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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 Joan Denoo 6 hours ago. 6 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 Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 11:24am

CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004–2013
Casualty Estimates, The Bureau of Investigative Journalis

Living things exist as so much fodder for imperialism, cultures have no value to those who do not respect history, principles have no influence on decisions. The USA citizens pays for all this madness.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2013 at 1:37am

Grinning Cat,  "bailing out the individual account holders" makes a whole lot more sense to me! This experiment they tried proved to be a sham; why do they think they can get away with it again? 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2013 at 12:38am

"BAILOUTS:
 From each according to his ability,
 to each according to his lack thereof."

Lots of truth there!

What's wrong with bailing out the individual account holders rather than the bank?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 3, 2013 at 11:42pm

Thanks for the concise overview of your personal life, and P4, and the hilarious Too Pig to Fail cartoon. I couldn't read the last word in the Bailouts image. Do you really think the banks themselves should be given the job of deciding how best to split themselves up? thus far "regulators" haven't been worth a tinker's dam.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 10:10pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2013 at 10:06pm

"Banks must be “tasked with the job of deciding how best to split themselves up” under the supervision of regulators,  “There should be rules imposed, perhaps something like Glass-Steagall.”

~Brroksley Born, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, told reporters in Washington today.

"The large banks “have too much political power and too much money to be sufficiently capable of being managed, of being supervised and regulated, and of being permitted to fail” 

~ Brooksley Born 

Brooksley Born Urges Bank Breakups to Help End Too Big to Fail

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 3, 2013 at 2:28am

I read the survey and concluded that Cindy McCain wants moderates to return in numbers large enough to make the evangelicals unnecessary.

The Repub Party is too divided for the term "the Republicans" to be useful.

When Reagan invited the big government evangelical Repubs into the party, so many came in that they took the party away from the small-government (libertarian) Repubs.

The problem started about 1960 when the Repub far right started expelling moderates. After the 1964 Goldwater disaster, the moderates regrouped but Rockefeller and company did nothing to help them. The party need members to replace the moderates and recruited Southern racist Dems, which all but finished the moderates. I'd always been an independent but in 1974 ran as a moderate in a Repub primary for the legislature. I did well but not well enough to beat the incumbent. Reagan's bringing the authoritarian evangelicals into the party took it to the FAR right, made it a big government party, and sent me to the Dems, and eventually out past the liberals to the progressives.

I find both parties about equally corrupt. I long ago decided that Dems are soft-headed and Repubs are hard-hearted. Repubs are now both hard-hearted and "teaparty crazy".

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 2, 2013 at 9:59am

Republican liberals like Cindy McCain are promoting a new survey, "How Do YOU View the Republican Party", aimed at under-30s.

John Aravosis parses it at AmericaBLOG, pointing out, "You know the Republicans are panicking when they ask their members if they should still be opposed to gay marriage, abortion, and marijuana."

A few points of interest:

In the list of "Which issue(s) do you consider when you vote", they include "gay marriage/gay rights", abortion, and the environment, but not the old reliable "immigration" or "family values".

In "Do you think that the Republican Party discriminates against people?" the list includes "environmentalists" and "gays and lesbians".

There's also a free-response question, "What would a Republican have to do or say in order for you to vote for her/him?" Maybe we should let them know.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8PXHD8Y

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:38am

The Global Economy on the Fly - Nouriel Roubini

"In sum, among advanced economies, the US is in the best relative shape, followed by Japan, where Abenomics is boosting confidence. The eurozone and the UK remain mired in recessions made worse by tight monetary and fiscal policies. Among emerging economies, China could face a hard landing by late 2014 if critical structural reforms are postponed, and the other BRICs need to turn away from state capitalism. While other emerging markets in Asia and Latin America are showing more dynamism than the BRICs, their strength will not be enough to turn the global tide."

~ Nouriel Roubini, April 1st, 2013

 
 
 

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