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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 Bertold Brautigan 4 hours ago. 4 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 5 hours ago. 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

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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 12:51am

There are outstanding teachings and practices one can find in Buddhism . When one gets into the mystical, magical dogma of mythology that grew up around him, I have to say "NO! Too much!" When I learn of the brutality of some Buddhist practices by some factions, again I can only say "NO!"

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:45am

How does one make a decision, solve a problem, resolve a conflict? Each person has a process; does it lead to flourishing, justice, peace?

Hitch didn't make any sense on his stand about the Iraq war. But then, he often didn't make sense on a lot of things. On the other hand (oh that darned other hand), he could let out a blast that would send my spirits soaring. How could anyone disagree with his, "It isn't what you think, it is how you think." It seems to me if one thinks critically, takes in information, observes, pays attention to consequences, is interested in a broad view of life, the outcome will be better than if one looks to others for answers. Sure, I want opinions. It is my job to sort it all out and decide what makes sense to me. 
Just look at the mess we are in now. Is that because people thought independently and expressed resistance to outrageous policies and practices. I don't think so. I think those who obey without thinking, who salute the flag without paying attention what is going on, who are patriotic to a corrupt government, who work for a dominionist, then that is how we get into this mess. Furthermore, underlying all this mess is religion. Any religion.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:30am
"Is anyone else's patience frayed to the snapping point with self-proclaimed progressives who bandy the term traitor at Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald and who proffer the platitude that these men committed a crime and they should be willing to be returned stateside due to their treasonous transgressions? (To be submitted to torture, I suppose, as was the case with Bradley Manning.)

"In reality, Snowden's and Greenwald's offense consists of this: Revealing the totalitarian nature (worse than Richard Nixon's and George W. Bush's offenses against Constitutional guarantees) of the Obama administration (that has prosecuted and jailed more whistleblowers than all U.S. administrations combined) and the consequent hypocrisy of his habitual apologists who would raising an indignant cry up to the high heavens if a fraction of these anti-constitutional, anti-human rights violations had occurred during, let's say, a Romney administration. 

"By these actions, you partisan tools have destroyed any credibility you might have possessed when protesting the authoritarian outrages of Republicans. Of course, that subtlety will never occur to you. Such is the nature of partisan jerk-rocketry."
~ Phil Rockstroh
How can a USA citizen stand tall and proud while our presidents use torture that yields unreliable information, there is a "KILL LIST" authorized by our leader, Constitutional law breaking without recourse, jailing whistleblowers who reveal things that the public needs to know? To not stand up against these abuses of power cannot make our nation stronger. It erodes our principles, even we have never lived up to them. 
There is no honor in saluting a flag of a corrupt nation.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 12:12am

The government, military/industrial complex, Chamber of Commerce, and Oligarchs want our nation to be strong. That is a noble goal. 

By what means do you intend to accomplish that? 
By withdrawing support of food for our poor? 
By giving corporations the power of a single person? 
By deficit spending? 
By tax cuts to the rich, 
By corporate tax cuts and loopholes? 
By military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan? 
By killing people without trial? 
By destroying other people’s villages and infrastructure? 
Explain to me how these policies and practices make USA strong?

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 23, 2013 at 3:23am

Joan, thank you for all of those.

I copied/pasted the Genesis pic to an MSWord doc and grew it to 5 by 5 inches. To help xian friends explain I will show them copies.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:46pm

Life begins at conception ... no ... at first breath ... no ... I'm confused ... no ... the believers are confused. 


Thanks Rebecca York

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:43pm

ALLOWING!? There is the source of your delusion. Women have minds, bodies and spirits and need no one's permission or direction. Get over it!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:41pm

"Atheists shouldn't be ashamed of their Atheism. Atheism is something to be proud of, it is a reflection of serious thought, and coming out helps others who are struggling to come out as Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist, or nonreligious."

Jonathan Figdor

Shame doesn't belong to the women, non-whites, anti-religious and LGBTQ.
It resides in the minds, beliefs and actions of people who are misogynists, racists, bigots, homophobic and supremacists. 


Being a skeptic, questioner, doubter, examiner, unbeliever, infidel all reflect an independence of thought, and taking responsibility for one's self and respect for others. There is value in diversity.

We humans are a part of a tree of life, a web that includes many other species, Diversity is the key word here. We participate in life with many other organisms and have no right to feel superior. 

 
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:15pm

From where is all this attitude of entitlement coming? It isn't coming from women, non-whites, atheists, or homosexuals.

Come on now, LOOK! Be real, don't deny who is doing the hating in these situations. Who is thinking they are better than others? Who decides? Why do they make that decision?

Hate-mongering is coming from misogynist, racists, bigots, and homophobics. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 9:05pm

If we believe we are a rich nation, can support exponential growth of our population, either by having many children, or keeping an open door to immigrants, then we have to face the facts. More people in a declining economy means more poor women having babies they can't afford or don't want, and not having the resources to give their children access to decent health care, education, housing, and opportunity.

 
 
 

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