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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Much worse to comeDo the math => fear 2015.When you look at the numbers for Ebola's…Continue

Tags: global pandemic, Ebola, exponential increase

Guess who's holding up US Ebola funds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 15. 10 Replies

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Tags: James Inhofe, Ebola funding

Two little-known statutes may make religious belief superior to the law of the land

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 4. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the unintended consequences of two U.S. statutes that could, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”…Continue

Tags: Constitution, RLUIPA, U.S. Constitution, courts, Supreme Court

Growing appetite for religion in U.S. politics

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 25. 6 Replies

A new Pew Research survey, conducted September 2-9, finds that "the share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should…Continue

Tags: religion losing influence, religion in politics, U.S. politics, Pew Research, same-sex marriage

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 3:23pm

Rahm on the Ropes

"What Emanuel had planned as his marquee accomplishment—corporate-style “school reform”—has been cracking like a pain of glass. His attempt to game state law to make it virtually impossible for Chicago public school teachers to strike backfired last year when they not only struck the hell out of him but ended up undermining the core rhetorical underpinning of the “reform movement”—that teachers unions are the enemies—when Chicago Public School parents sided overwhelmingly with the strikers. That hardly held back Phase Two of Emanuel’s scheme, set to roll out this year: planned massive school closings, based on dubious and opaque statistical arguments about “underutilized” buildings. Activists point out that the rationale for school closings shift from year to year, and never seem to accomplish the policy aims that supposedly justify them; so threadbare have the city’s explanations become by now, in fact, that the actual reason for hollowing out the system has become transparent to just about everyone: to turn the most prominent operator of charter schools, the United Neighborhood Association, or UNO, into a wheelhouse of a new-model political machine. Here’s an editorial from last Friday in the Chicago Tribune, a right-leaning publication that would love to sign off on City Hall’s corporate “school reform” agenda, if only it didn’t obviously stink so very, very bad:

"The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that much of a $98 million state grant given to UNO to build schools was funneled to companies that have deep connections to the organization’s political allies and a top UNO executive, Miguel d’Escoto. Shortly after the story broke, d’Escoto resigned.

"D’Escoto Inc., a company owned by Miguel d’Escoto’s brother Federico, reaped more than $1.5 million for work as the “owner’s representative” in the construction of several schools.

"Reflection Window Co., owned by another d’Escoto brother, Rodrigo, stands to earn nearly $10 million for work on several schools.

"Plumbing contracts went to a company owned by the sister of Victor Reyes, the clout-heavy lawyer and lobbyist who helped UNO snag the state grant.

"UNO hired Aguila Security, a firm run by two brothers of state Rep. Edward Acevedo, a longtime UNO ally who voted to approve the UNO grant in 2009.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 1:20pm

The Earthquake Zone 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 1:05pm

HUMANISTS TELL SUPREME COURT: MARRIAGE EQUALITY IS THE RIGHT CHOICE

(Washington, DC, Feb. 27, 2013)—The American Humanist Association today submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to uphold lower court decisions ruling that laws denying legal recognition to the marriages of gays and lesbians are unconstitutionally discriminatory.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 12:10pm
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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‪’Capitalism Hits the Fan’: A Lecture by Richard Wolff on the Econo...

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.

 

 
 
 

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