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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 Dec 20. 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 Tony Carroll on September 14, 2012 at 9:31am

Let the silly season begin, even though this one still seems to have legs. I mean really, this has been to SCOTUS, already decided.

 

Should President Obama be removed from the Kansas ballot because a birther claims he was not born in Hawaii? http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/2012-election/kansas-state-board-may-remove-president-obama-election-ballot-over-birth
Over to you.
Comment by booklover on September 14, 2012 at 8:32am

My Brother-in-Law watches Faux News.  While my super-Liberal Mom and I were there visiting, they turned on CBS News both nights.  I think my Sister told him to to avoid our comments. lol

And I agree capitalism/communism both are man exploiting man.  Nothing wrong with a touch of Socialism like we have sharing roads, police, firefighters, libraries, mail, etc...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 11:04pm

Greg, as always, insightful! capitalism/communism: man exploits man. 

Tony, Good article on Fox bias. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 13, 2012 at 9:21pm

I always knew Fox was biased, but really? Unbelievable. Another biased, liberal attack. This isn't really going on. Really.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2010/12/09/leaked-email-fox-boss-caught-slanting-news-repo/174090

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 4:31pm

@John D, I have relooked at my sources, rethought the principles and conclude that capitalism as practiced as an excellent way to make a fortune ... for the few as it also make a poverty class. We are seeing it now, we saw in 1929 and 1893.  When owners of capital get out of balance with owners of labor there is an unwinding of the economy, thus Booms become Busts, Bubbles become Bombs. 

We have had this conversation before. We continue to be on opposite ends of the teeter-totter. 

http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/whitten.panic.1893

The Depression of 1893

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2012 at 4:23pm

Crash Course Chapter 3: Exponential Growth

Here is a numbing reality! 
World population 7,039,139,883, September 13, 2012
http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html


World population 4,453,000,000, 1980, my first year after graduation

Table 1328. Total World Population: 1980 to 2050

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 10:47am

John D, thanks for the feedback; I shall rethink my position and I appreciate the information.
My first reaction is that inflation doesn't help wage earners whose wages are flat, as they have been since the 1970's. I am on a fixed income, retired, and 20 years ago I could fill my car for $12.00, now it is $32.00. If the wage earner has flat wages he/she faces the same dilemma as I. If the wage earner is unemployed, the same consequence. 

As to correlating beauty with intelligence, always a risky assumption. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 10:19am

A Mysterious and Beautiful Woman Confronts Paul Krugman about Infla...

Pay particular attention starting at 2:58, "there have been people who did nothing wrong, be unemployed and have their lives destroyed, is just part of the way the capitalistic system is supposed to work."

~ Paul Krugman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 3:28am

sk8eycat

A parody of "One Day More" from Les Miserables

http://www.onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html

This piece is fantastic! A great piece to stir up electorate. 

Now, the question for me is, how can I vote for a man who brought into his cabinet men and women who hold values very different than my own and do not fit Obama's values that he espoused in his first campaign? Obviously, he didn't have Congressional support to put in place his programs, but with the people he brought in, 

Secretary Timothy F. Geithner mastermind of the bank bailouts, 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., failed to prosecute; 

And then the Goldman Sachs crowd:

Ben Bernanke, 

Pete Peterson, 

Henry Paulson, leader of financial debacle;

Franklin Raines, of Fannie Mae has come under scrutiny; 

Rahm Emanel, 

Robert Rubin, a disgraced Citigroup executive;  

Alan Greenspan, didn't see bust coming. 

There is an interview I would like you to watch of a fellow I have been following for several years. I am interested in your reaction. 

Bill Black: Our System is So Flawed That Fraud is Mathematically Gu...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 2:42am

Robert Brown, I agree that Obama's drone attacks commit horrible crimes against innocents, I also agree that Bush's adventure as Commander in Chief of a war presidency could be justified if there were a real threat he dampened. He didn't dampen anything, and a lot of people lost their lives and suffered wounds on both sides. I think presidents should be held accountable for the conduct of their presidencies, hopefully during their terms. I also think Obama's administration should have recognized the crony capitalism under previous administrations and during his that he could have, should have pursued. He bought into the war mongering of bankers, corporations and named people friendly to illegal transaction in this country and in other countries. Faux accounting shouldn't be hard to challenge if one wanted to. 

As to wages and numbers of jobs declining as productivity declines because of shipping production to cheap labor countries can only mean one thing, USA workers have fewer jobs and at lower pay. To punish workers for this trend doesn't ring true. If a country cares about its people, it will maintain and perpetuate living wages and the middle class. If the country cares about profits, that is just wonderful, if you are in the upper 1%. What about 80% or 90% or 99%? We don't have workers with wages that support families to buy the goods and services they need, thus spreading the gap between rich and poor.  It just makes sense. Well, what is the under-employed, underpaid skilled worker to do? Just roll up and die? Get depressed? Get drunk? Live in a tent under the railroad tracks? How is he to educate his kids? and care for his parents? and make provision for his/her retirement? 

We are loosing our middle class. Now what? Does it do any good to blame the worker? Of course they want cheap goods, they can't afford well-made, long lasting things. 

If we lived on a island with a population of 100 people but all the work and toil that was needed could be done by 50 people, we could leave 50 to live outside the cash or barter economy. Or we could divide the work so 100 people could work to get the jobs done and all live at a living wage. 

 
 
 

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