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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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Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva yesterday. 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

Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 18. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Nov 17. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

Tags: cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, LGBT, homosexuality, Pope Francis

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Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 12:39am

Poor child!, But this one escaped!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 10:46pm

Sins of a "Good Mormon Boy"

How many times have I heard stories from men and women whose minds were bound by traditions that not only brought on depression and thoughts of suicide, but also were sick. Denial of one's own body and its processes is the easiest way to create a neurotic adult. It is almost like making a chocolate cake, follow the recipe and you get a chocolate cake, and a neurotic adult. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 10:25pm

Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education

http://www.alternet.org/education/shocking-report-explodes-5-myths-...

Myth #1: Our educational system provides more upward mobility than any other in the world.

Fact: "Of the 28 countries listed, USA is third from the bottom."

 

Myth #2: Our teachers (protected by their greedy unions) work less and get paid more.

Fact: "Teachers in the USA spend between 1050 and 1100 hours a year teaching, much more than in almost every country. Of the 38 countries surveyed Argentina and Chile had teachers who worked more hours. Hours worked per years by our primary school teachers, USA are number one!"

 

Myth #3: Big government (via our tax dollars) funds higher education.

Fact: “In the USA 38 percent of higher education expenditures come from public sources, and 62 percent are from private sources. Across all OECD countries, 70 percent of expenditures on higher education come from public sources, and 30 percent are from private sources.”

 

Myth #4: We provide excellent early childhood education

Fact: “On average across OECD countries, 84 percent of pupils in early childhood education attend programmes in public schools or government-dependent private institutions, while in the USA, 55 percent of early childhood pupils attend programmes in public schools, and 45 percent attend independent private programmes. In the USA, the typical starting age for early childhood education is 4 years old, while in 21 other OECD countries, it is 3 years old or younger.”

 

Myth #5: We have the highest percentage of college grads in the world.

Fact: “The USA ranks 14th in the world in the percentage of 25-34 year-olds with higher education (42 percent).”

 

“during the post-WWII era the United States invested in its people. The GI Bill of Rights provided free higher education to more than 3 million returning GIs. Enormous investments in education helped us catch up with Sputnik and win the race to the moon. The super-rich faced high tax rates so that we could pay for education, a national highway system, and the defense budget. Unions were supported by the federal government and moved wages up across the board. And the burgeoning civil rights movement began to bring the promise of America to African Americans. The middle class was rising. We went to school. And we created the fairest income distribution in our history.”

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 11:40am

Chris Martenson's presentation at the Gold & Silver Meeting in ..., recorded on November 16, 2011, at the Gold & Silver Meeting in Madrid.

Author of 'The Crash Course' explains the coming 20 years look completely different than the last 20 years. He focuses on three "Es": Economy, Energy and Environment. It is no longer possible to view any one of those topics separately from one another. He later adds Exponential growth.

All our money is loaned onto existence, our economy has to grow exponentially. He proves this point empirically by showing a 99.9% fit of the actual growth curve of the last 40 years to an exponential curve. By continually increasing our debt relative to GDP we are making the assumption that our future will always be wealthier than our past; this assumption is flawed and the debt loads are already unmanageable.

Our economy is based on exponential growth. He illustrates how unimaginably fast things speed up towards the end of an exponential curve. Due to natural limitations on resources, Martenson concludes we face a serious energy crisis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 1:54am

Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind

Sometimes politicians sound as goofy as this character; sometimes economists talk a lot of gibberish; sometimes religious people make no sense at all; "All truth is one. In this light, may science and religion endeavor here for the steady evolution of mankind, from darkness to light, from narrowness to broad-mindedness, from prejudice to tolerance. It is the voice of life, which calls us to come and learn."

All truth is one.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 21, 2012 at 1:09am

I had to laugh.  I mean I know he was trying to pander to Hispanic voters, but it reminded me of something from my short career on ice.

One of the principal men always used makeup that was a ghastly shade of almost-red. (Stage makeup comes in 20 or more shades, from Clown White to Blackface) I was standing near him backstage one night when one of the chorus boys came right out and asked him what color makeup he used.  He said, in a very snotty voice, "Sh*t Brindle!"  I had to stuff my hand in my mouth to keep from hooting.

That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw that photo of Romney the Red.

Comment by Daniel W on September 20, 2012 at 9:47pm

Re:  "Orange Mittens".  What a creepy shade of orange!  Several sites did note, they thought this was either an inept attempt to pander to Hispanics, or he caught the Snooki virus.  It's really strange!  I'll be interested in what he does to pander to other ethnic groups.....

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2012 at 9:29pm

Joan, that's a fun web site!  Thanks for posting that!  And the link.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 5:57pm

Epilepsy and the origins of monotheism

"There has long been a recognized association between monotheism and the desert’s all-powerful sun, as there is between polytheism and the lush diversity of sun-shaded forests. And it seems that epilepsy is another component of the development and spread of the idea of the One God.

"If only they’d had shades in those days, think how much grief we could have avoided!"
~ Robin Helweg-Larsen

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2012 at 3:01pm
 
 
 

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