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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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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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The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 21. 0 Replies

Will Denayer's article thrusts us into startling clarity, by summing up our climate/economic/political situation.How climate change…Continue

Tags: fossil fuel corporations deadlock on governments, climate model failures, Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Jul 17. 18 Replies

The title rather says it all.  Nevertheless, details matter.  Here's the story from this morning's Plain Dealer (16 July, 2016):…Continue

Tags: plurality, nones, Pew, religious

I have a theory

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 16. 1 Reply

I have a theory and I have had it for a long time. It started when I realized that religion was nothing more than myths and fables turned into sacraments and scriptures, that they were created by human beings, and they did not tell the truth. From…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 5:28pm

Grinning Cat, I enjoy your posts on this page; puts a little laughter into the ether!

Bertold, I enjoyed (that isn't the right word but the best I can find right now) the piece on Scott walker: 
"Now that he's running for president, Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus* hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, is doing his damnedest to keep up with public affairs." 

~ Charles P. Pierce

*homunculus, noun, 

 a very small human or humanoid creature.

o      historical

a supposed microscopic but fully formed human being from which a fetus was formerly believed to develop.

Now that he's running for president, Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, is doing his damndest to keep up with public affairs. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 5, 2015 at 10:11am

I think Walker may be the vilest of the whole putrid parade. Whenever Charlie Pierce types Walker's name, he appends "the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin"

The guy was caught cheating in his run for student body president and kicked out of his college, and he's been lowering the bar ever since.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 5, 2015 at 9:40am

Speaking of "a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries":

"Scott Walker agreed to take a pic w/this guy whose sign said 'Walker 4 president,' but then he flipped it around..."

Scott Walker with a guy holding a sign that turned out to be a “check”: “July 16, 2015 / Pay to the order of Scott Walker $900,000,000 Nine hundred million dollars [for] Presidency [signed] Koch Bros.”(Sabrina Siddiqui on Twitter, picked up by TPM LiveWire and also reported on by the Washington Post, which credits Tyler McFarland and Giselle Hart (posing with Walker) and 350 Action for the "prank" with a serious message.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 5, 2015 at 9:22am

Passed along by a friend: "GOP Now Needs a Circus Train"

(Vintage black-and-white photo of men loading elephants onto a train car, relabeled 'THE G.O.P. & CRACKPOTS COMBINED SHOW' in a florid 'circus' font)Hit the link for the blog post from "Just an Earth-Bound Misfit", who suggests organizing the primary like an NCAA basketball championship. "Of course, some won't go away. Both The Donald and Scotty Walker (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries) have a lot of money behind them, so unless they fail at the "fall-on-the-floor-frothing-at-the-mouth" level, they're not quitting. But this still might cull the herd somewhat."

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2015 at 5:58pm

These are the very best the Repubs can offer as candidates for POTUS?

Donald Trump. Jeb Bush. Scott Walker. Mike Huckabee. Ben Carson. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Rand Paul. Chris Christie. John Kasich?

Donald Trump. Jeb Bush. Scott Walker. Mike Huckabee. Ben Carson. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Rand Paul. Chris Christie. John Kasich.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2015 at 5:44pm

Sorry, my computer continues to have an echo; i.e. a restatement of a statement I copied; i.e. Ruth's statement is an echo:

"I'm trying to convince people that we need to rewrite articles of incorporation so the entities we invented can't privatize profits and socialize costs in the future." 

I'm trying to convince people that we need to rewrite articles of incorporation so the entities we invented can't privatize profits and socialize costs in the future.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2015 at 5:30pm

It appears my response to Ruth about the debate did not get published. 

Ruth, I agree that "trying to convince people that we need to rewrite articles of incorporation so the entities we invented can't privatize profits and socialize costs in the future" is a far better use of time than watching Sye Ten Bruggencate give a demonstration of the impact of dogma on some. A closed mind yields us no freedom.

Perhaps there are no answers to the problem of global warming, sea rise, and all the other features facing us. However, It seems clear to me that humans can make interventions that will create food and shelter for all Earth's inhabitants, humans & other species. 

Our northwestern forests dry up as we discuss options. The once great Colville Forest, where I am moving, offers some possibilities for reforestation; I will give it my best shot. I may be naive about being able to restore moisture to the soils, but all I can do is try. 

We will be getting off the grid as soon as we can; we have the greenhouse constructed and will spend the rest of the summer getting the grow beds built, supplied with growing soils, an autumn crop started, and go into winter with high hopes. 

I'm trying to convince people that we need to rewrite articles of incorporation so the entities we invented can't privatize profits and socialize costs in the future.

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 4, 2015 at 3:48pm

We keep imaging a silver bullet remedy for all the social and economic problems on the table. Ideological ideas are too dogmatic no matter how sincere the motives are that underpins them. The real problem lies in the fact that while nobody knows the answers everybody thinks they do.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 4, 2015 at 2:29pm

Sorry, Joan. No time for a 2 hour debate.

I'm trying to convince people that we need to rewrite articles of incorporation so the entities we invented can't privatize profits and socialize costs in the future.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2015 at 1:22pm

"America's industry/government complex privatizes the profits and socializes the costs."

This is true and is what balloons the income gap between rich and poor. Why the voting public does not understand this is amazing to me. 

This denial matches the denial of those who would proselytize all the people of the Earth. 

I watched a video debate of Matt Dillahunty vs. Sye Ten Bruggencate. It was so funny/painful to watch because I, and I assume others of you, have been with someone with these beliefs. 

America's industry/government complex privatizes the profits and socializes the costs.

 
 
 

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