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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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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

An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 26. 2 Replies

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

Tags: president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 26, 2013 at 5:40pm

Thanks Steph S. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2013 at 7:45pm

'Debt ceiling' and defaulting on US obligations: How catastrophic would it be in your opinion?"
Michael Hudson --
"It would be like stepping on a piece of gum and having to get it off your shoe. Adam Smith said in the Wealth of Nations that no government has ever paid its debt. Nothing has changed. It would be a zero problem. People who talk like that are trying to frighten you. When a politician tries to frighten you can think of what is it that he wants me to do? How am I being manipulated... This is pure ignorance."

Michael Hudson -- on fictitious debt and manipulation of people

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2013 at 2:04pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2013 at 1:53pm

Taming Capitalism Run Wild » Richard Wolff on Fighting for Economic Justice and Fair Wages

You can watch the lecture here in its entirety until Friday, February 29, 2013.
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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 24, 2013 at 12:33pm

If the Russian meteor had hit the US. A humorous take by Joe Romm.
Open Thread Plus Cartoon Of The Week

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 7:33pm

jingoism exists when extreme patriotism, aggressive foreign policy, threats or force against other countries occur in order to safeguard what is perceived as its national interests. When excessive bias in judging one’s own country as superior to others exists, as it has in the USA. It is extreme nationalism.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 17, 2013 at 1:24pm

Pope will have security, immunity by remaining in the Vatican

"if the pope did move permanently to another country, living in seclusion in a monastery in his native Germany, for example, the location might become a place of pilgrimage."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 13, 2013 at 4:00am

Joan: "Profit does not provide an incentive to keep people out nor does it provide incentives for humane treatment."

True, but I have so often seen public employees who seem indifferent to their responsibilities. For instance, for about twenty years, the California Dept. of Corrections was in the courts for medical care so awful that inmates died.

There are stunning exceptions, illustrated by NASA's early successes. There are also unstunning exceptions, responsible public employees doing good work.

What I've heard of the private prisons in Arizona persuade me that the state's politicians reward their supporters with inmates. The taxpayers, of course, pay.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2013 at 5:52pm

Private prisons provide the wrong incentives for being and doing their job. Profit does not provide an incentive to keep people out nor does it provide incentives for humane treatment. Racism plays a role in placing people of color into those conditions.

According to the "Arizona Republic, the reality is that private prisons in the Grand Canyon State so far cost more on a per-prisoner basis than do public institutions. Some experts contend that firms in the prison business reap profits by billing government for rather more than their initial lowball estimates while scrimping in ways that may make prisons less secure."
~ The perverse incentives of private prisons http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/08The perverse incentives of private prisons

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 10, 2013 at 11:23am

I'm not holding my breath that Obama will follow through in his brief mention of climate change. Now it's back to short term goals again.

 
 
 

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