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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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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 13, 2012 at 10:43am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 6:10pm

Illusion of Prosperity


It would be very nice if our economy continued to grow like it did back in the 1950s but times have changed, laws have been changed to take protection away from workers to the benefit of owners of capital. No president can change the fundamental and universal laws of basic math. We are now a world economy, cheaper labor can be had in developing countries, successful breakup of labor unions in the USA, ability to hide money in off-shore accounts, banks and financial institutions with new regulations can gamble with pension funds and our savings, the Federal Reserve an print money as fast as the printing machines can roll, deflation and inflation threatens those who work for wages, health care costs fly out the roof, students graduate with terrible debt loads, bankruptcy laws have been changed to favor financial institutions, the government reports we do not have inflation, but how much do you have to pay for food and fuel now as compared to 20 years ago? 

Not only are we 64 million jobs below trend, but we have fewer workers between the ages of 16 and 54 than we had in 1997.

Now, you tell me, are we on the right road to prosperity? 
Or are we living under the illusion of prosperity?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:59pm

Notice that peak hiring on this chart was 2000 and new normals began to develop. What will cause them to rise again? 

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2012/10/manufacturing-empl...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:54pm

Notice, again, the beginning of exponential growth. This represents Net Worth of American Households and Nonprofit Organizations. Are we at "Peak Prosperity?

http://illusionofprosperity.blogspot.com/2010/03/peak-prosperity.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:51pm

http://skeptikai.com/2011/10/27/world-population-and-the-7th-billion/

Have you noticed the tremendous amount of change began to take place in 1950s? This is called "exponential growth". Changes taking place happen so fast, and problems grow so complex, life becomes chaotic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

via Ruth Anthony-Gardner 

Just as Henrik Ibsen wrote in "An Enemy of the People" the town didn't want to hear what doctor Stockmann had to say because it would destroy their tourist trade. Townspeople didn't understand dangers of pollution, he is denounced and called, "an enemy of the people". 

"...the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone." "A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong."

~  Dr. Stockmann
 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 12:01am

Child sacrifice and other atrocities ignored by believers who consi...

Any god that would ask for such an atrocity is not worthy of considering. The task of mothers and fathers is to raise their children to flourish. To ask them to sacrifice their child is disgusting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 11:51pm

Bible Atrocities, by Donald Morgan

I wonder why the Bible does not instruct the slave on how to end slavery? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:12pm

Science in an Age of Scrutiny

With so much false information floating around, and chaos growing as conditions deteriorate, we need to get valid and reliable information. I am not suggesting to take Union of Concerned Scientists as perfect, but it is more trustworthy than political and corporate information. Remember tobacco? Or nuclear power? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

Union of Concerned Scientists
Science in Action

Level the playing field for wind power

It is way past time to go gung-ho on renewable, sustainable energy, and don't forget wave power. It would create jobs, use resources freely available, unless someone comes along and puts a price on the wind or sun. How can water be sold? Ca

n air be sold? or sun? Of course the technology that makes them usable makes sense, but not the element itself. We have nothing to do with its production. We don't manufacture air or sun or potable water (well we do make potable water). But you get my drift.
 
 
 

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