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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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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

Tags: president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 5 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 12:50am

Loren, The Koch Brothers do what they do best, propagandize their goods and reputations. They buy their way into respectability, ignoring the costs to the environment or impacts on people's lives. They need to be held accountable for the exploitation of workers around the globe, the manipulation of our government, and I am too tired to continue my rant. That will give me something to do tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, have you noticed the beautiful news coming out of countries that are going solar and other green ways of doing things? 

"Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on 9 June, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak solar power output at the solstice weekend.

"France, Italy, Denmark and other countries are also believed to have generated record amounts in June."

If we could just get the pubic to realize the oil industries and Koch Brothers tell lies and manufacture propaganda that is against our self-interest, we might get somewhere. 

The notion of bringing more fossil fuel onto the markets, and burning more of that lethal stuff creating more CO2, is ludicrous. Cap and trade is no solution, it is a way for the wealthy to continue to have benefits from an energy source that needs to end. 

UK and Germany break solar power records

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 12:01am

Grinning Cat, you stated it exactly as I think it. An individual's health care plan is private and not to be influenced by the employer. To do so is like the old days when employers could discriminate against women and men considered too old to get a job, or against homosexuals, or, as in the earlier days, married women could not get teaching jobs. Such discrimination is just plain bigotry. The color of skin, the age of the person, sexual orientation and marital status is none of the business of employers, and certainly, women denied access to total health care is outrageous. Pinching bottoms, squeezing breasts, and denying total health care for women are events long out of date.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2014 at 11:53pm

What is so difficult to understand? We have too many people with too few dollars to get the economy moving. What will it take to prime the pumps and get the financial engine going  without the starts, stops, hiccups that occur now? 

We need an enormous public investment in basic infrastructure and in a transition to a sustainable economy.

This is an effort that warrants financing with larger deficits. This investment in improvements will produce the infrastructure that is costing us money, time and effort to patch up and make do as exists at the present time. By taxing billionaires their fair share, whose activities caused the financial collapses in the first place, will benefit all. It is a far better way to spend money than bailing out failed banks and businesses. 

This effort should be a multi-year scaled project with an ongoing program of economic renewal that puts people to work as it improves our highways, incubates domestic technologies, restores rotting infrastructures, makes the U.S. more resilient in the face of sea level rise, and makes the economy more productive and competitive.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 30, 2014 at 1:41pm

Relevant to the Hobby Lobby ruling:

Bosses should not be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees. [with exterior of US Supreme Court building](from The Reprimand Project -- "common sense messages to level the playing field as the GOP wages its legislative wars on Constitutional rights and law-abiding citizens.")

Comment by Loren Miller on June 22, 2014 at 9:35am

Toggling between CBS Sunday Morning and ABC News This Week, I caught an interesting commercial - PROMOTING KOCH INDUSTRIES!!!  I'm going to take a guess and say that the Kochs have finally figured out that a healthy portion of the general public have discovered that they exist ... and may not be too happy about that either.  So now Koch Industries is doing some happy-happy / joy-joy feel-good commercials on Sunday morning television.

It should go without saying that I hope they don't work!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 1:56pm

A little something which my daily dose of the Daily Kos offered me today:

Harvard Business Review calls bullshit on today's "capitalists"

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 1:13pm

I think the saving grace here is that:

  1. Elon Musk has enough money that he can pretty much do as he pleases and
  2. He seems to want to do some genuine good with his bread ... unlike the Adelson - Koch jackasses.

As to the business about his patents, I've been discussing that among other topics on a car board for the past week or so, and the overall impression of the participants appears to be largely positive.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 16, 2014 at 11:30am

Re the resistance of some state governments to allow Tesla to sell cars:

It reminds me of the reports I heard in San Francisco of GM's buying up transit systems and closing them in order to sell more automobiles.

American capitalism is so efficient.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 7:00am

You recall correctly, Tom ... which is why I don't give the Washington Times a whole lot of cred ... any more than I gave Ronny.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 16, 2014 at 6:55am

Tesla is opening up its patents.  The world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform," Musk said. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/small-business/latest-n...

 
 
 

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