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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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You fund Climate Deniers for Congress

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck on Monday. 1 Reply

"I don't contribute to Climate Change Deniers!", you say? But do you use Google, Microsoft, UPS, AT&T, Ford or eBay? (For a more complete list of Climate Denier patrons -…Continue

Tags: corporate evil, corporate hypocrisy, Climate Denier hypocrisy, greenwashing

Neo-Liberal gut of health care soon to hit the fan

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Richard C Brown Sep 7. 2 Replies

Few news reports on the Ebola epidemic include the political and climate change context that created it. Many actually offer bland reassurance that first world countries could easily handle Ebola. In the US, rural areas are especially unprepared for…Continue

Tags: conservative priorities, hospital closings, emergency preparedness, Ebola

Free market creates monopoly - no market, no freedom

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 22. 10 Replies

Barry Lynn explains that a monopolist doesn't have to control 100% of a market. With the US having thousands of markets controlled as monopolies, we suffer the Economics of Destruction.What monopoly means is that a company has sufficient control of…Continue

Tags: free market economics, monopoly

Turns out that lawsuits have rules (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 6. 4 Replies

So ... now that John Boehner and the House of Representatives have decided that the most important thing on their agenda is suing President Obama for having the unmitigated nerve to want to accomplish something during his second term of office, it…Continue

Tags: rules, president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 10:58pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 10:57pm

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 10:35pm

"Minsky Stabilizing an Unstable Economy Complete

The current US recession has been the worst since the Great Depression, although the US economy has experienced other serious recessions in the past, particularly in the mid-1970s and early 1980s.

Since the 1970s, the US has experienced five recessions: 1973-75, 1980-82, 1990-91, 2001-03 and 2007-present. The negative impact on the economy due to the current recession dwarfs any other post-depression recessions due to several reasons. In terms of length, the longest post-depression economic decline was 16 months which occurred in both 1973-75 and 1981-82 recessions. The recession we are in now, began in December 2007 and is still ongoing with faint recoveries and relapses since then. The current recession is also more widespread with close to 86% of the industries cutting back on production supply and a collapse in GDP to the tune of 15% in just the first two quarters of the start of the recession."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 10:08pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 9:33pm

We act as if we had the best education system in the world and we don't.
or medical system, and we don't
and best economic system, and we don't
and best political system, and we don't.
It is time we wake up to the reality of life in the USA

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 9:14pm

What on Earth are we doing, intervening in all these countries when USA's economic and political principles and practices are so messed up?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 8:12pm

Beyond the Numbers: Michael Najjar's Artwork at INET Berlin

"In January 2009 Michael Najjar stood on the summit of Mount Aconcagua, at 6,962 meters the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas.

The photographic material gathered in the course of the three week trek forms the basis of the "High Altitude" work series. The series visualizes the development of the leading global stock market indices over the past 20-30 years. The virtual data of the stock market charts are resublimated in the craggy materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape.

This photo, which represents the development of the Dow Jones stock market from 1980-2009, was on display at INET's 'Paradigm Lost' Berlin conference."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 7:12pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 7:06pm

William Black transcript:  

WILLIAM BLACK: Finance is supposed to simply be a middleman to help the real economy. It in fact now completely dominates and is a parasite on the real economy. German austerity has pushed the entire eurozone into recession and the periphery into Great Depression-level unemployment. And the same arguments are being made in the United States and are used as a pretext to try to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It is economically illiterate, but politically attractive.

AMY GOODMAN: Your assessment of President Obama versus President Bush?

WILLIAM BLACK: Well, less bad on this subject, but President Obama is also—feels that he must politically say there’s a vital need to balance the budget, which is to say, to have austerity, even though he’s looked at Europe and seen that the worst possible thing you can do in a great recession, or the attempted recovery from a great recession, is to start reducing the spending and such.

And Obama needs to go back to what he originally proposed, which was brilliant. It was a Republican idea: revenue sharing. We all knew that the states and localities, unlike the federal government, cannot run significant deficits, and that there was going to be a financial holocaust that was going to reduce vital services and throw hundreds of thousands of public workers out of work when they were most needed and exacerbate the great recession and dramatically slow the recovery. So, the recovery bill that—the stimulus bill that President Obama proposed had that provision. The Blue Dog Democrats, the conservative Democrats, and the Republicans got together to kill that. And unfortunately, the Obama administration didn’t fight for it.

Here’s what we know. The Wall Street Journal just ran an op-ed saying, don’t allow the federal government to help the states. That tells you that’s what they’re scared of. It would be economically brilliant, it would be politically brilliant, to bring back the revenue sharing provisions, which are, after all, a Republican idea, and make the Republicans make the call that they want a financial holocaust throughout America, and they want us to slip back into a recession.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 19, 2012 at 6:35pm

Ex-Financial Regulator William Black: Austerity is Sinking Economie...

"Finance is supposed to simply be a middleman to help the real economy. It in fact now completely dominates and is a parasite on the real economy. German austerity has pushed the entire eurozone into recession and the periphery into Great Depression-level unemployment. And the same arguments are being made in the United States and are used as a pretext to try to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It is economically illiterate, but politically attractive."

~ William Black 

 
 
 

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