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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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman yesterday. 5 Replies

Much worse to comeDo the math => fear 2015.When you look at the numbers for Ebola's…Continue

Tags: global pandemic, Ebola, exponential increase

Guess who's holding up US Ebola funds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 15. 10 Replies

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Tags: James Inhofe, Ebola funding

Two little-known statutes may make religious belief superior to the law of the land

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 4. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the unintended consequences of two U.S. statutes that could, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”…Continue

Tags: Constitution, RLUIPA, U.S. Constitution, courts, Supreme Court

Growing appetite for religion in U.S. politics

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 25. 6 Replies

A new Pew Research survey, conducted September 2-9, finds that "the share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should…Continue

Tags: religion losing influence, religion in politics, U.S. politics, Pew Research, same-sex marriage

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 8:35pm

Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story: A Model f...

I couldn't get that load either so try this one. It is an important story that affected several countries that followed the advice of World Bank as told in Naomi Klein's book, "Shock Dotrine". In Latvia's case, they followed US advice,  (Chicago Boys means Milton Friedman and his henchmen.)

"A generation ago the Chicago Boys and their financial supporters applauded General Pinochet’s anti-labor Chile as a success story, thanks mainly to its transformation of their Social Security into Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) that almost universally were looted by the employer grupos by the end of the 1970s. In the last decade, the Bush Administration, seeking a Trojan Horse to privatize Social Security in the United States, applauded Chile’s disastrous privatization of pension accounts (turning many over to US financial institutions) even as that nation’s voters rejected the Pinochetistas largely out of anger at the vast pension rip-off by high finance.

"Today’s most highly celebrated anti-labor success story is Latvia. Latvia is portrayed as the country where labor did not fight back, but simply emigrated politely and quietly. No general strikes, nor destruction of private property or violence, Latvia is presented as a country where labor had the good sense to not make a fuss when faced with austerity. Latvians gave up protest and simply began voting with their backsides (emigration) as the economy shrank, wage levels were scaled down, and where tax burdens remained decidedly on the backs of labor, even though recent token efforts have been made to increase taxes on real estate. The World Bank applauds Latvia and its Baltic neighbors by placing them high on its list of “business friendly” economies, even though at times scolding their social regimes as even too harsh for the Victorian tastes of the international financial institutions.


Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/01/latvias-economic-disaster-as...

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 14, 2013 at 6:58pm

Joan, I couldn't load that Latvia's Economic Disaster link.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 5:21pm

We have seen nothing yet; economic turmoil rises and it is no accident the economy is not going well. 

"Obama tapped his own chief of staff, Jack Lew, to replace Timothy Geithner. Lew was an executive at Citigroup from 2006 to 2008 at the time of the financial crisis. He served as chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments unit, a group that bet on the housing market to collapse.

"Lew has also long pushed for the deregulation of Wall Street. From 1998 to January 2001, he headed the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton. During that time, Clinton signed into law two key laws to deregulate Wall Street: the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.

"On Thursday, independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont criticized Lew’s nomination, saying, quote, "We don’t need a treasury secretary who thinks that Wall Street deregulation was not responsible for the financial crisis."

Matt Taibbi & Bill Black: Obama's New Treasury Secretary a 'Fai...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 12:45am

"What they mean by “success” is slashing wage levels and leaving the tax burden primarily on labor and lightly on capital gains, without spurring a revolution or even Greek style general strikes. The success is one of psy-ops and engineering of consent Edward Bernays style, rather than of successful economic policy."

Latvia’s Economic Disaster Heralded as a Neoliberal “Success Story”...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 11:23pm

US top 1% still 'getting richer'


The income of the top 1% of US households has quadrupled over the last thirty years.

However, at the bottom end of the scale incomes have barely changed.

Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explained to Ben Thompson how evident inequality has become in the United States.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:47pm

National Rifle Association

So, they want armed guards at all airports, every school, every bank ... where do we stop arming guards, when each one of us has an armed guard or are armed ourselves? When are we going to stop putting guns in people's hands and begin stopping the flow of guns into the population?

The kinds of weapons available to the public includes virtual machine guns, and high powered runs that pierce protective clothing. 

This is so stupid. Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association should be held accountable for all the arms in hands of disturbed, crazy, insane people and in hands of foolish, overwrought, and impulsive people. Oh Yes! that makes me feel safe!

Wayne LaPierre Falsely Claims ‘All’ The NRA's Money Comes From Small Donors,” Chris Brown of Media Matters sneers in triumph.

Who benefits by this man's ethics? How does he contribute to ending gun misuse? Does money speak louder than words? Is he an accessory to murder? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 10:26pm

How the National Rifle Association Rates Lawmakers

Lawmakers, run National Rifle Association out of Washington, D.C. Every dollar from tax on weapons should be spent on training people how to solve problems non-violently, and to pay for the carnage bullets cause. Stiffen gun ownership laws and stop illegal sales of guns. Your child may be next, one never knows where insanity and stupidity will lead. Better education, more skill training, and more payments to victims of gun violence offers a start to end gun violence. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2012 at 1:05am

Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control

 “The most striking features of the data are (1) how much more violent the U.S. is than other OECD countries (except possibly Estonia and Mexico, not shown here), and (2) the degree of change—and recently, decline—there has been in the U.S. time series considered by itself.”

Kieran Healy, a sociologist at Duke University

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 11:53pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 19, 2012 at 9:39pm

Thank you, Madukar, for this quote:

“The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”

~ Henri B. Stendhal

 
 
 

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