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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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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

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Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 2:20am

Its unbelievable to me that there are still single issue voters such as 'pro-Life"

Jotham Timothy Bessey 

The History of abortion is interesting.

he following is an exclusive excerpt from the "Abortion" chapter of Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century. For complete information and resources, we recommend that you consult the chapter and the book in its entirety.

HISTORY OF ABORTION

Over several centuries and in different cultures, there is a rich history of women helping each other to abort. Until the late 1800s, women healers in Western Europe and the U.S. provided abortions and trained other women to do so, without legal prohibitions.

The State didn't prohibit abortion until the 19th century, nor did the Church lead in this new repression. In 1803, Britain first passed antiabortion laws, which then became stricter throughout the century. The U.S. followed as individual states began to outlaw abortion. By 1880, most abortions were illegal in the U.S., except those ``necessary to save the life of the woman.'' But the tradition of women's right to early abortion was rooted in U.S. society by then; abortionists continued to practice openly with public support, and juries refused to convict them.

Abortion became a crime and a sin for several reasons. A trend of humanitarian reform in the mid-19th century broadened liberal support for criminalization, because at that time abortion was a dangerous procedure done with crude methods, few antiseptics, and high mortality rates. But this alone cannot explain the attack on abortion. For instance, other risky surgical techniques were considered necessary for people's health and welfare and were not prohibited. ``Protecting'' women from the dangers of abortion was actually meant to control them and restrict them to their traditional child-bearing role. Antiabortion legislation was part of an antifeminist backlash to the growing movements for suffrage, voluntary motherhood, and other women's rights in the 19th century. *For more information, see Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's Right, rev. ed. (New York: Penguin Books, 1990).

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Comment by Chris on December 30, 2017 at 2:14am

I may have spoken too soon about the Onion. I haven't read it for a  decade or more.

Americans apparently bow and prey about trickle up economic theory.

Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

The Onion

GOP Leaders Celebrate Decisive Win Over Americans

"GOP leaders reportedly celebrated Wednesday their decisive win over everyday American citizens."

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2017 at 5:15am

The sarcasm of the Onion doesn't work for me.

In reference or reply to the Potato famine.

Herbert Hoover and starving Soviets.

Comment by tom sarbeck on December 29, 2017 at 3:57am

As to GOP donors and leaders, the Onion now reports the truth.

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2017 at 1:43am

Uranium continues to be mined  even though nuclear powerplants  hold spent fuel rods and vast amounts of nuclear weapons contain more than enough uranium for medical and other scientific research.

My understanding is a plan to have France reprocess fuel rods fell through. 

Rick Perry, Trumps head of Department of Energy didn't know the DOE 'administors' nuclear regulation.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 28, 2017 at 6:24pm

The Onion

GOP Leaders Celebrate Decisive Win Over Americans

"GOP leaders reportedly celebrated Wednesday their decisive win over everyday American citizens."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2017 at 11:34am

Jotham Timothy Bessey, thank you for your comment on Canada, politics, & abortion. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 27, 2017 at 11:29am
"I'm reminded of a great observation during Nixon's deposing (can't source ATM, think it can from a correspondent of the London Times): the most powerful man in the world is being forced from office against his will, and the only policeman in sight from outside the White House is directing traffic."

~ quoted by

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on December 26, 2017 at 6:03pm

The Linkage between politics and religion is often difficult to break.

Currently, here in Canada, the conservatives have an all out smear campaign against Justin Trudeau. It started with his insistence that his party will be pro-choice, no debate. It has led into a bunch of fabricated lies, but started with the abortion issue.
PC's, like the republicans, are known to be anti-science and anti-environmental legislation.

Many Christians are weighing the liberals pro-choice against the PC's destruction of science and the environment and decide that getting their anti-abortion opinions enforced is more important than the condition of the air, water, and food their children will experience.

If enough religious people believe that, the government gets changed.
It doesn't make sense considering pro-choice is just not making abortion illegal. It's not forcing anyone to do anything, nor dictating what religions believe. Yet, the religions want to enforce their beliefs on the rest of society. And if there is enough of them, they can do it through their vote.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 3:28pm

What really caused the Great Irish Famine?

The English owned the fertile farmlands of Ireland and the Irish farmers grew the potatoes and grains that were shipped to England. The English passed laws that the farmers could eat only potatoes and if they ate grains the farmers would be hung and their families left fatherless and homeless. 

"Up to now, the popular theory is that the Irish were promiscuous, slothful, and excessively dependent on the potato. As a result they died by the hundreds of thousands when a blight appeared and ruined their food source, in the midst of one of the fastest economic growth periods in human history.

"Was the Potato Famine an ecological accident, as historians usually say? Like most famines, it had little to do with declines in food production as such. Adam Smith was right that "bad seasons" cause "dearth," but "the violence of well-intentioned governments" can convert "dearth into famine."

"In fact, the most glaring cause of the famine was not a plant disease, but England's long-running political hegemony over Ireland. The English conquered Ireland, several times, and took ownership of vast agricultural territory. Large chunks of land were given to Englishmen."

What Caused the Irish Potato Famine?

What will cause the Great U.S.A. Famine?

 
 
 

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