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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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

A View of Islam from Muhammad Syed: Ex-Muslim

Started by Loren Miller Sep 23. 0 Replies

There is a great deal of discussion that goes on about Muslims and Islam in the US which comes from people who are not, themselves, directly connected with either the people or the religion.  Muhammad Syed, president of Ex-Muslims of North America,…Continue

Tags: Muslims, Seth Andrews, ISIS, Islam, Muhammad Syed

Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite'

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 2. 26 Replies

Frankie has just pissed off (and nonplussed) a whole load of people.The Vatican has…Continue

Tags: Pope, mercy, forgiveness, abortion

Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 1. 9 Replies

The above petition just landed in my inbox a few minutes ago ... and I think it is perhaps one of the most brilliant ideas I've heard in a while.  Entirely too many debates, both primary and presidential, have been little more than photo ops for the…Continue

Tags: change.org, petition, debate, Jon Stewart

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Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2013 at 3:11pm

I do have some humor to pass along, about the current insanity in the U.S. Congress:

This Baby Bargains Like the Tea Party (video by CollegeHumor, via HuffPost. I'm not getting the embed to work.)

"OK, kiddo, eat your peas."

"I don't want my peas!"

"We agreed to, remember? I wanted you to eat peas and carrots, but we compromised on just peas."

"Either you throw out the peas or I burn the house down."

"Whoa! That's not a fair deal, sweetheart. You're saying either you get your way or nobody does?"

"Why are you being so unreasonable?"

"I'm not. What do you think?"

[brandishing lit match] "Trash the peas or watch this baby burn."

"OK, wait, whoa, whoa, this is your house too."

[curtains on fire] "This is your fire! You started this fire!"

"(God!) Little brat! Psycho!"

"I'm ready to negotiate when you are."

"We already did! We agreed on peas!"

"But this whole time I wanted ice cream!
Buh-bye credit cards!" [throws wallet into the fire]

"No! We need those to buy things! Please, just listen to Daddy."

"You're not my real daddy! You'll never be my real daddy!"
[steps on detonator, blows up house]

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2013 at 11:35am

Tom, I agree, the way of the future is individual entrepreneurial endeavor. People are so used to "getting a job" many don't think of creating a job.

Coming home from Laura's home, I asked Larry, her husband, what attracted him to her. He said he had submitted a bid for a project that Laura had requested of a group of businesses. She chose another company, made an appointment with Larry, the owner of his company, to tell him his support staff did not relay messages she sent to him, did not give her accurate information and was unprofessional in her demeanor and that is why she didn't choose his company, the superior product. At the time she had a very good job with security and benefits. Larry thought about her feedback and later called her to join his firm. She said she would if she could generate her salary. They both benefitted! He was so impressed with her spirit and skills, he fell in love with her and they married. As it turned out, they have the best marriage I have ever seen, totally equal partners confronting challenges shoulder to shoulder. They even have been able to retain the romantic aspect of their relationship, even while working day and night together.  

The way government is set up, the small business owner has challenges impeding progress for them for the benefit of big business. Agri-business replaces family farms, for example. Big box stores replace small businesses. I know the economic reasons for these large corporations and also realize the price we pay by converting to such corporate ownership. The profits generated by big farms and businesses leave the community to line the pockets of big business and big government. A bought government does not have incentive to create a level playing field. 

As to humor, I have none. This is serious business we discuss, and I have no interest in joking. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on October 15, 2013 at 4:07am

k hughes: ...if these damned corporations would pay a living wage wouldn't we all be better off?

Joan: It is time for critical thinking, rational action, ....

Yes and yes, but if we are going to be better off, we need a goal.

Bear with me for a few lines; I might pleasantly surprise you.

In the billions of years since our big and strong pond scum ancestors ate the smaller and weaker among them, the surviving smaller and weaker gradually devised a means to discourage that kind of feeding behavior. It has a name; here in the USofA we hear it called political democracy. It's more truthfully a blend of oligarchy (rule by a few) and plutocracy (rule by the wealthy) so we have further to go.

Let's leave the political arena and enter the economic arena. According to a book published in 2007, more than 11,000 businesses in America are owned and operated by their employees. They keep the surplus value they create; it doesn't go to the gambling addicts who infest Wall Street and similar places. They can hire people who have the managerial skills their companies need.

If working folk want a living wage, we need some critical thinking, some rational action, and occasionally some strong language.

Will someone please add some humor to the above?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 12:56pm

Republican doomsday cult

"Sure, it seems extreme, but extreme times call for extreme cartoons.  When you have the Republican Speaker of the House threatening a national default, food stamps being slashed while farm subsidies are increased and an attempt to defund a program that has been in existence for four years, things have gone to crazy-land."

It is time for critical thinking, rational action, and strong language to stop the insanity. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 12:48pm

Tyson - Origins of life

There are now 

There are now more than seven billion human beings on the planet. "Intelligent Design and Young Earth Creationist organisations often misrepresent evolution by stating that it does not explain the origin of life. This is a dishonest tactic. Of course the theory of evolution doesn't explain the origin of life. It is not supposed to. The origin of life or abiogenesis is within the field of chemistry not biology. Evolution explains the diversity of life within the field of biology not chemistry.

"Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us on a journey. A journey towards life of Earth.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 12, 2013 at 11:49am

What a hilarious video, Joan. Too bad it can't be embedded.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 12:58am

Tea Party Galaxy: Voyage to the Center of Delusion

Remember, the Tea Party's main demand is an end to Obamacare, a health care reform law that was passed years ago.

What we really need is universal health care, but that will take some more tweaking. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 12:48am

Randy Neugebauer slams memorial ranger

There he goes, blaming others for what his party has created. This is getting very old!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2013 at 3:22pm

One member of Congress does the right thing during govt shutdown. "... please withhold my pay."

Comment by Dogly on October 3, 2013 at 2:42pm

Buy clothes (and everything else) at thrift stores,  It won't matter where they were made. Recycle, barter, sew (Yah, sure), and borrow, Buy American stuff when you can.  


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