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CANCELLED: Feb Meetup: SOTU, Sochi, So What . . . ?

  • Feb 9, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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[UPDATE 2/8/14, 8:30pm] Due to possible snow showers tomorrow, this meetup is cancelled. See you next month!


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Possible topics:

Local / Metro: your reaction to the election of the new NYC Council Speaker. Also, as the NYPD ushers in a new era under Commissioner Bratton, do you expect major changes?

National: your reaction to the State of the Union (SOTU) address and the multiple GOP responses to the SOTU address; also is wealth inequality the new rallying cry for the POTUS? Finally, your take on the recent CBO report regarding the Affordable Care Act and its impact on job losses.

International: are the U.S.-Russia relations at the all-time low since the post-Cold War era? 

Also, as the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI approaches, we'll discuss the parallels between 1914 and 2014 with respect to the globalization and international tensions -- the suggested reading for this discussion is here (by historian Margaret MacMillan) and check out the video footage below:



Here's a photo of the building entrance:

Once you enter the building, proceed to the banquet ("Amenities") room, as shown below:


All attendees will be notified one day prior to the event with the exact building location and address.

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  • thomas

    My sincere apologizes to everyone for the cancellation. The hindsight is always 20/20 when making important decisions based on a weather forecast. I waited until 8:30pm yesterday to make the call to ensure that I had the most up-to-date forecast before making the final call. In light of the recent snow storms, I was concerned that another snow event would adversely impact the attendees, especially for those coming from the outer Boroughs.

    February 9, 2014

  • thomas

    Due to possible snow showers tomorrow, this meetup is cancelled. See you next month!

    February 8, 2014

  • Susan T

    An unexpected personal commitment has come up.

    February 8, 2014

  • thomas

    Did you catch the SOTU Address? Any thoughts? I've started a discussion thread here:

    January 29, 2014

  • Ralph S.

    I wasn't clear on what the topic is. I've only now realized what you mean by SOTU. Why do you link the State of the Union with Sochi? What precisely is the topic?

    January 25, 2014

    • thomas

      As an avid lover of literature, I was simply being poetically creative in the event title with the use of alliterations. I'm not suggesting that these three words that have the same syllables are interconnected whatsoever.

      January 25, 2014

    • thomas

      Also, the discussion topics are posted above -- our regular meetups will always have a consistent format of discussing local, national, and international matters -- although not necessarily in that order.

      January 25, 2014

  • Ralph S.

    A nephew of mine is planning to go to Sochi and I'm worried for him, because of the danger of terrorism. (I'd be reluctant to attend because of Russia's attacks on gays, but that's not his concern.)

    With the centennial coming soon for the start of WW1,
    I'm thinking of writing something. WW1 seemed an especially pointless conflict that settled nothing but set the stage for Hitler, Stalin, the Holocaust and an even greater war. The countries of Europe and North America were willing to dispatch millions of men to their deaths in a fratricidal Western conflict; but these same countries today retreat from much smaller international commitments needed for the UN and NATO to end numerous bloody conflicts in Africa and the Middle East today. In other words, we leave millions of civilians in misery and at risk in such places as Syria and parts of Africa because the world refuses to pay the much smaller costs required to safeguard lives today, than those lost fighting for empires in WWI.

    January 24, 2014

    • thomas

      Hi Ralph, Thanks for the thoughtful comments about the WWI centennial commemoration. Obviously, this topic can be discussed at great lengths. Therefore, if there's sufficient interest in topic, we can schedule a separate meetup solely on this topic.

      January 25, 2014

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