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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 19 hours ago. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2013 at 3:12pm

Listening to a Keith Olbermann piece on Sarah Palin and got the following gem:

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.  Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity.  It is the mere abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2013 at 11:25am

Very interesting, wealthy republicans buy and pay for politicians, and they manipulate and exploit those who vote to keep foreigners, minorities, women, socialists, gays, and liberals from ruining their lives. 

Little do they know these are not he ones who want to ruin you life, they want equal opportunity, access to living-wage jobs, education, medical care and retirement. A little vacation money would be nice too. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 3, 2013 at 11:09am

Grinning Cat, perfect, as usual. Based on fact, even if it is a bit over the top. What the heck, people need to get a jolt. I'm reposting it. Thanks. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 2, 2013 at 6:36pm

GC, that pic is PREMIUM!!!

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 2, 2013 at 6:24pm

You could easily add "atheists" to this list of scapegoats:

(Anyone know the image source?)

Worker: 'I vote Republican to keep foreigners, minorities, women, socialists, gays, and liberals from ruining my life.' Fat cat: 'I vote Republican to keep this moron from ralizing that I'm the only one ruining his life!'

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2013 at 7:13pm

Will the jokes never stop! Put the answer before the question! Where have I heard that before. Well, there are those who live in the answer, even if the answer comes from goat herders who wandered among sand dunes during the New Stone Age, fresh from being illiterate and without the written word. Now! they have the answer for how our human brain works. Oh dear! Life is so COMPLEX. We just cannot search for a new understanding. If the knowledge of the New Stone Age was good enough for our ancestors, it is good enough for us, in the 21st Century. Jeez!

Intelligent Design Theory in Action

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 30, 2013 at 3:16pm
I agree with Janus Adams, 100%. Deen's apology was self-serving, self-pity, while being insensitive to others' feelings. I find no honor in her behavior. I wonder, does she get it now? I sincerely hope so.
An Open Letter to Paula Deen by Janus Adams.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janus-adams/an-open-letter-to-paula-d...
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 8:21pm
Income inequality results from systemic problems created to protect wealth and not workers. A single person does not generate great wealth. It takes the cooperative effort of many people to produce the goods and services we need and demand.
Economic inequality is ...
http://inequality.is/real
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 7:23pm

"Starting with the book of Genesis, we learn that he’s an insanely angry deity. Of the many atrocities committed in the Old Testament, God is usually the sole participator. The Genesis authors record the first such instance in chapters 6-8 as the account of Noah’s flood.

God decided "to drown the entire world, killing nearly every living person and animal on earth, (because of his belief that people are evil and unworthy of existence (Genesis 6:5)."

"Drowning is a horrible way for people to die. As a result of hopelessly treading water for hours, their muscles burned due to large amounts of lactic acid production. Once they finally gave up, went under, and held their breaths, acidic carbon dioxide eroded their lungs until the unbearable pain forced them to inhale where there was no air for them to breathe. The water brought into their lungs robbed their bodies of oxygen, causing them to go numb. As water violently rushed in and out of their chests, the currents eventually laid their heavily breathing, slowly dying bodies at the bottom of the ocean. The inhaled water caused their lungs to tear and bleed profusely. As their blood supply dwindled, their hearts slowly came to a halt. Even so, their brains continued to process information for another couple of minutes. They were patently aware that death was imminent, yet they could do nothing to speed it or prevent it."

God created man and woman from man's rib. If he did do the creating, why would he use drowning to destroy what he made? Or why did he burn the town with sulfur if his designs gave them free will? That makes no sense. If a machinist makes a machine and it doesn't work, he redesigns it to get rid of flaws. He continues the process until the machine is perfected. Why did god use second-hand, faulty material to rebuild his adoring adherents?

The Darker Side Of God

http://www.biblicalnonsense.com/chapter9.html

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2013 at 6:44pm

What If Robert Reich Told You That Immigration Reform Would SAVE Ou...

Reich makes valid points in this presentation. Fear-mongers tell a very different story. 

 
 
 

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