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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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Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva on Wednesday. 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

Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 18. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

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It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Nov 17. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 5:24pm

"The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."

~ Dr. Joseph Mengele

(1911- 979) Nazi German SS officer and a physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, known for performing grisly human experiments on camp inmates, including children, for which Mengele was called the "Angel of Death"

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 1:40pm

"Monsanto’s talk of ‘technology’ tries to hide its real objectives of control over seed where genetic engineering is a means to control seed, “'Monsanto is an agricultural company. We apply innovation and technology to help farmers around the world \produce more while conserving more.”

“Producing more, Conserving more, Improving farmers lives.” These are the promises Monsanto India’s website makes, alongside pictures of smiling, prosperous farmers from the state of Maharashtra. This is a desperate attempt by Monsanto and its PR machinery to delink the epidemic of farmers’ suicides in India from the company’s growing control over cotton seed supply — 95 per cent of India’s cotton seed is now controlled by Monsanto.

Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers. Monsanto’s concentrated control over the seed sector in India as well as across the world is very worrying. This is what connects farmers’ suicides in India to Monsanto vs Percy Schmeiser in Canada, to Monsanto vs Bowman in the US, and to farmers in Brazil suing Monsanto for $2.2 billion for unfair collection of royalty. Through patents on seed, Monsanto has become the “Life Lord” of our planet, collecting rents for life’s renewal from farmers, the original breeders. Patents on seed are illegitimate because putting a toxic gene into a plant cell is not “creating” or “inventing” a plant. These are seeds of deception — the deception that Monsanto is the creator of seeds and life; the deception that while Monsanto sues farmers and traps them in debt, it pretends to be working for farmers’ welfare, and the deception that GMOs feed the world. GMOs are failing to control pests and weeds, and have instead led to the emergence of superpests and superweeds." ~ Dr. Vandana Shiva

The seeds of suicide: How Monsanto destroys farming. http://truththeory.com/2013/04/14/the-seeds-of-suicide-how-monsanto...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 1:10pm

Faith has no place demanding agreement or punishing disagreement.

Thanks to Doubting Thomas

I have faith in and believe the sun will set tonight and rise tomorrow and I know what time and from what place on the horizon this event will happen. The basis of my faith and belief is evidence. I predict and observe it every day of my life. 

To have faith in and believe the sun stopped in its journey across the sky cannot be proven, other than hearsay evidence. No court will accept such evidence as fact. Even eye-witness accounts have a very high probability of being wrong ... just list to different versions of an auto accident or a natural disaster or an unidentified flying  object. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:24pm

The Global Status Quo Strategy: Do More of What Has Failed Spectacu...

"1. The global Power Elites know reform is necessary, but the risks of reform are unacceptably high. 

"2. Doing nothing will also bring down the Status Quo. 

"3. Since the only endgames to ballooning debts and declining household incomes are runaway inflation or renunciation of debt, the Status Quo has only one choice left to preserve its neofeudal arrangement: do more of what has failed spectacularly, i.e. inflate more asset bubbles as a way to mask the system's phantom collateral for a few more months or perhaps years."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:15pm

Antifragility.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile."
"Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better."

Real creativity and progress occurs outside of the comfort zone, yet not so deep in that we feel paralyzed by fear. Risks of doubt and uncertainty exist in that zone, but so does opportunity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:13pm

“If anyone says that the best life of all is to sail the sea, and then adds that I must not sail upon a sea where shipwrecks are a common occurrence and there are often sudden storms that sweep the helmsman in an adverse direction, I conclude that this man, although he lauds navigation, really forbids me to launch my ship.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 6:04pm

That's soulless! - Religion is about therapy and politics

"It is about personal wholeness and social coherence." 

The Nature of Religion (1/2)

The Nature of Religion (2/2)

What stories and traditions will vitalize our good without god era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 1:48am

"Before Globalization, There Was No Unemployment"

"This film captures in just over an hour all of the central driving messages of Nextworldtv: globalization and Western consumer society, now creeping into every corner of the world, creates overworked unhealthy people trying to survive on an increasingly toxic planet, becoming alienated, broke, miserable and sick. 

"Localization of people, culture, food and the economy offers solutions to put us on track to a sustainable economy, prosperous in the truly important ways: creating balance in the whole system, using resources than we generate locally, having more time for more connection to ourselves, our work, our food and our community.

"The Ladakhis of the Himalayas are profiled here in a perfect case history of what happens when globalization interferes and systematically destroys an indigenous culture.

"Fascinating real numbers that underscore the inefficiency of the current system. It should not be cheaper to import food from halfway around the world than to produce it locally!

"Economic analyst and author Helena Norbert-Hodge has done a beautiful job with this exquisite film and this most important message of our time."

~ Bibi Farber

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 4:03pm

This tragedy that is Boston after the bombs sends a clear message, no guessing, no believing unconfirmed reports, no angry statements about race, religion, or political belief, only to keep an even keel.

We know what we can control, how we react, and how we influence the outcome so that fear and scapegoating do not take over. My fear is some  will demand a despotic leader to take over our political system and turn us into a police state.

There are some things we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. We won't be prosecuting this event until and unless we have confirmed evidence. We can conduct a fair trial and make an intelligent decision about the remedy. We  can take action to rebuild a healthier society.

We don’t need more guns and police; we need more justice in this nation. When government, businesses, banks, and financial institutions can steal from us without penalty, when thugs and criminals receive monetary reward, and working people sink lower into a helpless, hopeless pit of poverty, we can become dysfunctional. (Remember the French Revolution)

All this chaos, whether man made or nature made, can begin the impulse to build community based on cooperation and give up the notion that humans have dominion. We are part of the web of life, not superior or inferior to any other part. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:55pm

Dead kids sure are a bummer but….

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but we’ve gone completely insane, so even if we shed a few tears, we really don’t care deep down inside where it counts.”

A Dad writes about guns and risks to kids. He includes photos of is family, he brings living images to his comments. 

 
 
 

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