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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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Humanist Economics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 10 hours ago. 14 Replies

Consider excerpts from venture capitalist Nick Hanauer's 2018 Harvard and MIT Humanist of the Year award speech.If … we accept a prosocial behavioral model that correctly describes human beings as uniquely cooperative and intuitively moral…Continue

Tags: economics, Nick Hanauer

"Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" Thanks to Patricia

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 15. 2 Replies

* That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine." * That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay." * That when you heard him…Continue

Tags: Adam-Troy, Castro, explanations, other, supporters

Being male, means

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 16. 13 Replies

No, Tom, being male is not a birth defect or a mental illness, it is too much testosterone put to use that harms others. Being male, meaning being a partner, one who uses his energy to protect, save, and empower others to make difficult and…Continue

Tags: compassionate, caring, participant, active, robust

Population growth is a threat to the world’s climate

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 8. 3 Replies

"A dampened population growth in the world would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term by 40 percent or more, according to a study in The Lancet from…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:37pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:31pm

N. Korea has Nuclear Weapons

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:30pm

N. Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:28pm

N. Korea Air Power 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:21pm

N. Korea Parade 1

Comment by Loren Miller on June 13, 2018 at 4:14pm

I've said it before and will say it again, Joan: if I thought for one second that the US would seriously consider it, I would pull EVERYTHING THE US DOES out of Saudi Arabia, drop every last bit of support or trade we do with them, and sanction the daylights out of their government and leadership until they can bring themselves into the 21st century, kicking and screaming if necessary.  The ONLY reason why they get any attention at all from anyone is a three-letter monosyllable: OIL.  Without that market, the Arabian peninsula would be an uninhabited wasteland, something which their future may well hold when their tap DOES run dry.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:10pm

This is my response to Bill Flavell, "CONGRATULATIONS SAUDI ARABIA?"

Allowing women to drive will lead to some changes in driving patterns. Man and women both have difficulty giving up superstitions.
The thing that will make a difference is that all women of driving age and ability must learn how to drive and pass a driving test. Those who pass have access to shopping, running errands, providing transport for their families, going to school, learning new skills, gaining confidence, learning how to manage a budget, taking part in political discussions, running for office, taking responsibility for her welfare, and standing as an equal with other women and men, able, willing, and prepared to take on the role of an adult.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2018 at 4:06pm

This is a quote from Bill Flavell from Facebook 

"CONGRATULATIONS SAUDI ARABIA?

"I would like to congratulate Saudi Arabia on a human rights breakthrough that becomes law in the Kingdom on 24 June this year. On this momentous day, for the first time since 1979, women will be permitted to drive cars and motorbikes. This comes after legislation in 2015 that permitted women to vote in national elections and to stand for election.

"Sadly, the sweet taste of these victories for women is overpowered by the bitter taste of a slew of legislation and practices that discriminate against them. Perhaps most egregious of all is the guardianship system. Women are deemed to be incompetent to manage their own affairs--in the same way that children and people suffering from dementia are not considered competent. But men are considered competent, not only to manage their own affairs but the affairs of female relatives as well.

"As a result, women must seek their male guardian's permission for many decisions that women in other countries are perfectly competent to make without male assistance. For example, a Saudi woman needs her male guardian's consent to:

- Obtain a passport

- Travel

- Open a bank account

- Buy or sell property

- Enroll for some educational courses

- Have a medical procedure (with some exceptions)

- Get married or divorced

- Swear an oath

"This is put into stark perspective when you realize that a 35-year-old female doctor may have to obtain permission from her 6-year-old brother to get married.

"Saudi has many more laws that treat women unfavorably versus men, some based upon interpretation of the Qur'an and hadiths and some having tribal and cultural origins. So yes, congratulations to Saudi Arabia for making a small step in the right direction but how about recognizing the fundamental truth that mental incompetency has to be diagnosed on an individual basis, it can affect both men and women and possession of a vagina plays no part in the assessment.

"And while you are at it, stop treating atheists as terrorists, and stop cutting off people's heads for changing their religion.

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 13, 2018 at 2:02pm

Given the enthusiastic support for tyranny by a GOP dominated by xians and racists, our future does seem grim.

What besides tyranny will move us to demand more democracy?

Only 18 states now have the direct initiative and I’m glad I live in one of them. In the other 32 states and in national affairs, we are the victims of the predators we elect.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 13, 2018 at 12:49pm

For anyone still wondering why conservative Christians who profess to uphold morality support tRump and the Republican Party:

Republicans Tell a Cheering Christian Right They’re “Transforming” the Courts (Right Wing Watch via Friendly Atheist)

...one of their biggest talking points was how they were appointing like-minded judges to federal courts. They stole one Supreme Court seat already, and they’re rushing to approve a number of appellate and district court judgesdespite opposition from their home state senators — who ought to disturb every liberal. These are people who will have an influence on our justice system long after Donald Trump ends his years-long temper tantrum.

Mitch McConnell... told conference attendees that [the] “single most consequential decision I’ve made in my entire political career was to not let [Barack] Obama fill that [Antonin] Scalia vacancy on the way out the door,” for which he received a thunderous ovation from the audience....

“Admirers of Justice Scalia are all over the country now and we’ve been seeing them as the president sends up circuit judges, sends up circuit judges we’ve been confirming in record numbers,” McConnell said, grinning. He added, “We are transforming the court system of this country.

The article also quoted Mike Pence, director of gaslighting Kellyanne Conway, and House majority leader Kevin McCarthy being similarly gleeful at stacking the courts.

This is why evangelical Christians don’t give a damn that this administration is tearing children away from their parents, or calling African nations “shithole countries,” or making affordable health care tougher to obtain, or refusing to provide asylum for victims of abuse, or cozying up to murderous dictators, or alienating our allies, or saying there are “very fine people” among white supremacists, or refusing to provide support for LGBTQ Americans (including in the military), or making sure guns can always get in the hands of people who shouldn’t be getting anywhere near them, or looking the other way every time he lies.... They are happy to look the other way as long as Trump nominates the judges they want. (Mostly men. Nearly all white. All hard-right conservatives.)

(Ellipses and bolding are mine. Read the whole thing.)

I'll only add that if Republicans maintained that Obama shouldn't have nominated a Supreme Court justice in his final year, claiming that the "will of the people" in the upcoming election should be respected -- they should acknowledge that the only person who should be nominating justices and judges in this administration is popular vote winner Hillary Clinton!

 
 
 

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