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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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You fund Climate Deniers for Congress

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck yesterday. 1 Reply

"I don't contribute to Climate Change Deniers!", you say? But do you use Google, Microsoft, UPS, AT&T, Ford or eBay? (For a more complete list of Climate Denier patrons -…Continue

Tags: corporate evil, corporate hypocrisy, Climate Denier hypocrisy, greenwashing

Neo-Liberal gut of health care soon to hit the fan

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Richard C Brown Sep 7. 2 Replies

Few news reports on the Ebola epidemic include the political and climate change context that created it. Many actually offer bland reassurance that first world countries could easily handle Ebola. In the US, rural areas are especially unprepared for…Continue

Tags: conservative priorities, hospital closings, emergency preparedness, Ebola

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 10:28pm

The Nation is Divided, Not between Whites and Minorities, But betwe...

I like this woman's report. 

Among whites, Obama won 39% of the vote—down from 43 % four years ago.

Among women, Obama won 55%, with an 11% advantage.

Of ages 18 to 24, Obama won 60% of voters.

Among Latinos, Obama won with a 44-point advantage.

Among Latinos, Romney won 27 % of the Hispanic vote, down from the 31 % who voted for the Republican candidate four years ago.

Of African-Americans, Obama won 93%.

Of Asians, Obama won 73% (who now make up 3% of the electorate.)

In the rust belt, Obama carried that section with Democratic Party’s old blue-collar base, which is largely white

Romney carried two groups: Americans over 65 and white men.

Romney’s cohort is made up of the people who ran this country in the 1980s. His supporters represent the past.

Obama won among the young people, Latinos and women who will shape this nation’s future. They will be our leaders.

"We have reached an inflection point in our history."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 1:48pm

Human (thanks Tony Carroll)

Comment by Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 9:42pm
Great posts here! Catching up! I'm enjoying all the links and graphics.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 5, 2012 at 10:54am

That's one more reason for U.S. voters to try to put Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress tomorrow!

Perhaps the overwhelming issue is that Republicans are much more complicit in threatening human survival on this planet for the sake of short-term profits. This is not a "lesser of two weevils" choice, not a time to risk the presidency or the Senate or House for the sake of a third party!

[donkey from Pam's Clipart; weevil from Bay of Fundie]

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 5, 2012 at 10:43am

Thanks, Joan, for a "must-read" article!

Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest

Some noteworthy bits from the NYTimes piece: (ellipses and emphases mine)

When their math doesn’t add up, Republicans claim that their vague version of economic growth will somehow magically make up the difference. And when that is refuted, they’re left with nothing more to lean on than charges of bias against nonpartisan experts,” said Representative Sander Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Jared Bernstein, a former economist for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ... said the analysis did examine policy time lags and controlled for several outside factors, including monetary policy.

“This sounds to me like a complete political hit job and another example of people who don’t like the results and try to use backdoor ways to suppress them,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this, and frankly, it makes me worried.”

copy of the withdrawn report is available at the NYTimes' link. Its summary states:

... the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2012 at 8:48am

Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, center, and other Republicans raised concerns with an economic report that questions a central tenet of conservative economic theory.

The decision, made in late September against the advice of the agency’s economic team leadership, drew almost no notice at the time. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, cited the study a week and a half after it was withdrawn in a speech on tax policy at the National Press Club.

But it could actually draw new attention to the report, which questions the premise that lowering the top marginal tax rate stimulates economic growth and job creation.

“This has hues of a banana republic,” Mr. Schumer said. “They didn’t like a report, and instead of rebutting it, they had them take it down.”

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

 
 
 

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