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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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Australian Fire Fighting Economics

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 17. 0 Replies

Economic priorities of the Australian Government:Ninety five percent of the funding for the New South Wales fire service comes from a levy that is added to home insurance premiums. The resulting rise in premiums has driven many people in that state…Continue

Tags: wildfire, Australia, capitalist fire-fighting

Fake University Squander

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 29, 2019. 1 Reply

AOC excoriates Congress for enabling ICE's morally bankrupt University of Farmington sting.... Ocasio-Cortez suggested that lawmakers should accept some of the blame for funnelling funding into the agency with little oversight."Earlier this year,…Continue

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#Quora: Nate White Hilariously Answers the Query –”Why Do British People NOT Like Trump?”

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 7, 2019. 3 Replies

Nate White, a witty writer from England wrote the perfect response. A few things spring to mind… Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem. For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no…Continue

Tags: troll, Quora, Donald Trump, Nate White

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2019 at 3:21am

What are the remedies that attempt to meet the challenges presented by these immigrants? 

UNICEF increased its efforts to confront the increasingly desperate needs. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico work to: 

✔︎ prevent and respond to violence; 

✔︎ address poverty and improve life opportunities at home; 

✔︎ strengthen services and provide care to children while they are in transit; 

✔︎ support children during reintegration if they are returned to their home countries; 

✔︎ and protect them from discrimination and xenophobia at their destination. 

These short-term remedies proved needed and necessary services, however, there exist deeper problems that have to be confronted. The failed societies do not provide the basic needs of its people.  

In Guatemala, in 2006 and in 2011, 54% of the population lived below the poverty line. 

The homicide rate per 100,000 is:

El Salvador 82.84

Guatemala 27.26

Honduras 56.52

The United States 05.35

Canada 01.68

What role does the U.S. play in creating the poverty and financial instability in these countries? 

Have, indeed, the chickens come home to roost? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2019 at 3:20am

Why Migrants Flee Central America  https://www.unicefusa.org/storie...

What happens in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that creates a desire or need to migrate to other countries? Most people want to live in the places they were born, live close to family and friends, they want to live in a safe, secure, and stable place. Why are they fleeing in such terrible numbers? For example, in 2017, 294,000 asylum seekers and refugees fled to Belize, Mexico, U.S., Costa Rica, and Panama, Why?

The country's indigenous population experience disproportionately difficult effects. Why?

These countries experience crushing poverty; Why? 

The gap between the rich and poor is among the highest in Latin America. 

Guatemala suffers from high malnutrition and infant mortality rates. 

High rates of domestic violence and sexual abuse of girls.

Gang-related violence, extortion, and forced recruitment. 

Limited opportunities to learn, or to earn a living.

Scarce social services. 

The desire of children to be with their parents, who are already working in the U.S.”

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 31, 2019 at 5:00pm

Charles Marohn's analysis of suburban economics is eye opening.

The American pattern of development does not create real wealth. It creates the illusion of wealth. Today we are in the process of seeing that illusion destroyed, and with it the prosperity we have come to take for granted.

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2019 at 11:55am

Loren, I agree that Robert Reich provides clear definitions and explanations of what happens, politically, and does it with a great sense of the Latin definition of the absurdity of political notions.  

Comment by Loren Miller on May 28, 2019 at 7:13pm

Over the past several months, Robert Reich has been producing a number of educational videos regarding the current state of American government and leadership.  I have found these pieces to be both enjoyable and greatly informative, and my compliments to Mr. Reich as both a educator and communicator.

Today he released a video on the issue of oligarchy which I think is downright seminal, and I offer it here for your edification.

Comment by Cane Kostovski on May 27, 2019 at 9:39pm

Ruth, I never heard the term "Congressional Military-Industrial Complex" before Tulsi mentioned it in the interview. I was so impressed, I had to share it and I pledge to use it every time I mention the Congressional Military-Industrial Complex. Put the blame where it belongs.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 27, 2019 at 6:15pm

I've seen it, thanks Chris. I too appreciate your information, Cane. I'd recently heard congressional-military-complex and thought the author was updating Eisenhower's phrase. At the time, I had only been aware of the phrase he'd used in his last presidential speech.

Comment by Chris on May 27, 2019 at 7:30am
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 27, 2019 at 12:39am

Cane, thanks for pointing out Eisenhower’s original phrasing.

His term, congressional-military-industrial complex, from which he dropped the word congressional so it wouldn’t anger the members of Congress, described his time. It predicted our time.

I understand that during the 1960s, the war industries assured themselves of future Congressional funding by distributing themselves throughout the states.

I fear that bloated war budgets are as certain as the federal debt that will in time anger our offspring.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2019 at 9:02pm

As you know, I was active in the Civil Rights struggles in 1967-8. While living in Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as was Robert Kennedy. This is a photo of Anacostia, VA of the riot following King's assassination and where I was teaching on that day. It was terrifying. 

I was in my classroom with a room full of students. We heard the riot growing and getting closer. Sirens blared, and a few gunshots scared me to the core. Four black men hurled open the door, physically picked me up, and carried me to my car. They put a vehicle ahead, behind, and on both sides of my car and escorted me through the smoke to the bridge that took me to WA, DC. As I drove home through the monuments, I looked over my shoulder and saw the flames of the riot. The Capital building was a silhouette with fire and smoke behind. It would look beautiful if the cause were not so tragic. 

Watch this video from, "Everything was on fire: remembering the DC riots 50 years later/slides." 

https://wtop.com/dc/2018/04/everything-was-on-fire-remembering-the-...

 
 
 

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