deb burks

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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
A democratic government creates and enforces the laws that (supposedly) we agree to live by. Are you saying that corporations should have no rules and regulations? They are entitled to pollute, have slave labor, not pay any taxes, cheat their customers, become monopolies and squash any competition, etc.?
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
Publically funded elections are the answer. Politicians get their salary....that's all. They get on the ballot by having a certain number of verified signatures depending on the office. Gov't pays them a pension the rest of their life and they CANNOT ever work, in any manner, for anyone else. Their retirement income is limited to book writing, speaking engagements and their pension. Their net worth, bank accounts, income taxes and travel are published annually.
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
Hi Anthony, Not sure how religion gets convoluted every time. I am a Christian, one of the Prince of Peace ones who believes in "turn the other cheek, do unto others, not judging, etc." If all Christians went back to wearing the WWJD bracelets (what would Jesus do?) to guide them then we wouldn't have wars for money and power or taking from the poor to give to the rich. "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Mohandas Gandhi Well, believe it or not some of us are still trying to live the way that Jesus teaches us to even though the far right gives Christianity a bad name and tends to get the most air time. The second Commandment states not to take the Lord's name in vain; I cringe every time a politician claims to be a follower of God or Jesus to get votes. It seems the louder they profess their faith, the further from the doctrines of that faith they are. Free markets need regulated, Church and state need separated, you are totally right that money is just a value system. Thanks for the thoughts:-)
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
Does truth change?
It never was the truth if it was only a belief. There are those that knew the world wasn't flat because of a lunar eclipse or because the mast of a ship shows before the hull, even back to antiquity. The world was never flat and just because somebody thought it was didn't make it true. I believe in God, I can't prove the existance of God, therefore "God" is my belief. I know that the world is round (generally) because I have seen the photos from outerspace, can sail or fly around it, and of course lunar eclipses and seeing the mast of a ship first.
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
Does truth change?
Depends on your definition of "truth". If you define "truth" as a set of proven facts, then the truth will not change; however, if you define "truth" as an individuals' belief system then the truth is subject to change. Part of becoming enlightened is learning the difference between "facts" and "beliefs".
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
How do we get corporations out of government.
Divide and conquer is the way to get power, once you have the power then you will also have the money. How? Buy the media and only allow people to see and hear what you want for them to see and hear; a lesson learned from the Viet Nam war when coverage of a little girl, running naked down a lane covered in napalm hit the hearts of those taxpayers who were footing the bill for the war, or coverage of the police shooting down college kids at Kent State who were peaceably protesting that war. Use the media to lure the gullible into believing that "those people" (peacemakers, minorities, tree huggers, liberals, unions, Democrats, liberal elites, et al) are responsible for any and all problems; which effectively divides the populace and at the same time garners votes for the candidates that you want in power. Once you have that "tri-fecta" (House, Senate and Whitehouse) hold 3am votes to push through every law that will benefit your 1% group. Create a trillion dollar war, based on lies, to fund your group, and appoint Supreme Court Judges who will make laws that will give you even more power (Citizen's United). Continue using the media to "wag the dog" away from the truth; constantly laying blame for the havoc that you caused on "those people", so that the pendulum will not swing back and take the power and money, that you have stolen, away .
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deb burks
Posted over 2 years ago
Should public schools in the United States eliminate the traditional A to F grading scale? And if so, what assessment do we replace it with?
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have a system whereby a member gets a merit badge when they become proficient at a particular task. The members can choose which badges they will work for and do not get the badge until they are proficient at that particular task. I suggest using this system, especially in developed countries where computers will allow individual instruction. The sky would become the limit in education (and the galaxy for a few). The artists, athletes and musicians could have a banner (or collar or jacket) full of badges that they have achieved to wear proudly even though algebra might be incomprehensible to them. Competition would increase as kids would want their banner full of badges; instead of just quitting as a failure they would master the skills that they are capable of mastering. Certain badges would be a requirement for each year of school and could be broken down into a weekly set of requirements where a child never gets "lost" in the system as the teacher would know each Fri. which students needed assistance in particular areas.