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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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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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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 1 Reply

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 Plinius Jul 14. 4 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

Tags: financialization

Climate Politics of US State Governors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Casey Pittman Jul 3. 1 Reply

Is the governor of your state suckling at the fossil fuel industry teat, while climate disasters whack citizens? As a Pennsylvanian, I'm ashamed to say mine is.... over 77 percent of all oil and gas contributions are being funneled to governors who…Continue

Tags: , , Extreme weather disasters, Change, Climate, State Governors

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 11:24am

CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004–2013
Casualty Estimates, The Bureau of Investigative Journalis

Living things exist as so much fodder for imperialism, cultures have no value to those who do not respect history, principles have no influence on decisions. The USA citizens pays for all this madness.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 1:37am

Grinning Cat,  "bailing out the individual account holders" makes a whole lot more sense to me! This experiment they tried proved to be a sham; why do they think they can get away with it again? 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2013 at 12:38am

"BAILOUTS:
 From each according to his ability,
 to each according to his lack thereof."

Lots of truth there!

What's wrong with bailing out the individual account holders rather than the bank?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 11:42pm

Thanks for the concise overview of your personal life, and P4, and the hilarious Too Pig to Fail cartoon. I couldn't read the last word in the Bailouts image. Do you really think the banks themselves should be given the job of deciding how best to split themselves up? thus far "regulators" haven't been worth a tinker's dam.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 10:10pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 10:08pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 10:06pm

"Banks must be “tasked with the job of deciding how best to split themselves up” under the supervision of regulators,  “There should be rules imposed, perhaps something like Glass-Steagall.”

~Brroksley Born, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, told reporters in Washington today.

"The large banks “have too much political power and too much money to be sufficiently capable of being managed, of being supervised and regulated, and of being permitted to fail” 

~ Brooksley Born 

Brooksley Born Urges Bank Breakups to Help End Too Big to Fail

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 3, 2013 at 2:28am

I read the survey and concluded that Cindy McCain wants moderates to return in numbers large enough to make the evangelicals unnecessary.

The Repub Party is too divided for the term "the Republicans" to be useful.

When Reagan invited the big government evangelical Repubs into the party, so many came in that they took the party away from the small-government (libertarian) Repubs.

The problem started about 1960 when the Repub far right started expelling moderates. After the 1964 Goldwater disaster, the moderates regrouped but Rockefeller and company did nothing to help them. The party need members to replace the moderates and recruited Southern racist Dems, which all but finished the moderates. I'd always been an independent but in 1974 ran as a moderate in a Repub primary for the legislature. I did well but not well enough to beat the incumbent. Reagan's bringing the authoritarian evangelicals into the party took it to the FAR right, made it a big government party, and sent me to the Dems, and eventually out past the liberals to the progressives.

I find both parties about equally corrupt. I long ago decided that Dems are soft-headed and Repubs are hard-hearted. Repubs are now both hard-hearted and "teaparty crazy".

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 2, 2013 at 9:59am

Republican liberals like Cindy McCain are promoting a new survey, "How Do YOU View the Republican Party", aimed at under-30s.

John Aravosis parses it at AmericaBLOG, pointing out, "You know the Republicans are panicking when they ask their members if they should still be opposed to gay marriage, abortion, and marijuana."

A few points of interest:

In the list of "Which issue(s) do you consider when you vote", they include "gay marriage/gay rights", abortion, and the environment, but not the old reliable "immigration" or "family values".

In "Do you think that the Republican Party discriminates against people?" the list includes "environmentalists" and "gays and lesbians".

There's also a free-response question, "What would a Republican have to do or say in order for you to vote for her/him?" Maybe we should let them know.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8PXHD8Y

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:38am

The Global Economy on the Fly - Nouriel Roubini

"In sum, among advanced economies, the US is in the best relative shape, followed by Japan, where Abenomics is boosting confidence. The eurozone and the UK remain mired in recessions made worse by tight monetary and fiscal policies. Among emerging economies, China could face a hard landing by late 2014 if critical structural reforms are postponed, and the other BRICs need to turn away from state capitalism. While other emerging markets in Asia and Latin America are showing more dynamism than the BRICs, their strength will not be enough to turn the global tide."

~ Nouriel Roubini, April 1st, 2013

 
 
 

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