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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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Things to thank the current Republican president* for

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 31 minutes ago. 4 Replies

[Written by Susan Keller; shared more than 29,000 30,000 times on Facebook.]I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making…Continue

Tags: president, 45, education, subscriptions, journalism

GET READY FOR THE FIRST SHOCKS OF TRUMP’S DISASTER CAPITALISM Naomi Klein January 24 2017

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

WE ALREADY KNOW that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises…Continue

Poverty Has Always Accompanied Capitalism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P 2 hours ago. 8 Replies

Capitalism usually overthrew its predecessor system (often feudalism, sometimes slavery or still others) violently and accompanied by slogans of "freedom" as in the French revolution's "liberte, egalite, fraternite" or Lincoln's "Emancipation…Continue

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 8 minutes ago. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by Grinning Cat on February 1, 2017 at 12:04pm

Thanks, Daniel, for the insights and the laughs -- "with angel hair noodles for a paddle"! Workers need to cook all that pasta and put it together into solid paddles -- and dams!

Comment by Daniel W on February 1, 2017 at 11:21am

Robert Reich on 7 hard truths the democrats must face if we are not to become a one-party system. Heavily paraphrasing and with some spontaneous commentary -

1. Dems are up shit creek with a chopstick for a paddle.

2. Populism is the zietgeist of our era.

3. Even if jobs are up, wages are bad, inequality is horrendous, men especially have given up, and everyone is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The worker are up shit creek with a spaghetti noodle for a paddle.  Possibly Capelli d'angelo.

4. Dems are corporation money poodles. They have to figure out that is a problem and either quit or be replaced. No offense meant to poodles, which are wonderful doggies but I don't one as my senator.  I don't understand why it's not part of the problem for repubs, but what's sauce for the goose is apparently just Spanish fly for the gander.

5. Dems can't just be AGAINST Trump. On Sesame Street "Beaker" got laughs, but no one will vote for him for president.  They have to be for something. Although, apparently, Repubs did fine by just being against Obama, Clinton, Mexicans, Muslims, and LGBT people. But they were FOR christian dumbfuckery.

6. Berni-ism is the future for Dems, especially among the young.

7. Dems must change from being just a party, to being a movement.  But not a bowel movement.  That's the other party.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2017 at 10:49pm

And more satire:

Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryan’s Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines

... Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who have been studying the skeletal structures of both Republicans for months, believe that their ability to stand, walk, and even break into a brisk trot when confronted by reporters’ questions is “virtually inexplicable.”

... “According to everything medical science teaches us, their bodies should be collapsing to the ground in two heaps.”

... one theory that has gained traction is what Logsdon calls “the startled-deer hypothesis.”

“Just as a deer freezes in the headlights of a car and briefly appears statue-like, we believe that Ryan and McConnell’s bodies may retain their rigid structure out of terror alone.” ...

(read more)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 31, 2017 at 10:42pm

More satire from the Borowitz Report:

Trump Fires Attorney General After Copy of Constitution Is Found on Her Computer

[...] According to the Trump Administration’s code of ethics, established by Steve Bannon [...] “possessing, reading, or referring to the United States Constitution” is a violation that is punishable by termination. [...]

“Sally Yates was hatching a covert plot to require my actions to be in accordance with the Constitution,” Trump said. “We caught her red-handed.” [...]

(read more)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 30, 2017 at 4:23pm

[Medium - Yonatan Zunger]

Trial Balloon for a Coup?
Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours

. . . (4) The Guardian is reporting (heavily sourced) that the “mass resignations” of nearly all senior staff at the State Department on Thursday were not, in fact, resignations, but a purge ordered by the White House. As the diagram below (by Emily Roslin v Praze) shows, this leaves almost nobody in the entire senior staff of the State Department at this point.

. . . Combining all of these facts, we have a fairly clear picture in play.

Trump was, indeed, perfectly honest during the campaign; he intends to do everything he said, and more. This should not be reassuring to you.

The regime’s main organizational goal right now is to transfer all effective power to a tight inner circle, eliminating any possible checks from either the Federal bureaucracy, Congress, or the Courts. Departments are being reorganized or purged to effect this.

The inner circle is actively probing the means by which they can seize unchallenged power; yesterday’s moves should be read as the first part of that.

The aims of crushing various groups — Muslims, Latinos, the black and trans communities, academics, the press — are very much primary aims of the regime, and are likely to be acted on with much greater speed than was earlier suspected. The secondary aim of personal enrichment is also very much in play, and clever people will find ways to play these two goals off each other.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 3:00pm
My wifi connection probly failed briefly. which it occasionally does. By the time I started my Kindle to test the connection, wifi started again.
Comment by Joseph P on January 30, 2017 at 1:59pm

Yeah, you just have to hit the little x in the top right corner of your post, though.  Don't you love failed page-loads, in which the send went through properly, but you don't know that, since the receive didn't come through?

At least we have a delete function here, unlike lots of blog comment-sections.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 1:48pm
Daniel, I enjoy using the words 'imply' and 'infer'.

Do I correctly infer that you dislike democracy?
Comment by tom sarbeck on January 30, 2017 at 1:40pm
Not at all, Daniel; I'm implying that people tell the lie "our democracy" and asking who in pluperfect hell atarted it.
Comment by Daniel W on January 30, 2017 at 12:09pm

Tom, are you saying that because the history of the USA does not meet the ideal of democracy and has often been more like oligarchy, that we shouldn't bother?

 
 
 

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