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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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What is the purpose of life?

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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"Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 5 Replies

I can hear it now: "Wait a minute!  What is a music video doing in a group called, 'Politics, Economics and Religion?'  Betty Bowers is more about satire and parody than any of those issues.  Shouldn't this be in another group?"And I have to answer…Continue

Tags: church, Tax Free, Joni Mitchell, Betty Bowers

Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 4 Replies

According to Valerie Tarico, business is hot and heavy at the new Recovering from Religion Hotline. If so, this is…Continue

Tags: escaping religion

Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms - Michele Merkel (TEDxManhattan)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

Think your food and/or farming isn't political?  Think again.  Michele Merkel has been up against the corporate factory farm system, initially with the EPA and later as an independent campaigner when the EPA caved to corporate pressure.  In the…Continue

Tags: EPA, farms, factory, , Michele, Merkel", TED

Atheists: In godlessness we trust (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 19. 4 Replies

A Sunday morning in church is not in the cards for those who say they're "beyond belief" -- beyond belief in the God of Scripture, anyway. And for some, the abandonment of their faith wasn't easy. Our Cover Story now from Mo Rocca:Visit Jackson,…Continue

Tags: CBS, atheism, Sunday Morning, Openly Secular, CBS News

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Comment by tom sarbeck on July 17, 2014 at 12:50am

Paraphrasing slightly, Joan: "The real takers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:28pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 11:19pm

The Rise of the Non-Working Rich

"more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe 'poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything.'

"In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs.

"The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 10:47pm

Who isn't working? Wealthy people 'born into the right family.'

What to do? First, restore the estate tax in full.

Second, eliminate the “stepped-up-basis on death” rule. This obscure tax provision allows heirs to avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased value of assets accumulated during the life of the deceased. Such untaxed gains account for more than half of the value of estates worth more than $100 million, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Third, institute a wealth tax. We already have an annual wealth tax on homes, the major asset of the middle class. It’s called the property tax. Why not a small annual tax on the value of stocks and bonds, the major assets of the wealthy?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 16, 2014 at 6:01pm

Obama's Meeting with Republicans:

Comment by James M. Martin on July 13, 2014 at 9:49pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2014 at 9:45pm

Rick Perry's Immigration meeting with President Obama

Great quote, Loren.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 8:18pm

AronRa has a way with words. His link-up to form the tour, ANTI-THEISM: “The Unholy Trinity Tour”, including AronRa, Matt Dillahunty and Seth Andrews, make a formidable trinity.

I'm reposting AronRa's gen on Twitter. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 8, 2014 at 7:32pm

Another gem from the mind of AronRa:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2014 at 3:15pm

Tom, of course you are correct in your comments and to be blind to history has no utility. My uncle, a superior court judge, stated that only landowners should have the vote. I was outraged by that statement. At that time, 40 years ago, I was not able to own property unless and until I had a father, husband or son who could co-sign. And what about the black slaves that built our wonderful federal buildings, and even Monticello; they had no right to vote. Can;t forget how they perceived the native population. So, my overstatement deserves to be challenged. 

That said, the safety nets that came after the Great Depression and WW II give protection and rights to working people. Those have been dismantled, piece by piece, over time. An erosion that is now at such a state that people have to grow up, stop being dependent on protections that are not there, and become part of the rebellion. 

So, this con+spire concept, breath+with, is an energy that is growing as people experience the hardships created by those who do not value work and build their values on accumulation of wealth. 

Thanks, dear friend, for the enlightened response. 

 
 
 

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