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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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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 57 minutes ago. 3 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

Tags: financialization

Climate Politics of US State Governors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Casey Pittman Jul 3. 1 Reply

Is the governor of your state suckling at the fossil fuel industry teat, while climate disasters whack citizens? As a Pennsylvanian, I'm ashamed to say mine is.... over 77 percent of all oil and gas contributions are being funneled to governors who…Continue

Tags: , , Extreme weather disasters, Change, Climate, State Governors

Tipping points of class and climate

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 0 Replies

I don't know the history of the influences creating a World War I, other than cultures deeply divided by class. The wealthy were born to entitlement that the poor were not. I wonder what were the cause of unrest. The settlement, …Continue

Tags: Third, class, World, cheap, labor

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2014 at 9:53pm

Richard D. Wolff | Obama's Economic Significance

"Truman's administration subsidized and shored up capitalism, worried that troops returning from war would be unemployed and slide with the economy back into depression. Truman prioritized anti-communism and punched down unions via the Taft-Hartley Act. Republican Eisenhower, the kindly grandpa, softened its veneer but sustained the program. 

"By 1960, relentless retreat from New Deal commitments had built pressures for something "really different." Americans began to grasp and resent that their "middle class" status was fading. "

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"The crisis since 2007 exposes capitalism's instability and injustices. It revives interest in the New Deal's labor-radical coalition and its policy alternatives. Previously effective ways of stifling criticism of capitalism no longer work. The criticisms and critics are finding ways to organize effectively. Meanwhile, the conservative coalition has removed its mask. Sharpening social conflicts loom. "

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2014 at 1:08pm

[shrug] I'm mostly a BP customer, myself, and I doubt they tap any Ukrainian or Siberian crude.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2014 at 1:02pm

A commenter on Cheezburger suggested boycotting Russian gasoline if you don't like what he's doing. Lukoil is sold in my area.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2014 at 1:02pm

Ruth, the shame is that Putin hardly needs the sunglasses.  He's looking at a brown sky as it is!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2014 at 12:57pm

As to campaign costs, I think the entire process has become public manipulation. There is no real information, just selling images and disinformation. We would do well to abolish the entire political ad process and get a very limited fact-checked by independent sources data base for voters to consult.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 9:50pm

I may be naive, but imbedded in the problem statement is a seed for the remedy. At least that is the principle. 

Problem statement: "campaign costs, and at the same time make the campaigns more informational, as opposed to simply inflammatory."

Options exploration: 

1. get involved; one way is to be informed and make known the facts; 

2. make public the amount of money spent in support of issues not in the public's interests, by naming names and amounts of money as they becomes known; 

3. clearly state what our goals are; 

4. identify like-minded people; 

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One thing I am trying to do is to get the great comments made on A/N out to the general public, not to change the minds of the extreme right wing, but to get the attention of those who are sitting on the fence, not knowing which way to turn. The method I use is to write the article or post other's articles with attribution, on my Politics, Economics and Religion group and Tweet them so they automatically go to Tweet and Facebook. They also come back to A/N so that you know what I am writing. You have the right and responsibility to correct me when/not if I make a mistake.  

I have often wondered if I am making an error doing it this way, and if so, please let me know. I have no intention of harming A/N and I have a lot of intention to communicate with those who don't know we exist and why. 

I have notices many of those who write me personally also join A/N. 

We don't have to be inflammatory; we do have to be accurate with our names and numbers. Make one mistake, and people lose confidence in what we write.

I invite others of you to find ways to express our needs, wants and desires on A/N. Exchange of information is healthy. That is the way to make social change happen. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 28, 2014 at 9:27pm

I wish there was a way to rein in campaign costs, and at the same time make the campaigns more informational, as opposed to simply inflammatory. I guess that is a lot to ask!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2014 at 5:26pm

"In their obsession to control our public life, the wealthy have bid up the cost of being elected to public office. From 1974 to 2006, winning campaigns for the US Senate have gone fr...Americans for Prosperity (a Koch-backed organization) already has spent more than $8 million on the North Carolina Senate election (November 4, 2013) to defeat Democratic candidate Kay Hagan."

The Poisons of Extreme Wealth and Inequality, Richard Waddell

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 27, 2014 at 3:42pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 9:24pm

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)" 
~ Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987

 
 
 

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