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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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What is the purpose of life?

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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"Tax Free" - a Music Video by Betty Bowers, Music by Joni Mitchell

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Sunday. 5 Replies

I can hear it now: "Wait a minute!  What is a music video doing in a group called, 'Politics, Economics and Religion?'  Betty Bowers is more about satire and parody than any of those issues.  Shouldn't this be in another group?"And I have to answer…Continue

Tags: church, Tax Free, Joni Mitchell, Betty Bowers

Controversial Recovering From Religion Hotline a Hot Commodity

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller on Thursday. 4 Replies

According to Valerie Tarico, business is hot and heavy at the new Recovering from Religion Hotline. If so, this is…Continue

Tags: escaping religion

Using the Legal System to Fight Factory Farms - Michele Merkel (TEDxManhattan)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

Think your food and/or farming isn't political?  Think again.  Michele Merkel has been up against the corporate factory farm system, initially with the EPA and later as an independent campaigner when the EPA caved to corporate pressure.  In the…Continue

Tags: EPA, farms, factory, , Michele, Merkel", TED

Atheists: In godlessness we trust (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 19. 4 Replies

A Sunday morning in church is not in the cards for those who say they're "beyond belief" -- beyond belief in the God of Scripture, anyway. And for some, the abandonment of their faith wasn't easy. Our Cover Story now from Mo Rocca:Visit Jackson,…Continue

Tags: CBS, atheism, Sunday Morning, Openly Secular, CBS News

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:55am

Woody Brock - Beyond Democratic Capitalism.mov

This is a surprise; I was expecting a crotchety old professor, and find him to be awake, aware, articulate, and I like what he says. 

"Dr. Brock has worked closely with Professor Mordecai Kurz of Stanford University in developing the new theory of Rational Beliefs that is now replacing the classical theory of "Efficient Markets." This theory explains for the first time the way in which history rhymes but does not repeat itself."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 24, 2012 at 1:32am

Capitalism is Terrific, but Our Corrupted, Bastardized, Crony Capit...

Woody Brock "on the state of our capitalism: Under true capitalism, no agent has any bargaining power whatsoever. The notion of 4 investment bankers taking a private plane to Washington tomake sure that leverage would be tripled in April 2004 in exchange ..., is outrageous and scandalous and they all should be in jail. Adam Smith wouldn't roll in his grave; he would gyrate."

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 23, 2012 at 11:42pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 9:03pm

Greg, yes, these "qualities critical to well-being: compassion, attentiveness, unconditional love, consistency (but not a foolish consistency), calmness and rationality" lead to healthier living. 

When a child, born into a family that highly values obedience, submission and self-sacrifice, reveals some easily question those values and reject them. Some struggle to live to those criteria and in my opinion create stress that borders on mental illness. "Wanting to please" offers very little toward flourishing.

Just as effective parents create an environment of lower stress, it also empowers individuals to think, take action, and be pro-active. Government has the same responsibility, it seems to me, whether local or federal; create an environment that encourages flourishing of individuals and business, even as it limits exploitation of people and resources. 

Therefore, I would support efforts to be self-sufficient and independent. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:48pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! This old chap is a wonder to behold. Looking at him, a 16 year old or 60 year old might pass him buy, but to their own detriment. You may/probably were the one that introduced him to me a long time ago. 
I know everyone is getting fed up with my graphs, but frankly I don't give  a gnat's eyebrow. This stuff needs to be seen, understood, and thought about. Sorry to impose the old stuff on you Loren, just remember that I am more than economics charts and growls every now and then.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:43pm

It's the Inequality, Stupid

Average Household Income before taxes/change in share of income after taxes

Winners: The super-rich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2012 at 12:18pm

Joan, one Dr. Albert A. Bartlett has held forth in a series of YouTube videos on the whole overpopulation / strain on resources issue some time back.  I'm pretty sure I posted it elsewhere on A|N, but here it is again.  Worth your time

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 12:13pm

Income inequality

How much richer are the richest 20% than the poorest 20%?

See Page 4. 

Health and Social Problems are Worse in More Unequal Countries 

See Page 6

Notice USA is at the top right hand of the matrix. 

Child Well-being is Better in More Equal Rich Countries

See Page 8

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal Rich Countries

Page 10

Levels of Trust are Higher in More Equal USA States 

Page 11

Prevalence of Mental Illness is Higher in More Unequal Rich Countries

Page 12

This study looks at important social, economic, and political factors in unequal countries and states. Worthy of knowing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:37am

Feeding More From Less

"Worried about the finite resources available to a growing population, there is fear among some that we are headed toward famine and starvation in a world where population exceeds the earth’s carrying capacity.

"A similar concern was demonstrated by Thomas Malthus 200 years ago. Population grows exponentially, Malthus explained, while food production grows at the slower arithmetic rate. Everything else the same, starvation would be indisputable."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:28am
 
 
 

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