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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 on Saturday. 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 Grinning Cat on March 21, 2013 at 2:11am

Christopher Weyant on Republican strategy:

'March Madness' election strategy 'tournament bracket', Republican side filled with 'old white men', Democrats' side with 'Latinos', 'women', 'gays', 'youth', 'minorities', 'Asians', 'Blacks', 'diversity', 'moderates', etc.; two Republican elephant-men read headline: 'PRIEBUS: GOP WEAK MESSAGE NEEDS DIVERSITY'; one comments, 'I still think it just needs a few more OLD WHITE GUYS...'

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2013 at 2:58pm

"I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary."

~ Jean Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands: act 5, scene 3. 1963
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2013 at 1:09pm
Myths prevail! Facts: Temporary jobs, dirty oil, more CO2 if burned, probable leaks, Canadian don't want pipeline on their lands, game over for climate, and cost of clean-up very high.
Van Jones Reacts to Keystone XL Report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAsr9d1kGZU&feature=youtu.be
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 2:53pm

Women make abortion decision based on many factors, economic, political, religious, and others. Taking her right of choice away from her is to turn her into property to be managed by others. 

Thanks booklover

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 2:38pm
Siberian Caves Reveal Advancing Permafrost Thaw
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=siberian-caves-rev...
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 4:36pm
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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 3:31pm

Blacks Decimated by Wall Street Subprime Mortgage Scam: Income Disp...

"The backlash of Tea Party racists and the general Republican Southern strategy of race baiting through code words clearly has defined that this is still a nation of two visions: one of a white Christian patriarchal America with Disneyland dreams of an imaginary Main Street and the other of a multi-cultural society of equality and the celebration of national communal values.

"However, the facts on the ground reveal a deeper schism not of visions, but of a vastly unequal economic reality.

"According to the recent study cited by the WP,

"The large and growing wealth gap separating white and black families is the product of stubborn barriers that disproportionately consign African Americans to less-valuable real estate and lower-paying jobs, according to a new study.

"A long-term examination of the financial lives of black and white Americans revealed that African Americans typically face a subtle but persistent opportunity gap that has served to widen financial disparities remaining from a long history of overt discrimination, according to a report to be released Wednesday by Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

"In short, despite an outburst of bitter racial resentment after Obama's election that continues to this day, blacks are faring worse not better than in the past.  It as if the vast areas of urban blight -- where pushing drugs is often the only entrepreneurial opportunity of any livable pay (until you are shot in a turf war) -- that gave birth to the 1968 riots after Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated have been left to stagnate. In fact, they have worsened as the last of the remaining industrial and mid-to-large business base has fled these areas.

"As the Washington Post reveals in the February 26th story:" ... read!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 3:23pm

Rahm on the Ropes

"What Emanuel had planned as his marquee accomplishment—corporate-style “school reform”—has been cracking like a pain of glass. His attempt to game state law to make it virtually impossible for Chicago public school teachers to strike backfired last year when they not only struck the hell out of him but ended up undermining the core rhetorical underpinning of the “reform movement”—that teachers unions are the enemies—when Chicago Public School parents sided overwhelmingly with the strikers. That hardly held back Phase Two of Emanuel’s scheme, set to roll out this year: planned massive school closings, based on dubious and opaque statistical arguments about “underutilized” buildings. Activists point out that the rationale for school closings shift from year to year, and never seem to accomplish the policy aims that supposedly justify them; so threadbare have the city’s explanations become by now, in fact, that the actual reason for hollowing out the system has become transparent to just about everyone: to turn the most prominent operator of charter schools, the United Neighborhood Association, or UNO, into a wheelhouse of a new-model political machine. Here’s an editorial from last Friday in the Chicago Tribune, a right-leaning publication that would love to sign off on City Hall’s corporate “school reform” agenda, if only it didn’t obviously stink so very, very bad:

"The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that much of a $98 million state grant given to UNO to build schools was funneled to companies that have deep connections to the organization’s political allies and a top UNO executive, Miguel d’Escoto. Shortly after the story broke, d’Escoto resigned.

"D’Escoto Inc., a company owned by Miguel d’Escoto’s brother Federico, reaped more than $1.5 million for work as the “owner’s representative” in the construction of several schools.

"Reflection Window Co., owned by another d’Escoto brother, Rodrigo, stands to earn nearly $10 million for work on several schools.

"Plumbing contracts went to a company owned by the sister of Victor Reyes, the clout-heavy lawyer and lobbyist who helped UNO snag the state grant.

"UNO hired Aguila Security, a firm run by two brothers of state Rep. Edward Acevedo, a longtime UNO ally who voted to approve the UNO grant in 2009.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 1:20pm

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