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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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Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

Tags: cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, LGBT, homosexuality, Pope Francis

The Obama Opposition (Charles M. Blow, NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Nov 11. 8 Replies

The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did. When Obama…Continue

Tags: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, opposition, president, Barack Obama

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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.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 8, 2013 at 2:12am

Aw, Joan, some nits are bigger than others. The CIA has its infamous black budget it uses to hire thugs and the gov'ment doesn't let mere taxpayers see it.

Maybe organized gov'ments do as much harm as organized religions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2013 at 10:41pm

Well, does it really matter if if it is the POTUS, CIA, or hired thugs, we have due process and that is what makes USA strong ... or, at least that is the mythology. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 7, 2013 at 9:28pm

"Extrajudicial executions/assassinations are being carried out by the Obama administration and U. S. military...."

Whoops, the CIA has at least since 1953 been helping.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2013 at 5:17pm
Earth needs leaders, ones that can bring people together for common welfare and persuade governments to stop funding weapons against defenseless people. Praying won't do it! Neither will scraps of food! Stop funding graft, corruption, liars and thieves.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2013 at 5:13pm
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