Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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TIPP - an EU push for massive tar sand crude imports

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

The proposed TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Atlantic nations version of TPP, will foster runaway climate change. The European Union wants unfettered imports of U.S. crude…Continue

Tags: TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

TPP - what's been leaked

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 6 Replies

Public Citizen warns of known dangers hidden in the Trans Pacific Partnership. Even with the extreme secrecy, we know enough, due to partial leaks of the secret text, to be very afraid. For instance, we know the TPP would:Lower U.S. wages by…Continue

Tags: corporate tribunals, overcharging for medication, outsourcing US jobs, food and safety threats, TPP

Kevin Kruse on How Corporate America Created Christian America (YouTube)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 23. 8 Replies

It isn't very often that something goes upside my head with the kind of impact that happened yesterday afternoon, when the 38th Annual Convention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation had as one of its guest speakers Kevin M. Kruse.  Mr. Kruse is…Continue

Tags: One Nation Under God, Kevin Kruse

Presidential election - last time around Michelle Obama said : "The truth matters." Republicans are laughing all the way to the bank at the quaintness of such a naive thought.

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 24. 23 Replies

Ben Carson: Big Bang A Fairy Tale, Theory Of Evolution Encouraged By The DevilIt's nice that the Republicans have Dr.(!) Ben Carson as their house n-word. He's cute, articulate, humble and smooth, and his speech patterns are oh, so laid back and…Continue

Tags: Carson, creationism, evolution, primary, election

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2014 at 9:24pm

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)" 
~ Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2014 at 11:06pm

One the one hand ...; on the other hand ....! 

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 7, 2014 at 10:45pm

Loren, an excellent point well stated!

On a lighter note, I just learned about Noah S. Sweat, Jr.'s 1952 doublespeak masterpiece of a speech on whether Mississippi should continue prohibition of alcoholic beverages. It lent its name to the "if-by-whiskey" argument:

My friends, I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey:

If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

But, if when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it.

This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 3, 2014 at 7:42am

Comment by Daniel W on January 24, 2014 at 12:21pm
Joan that's wonderful. Your comment prompted me to look at the sky this am. The moon was visible - rare for maritome NW. It appeared to have a white rind, like a slice of watermelon sculpted from snow.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2014 at 11:56pm

The last quarter moon started just now! A last quarter moon looks half-illuminated. It rises around midnight, appears at its highest in the sky at dawn, and sets around noon. It is a waning moon. 

Why am I telling you this? Just because I am interested in astronomy and the moon offers so many pretty sites throughout the months. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2014 at 1:44pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2014 at 1:23pm

Grinning Cat, this is GREAT! It is a keep. I am reposting. I googled him and found an interesting story of a man, his guitar and the people who gather to hear him. His loyal fans grow in Central Park and other live venues. 



Comment by Grinning Cat on January 6, 2014 at 1:28pm

By David Ippolito: Tea Party Anthem (I Want My Country Back):

"...There was a time of brighter day,
a time the Tea Party embraces,
when hardly anyone was gay,
Hispanics, blacks, and women knew their places..."


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2013 at 7:52am


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