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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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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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America - A Second-amendment Death Cult?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck on Wednesday. 13 Replies

This is a column by the Rude Pundit, in which he compares the NRA to Aztec high priests demanding death sacrifices.His conclusion:If we…Continue

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Biblical Family Values (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jul 13. 7 Replies

One of the most absurd and self-contradictory phrases out in the ether these days is that of "Family Values," usually thrown about by christians who challenge those who would attempt to make changes to usages and practices which they feel were…Continue

Tags: AronRa, Betty Bowers, bible, Talmud, Christian

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2014 at 10:46pm

Grinning Cat, what a very special album of photos proving the world is not such a bad place. I reposted! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 4, 2014 at 9:17pm

Sign at a dry cleaner's:

"If you are unemployed and need an outfit clean for an interview, we will clean it for free."

from "35 pictures that prove the world isn't such a bad place"

Comment by Loren Miller on April 3, 2014 at 6:17pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2014 at 9:53pm

Richard D. Wolff | Obama's Economic Significance

"Truman's administration subsidized and shored up capitalism, worried that troops returning from war would be unemployed and slide with the economy back into depression. Truman prioritized anti-communism and punched down unions via the Taft-Hartley Act. Republican Eisenhower, the kindly grandpa, softened its veneer but sustained the program. 

"By 1960, relentless retreat from New Deal commitments had built pressures for something "really different." Americans began to grasp and resent that their "middle class" status was fading. "

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"The crisis since 2007 exposes capitalism's instability and injustices. It revives interest in the New Deal's labor-radical coalition and its policy alternatives. Previously effective ways of stifling criticism of capitalism no longer work. The criticisms and critics are finding ways to organize effectively. Meanwhile, the conservative coalition has removed its mask. Sharpening social conflicts loom. "

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2014 at 1:08pm

[shrug] I'm mostly a BP customer, myself, and I doubt they tap any Ukrainian or Siberian crude.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2014 at 1:02pm

A commenter on Cheezburger suggested boycotting Russian gasoline if you don't like what he's doing. Lukoil is sold in my area.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 4, 2014 at 1:02pm

Ruth, the shame is that Putin hardly needs the sunglasses.  He's looking at a brown sky as it is!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2014 at 12:57pm

As to campaign costs, I think the entire process has become public manipulation. There is no real information, just selling images and disinformation. We would do well to abolish the entire political ad process and get a very limited fact-checked by independent sources data base for voters to consult.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2014 at 9:50pm

I may be naive, but imbedded in the problem statement is a seed for the remedy. At least that is the principle. 

Problem statement: "campaign costs, and at the same time make the campaigns more informational, as opposed to simply inflammatory."

Options exploration: 

1. get involved; one way is to be informed and make known the facts; 

2. make public the amount of money spent in support of issues not in the public's interests, by naming names and amounts of money as they becomes known; 

3. clearly state what our goals are; 

4. identify like-minded people; 

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One thing I am trying to do is to get the great comments made on A/N out to the general public, not to change the minds of the extreme right wing, but to get the attention of those who are sitting on the fence, not knowing which way to turn. The method I use is to write the article or post other's articles with attribution, on my Politics, Economics and Religion group and Tweet them so they automatically go to Tweet and Facebook. They also come back to A/N so that you know what I am writing. You have the right and responsibility to correct me when/not if I make a mistake.  

I have often wondered if I am making an error doing it this way, and if so, please let me know. I have no intention of harming A/N and I have a lot of intention to communicate with those who don't know we exist and why. 

I have notices many of those who write me personally also join A/N. 

We don't have to be inflammatory; we do have to be accurate with our names and numbers. Make one mistake, and people lose confidence in what we write.

I invite others of you to find ways to express our needs, wants and desires on A/N. Exchange of information is healthy. That is the way to make social change happen. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2014 at 9:27pm

I wish there was a way to rein in campaign costs, and at the same time make the campaigns more informational, as opposed to simply inflammatory. I guess that is a lot to ask!

 
 
 

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