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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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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 2 Replies

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

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Saturday. 5 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:32am

Capitalism is Terrific, but Our Corrupted, Bastardized, Crony Capit...

Woody Brock "on the state of our capitalism: Under true capitalism, no agent has any bargaining power whatsoever. The notion of 4 investment bankers taking a private plane to Washington tomake sure that leverage would be tripled in April 2004 in exchange ..., is outrageous and scandalous and they all should be in jail. Adam Smith wouldn't roll in his grave; he would gyrate."

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 23, 2012 at 11:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 9:03pm

Greg, yes, these "qualities critical to well-being: compassion, attentiveness, unconditional love, consistency (but not a foolish consistency), calmness and rationality" lead to healthier living. 

When a child, born into a family that highly values obedience, submission and self-sacrifice, reveals some easily question those values and reject them. Some struggle to live to those criteria and in my opinion create stress that borders on mental illness. "Wanting to please" offers very little toward flourishing.

Just as effective parents create an environment of lower stress, it also empowers individuals to think, take action, and be pro-active. Government has the same responsibility, it seems to me, whether local or federal; create an environment that encourages flourishing of individuals and business, even as it limits exploitation of people and resources. 

Therefore, I would support efforts to be self-sufficient and independent. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:48pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! This old chap is a wonder to behold. Looking at him, a 16 year old or 60 year old might pass him buy, but to their own detriment. You may/probably were the one that introduced him to me a long time ago. 
I know everyone is getting fed up with my graphs, but frankly I don't give  a gnat's eyebrow. This stuff needs to be seen, understood, and thought about. Sorry to impose the old stuff on you Loren, just remember that I am more than economics charts and growls every now and then.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:43pm

It's the Inequality, Stupid

Average Household Income before taxes/change in share of income after taxes

Winners: The super-rich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2012 at 12:18pm

Joan, one Dr. Albert A. Bartlett has held forth in a series of YouTube videos on the whole overpopulation / strain on resources issue some time back.  I'm pretty sure I posted it elsewhere on A|N, but here it is again.  Worth your time

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:13pm

Income inequality

How much richer are the richest 20% than the poorest 20%?

See Page 4. 

Health and Social Problems are Worse in More Unequal Countries 

See Page 6

Notice USA is at the top right hand of the matrix. 

Child Well-being is Better in More Equal Rich Countries

See Page 8

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal Rich Countries

Page 10

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal USA States 

Page 11

Prevalence of Mental Illness is Higher in More Unequal Rich Countries

Page 12

This study looks at important social, economic, and political factors in unequal countries and states. Worthy of knowing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:37am

Feeding More From Less

"Worried about the finite resources available to a growing population, there is fear among some that we are headed toward famine and starvation in a world where population exceeds the earth’s carrying capacity.

"A similar concern was demonstrated by Thomas Malthus 200 years ago. Population grows exponentially, Malthus explained, while food production grows at the slower arithmetic rate. Everything else the same, starvation would be indisputable."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:28am
Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2012 at 11:26am

Joan, the problem with the dominators is that there are plenty of people who WANT to be dominated, who want to be told what to think and what to do.  We see this with the church "Shepherd - sheep" model all the time.  Here, the only difference is that the milieu is political rather than religious ... at least in places.

I have said for a long time that it is the self-possessed person who can take care of him or herself, without dependence on dominants or submissives.

 
 
 

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