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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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Free market creates monopoly - no market, no freedom

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 22. 10 Replies

Barry Lynn explains that a monopolist doesn't have to control 100% of a market. With the US having thousands of markets controlled as monopolies, we suffer the Economics of Destruction.What monopoly means is that a company has sufficient control of…Continue

Tags: free market economics, monopoly

Turns out that lawsuits have rules (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 6. 4 Replies

So ... now that John Boehner and the House of Representatives have decided that the most important thing on their agenda is suing President Obama for having the unmitigated nerve to want to accomplish something during his second term of office, it…Continue

Tags: rules, president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 26. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

Tags: president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 10:07pm

 If the Revolutionary War brought about changes from British Royalist to U.S. aristocrat, it now appears to be a U.S. corporate autocracy which enslaves citizens economically with out of control personal debt. Citizens appear like a feudal serf dressed in the style of late stage capitalism.

Guns provide no protection from such corporate theft. The enemy wears white shirts, ties, dark suits and polished shoes. They smile compassionately as they empty small business and wage labor bank accounts. 

“The false sense of power and security that guns provide only serves to keep one in bondage, by imprisoning him/her behind walls of illusion.”
~ Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2013 at 12:03am

It’s Good to Be a Goldman

"The invisible hand of that primitive and pure free market so celebrated in the folklore of capitalism as the essence of efficiency and productivity has been replaced by the all too visible hand of the fixer, who can combine government power and corporate profits to game the system. Yes, visible. Just observe how easily folks such as Rubin, Paulson and Johnson move through the revolving door between corporate and government power undeterred by critical media notice. And now it is Geithner’s turn."

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 4, 2013 at 6:46am

"The planet is in dire need of a whole system ethic that produces good decisions that are good for everyone."

Agreed, but our earth has precedents: they're called mass extinctions.

I'm 82 and probably won't be here for Ma and Pa Nature's next one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:35pm
Elizabeth Dodson Gray "claims that western society has not adapted to the natural world because we have never felt we had to.

"She says that under patriarchy, the environment has been imaged as feminine. ‘Mother’ Earth’s ‘virgin’ resources have been ‘under’ us in the hierarchy, ripe for rape and exploitation. In arrogance, the prevailing attitude has been that ‘Mother’ Nature will never kill us, no matter what we do.

"Clearly, our masculine risk energy has run amok. Dodson notes that conservation energy is feminine, and we must understand how to bring balance. The planet is in dire need of a whole system ethic that produces good decisions that are good for everyone.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:28pm
“Today everyone can see the full extent of the past and present atrocities on this earth. No one can any longer claim she or he didn’t know anything.”
~ Christina Thürmer-Rohr
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 7:26pm

“[Man] thinks of himself as a creator instead of a user, and this delusion is robbing him, not only of his natural heritage, but perhaps of his future.”

~ Helen Hoover

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 5:00pm

I was in Istanbul in the 1980s waiting for my luggage to catch up with me and had time to kill. I was alone, wandering up and down the narrow streets just looking and drawing in all the sights, sounds and smells of the community. I ran across a small group of children playing marbles (only they were not marbles, they were hardened  mud balls, and I sat down on a stone door stoop to watch and then to play with them. It was a very narrow street, with mud-brick houses all connected for about a block, and about two stories high. There was laundry strung across the street on ropes and pulleys over the road, back and forth, making a sound as laundry caught breezes. I looked up ... out of each window was a woman peering down at me and their children. One woman motioned me to come upstairs and a little one escorted me to the correct door. I spent the morning with a group of women who did not speak English and I only speak it. We did a lot of gesturing, and pantomiming trying to communicate. It turned out to be one of most memorable days ... my luggage never did catch up, so I spent a month wearing 2 gauze dresses I bought in the local market and washing out my underwear every night. My toothbrush was my finger and salt. 

Istanbul police say U.S. tourist was murdered: report

ISTANBUL, Feb. 3, 2013 (Reuters)

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 1:33pm

"the government is heading in exactly the wrong direction: raising taxes on the middle class, and cutting spending."

The Jobs Report, and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

"the major cause for this near-record low is simply the lack of jobs."

"Close to 20 million Americans remain unemployed or underemployed."

"The only reason for employers to hire more workers is if they have more customers. But American employers have not had enough customers to justify much new hiring.

"There are essentially two sources of customers: individual consumers, and the government."

"Social Security taxes have increased, leaving the typical worker with about $1,000 less this year than last." 

"Wages and salaries grew a measly six-tenths of one percent."

We need repaired highways bridges and tunnels; restore railroads to get more heavy trucking off highways; develop alternative forms of energy; do more research and development; attend to water quality; develop air quality controls; restore depleted soils to improve of food quality; emphasize mathematics and science in our public schools; improve teacher/child ratio; and restore police, and fire protection.

All of these can be government funded, each one is an investment, not an expenditure, and the costs will be paid by future potential earnings. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on February 1, 2013 at 11:19pm

Jefferson followed by the five guys below. IRONY capitalized and bolded!

In a letter to P. S. du Pont de Nemours, Jefferson recommended enlightening the people.

Did he say enriching some people might be dangerous?

One of the du Pont family offspring feared that the 1930s Depression would damage Americans' faith in capitalism. He and a few other wealthy people plotted to overthrow the Roosevelt administration and install Italian fascism.

Search Wikipedia for "business plot" or "Smedley Butler" to read the story.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2013 at 6:42pm

Bank CEOs 

Bank of America - Ken Lewis - net worth - $65 million. 

CitiGroup - Charles Prince - retired in 2007 due to unexpectedly poor 3rd quarter performance, mainly due to CDO andMBS related losses, while still receiving a $38m pay package.

JP Morgan - Jamie Diamond - net worth of $400 million and annual salary of $27.5 million.

Goldman Sachs - Lloyd Blankfein "Doing God's Work". net worth of $450 million; annual salary $55 million. 

Former Sec. Treasury - Henry Paulson - 2008 - led government efforts aimed at avoiding a severe economic slowdown.  

Left Goldman Sachs in 1974 then Investment Banking group. He left  with $37 million in 2005, and $16.4 million projected for 2006. His net worth estimated at over $700 million.



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