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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 Apr 30. 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 Apr 30. 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

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 23, 2012 at 11:26am

Joan, the problem with the dominators is that there are plenty of people who WANT to be dominated, who want to be told what to think and what to do.  We see this with the church "Shepherd - sheep" model all the time.  Here, the only difference is that the milieu is political rather than religious ... at least in places.

I have said for a long time that it is the self-possessed person who can take care of him or herself, without dependence on dominants or submissives.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 11:17am

Romney reminds me of so many men in my life who know it all, who speak with the authority of god and who expect absolute and complete acquiescence, who do not care nor have compassion for others, who have dominion over everything including water and air and soils and flora and fauna and binds the minds of women.


Strange thing, as I grew into adulthood I discovered some men do not know about the important things, like listening, discovering others’ opinions, looking for deeper meanings, discussing, compromising, negotiating, intending that others can flourish, and finding answers that other’s needs as well as their own be met.

 

Some use the authority of god and bible, others use their maleness, and others are just plain old bullies and thugs.

 

Special note, not all men are like that, many men are mentally and emotionally healthy and want to be in healthy relationships. I tip my hat to those men and want you to be part of my life.

 

The dominators can find someone else to control. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 10:36am

Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney After He Says He Will Deny Gay...

"Perhaps Mr. Cooper would care to explain how this “moves the ball forward compared to past Republican presidents.” It actually is more radical and right wing than any previous U.S. president, period. Just like Mitt Romney."


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Romney: Hospital Visitation For Gay Couples Are ‘Benefits’ Not Rights"
http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/log-cabin-republicans-endorse-...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 10:07am

Peak oil and climate change: hold your nose and vote

A person of vision presents a mental picture of preferred possibilities, factors involved in creating that kind of world, identifies resources needed to make it happen and efforts each individual citizen can do to bring it about. A visionary inspires, coaches, encourages, makes the impossible preferred possibility a real possibility. Does not urge citizens to go shopping and go on vacations, but exhilarates citizens. A visionary builds a team. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 23, 2012 at 9:32am

A quick overall impression, details come after more thorough thought. This debate was between two fighting roosters trying to show who is cock of the mountain. Shallow, banal, rehearsed, handsome puppets for a far more sinister ventriloquist. Their presentation was as deep as the water on Earth and with the express intent to dominate other countries. Proof of USA colonialism.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 7:32pm

Labor Share of Income Drops

This volatility has been going on since the 1970s. Jobs sent off-shore, the Information Age, automation and robotization reduced demand for labor and therefore its share of income. More workers than jobs forced wages down. These factors reflect structural rather than cyclical change.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 3:24pm

via Andrew Hall

Thanks Andrew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 3:09pm

Oh! I like this one!

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect

-Edward Gibbon

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 3:06pm

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it, boldness has genius, power, and magic in it"
~ Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Mr President, remember the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr? Remember his boldness and power, and magic? USA needs that kind of leadership again!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2012 at 2:47pm

Have you hear these statements in polite society?

"146,000 Christians a year are martyred worldwide." I have heard this several times. 

Paul Rosenberg stated "the real figure is almost certainly less than five a year (possibly even zero) - which would yield what I dubbed a "conservative victimology ratio" of 28,600 to one."


"voter fraud cases are rampant!"? I heard this, many times and watch the efforts to prevent voter fraud. 

Paul Rosenberg stated "similarly scarce, but conservatives imagine they number into the millions - and voter suppression in various forms actually does keep millions from voting. Using a variety of different approaches and examples, I came up with victimology ratios ranging from 30.4 million to one down to 22,010 to one." 

The Billionaires' Pity Party:

Richest People in History Can't Stop Whining About Oppression.

October 22, 2012 

 

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it, boldness has genius, power, and magic in it"
~ Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

 
 
 

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