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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Thursday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2016 at 12:04am

I saw this graphic, with some key findings from the Feb. 18 Quinnipiac poll:

Bernie Sanders is by far more "electable" than Hillary Clinton.

Specifically, in head-to-head matchups against Republican candidates, Bernie would consistently win, while Cruz, Rubio, Bush, and Kasich would beat Clinton.

Bernie - our best chance at beating the GOP. / According to the latest poll: [results from Feb. 18, 2016 Quinnipiac University poll showing Sanders beating Trump, Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich, while Clinton only beats Trump by 1 percentage point, and loses to Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich] http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2324(click to enlarge)

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2016 at 10:45am

Joan, I forget the topic, but you had mentioned employee-owned businesses.  Here is another.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 1, 2016 at 1:46pm

So much for the earlier argument for the Donald.

Trump: Churches Should Endorse Candidates and Retain Tax-Exempt Status

Claiming “Christianity is under siege,” Donald Trump promises to reverse a law preventing churches from endorsing political candidates and still retain their tax-exempt status.
Billing himself as a “strong Christian,” Trump is promising the religious right that if elected he will “restore Christianity to greatness” by scrapping IRS regulations pertaining to church engagement in partisan political activity on behalf of candidates or campaigns.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 27, 2016 at 3:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 27, 2016 at 2:39pm

Virginia Court Official Tells Atheist Couple They Have No Right to Get Married Because They Don't Believe in God.

Upon asking why Roth denied them their right to wed, he replied:

“Because she’s agnostic and you’re an atheist. I will not marry you. You don’t believe in God… I just don’t marry anyone who does not believe in God [or] believes that there is a God someplace. So I’m not going to talk the issue over with you and I’m not going to argue about it, okay? I’m just not going to marry you. Correct?”

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 26, 2016 at 6:53pm

Yeah, women's dignity and rights are for the Church to mess with, not for non-xians like Trump.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 26, 2016 at 3:21pm

An argument in favor of Trump


Today's Catholic Vote missive encourages readers to contribute to help Robotio or Tailgunner Ted Cruz dump Trump.

As an example, just yesterday transcripts from Trump’s numerous appearances on the vulgar Howard Stern Show began to circulate. Suffice it to say, we cannot even print the content here. Stern and Trump exchanged nasty and demeaning remarks about women -- crudely discussing their body parts and other vulgar actions that I can’t even describe.

Those Catholics - always such staunch supporters of women's dignity and rights!

Comment by tom sarbeck on February 24, 2016 at 3:37am

Barry Friedman's quip Too many in this country would rather be fucked by business than helped by government oversimplifies the issue.

It ignores the people who know how to protect themselves and don't care if others get fucked.

Is that an instance of artificial selection or natural selection?

I lean toward its being artificial selection, done by people to "cull the herd", so to speak.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 23, 2016 at 9:45pm

Just listened to Steve Shives' piece on Alex Jones! Steve nails Alex right on the nose. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 23, 2016 at 9:08pm

Hey Ruth--

Yeah, I didn't read it either. It was the inverse of clickbait.

 
 
 

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