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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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Much worse to comeDo the math => fear 2015.When you look at the numbers for Ebola's…Continue

Tags: global pandemic, Ebola, exponential increase

Guess who's holding up US Ebola funds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 15. 10 Replies

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Tags: James Inhofe, Ebola funding

Two little-known statutes may make religious belief superior to the law of the land

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 4. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the unintended consequences of two U.S. statutes that could, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”…Continue

Tags: Constitution, RLUIPA, U.S. Constitution, courts, Supreme Court

Growing appetite for religion in U.S. politics

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 25. 6 Replies

A new Pew Research survey, conducted September 2-9, finds that "the share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should…Continue

Tags: religion losing influence, religion in politics, U.S. politics, Pew Research, same-sex marriage

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:59pm

Notice that peak hiring on this chart was 2000 and new normals began to develop. What will cause them to rise again? 

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2012/10/manufacturing-empl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:54pm

Notice, again, the beginning of exponential growth. This represents Net Worth of American Households and Nonprofit Organizations. Are we at "Peak Prosperity?

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2010/03/peak-prosperity.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:51pm

http://skeptikai.com/2011/10/27/world-population-and-the-7th-billion/

Have you noticed the tremendous amount of change began to take place in 1950s? This is called "exponential growth". Changes taking place happen so fast, and problems grow so complex, life becomes chaotic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

via Ruth Anthony-Gardner 

Just as Henrik Ibsen wrote in "An Enemy of the People" the town didn't want to hear what doctor Stockmann had to say because it would destroy their tourist trade. Townspeople didn't understand dangers of pollution, he is denounced and called, "an enemy of the people". 

"...the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone." "A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong."

~  Dr. Stockmann
 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 12:01am

Child sacrifice and other atrocities ignored by believers who consi...

Any god that would ask for such an atrocity is not worthy of considering. The task of mothers and fathers is to raise their children to flourish. To ask them to sacrifice their child is disgusting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 11:51pm

Bible Atrocities, by Donald Morgan

I wonder why the Bible does not instruct the slave on how to end slavery? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:12pm

Science in an Age of Scrutiny

With so much false information floating around, and chaos growing as conditions deteriorate, we need to get valid and reliable information. I am not suggesting to take Union of Concerned Scientists as perfect, but it is more trustworthy than political and corporate information. Remember tobacco? Or nuclear power? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

Union of Concerned Scientists
Science in Action

Level the playing field for wind power

It is way past time to go gung-ho on renewable, sustainable energy, and don't forget wave power. It would create jobs, use resources freely available, unless someone comes along and puts a price on the wind or sun. How can water be sold? Ca

n air be sold? or sun? Of course the technology that makes them usable makes sense, but not the element itself. We have nothing to do with its production. We don't manufacture air or sun or potable water (well we do make potable water). But you get my drift.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 5:45pm

I agree, take out the magic and supernatural, take the rest with a grain of salt and spend time reading something more enlightening. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 10:45am

Brooksley Born and the Power of an Opposing Idea

"If she just would have gotten to know us…maybe it would have gone a different way" said Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the SEC, in an excellent 2009 Frontline episode titled The WarningThe 'she' Levitt refers to is Brooksley Born, former Chair of the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), who waged an unsuccessful campaign to regulate the multitrillion dollar derivatives market, whose crash helped trigger the recent financial collapse.

Ms. Born, the first female president of the Law Review at Stanford, the first female to finish at the top of the class, and an expert in commodities and futures, was brought in by the Clinton Administration to run the (CFTC), a little known regulatory backwater. Soon after assuming the reins, she became aware of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, a rapidly expanding and opaque market, which she attempted to regulate. According to Frontline, "Her attempts to regulate derivatives ran into fierce resistance from then-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and then-Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who prevailed upon Congress to stop Born and limit future regulation." Put more directly by NY Times reporter Timothy O'Brien, "they...shut her up and shut her down."

Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers

 

 
 
 

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