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Progressive Talk

  • Feb 8, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Progressive Talk is a monthly meetup to discuss the important political and social issues of the day. This two-hour meeting combines dinner with stimulating conversation, covering topics suggested by both the Organizer and club members.

If you would like to suggest a topic, please post it in the comments section below, with a link to a related webpage (such as a news article) that people can review before attending. The Organizer will also announce topics in the same manner. To ensure that everyone has a chance to review the upcoming discussion topics, please post your suggestions at least three days before the meeting.

The first hour of the meeting will center on topics suggested by the Organizer, while the second hour will focus on topics suggested by members. If there are many topics suggested by members, a quick informal vote will take place during the meeting to decide the topics for the second hour.

If you love good food and conversation about current affairs, please join us for a fun evening of progressive talk. Hope to see you there!

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  • Andrea A.

    Very good. People are very knowledgeable and motivated,

    February 9, 2014

  • Diana L

    Sorry I couldn't make it this time. Hope to meet you in the future!

    February 8, 2014

  • alan b

    Ooops-- just got back on-line & see i was moved up from the wait-list. Unfortunately, by now it's too late to switch gears & get over there. Have a delightful discussion. (At least there's no one else left on the wait-list, so i don't feel guilty of holding a space another could take.)

    February 8, 2014

  • Michael

    I'm sitting in on two interesting classes at Berkeley, one by Michael Pollan on Monday evening from 6:30-8:30 and Robert Reich 12-2 on Fridays. If anyone is interested I can give them more detail.

    1 · February 8, 2014

    • Carla Bulotti N.

      How does one arrange to sit in on classes? I'd love more info on this. Thanks.

      February 8, 2014

    • Michael

      If you're coming this evening I can give you more detail but both are welcoming to the public. Pollan has a ticketing system but there has been room by just waiting and Reich is pretty crowded but he just asks that auditors not sit in seats but around the auditorium

      February 8, 2014

  • Deborah

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute. I was hoping to make it, but I've had the flu for the last week and don't think I have recovered enough yet.

    February 8, 2014

  • Carla Bulotti N.

    I'm also cancelling; sorry for the late notice. New to the area, and driving at night in heavy rain is just too daunting. See you next time, I hope.

    February 8, 2014

  • Deborah

    I am sorry to cancel at the last

    February 8, 2014

  • Lori

    Sorry about the late cancellation. Hopefully someone else can use my spot.

    February 8, 2014

  • Jon H.

    weather forecast as of 2pm.... 10% chance of precipitation at 7pm...but up to 100% by 10pm

    February 8, 2014

  • Jim L

    Sorry folks for having to cancel. I have a bad cold and don't want to spread my germs around. Hope to join you next time. Lot of issues to discuss. Have a good talk

    February 8, 2014

  • Wendy G

    I was looking forward to getting together with you all, but have to cancel. They're predicting very rainy weather (which is good) for tomorrow (not so good) and I don't relish traveling from San Jose under those conditions. I'd rather cancel now and open a slot for someone else.
    Catch you all another time! Enjoy!

    February 7, 2014

  • Anthony

    In case no members suggest topics for this Saturday's Progressive Talk meeting, here are three more from me:

    #4: Keystone XL Pipeline - There continues to be debate about whether the United States should proceed to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast but have several major implications (https://www.greenfieldadvisors.com/blog/108-analysts/183-the-keystone-xl-pipeline-pros-and-cons-from-an-economic-and-appraisal-perspective). Is this pipeline a good or bad idea? Discuss the pros and cons.

    February 6, 2014

  • Anthony

    (continued from post above)

    #5: New Jersey Bridge Scandal - In one of the most bizarre political scandals to ever be reported, a September 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, supposedly due to a "traffic study," was possibly created intentionally by public aides in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office out of retribution against the Democractic mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, who did not vote for Christie's reelection (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/01/09/christie-bridge-scandal-timeline/4395795/). As the investigation continues to determine whether Christie knew anything about the traffic jam, what do you think will happen? And why do you think there are so many people in public office behaving badly?

    February 6, 2014

  • Anthony

    (continued from post above)

    #6: Sandra Fluke for California State Senator - Sandra Fluke, who became famous for both testifying about contraception on Capitol Hill and for being the target of insults by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, has declined an offer to run for the U.S. House of Representatives, but instead has decided to run for California State Senator, feeling that she can make a bigger difference on a state level (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/02/05/sandra-fluke-wont-seek-congressional-seat/). Would you support Ms. Fluke as a state senator working out of Sacramento? What do you think her chances for success are in her race for office?

    February 6, 2014

  • vilma

    Unable to attend. Will be in Monterey visiting my grand kids

    February 4, 2014

  • Anthony

    The next Progressive Talk is now just one week away. To get you excited and to give you some things to ponder over before the meeting, here are my three topics for the first hour of the meeting:

    #1: State of the Union - President Obama has delivered his fifth State of the Union Address, covering topics such as immigration and the economy (http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/01/politics/sotu-speech-transcript/index.html). What are your thoughts of his speech, as well as the Republican party's rebuttal?

    #2: Climate Change - Recently, the city of Atlanta, GA, faced a major disaster when a snowstorm hit its metropolitan area without adequate preparations, resulting in disastrous situations like cars stranded on highways and children having to sleep at their schools (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/01/atlanta-snow-storm-102839.html#.Uu3zkv-YZD8). Does this event illustrate what is to come for climate change? What should everyone do for planet Earth?

    February 1, 2014

  • Anthony

    (continued from post above)

    #3: Executive Orders - To help address the issue of minimum wage, President Obama is raising the minimum for federal workers through executive order, a move that (as expected, sadly) has right-wing critics accusing Obama of abusing his power (http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardsalsman/2013/01/28/when-it-comes-to-abuse-of-presidential-power-obama-is-a-mere-piker). Given how the U.S. Constitution has no direct statement granting or forbidding executive orders, when should a president use executive orders, and what boundaries should be set?

    Don't forget that members are the ones who suggest topics for the meeting's second hour. If you have a suggestion or two, post them here. (In the event where not enough topics are suggested by members, I will make an effort to throw in a few more.)

    February 1, 2014

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