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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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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 on Sunday. 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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2013 at 11:35am

Tom, I agree, the way of the future is individual entrepreneurial endeavor. People are so used to "getting a job" many don't think of creating a job.

Coming home from Laura's home, I asked Larry, her husband, what attracted him to her. He said he had submitted a bid for a project that Laura had requested of a group of businesses. She chose another company, made an appointment with Larry, the owner of his company, to tell him his support staff did not relay messages she sent to him, did not give her accurate information and was unprofessional in her demeanor and that is why she didn't choose his company, the superior product. At the time she had a very good job with security and benefits. Larry thought about her feedback and later called her to join his firm. She said she would if she could generate her salary. They both benefitted! He was so impressed with her spirit and skills, he fell in love with her and they married. As it turned out, they have the best marriage I have ever seen, totally equal partners confronting challenges shoulder to shoulder. They even have been able to retain the romantic aspect of their relationship, even while working day and night together.  

The way government is set up, the small business owner has challenges impeding progress for them for the benefit of big business. Agri-business replaces family farms, for example. Big box stores replace small businesses. I know the economic reasons for these large corporations and also realize the price we pay by converting to such corporate ownership. The profits generated by big farms and businesses leave the community to line the pockets of big business and big government. A bought government does not have incentive to create a level playing field. 

As to humor, I have none. This is serious business we discuss, and I have no interest in joking. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 15, 2013 at 4:07am

k hughes: ...if these damned corporations would pay a living wage wouldn't we all be better off?

Joan: It is time for critical thinking, rational action, ....

Yes and yes, but if we are going to be better off, we need a goal.

Bear with me for a few lines; I might pleasantly surprise you.

In the billions of years since our big and strong pond scum ancestors ate the smaller and weaker among them, the surviving smaller and weaker gradually devised a means to discourage that kind of feeding behavior. It has a name; here in the USofA we hear it called political democracy. It's more truthfully a blend of oligarchy (rule by a few) and plutocracy (rule by the wealthy) so we have further to go.

Let's leave the political arena and enter the economic arena. According to a book published in 2007, more than 11,000 businesses in America are owned and operated by their employees. They keep the surplus value they create; it doesn't go to the gambling addicts who infest Wall Street and similar places. They can hire people who have the managerial skills their companies need.

If working folk want a living wage, we need some critical thinking, some rational action, and occasionally some strong language.

Will someone please add some humor to the above?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 12:56pm

Republican doomsday cult

"Sure, it seems extreme, but extreme times call for extreme cartoons.  When you have the Republican Speaker of the House threatening a national default, food stamps being slashed while farm subsidies are increased and an attempt to defund a program that has been in existence for four years, things have gone to crazy-land."

It is time for critical thinking, rational action, and strong language to stop the insanity. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 12:48pm

Tyson - Origins of life

There are now 

There are now more than seven billion human beings on the planet. "Intelligent Design and Young Earth Creationist organisations often misrepresent evolution by stating that it does not explain the origin of life. This is a dishonest tactic. Of course the theory of evolution doesn't explain the origin of life. It is not supposed to. The origin of life or abiogenesis is within the field of chemistry not biology. Evolution explains the diversity of life within the field of biology not chemistry.

"Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us on a journey. A journey towards life of Earth.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 12, 2013 at 11:49am

What a hilarious video, Joan. Too bad it can't be embedded.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 12:58am

Tea Party Galaxy: Voyage to the Center of Delusion

Remember, the Tea Party's main demand is an end to Obamacare, a health care reform law that was passed years ago.

What we really need is universal health care, but that will take some more tweaking. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 12:48am

Randy Neugebauer slams memorial ranger

There he goes, blaming others for what his party has created. This is getting very old!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2013 at 3:22pm

One member of Congress does the right thing during govt shutdown. "... please withhold my pay."

Comment by Dogly on October 3, 2013 at 2:42pm

Buy clothes (and everything else) at thrift stores,  It won't matter where they were made. Recycle, barter, sew (Yah, sure), and borrow, Buy American stuff when you can.  

Comment by k.h. ky on October 2, 2013 at 9:31pm

Cheap clothes are cheap at a high cost.  Who needs to buy  three dollar shirts at Walmart?  The merchandise is shoddy and the workers get paid a wage that won't sustain them. And benefits don't exist.  Same for the walmart workers.  A wage they can't live on and no benefits.  I know many people, me included, have to stretch their pennies but if these damned corporations would pay a living wage wouldn't we all be better off?

 
 
 

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