, GC, and on the mark in all cases!

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:41pm

Mike Pence: “My most important job as vice president is to be ready at a moment’s notice to step in and be just as horrible as Trump.” (Comment from tiny cartoonist in the corner: “You bring some of your own special talents.”)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:39pm

Donald Trump on the phone, hearing, “Sir, Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia and then lied about it!” Trump sits impassive, silent, for five more frames. Another phone call: “Sir, the press is reporting Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia and then lied about it!” Trump’s immediate reply: “That’s terrible! Untenable! Sad! Fire the press!”(click to embiggen -- not that 45*'s ego needs to get any bigger!!!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2017 at 3:35pm

Upper facade of the White House, with a speech balloon, 'LIE' in giant letters. The L is made of many copies of 'WE', the I is made of many copies of 'CAN', and the E is made of many copies of 'EXPLAIN'. 'WE CAN EXPLAIN' forms the 'LIE'.

 
 
 

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