May 4, 2014 · 7:00 PM
Institutions in Crisis - A Call To Action -Banking, Prisons, And Antibiotics
We the people are facing innumerable challenges in our complex world today, and tonights' meeting will look at a small sampling of issues we need to be more informed about. This meeting will touch on crises in banking, prisons and antibiotics, and what we need our institutions to do. We all depend on institutions set up by our society to work quietly in the background everyday to produce the quality of life we have come to expect. Institutions like the National Institutes for Health, the Office Of Thrift supervision, the FBI, and the prison system, among others. All of these institutions are run by the government at some level, and are only indirectly influenced by the will of the people. When they work well, life is better for us all; when they don't work well lives are devastated or lost and scarce tax dollars are squandered. We need to talk about solutions!
We will watch a video lecture done by professor William Black from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, who will enlighten us not only as to the cause of the Great Financial Meltdown of 2008, but also to what we should be doing going forward.
We will watch part of a Frontline special on prisons in America. Our justice system is burdened with people who need help with mental illness and substance abuse problems, and is so poorly designed that the people who are disabled by being in jail are harassed and trapped by an unaccountable system that is overly complicated and too expensive to fight off. At least the state of Kentucky is trying to make changes to decrease the prison population.
We will watch a video on the topic of superbugs, and how capitalism hasn't solved our needs for additional effective antibiotics. We the people are on our own, and we need to make changes as soon as possible.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/ We will start @ 31:35 mins:secs. How to protect yourself from superbugs :http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/eight-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-superbugs/