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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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If We Evolved from Monkeys, Why Are There Still Republicans?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Wednesday. 3 Replies

Do politicians' beliefs about evolution matter? Reasonable people, whether they cotton to communism or the Constitutional Party or anything in between, ought to be alarmed at the fact that leading contenders for the Republican presidential…Continue

Tags: Evolution

Corporate profit takes over your entire world this month

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 15. 1 Reply

Obama is pushing to Fast Track the TPP and TPIP, which means congress will vote to pass them with NO DEBATE or public scrutiny. Under the guise of protecting trade, they'll empower unrestrained corporate profit, with no regard for public good....…Continue

Tags: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership

North Americanism - Republican 2016 strategy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sk8eycat Feb 13. 7 Replies

Are you ready for Cold War 2.0 and a fossil fuel free-for-all surge from Mexico to Canada? Michael Klare describes the Republican campaign strategy for "a nightmare of environmental degradation and global conflict."…Continue

Tags: Republican campaign, 2016 election, North Americanism

Which Is Better, Liberalism or Conservatism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck Feb 10. 6 Replies

While grinding my morning axes, I ran across quite an old article on Alternet by Greta Christina, gatheist activist and…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 6:04pm

That's soulless! - Religion is about therapy and politics

"It is about personal wholeness and social coherence." 

The Nature of Religion (1/2)

The Nature of Religion (2/2)

What stories and traditions will vitalize our good without god era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 1:48am

"Before Globalization, There Was No Unemployment"

"This film captures in just over an hour all of the central driving messages of Nextworldtv: globalization and Western consumer society, now creeping into every corner of the world, creates overworked unhealthy people trying to survive on an increasingly toxic planet, becoming alienated, broke, miserable and sick. 

"Localization of people, culture, food and the economy offers solutions to put us on track to a sustainable economy, prosperous in the truly important ways: creating balance in the whole system, using resources than we generate locally, having more time for more connection to ourselves, our work, our food and our community.

"The Ladakhis of the Himalayas are profiled here in a perfect case history of what happens when globalization interferes and systematically destroys an indigenous culture.

"Fascinating real numbers that underscore the inefficiency of the current system. It should not be cheaper to import food from halfway around the world than to produce it locally!

"Economic analyst and author Helena Norbert-Hodge has done a beautiful job with this exquisite film and this most important message of our time."

~ Bibi Farber

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 4:03pm

This tragedy that is Boston after the bombs sends a clear message, no guessing, no believing unconfirmed reports, no angry statements about race, religion, or political belief, only to keep an even keel.

We know what we can control, how we react, and how we influence the outcome so that fear and scapegoating do not take over. My fear is some  will demand a despotic leader to take over our political system and turn us into a police state.

There are some things we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. We won't be prosecuting this event until and unless we have confirmed evidence. We can conduct a fair trial and make an intelligent decision about the remedy. We  can take action to rebuild a healthier society.

We don’t need more guns and police; we need more justice in this nation. When government, businesses, banks, and financial institutions can steal from us without penalty, when thugs and criminals receive monetary reward, and working people sink lower into a helpless, hopeless pit of poverty, we can become dysfunctional. (Remember the French Revolution)

All this chaos, whether man made or nature made, can begin the impulse to build community based on cooperation and give up the notion that humans have dominion. We are part of the web of life, not superior or inferior to any other part. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:55pm

Dead kids sure are a bummer but….

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but we’ve gone completely insane, so even if we shed a few tears, we really don’t care deep down inside where it counts.”

A Dad writes about guns and risks to kids. He includes photos of is family, he brings living images to his comments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:12pm

American's Comfortably Numb on the Highway to Economic Collapse

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

This graph takes the data up to 2013

Unemployment Rate - Official (U-3 & U-6) vs ShadowStats Alterna...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 1:39pm

Human Rights

Humans evolved from previously developed beings through natural selection. Early man saw patterns in nature and made associations with them. Lightning strikes meant some superhuman power was angry with them, or with something a neighbor did. Thus, dogma emerged. To appease god and persecute the wrongdoer they began to think they would be held responsible for the wrong act of any other person, it became necessary for someone to teach them. Thus the medicine man, shaman, priest, and now the theologian came into being. Laws of conduct included believing in this power. Everyone had to obey the laws, and everyone had to believe, thus the emergence of missionaries. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 4:35pm

"How is it possible to engage in democratic discourse in a culture where vast segments of the populace suffer from a pernicious ignorance resultant from an inability to envisage the world that exists outside of their consumerist bubble? In short, they are devoid of the ability to process the criteria of their own experience (degraded as it is under the dictates of the corporate state) because their field of reference has been so radically diminished. 


"Moreover, when we have been socialized to hide our essential self before unreasonable power…to suppress the verities of the heart, and instead to truckle before our exploiters, and to act as if we should be grateful for the privilege of having this clutch of vampiric elitist, day after day, bleed us dry. 

"Once, we begin to evince the aforementioned mode of being, one's heart begins to whither to dust…a connection to life becomes severed. Yet, there exist crucial angels, earthbound, shambling in sorrow, who will approach us. Because decay and seed are one, these angels inform us of their presence by inflicting a sickness of the soul. 

"In a desperate age, these angels approach us as a so-called depression (both economic and psychical)…a state of being intended to bring to a standstill the false accommodations that are the calling card of the false self. 

"Although undetectable to the intellect (except in dreams, visions, works of art and pathologies) your soul holds you in its thrall. The soul, as tenacious as life itself, delivers ruin and renewal. Look around you…note the decay of the capitalist state. This is the work of the soul. Where, it has been blocked, it will deliver a wasteland. 

"When engaged in discourse with belligerently ignorant teabagger types and self-impressed democratic partisans, remember this: Their convictions and attendant acts are ushering the present order to its demise. They are part of the soul's song i.e., the arias of rot that rise at empire's end."
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 2:33am
"Robin Hood In Reverse, Lady Thatcher, Died: She Smashed The Miners, Midwifed The Speculators.
During her administration, Baroness Thatcher redistributed wealth upward, from the workers to the tycoons. Her policies were particularly reactionary. On the one hand, she conducted a vitriolic attack against the miners and labour unions that once defined as “The Enemy Within.” On the other hand, she defended the freedom of the rich and speculators to make money out of thin air though policies of market deregulation and financialisation.

Of course, Lady Thatcher never bothered to ask herself whether she was acting as a Robbin Hood in reverse, fighting for the freedom of the deserving rich to accumulate wealth beyond the dream of avarice. For sure, she never apologised for helping the rich fighting against the poor. Her policies were effective. The Gini index, an indicator of income inequality going from 0 (minimum) to 1 (maximum) sharply increased thanks during the years in which she run the country. It now remains at a historical height and nobody knows when and whether it will be reduced in the future."
The Rise of Income Inequality During Thatcher Neoliberal Policies in Britain.
http://www.progressorcollapse.com/the-rise-of-income-inequality-dur...
Comment by Grinning Cat on April 12, 2013 at 8:44pm

This is not a Poe:

If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted. Vote pro-life! CongressmanSteveStockman.com("If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted."
A tweet promoting this bumper sticker from the reelection campaign of Steve Stockman, "the most conservative congressman in Texas!")

Despite this slogan's emotionally appealing fallacy, blastocysts or embryos are potential children, NOT the same as actual babies. This point bears repeating.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2013 at 12:34pm

We need to maintain political defense of Social Security. The president should have been "praising Social Security, rather than picturing Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid and food stamps as the problem. If we did not have those four programs, the United States would have been thrown back into something very akin to the Great Depression." And the amount of human misery at this point, we would literally have people starving to death in America on a frequent basis."

The Grand Betrayal has Arrived

Four legs:  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.

 
 
 

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