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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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Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 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 on Monday. 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

The Obama Opposition (Charles M. Blow, NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Nov 11. 8 Replies

The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did. When Obama…Continue

Tags: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, opposition, president, Barack Obama

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Comment by Grinning Cat on July 16, 2014 at 6:01pm

Obama's Meeting with Republicans:

Comment by James M. Martin on July 13, 2014 at 9:49pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2014 at 9:45pm

Rick Perry's Immigration meeting with President Obama

Great quote, Loren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 8:18pm

AronRa has a way with words. His link-up to form the tour, ANTI-THEISM: “The Unholy Trinity Tour”, including AronRa, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews, make a formidable trinity.

I'm reposting AronRa's gen on Twitter. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2014 at 7:32pm

Another gem from the mind of AronRa:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 3:15pm

Tom, of course you are correct in your comments and to be blind to history has no utility. My uncle, a superior court judge, stated that only landowners should have the vote. I was outraged by that statement. At that time, 40 years ago, I was not able to own property unless and until I had a father, husband or son who could co-sign. And what about the black slaves that built our wonderful federal buildings, and even Monticello; they had no right to vote. Can;t forget how they perceived the native population. So, my overstatement deserves to be challenged. 

That said, the safety nets that came after the Great Depression and WW II give protection and rights to working people. Those have been dismantled, piece by piece, over time. An erosion that is now at such a state that people have to grow up, stop being dependent on protections that are not there, and become part of the rebellion. 

So, this con+spire concept, breath+with, is an energy that is growing as people experience the hardships created by those who do not value work and build their values on accumulation of wealth. 

Thanks, dear friend, for the enlightened response. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 8, 2014 at 2:03pm

USA has been invaded by oligarchs and the people have allowed it to happen, even encouraged it.

Joan, prepare to be not disillusioned, but illusioned more accurately.

The oligarchs were here at America's founding. Here are a few of the words that two of them spoke during the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Alexander Hamilton on June 18:

The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the rich and well-born a distinct and permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the mass of the people, and as they cannot receive any advantage by a change, they therefore will ever maintain good government.

And James Madison on June 26:

In framing a system we wish to last for ages, we should not lose sight of the changes the ages will bring. An increase of population will increase the proportion who labor under all the hardships of life and secretly sigh for a more equal distribution of its blessings. These may in time outnumber those who are placed above feelings of indigence. According to the equal laws of suffrage, the power will slide into the hands of the former. ... Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests and check the other. It ought to be formed as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.

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For more, a whole lot more, read James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me or the better-known  Howard Zinn's A Peoples History....

If you want to wade into the deep water, James Madison's Records of the 1787 Federal Convention  are on line. I have only minutes to write just now, but if you say you want to look at them I will find their URL's.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 8:11am

Grinning Cat, this is indeed good news. What do these countries tell us? 

USA has been invaded by oligarchs and the people have allowed it to happen, even encouraged it. The christian, obedient, submissive, docile population sat in front of tv sets watching reality tv while our forests were cut, our soils were contaminated, our air polluted and the people just sat, drank their beer and pop and ate sugar/fat foods pumped out babies as fast as they could incubate, and got lazy, fat, and spoiled rotten.

Well, oligarchs, there is a conspiracy rising from the depths of our spirited founding fathers and mothers and the pot is beginning to steam. USA lost primacy because we stopped being courageous, inquisitive, exploratory, inventive, and we forgot how to work hard. We enjoy the benefits of other people's thinking and action. 

We raise up a gaggle of youngin's who expect to have all the electrical gadgets that previous generations invented, they think the Earth owes them a living even as we may have reached the tipping point for survival of living things because of our mismanagement of our rich resources. 

We have the same sun as Australia, Germany, England and all the other countries that have gone solar. Our dear, loving, caring oligarchs have prevented leaving fossil fuels behind, they even don't want new technology in to impose on their domain. 

There is a man and woman in north Idaho who have invented a highway that produces energy! Can you imagine such a thing. I used to call them lunatics. Well, we need more of those lunatics to rise up and make things happen. 

Solar Roadways

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 8, 2014 at 1:17am

That is good news about solar power!

Related, from Australia: "Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete" (The Guardian)

"Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.... Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one of the newest, biggest power stations in the state – rooftop solar."

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

 
 
 

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