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Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by kathy: ky Aug 9. 4 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Jonathan Simeone Aug 5. 29 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

The Bourne Again Identity (Mr. Deity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 3. 3 Replies

There's a young man, unconscious, found tangled with the bushes which describe the edge of your property, late one evening.  Who is he?  Where did he come from?  These are the questions which confound Ward and Pam as they attempt to deal with a most…Continue

Tags: mystery, Bourne, Brian Dalton, Mr. Deity

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory Institute

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Jul 31. 3 Replies

Where The Buffalo Roam AGAIN - Allan Savory InstituteI have followed the Justin Rhodes family for many months and each videa is unique. this one is about their adventures in Colorado, and…Continue

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Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2016 at 3:38am

Chris, I don't support a primary income because no one is owed a living; I do think everyone is owed a job with living wages. I also believe there should be a cap on wealth, although it would give migraine headaches to those who administer it. It is too easy to hide money, thus maintaining the broad gap between wealthy and poor. 

There should be universal: 

* income level for families with children and a disincentive to have more children, family planning services and abortions legal;

* education with required competencies to pass each level of education with a basic education of reading, writing and arithmetic; 

* health care for all members of the society; 

* retirement for each individual, not for a couple, that is, enough to keep each one living above the poverty level. 

With these basic needs of children and elderly, as well as education and health care secured for all individuals to their highest level of ability or interest, and with higher wages for wage-workers, there would be an incentive for people to work and there would be no need for the highly corruptible welfare system. 

My understanding is that Sweden and the Scandinavian countries have jobs with living wages for all citizens and are taxed to accomplish the cost with a progressive tax rate.

Ten Reasons to Support Basic Income

I can find reasons to not support a basic income. 

Comment by Ian Mason on July 18, 2016 at 1:32am

Chris, I really don't know about the 'citizen wage' idea. The same proposal has been aired in Denmark but vanished again.

Joan, I agree with what you say. A 'sub.proletariat' is now a reality and it's often looked down on in the media and by those in work.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2016 at 7:10pm

Ian, I hear your frustration and share it. With fewer paid jobs and more workers, it creates the ability to generate a poverty class. If the wealthy cared about the poor, they would either invest in the projects to employ workers or the government would make work projects, such as road and highway repair and construction, improve schools and hospitals to the point of everyone who is willing and able to work has a paying job. And if the wealthy and the government had any sense of responsibility, the wages would be enough to draw all workers into the middle Class.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 17, 2016 at 5:44pm

Thanks for all the birthday greetings!  Yes, yesterday was indeed my birthday.  It was just another normal day, but I did go out to dinner with my best friend last night to one of our favorite pizza places. We always have lots of laughs together.  Went home and was In bed by 11pm.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 17, 2016 at 10:09am

Speaking of UN-Birthdays:

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 8:52am

An unbirthday celebration is also ok!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2016 at 6:53am

If indeed, it IS your birthday, Carl, thumbs up!!

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 4:20am

Poor man. Any chance of a voluntary group who'll teach him?

And the other side of the problem is that the Danes in need of a job will feel someone has taken 'their' jobs.

I'm still thinking of the Swiss plan (rejected by referendum in the meantime) to give everyone a basic income. I think it would give many people the means to do necessary work they feel should be done, or they could up their income with a paid job. But I feel I can't figure all the consequences - what do you think?

Comment by Ian Mason on July 17, 2016 at 2:30am

A little gripe:

A month of practical work at a company finished. It went quite well and also explained something I had been curious about: where all the ordinary labouring jobs had gone. They’re now all filled by the unemployed who are being paid by the state. In short, taxpayers are subsidising capitalism and removing jobs from the labour market. One of the people I worked alongside will probably never do anything else. He’s a Syrian Kurd who fled the country when his son became a young teen and was in danger of being ‘called up’ by some militia or other. As a Kurd in an Arab-dominated country, he’s never had any schooling and is therefore illiterate so, even though he’s been a driver of everything except an aeroplane, he’ll never get a driving job in Europe. The authorities are not prepared to make an effort to help him to literacy as they would with a Dane who was dyslexic so the rest of his working life will be on the move from one subsidised scheme to another. He would be quite happy doing labouring work if only it was in proper employment with wages but no company will employ him while they can get work for free. They don’t want to admit that those basic jobs exist either, so the circle continues. I benefitted from my time as I gained experience in driving a forklift but the 4-5 others who had been placed there will just continue on the merry-go-round.

 

Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2016 at 1:03am

Congrats Carl! A happy day and healthy times!

 

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