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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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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2012 at 3:27am

@Guitarzeroh Freethinker, yes, "religion and politics = bs", and I would add economics. They all exist as constructs fabricated out of the minds of human beings/male mostly, and signify power over, domination, exploitation, manipulation and reflect greed to feed egos. I don't like any of them for those reasons, but like a miller to a flame, they attract me. 

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on November 3, 2012 at 1:05am

funny but not really.. 'religion' .. politics.. = bs..
neither can hold up to modern day standards of knowledge.. and I don't mean corporate lackey stuff.. .   .? megh. i voted! : )
many places in the world you cant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2012 at 8:37pm

Jill Stein Endorsements

Dorli Rainey 2012 Endorses Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for POTUS

Dorli Rainey 2011 the face of the Occupy protests after it went viral on the Internet. Covered in pepper spray, the 84-year-old woman looks both shaken and determined as she walks through the crowd at the Occupy Seattle protests, November 2011. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2012 at 2:37pm

This nation needs a serious overhaul to its economic and political processes. Austerity is not the answer to what is happening and what needs to happen. The ones who caused the economic collapse have not been held accountable for their crimes, even if you claim no crimes have been committed. You signed away privacy rights and thus taking farther down the road to benefit the oligarchs. Furthermore, you enabled a “Foreclosure Crisis that is actually the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind.  It has been planned by insiders for decades, and NO insiders have been prosecuted.”

http://hofj.org/default.asp.pg-CrisisCrusade

 

Obama to sign indefinite detention bill into law.

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/obama_to_sign_indefinite_detention_...

 

Obama “embraced deficit hawkery.”

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/05/barack-obama-the-great-decei... 

 

Obama authorized killing Ben Laden

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/quotes/ownwords.asp

 

Obama authorized drone attacks on Afghanistan & Pakistan ... “193 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2009”.

http://www.cjr.org/feature/covering_obamas_secret_war.php?page=all

 

Obama authorized support for Syrian rebels to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/report-president-ob...

 

Obama enables USA to become a “surveillance state, with not only government agencies but private data miners watching and recording our lives.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12209-the-dirty-dozen-the-top-12-...

I did not vote for you because I don't think your principles stand up to scrutiny. Clearly you are a nice man, wonderful husband and father and great model for young people coming up. You are just plain wrong in your economic philosophy. 

Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2012 at 6:09pm

I am pessimistic in the short run about our political life in the USA and on the Earth; Working with civil rights groups such as with blacks, Native Americans and women, I recognize how far we have come but how far we have to go on all these fronts. Now we have the added struggle to protect the environment and fight against a renewal of a class society. I am only becoming acutely aware of GLBT human rights issues. 
Many of the people I love most dearly have not a clue what these issues are all about and the most common things I hear from loved ones are: "don't be so negative", or "look on the positive side", or "get over it and get on with your life". 

The Roman Catholic church and the far right Protestant churchs seem to be joining together to make a powerful coalition to put religious dogma into our civic affairs and that can only mean trouble for GLBT and blacks and atheists and women and the poor. Fascist rule doesn't have to happen. Hitler didn't have to happen, nor did Mussolini.


Giving money in the amounts you and I can give is just throwing money down a deep hole in the ground. We can't match the millions pouring in from those who have vast amounts of unearned income. Using money on robocalls doesn't seem like a good investment to me; I don't answer my phone these days and let the answering machine pick up whatever comes in. I can stay in touch with people via internet better anyway. 

Equality and compassion are my two main issues; they aren't going to happen, yet. There are not enough people in real pain, yet. Perhaps such things will not come in our generation. 

So, where does that leave you and me and others who care about the things we care about? One thing I know for sure, an individual can't make powerful changes alone, even as I realize the really great changes in human enterprise has come about because of some leader that is able to inspire and motivate others toward a common goal. People like Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:32pm

A woman can't get pregnant, by cartoonist Dave Horsey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:27pm

Romney's Halloween by Cartoonist Dave Horsey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:04pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 3:08am

Violent Agriculture Part 1

Violent Agriculture Part 2

Violent Agriculture Part 3

"Vandana Shiva discusses agriculture, biodiversity, sustainability, and the importance of making peace with the Earth. Shiva, a philosopher, activist, author, and eco feminist, is trained as a physicist, and is particularly interested in quantum mechanics and biotechnology. In Part 1 of her presentation, Shiva discusses her entry into the sciences, which eventually put her on a path of environmental activism. She emphasizes that we must not fall prey to a monocultural, mechanistic framework of thinking, which leads to the degradation of the planet."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 4:14pm

6 Top Economists Explain Which President Is More Likely to Speed th...

Which President is more likely to speed the next financial crisis?

 

1. Joseph Stiglitz: “Romney’s criticism was totally wrong.”

 

2. William Lazonick: “Romney administration is the nation's best chance of destroying the American dream.”

 

3. Gar Alperovitz: “Romney clearly would be more likely to hasten the next financial crisis.”

 

4. Dean Baker: “Romney doesn't take any restraints on the banking system seriously. 

 

5. James K. Galbraith: “Under the Democrats, the coming campaign for 'fiscal responsibility' might just be bad enough to push the financial sector back over the edge. Still, that's not a reason to vote for Romney."

 

6. Thomas Ferguson: “I’d say that under either man a future banking crisis is a serious risk, but that under Romney the likelihood is even higher."

 

~ Lynn Parramore

 

 
 
 

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