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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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If We Evolved from Monkeys, Why Are There Still Republicans?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 25. 3 Replies

Do politicians' beliefs about evolution matter? Reasonable people, whether they cotton to communism or the Constitutional Party or anything in between, ought to be alarmed at the fact that leading contenders for the Republican presidential…Continue

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Corporate profit takes over your entire world this month

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 15. 1 Reply

Obama is pushing to Fast Track the TPP and TPIP, which means congress will vote to pass them with NO DEBATE or public scrutiny. Under the guise of protecting trade, they'll empower unrestrained corporate profit, with no regard for public good....…Continue

Tags: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership

North Americanism - Republican 2016 strategy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by sk8eycat Feb 13. 7 Replies

Are you ready for Cold War 2.0 and a fossil fuel free-for-all surge from Mexico to Canada? Michael Klare describes the Republican campaign strategy for "a nightmare of environmental degradation and global conflict."…Continue

Tags: Republican campaign, 2016 election, North Americanism

Which Is Better, Liberalism or Conservatism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck Feb 10. 6 Replies

While grinding my morning axes, I ran across quite an old article on Alternet by Greta Christina, gatheist activist and…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2012 at 1:38pm

George Carlin, Question everything

Being of Puritan heritage, I jump with those "forbidden" words on TV, however, he tells it like it is. I agree wholeheartedly. QUESTION EVERYTHING!
Crude, rude, and FUNNY! I miss him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2012 at 11:47am

sk8eycat, I know it is difficult to think of such matters this early in the morning, and also during the day and night. On the other hand, we have been in a most remarkable period of history since WWII and the protections working class people earned. Those protection came at a high cost, however. People had to march, picket, boycott, gather support of people who did not want to think about protest. But they did protest, they did get legislation passed to protect wages, they did get safe and healthier working conditions and they also worked hard for their shared benefits of production and services. From 1970s on, women entered the paid labor force as benefits began to decline and health care and education rose. They had to in order to keep up with those proverbial Joneses. They still couldn't keep up and do you remember when credit cards came into being? WOW! Now they could keep up ... but they didn't take into account how much goods, services and interest payments cost and many sank into bankruptcy. 

So, dear friend, pick yourself up, dust off your protest shoes, drink a really strong cup of coffee, and join the parade. Future generations will not have to pay our load while trying to create their own. 

Comment by sk8eycat on October 13, 2012 at 11:29am

Yeah...whatever happened to "We the People"?  WE are supposed to be telling the government how to govern, not the other way around.

Did the majority really want billionaires to get such huge tax breaks?  Or ALL the nasty, snoopy details of the UnPatriot Act?  Or the impossible job of trying to police the whole world? What if the people of Lower Slobovia don't want to be a democracy?  Or if they don't have the guts to put their own lives on the line to get rid of a tyrannical system why is it our job to do it for them?  If they ask for help, then consider it, but I don't remember hearing the Iraqi people (for instance) doing that.

Arrrrrgh!  It's too early in the morning to be ranting.  I think I need a hot cuppa tea and a warm kitteh.

BRB

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2012 at 10:45am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2012 at 10:43am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 6:10pm

Illusion of Prosperity


It would be very nice if our economy continued to grow like it did back in the 1950s but times have changed, laws have been changed to take protection away from workers to the benefit of owners of capital. No president can change the fundamental and universal laws of basic math. We are now a world economy, cheaper labor can be had in developing countries, successful breakup of labor unions in the USA, ability to hide money in off-shore accounts, banks and financial institutions with new regulations can gamble with pension funds and our savings, the Federal Reserve an print money as fast as the printing machines can roll, deflation and inflation threatens those who work for wages, health care costs fly out the roof, students graduate with terrible debt loads, bankruptcy laws have been changed to favor financial institutions, the government reports we do not have inflation, but how much do you have to pay for food and fuel now as compared to 20 years ago? 

Not only are we 64 million jobs below trend, but we have fewer workers between the ages of 16 and 54 than we had in 1997.

Now, you tell me, are we on the right road to prosperity? 
Or are we living under the illusion of prosperity?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:59pm

Notice that peak hiring on this chart was 2000 and new normals began to develop. What will cause them to rise again? 

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2012/10/manufacturing-empl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:54pm

Notice, again, the beginning of exponential growth. This represents Net Worth of American Households and Nonprofit Organizations. Are we at "Peak Prosperity?

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2010/03/peak-prosperity.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:51pm

http://skeptikai.com/2011/10/27/world-population-and-the-7th-billion/

Have you noticed the tremendous amount of change began to take place in 1950s? This is called "exponential growth". Changes taking place happen so fast, and problems grow so complex, life becomes chaotic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

via Ruth Anthony-Gardner 

Just as Henrik Ibsen wrote in "An Enemy of the People" the town didn't want to hear what doctor Stockmann had to say because it would destroy their tourist trade. Townspeople didn't understand dangers of pollution, he is denounced and called, "an enemy of the people". 

"...the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone." "A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong."

~  Dr. Stockmann
 

 

 
 
 

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