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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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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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Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich Richer

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joseph P Dec 2. 4 Replies

Michael Hudson: How Private Debt Makes the Rich RicherMichael Hudson talks about the causes of inequality in the 21st century. He  summarizes the important theses from his new book "The Sector - Why Global Finance Is Destroying Us". for a symposium…Continue

Tags: capitalism, global, poverty, inequality, debt

Meet the Renegades Steve Keen

Started by Joan Denoo Dec 1. 0 Replies

Meet the Renegades Steve KeenSteve Keen’s, one of the very few economists, globally, perfectly predicted the 2007-08 financial crisis. Recently he predicted the Chinese economic downturn and the deflation…Continue

Tags: banks, lending, speculation, investment, crisis

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21. 2 Replies

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal" *We have a * President-elect with enough electoral college votes to be POTUS with an …Continue

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on November 20, 2016 at 4:53pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 20, 2016 at 12:26pm

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and a coven of conservative cardinals are pressing Pope Francis to clarify the church's stance on divorce and LGBTs.
That's not particularly surprising or alarming, but the article quoted a speech made by Steve Bannon to the Vatican in 2014. This is alarming.

Burke, no friend of the pontiff, is as ultra-conservative as they get, once declaring that Catholics John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi should be denied Holy Communion for their pro-choice beliefs. And as president of the advisory board of the Human Dignity Institute, he was also in charge when none other than President-elect Donald Trump confidant and chief strategist Steve Bannon gave a speech at the Vatican in 2014, during which he warned the church to stick to its conservative ideals or face apocalyptic repercussions. “We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict, of which if the people in this room, the people in the church, do not bind together and really form what I feel is an aspect of the church militant, to really be able to not just stand with our beliefs, but to fight for our beliefs against this new barbarity that’s starting, that will completely eradicate everything that we’ve been bequeathed over the last 2,000, 2,500 years,” Bannon said in his address.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 19, 2016 at 1:47am
What was Obama's face doing as he said it?
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 18, 2016 at 10:21pm

Obama did say, "If Trump is successful the country is successful", and I had the same reaction as this.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 15, 2016 at 10:39am

I don't remember posting a Permian Extinction video.  Perhaps it was Joan.

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 15, 2016 at 12:18am

Thanks for the Permian Extinction video, Spud. I'd read only bits and pieces about it.

I doubted several early adjectives, such as 'nurturing' to describe earlier eras. Some pond scum engulfed other pond scum. Later adjectives are more accurate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 15, 2016 at 12:06am

Joseph, you said it for me! "bring all immigrants into the system.  I consider the well-being of and fighting the exploitation of those immigrants to be one of the most important factors."

My experience as an employer of Mexicans in my garden and helping me with my chores has been positive. The ones I hire have been dependable, reliable, resourceful, intelligent, and honest.  I paid them above the going wage because they performed well. 

Comment by Joseph P on November 14, 2016 at 11:21pm

Probably either a Proverb or from Shakespeare, Cat.  It's amazing how many of the classic sayings that people think are biblical are actually from Shakespeare, with no biblical analogue.

It's the same as with Paradise Lost.  Most Christians have no idea that what they think of as their theology about Satan is nothing more than fan-fiction pulled from non-canonical gospels and other sources.

I generally just point to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

And yes, there are many reasons to bring all immigrants into the system.  I consider the well-being of and fighting the exploitation of those immigrants to be one of the most important factors.  But I try to keep my arguments to things that the conservatives actually give a fuck about, and clearly that sort of thing doesn't count.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 14, 2016 at 11:04am

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 14, 2016 at 10:35am

...How about Ben freaking Carson for Sec. of Education?...

Isn't there a "poverb" that the fool is wise in his own eyes?

And Joseph, you're absolutely right on enforcement and judicial discretion: "Should we fine every single person who goes one mile over the speed limit?..."

"[Immigration] laws should only ever be used as an additional layer on top of other offenses.  If someone has kept her head down and has been a good member of society for several years, then by all means, let's fast-track the person to legal, documented status."

Not to mention that we get significant economic benefits on the backs of undocumented farm workers, hotel/hospitality workers, etc. A fairer society would let them become welcomed and documented, and much less vulnerable to exploitation.

 
 
 

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