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Exercising our Freedom of Speech

I had to cancel and reschedule the meet up that was scheduled for 6/29. I am sorry for those who planned to attend then.

In honor of the 4th of July the topic will be the U.S.A.

What do you like and/or dislike about this country? What would you like to change about our nation? Do you believe in American Exceptionalism? Do you feel like leaving sometimes?

Speak freely. Don't worry about upsetting the government - We have the First Amendment.

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  • Yen

    Good meeting everyone. @Kevin, I know you wish to see systematic change but until then, Columbia's Astronomy Department is doing another public outreach this Friday night, Stargazing, lecture, and the movie "Gravity." http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu/

    July 18, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    . Infrastructure, the design of the city, the spaces and associations with those spaces social agents implicitly have reinforced within themselves—play a huge and significant role in influencing behavior, providing opportunities for individuals, and for structuring how the mind unconsciously sees fit to spend time and act (i.e., no longer will a group of friends on a Friday night—in their twenties—choose to go to the bar or club, due to it being the socially acceptable place for people of their age to go to…but now, with these massive Venus centers in place…the new socially acceptable place to be will be there, doing scientific research, developing the self and mind, exploring, gardening, building, working on projects, etc(.)…it will make productive use not merely of the young, but will allow all in the democracy to become fully human and alive…it will enable the democracy to work).

    July 13, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    It is certainly not the university system…not meet up groups…not anything. http://www.thevenusproject.com/technology/city-systems. Here in this link, look not to the alternative city design created by Jacque Fresco (this is not to disagree with his designs, but that is not the purpose of looking at this link)—but to the layout he has designed of the city, where at the center, there is the giant, dominating scientific research center. Pay particularly close attention to how everything revolves around a central building. It is this building, at the center of the city—and thus at the center of citizen life—where all can be scientists, learners, teachers, orators, users of high-tech devices—and whatever the like. Similar to this is what I propose all towns and cities require in order for the citizenry to become more enlightened, intellectually and socially active, and to turn this nation into an ideal democracy.

    July 13, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    This place is meant to be a space where anyone and all can freely come in (it’s open 24/7), do whatever scientific research they will, learn whatever they desire, become exposed to new ideas, try out the latest of society’s technologies, interact in the finest of rooms available, meet the finest intellects, minds and hearts of their area. It is open to all and meant to become the central point of life for inhabitants of the democracy, wherein individuals are always intellectually, poetically, politically or “mindfully” active. It is where rather than rotting the mind, degrading human potential, and wasting one’s life and time—people can go to, whenever they choose, to share ideas, express themselves, create, experiment, learn and ‘become.’ There is no such place remotely similar to what I am referring to.

    July 13, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    In our discussion tonight, I brought up that in the modern world—we’ll refer to America specifically for our purposes—institutions are not in place to provide people with the opportunity and potential to become the best they can be, to develop and hone their mind, to gather and partake in the democratic process, and to enrich themselves humanistically and spiritually in a collective manner. I’ll provide some links to visuals that illustrate further what I am referring to: It is a society where every city, every town has at its center a giant, high-tech, aesthetically delightful, magnificent structure of a building that is filled with laboratories, observatories, intellectuals, the newest of technologies, forums, classrooms…it is here in this public space, the most physically attractive and awe-inspiring building of the city or town that the democratic process takes hold and effect in.

    July 13, 2014

  • Yen

    Hi Melinda, I think I found the New Yorker Magazine cover and article you were referring to http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2014/06/cover-story-adrian-tomine-memorial-plaza.html#slide_ss_0=1

    Matt, Thanks for organizing the conversation. It was good to hear differing perspectives and drilling down on the observations and assumptions. Good meeting everyone.

    July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    the recent Supreme Court ruling: Westboro Baptist Church plus the Supreme Court decision in Snyder vs. Phelps. Both really set the bar for freedom of speech in this country. Has(n't) it gone way too far?

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone! I cannot determine the pattern for your meetings. I will not be able to make July 13, but hopefully I will be able to make the next one.

    July 8, 2014

  • Anthony G.

    To spark conversation and perhaps add to the debate, I recommend seeing the new documentary 'America: Imagine the World Without Her', directed by Dinesh D'Souza (based upon his book). Visit online at http://www.americathemovie.com/
    Critical review may be read at http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-america-imagine-world-without-her-20140702,0,6822475.story

    1 · July 6, 2014

    • Yen

      Great idea! Thanks for the links.

      1 · July 6, 2014

    • Yen

      I have not read the review yet and noticed the 1. 1/2 star rating, LOL!

      July 6, 2014

  • Yen

    How does our government shape culture? Can there be justice or fairness if government exercises selective prosecution?

    June 25, 2014

  • Yen

    How is "political correctness" used to impede "free speech?"

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Junior J.

    Looking forward :)

    June 24, 2014

    • Matt

      Great. See you there.

      1 · June 24, 2014

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