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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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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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Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva 1 hour ago. 8 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

How Wall Street makes you poor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by James M. Martin 10 hours ago. 1 Reply

The Driving Force Behind America's Warp Speed Decline into an Unequal SocietyLes Leopold exposes the methods Wall Street…Continue

Tags: financialization, Street, , Wall, , inequality', "

Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Nov 17. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

Tags: cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, LGBT, homosexuality, Pope Francis

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 23, 2014 at 2:57am

That major success for Obama had competition: an airliner shot down over Ukrania and a flare up in the war between Israel and Hamas.

In politics shit sometimes happens. Don't get conspiratorial about it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2014 at 1:16am

Loren, I like the Major success in Obama's Iran Policy;
"This is a big deal.  A major foreign policy success.  Iran is ending its nuclear program.  All without a shot being fired.

"And that is the problem.  And why you won't read about this.

"Because if we aren't dropping bombs on someone it just isn't possible for a policy to succeed to the "smart" people in Washington."

Comment by Loren Miller on July 22, 2014 at 2:35pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 18, 2014 at 11:14am

Good posts, Joan and Grinning Cat!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2014 at 1:52pm

Grinning Cat! I love your Obama meeting with Republicans. Ridicule, sarcasm, hyperbole, mockery, satire, exaggeration, distortion, imitation, caricature, and parody all have their place in making a point. This one is a jewel. I'm reposting.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 17, 2014 at 11:35am

"The U.S. Supreme Court has said it: Corporations are people, and can be religious people!

Where do corporations' religious beliefs come from? Why, the Bible, of course!"

So Tom the Dancing Bug presents Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations:

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/16/tom-the-dancing-bug-bible-sto.html

(click image to embiggen)

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 17, 2014 at 12:50am

Paraphrasing slightly, Joan: "The real takers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:28pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

"more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe 'poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.'

"In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

"The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 10:47pm

Who isn't working? Wealthy people 'born into the right family.'

What to do? First, restore the estate tax in full.

Second, eliminate the “stepped-up-basis on death” rule. This obscure tax provision allows heirs to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased value of assets accumulated during the life of the deceased. Such untaxed gains account for more than half of the value of estates worth more than $100 million, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Third, institute a wealth tax. We already have an annual wealth tax on homes, the major asset of the middle class. It’s called the property tax. Why not a small annual tax on the value of stocks and bonds, the major assets of the wealthy?

 
 
 

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