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To understand the world, we must understand ourselves. We are all self-aware, biological units living in community with other self-aware, biological units. Science helps us understand our biological motivations. Healthy religious/spiritual practice helps us manage our biological impulses. Finally, politics helps us manage the interdependent web that includes all people and life.
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Masdar CEO Addresses International Peace Institute, Stressing the Importance ... - Abu Dhabi City Guide

Masdar CEO Addresses International Peace Institute, Stressing the Importance ... - Abu Dhabi City Guide | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
Masdar CEO Addresses International Peace Institute, Stressing the Importance ...Abu Dhabi City GuideToday, Dr.
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Ezra Klein unpacks the second biggest lie of the Ryan & Romney Show

Ezra Klein unpacks the second biggest lie of the Ryan & Romney Show | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article by EZRA KLEIN, Blomberg View

 

The Romney Medicare Chart Comes Up Blank


Let’s unpack that. The “$716b cut” refers to the Medicare cuts in the Affordable Care Act. The bulk of those cuts come in two areas. First, private insurance plans in the Medicare Advantage program have been getting paid about 20 percent more than traditional Medicare. Those overpayments are ratcheted back. Second, in negotiations with the White House, hospitals agreed to take a cut in reimbursements with the understanding that they’ll make more money from the 30 million previously uninsured people who will have insurance as a result of the law. The cuts to insurers and hospitals were sufficiently obvious that Paul Ryan included them in his budget....


“No change” is clear enough. But in case you were confused, Romney emphasized that there will be “no changes, no adjustments, no savings” to Medicare for the next decade. So Romney plans to keep paying Medicare Advantage plans about 20 percent more than traditional Medicare, and he intends to give hospitals payments that they have already agreed to give up.


Romney’s description of what happens to the next generation of retirees deserves to be quoted in full: “The Medicare trustees have notified the president that the plan will go bankrupt, Medicare Part A, in the next 12 years,” he says. “Under the plan I have proposed, it is solvent.”


That’s ... it. Those are the only details he provides. He literally tosses his marker away after saying those words.


But the words aren’t true.  [MORE]


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Progressives Love Elizabeth Warren. Will Massachusetts Voters? - AlterNet

Progressives Love Elizabeth Warren. Will Massachusetts Voters? - AlterNet | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
Progressives Love Elizabeth Warren. Will Massachusetts Voters?AlterNetElizabeth Warren hasn't yet won her US Senate race, and already progressives are talking about her as a potential presidential candidate.
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The Happiness Myth - News24

The Happiness Myth - News24 | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
The Happiness MythNews24The question of course being: What will bring us lasting happiness?
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'True Blood' Creator Explains Why He Plays With Politic and Religion Angle in ... - AceShowbiz

'True Blood' Creator Explains Why He Plays With Politic and Religion Angle in ... - AceShowbiz | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com'True Blood' Creator Explains Why He Plays With Politic and Religion Angle in ...AceShowbizAdding to the juicy stuff already seen on "True Blood", the vampires are delving into political and religion issue in the upcoming...
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ON RELIGION: Those evolving wars over religious liberty - Rapid City Journal

ON RELIGION: Those evolving wars over religious liberty - Rapid City Journal | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
ON RELIGION: Those evolving wars over religious libertyRapid City Journal"If the act had failed to exempt wine for sacramental purposes, there would have been both a political firestorm and a First Amendment challenge," noted William Galston of the...
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The Economic Case against Arizona's Immigration Laws

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by ALEX NOWRASTEH

 

Arizona's immigration laws have hurt its economy. The 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) attempts to force unauthorized immigrants out of the workplace with employee regulations and employer sanctions. The 2010 Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (SB 1070) complements LAWA by granting local police new legal tools to enforce Arizona's immigration laws outside of the workplace.

 

LAWA's mandate of E-Verify, a federal electronic employee verification system, and the "business death penalty," which revokes business licenses for businesses that repeatedly hire unauthorized workers, raise the costs of hiring all employees and create regulatory uncertainty for employers. As a result, employers scale back legal hiring, move out of Arizona, or turn to the informal economy to eliminate a paper trail. SB 1070's enforcement policies outside of the workplace drove many unauthorized immigrants from the state, lowered the state's population, hobbled the labor market, accelerated residential property price declines, and exacerbated the Great Recession in Arizona.

 

LAWA, E-Verify, and the business death penalty are constitutional and are unlikely to be overturned; however the Supreme Court recently found that some sections of SB 1070 were preempted by federal power. States now considering Arizona-style immigration laws should realize that the laws also cause significant economic harm. States bear much of the cost of unauthorized immigration, but in Arizona's rush to find a state solution, it damaged its own economy.

 


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Voices of God: Religious Diversity in the Bible - Huffington Post (blog)

Voices of God: Religious Diversity in the Bible - Huffington Post (blog) | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
Voices of God: Religious Diversity in the BibleHuffington Post (blog)Ezekiel, however, who was both a prophet and a Zadokite, of the family of priests, believed that it should take the form of the rebuilding of the temple and reestablishment of...
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Bhutan and Climate Change: asia-pacific countries must balance ...

Governments across the Asia-Pacific region face a tricky balancing act between enhancing economic growth while bringing down increased carbon emissions that result from higher growth. A recently released United Nations ...
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MISGUIDED PURSUIT: Questioning the unalienable right of the ...

MISGUIDED PURSUIT: Questioning the unalienable right of the ... | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
Before blindly dashing after your unalienable right for the pursuit of happiness, first stop and question what happiness actually is.
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21 Days of Happiness Experiment and other mayhem….. « the ...

21 Days of Happiness Experiment and other mayhem….. « the ... | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
In February I came across a TED talk. It's by a gentleman named Shawn Achor. Feel free to look it up. I'll nicely post it on Tumblr. The talk is humorsome and entertaining, and it was also the beginning of a new idea.
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Skepticblog » A Weekend of Woo (Or why I love the Esalen Institute)

Skepticblog » A Weekend of Woo (Or why I love the Esalen Institute) | Science, Religion & Politics | Scoop.it
Michael Shermer recounts his experience at the Esalen Institute this past weekend where he gave a 3-day workshop on “Science, Spirituality, and the Search for Morality and Meaning.”...
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