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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 Bertold Brautigan on September 11, 2015 at 8:55am

Sean Illing wrote an article in Slate examining Trump's success. The title pretty much sums it up: 

The terrifying reason Donald Trump is winning: The infantilized conservative base wants rage, not ideas

 

Here's my suggestion to Donald for his campaign song:

https://youtu.be/FN7r0Rr1Qyc

Comment by Loren Miller on September 9, 2015 at 10:52am

Great article regarding decline in religion, Bertold; thanks for posting it!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 9, 2015 at 10:48am

GC - don't get the vaccination. It will give you autism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 9, 2015 at 10:39am

"Have you come down with a case of Donald Trump lately?
... Donald Trump is a rare genetic condition that affects approximately one in seven billion people. While not fatal, the disorder does result in significant mental and emotional concerns that may hinder normal life quality.... Personality indicators associated with this condition include: Greed, Excessive bragging ... Delusions of presidency, Compulsive use of the word 'losers'."

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Comment by Grinning Cat on August 31, 2015 at 6:26pm

NPR has an article and infographic discussing different US presidential candidates' sources of funding -- large vs. small donors. This doesn't include self-funding; Donald Trump and Lincoln Chafee have supplied the majority of their own campaigns' funds.

How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic

http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/28/435186527/cha...

Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2015 at 7:18am

Fortunately, most of these "morans" don't vote.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 25, 2015 at 11:23pm

IF YOU DON'T VOTE THEY GET TO CHOOSE YOUR GOVERNMENT [Tea Party protesters with signs 'GET A BRAIN! MORANS [sic]' and 'GO USA'

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 22, 2015 at 11:23am

Jerry Coyne, in one of today's Why Evolution Is True columns, disputed Ted Cruz's claim about a "war on christianity". He ended with this cheerful conclusion:

No, what really bothers these people is not a secular war on Christianity, but the second sense of “war”: the inexorable decline of faith as reason sets in and Americans put away their childish things. It’s well known that Christianity is declining in the U.S., and that has believers scared. As the Post reported in May, self-reported Christians are declining as the “nones” and unaffiliated increase, with Christians declining from 78% to 71% of Americans in just the last seven years. And it’s down from 86% in 1990. That’s a 10% decline since 2008 and a 17% decline since 1990. At this rate, there won’t be any Christians left at the end of the century!

A war on Christianity? I think not. What is hurting the faith is not attacks coming from the outside, but disenchantment on the inside, as believers simply walk away. Christianity, in other words, is suffering from a wasting disease.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 18, 2015 at 11:05pm

These guys (and the rest of us) are victims of the idiot who invited the fundamentalists to join the GOP: President Reagan.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 18, 2015 at 7:52pm

Agreed, Bertold. <sigh> Any one of them would sink us all.

 
 
 

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