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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 Joan Denoo yesterday. 5 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 November 1, 2012 at 6:09pm

I am pessimistic in the short run about our political life in the USA and on the Earth; Working with civil rights groups such as with blacks, Native Americans and women, I recognize how far we have come but how far we have to go on all these fronts. Now we have the added struggle to protect the environment and fight against a renewal of a class society. I am only becoming acutely aware of GLBT human rights issues. 
Many of the people I love most dearly have not a clue what these issues are all about and the most common things I hear from loved ones are: "don't be so negative", or "look on the positive side", or "get over it and get on with your life". 

The Roman Catholic church and the far right Protestant churchs seem to be joining together to make a powerful coalition to put religious dogma into our civic affairs and that can only mean trouble for GLBT and blacks and atheists and women and the poor. Fascist rule doesn't have to happen. Hitler didn't have to happen, nor did Mussolini.


Giving money in the amounts you and I can give is just throwing money down a deep hole in the ground. We can't match the millions pouring in from those who have vast amounts of unearned income. Using money on robocalls doesn't seem like a good investment to me; I don't answer my phone these days and let the answering machine pick up whatever comes in. I can stay in touch with people via internet better anyway. 

Equality and compassion are my two main issues; they aren't going to happen, yet. There are not enough people in real pain, yet. Perhaps such things will not come in our generation. 

So, where does that leave you and me and others who care about the things we care about? One thing I know for sure, an individual can't make powerful changes alone, even as I realize the really great changes in human enterprise has come about because of some leader that is able to inspire and motivate others toward a common goal. People like Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rosa Parks, and Sally Ride.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:32pm

A woman can't get pregnant, by cartoonist Dave Horsey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:27pm

Romney's Halloween by Cartoonist Dave Horsey 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 6:04pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 31, 2012 at 3:08am

Violent Agriculture Part 1

Violent Agriculture Part 2

Violent Agriculture Part 3

"Vandana Shiva discusses agriculture, biodiversity, sustainability, and the importance of making peace with the Earth. Shiva, a philosopher, activist, author, and eco feminist, is trained as a physicist, and is particularly interested in quantum mechanics and biotechnology. In Part 1 of her presentation, Shiva discusses her entry into the sciences, which eventually put her on a path of environmental activism. She emphasizes that we must not fall prey to a monocultural, mechanistic framework of thinking, which leads to the degradation of the planet."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 4:14pm

6 Top Economists Explain Which President Is More Likely to Speed th...

Which President is more likely to speed the next financial crisis?

 

1. Joseph Stiglitz: “Romney’s criticism was totally wrong.”

 

2. William Lazonick: “Romney administration is the nation's best chance of destroying the American dream.”

 

3. Gar Alperovitz: “Romney clearly would be more likely to hasten the next financial crisis.”

 

4. Dean Baker: “Romney doesn't take any restraints on the banking system seriously. 

 

5. James K. Galbraith: “Under the Democrats, the coming campaign for 'fiscal responsibility' might just be bad enough to push the financial sector back over the edge. Still, that's not a reason to vote for Romney."

 

6. Thomas Ferguson: “I’d say that under either man a future banking crisis is a serious risk, but that under Romney the likelihood is even higher."

 

~ Lynn Parramore

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 2:24pm

Guitarzeroh Freethinker, thank you for that lovely video of the children and their song. I reposted with attribution to you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 2:21pm

"We need a law to stop candidates needing ALOT of money to stand for office in the first place." That is exactly the way I read events. Obama received big BIG $ from corporations for his first election, and getting much less now. Obama says exactly the right words, speaks from his heart, means to be a good president, but the forces against him are way too high, our government is now an aoligarchy and will not change until and unless the people demand change. As long as there are people who believe the lies and distortions, they continue to live in denial and delude themselves. 
I wonder where Obama's economic principles lay, after all he did pump more money into rescuing the banks instead of the homeowner or students with debts. After coming into office Obama codified into law things that were counter to his rhetoric. Was it because he agreed with what he signed? or was forced to sign? or was confused? You decide:

Obama enabled a “Foreclosure Crisis that is actually the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind.  It has been planned by insiders for decades, and NO insiders have been prosecuted.”

http://hofj.org/default.asp.pg-CrisisCrusade

 

Obama to sign indefinite detention bill into law.

http://www.salon.com/2011/12/15/obama_to_sign_indefinite_detention_...

 

Obama “embraced deficit hawkery.”
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/05/barack-obama-the-great-decei... 

 

Obama authorized killing Ben Laden

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/quotes/ownwords.asp

 

Obama authorized drone attacks on Afghanistan & Pakistan ... “193 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2009”.

http://www.cjr.org/feature/covering_obamas_secret_war.php?page=all

 

Obama authorized support for Syrian rebels to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/report-president-ob...

 

Obama enables USA to become a “surveillance state, with not only government agencies but private data miners watching and recording our lives.”

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/12209-the-dirty-dozen-the-top-12-...

 



 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 2:08pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 30, 2012 at 1:18pm

The Costs of Capitalism's Crisis: Who Will Pay?

"Austerity?" "Fiscally conservative?" both imply the people who will pay are those who produced the goods and services, not the banks and corporations that created the crisis. Sound familiar? Does it sound fair? How much more austere can you be? 

The outrage heard around the world: 

 
 
 

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