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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
The Next Open Date is
or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
If you would like to speak, or simply would like more information about the College of Complexes, contact the Program Coordinators
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April 7th Meeting # 407
On the Character of US/UK Culture
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London’s Imperial College and the University of Dallas, BSc, DIC, MBA, PhD), will discuss how the “Six G’s” describe the main characteristics of US culture. He will point out that the UK is bedeviled by only three of these, which is, of course, three too many. John will argue that if America is to stand any chance of being made great again—to coin a phrase—a good look at the mirror is required. He further argues that “Laissez Faire”, the art of doing nothing but wishful thinking, is not helpful; as, if you don’t know where you are going, there is little chance of getting there. John points to solutions and concludes that the British have always relied on “muddling through”—expecting that something will turn up. However, even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while – so perhaps all is not lost.
April 28th Meeting # 410
On the Global Status of Human
Dr. Rick Halperin, Director, Embrey Human Rights Program, SMU, has held many leadership positions in human rights and social justice organizations. During his more than 45-year affiliation with Amnesty International USA, he has served as chair of its board of directors 3 times. He has also served on the boards of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Center for Survivors of Torture, the International Rescue Committee and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.Rick has participated in a U.N. human rights delegation that inspected Irish prison conditions in Dublin and Belfast, as well as in delegations monitoring human rights in El Salvador and Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza. He will argue that despite the numerous scenarios around the world which violate human rights, the overall trend is improving, and we must continue to accelerate eternal vigilance and retain it as our watchword.
March 31st Meeting # 406
On the Issue of Increasing Missiles, Guns,
Mavis Belisle, co-chair of the Nuclear Free World Committee, and member of Militarization of Police Committee of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center, will discuss how the proposed Trump budget includes increases in the nuclear weapons budget, and how the numbers of military personnel moving into law enforcement is growing. She will argue that both indicate militarization of our culture beyond previous levels. Mavis will speak and conclude in firm opposition to this dangerous, evolving undertaking and trend.
March 24th Meeting # 405
On the Importance of Understanding the Distinction Between Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals
Dr. Daniel Herlihy, practiced family practice medicine until a motor vehicle accident ended his work due to traumatic brain injury, Now, many years later, he is partially recovered, and his abilities to speak, write, be half way social, and walk, are largely due to a penultimate service dog “Chewy”. Daniel will argue that service dogs are largely misunderstood, and he has found his calling in advocating for the disabled, and service dogs. Moreover, Daniel has expertise in injuries and diseases “above the shoulders”, which includes dementias, PTSD, strokes, and many others. He will have “Chewy” present as well, to answer your questions and offer his insights as to how he heals “you bi-peds”. “ Goldy” (you guessed it – a gold fish) will also appear to advocate for the emotional support animal. Daniel will show that emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA, as the animal may or may not be specifically trained to perform tasks for a person who has a disability. He will argue for the importance of your ears and voice being needed to understand how service dogs can affect your life, the life of someone close to you, the medical research for improvement and maintenance of many health issues, the definition of service dogs, and how to obtain one.. Daniel contends that all three of them hope you join for an informative evening of fun, and please bring all your chordate (having a back bone) friends, as a hearty discussion among animals is predicted. Lastly he advises that a further explanation of these issues will be forthcoming in his memoir: “Chewy, a Doctor’s Tail: Amazing Lessons My Service Dog Told Me.”
May 5th Meeting # 411
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April 7th Meeting # 407
On the Character of US/UK Culture
see description below...
April 14th Meeting # 408
On Making the Affordable Care Act
(ACA) More Efficient
Calvin Bluiett, Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss why we need to make changes in the ACA to make it more effective as to costs and quality of the availability and accessibility of health insurance for all, reflecting health insurance as a right as opposed to a privilege. He argues that if we are to be successful in this endeavor, then we need to build on a system that Americans support and believe in. Calvin points out that Medicare and Social Security are such systems, and that politicians need to analyze our experience in the Health Care dilemma of Presidents Carter and Clinton. He shows that Carter's problem was within the Democratic Party where he and Senator Kennedy could not agree on a plan. Carter wanted a phased in plan, and Kennedy wanted a complete plan based on the Medicare paradigm. President Clinton did not recognize the impact that the Health Care Industry Stockholders had, which derailed his health insurance proposal. President Obama's Administration was able to enact the ACA without one vote from the Republican Party. Yet. the Republicans still demonized the ACA while it was being debated, and after it was enacted. Calvin argues that the Republican Party doesn't want a National Health Care Plan, nor have they developed a proposal that is better than the ACA. He points out that the ACA is a good beginning, now that we have experience administering the Act, and we need to focus on how to make it efficient. Calvin asserts that Medicare provides opportunities for both a public and private system with a proven record of working in our mixed health care system, and we need to build on the Medicare paradigm. He shows that the current discussion on how the ACA can be improved, is the concept of "Medicare for All", which offers the best option. Calvin contends that the Public option and Single Payer Systems are politically not acceptable to a majority of Americans. His recommendation is to expand Medicare to Citizens age 50 to 65, from birth to age 26,and add Medicare Part E for all others to include employer plans, and a role for Medicaid. Calvin will also provide more details on enacting and administrating a recommended health plan.