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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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Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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

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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?

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

Great Famine FAMINE, IRELAND [1845–1849] WRITTEN BY: Joel Mokyr

"Great Famine, also called Irish Potato Famine, Great Irish Famine, or Famine of 1845–49, famine that occurred in Ireland in 1845–49 when the potato crop failed in successive years."

"Scientists have long known that it was a strain of Phytophthora infestans (or P. infestans) that caused the widespread devastation of potato crops in Ireland and northern Europe beginning in 1845, leading to the Irish Potato Famine."

After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved BY BARBARA MARANZANI ....

NO! The Great Irish Famine was not caused by the potato blight. The above articles explain why the blight occurred. 

The True cause of the Great Irish Famine was greed. Pure and Simple Greed. 

What really caused the Great Irish Famine?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:52pm

Great Famine

"The early 19th century, Ireland’s tenant farmers as a class, especially in the west of Ireland, struggled both to provide for themselves and to supply the British market with cereal crops. Many farmers had long existed at virtually the subsistence level, given the small size of their allotments and the various hardships that the land presented for farming in some regions. The potato, which had become a staple crop in Ireland by the 18th century, was appealing in that it was a hardy, nutritious, and calorie-dense crop and relatively easy to grow in the Irish soil. By the early 1840s almost half the Irish population—but primarily the rural poor—had come to depend almost exclusively on the potato for their diet. The rest of the population also consumed it in large quantities. A heavy reliance on just one or two high-yielding types of potato greatly reduced the genetic variety that ordinarily prevents the decimation of an entire crop by disease, and thus the Irish became vulnerable to famine. In 1845 a strain of Phytophthora arrived accidentally from North America, and that same year Ireland had unusually cool moist weather, in which the blight thrived. Much of that year’s potato crop rotted in the fields. That partial crop failure was followed by more-devastating failures in 1846–49, as each year’s potato crop was almost completely ruined by the blight.

"The British government’s efforts to relieve the famine were inadequate. Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel continued to allow the export of grain from Ireland to Great Britain."

"About one million people died from starvation or from typhus and other famine-related diseases. The number of Irish who emigrated during the famine may have reached two million. Ireland’s population continued to decline in the following decades because of overseas emigration and lower birth rates. By the time Ireland achieved independence in 1921, its population was barely half of what it had been in the early 1840s."


Joel MokyrThe Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 26, 2017 at 2:37pm

Loren, I like your "So Called Christians." and your "delegitimize multiple other regulatory agencies under his administration".

It will take years to repair Trump's administration and the Republican Conservatives. What do they want, a healthy, active, golf playing, party-giving, garish-White-House-Xmas- decorating-rich-class? And The rest of the population going the way of Irish Famine? 
Let us not forget that the Irish Famine was caused by the British landowners who worked the Irish to death and made it a crime to eat the grains the English grew in Ireland by the Irish, whose only "legal" food supply was rotting potatoes.

It only took five years from the start of the famine to the end for a million Irish to die of starvation, a million to immigrate to other counties, and a million to stay behind and recover their lives and their health.

Hunger’s Children

 
 
 

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