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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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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Free market creates monopoly - no market, no freedom

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Aug 22. 10 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 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

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2014 at 11:06pm

One the one hand ...; on the other hand ....! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 7, 2014 at 10:45pm

Loren, an excellent point well stated!

On a lighter note, I just learned about Noah S. Sweat, Jr.'s 1952 doublespeak masterpiece of a speech on whether Mississippi should continue prohibition of alcoholic beverages. It lent its name to the "if-by-whiskey" argument:

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 3, 2014 at 7:42am

 
 
 

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