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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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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

Tags: NRA, guns

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 July 18, 2013 at 8:39am

Teaching obedience to my children did not work the ways I wanted it to. They, as small children, would try to figure out what the authority figure thought and then follow that example. Some of the authority figures in their lives were not worthy of being followed; I hunted for a better way of raising a critical thinker. I ran across some excellent ideas, started experimenting with different parenting styles, came up with what I think are not only better parenting styles for children and for parents as well. All those old education, psychology and sociology foreparents are dead now; they are replaced with a strong and lively group of people who make good sense. Their processes yield the kinds of adults that are healthier, more compassionate, and better critical thinkers than children raised to be obedient.


FREEOK 2013 - Dale McGowan: "Raising (Actual) Freethinkers"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LGu0gfbB7Y

Dale McGowan: Parenting Beyond Belief
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgDb_IMoKyQ

Influence without indoctrination (Parenting Beyond Belief #4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YgM-A8A1ck

My grown children now have children and grandchildren. Watching them raise their children gives me so much pleasure; they participate with their children in healthier ways, they require critical thinking of their children, even as they parent with loving care. Even now my children express love in ways that empower their children to flourish, to become all they can be. I don't think they will experience the kinds of dysfunction into which they were born. They learned more effective and efficient ways to be with their children that encourages communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and they will be prepared to take on the messes that my generation leaves behind, with our notions of obedience, submission, and self-crucifixion.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 3:42am

We can confront challenges facing us.

We can defy those who say something can’t be done.

We can question assumptions.

We can object to irrational thinking and behaviors.

We can protest injustices 

We can provoke thinking in face of foolishness.

We can test our assumptions for validity and reliability.

We can relish life or we can squander it. 

We can value the chaos of daily life or we can get caught in helplessness.

We can refuse to give in to negativity and reframe it into possibilities.

We can see problems and explore options,

We can pay attention to the factors keeping those messes boiling as on a stove, and we can turn that chaos into cosmos.

We can stand up to stupidity, call it by its right name, and then challenge people to think.

We can confront people who perpetuate lies and challenge them face truth.

We can make mistakes and be corrected by people who know more than we do, and be grateful for the corrections. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2013 at 11:52pm
Catching up 2013-07-15
A rough patch came and went and now I sit in my garden with birds and squirrels all around me. Raspberries hang from branches inviting me to even more pleasure, year after year, always tasting better. The hummingbirds gather to quarrel over billions and billions of blossoms, sometimes spiraling into the air, one after another, then diving down with the sound of bird jet engines, swooping so close to my bald head I think they will collide with my skull and die. “Death by collision with skull” their death notice will read.

I have never seen my garden so beautiful, weeds and all. Cary took out a weed that was well over six feet tall before it went to seed and in another week or so we will have to cut the seed heads off the 12-foot tall mullein or they will reseed the south hill.

I have an old lilac that I dug, probably 20 years ago, part of a root from my great-grandmother’s grave in a pine forest near an old lumbering town in northern Idaho. It is a spindly thing, not very pretty, even as it is precious to me. It is totally draped in purple clematis … a lovely sight.

I just ate my second ½ cup of raspberries out of my garden. To buy a ½ cup is between two-for-$5 or $5 each … you know, those little plastic containers berries come in.

My son, Craig, and his two boys left for home in Littleton, Colorado last Friday after a five day visit with my daughter and her family in the woods of north-east Washington state. Luckily, I was well enough to join them, even though I had to remain near the bathroom at all times. I had so much fun with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Life is too precious to miss such a treat. They all like story telling, and that was about all the strength I had … to tell mine and listen to their stories. My great-grandchildren range in age from four years old to 14. My grandchildren from 8 to 28.

I have my sixth chemo treatment this week and have 10 more to go. My body rejects beef, pork and chicken. I love fish while Cary does not. He or I fix my dinners and when I am down, he makes me a breakfast tray. I breakfast in the garden if the weather is 57 degrees or above. This has been such a cold spring, and early summer, it often does not get warm enough to breakfast outside. We also have had lots of rain.

Well, dear friends, I hope each one of you is healthy, happy, at peace and filled with joy. Savor every breath you take and realize what a short period of time we have on Earth. Make it a good one.
Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 7:10pm

Muslim Brotherhood guy: 'What good is a democracy if you can't use it to ignore the will of the people, circumvent the courts and impose radical religious rule?!!' American GOP Religious Right guy: 'I've been asking that for decades!'

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 8:40pm

Daniel Dennett: Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking

Dennett discusses tools of cognition that have enabled human beings to develop powerful ways of thinking and problem solving that make modern advancement possible. Just as I learned relationship skills that my parents and ancestors did not know, and was able to change the processes of interpersonal relationships for the better, so these intuition pumps supply apps. for above the human neckspace. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 12:45pm

America Will Lose Economic Collapse Coming

Published on Jun 29, 2013

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 12:09pm
What is going on here?
Max Keiser on Bitcoin Currency
http://youtu.be/Da_6ACu6g5g
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2013 at 11:54am
Evidence is all we need to believe the stories that surround Nazareth.
Archaeology vs the Bible (James Randi)
http://youtu.be/ZxEJHO8KIXY
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 5, 2013 at 6:02pm

About the trinity being abracadabra.

A conservative man I knew whose daughter was marrying a Catholic went to the classes for non-Catholics. He told me he saw much of the material as abracadabra and asked so many questions that the priest conducting the group told him he would never be a Catholic.

Catholicism would die if no one sent their children to Catholic schools.

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 5, 2013 at 5:49pm

"Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions."

If conservatives were able to grasp satire aimed at them, ridiculing them would be even more fun.

 
 
 

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