September 23, 2017 Meeting # 383
Speaker No-Shows. College Members Take the Challenge
John Beesley leads the group with comments on the Trump Presidency. Conversation moves to discussion of healthcare options.

September 16, 2017 Meeting #381
On Considering Center-Right Notions 
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 current right-of-center renditions of pertinent economic topics.  John tends to disagree with most of these notions, however plausible they sound, although he agrees on views of Brexit.  John will outline views on “Climate Change”, “Public Finance Warnings”, and “Socialist Idealism vs. Human Nature” as best he interprets them, with a view of reaching an understanding of what actually faces us. 

September 9, 2017 Meeting #380
Can We Really Manifest Peace in 2017?
Author and consultant Pat O’Connell will outline a project to coalesce positive energies and intentions around “The Perfect World” concept throughout the 4 days beginning with the International Day of Peace (Sept 21) and ending with World Peace Weekend (Sept 23-24). She will debut a new short film about the project and will discuss some of the activities scheduled for those 4 days. Pat asks that we come prepared to brainstorm and contribute our own ideas. 

September 2, 2017 Meeting #379
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Teas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1995, with the changes n leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just a narrow slice of union members. Gene notes for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 was to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non-inconsequential matter. Gene further argues that everyone should get behind this, because that is the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.

August 26, 2017 Meeting #378
American Dream or Nightmare?
Han Cheng Liu, Marketing Director, World Financial Group since 2012, Project Manager RHA Architects Inc. since 2000, (M. Arch, UT Arlington 1993, B. Arch. Tamkang University 1989) will discuss how every year hundreds and thousands of immigrants fight for their opportunity to come to America, and there are yet more undocumented people risking their lives to cross the border in order to fulfill their American dream of “a better life for themselves and their families. He questions: “How many actually made their dream come true?”” Liu will show, from his point of view, how American society has changed, how many spending habits make wrong financial decisions due to lack of understanding and support, and this does not fall just to immigrants, but to established American citizens as well. He will argue that this situation is as a result of a lack of financial education, and what we can all benefit from is a financial literacy campaign, to help millions reach financial independence.

August 19, 2017 Meeting #377
Whatever Happened To Lt. Columbo?  
Kenneth Fawcett, Author, TV Videographer, Radio and Print Journalist, will discuss the causes and consequences of the exponential rise in deadly force by local, State and Federal police. He will show how the declining interest these agencies have exhibited in solving crimes has impacted against individuals. Ken argues that we have to become the “new media” as the last check and balance against a police state out of control. He concludes succinctly; against the erosion of freedoms, and for truth, justice, and the American way. Ken has been in electronics and communications since middle school. Ken worked for SW Bell, Enterprise Electronics, Texas Instruments, American Sound Corp, and DataStarUSA. Ken is currently employed on the IT/BioMed Staff at Dallas Regional Medical Center, and employed as a Department of Homeland Security contractor at Comprehensive Communication Services where he install all the radio, computer, Video, VOIP, and VSat gear in Command Center and Hostage Crisis vehicles. As hobbies Ken has been a radio and print journalist from time to time, narrated two documentaries, written a book, and contributed video footage to more than a dozen TV documentaries. In his spare time Ken enjoys mountain biking, tower climbing, SCUBA diving, and all thing dangerous.  

August 12, 2017 Meeting #376
On a Market Based Solution to Climate Change
Ann Drumm, volunteer and advocate of the bi[artisan "Citizens' Climate Lobby", will discuss how in a polarized political environment where voluntary emissions limits and government regulations are disfavored, approaches to managing climate change, another strategy, is gaining ground. She will show how Republican leaders in Congress and the private sector are embracing the concept of carbon pricing as a market-based approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the emergence of the clean energy economy. Ann will argue that a price on CO2 would send a signal to industry, investors and consumers that would drive the market to adopt clean and efficient energy technologies. She will further argue and explain a genuine proposal for a National Carbon Fee & Dividend and discuss efforts to get Congress to act on this issue.

July 29, 2017 Meeting #374
The Curious Nature of U.S. Politics 
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 a true Socialist party has never been elected in the US, unlike most countries of Western Europe. He will show that there have been times when the Democrats, under FDR and LBJ, "have saved capitalism from itself", to quote Maynard Keynes. But, especially in the last 40 years, we have witnessed a retreat from the "trente glorieuses" to the point where, despite the recent Obama aura, we have two right wing parties. The parties have also chosen to hide behind non-democratic institutions in major policy decisions. John will argue that the failure to provide a forum for essential democratic debate has given rise to the Trump phenomenon, a desperate attempt to challenge the status quo by the Proletariat - doomed to failure of course.

July 22, 2017 Meeting #373
Has the US-Saudi Relationship Outlived its Utility?
Hadi, Jawad, Activist, Dallas Peace & Justice Center, will discuss and argue how the spread of Saudi Influence in the Middle East has led to the emergence of the most virulent form of radical Islamism, threating not only the region, but American interests as well. He will also contend that while close ties with the Saudi Monarchy have served U.S. National interest in the past seven decades, the time has come to end this "special" relationship. 

July 15, 2017 Meeting #372
Unlocking the Mysteries of Chinese Characters
Jian Li, Ph.D in anthropology and Mandarin teacher, will unlock the mysteries of Chinese language. She argues there is always more than one way to see the world. Learning another language, especially a language that is totally different from your own native one, will help you to become a smarter and better global citizen.

July 8, 2017 Meeting #371
On Representation and Leadership
 Ken Sauter, BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon, MBA Letourneau University, will discuss how political representation is what all modern governments are modeled on. But he raises the question: “Just how well do the systems designed to represent people actually represent them?” Ken argues that there is a lot of machinery in place to guarantee that elected representatives accurately reflect the wishes of their constituents, but there seems to be a disconnect between what constituents want and what governments do. He questions and answers: “What are the problems with political representation, and how do we know if our representatives are accurately representing us? What are the historical issues related to representation and how have those issues been dealt with in the past? How certain are we that our government represents us accurately, and are we now in a position where the representation we think we have is about to become outright non-representative and authoritarian?” Lastly: “What can and should we do about it?”

July 1, 2017  Meeting #370
On Redesigning Capitalism to Benefit Everyone, Rather than Just the Elite
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss the remarkable erosion that has taken place over the past two decades in the conduct of our business leaders, our investment bankers, and our money managers.  Calvin argues that there is too much greed, egotism, materialism, and waste, and that our economy is overly focused on the “haves”, and not on the “have not's”, leaving us in a position of failure to allocate our Natural Resources where they are most needed to solve the problems of poverty and provide quality education for all.  He points out that over the past century there has been a gradual move from “Owner’s Capitalism” to an extreme version of “Manager’s Capitalism”, providing vastly disproportionate rewards to those we have trusted to manage the enterprises in the interest of their owners. Calvin further argues that the first principle of finance is to increase “stockholder wealth” as opposed to “top management wealth”.  He points out that the problem is characterized by Executive Compensation, and the responsibility lies with the gatekeepers we trusted to protect investors, which includes the failure of legislators, regulators, rating agencies, attorney’s, public accountants, and corporation directors to carry out their responsibilities.  Calvin asserts that redesigning capitalism to benefit everyone rather than just the elite, will be a giant step to alleviate the gap between “haves” and “have not's”.  He will address the causes leading to this problem, and will recommend some solutions.

June 24, 2017 Meeting #369
How Quality Of Our Food and Environment Directly Impacts Our Health and 
Well-Being
Nancy Addison, CHHC, AADP, CPT, CSN, an inspirational health and nutrition speaker, award winning, best-selling author, television show guest, columnist and radio show host, will raise and answer the question:  "Has disease increased dramatically over the last 50 years?", and will discuss ways that food and food quality, in the US and the world, have directly impacted our health and well-being.  She will outline ways to maneuver the food jungle, and guide us through some basic steps that can help put our bodies on the road to health and well-being.  Nancy argues that we can't control getting older, but if we learn how to take care of our environment and our bodies (using methods concerning proper nutrition, optimum hydration, detoxification, and exercise) we can live a higher quality of life with greater health and vitality. She concludes succinctly that the quality of our food and environment are paramount to our health and well-being.  

June 17, 2017 Meeting #368
The World in 2034: Ethical Conundrums, Challenges, and Issues 
Rob Olson, Senior Research Analyst with International Risk Management Institute, Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Cox School of Business, SMU, will discuss the ethical challenges and issues we will face as technology attains a growing importance in our society, particularly in the area of genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, and nanotechnology.  He contends that even though this exponential growth in technology may open up a Pandora’s box of problems, his view is that the pros far outweigh the cons.  Rob  will argue “for” the safe and judicious use of technology in virtually all its forms to improve our society and to tackle its most vexing challenges

June 10, 2017 Meeting #367
On Lessening Your Stress and Increasing Your Cognitive Ability with the Music You Love
Alan Brunton, Founder and CEO of Cymatrax, will discus how sound affects the human body, He will also argue for a genuine improvement in your cognitive thinking ability and an easier way to a healthier life through sound.

June 3, 2017 Meeting #366
The Neo-Liberal Free Market Miasma
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 early 1980s saw the rebirth of classical, socio-economic dogma in both the UK and USA, and how the results of these policies were extremely beneficial for the controlling 1%, and disastrous for the 99%.  He argues that at long last, the easily duped peasant classes have revolted, but have accepted the offer proffered by the representatives of the 1%. John will examine this offer in detail with regard to its moral, social, economic and financial content, which he contends is totally specious and counter-productive for the future of both countries.

May 27, 2017 Meeting #365
What is Happening in Our Election System, and How it May Impact Our Future?
E. Robert Smith, Author, will discuss how the "Right" has been educating its ranks on the source of the New Left and Progressive political movement as it developed into the 60"s and onward as a cultural and political revolution.  More specifically, he will show what happened with the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, Herbert Marcuse, Adorno, and others.  Bob will argue that this educational effort is spreading like wildfire as the result of Andrew Breitbart, and others, has become common knowledge among rank and file Republicans and conservatives, and that Democrats and progressives are in far more trouble than they realize. He will show: The last presidential campaign was fought and won with populist-oriented propaganda, the next will be fought more on the basis of philosophy and rational argument, including exposing the philosophical and tactical roots of progressivism. The bad news for the left is that conservatives, both Republican and Libertarian, are far more equipped to do battle on this basis, and they are, at breakneck speed, raising up and cultivating leadership to educate the rank and file of the population. All this is made possible by the Internet.  Bob concludes that it is not only fascinating, but much better to understand and know all that opposes you in order to properly address and combat it.

May 20, 2017 Meeting #365
On the Counter Democracy Impact of the Trump Administrations' Deconstruction Plan
Katherine Savers McGovern, retired Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas, 2012 Democratic Nominee to U.S. Congress, District 32, with practice at McGovern Law Office since April 2011, also a Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, will discuss how "the Counter Democracy Pledge of Donald J. Trump to Deconstruct 'Administrative Government'" is wrongly intended to undermine the implementation of the Laws of the United States in Violation of the Constitutional Separation of Powers and the Rights of Americans.  She will outline how the Constitution has three equal branches of government:  Executive; Legislative; Judicial.  The President heads the Executive Branch and is responsible for the operations of the Executive Departments which carry out the laws passed by the Legislative Branch.  Only the Executive Branch, through its various departments, commissions, agencies, etc., is authorized to issue rules and regulations to implement the laws passed by the Legislative Branch. and signed into law by the Executive Branch through the President.  Katherine will argue that Trump's use of Executive Orders, Executive Memorandums and/or Executive Proclamations to subvert the operation of laws enacted pursuant to the Constitution is dangerous and subverts American Democracy. To illustrate these points, she will select representative E.O.'s impacting on specific Executive Departments, Agencies, or existing Rules/Regulations, and challenge the legality of the E.O.'s.  In conclusion, Katherine will present the challenge that it is incumbent on all Americans to speak up, challenge and resist such actions, and to insist upon the application of the rule of law consistent with our Constitution.

May 13, 2017 Meeting #363 
Drug War: 
How We Got into This Mess and the Vested Interests That Keep Us Here
Suzanne Wills is a retired CPA whose advocacy is drug policy reform. She is a board member and frequent speaker for the Drug Policy Forum of Texas and a recipient of the 2014 Virginia MacDonald Leadership Award from the League of Women Voters of Dallas for her efforts to bring the facts about the drug war to the attention of the public. She will discuss how in 1900, any man, woman or child could walk into any drug store in the United States and buy cannabis, morphine and cocaine and that since then we have spent over a trillion dollars on the drug war with no positive results. We have created the largest prison system in the history of the world. (About 500,000 non-violent drug law violators are imprisoned). Most patients who could benefit from cannabis have no access to it. Farmers cannot grow a crop that was essential to the 13 colonies: hemp. Police regularly stop cars and search houses looking for drugs. Numerous industries have found ways to benefit from drug prohibition and lobby heavily to maintain it. Cannabis, morphine, cocaine and many other drugs are widely available and widely used illegally. Suzanne will examine how this happened, who has profited, who has paid the price, and what the prospects are for the change she supports.

May 6, 2017 Meeting #362
On Accomplishing Essential Body-Mind Connections to Insure Good Health
John Edmonson, MS, LPC-S, longtime educator and current Project Manager for Vascular Management Associates (a for-profit company, with a very important objective to prevent surgery and heart disease through good nutrition and stress reduction), will discuss the body-mind connection as to how our mind, choices and stress are all factors in our health.  He will argue that our thoughts and emotions do affect our physical health, while the body at the same time affects the mind.  John’s advocacy is to get this knowledge out to the world as a preventative, before people become sick.  See also:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8Q5EX-qXvs

April 22, 2017 Meeting #361
Sid Richardson and Texas Oil
Jim Gatewood, Dallas History Professor and best selling Dallas Author, writer of several books about Dallas history, will discuss and review his latest book "Sid Richardson and Texas Oil".  Jim will show and outline ramifications on resolving the question of rags to riches. He will also bring books, for those who wish to purchase same.

April 15, 2017 Meeting #360
Love Your Country, Leave Your Party: How Partisan Politics Lost Its Grip
Roland Rangel, candidate for U.S. Congress District 24, discusses the reasons behind the historic rise in independent voters. Ever been asked, "Are you a democrat or a republican?" Roland Rangel believes the question is to determine if you're an ally or an enemy. He argues that party allies are often manipulated while their enemies are all too quickly demonized. Roland will argue that this marginalization of critical thinking, objectivity and even common sense has thankfully declined and taken partisan allegiance along with it. He contends that the next step for positive change is to elect those ready to put the good of our country, not their party first

April 8, 2017: Meeting #359 
How are Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Vince Foster Connected and Why Should We Care?
Author and researcher Pat O'Connell will reveal disturbing connections between the murder of members of a small survivalist family in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, by federal agents in 1992 ... and the murders, just six months later, of 82 Branch Davidians in Waco. She will layout the facts as revealed in both the trial and congressional investigation of Randy Weaver (whose son and wife were killed by agents), and in the Waco trials. She will reveal how her own research into these events led, unexpectedly, to the questionable suicide of Deputy White House Counsel, Vince Foster, just three months after the Waco siege ended. And finally, she will explain why these tragedies and their implications still matter today, some 25 years later.

April 1, 2017 Mtg #358
On the Question of Other-Centeredness
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, and in-depth researcher, will discuss present strategies as to how "other-centeredness" can impact dealing with insecure personalities, defensiveness, strangers, and interpersonal congeniality. Chris will also point out clues to show good ways this can affect one's own psychological and physiological health.

March 25, 2017 Meeting #357 
Protecting the Borrower:  Do Payday Bans Work? 
Sean Hubbard, PhD, Candidate in Public Policy and Instructor of Quantitative Methods at The University of Texas at Dallas, will discuss how since the Great Recession there has been a great deal of debate about the effects of "predatory" lending on the financial health of their customers. He will show that the solutions at the local and state levels have been rate caps or bans of certain types of lending. Sean will argue that these policies, while well intentioned, may actually harm borrowers because they consider only the supply side of credit markets.

March 18, 2017 Meeting #356: 
Economic Democracy, the Answer to Wealth Inequality 
Maralyn Hamaker, retired teacher and concerned citizen, notes that wealth inequality is a growing problem worldwide; it has been well-documented by Thomas Piketty, Oxfam, Robert Reich, and others. She argues that along with the growth of wealth inequality we see the grown of terrorism and the erosion of political freedom around the world. It would seem then, that if we are to save political freedom and bring about peace, we must first address wealth inequality. Maralyn shows that so far, most solutions appear to involve wealth redistribution; progressive taxation and/or reduced taxation, tinkering with monetary and fiscal policy, more/less government, charity, etc. But none of these traditional measures offered by traditional economists have solved the problem; therefore: "We the People are going to have to find the solution."

March 11, 2017 Meeting #355
Unwanted Pregnancy:  Is Legislation the Answer?
Michele Valentino, Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner and Life Coach, has spent her life in service to others. She will draw from her own life experiences and extensive research to argue that increased access to contraception and policies that promote better economic conditions for women is the best way to deal with the issue of unwanted pregnancies. Michele will also revisit the lessons of the past (prohibition) on why attempts to legislate morality were not only unsuccessful and dangerous, but ended up giving birth to organized crime

March 4, 2017 Meeting #354 
The Real Enemy
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and having both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how the USA is surrounded by States (official and unofficial) that are hostile to us. He will show that we're internally divided by culture and politics. Jim argues that we cannot afford to be divided any more, identifies enemies and threats, how this all developed, and what we can do about it.

February 25, 2017 Meeting #353 
The Future Status of Our Voting Tejanos
Robert Chavez, Sr., a proud Tejano (DFW), will discuss the history of our ancestral Tejanos, going back a few centuries, and outline their contributions to our nation. He will argue that it is for this reason we need a media that will connect/reconnect with Tejanos who vote in our elections, to show how Tejanos have a long and loyal history to this nation, and fully deserve much better recognition.

February 18, 2017 Meeting #352 
Prognostications on the World in 2017
John Lipinski, an expert on paranormal and trend events, will discuss how the Economist Magazine is usually a front for the Bilderbergers, and how their past "Th eWorld" series have foretold dark images that have come topass. He will show, however, in this year of 2017 they are hinting a message of Transformation via Tarot Cards. John will argue that there will be some pain with this new transformation, but in his view things and events are changing for the better.

February 11, 2017 Meeting #351 
Striving for a "Soulful Life" - Theories & Examples 
Jian Li, anthropologist and Mandarin teacher, will explore different perspectives on the concept of the soul by drawing the writings from psychologists such as Thomas Moore, James Hillman, and Carl Jung. She argues that a soulful life is a journey of discovering the great potential that links the individuals to their destinies and to the community and beyond by illustrating the lives of three extraordinary people, Jack Ma, Maya Angelo and Thomas Moore.

February 4, 2017 Meeting #350: 
Save Our Texas Vote 
Dr. Laura Pressley, a former candidate for the Austin City Council, who has cracked the code of electronic corruption in Texas and has filed an historic election contest with evidence of how county election corruption occurs, also as a native born Texan from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UT Austin, and as an engineer and gross margin business manager in the semiconductor industry for 17 years, will discuss how we can ensure honest, fair, and verifiable elections happen in Texas, how electronic voting machines are not adhering to State laws, and what we need to do about it in this 2017 Texas Legislative Session.

January 28, 2017 Meeting #349 
What Must be Done to Ensure that All Americans are Treated the Same 
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss what must be done to ensure that all Americans are treated the same. He notes that the 2016 Presidential Election of President Elect Trump, along with his political iterations, manifest that he does not believe that all Americans should have access to expressed Constitutional and Statutory rights guaranteed to all Americans. Calvin argues that President Trump's manipulation of Racism and Xenophobia, his attacks on the media, the press, the Judiciary, demonization of his opponents, and gleeful-encouragement of violence by his supporters, may not fit the dictionary definition of Fascism, but they pose clear and present danger to America. He will correlate this to the history of slavery in America, and its effect on African Americans, women, Latinos, and other minorities, with ratification of the US Constitution relative to the 3/5 Compromise, Reconstruction after the Civil War, the Plessy Decision, Segregation from 1896 to 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and Affirmative Action pertaining to education services and employment. Calvin will recommend some actions he believes will ensure that all Americans are treated the same legally and in practice.

January 21, 2017 Meeting #348 
A United Movement to Confront Government Action 
Gene Lantz, President of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, Chairman of UAW Local 848 retirees, and talk-show host of KNON radio 89.3FM (His "Workers Beat" program comes on at 9 AM every Saturday), will discuss how a united  movement to confront government action is needed.  He will show that as all three institutions of Federal government and a majority of State governments go Republican, those of us who would defend ordinary workers and retirees need "Unity of Program and Leadership".  Gene argues that at present, the progressive movement is largely confused and divided but must come together to win.

January 14, 2017 Meeting #347 
What to Expect in a Trump Presidency 
Ray Crelia, a College regular, will discuss what a Trump presidency might look like:  Would there really be a wall on our Southern border?   What would Trump do to stimulate our sluggish economy?  How would he deal with the conflict in the Middle-East?  What can be done with a collapsing Obama care?  Will he set aside all environmental concerns and put our planet in harms’ way?  Ray will discuss these subjects and provide some possible solutions that Trump may implement in the years ahead.

January 7, 2017 Meeting #346 
Is There a Faith Based Solution to U.S. Malaise? 
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 a close inspection of many of the world's major institutions (religion, neo-liberal economic governance, finance and health care) reveals that most are, in fact, surprisingly faith based.  Is it possible that the world's greatest promoter (Donald Trump) could spearhead a faith-based solution to provide exports and work for the proletariat?  John argues that this premise of a solution is not as far fetched as you might think.

December 17, 2016 Meeting #345
In Gold We Trust: America’s Great Panacea
Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities, Mountain View College, will discuss how a belief that gold-backed money would give America prosperity has been one of the most enduring panaceas in American political and economic life. He will show how America’s guardians of the gold gospel preached that the foundation of good government was the gold standard believing it to be the answer to all that ailed America.  Paul will show that these believers in gold as a golden holy grail were sure that instituting a gold standard was essential to the economic and business viability of the country. Yet he notes there were others who despised the gold standard as a destroyer of American prosperity. Paul argues that the clash of these two points of view constituted the premier economic issue of the American Gold Century from 1871-1971.  He shows:  IN GOLD WE TRUST: AMERICA’S GREAT PANACEA will explore the impact of gold when it was the basis of the American monetary system. Prominent gold advocates such as William Howard Taft and William McKinley played their role while the leading lights of the anti-gold group, including William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, and William Randolph Hearst, anathematized gold. Even L. Frank Baum’s WIZARD OF OZ will be presented as an example of the strong western anti-gold bias which informed and even dominated Democratic Party political platforms for 100 years.  Paul argues that America’s Golden Rules “those who have the gold, rule”, or “whoever has the gold makes the rules” will take new meaning in the context of the country’s great gold obsession.  He will raise and answer the question: “Did gold bring life and vitality to America or did it devastate America?”  Paul will conclude answering: “Is gold backed money a terrible idea?”

December 10, 2016 Meeting #344 
Capitalism vs. Socialism
Virginia Prodan, Author, Attorney with Alliance Defense Fund and founder of the Virginia Prodan Law Firm, with a background defending churches and individuals against Romania's religious and human rights persecution during the communist regime of dictator Nicolas Ceaucescu, also a speaker for Texas Eagle Forum, will discuss her fight to protect human and religious rights, being exited from Romania as an immigrant, and successfully rebuilding her life as an attorney in the United States. From her experience she will argue that socialism is a false ideology contrary to the American capitalism system (which promotes free-market and individual freedom), while the socialist system replaces the free market with government control and eradicates private property, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, religious rights, and national self determination. Virginia will argue that socialism is against wealth, that it confiscates and distributes its citizens wealth destroying productivity and individual self-worth, and that in the name of promoting "fair share", "Justice", and "equality", it turns most people equally into poor people, while the elite leaders enjoy a lavish lifestyle. She will point out other things and conclude that today, America is on a path to lose its freedom, that we need to avoid having socialism destroy capitalism, as in her view, socialism is spreading in America like a horrible sickness, and it's time for those who experienced socialism to speak up. Virginia speaks more about this subject in her new book, - Saving My Assassin - Tyndale House Publishers - www.virginiaprodanbooks.com which she will have available for purchase.

December 3, 2016 Meeting #343: 
Finding Zero and Overcoming the Divide ​
Dr Jian Li, anthropologist and Mandarin teacher, ill explore the beauty of "zero", and how it may help us go beyond the binary logic of "right and wrong" to become more balanced and compassionate people. Zero repr4esents both void and potentialities. She argues that reflecting on the significance of zero may also help us to gain insight into overcoming the political divide that makes many people bewildered and angry after this General Election.

November 19, 2016 Meeting #342 
The US 2016 Presidential Election Solves Nothing 
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, PhD) will discuss how the cry for change in 2008 was not answered just as the roar for change in 2016 will not be answered. He argues that the solutions proffered by both parties are not solutions. America has some basic, fundamental problems. Trump's trickle-down economics, import tariffs to rescue manufacturing, and blaming foreign entities are totally counterproductive. Hillary's increased infrastructure spending and repairing some holes in the social safety net are more palliatives. John will outline what he would propose instead.

November 12, 2016 Meeting #341
America Divided - A Philosophical Forensic Study 
John Gentry, an American independent video producer and filmmaker who received his Associates Degree in Video Technology in 1988 and has done video production around the country, working for such notables as Mel Gibson, and is currently working as a cameraman on a multi-camera production crew, will share his insight into the nature of division in America. He will discuss how in revolutionary times, Hector St. John de Crevecoeur spoke of America (then still The Colonies) as being a cultural Melting Pot. John will examine why America quit being Crevecoeur's Melting Pot and give his analysis usig the tools of reason, logic and forensic scientific method to diagnose root causes of America's divide. He will take us on a tour through history highlighting significant movements in thought and philosophy that constitute contributing factors. John will advocate his opinion on what elements constitute a dynamic building of unity on a path to an America United. He will challenge us to express our own insights toward the solving of the current American divide.

November 5, 2016 Meeting #340 
Sleeping Giant II 
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will deliver a second and concluding presentation on how popular uprisings came into being both here and in the UK. Part I detailed the role the GOP played in this. Part II details the role of the Democratic Party. Both have advanced policies of globalized free trade and deregulation that have done great damage. He will show that the role played by Democrats involved not just buying into free trade, but also into the notion that reinvention of self, rather than collective political action would promote the general welfare. In short, Jim argues that Democrats abandoned their base and are now paying the price for having done so.

October 29, 2016 Meeting # 339
On Family and Civilization
 Ken Sauter BFA in Design from Carnegie-Mellon, MBA Letourneau University, raises the question: "What is the source of society's problems?" He advises that we can point to criminals, various groups with unhealthy agendas, war4, and any number of other problems that threaten our civilization. Ken makes the point that every societal problem begins with a family problem. He will go over the history of families, how civilization developed, how government developed, and how families built civilization. Ken will show how lack of family support creates criminals and other angry people who end up destroying society. He will make the point that children are the most precious resource of any civilization, and they must be protected and nurtured for civilization to thrive. Ken argues that it is when children are abused and used for someone else's purpose that dysfunctional families develop, bringing about anger, criminal behavior, and ultimately the destruction of society. He contends that there is a pattern that must be followed for society to be healthy and develop a highly functioning civilization, and will do his best to present that pattern.

October 22, 2016 Meeting #338: 
Increasing Aid to United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency 
Tessa McGlynn, Communications Director for the Dallas County Democratic Party, will discuss how over the summer she spent six weeks volunteering in Rashidieh Camp in Sour, Lebanon. Tessa will share her experiences about the conditions in the camp, and she will argue in support of incresed U.S. aid to the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency, which provides assistance and protection for some five million Palestinian refugees.

October 15, 2016 Meeting #337: 
Seniors Must Fight Back 
Gene Lantz, President of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, Chairman of UAW Local 848 retirees, and talk-show host on KNON radio 89.3FM ("Workers Beat" 9:00a.m. Saturday) will discuss how the City of Dallas expects to have a November proposition to cut pensions for City employees. He will show how on the other side of the world the government of Greece has had a series of proposals to cut pensioners. Gene will argue that everywhere in between, there are efforts to ease government budget problems by sacrificing the right to retire. He will show that in America, almost all pension funds are running out of money, and that the government's agency, Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) is supposed to back up pension plans, but it is running out of money, too! Gene will show that virtually every politician has a plan to cut retirees, but hardly any of them with notable exceptions like Hillary Clinton, have any plan to provide more money for the right to retire. He will argue and conclude that every senior and everyone who hopes to live to become a senior, should be aware that the pillars of retirement -- pensions, health care and Social Security -- are being undermined by unscrupulous corporations and politicians. Seniors must fight back!

October 8, 2016 Meeting #336: 
How the "Donkeyfants" are Playing Us as Fools 
George Palmer, JD, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, currently a management consultant, will discuss "how the 'donkeyfants' are playing us as fools". He will argue that we spend most of our time fighting between liberals and conservatives, Dems and the GOP etc., instead of requiring the candidates to address the issues, such as our 19 trillion dollar debt, our education system, the growing power of the 1 percenters, the declining middle socio-economic group, minorities, immigration, the environment, tenure of government employees, free speech and freedom of religion. George concludes that as "we spend all our time and energy fighting each other we have to redefine what our mutual problems really are, and work together to solve them, or as John Kennedy once said: "a new dawn, a new light, a new direction, a new frontier!"

September 24, 2016 Meeting #334 
On the State of U.S. Politics 
September 24, 2016: 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, PhD) will discuss how the current election season has thrown up a series of grotesque spectacles - a reality show that no TV producers could have created. He argues that the presidential selection process has produced two candidates with strongly  negative ratings - while the Congress vies with used-car salesmen in public confidence.  John explains that the fault lies, of course, in having a political system based on a 17th century institution, which, like an insect encased in amber, is frozen in time. He will explore and analyze the consequences of this frozen system - its divergence from Democracy on a path to Fascism.

September 17, 2016 Meeting #333
On A Green Revolution:  The Time is Now! 
Gary Stuard, MSW, Chief Organizer for System Change Not Climate Change / DFW Chapter, and Texas Green Party nominee for U.S. Congress (Dist. 32), will discuss how the most urgent issue facing our nation and the world is the impending environmental catastrophe that is rapidly overtaking us, runaway global warming and extreme climate disruption, both caused by our current economic system: capitalism, a system that puts profits for a few over the well-being, even survive-ability of humanity, and the Earth's ecology. He will argue that in spite of the unanimous opinion of climate scientists that the use of fossil fuels by the industrialized nations, especially by the United States, Europe and China, is the cause of runaway global warming, that the Republican Party has chosen corporate profit and power over empirical data and has consistently blocked any measures to address this ever worsening crisis. Gary will also show that the Democratic Party has failed to seriously address this crisis as well; given the current Democratic administration's open support of the fossil fuel industry, wars for oil, and the corporate-fascist "trade deal" the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He will also argue that the economic/political exploitation, wars for corporate profit, an ever worsening refugee crisis, and capitalism's full assault on any legitimate form of grassroots democracy. Gary concludes that Americans and humanity as a whole must reject and overturn genocidal/ecocidal "barbaristic" capitalism; and create an ecologically/economically/politically just economic and political system, or in other words: "ecosocialism".

September 10, 2016 Meeting #332
9/11:  What SHOULD Have Happened IF the Official Story is True? 
Pat O'Connell-author and consultant to high-tech industries-takes a closer look at the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks as told through the government's three primary sources (1) The 9/11 Commission Report, (2) a FEMA investigation of the New York City crime scenes and evidence, and (3) the two NIST analyses of the 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers that collapsed to dust at near-freefall speed. Working from the premise that the government's narrative is true, Pat will then expose some of the critical actions that logically SHOULD have accompanied or followed the official scenarios. . . but which, shockingly, did NOT. She will also discuss the dire and ongoing consequences of these anomalous failures to react appropriately to the official facts and conclusions.

September 3, 2016 Meeting #331
Labor Day Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995 the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted direction so that today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 was to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non-inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.

August 27, 2016 Meeting #330
Sleeping Giant
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how populism is in large part a backlash reaction to radicalizing the GOP, although the Democratic party is not exempt from blame either. He will argue that the key issue has been unrestricted globalized free trade taken together with the attitude that government at the federal level should stay out of the private sector, because it can't do anything right anyways. Jim will point out that ironically this outlook is pretty close to Goldwaterism and it now appears that his defeat in 1964 wasn't really a defeat of his ideas. Seeds were planted that took root. Similarly Occupy Wall Street planted some seeds that have taken root. And now the sleeping giant of populism has awakened; and he has some questions about the system.

August 20, 2016 Meeting #329: 
On Reinstating the Fairness and Equal Time Doctrine
Katherine Savers McGovern, retired Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas, 2012 Democratic Nominee to US Congress, District 32, with current practice at McGovern Law Office since April 2011, and a very recent Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention will show: Given: Citizens United's impact on campaign financing has been surpassed by the absence of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine and Equal Time Doctrine in political contents in 2016 as demonstrated by Trump's receipt of more than $2 trillion of unpaid for media coverage in the primaries alone. Argument: It is not the amount of money donated to politics which imperils American Democracy, but the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and of the Equal Time Doctrine by the Federal Communications Commission.

August 13, 2016 Meeting #328: 
How to Make a More Perfect World
Lt Dexter Elkins, USMC Ret., and a current College Professor, will discuss how if the primary problem of having a viable world is dysfunctional people, then what would be a solution? As a teacher he thinks one solution is education. However, education has not worked so well. How about legislation? Have laws, juries, police, etc. proven effective? Dexter will argue "only partially" .laws don't change the human heart. For example, following the Civil War, slavery was abolished by law. . . but the South continued racism with Jim Crow laws, discrimination, and even lynchings. But bigotry is not a democracy or justice. and what has led us in America to think the color white is associated with goodness? Is such belief ever put to the test of critical thought? America and Nazi Germany have favored the Nordic race (whites) over all other races. In America it led to slavery. In Germany it led to geocide. So, would a better world be color blind? With genetic engineering we could purify the human race. . . But should we? He argues and concludes that perfection is not progress.

August 6, 2016 Meeting #327: 
Filling The Gaps
Carol Donovan, Dallas County Democratic Pary Chair, will discuss how we fill the "gender gap," which is real and well-documented. Based on statistics, women and men often vote differently, and for different reasons. She will argue that there are many other such "gaps" amongst our electorate, and will share her observations on electoral differences based on age, race, gender and other factors. Carol concludes that an enlightened electorate is far more likely to get out and vote, and vote purposefullly, which is a significant part of a democratic society.

July 30, 2016 Meeting #326 
The Necessity of taking Federal Money to Expand Medicaid 
July 30th: Gene Lantz, President of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, Board Member, UAW 848, Dallas AFL-CIO, Texas AFL-CIO, North Texas Jobs with Justice/New Era host of "Workers Beat" radio show on KNON, 89.3 FM and http://knon.org/, content provider: http://texasretiredamericans.org/ http://tx.aflcio.org/dallascic ttp://lilleskole.us, http://labordallas.org/ and author of "The 11 Hour Strike, the 15 Month Ordeal". "Life Lessons", "Labor History Timeline", and a number of original songs will discuss how Texas should take the offer of federal money to expand Medicaid. He will argue that the Republican-led states refused to do it even though millions of low-income workers would have been able to get subsidized help on healthcare instead of jamming up the emergency rooms. Gene advocates lowering the Medicare age, as Hillary Clinton has said she supports; and he will also affirm the importance of the anniversary of Medicare/Medicaid.

July 23, 2016 Meeting #325: 
Are We Opening the Door to Another Banking Crisis?
Dale Klosterman, Ed. D., Licensed Psychologist, (Retired Commander, US Coast Guard Reserve, Retired Psychologist, US Bureau of Prisons) will discuss how Representative Jeb Hensarling (5th District, Texas) is seeking to wipe out or redo large parts of the Dodd-Frank Act (2000) that was designed to put some regulations on Big Banks following the big bailout. He will raise and answer the question "Why would he do this?" Dale will also argue that Robert Reich may have some good answers in hs new book "Saving Capitalism," (2015)

July 16, 2016 Meeting #324: 
On Man, Morals and Society
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, PhD) will discuss how many Americans hold views that are broadly antagonistic to society or even its concept. He will show how these view have had profound consequences for the lives of most of the US public. John will argue that the Trump/Sanders phenomenon expresses the realization that the US has been on the wrong track for decades, but without understanding its causes. He will conclude on a socio-economic analysis to present the key underlying factor for this malaise - but will overlay why psychological factors make this most difficult to change.

July 9, 2016 Meeting #323: 
On Why Activism Matters 
Kristi Lara, Dallas & Collin County Community Organizer, Activist and Campaign Field Organizer; will discuss the importance of strategic political activism within Progressive Parties. Kristi will also argue how community organizers can work to help fill the gap that often exists between activism and traditional party politics.

June 25, 2016 Meeting #322 
The Most Important Election - the Dismantling of America 
Ray Crelia, a regular active participant, will discuss principles of our Nation's founding, which have enabled us to be the greatest country on earth. He will show how the abandonment of these principles will inflict irreversible damage. Ray will also speak to the issue of so-called "War on Religion" or "War on Christianity". And since most Americans believe our country is going in the wrong direction, Ray will give his views on who (or what) is causing this downturn.

June 18, 2016 Meeting #321:
1914 = 2010
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how the world has circled back to levels of inequality last seen just before World War One. This state of affairs was made possible by both globalization and technology, the latter having launched a second industrial revolution. Jim will analyze and compare the parallels between then and now, using the economic theories of Kuznet, Pikety and Milanovic, each an eminent economist whose work is bound up with inequality. He will argue a case that democracy everywhere is endangered by the growth of an unaccountable plutocracy.

June 11, 2016 Meeting #320: 
Do Texas Elections Need A Paper Trail
June 11th, 2016: Kurt Hyde, BS, Physics, University of Hartford, MS, Systems Management, University of Southern California, Certified Data Processor (CDP), retired Lt Col USAF, former adjunct faculty member, Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire, led his students in 1985 and 1986 as they studied the latest technologies in voting equipment, and along with colleagues at Digital Equipment Corporation, develloped specifications for a manually recountable ballot, now popularly known as a Voter0Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). He presented these on August 14th, 1986 at the First National Symposium on Security and Reliability of Computers in the Electoral Process. The paper trail concept was a controversial position for a number of years, but subsequent to the 2000 Presidential Election and the public's learning of the incredible security weaknesses in the punch card ballots, many technology professionals looked critically at voting technologies with most of them agreeing on the necessity of a paper trail. Kurt, a retired computer professional and the original advocate for the paper trail, will discuss and argue the importance and absolute need for a paper trail within all voting equipment, as well as trace-ability all the way to the final totals. See also https:/shass.mit.edu/news/news-2011-election-integrity-past-present-and-future

June 4, 2016 Meeting #319
Have Political Parties Used Race to Enhance Their Campaigns?
Calvin Bluett Adjunct Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss a dilemma manifested by current presidential primaries, where Americans permitted political opportunities to polarized candidates whose political policies will hurt our Nation, particularly to working class people of all demographic groups. He will show that both political parties have used race in different ways to enhance their political benefits: 1.“We have working class white Americans who will not vote for a Democratic candidate because of their racial perceptions, yet much of the Republican rhetoric that sounds good to them, will actually severely hurt them;” and 2. “We have minorities who will not vote for Republican candidates, stemming from their elitism, which has political policies hurting them.” Calvin will also show how President Roosevelt developed a political coalition, including white working class Americans, African Americans, and other demographic groups, which ended in the 1952 Presidential Election. He will point out that although the 2008 Presidential election was during a major recession, we have not had much success in creating a similar coalition. The question is “Why?” Calvin argues that we need to form focus groups, including white American men and moderate Democrats, to find common ground to ensure that party political policies will create an environment for all Americans to be winners, and recognizing that our political and economic systems are so interrelated, we cannot have a system of winners or losers based on race. He concludes: “We need a political and economic system that works for all Americans.”

May 21, 2016 Meeting #318: 
Assessing the Political Landscape Ahead
George Nolan, President, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others, will discuss the political landscape ahead, especially as to the arguments of Bernie Sanders, and will encourage everyone to vote, as not doing so will only help insure the election of the person you most didn't want to see elected.

May 14th 2016 Meeting #317
On the Question of Insecure Personality Markers
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, will discuss insecure personality markers, and strategies for dealing with insecurity and undesirable behaviors. He will show five important daily decisions, and four basic contentions that reveal thirty-four insecure personality markers. Chris will demonstrate and argue that we are the primary catalysts in terms of the quality of our own interpersonal relations.

April 30th 2016 Meeting #315
Why Do Good People Deny Ugly Truths? 
Why is it that we take for granted that a campaigning politician is lying whenever his or her lips are moving. . . yet once the politician is in office we assume he or she is telling the truth?  Why can we so easily see corruption in the other political party, but not in our own?  Why can we readily acknowledge that among us are psychopaths who blithely steal, torture, or even murder . . and yet we vehemently reject the notion that such psychopaths could have risen to positions of power in our country?  Author, activist, and high-tech business consultant, Pat O'Connell, summarizes key psychological warfare research to reveal how and why even intelligent thoughtful, observant people blind themselves to Ugly Truths . . . and how these mechanisms are being exploited to ruin America. See if you can find your own blind spots.

April 23, 2016 Meeting #314: 
On Effectively Combatting Fluoridation in Dallas 
Regina Imburgia, an activist who knows the dangers of Fluoridation and is determined to expose these dangers until the Fluoridation program is stopped in Dallas, will discuss her concern that many people do not understand the negative effects of Fluoridation. She is also concerned and will discuss how many people do not know the Dallas City Council has t, Michigan. She will argue that our voice needs to be louder. Regina will conclude encouraging some to join at City Hall on April 27 to make City officials turn their heads, face the problem and then "Do Their Job."!

April 16th 2016 Meeting #313 
Solutions to Many of the Challenges Facing America
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Cedar Valley College, will discuss and argue for recommended solutions to the many challenges facing America which particularly relate to Structural Unemployment. He will direct attention to: 1) Retraining programs; for those affected by structural unemployment and outsourcing; 2) Reforming the Federal Reserve System and banking system; 3) Increasing the minimum wage, 4) Equal pay for equal work; 5) Reforming the student loan program; 6) An industrial bank; to promote manufacturing industry in America; 7) Infrastructure funding; 8) Strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA); 9) Enabling technology to help Americans: 10) Affordable Housing for marginal income Americans; 11) Overturning the Citizens United decision; and 12) Expanding voting rights rather than placing barriers to voting. Calvin will also argue to ensure that all voters understand our election process and to influence candidates to not focus on fears, misunderstanding, or bias, but rather to focus on how we can make America live up to our potential; His attention will be on investing and empowering Americans.

April 9, 2016 Meeting #312 
Should Texas Governor Abbott be Impeached? 
April 9th, 2016: Dr. Steven Butler, a Professor of History, will argue that by ordering the removal of a holiday display from the state capitol, which had been placed there by the Freedom From Religion Foundation with the permission of the State Preservation Board, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, as well as the Constitution of the State of Texas, and thereby committed an impeachable offense. The display, wishing passersby a Happy Winter Solstice, depicted founding fathers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, as well as the Statue of Liberty, reverently admiring a new-born Bill of Rights. Butler holds that Abbott's order was not only the act of a tyrant and a bully but also ironic in light of the fact that the Bill of Rights, which the display was meant to celebrate, is where our right to freedom of speech, the right for which the governor apparently has no respect, is enshrined.

April 2, 2016 Meeting #311: 
Cymatics-Sound and Wave Energy FX on Human Body & Psyche 
Alan Brunton, inventor, successful businessman, and television producer, will discuss how sound waves, waves of energy, move matter and how it effects the human body, including the blood, DNA and the blocking of centered flow of the central nervous system. He will show how he has applied his academic background in music and sound to the formation of a proprietary software system which removed the harmful wave energy from our everyday music. Alan's software (http://www.cymatrax.com/) is set to be released in the near future and is expected to have an global impact on how we listen to music. He will conclude arguing on the effects of sound to the body and psyche, and how this emerging software will potentially revolutionize music listening.

March 26, 2016 Meeting #310: 
On Public Officials and Freedom of Religion 
March 26th: Professor Raymond G. Kessler (Ret.) Dept. of Criminal Justice, Sul Ross State University, Alpine TX, will discuss the refusal of clerks, on the basis of the officials’ freedom of religion, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court decisions. He will argue that freedom of religion is not a lawful justification or defense to civil or criminal liability for public officials, and that such actions are contrary to the rule of law and the Constitution. Giving individual public officials such license is contrary to our history and traditions of a free society.

March 19th 2016 Meeting #309
On Supporting Your Local Police & Keeping Them Independent
Randy Naef, a citizen advocate, will discuss what the federal government is doing to nationalize our local police. He will show what will happen if our local police become federalized, Randy will argue what we need to do to keep our police local, and out of the hands of the federal government.

March 12th 2016 Meeting #308
On Leading a Life of Passion or Balance?
Dr. Jian Li, author, anthropologist and Mandarin teacher, will discuss how we can “choose to participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world” (Joseph Campbell, Reflections on the Art of Living). Her focus is not on how to solve the social problems facing us, but rather on how we can choose to live a healthier and more joyful life. By rejecting any extreme views and practices, she advocates leading a life of balance in: 1. Physical health: striving for balance and harmony - wisdom from Daoism/Taoism and the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), 2. Psychological well being: cultivating social relationships - wisdom from Confucianism; 3, Spiritual life: nurturing the divine spark in us - wisdom from Buddhism. Jian concludes that exploring alternative views of living a healthy life is very beneficial to most people. She also authored a reading manual with some pictures in color that can be reprinted on demand.

March 5th 2016 Meeting #307
On the Inalienable Right to Choose
​Linda Sprowl (Northwestern University graduate with degrees including psychology, sociology and, law) wrote the language in Texas Family Code re children’s rights which was federalized during the Clinton Admin and created Rutherford House in Louisiana and Coventry Place in Dallas, both nonprofits. Linda will talk about the history of poverty in U.S., share statistics of unwed mothers, discuss choices and, in particular the God-given ‘right to choose’. She will discuss why Christians are on the wrong side of politics when voting to take away God-given rights, why ‘pro-lifers’ are being hypocritical in not supporting women who choose to give live birth, why AGs refuse to go after ‘deadbeat Dads’, the moral consequences of abortion and, the societal & economic effects of prohibiting abortion in the U.S.

February 27, 2016 Meeting #306: 
Has U.S. Committed Socio-Economic Suicide? 
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, BSc, MBA, DIC, PhD) will discuss how the theories and actions of those involved in finance and economy really do have profound implications to society. Yes, Margaret Thatcher, there is such an entity as the greater good - the whole (society) is much more than the sum of the parts. Seven years after the Great Recession, the song by Fort-Worth born James McMurtry "We can't make it here anymore" typifies the angst felt by American's neglected poorest. He will outline what has happened to this strata of society, how the financial system has transmogrified into an uncontrollable, world-wide miasma, and how no current U.S. politician has begun to address the root cause of the problem - "Ted Cruz: It's the trade deficit stupid."

February 20th:2016 Meeting #305
On Opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) 
George Nolan, President, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others, will discuss opposing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He will show that this free trade agreement is NAFTA on steroids. George will argue that what we need is fair trade, not free trade. He will explain how this agreement is 40% of the world economy, and how American jobs will be off-shored to countries like Vietnam where the hourly wage is $.56 cents an hour. He will offer suggestions as to what can be done to reverse this calamity.

February 13, 2016 Meeting #304: 
Toward a Stronger U.S. Constitution
Ed Paul Wuensch, Retired Psychotherapist, will discuss how the system of checks and balances and separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution effectively guarantees paralysis. He will show that whether a candidate of the right or the left is elected president this year, the chances of getting his or her agenda passed are slim. Instead, the likely result will be the gridlock we have come to know and suffer with. It is a system designed to inhibit change. Ed Paul will argue that may be fine, but consider the fact that the inhibition of change has allowed grave injustices such as slavery and denial of civil rights to ruin people's lives for generations, and that other democracies, notably the United Kingdom, have a parliamentary system in which the elected majority can govern more effectively. He is not advocating a UK-style parliamentary system. Rather, Ed Paul will lay groundwork to show how the amendment process is a path to a stronger and more effective U.S. Constitution.

February 6th 2016 Meeting #303: 
End of the World
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a BS and MS in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss the "what, why and how" of how Free Market Capitalism in our time has damaged not only the middle class, but the USA's security as well. He will show how the "what" includes 14 major changes in the social and economic landscape over the last fifty years, and that the "why and how" explains motivation for the changes and connects the dots to illustrate why so many are angry, frustrated and disillusioned with leadership in both parties. Jim will be essentially analytical, but will outline and explain the most prominent feature of today's political landscape: anger.

January 30th 2016 Meeting #302: 
Does the Second Amendment Protect more than Members of a Formal State Militia?
Prof. Raymond G. Kessler (Ret) Dept. of Criminal Justice, Sul Ross State University, Alpine TX; will discuss how the US Supreme Court decision in DC v Heller (2008) decided that the Second Amendment gives rights to individuals who are not members of formal State Militias. He will show how this was a correct decision, and how this relates to being able to curb firearms and violence.

January 23rd 2016 Meeting #301 
Islam is NOT the Problem
Steven R. Butler, PhD, historian and author, will discuss how since 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more recently since the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans and other Westerners have become increasingly outspoken in their criticism of Islam, the religion embraced by the admitted perpetrators of these outrages. Some Americans, particularly those on the right, have gone so far as to suggest that no member of this faith can be trusted and that consequently, Muslims ought not to be allowed to take up residence nor be given sanctuary in the United States. In this presentation, Professor Butler argues that laying the blame for what’s wrong in the world today on the doorstep of one particular religious group is not only xenophobic but also a classic case of “not seeing the forest for the trees.”

January 16th 2016 Meeting #300: 
Opposing Fluoridation in Dallas
Jan 16 2016: Regina Imburgia, an activist all her life, grew up on the west side of Buffalo, New York, actively supporting homeschooling, alternative medicine, standing up for our constitutional republic, and a strong work ethic. Also, as a grassroots leader for many campaigns, including in 2013 starting the group Activists for Truth and Liberty which created a forum for the discussion of a variety of controversial political and social issues, she will discuss: “Opposing Fluoridation in Dallas”, a campaign Regina took on in December 2013 as a way to get her group involved in City Government while fighting an ineffective unsafe fluoridation program. She will argue that we can make a difference, and will show how we can halt the unsafe and ineffective fluoridation program in Dallas.

January 9th 2016 Meeting #299
Dealing with Terrorism, the Islamic Way
Dr. Mike Ghouse, community consultant, social scientist, thinker, writer, news maker, and a speaker on Pluralism, Interfaith, Islam, politics, human rights, India, Israel-Palestine and foreign policy. He is deeply committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day; he will discuss how the Bush and Obama methods of handling terrorism have not worked, where the first method created more terrorism and the second one has not mitigated it. Also, as a moderate Muslim, Mike will discuss the Islamic way of handling terrorism, to wit: “Mr. Baghdadi, you have three days to stop killing innocent people and destroying Allah’s creation, life and environment. If you do not heed the warning, we will hunt you down an ambush wherever you hide. If not, we will gas you, a few square miles at a time, not to hurt you, but to capture and put you on trial and ask you to give up the false claims you are making about your religion. Soldiers from around the world will be on the front line against you.” He argues that blaming the religion is the dumbest thing to do, because we cannot beat, kick, hack, shoot, hang, kill or bury a religion, it’s an intangible thing! Mike concludes that we can blame the individuals and restore trust and harmony back for the society to function peacefully and cohesively. See also http://thearabdailynews.com/2015/11/19/war-terror-dumbest-idea-ever-floated/

January 3rd 2016 Meeting #298: 
New Years' Resolution, A Much Better Tomorrow
Mike Ghouse, speaker, writer, pluralist, activist, the first Muslim and perhaps the first non-Jewish person to commemorate the Holocaust, will discuss how hate is one of the many sources of disrupting peaceful functioning of a society, and it is our duty, both individually and severally, to track down the source of such hate and work on mitigating it, while guarding the safety of every citizen, bringing clsure to the loose ends of many conflicts, and building cohesive societies where no human lives in apprehension of another. Mike will expres his view that by resolving the Jewish-Palestinian conflict; i.e., security to Jews and Justice to Palestinians, most of the world issues will collapse and a period of peace on Earth will begin. He will also show how the overriding desire to highlight our own blinds us from others' suffering, and will awaken in us a sense of responsibility for creating a better world.

December 5th 2015 Meeting #297
Revisiting Common Sense Gun Regulation 
George Nolan, President, Dallas, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others will discuss Common Sense Gun Regulation. George asks: “When is Enough, Enough?", and raises questions on our readiness to vote for sensible measures -- like expanding background checks for all gun purchases, reducing the size of high-capacity gun magazines, defining and banning assault weapons, and placing new restrictions on gun trafficking. George will argue that we'll be able to convince the Congress that it's more than time to do something about gun violence -- for the good of our nation, our families, and our children

November 21st 2015 Meeting #296
Can jurors legally refuse to enforce bad laws and bad prosecutions?
Bob Smilie is a family man and activist who realized that he could no longer remain silent about the corruption of our country's founding principles. Tonight, Bob will talk about "jury nullification," the process by which jurors may legally ignore laws they believe to be unjust. He will show how juries have always had the right, and perhaps even the duty, to neutralize bad laws made by corrupt politicians, and how this right has been increasingly suppressed in recent decades by a legal system that intimidates those who exercise such rights. Bob will discuss why, when, and how to use your power as a juror to bring badly needed checks and balances back into the courtroom, and to improve your chances of getting a fair trial for yourself or someone you care about, if the need arises. Bob is affiliated with the Fully Informed Jury Association.

October 17th 2015 Meeting #293
Oahu Hawaii on a Shoestring Budget​
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, and traveler extraordinaire, will discuss how Oahu Hawaii is unrivaled as a tourist sight in terms of friendly people, weather, healthy activities, historical sights, military museums, movie production sights, landscape views and unending motorless glider rides due to the thermals and continuing trade winds hitting the mountains on the windward side. He will argue and prove the point with over 100 beautiful pictorial Powerpoint screen presentations after having been to the island 36 times to include five times in attendance at The University of Hawaii at Manoa summer school.

October 10th 2015 Meeting #292 
Pandora's Box: Dialectic Dance Revealed - Social Engineering to Culture Change 
Dr. Marlene McMillan, author of books on Dialectic Process; how it is used to transform the way people think, will discuss: "What if what we think is 'free thought' is really manipulated and controlled through the definitions of words? What if instead of drawing our own conclusions the very agreements we've made with prescribed definitions predetermines the logical, rational conclusions we will arrive at?" She will also show how memes are "unseen but real" themes of thought that spread through culture like a virus, and how the same ideas appear "spontaneously" in the music, movies, news, talk shows, sit-coms of the day, masquerading as consensus opinion, thereby garnering uncritical acceptance. Dr. McMillan alleges that "Only 'the thinking few' stop to question a meme's source, or critically evaluate whether to embrace it or not," and further asks us to self-examine: "Are we now part of the thinking few?"

September 26th 2015 Meeting #290
Wasting Away in West Texas, Dallas Peace
Mavis Belisle, Co-chair, Dallas Peace and Justice Center's Nuclear Free World Committee, will argue that we are "Wasting Away in West Texas." She will show how a few years ago, the Texas legislature opened the door to expanded nuclear waste in West Texas, how.the late Harold Simmons, a multimillionaire from Dallas, pushed through legislation allowing his company, Waste Control Specialists (called WCS) to accept waste from most of the United States, and with the failure of Yucca Mountain in Nevada, how this company now wants high level waste as well. One other county also wants the waste. Mavis will show how and why she is adamantly opposes\d, as other environmentally concerned Texans should be, to this waste disposal here.

September 19th 2015 Meeting #289: 
An Update on What You Need to Know About Labyrinths
John Lipinski will discuss what you need to know about Labyrinths, winding pathways (set up indoors or out) to be walked as a foundation for meditation. There is a single path (with no dead ends or intersecting paths) leading to the center. Content could be for inspirational, motivational or spiritual purposes. John will discuss labyrinth as a means of one’s personal journey toward inner wisdom. He will give us the details on how he uses it for meditation and question inquiry. Learn the details to see if knowledge of the technique will be useful to you.

September 12th 2015 Meeting #288 
A Critical Look at Donald Trump's Favorite Book
Professor Steven Butler will discuss how In a recent press conference Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that the Bible is his favorite book but when asked to quote scripture, he declined to answer. When asked whether he preferred the Old or New Testament, Trump replied::"Probably equal." Steve suspects and argues that like many other Americans who profess to hold the Bible in high esteem, Donald Trump probably doesn't actually know very much about it. Drawing on the writings of founding father Thomas Paine, nineteenth century orator Robert G. Ingersoll, and the late TV personality and entertainer Steve Allen, Professor Butler will demonstrate that the Bible is not necessarily the "Good Book" that a lot of people seem to think it is.

September 5th 2015 Meeting #287
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 is to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.

August 29, 2015 Meeting #286
How Demonization is Used in American Politics, and What to do About It
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, will discuss how historically, America’s political system has used demonization as a tool to achieve its political goals, which are based on wage and peripheral issues such as fear, race, gender, and the gay community, used to polarize Americas’ voters. Calvin will show that this is not new, that it started with demonizing Irish, Polish, Italian and Chinese early in the history of the United States, and in fact a quota system was designed to reduce the number of persons from the preceding nations from immigrating to America. He will show how crime was alleged to stem from the Irish and Polish, and the Mafia from the Italians. Further, during the reconstruction period, African American newly freed slaves were a majority in South Carolina and Mississippi, which led to African Americans in these states being elected to many positions during this period. The demonization of African Americans began increasing with the Plessey v. Ferguson Decision (1896) and the removal of federal troops from the South. The recent language used by Dylan Roof: “You are raping our women and taking over our country”, was used to demonize African Americans then and now, which is not true, but rather white men raped African American women during and after slavery, without any punishment. The Dred Scott decision (1857) reflected Slaves having no rights to respect since Slaves were property. U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, a racist from South Carolina, fathered a daughter with an African American maid, while he manifested extreme racism as a Governor and U.S. Senator. Calvin will show how women have been demonized stemming from abortion issues, family planning debates, and denial of their Civil Rights; and how gay community members have been denied their civil rights guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. He will argue that this has created an environment where Republicans have won elections stemming from fear and bias by a segment of the white community, and that we can see this currently in the lack of respect given to president Obama. Calvin contends that Americans must transcend this demonization, if our representative democracy is to be realized in America. He concludes that we must see beyond wedge issues and demonization, asks the question: "What is Best for America?", and urges us to not be misled by divisive wedge issues.

August 22nd 2015 Meeting #285 
The Austerity Deception John Beesley 
​John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London’s Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how Neo-cons in various countries have used austerity to effectively sabotage their economies to achieve ideological ends. Large cuts are needed to the state so that enterprise, which is hampered under the weight of costly regulations, can be allowed to flourish. State services are starved of funds so that their operations deteriorate, permitting private enterprise to take over and, naturally, provide better, cheaper outcomes. The results are, invariably, worse - more costly services staffed by the underpaid. Monopoly profits are the real objective of the Neo-cons for themselves and other "deserving rich". Competition mysteriously disappears as private oligopolies and cartels grow in wealth and influence. The poorest, and especially the undeserving poor, are castigated as sponging off the state - draining the efforts of hardworking families. Meanwhile, the Neo-con deregulated financial system crashes and had to be rescued by totally socialistic measures. No matter, the Neo-cons profit from contrived wars, while their countries are no longer able to pay their way in the world. John will show why the Greek nation has said “no” to austerity, and that it is time the western world in general woke up to the austerity deception, and put the Neo-cons out of business.

August 1st 2015 Meeting #282 
Evolution: Theory Gaps and Inadequacies
Dr..Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, an advocate of Intelligent Design, will discuss the present gaps and inadequacies concerning evolution (which is based on random phenomena - i.e. events without definite aim, direction, rule or method) that support his contention. Chris will argue and contend that our present day universe would be impossible without intelligent design.

July 25th 2015 Meeting #281 
What Proof of Discrimination Means to Location of Public Housing 
Katherine Savers McGovern, retired Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas, 2012 Democratic Nominee to U.S. Congress, District 32, with current practice at McGovern Law Office since April 2011, will discuss the June 25, 2015 Supreme Court Decision,Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., et al., in favor of a nonprofit group, which had argued, based in part upon a statistical analysis, that a Texas agency's tax incentives for providing low income housing were discriminatory because they caused minorities to be segregated into high-poverty areas - areas with worse schools, higher mortality rates, and fewer opportunities overall. Katherine will discuss the case of Texas Dept. of Housing Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities, and explain the importance for proof of discriminatory intent based on protected class, i.e., race, color, national origin, religion, through use of statistical analysis ("Disparate Impact") rather than individual discrimination ("Disparate Treatment").

July 18th: 2015 Meeting # 280
On the Question of Freedom?   Lt. Dexter Elkins, USMC Ret. 
Lt. Dexter Elkins, USMC Ret., a current College Professor, although switching from Normandy to Vietnam, will continue to discuss freedom: What is it? Why is it important? How much does it cost? Who pays for it? And after we secured Europe, have we used it wisely? Lt. W. Dexter Elkins will challenge our reasoning, and asks: "Of the things we carried to Vietnam, was freedom included? Did the Marine Corps teach me how to contribute to 'freedom' for the citizens of that culture, since that was one of our objectives, or just to kill on command? Yes, that was a long time ago, but the after-effects are still being felt, both in that country and the USA. It was obvious we damaged their culture, but I don't think we had the right to do that. But since we have power, we do, like most countries, what we want with impunity. That is immoral, and counterproductive. My last talk was on D Day, and what we fought for. We had to defeat the Nazis...to insure freedom for all the cultures of the world. We may be in a similar battle today with fanatic Muslim. But I do not believe today anymore than I did 50 years ago, that the Vietnamese threatened our freedom, or anybody else's. So what was the point? Also, if it's true that you can't kill ideas with bullets, then why are we shooting fanatics? Aren't we just postponing the inevitable? As a teacher, solutions should always relie on thought and debate first; violence is a last resort. Typically, most cultures have that reversed." From this challenge, Dexter will give us something positive to think about. and act on for a more viable future, and advises: 1) that each attendee do push ups before the presentation, 2) anyone asking a dumb question do 10 push ups, and 3) those asking intelligent questions will intimidate the speaker and have to do 20 push ups.

June 27th 2015 Meeting #278 
Conservative Personality Disorder Syndrome 
Jim Davis, author and College regular, will discuss how Conservative Personality Disorder Syndrome, or “CPDS,” applies to individuals exhibiting the specific array of distinct, pathological, and destructive behaviors typically exhibited by right-wing conservatives.* A particular individual afflicted with CPDS may display all or only some of these behaviors, but in general, the more numerous the symptoms and the more extreme their manifestations, the more destructive the disorder is to the CPDS sufferer, and, unfortunately, to anyone within his or her sphere of influence. There is no known cure for CPDS, which is presently at epidemic levels in the United States and shows no signs of abating. The sheer scale of the tragedy that is CPDS – the cost in countless lives, relationships, communities, entire nations, and vast swaths of the planet – is truly staggering. The wide-ranging devastation is especially troubling in light of the fact that the disease vector, although presently of unknown cause(s), appears to run in families.

June 20th 2015 Meeting #277 
What is the Best Foreign Policy 
What is the Best Foreign Policy Principle for the United States in the 21st Century?
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, will discuss what should be the 21st Century economic and foreign policy for America. He will detail and focus on the current debate between President Obama, the Republicans, and some Democrats, and will argue that we can only survive and flourish if we make the right policy decisions.

June 6th 2015 Meeting #275 
Answering the Question: "What is Freedom?"
​Lt. Dexter Elkins, USMC Ret., and a current College Professor, will discuss a key date in the history of mankind/freedom: June 6, 1944. He asks: "What exactly is freedom? Can somebody else "win" your freedom for you, or does liberation require your personal engagement? {an analogy could be the idea of salvation...can it be given in the absence of your own due diligence? If so, some call it cheap grace.) What are the characteristics of freedom? And once achieved, is it permanent or temporary? How many people have died (and are dying) to achieve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?" Dexter will talk about this seminal event, called D Day...and ruminate over the consequences of it both intended and unintended. A side issue is whether all wars are justified. He asks: "What does it take to make a 'right' war, and what 'means' can you use to keep it right? (for some this includes things like use of gas, nuclear, biologic, torture, etc.) And, is evil required to defeat evil? Does anyone know what the 'D' stands for?" Dexter advises: "Please prep for this talk by doing pushups. You will be tested by a Marine D.I. flown in specially from Paris Island. No cheating. How many? At least 20 in 30 seconds (in boot camp we had to do 60 in 90 seconds...but we were younger then, and not very smart. And we were afraid of the D.I. He actually wanted to kill us...you could see it In his eyes}." Lt. Elkins says: "Semper fi", which is short for "Semper Fidelis" which encourages us to be "always loyal" and "always faithful", which he contends we have to be if we are to survive over the long haul.

May 30th 2015 Meeting #274 
The Miracle of Your Life
​Paul Tobolowsky, M.D., retired internal medicine physician, and author of Stardust Dancing: A Seeker's Guide to the Miraculous, will discuss how there is nothing ordinary about so-called “ordinary life”, and despite all the challenges and problems that are a part of every life, we each are more incredible than we realize. From his perspective as a physician, Paul offers insight into the improbabilities and near-impossibilities that are hidden in plain sight, within and around each one of us. Come hear one of the most remarkable stories of all, the true story of your own life. He will show convincingly that If you happen to be searching for miracles or inspiration, you are the miracle that you seek.

May 16th Meeting #273
The Revolutionary Ideas of John Maynard Keynes 
​College of Complexes Dallas hosts John Beesley,.English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how John Maynard Keynes (later Lord Keynes) is generally considered to be the most influential economist of the 20th century. He will describe, in reasonably simple terms, the essence of Keynes revolutionary ideas. John will show how, for ideological reasons, the United States has never fully accepted Keynesian economics

May 9th Meeting #272
Politics: Theory and Practice in Appalachia
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how the theory behind LBJ's Great Society has its roots in the New Deal. The basic idea is that poverty can be eradicated with Government lending a helping hand. Fifty years later that theory has been tested in Appalachia, itself yet a pocket of poverty. His purpose is to deliver a report card on the triumphs and failures of the Great Society. Jim will defend the position that Federal programs have worked, but there has been unintended side effects that are harmful and must be fixed.

​May 2nd 2015 Meeting #271 
Deja Vu All Over Again
Nancy Hodgkinson, who grew up during World War II in Brooklyn, New York, and learned how to behave when something seems wrong, will discuss how recently, last August, while on a train trip from New York City to Montreal, Canada, she and others were told to leave their phones, purses, and lap top computers on their seats and exit into an adjoining car, as ISIS security was very tight, and this was to be expected. But it was not expected, and strongly reminded her of doubts and confusion people had at the beginning of World War II. She will compare that time to this time, and question whether or not we are prepared for the next inevitable crisis? Nancy will answer as to what we can and should do now to ameliorate a situation that we face and seem to not comprehend. She will raise our senses and reach for us to prepare better for any eventuality that may befall us in the future.

April 25th 2015 Meeting #270
At What Cost?
Mavis Belisle, Co-chair, Dallas Peace and Justice Center's Nuclear Free World Committee (with Lon Burman, former State Representative, Fort Worth), will discuss how this year is the 70th anniversary of the use of atomic weapons, and is being marked with special events around the world. It is also the regular review conference of the Non Proliferation Treaty, at which both nuclear and non nuclear states will meet at the UN in May to consider progress (if any) on disarmament and how to move forward; and how in addition, a lawsuit against nuclear countries is winding its way through both U.S. courts and the International Court of Justice. They, like most of the nations and people of the world, support nuclear disarmament. Mavis will show how the U.S. is on the wrong side of history, and how our nuclear weapons have warped our relations with both friends and enemies. She will also show how nuclear weapons have warped our economy and our civil liberties, and what we need to do.

April 11th ​2015 Meeting #268
How the 3R's are Killing our Public Schools
Tony Beaverson, M.Ed., former classroom teacher and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Education Association, will put forth his belief that an atypical set of 3R’s, are with malice of forethought, hell bent on destroying America’s public school system. The 3R’s being Republicans, Religion and Racism. He will illustrate how these three entities actively work in both coordinated and non-coordinated fashion to undermine the public’s confidence in what is perhaps the last bastion of egalitarianism in the country. Tony will review historic and current examples of how greed, dogma, ignorance and intolerance of “other” cultures are used to achieve the 3R’s political and legislative agendas, ensconced in a propaganda campaign worthy of Joseph Goebbels

April 4th 2015 Meeting #267
On Questioning an Epidemic of Violence
Rev. Peter Johnson, Founder - Peter Johnson Institute on Non-Violence, will discuss his views against Corporate Punishment, namely the death penalty, how those views were challenged with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 47 years ago to the day April 4, 1968, and how those views hold stronger than ever now and into the futur

March 28th 2015 Meeting #266
Strategies of the Political Left
Ray Crelia, one of our regular active participants, will discuss how in his opinion the primary goal of the Left is to "fundamentally change America". He raises the questions: Why are they trying to accomplish this? Are we actually seeing the workings of the political Left in our country now? Did we vote to change our country fundamentally? Ray will answer these questions, and discuss additional methods that in his view the political Left will use n the remaking of America..

March 7th 2015 Meeting #263
Corruption of the Multi-level Marketing Industry, e.g. Amway, 
and within the Republican Party
E. Robert Smith, a former top earner, recruiter/promoter in the multilevel marketing industry, has written a whistle-blower novel about corruption and fraud in the industry, and corruption within the Republican Party in taking campaign contributions in exchange for favorable regulatory treatment. E. Robert will also illuminate on how this controversy has spilled over into the stock market, as a famed Wall Street hedge fund manager and activist has placed a $1billion short (a record) on the third largest multi-level marketing company in the world; vowing to run the stock to zero for its corrupt practices. All this has resulted in investigations being initiated by the FTC, SEC, the FBI, and the Dept. of Justice. Numerous writers and critics have suggested to the FTC that their staff read E. Robert Smith’s book,"DOWNLINE", which can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

February 28th 2015 Meeting #262
Personal Philanthropy
Willard Mac Smith Jr., P.E., PhD, will discuss personal philanthropy: "How the average person can be a philanthropist." He will examine why we give, how to get the most bang for the buck, and what we can give, besides money, that will have a major impact on peoples lives. Plus, Mac will show what's in it for you. 

February 21st 2015 Meeting #261
Why the US Needs a Progressive Party
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how even though the US is now in recovery mode many still feel worse off and have a dystopian view of the future. He points out that the 2008 electoral call for change was not answered by much in the way of corrective political action; and that, in fact, an 18th century view of the world has prevailed beyond all evidence to the contrary. John contends that the major political parties offer no coherent policy agenda, trusting no doubt that a laissez-faire approach is all that is needed. He further contends that a new political party setting out the problems, with accompanying solutions, might gain some traction, and that certainly a party based on empirical evidence, rather than a series of warped ideologies, should appeal to the more thoughtful section of the community. One can only hope.

February 14th 2015 Meeting #260
On Being Aware and Beware of an Article V Constitutional Convention
Kurt Hyde, a retired Lt Col from the U.S. Air Force Reserves and a retired computer professional. In 1986, Kurt was the first computer professional to speak out against paperless voting equipment and advocated for a paper trail. Kurt is an expert in election integrity and has spoken before many civic groups. In October of 2011, he was an invited speaker at an elections technology symposium at MIT. In retirement Kurt has been studying journalism and is now a writer for The New American. He has recently been speaking out against calling an Article V Constitutional Convention. Kurt believes an Article V Convention would open the door to a complete re-write of the U.S. Constitution and he's here tonight to explain why.

January 31st 2015 Meeting #258
Lone Wolf Gonzaullas and the Assassination of Pancho Villa
Jim Gatewood, Dallas History Professor and best selling Dallas author, writer of several books about Dallas history, will discus and review his latest book "Lone Wolf Gonzaullas and the Assassination of Poncho Villa", and how twenty-five years after the murder of his two older brothers, Manuel Gonzaullas mission was completed when he buried Poncho Villas' head at the feet of his brothers' grave. Jim will also show how Manual Gonzaullas stood for public hangings and corporal punishment in schools, and the ramifications of how this attitude carries over to this day.

January 24th 2015 Meeting #257
The Real Benefits of Reading Before Kindergarten
Scott McFadden, Family Literacy Architect, will discuss the Fifth and Beakes Project Family Literacy Way Crafts new literacy experiences that augment reading before Kindergarten. He will show how the synthesis of writing, vocabulary, spelling, linguistics and comprehension set the platform in favor of early childhood reading success. Scott will describe how family literacy as a civic duty combined with parental responsibilities contributes to the success of “good children”. He will also outline a “show-and-tell” method as a simple guide for parents to contribute to their children’s Kindergarten. Scott concludes that we should follow a path that leads the way to genuine success.

January 17th 2015 Meeting #256
Join a Math Revolution, 
No Pencil, No Paper, No Calculator 
Kenneth Everett, master educator and motivational speaker, will discuss how to expose, educate, and empower youth, parents, teachers, pastors, and community leaders using his never before seen algebra concepts. He will show how to teach certain algebra concepts without pencil, paper or calculator to someone as young as 5 years old. Let Kenneth write it on your brain before you write it on paper. Learn to assist those who are struggling with certain algebra concepts to struggle no more. 

January 10th 2015 Meeting #255 
Can We Change the World 
With the Power of Our Minds?
The US is in Big Trouble. Troops in 150 countries are fighting wars for profit. Our rights and freedoms are eroding at an alarming rate. Government at every level routinely invents and enforces unconstitutional laws/rules. The economy stinks. And our minds and bodies are being manipulated for the benefit of an elite few. But what can we do about it? The darkness seems too big to fight. And it's difficult to escape or opt out of the corruption. Bringing fresh optimism to the New Year, author Pat O'Connell will talk about the philosophy and physics of powerful methods that enable all of us to shape the world into a better place. She will outline manifestation tools such as prayer and the law of attraction, and will discuss ways of objectively tracking our impact on global consciousness. Help launch an experiment to make a difference. Come prepared to tell us what "the perfect world" looks like to you.

January 3rd 2014 Meeting #254
New Years’ Resolution, 
A Much Better Tomorrow
Mike Ghouse, speaker, writer, pluralist, activist, the first Muslim and perhaps the first non-Jewish person to commemorate the Holocaust, will discuss how hate is one of the many sources of disrupting peaceful functioning of a society, and it is our duty, both individually and severally, to track down the source of such hate and work on mitigating it, while guarding the safety of every citizen, bringing closure to the loose ends of many conflicts, and building cohesive societies where no human lives in apprehension of another. Mike will express his view that by resolving the Jewish-Palestinian conflict, ie. Security to Jews and Justice to Palestinians, most of the world issues will collapse and a period of peace on earth will begin. He will also show how the overriding desire to highlight our own blinds us from other’s suffering, and will awaken in us a sense of responsibility for creating a better world.

December 13th 2014 Meeting #253
Why the Republican Party is Bad Both for America and the World
Steven R. Butler, Ph.D, historian and author. will discuss: "Beginning with the late nineteenth century and coming forward to the present day, Dr. Butler will cite several specific examples to illustrate how the Republican Party's abandonment of the liberal ideology of Abraham Lincoln in favor of Conservatism has unnecessarily caused real and lasting harm not only to the United States but also to other nations around the globe."

December 6th 2014 Meeting #252
What is a Fair Living Wage?
Jim Davis, a College regular, author, and a former Congressional candidate, agrees with the need for an amendment to the Constitution to tie the minimum wage to inflation, and will present statistical information showing how important it is for the minimum wage to keep place with inflation, as it effects such a large number of households. In Jim's view this information may cause agitation and upheaval.

November 22nd 2014 Meeting #251
Are We Going to Allow Continued 
Economic Embargo of Our Inner-Cities?
Robert Pitre, entrepreneur and social activist, will discuss and show how the economic embargo of the Inner-Cities in America is the major cause of crime, drugs, unemployment, hopelessness and blighted conditions.He will also show how the Dallas Economic Embargo was used adversely in the past and present, and how the wealthy in the City of Dallas receive a majority of tax dollars for their benefit. Robert's company is one of the largest landowners in the City of Dallas with 122 acres plus, and he started his business with $300.00 in 1976. He is prepared to backup anything said in his presentation.

November 15th 2014 Meeting #250
Are We Really in a State of Decline? 
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how there is something more fundamental than Liberalism vs. Conservatism that explains our current situation, which is decline. He will examine first the mechanism of decline, and second will illustrate how this mechanism applies to the recent midterm elections. Jim will conclude that the basic part of our best way forward is to fully understand why we are where we are now. 

October 25th  2014 Meeting #248
Can America Withstand More So-Called 'Free Trade' Agreements? 
Suzanne Carpenter, accountant and concerned citizen turned activist who is alarmed by the deceptive so called "free trade agreements", will discuss, using an in-depth professionally prepared PowerPoint, details about the dangers of the Tran-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, which are currently being negotiated behind both Congress' & the American peoples’ backs. Additionally, she will have substantiating materials available to further educate us on the dangerous consequences of this globalist agenda, and Suzanne will discuss ways to most effectively STOP its implementation. 

October 18th 2014 Meeting #247
Will Christians be Included in the New World Order 
Dale Klosterman, Ed.D,, Licensed Psychologist, (Retired Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Retired Psychologist, U.S. Bureau of Prisons), will discuss how the Christian Church today is not only threatened by external enemies but also by internal conflicts. He advises that some people say that this is nothing new, but this may be more of a threat today than in the past. People throughout America and Europe are tired of going to church. They have had enough of dogmas and creeds promoted by traditional religion, and find it hard to believe in happenings like the virgin birth, original sin, and a host of other concepts they say make no sense. They no longer believe in a literal translation of the Bible. When asked, people will say that they are spiritual but have lost interest, and there is no longer a need for organized religion. As a result, church attendance has fallen off dramatically. If religion is to survive, Dale argues that it needs to be modernized. He presents some interesting options.

October 11th 2014 Meeting #246
Populism, the Good, Bad and Ugly
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how Populism is back, thanks to disgust with elected leadership. He will examine the detailed causes of the populist uprising (including the Tea Party) and will distinguish between the good, bad and ugly. Jim will also speculate as to how populist anger could drive the 2016 presidential elections.

October 6th 2014 Meeting #245
The Importance of Being Stupid if, that is, You Truly Want to be Happy 
Dexter Elkins, College Professor, contends: "Knowledge and intellectual data is too stressful, and few there are that will take the time to really think about things. So why stress yourself out? Look how happy the dogs are... and the pigs...and speaking of pigs (personally I love them and not only because they are the smartest of the barn yard animals, but also I just love bacon), when it comes to enjoyment of life without a lot of smelly intellectualization, think of people you know who don't worry themselves with deep cerebrations : aren't they the epitome of joy? The history of mankind is filled with superstition and other forms of idiocy , and we continue with voodoo (voo-do do) and many other forms of magical thinking that will be discussed ad nauseum in order to provide you with tips on how to have fun with stupid, dumb, and maybe dumber ...thoughts. All the great men and women of all cultures, the true geniuses and prophets, the scientists and saviors, the literary giants and poetic dwarfs, have brought us great wisdom...that we ignore. And why do we ignore them? Because people hate the freedom to think. we'd rather be zombies, and fleshy robots and not wind up like these pioneers of thoughts who got poisoned (Socrates) or crucified (sweet Chuy), or elected president (FDR, JFK, et al). 'We the people' are part of a political tradition that could be the greatest in history...so why do we live on automatic pilot most of the time?...because we want to get along with everybody and be happy! I look forward to our meeting of like minded fools on Oct. 4 so we can poke fun at those who actually waste their time actually thinking and being miserable to boot.

September 27th 2014 Meeting #244
How do Strategies of the Political Progressives/Left Compare to Our Nations' Founders?
Ray Crelia, one of our regular active participants, will speak again on his perceptions of current events and how the Political Progressive/Left is affecting our Culture, our Economy and our Politics. This time he will include contrasting principles developed at our nation’s founding. Come prepared for a vigorous exchange. Bring a US Constitution if you have one.

September 20th 2014 Meeting #243
Build a Bigger House
Linda Sprowl, Author and Paralegal, Northwestern State University graduate: RN Nursing, Education, Psychology & Sociology. Associate degree in Law. Certified Paralegal for Dallas Law Firms (civil litigation). Texas licensed Realtor. USNR-R Intel Officer (Pentagon), will lead a discussion based upon the Federalist Papers (85 essays from 1788 by James Madison, John Jakes, Alexander Hamilton), which evidence our Founding Fathers' intent to have a much larger House of Representatives. She will show how the established ratio of Voters per Representative was stagnated in 1910 and why it is important to reinstate the original ratio. Linda will present ideas about what we can do to make it whole and, demonstrate the many benefits to US of reinstating the original growth ratio our Founding Fathers intended.

September 13th 2014 Meeting #242 
Will Social Security Be Around in 50 years?
Norma Warner, a retired federal investigator who worked for the Social Security Administration for 14 years, will speak in favor of Social Security and its prospects for long term funding. Some people don’t support Social Security because they feel it is a socialist program. Many people detest the program until they need it. What has it done for you? Even those who support the program fear it will run out of money. Do we need Social Security and Medicare? Norma argues that we do; and that it will be around in one form or another, as long as the U.S. is around.

September 6th 2014 Meeting #241
Why Organized Religion is Undeserving of the Respect it Holds in Society
Dr. Steven Butler, historian and author, will discuss how religion, especially organized religion, not only commands a great deal of respect but also holds an exalted or privileged position in most human societies, even twenty-first century America. He will show that owing to the spurious nature of the claims religion makes (none of which can be proved), the divisiveness that it fosters, the irrational and illogical mode of thinking that it promotes, and the outright dangers of its dogmas, it is neither deserving of our respect nor does it merit the privileged place in our society that it currently enjoys. In short, Steven argues that it is time to see religion for what it really is, namely an anachronism and a barrier to human progress that potentially endangers the future of our planet and the human race.

August 30th 2014 Meeting #240
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 is to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans

August 23rd 2014 Meeting #239
Have We Done to Our Country What Our Enemies Couldn't Do?
George Nolan, President, Dallas, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, former Braniff A&P Mechanic and Supervisor, and an activist with Occupy Dallas, Occupy Congress, and others, will discuss the influence of money in politics (thanks to the citizens united decision), the rise of the TEA party and who backs them, the misguided evangelical movement and Ralf Reed, militias, sovereign citizens, the resurgence of the KKK, and other hate groups.  George will point out how lying is a big weapon used by the far right and it's talking heads Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Alex Smith.  He will also cover the climate deniers, the Hartland institute, the Heritage foundation, and who funds them.  George will show convincingly that we have done to our country what our enemies couldn't do..

August 16th 2014 Meeting #238
What We Must Do About the Growing 
Inequality Between Working People and the Elite 
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, will discuss how the means net worth of households in the upper 7% of wealth distribution rose to an estimated 28%, while the means net worth of households in the lower 93% dropped by 4%. Calvin will show how this trend is now threatening the foundations of our society. He will show how consumer spending makes up 70% of American activities, and thus with income inequality, the lower 93% has to borrow, which results in reduced spending, which has led to excessive unemployment and a vast reduction in the middle class. He will outline ten steps we need to take to reverse this trend.

August 9th 2014 Meeting #237
On the Dehumanizing of Central American 
Undocumented Minors by Anti-Immigration Adults 
Katherine Savers McGovern retired Assistant United States Attorney, Dallas, and recent Democratic Nominee to U.S. Congress, District 32, with current practice at McGovern Law Office since April 2011, will discuss the reaction of certain Americans to the plight of the unaccompanied Central American minors who have surged across United States' borders in Texas. In her view, the intense, hate filled anti-immigrant demonstrations aimed at the childrens’ buses, have been morally unacceptable because of the safety threat to, and harmful impact on, these minors. Under America's existing immigration laws, it would be illegal to fail to provide humanitarian aid, including reasonable accommodations to these minors. Katherine will argue that local and state governments have failed to protect these children. She urges that Dallas County must not allow protesters to interfere with the safe transit and housing of the Central American unaccompanied minors at the designated processing locations within Dallas County. Katherine further contends that Dallas County law enforcement and governmental officials should pro-actively designate "protest" locations, away from sight or sound of the unaccompanied Central American minors brought to Dallas County for housing during immigration processing; and that designated locations where protesters may gather to express their views on the immigration surge should be situated where neither the children nor the neighbors near the housing will be impacted. She will contend that this distance precedent was sent during the presidency of George W. Bush for safety purposes and reasonably applies in the circumstances of the children. 

August 2nd 2014  Meeting #236 
Addressing The Global Status of Human Rights
Rick Halperin, Director, Embrey Human Rights Program (at SMU) will present an overview of the current status of human rights in the world today, highlighting various crimes in several parts of the world. He takes and conveys the position that people need to both know about and actively work to end these crimes so that we can truly have a world without victims.

July 26th 2014 Meeting #235 
Stop ALEC!
Gene Lantz, President of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, host of the "Workers Beat" radio program on KNON 89.3 FM, serving on three labor executive boards: UAW 848, Dallas Central Labor Council, and Texas AFL-CIO, also editor for UAW 848 and Press Secretary for Dallas Central Labor Council, will discuss how he and the labor movement in general oppose ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, for their efforts to turn all forms of economic activity into profit centers for their corporate clients. Gene will also discuss how ALEC has scheduled its national convention at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas July 30-August 1, and what we can do to curb or stop its adverse effects.

July 19th 2014 Meeting #234
Lessons from the Fall of the Roman Empire
Lloyd Chappell, historian and economist will discuss how no one has ever run an empire as big and as for long as the Roman Empire. The European Union is a pale imitation of the power of Rome in structure and power. He will show how many of the explanations of the end of empire do not hold up to historical scrutiny; moral decadence, decline & fall, massive corruption and the transformation of Roman society do not adequately explain why the Roman Empire in western Europe found itself 'under new barbarian management'. Lloyd contends that any comparison between the United States and the Roman Empire can only be in general terms as the two are completely different. He will discuss the surprising reasons that lead to the end of the Roman Empire in the West. Lloyd will examine many of the popular explanations for Rome's Fall. He will conclude that although no historical situation ever repeats itself exactly, much can be learned from the Fall of the Roman Empire.

July 12th 2014 Meeting #233 
Addressing The Wealth Gap 
 Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding a BS in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how "the wealth gap" is real, and a source of class antagonisms in the USA, which only pretends to be a classless society. Jim will examine some nine factors which support the claim that there is a wealth gap between wage earners and capital that is not justified. He will also refer to the French Economist Pekkety, who has made the academic case for wealth disparity in his recent book, which has provoked a firestorm of criticism on the Right.

June 21st 2014 Meeting #232 
Rewards of Supply Side Economics 
 John Beesley, English born author, retired from a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, Phd), will discuss how the general American public has been duped into think that Supply Side economics would bring home the bacon. It certainly did for some, but not for most. The theory always was fallacious, but now, after over 30 years, the empirical evidence is unequivocal. Naturally, some quarters still sing the same old 19th century song. The solution, which he will also discuss, is the same one we have known for more than 75 years, but, being counter-intuitive, is still hard to accept. It is very, very hard to gainsay simple think.

June 14th 2014 Meeting #231
How Astrology is the Commection between Us and the Greater Universe
Alison will show how Astrology is the connection between us and the greater universe, and will discuss how it can be helpful as a tool to understanding our deeper self and the current cycle of development we are facing.

March 31st 2014 Meeting #229
Get ready for all the new cuts and changes to Social Security!
The Ryan Budget - Bad Ideas for Seniors
Judy Bryant, Field Organizer for the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will present information about the Ryan budget which once again proposes privatizing Medicare and turning it into a voucher system, while lowering tax rates on the wealthy and corporations. The newest incarnation of the Ryan budget asks seniors to pay more for preventive health services and prescription drugs while again ending the Medicare guarantee. Regarding Social Security, Ryan has said that the Social Security Trust Fund is not a real savings account – questioning the value of U.S. bonds, which is erroneous. Get the facts and ways to address allegations that Social Security is broke and will soon come to an end! 

May 10th 2014 Meeting #228 
America's Future: Life Will Suck, Then You Will Die!
Jim Davis, a C of C regular, author, and middle class advocate, will present indisputable evidence that the United States of America is going to be added to histories list of great failed nations. Jim describes himself as "a prisoner of hope", but believes we have passed the tipping point and not enough time is left to avert this tragedy. He will explain and show evidence why he thinks this way, and offer one simple solution to save it. The solution is simple, but will be almost impossible to implement unless. (Answer is in video)

May 3rd 2014 Meeting #227
How Bipartisan Leadership is Needed if We Are Ever to Find a Workable Solution
Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, BA from Prairie View University, Social Science Teacher, Field Representative for the Office of Economical Opportunity. Public Health Analyst, Team Leader, and Consultant, will discuss how bipartisan leadership is needed if we are ever to find a workable solution, how moderates cannot remain silent, but must manifest to the radical conservatives and liberals that their iterations are not the only voices in this debate, that we must look beyond greed and what is best for the individual, group, or party, and instead focus on what is best for America. Calvin further argues that citizens from both political parties must be involved and apply bipartisan political pressure in order for Congress to act responsibly, and will show how in his view the Democratic Party's approach offers the best hope for a solution to the United States Debt Crisis

April 26th 2014 Meeting #226
Did Albert Einstein Affect a Lasting Legacy?
Dr. Chris Boldt, Mathematics Professor Emeritus, will discuss the legacy of Albert Einstein, how "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough", how "The simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind", and will argue that Einstein's contributions to America saved more lives in World War II than any other single individual. Dr. Boldt will make a power point presentation with many photographs, and will touch on some mind boggling consequences of Relative Theory.

April 19th 2014 Meeting #225 
Is Changing Dallas ISD into a Home Rule District a Bad Idea?
 Hobie Hukill, Organizer, Dallas County Democratic Party, and MoveOn Dallas, will discuss how a shadowy education "reform" group, ironically called "Support Our Public Schools (SOPS)", has suddenly launched a petition drive to remove the "I" from Dallas ISD, by using an obscure state law passed in 1995. No school district in Texas has ever been turned into a "home rule" district under the terms of the law. Many, including Hobie, believe that should remain the case. Hobie Hukill will present an informative examination of this unprecedented power grab and a strong case for resisting it.

April 12th 2014 Meeting #224 
What Really Happened at Waco and Why Will It Happen Again?
 Stuart Nelson, (PhD Agnotology) and long time activist, researcher featured guest of several talk radio hosts, and member of the volunteer team that rebuilt the Branch Davidian church, will expose a very different view of the horrific siege we all saw unfold 21 years ago in Waco. Our so-called media reported government lies over and over again. Finally, Stuart will show how this kind of attack has happened and will happen again if we the people don't stop those who deliberately shock the nation's psyche in order to feed their obsession for power and wealth. We must never forget all the victims of April 19th,1993 in Waco Tx.... including you.

April 5th 2014 Meeting #223 
Can a True Skeptic Believe in Conspiracies?
 Pat O'Connell, author and communications consultant for high tech industries, builds a logical case for even a skeptic's acceptance of some of today's most notable conspiracy claims. Pat will present both rational and intuitive views of conspiracist issues including the JFK assassination, chemtrails, mind control, the siege at Waco, the 9/11 attacks, Obama's birth certificate, and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. And she will describe three critical facts that helped open her eyes to a number of claims that once seemed absurd.

March 29th 2014 Meeting #222 
What Would Paul Harvey Be Saying Tonight?
 Ray Crelia, Concerned Citizen and C of C Regular, in the tradition of the late newscaster, Paul Harvey ( "Here's a potpourri of today's news" ), will discuss various current events including ObamaCare, the Ukraine Crisis, Immigration, and a segment he calls "Strategies of the Political Left". Ray will express his opinion on these matters, and contends this evening will be interesting, informative, balanced, and we should be prepared to hear and participate.

March 22nd 2014 Meeting #221 
American Exceptional-ism and Foreign Policy 
Jim Davis, a College of Complexes Regular, will discuss American Exceptional-ism and Foreign Policy. He will give definitions concerning exceptional-ism and relate some foreign policy decisions that resulted in the post war era up to the current crises in Ukraine. Jim will point out some achievements along with some virtually unknown proposals from adversaries, including possible blunders and missed opportunities, all with a view of showing what we face, and what we can do to minimize confrontation and provide for a viable future.

March 15th 2014 Meeting #220 
Restoring Civility to Our Communities
 Carol Donovan, Attorney for over 30 years, Mediator with a background in probate law, and Democratic Candidate for Texas House District 107, with a background of resolving disputes and facilitating communication, will discuss the problems and ramifications of "Restoring Civility" to our communities, including ways we, as individuals, can help. She will also discuss methods used by various groups in the U.S. to restore civility to their local communities, and will conclude on what we need to do to insure "Civility" is practiced and maintained in our dealing with each other and with our communities at large. 

March 8th Meeting #219 
Cycles of Bondage and Freedom in Human Consciousness 
 Jon Gentry, Filmmaker and College of Complexes regular, will discuss how human perception has a binary character to it. This is not Mars and Venus right-left brain. This is not Julian Jaynes' bicameral mind. It is something altogether different and as of yet unexplained. This perceptual diversity is best expressed in symbol form, as some easily understand symbols. To others this is a riddle. It is this riddle, this key, or the secret knowledge of it, which explains a major part of how otherwise sensible people are manipulated. Jon will cover this and asks: "Can you afford not to attend?"

​March 1st 2014 Meting #218
Two Boys from the Chicago College of Complexes
Peter Pero and Tim Bolger, the boys from the Chicago College of Complexes, will visit the Dallas "outfit" to argue that Chicago is much more than America's "Second City." Frank Sinatra called it "my kind of town;" Peter and Tim will contend and outline why Chicago leads the nation in architecture, commercial invention, and intellectual debate as the first College of Complexes in America (1951).

February 22nd 2014 Meeting #217
Police Brutality in Dallas - Politics and Culture in the DA's and Dallas Police Department that Breeds Oppression.
Collette Flanagan, Founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB), will discuss police brutality and how rampant and frequent it is happening in the Dallas area, including statistics on many deaths of Mother's children at the hands of police officers, and open records on how certain zip codes are deemed "hunting grounds" for rogue policemen within the Dallas Police Department who are prone to excessive force and killing. She will also discuss how policemen who murder our unarmed children are given impunity, the processes of protection from the police department to the DA's office, and how this works to circumvent justice for families. She will explain how MAPB is for policy and procedure reform within both the DA's office and the police department that will save our children's lives and protect our families from rogue policemen. And she will conclude on why laws need to be changed in order to stop Dallas and other cities from becoming "police states."

February 15th 2014 Meeting # 216 
Revisiting The Letter that Changed America, and Determining What to Do
 Jim Davis, a Dallas College of Complexes Regular, will discuss some of the socialist trends showing up in America during the 60's, and how a terrified business community implemented what some scholars call "the most brilliant strategy in history" to take over the political process. He will talk about a distinguished corporate lawyers' 14 page letter sent to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1971 outlining ideas of doing it as he described "in a manor the public wouldn't notice," setting in motion the dynamics that dominated the political process over the past 30 plus years. Jim will present economic data showing how various segments of society have been impacted, how each political party has ignored the root causes thus failing to implement changes to address them, the threat this imposes to the security of our nation, and what we can do about it.

February 8th 2014 Meeting #215 
Giving to "Cesar what belongs to God" If I was created free, Why give up my right to choose?
Rev. Rafael Seijo (Bishop, Therapist and Spiritual Healer) will discuss how Civil Religion invades the space of Religious beliefs, taking control and creating the false impression that what is done is correct "in the Name of God." Bishop Rafael will show how Civil Religion in the hands of Extreme Right religious leaders actually violates the Divine Principle of Free Will, the political belief of "Liberty and Justice for All" and the Right to Privacy.

January 25th 2014 Meeting #213 
There's No Conspiracy
John Beesley, English born author, retired from a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, Phd), will discuss how currently, there are many conspiracy notions floating about - yet the most critical non-conspiracy is one that has most affected the lives and futures of the general American public. Which he referred to on the back cover of his book "Sabotaging America", stating: "The financial crisis that erupted in September 2008 is a symptom of far larger problems facing America. The ideology that has guided policy decisions for the past 60 years rests on concepts that bear no relation to the actual economic conditions in which the US now finds itself. .....
 Such arrangements suit the elite that fund the political class in Washington. ..... In effect, the ruling elite has sabotaged the future of America for its own enrichment. " John will show how this American self-inflicted tragedy started with FDR, has continued with every president since, and how the failed international macroeconomic policies pursued by these Administrations cannot be regarded as a conspiracy since each faltering step was widely publicized. He will cover political decisions, their general repercussions, and where we need to go from here. 

January 18th 2014 Meeting #212
Escape from Al Qaeda and Where to Go From Here 
Part II
Jim & JoAnne Moriarty, American patriots who lived in Libya years prior and during the air strikes in 2011, will discuss being captured by and escaping from Al Qaeda, the truth about the NATO strikes and fall of Gadhafi in Libya, the turmoil in Egypt & Syria and who is behind it, the facts surrounding the 9/11 attack in Benghazi, and where we need to go from here.
 Note: (Rather than hide in the shadows as directed by U.S. Agencies, Jim and JoAnne Moriarty have chosen to tell other Americans the truth about our governments' involvement and the corruption that exists in our dealings with other countries. At personal risk and complete financial destruction they are speaking out.) http://www.libyanwarthetruth.com/has ignored the root causes thus failing to implement changes to address them, the threat this imposes to the security of our nation, and what we can do about it.

January 11th 2014 Meeting #211
U.S. Senate Candidate Kesha Rogers
Outline for the Future
Kesha Rogers, who made recent political history by twice winning the Democratic Party nomination for Congress in Texas 22nd district (Fort Bend and Brazoria counties, south of Houston), is now seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the US Senate, to challenge incumbent Republican John Cornyn. Kesha's victories in 2010 and 2012 were accomplished by directly opposing the Wall Street corruption of the Party leadership, and the Wall Street-dictated agenda of President Obama himself. As a member of economist Lyndon LaRouche's national Policy Committee, Kesha will outline her strategy to complete the unfinished missions of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy—to crush Wall Street, to halt the deadly march toward thermonuclear war, and to reach across the Pacific to establish a new, positive course for human progress. Restoring JFK's future-oriented vision, emphasizing global collaboration in all fields of scientific discovery, will also revive the Democratic Party, which otherwise, in her view, has lost its way.

January 4th 2013 Meeting #210
Predictions for the Coming Century
This is one of the craziest predictions of the century.
Tom Berry kind of steals everyone's thunder, he has been preparing his list for the entire year, by reading his favorite laundry list!
But the others do recover, but the lesson doesn't go right or left of political spectrum, but goes into left field or was that right field. Is there an up field? Watch and find out.

December 14th 2013 Meeting #209 
What Happened to the Khazars
 Michael Helsem, poet, scholar, and avid researcher, will discuss how a Jewish kingdom in Central Asia flourished for more than two hundred years, and then vanished suddenly from history. He will cover Arthur Koestler, who thought he had solved this mystery, and what became of his solution. Mike's presentation will culminate in the Yugoslavian novel, "The Dictionary of the Khazars", which was published in both male and female versions, and he will awaken our senses as to what can be explored and revealed.

December 7th 2013 Meeting #208
Lessons on the Fall of the Republic
 Lloyd Chappell, historian and economist, will discuss the fall of the Roman Republic. What does the death of the Roman Republic teach us about human beings and can we apply these insights to our troubled times? He will show how in the space of a hundred years, Rome was transformed from a republic with democratic institutions into an empire under the control of one man - Augustus. How did this happen? Although not a democracy like modern western democracies, the Roman Republic was the pride of even the poorest Roman in a world where most of their neighbors were ruled by absolute autocracies. Citizens had rights that the Mediterranean world could only dream about. The Fall of the Republic is the best documented time in all of Roman history but is poorly understood by most Americans.
 America is not the New Rome although many of their problems sound familiar: a vast gap in wealth between the rich and poor, rampant political corruption, a ruling oligarchy out of touch and unconcerned with the needs of its people, and ruling elite passionately driven by maintaining their power and prestige. Although history never exactly repeats itself, Lloyd will show there is much to learn from the Roman dysfunctional government and its fall into absolute autocracy.

November 23rd 2013 Meeting #207 
Tea Party: The Good, the Bad and Ugly, and Beyond 
 Jim Love; retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding a BS in Physics from the University of Texas, will comprehensively characterize the Tea Party in the three categories suggested by the title. The "Good" will examine the origins of the Tea Party world view, which is founded in early 19th century Jacksonianism. The "Bad and Ugly" will show that present day excess has either compromised or contradicted that world view. Finally "Beyond" will touch on the role of money, which permeates and contaminates every aspect of American politics.

November 16th 2013 Meeting #206 
Open Forum - 50 Years Later: The Kennedy Assassination Revisited in Dallas
 On November 22nd, it will be 50 years to the day JFK was shot and killed here in Dallas. Where were you 50 years ago on this date? What can you tell us of this day never to be forgotten? What was your reaction on that fateful day? Did it change your perspective on anything? For the man who asked us "not what our country can do for you, but what you can do for your country", what can and should we do going forward? We will allow each speaker (which should include everyone in the audience who has a recollection of that day) five minutes to make a presentation. After everyone get a chance to speak, we will have question and answers period, followed by a remarks/rebuttals period, and closing remarks.

November 9th 2013 Meeting #205 
Unemployment, and Solutions to Foreign Policy Issues
 Calvin Bluiett, Adjunct Government Professor at Clear Valley College, BA from Prairie View University, MA from University of North Texas, Insurance Supervisor in Underwriting, Social Science 
 Teacher, Field Representative for the Office of Economical Opportunity, Public Health Analyst, Team Leader, and Consultant, will discuss the causes and solutions of unemployment, and the foreign policy issues and potential solutions facing America. Calvin argues that we need solutions for the National unemployment dilemma, and for future foreign policy challenges. He will make and support his recommendations with justification.

November 2nd 2013 Meeting #204. 
The Thatcher Legacy.
 John Beesley, English born author, retired from a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, Mba, DIC, Phd), will reflect on William Shakespeare who held that "the evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones," and conclude: "So it is with Margaret Thatcher."
 He will show how she reversed the progressive trend that had occurred in the UK since 1945, and set the scene for today's malaise. John contends that her convictions were profoundly socially divisive and economically disastrous, and will show how this relates to the economic and political problems we face here in the U.S. today. 

October 26th 2013 Meeting #203
The Kennedy Legacy and the Solution to Global Economic Crisis Today 
Craig Holtzclaw, former congressional candidate (vs. Dick Army) and associate Dash Lea--both long term activists with economist Lyndon LaRouche-- will relate some seldom-told history, both fascinating and tragic, from the John F. Kennedy era, and its relevance for today. Derived partly from his ancestors' resistance to the English subjugation of their native Ireland, JFK brought to his presidency a passionate commitment to the success of the national liberation struggles then sweeping Africa. He sought to realize President Franklin Roosevelt's post-war intention, to re-tool the US armaments industry for capital goods export--tractors, power plants and the like -- to the fledgling African nations, strengthening their economic independence, and creating a durable and purposeful prosperity at home. This bright prospect for limitless progress ended with JFK's 1963 assassination. While the expanding Vietnam conflict bolstered the war economy, the attendant pessimism ushered in a dead-end culture of "consumerism", anti-science environmentalism and radical free market, which justified the abandonment of any national commitment to economic justice for the nations to the south. Yet, the current demise of the Wall Street dollar system can move our nation to take up, once again, President Kennedy's mission, to prevail over the perilous economic crisis at hand. How might we accomplish this? Which nations would ally with us in this task? Please join Craig Holtzclaw and Dash Lee for an exciting evening of current history and future projections.. 
This is why we are late!
Dallas building owner decides to retrograde Dallas historic building by removing all phone and internet wiring, without notice to tenants, if you complain or sue, you still lose!
The horrid truth I found out. Did you know it is legal for a building owner to vandalize his own building? http://youtu.be/SYRkxbbWgMQ

October 19th 2013 Meeting 202
Is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Here to Stay?
Isaac Olguin, Registered Clinical Staff Pharmacist with Centene Corporation, will discuss the state of our current "free market': how controlling interests of insurance companies, drug companies, and the rise of the hospital industrial complex, can and will manipulate the market absent of regulation. He will make the case of "why" the Affordable Healthcare Act is destined to be here to stay. Showing the rise of the new "Profiteers of Healthcare", the war with old money: (the old industry, and why we see such a war over what is already a mandate), and who to call to ensure that Obamacare is nurtured and not defunded . Isaac will show why it is important to have everyday maintenance on care and our health--a practical approach with focus on "Preventative Medicine" vs. current "Kill Yourself on Our Drugs with no Intention of Getting Everyone Healthy". He will also point out that the money saved with Obamacare is projected (as with any investment) with a higher cost upfront, which is reasonable, and that the money saved will be from 5 to 10 Trillion Dollars in the next 5 to 10 years, provided that Obamacare is protected, strengthened, and left alone from the extremists and Special Interests. 

October 12th 2013 Meeting #201 
Was the JFK Assassination a Mafia Hit?
Jim Gatewood, Dallas historian laureate, founder of the Dallas County Assassination Review Board (October 10, 2003), and a Dallas History professor at Richland College, has for the last eleven years held symposiums where people were encouraged to de brief their stories, observations and experiences about the day and the events that followed JFK's assassination. Jim will deliver an account of his observations and conclusions on what has been reported to this review board, which includes five hit squads being set up; one in Miami, one in New Orleans, one in Chicago, one in Los Angles, and one in Dallas (with a photograph identifying a second gunman).

October 5th 2013 Meeting #200
Beyond Lore and Legislation: A Real Life Perspective on Unintended Pregnancy
Michele Valentino, Self-Empowerment Specialist and Mentor, draws from many years of experience working directly with teenagers and adults to support her position of Pro "All" Life personally and Pro Freedom to Chose politically. She will describe how real life experiences before and after Roe V Wade, personal interviews and historical research influenced her final decision. Michele explores the issues that divide us and raises thought provoking questions to provide the basis for a meaningful discussion. 

September 28th 2013 Meeting #199 
Texas and ACA (Affordable Care Act) Open Enrollment
 Rachel Perry, Dallas Organizing Lead, Enroll America, will show how millions of Texans stand to benefit from more affordable health care in the w273ake of health reform, creating an historic opportunity to improve the health and well-being of a significant portion of our society. She will also discuss the importance of maximizing the number of uninsured Texans that enroll in the Affordable Care Act

September 21st 2013 Meeting #198
Nuts and Flakes: The Creation of the American Breakfast Food Industry
Paul Benson, Professor of Humanities Mountain View College, will discuss the creation and history of the American breakfast food industry. In this process, he will defend the proposition that this industry was created by prophets, propagandists, and preachers.

September 14th 2013 Meeting #197
The Long War
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how class warfare is the norm for all societies that have a hybrid system of Capitalism and some form of Democracy. He will explore the consequent tensions, making references to historical parallels (ancient Greece) and human nature (fear and greed). Jim will cite recent milestones in American's long class war, and will take a position on how the political process out to work in a system on which class warfare is business as usual.

September 7th 2013 Meeting #196
Five Famous Freethinkers 
Dr. Steven Butler, historian and author of a recently completed book, Fifteen Famous Freethinkers, will point out how the accomplishments and contributions of five famous freethinking Americans (Revolutionary War-era writer Thomas Paine, women's rights activist Elizabeth, Cady Stanton, horticulturist Luther Burbank, black civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois, and scientist Carl Sagan) and useful citizen, or a patriot.

August 24th 2013 Meeting #194
UFOs and Alien Abductions: Fact vs. Fiction
As the sister of Jim O'Connell (http://www.xperiencers.com/), a long-time abductees, official abduction investigator for the John E. Mack Institute, and former colleague of Whitley Strieber--author and professional communicator Pat O'Connell will present evidence in support of some of the most credible claims of alien visitation and abduction. As an open-minded skeptic and field investigator-in-training for MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), she will also offer conventional explanations for many of the most commonly misinterpreted sightings and experiences. In the end, it will be up to you to decide whether you are committed to either believing or disbelieving despite all evidence--or whether you are, in fact, a healthy skeptic who demands extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims, but who remains open to those possibilities that meet the criteria. The truth is out there...

​August 17th 2013 Meeting #193
The Last Great Reform: / The Federal Reserve Bank
Lloyd Chappell, Historian and Economist, will raise questions and discuss who is the real puppet master of Congress and the White House? Who do 99% of congressmen, congresswomen and the White House fear to criticize? The organization that had to be conceived in secret by some of the wealthiest men in the world, The Federal Reserve Bank. They are not part of the Federal government, pay no taxes, are not regulated by any congressional committee and answer to no one except their own corporate board. Although the FED tries to portray itself as our kindly benevolent uncle, they are a cartel of the biggest banks in New York. They run monetary policy and banking for our country while making a profit off everyone.
 Their list of failures, disasters and big bank bail outs is long, since the inception of the FED in 1913. Lloyd will argue that the greatest reform for the 21st century will be to nationalize the FED. He will also argue that this issue can unite the Far Left, the Far Right, Democrats and Republicans. Lloyd will conclude that for us to be a real democracy, we must take back control of banking and money creation from the FED

August 10th 2013 Meeting #192
Logic and the Brain: A Rethink
John Walker, Ph.D., neuroscience researcher for 30 years, teacher at various branches of the University of Texas, specialist at explaining this subject in clear language, and author just completing a book with the same title as this presentation, will discuss how the past two decades have seen huge advances in Neuroscience, accompanied by equally huge speculation on how we think, and, as you might expect, a lot of controversy. Dr. Walker will cover a series of ideas on the subject, all controversial, and all on which he has developed clear and rather strongly-held opinions. His presentation on controversial development in Neuroscience will include organization of the brain, the nature and function of memory, consciousness and self, decision making, and perception.

July 27th 2013 Meeting #190
The Good of All, Rich and Poor Alike
 Jim Davis, Author and activist, will discuss the various ramifications of and show clear evidence of how "The Good of All" can really be accomplished.

June 8th 2013 Meeting #185
The Key to Democratic Success in Texas
Rich Hancock, 2012 Democratic nominee for Texas House District 102, general manager of RationalBroadcasting.com, host of Rational Talk with Rich Hancock, and a weekly contributor to WFAA's Inside Texas Politics, will discuss voter registration cultivation as being the key to Democratic success in Texas. He will show that for over a decade, many pundits and consultants have encouraged Democratic candidates to run as "GOP Lite" in an effort to siphon off moderate Republicans in state and local elections. Rich will argue that we are the 99%, and if more of us show up, we will win.

June 15th 2013 Meeting #186
How There Was a Revolution in 1968 and It Was Global
Jim Love, semi-retired, teaching math part time at a local Community College, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding a B.S. in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, will discuss how there was a revolution in 1968 and it was global, that it took power nowhere, but changed political common sense everywhere. He will show that the main change was a distrust of government that mainly benefited the political right in the USA. Jim will argue that we are presently dealing with the unfortunate consequences of that change, which is a revived 19th century globalization of capitalism, and will argue that the consequences of the revolution are unintended and harmful. He will offer alternatives.

June 1st 2013 Meeting #184
Austerity Is Killing America
Learn how we can save the United States, put our youth to work, learning a trade and remake this nation by investing in ourselves.

May 11th 2013 Meeting #182
​Is Our Foreign War on Terror Really a Source of Terrorism?
Lean how confusing the world is, from this professor of history.

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