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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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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 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 Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 11:40pm

Ingersoll disputes the account of creation in bible’s Genesis story; it  is "inconsistent with all known facts, and every star shining in the heavens testifies that its author was an uninspired barbarian.”

~ Robert Green Ingersoll, Why I Am Agnostic

The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 5:35pm

Chris, and those of you who don't want to read any more bad news, I understand; however, I urge you to put on your armor, gather those around you who can give you support, and take on this challenge. 

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

This video defines and describes Shock Doctrine and its implications for us, today. If we are to turn this into an opportunity to learn, we can know that chaos and panic yield us no freedom; we need clear thinking, calm recognitions of what is happening and why, and recognition that action with thought are the only ways to overcome the tyranny and terror being dealt out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 20, 2013 at 3:55pm

Ruth, try one of these. It is important we understand the meaning of this economic disaster because Latvia and Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and many other countries Agreed to the demands of USA and International Monetary Fund, all countries developed a rise in the poverty class and rise in wealth, rise in unemployment, and much of S. America turned to Socialist leaders in retaliation. The system doesn't work and these countries and others can prove it.

Latvia's Economic Disaster

The major difference between Latvia and those other countries, is the labor force of Latvia didn't dispute, picket, or organize resistance, they packed up their belongings and moved out of the country. As the Latvian Government claims austerity works, I wonder what they will do when they realize their working people are leaving quietly. 

Latvia’s Economic Disaster as a Neoliberal Success Story

"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."

Do read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" or watch

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2013 at 7:28pm

Phil, you give voice to my anguish, and I am sure, many others' as well. We shake our fists as we let out guttural sounds for the  wounded and dead,  "The irreversibly tragic circumstances that this nation's noxious, reality-defiant attitudes toward these tools of death (and death alone) have inflicted on their lives." 
Phil Rockstroh, Shortly after, twenty children were slain ·

Comment by Plinius on January 19, 2013 at 2:03am

It's horrible, Joan, at times I must make myself think of something else, because what happens is unbearable. The Israelis are as murderous as their god. I recommend that they retreat within the borders of 1921 and build a wall around it. I'll be ready to lock the entrance and throw away the key.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2013 at 4:11pm

How the media let Israel get away with murder

"Between 11 and 15 January, 2013, four young Palestinians — aged 17 to 22 — were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces. The murders took place in theGaza Strip and at different points along Israel’s wall in the West Bank. In all instances the Israeli army justified the use of lethal force by invoking its need to protect the integrity of the wall and Israel’s borders.”

2012-09-?? Al-Darawish attempted to immolate himself in a desperate protest of the dire economic conditions Palestinians face.
2012-12-13 Muhammad al-Salaymeh, 17; slain by a border police officer in
2013-01-11 Anwar Mamlouk, 22 years old; Israeli soldiers gunned him down.
2013-01-12 Odai al-Darawish, 21, was shot to death; shot in the back.
2013-01-14 Mustafa Jarad, 21; shot in the forehead by an Israeli sniper.
2013-01-14 Samir Awad, 17; shot from behind in the head, torso and leg while running away from soldiers.

“reporter Isabel Kershner pivots the focus of Monday’s murder in Budrus away from Israel’s trigger-happy soldiers operating in a world of endless and unquestioned impunity and onto Palestinians’ “simmering restiveness”; their increased participation in “disturbances” of the “relative stability” that Israel has tried to maintain; and their ‘dire financial crisis that has prevented the Palestinian Authority … from paying … government workers.’”

WHY?
Thanks to Robert Riddle 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2013 at 12:13pm
"Trends among very high earners fuel growing wage inequality
Newly available data on the labor earnings of the very highest earners allow a look back to nearly the beginning of the last century, though the focus here is the peri-
od since 1947, and especially since 1979. e data cover annual earnings because they are drawn from the wage records in the Social Security system. Since these
data are for annual wages and salaries, the trends re ect both changes in hourly wages, which we have been exploring, and changes in annual hours worked (based
on changes in weekly hours and weeks worked per year)."

The State of Working America 12TH EDITION
http://stateofworkingamerica.org/subjects/wages/?reader
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...

 
 
 

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