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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 on Thursday. 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 on Wednesday. 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 Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:56am

Oh! this is right on target!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:54am

Morgan, you are correct, it is not fear that is the underlying problem, it is sick thinking that generates the fear.

Morgan Freeman, "I hate the word 'Homophobia'"

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:49am

"Fracking refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore, from where it can be extracted. 

"Fracking has resulted in many oil and gas wells attaining a state of economic viability, due to the level of extraction that can be reached."

Definition of 'Fracking'

Why would we be trying to get more oil out of the ground, when burning fossil fuels contaminate our air? What causes climate change? Too many volcanos erupting? Yes, it is a factor. Too many cows pooping? Yes, that adds to the pollution. Methane oozing from melting tundra? Yes, that makes things worse. So why do we fracture our rocks, contaminate our aquifers, burn more fossil fuels and expect to be able to reduce CO2?

Somebody is crazy and it is not me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:44am

Of course fracking contaminates groundwater. That is what fracturing means, fracture the rocks so liquids flow more easily. What is so hard to understand about that? It is so simple. It doesn't take a degree in geology to recognize that fact!

EPA Now Won’t Finalize Its Study That Showed Fracking May Have Cont...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:40am

This heart-wrenching message speaks so loudly about what is wrong with this crazy war, and the only thing that has changed is Daniel Somers is free of pain created by our government. Twenty two soldiers a day commit suicide. What if that many had stood up and refused to do the things demanded of them? That would be over 8,000 soldiers a year resisting orders. How long can our country continue to be a menace to our own soldiers and the people they are ordered to kill and cultures they destroy?

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:33am

Gender roles? Broverman, Broverman, Clarkson, Rosencrantz and Vogel, and many other researchers found in the 1970s that mental health professionals who interacted with men and women in emotional difficulty were biased toward traditional sex-role stereotypes and provided treatment that maintained and perpetuated the distress. Those stereotypes were based on religious teachings and were the cause of the distress.

Stereotypical sex-roles were definition as a mentally healthy    
male was independent, active, dominant;

A mentally healthy female was defined as dependent, passive and subordinate. 

A mentally healthy adult, sex unspecified was defined as independent, active, and dominant. 

These sex-roles do not lead to flourishing of the individual and thus create stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.  


How are sex-roles working for you?

Sex-role stereotypes and clinical judgments of mental health.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:19am

I know, it sounds crazy, but something happens to people when they win elections, they think they can replace medical professionals and require women to submit to their wisdom. Strange how political attainment doesn't have anything to do with good decision making processes in women's health care.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:14am

Believing there is a higher power working on one's behalf, only to discover nothing changes when praying and relying on it, that belief is based on delusions that create depression.

Run, don't walk, from your nearest religious influence. There is no  solution to depression there. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:07am

Doesn't it make more sense to put young people to work doing tasks that need to be done. We all benefit. With our declining standard of living, we could be handing out money for killing, or why not for rebuilding our nation and of the other nations we damage with our bombs and bullets?

Bernie Sanders’ Youth Jobs Plan That Will Create 400,000 Jobs Advan...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:03am

There are those who call Snowden a “traitor”, including politicians and he has had his personal safety threatened. 
Now he’s been formally charged with violating the Espionage Act—the same law used to charge Bradley Manning, who provided information to WikiLeaks. 
If our government does something illegal and a citizen reveals the truth to the public, he/she is not a traitor but a citizen performing his/her responsibility.

President Obama: Guarantee due process for Edward Snowden

 
 
 

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