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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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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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James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 23. 0 Replies

James Howard Kunstler: The Coming Economy Of "Less"3:40 "I think what is really going on, what's sort of behind the insanity of this, is the very…Continue

Tags: rational, analysis, herd-emotion, mendacity, America

Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin (Washington Post)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 8. 6 Replies

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin — apparently…Continue

Tags: Seychelles, meeting, Putin, Russia, collusion

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 6:46pm

I forgot to cite my last comment: 

Benefits of Renewable Energy Use

Union of Concerned Scientists: Science for a Healthy Planet and Safer World. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 6:23pm

Jotham, I like your analysis of strategies for supporting renewable energy technology. 

Here is a site that offers the rationale for supporting renewable energy technology. 

There are so many reasons to get off the fossil fuels and to develop new technologies. Jobs offers an important reason to think about new sciences. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 6:07pm

Further mumblings about our Founding Fathers:

Federalists: John Jay, Alexander Hamilton who authored The Federalist Papers, and James Madison who is known as "The Father of the Constitution. They supported the proposed Constitution. 

"the Federalists believed that the greatest threat to the future of the United States did not lie in the abuse of central power, but instead could be found in what they saw as the excesses of democracy as evidenced in popular disturbances like Shays' Rebellion and the pro-debtor policies of many states."

Federalists

Anti-Federalists: Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, James Monroe, were patriots of the Revolutionary War against Britain. They demanded and got a Bill of Rights. They thought the Constitution granted too much power to the federal courts, at the expense of the state and local courts. They argued that the federal courts would be too far away to provide justice to the average citizen. They thought the Federalists were aspiring aristocrats conspiring to create a powerful, remote, unresponsive central government beyond popular control. 

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on April 6, 2018 at 5:55pm

To switch the public conscious away from fossil fuels, we need to have a way to show the alternative is better. Attacking the bad of fossil fuels just gets people in retaliation mode.
Renewable energy technology is so much quieter, creates less smog, is ultimately cheaper and WRT Solar and Wind power, you can't over harvest it resulting in boom and crash cycles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 4:50pm

Tom, you correctly call my attention my eroneous statement of America being a democracy, it never was, is not, and never will be. 

I wrote a response to you, but alas, it evaporated into thin air. That happens to me a lot these days; I have too many articles languishing in the composition stage, and I don't finish them. 

The U.S. is a constitutional republic.

According to Anglointo

Atheist Nexus members living in the top five Democracies (if my count is correct)

1. Norway 16 

2. Iceland 0

3. Sweden 16

4. New Zealand 22

5. Denmark 12

I wonder which one of these countries would be the easiest to which to migrate?

I'm sick of U.S. politics. As my dear friend from China reminds me, "new government same old government."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 4:26pm

I have a dream, that in my lifetime I will see more countries ending dependence on fossil fuels and turning to renewable, sustainable fuels. The "electrification of the U.S." was the push during my younger years; may my elder years see non-fossil fuels as our primary energy source. 

"In this past March, Portugal not only generated enough electricity from renewables to power the whole country for the whole month, it actually produced extra electricity this way. Portugal is constructing an underwater cable to export green electricity to Morocco, and hopes to strengthen the links of its grid to Spain and France. But the important thing is that Portugal, a country of over 10 million people, may soon regularly avoid burning fossil fuels for making electricity nationally. 100% renewables are becoming normal."

Three Countries Show How Near a 100% Green Grid Is

Comment by tom sarbeck on April 6, 2018 at 1:07am

@Joan - ...no longer a democracy, ....

Hey, America has NEVER BEEN a democracy!

The Federalists saw democracy as mob rule. Not wanting that, they created a plutocractic oligarchy (rule by a wealthy few).

Further, by calling themselves Federalists instead of Centralists (wanting a strong central government), they gave their opponents the disadvantage of a negative name: anti-Federalists.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2018 at 7:46pm

By Sean Illing

This revealing book shows the role Putin and Russia play in our modern political life. By exploitation of Trump and the U.S. people, Putin works to make the U.S. government weaker and thus gain more power for Russian interests. 

The two major dysfunctions in a society are 

“the politics of inevitability” and

 “the politics of eternity.” 

Inevitability promises a better future for everyone.

Eternity consists of a cyclical story of victimhood. 

In either case, no one is responsible!

(Emphasis mine)

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 5, 2018 at 4:36pm

Timothy Snyder, one of a growing number of people who define the policies and practices of a government gone totally off track. No longer a democracy, if we ever achieved that goal, no longer a republic, we surely never reached that objective, and never a free society, there exists serious doubt if the U.S. could, can or will reach any of those noble ends. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 5, 2018 at 2:13pm

Always love a new word! Timothy Snyder on

Sadopopulism: how America can be governed without policy and with pain. A guide to the logic of the Senate tax plan.

 
 
 

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