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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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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 23 hours ago. 10 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 27, 2012 at 7:03pm

You're all so serious. How about a laugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 6:23pm

Mr President Barack Obama: 

I like your words and vision and the way you understand working citizens and struggles to get ahead, even as they fall back in ability to earn a living wage, even with two members of a household working. 

When You were elected, I cried with joy, just as the others in the crowd cried. I believed we were going to get out of the terrible hole we were going into. Then you announced your team and I knew I was deceived. You brought in Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Rahm Emanuel, Pete Peterson, Henry Paulson, Franklin Delano Raines, Jim Johnson, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Robert Rubin, and others who were all from the banking industry, all had reputations as favoring owners of property over owners of labor. 

You lost the ones that I thought were doing you good service: Van Jones and Samantha Power as well as James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz, Dean Baker, Robert Reich, Larry Mishel. I don't know if you ever considered Steve Keen, Chris Martenson, or other eminently qualified and well-respected progressive advisors. Not one representative of advisors interested in workers and their challenges. 

You betrayed me, Mr. President. I won't vote for that scoundrel opposing you, but I will not be fooled a second time. 

Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 4:36pm

Atheist Mutant, I notice you are from Akiak, Alaska. I have not been in that part of the state, but from Google Earth, it looks like it is flat with a meandering river, many ox-bow lakes and many lakes. I assume it is part of the low land of gravelly soil on the watershed of the Yukon River to Bristol Bay. You must have an interesting story to tell. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 4:05pm

Atheist Mutant, your video shows a fascinating building process that may very well be an effective and efficient way to build housing for low income people and for earthquake zones. I am impressed with the domed structures. I really like the concept. Do you know where these houses/buildings are in present use? I'll have to make a search.  Thanks for the very good lead. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 3:54pm

The Blacklisting of Progressive Economics

David Sirota, FEBRUARY 3, 2009

"willful ignorance, ... in what has been one long narrative arc whereby economic progressives have been deliberately shut out of top administration jobs. Just step back and think about it for a minute: Eminently qualified and well-respected progressives advisors to Obama during campaign: James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz, Dean Baker, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman and Larry Mishel."

Obama chose "Rubin sycophants like Larry Summers and Tim Geithner to run the economy - the same Larry Summers who pushed the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, the same Geithner who masterminded the kleptocratic bank bailout, the same duo whose claim to fame is their personal connections to Rubin, a disgraced Citigroup executive at the center of the current meltdown. And the list of Rubin sycophants keeps getting longer, from Peter Orszag to Jason Furman."

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 26, 2012 at 12:55am

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2012 at 1:03pm

I wonder if anybody would sincerely mourn if the KKKoch brothers died.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2012 at 7:34pm

Koch Brother's Wealth 1999-2011

I wonder how many of their workers lost their jobs? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 24, 2012 at 4:19pm

Is there a web site that lists who owns what?  Like the Koch brothers have their dirty little fingers in a lot of different industries and products.  I buy supermarket generic products as much as possible, but I have NO idea who actually makes things like generic brand TP...or who owns Safeway, for that matter.

I sold my car, so I'm not buying oil and gasoline, but I use natural gas to cook (as little as possible - I "nuke" what I can)...and electricity.  Don't know where that comes from.

Back in the 1960s & '70s, one of my favorite writers was trying to "go green" before that became hip.  He was so proud of all his wood-burning heaters and stoves.  THEN he learned that individual householders burning wood (or coal) pollutes the air more than whatever it is giant utilities do to generate electricity.

We try, but we can't win.  And as you said, most product boycotts don't make a dent in some fat cat's profits.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2012 at 1:49pm

Tax Avoidance, Government Dependency, And Romney’s Boca Raton Host

I don't have any idea how to have the power to overcome these business practices, except boycott. If I voluntarily go on an austerity plan, know exactly how and who benefits by my spending dollars and then boycott them, I would at least fee

l better about myself. The benefit is a simpler life style. Get off the consumption merry-go-round and stop feeding the beasts. Want to join in the endeavor? Where to start? Cut up credit cards, know product sources, buy locally from producers of goods and services? Anything else you can think of and share?
 
 
 

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