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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

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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2012 at 12:05pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2012 at 12:25am

Goodnight all; good conversations today and hopefully some peace of mind in the midst of so much change. 

Rest well:

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2012 at 1:10pm

Membership to this Discussion went from 38 yesterday to 57 today. I guess the word is getting around. Please, if you find any flaw with any of my reasoning, please explain what and why you disagree. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2012 at 8:58am

Wolff on the Charlie Rose Show - Richard D Wolff

The bad news, we have many challenges coming. The good news is, we know it, we can recognize some creative thinking about some actions that we need to take and time to start. If I/we are wrong about economy depression, climate change, and overpopulation, we will lose nothing by taking precautions. If I/we are right, we will come through the storm, a little tattered, maybe, and we will not only survive, we will flourish. 
So, to paraphrase Ruth, let's have some fun while doing it. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 27, 2012 at 7:20pm

See which states have the most people who don't pay taxes (Red). Guess they're the 47% homeland.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 27, 2012 at 7:03pm

You're all so serious. How about a laugh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 6:23pm

Mr President Barack Obama: 

I like your words and vision and the way you understand working citizens and struggles to get ahead, even as they fall back in ability to earn a living wage, even with two members of a household working. 

When You were elected, I cried with joy, just as the others in the crowd cried. I believed we were going to get out of the terrible hole we were going into. Then you announced your team and I knew I was deceived. You brought in Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Rahm Emanuel, Pete Peterson, Henry Paulson, Franklin Delano Raines, Jim Johnson, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Robert Rubin, and others who were all from the banking industry, all had reputations as favoring owners of property over owners of labor. 

You lost the ones that I thought were doing you good service: Van Jones and Samantha Power as well as James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz, Dean Baker, Robert Reich, Larry Mishel. I don't know if you ever considered Steve Keen, Chris Martenson, or other eminently qualified and well-respected progressive advisors. Not one representative of advisors interested in workers and their challenges. 

You betrayed me, Mr. President. I won't vote for that scoundrel opposing you, but I will not be fooled a second time. 

Joan Denoo

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 4:36pm

Atheist Mutant, I notice you are from Akiak, Alaska. I have not been in that part of the state, but from Google Earth, it looks like it is flat with a meandering river, many ox-bow lakes and many lakes. I assume it is part of the low land of gravelly soil on the watershed of the Yukon River to Bristol Bay. You must have an interesting story to tell. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 4:05pm

Atheist Mutant, your video shows a fascinating building process that may very well be an effective and efficient way to build housing for low income people and for earthquake zones. I am impressed with the domed structures. I really like the concept. Do you know where these houses/buildings are in present use? I'll have to make a search.  Thanks for the very good lead. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2012 at 3:54pm

The Blacklisting of Progressive Economics

David Sirota, FEBRUARY 3, 2009

"willful ignorance, ... in what has been one long narrative arc whereby economic progressives have been deliberately shut out of top administration jobs. Just step back and think about it for a minute: Eminently qualified and well-respected progressives advisors to Obama during campaign: James Galbraith, Joseph Stiglitz, Dean Baker, Robert Reich, Paul Krugman and Larry Mishel."

Obama chose "Rubin sycophants like Larry Summers and Tim Geithner to run the economy - the same Larry Summers who pushed the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act, the same Geithner who masterminded the kleptocratic bank bailout, the same duo whose claim to fame is their personal connections to Rubin, a disgraced Citigroup executive at the center of the current meltdown. And the list of Rubin sycophants keeps getting longer, from Peter Orszag to Jason Furman."

 
 
 

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