• Reading "Basic Economics" One Chapter a Week

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    We are reading "Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" (5th Edition, 2014) by Thomas Sowell one chapter a week.

    Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. (According to basic books.com)

    If you don’t want to buy your own copy, your local library probably has a copy of the book and most libraries also subscribe to a service called Overdrive that has audio and ebooks. When I did a google search, it showed a host of options to buy it for $5-10 used.

    Chapter Calendar Overview:

    Jan 5 - Chapter 1: What Is Economics?

    PART I: PRICES AND MARKETS

    Jan 12 - Chapter 2: The Role of Prices

    Jan 19 - Chapter 3: Price Controls

    Jan 26 - Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices

    PART II: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

    Feb 2 - Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses

    Feb 9 - Chapter 6: The Role of Profits–and Losses

    Feb 16 - Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business

    Feb 23 - Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws

    Mar 2 - Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies

    PART III: WORK AND PAY

    Mar 9 - Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay

    Mar 16 - Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws

    Mar 23 - Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor Markets

    PART IV: TIME AND RISK

    Mar 30 - Chapter 13: Investment

    Apr 6 - Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance

    Apr 13 - Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

    PART V: THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

    Apr 20 - Chapter 16: National Output

    Apr 27 - Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System

    May 4 - Chapter 18: Government Functions

    May 11 - Chapter 19: Government Finance

    May 18 - Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy

    PART VI: THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

    May 25 - Chapter 21: International Trade

    June 1 - Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth

    June 8 - Chapter 23: International Disparities in Wealth

    PART VII: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

    June 15 - Chapter 24: Myths About Markets

    June 22 - Chapter 25: “Non-Economic” Values

    June 29 - Chapter 26: The History of Economics

    Jul 6 -- Skip

    Jul 13 - Chapter 27: Parting Thoughts

    This is joint Mensa Oregon and SFRM event

  • Reading "Basic Economics" One Chapter a Week

    Link visible for attendees

    We are reading "Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" (5th Edition, 2014) by Thomas Sowell one chapter a week.

    Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. (According to basic books.com)

    If you don’t want to buy your own copy, your local library probably has a copy of the book and most libraries also subscribe to a service called Overdrive that has audio and ebooks. When I did a google search, it showed a host of options to buy it for $5-10 used.

    Chapter Calendar Overview:

    Jan 5 - Chapter 1: What Is Economics?

    PART I: PRICES AND MARKETS

    Jan 12 - Chapter 2: The Role of Prices

    Jan 19 - Chapter 3: Price Controls

    Jan 26 - Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices

    PART II: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

    Feb 2 - Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses

    Feb 9 - Chapter 6: The Role of Profits–and Losses

    Feb 16 - Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business

    Feb 23 - Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws

    Mar 2 - Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies

    PART III: WORK AND PAY

    Mar 9 - Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay

    Mar 16 - Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws

    Mar 23 - Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor Markets

    PART IV: TIME AND RISK

    Mar 30 - Chapter 13: Investment

    Apr 6 - Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance

    Apr 13 - Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

    PART V: THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

    Apr 20 - Chapter 16: National Output

    Apr 27 - Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System

    May 4 - Chapter 18: Government Functions

    May 11 - Chapter 19: Government Finance

    May 18 - Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy

    PART VI: THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

    May 25 - Chapter 21: International Trade

    June 1 - Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth

    June 8 - Chapter 23: International Disparities in Wealth

    PART VII: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

    June 15 - Chapter 24: Myths About Markets

    June 22 - Chapter 25: “Non-Economic” Values

    June 29 - Chapter 26: The History of Economics

    Jul 6 -- Skip

    Jul 13 - Chapter 27: Parting Thoughts

    This is joint Mensa Oregon and SFRM event

  • Reading "Basic Economics" One Chapter a Week

    Link visible for attendees

    We are reading "Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" (5th Edition, 2014) by Thomas Sowell one chapter a week.

    Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. (According to basic books.com)

    If you don’t want to buy your own copy, your local library probably has a copy of the book and most libraries also subscribe to a service called Overdrive that has audio and ebooks. When I did a google search, it showed a host of options to buy it for $5-10 used.

    Chapter Calendar Overview:

    Jan 5 - Chapter 1: What Is Economics?

    PART I: PRICES AND MARKETS

    Jan 12 - Chapter 2: The Role of Prices

    Jan 19 - Chapter 3: Price Controls

    Jan 26 - Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices

    PART II: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

    Feb 2 - Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses

    Feb 9 - Chapter 6: The Role of Profits–and Losses

    Feb 16 - Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business

    Feb 23 - Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws

    Mar 2 - Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies

    PART III: WORK AND PAY

    Mar 9 - Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay

    Mar 16 - Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws

    Mar 23 - Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor Markets

    PART IV: TIME AND RISK

    Mar 30 - Chapter 13: Investment

    Apr 6 - Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance

    Apr 13 - Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

    PART V: THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

    Apr 20 - Chapter 16: National Output

    Apr 27 - Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System

    May 4 - Chapter 18: Government Functions

    May 11 - Chapter 19: Government Finance

    May 18 - Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy

    PART VI: THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

    May 25 - Chapter 21: International Trade

    June 1 - Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth

    June 8 - Chapter 23: International Disparities in Wealth

    PART VII: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

    June 15 - Chapter 24: Myths About Markets

    June 22 - Chapter 25: “Non-Economic” Values

    June 29 - Chapter 26: The History of Economics

    Jul 6 -- Skip

    Jul 13 - Chapter 27: Parting Thoughts

    This is joint Mensa Oregon and SFRM event

  • Reading "Basic Economics" One Chapter a Week

    Link visible for attendees

    We are reading "Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" (5th Edition, 2014) by Thomas Sowell one chapter a week.

    Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. (According to basic books.com)

    If you don’t want to buy your own copy, your local library probably has a copy of the book and most libraries also subscribe to a service called Overdrive that has audio and ebooks. When I did a google search, it showed a host of options to buy it for $5-10 used.

    Chapter Calendar Overview:

    Jan 5 - Chapter 1: What Is Economics?

    PART I: PRICES AND MARKETS

    Jan 12 - Chapter 2: The Role of Prices

    Jan 19 - Chapter 3: Price Controls

    Jan 26 - Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices

    PART II: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

    Feb 2 - Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses

    Feb 9 - Chapter 6: The Role of Profits–and Losses

    Feb 16 - Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business

    Feb 23 - Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws

    Mar 2 - Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies

    PART III: WORK AND PAY

    Mar 9 - Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay

    Mar 16 - Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws

    Mar 23 - Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor Markets

    PART IV: TIME AND RISK

    Mar 30 - Chapter 13: Investment

    Apr 6 - Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance

    Apr 13 - Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

    PART V: THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

    Apr 20 - Chapter 16: National Output

    Apr 27 - Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System

    May 4 - Chapter 18: Government Functions

    May 11 - Chapter 19: Government Finance

    May 18 - Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy

    PART VI: THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY

    May 25 - Chapter 21: International Trade

    June 1 - Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth

    June 8 - Chapter 23: International Disparities in Wealth

    PART VII: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

    June 15 - Chapter 24: Myths About Markets

    June 22 - Chapter 25: “Non-Economic” Values

    June 29 - Chapter 26: The History of Economics

    Jul 6 -- Skip

    Jul 13 - Chapter 27: Parting Thoughts

    This is joint Mensa Oregon and SFRM event

  • Virtual Happy Hour

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    It's Friday!!

    Mix up your favorite drink cook up some finger food and wind down from your busy week.

    You won't have to drive to and from a bar so you won't have to count drinks and can visit us from all over the world.

    Come celebrate with interesting or silly conversation there's no telling where our talk will end up

  • Reading "Basic Economics" One Chapter a Week

    Link visible for attendees

    We are reading "Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" (5th Edition, 2014) by Thomas Sowell one chapter a week.

    Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics, written for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Bestselling economist Thomas Sowell explains the general principles underlying different economic systems: capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. With clear explanations of the entire field, from rent control and the rise and fall of businesses to the international balance of payments, this is the first book for anyone who wishes to understand how the economy functions. (According to basic books.com)

    If you don’t want to buy your own copy, your local library probably has a copy of the book and most libraries also subscribe to a service called Overdrive that has audio and ebooks. When I did a google search, it showed a host of options to buy it for $5-10 used.

    Chapter Calendar Overview:

    Jan 5 - Chapter 1: What Is Economics?

    PART I: PRICES AND MARKETS
    Jan 12 - Chapter 2: The Role of Prices
    Jan 19 - Chapter 3: Price Controls
    Jan 26 - Chapter 4: An Overview of Prices

    PART II: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
    Feb 2 - Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Businesses
    Feb 9 - Chapter 6: The Role of Profits–and Losses
    Feb 16 - Chapter 7: The Economics of Big Business
    Feb 23 - Chapter 8: Regulation and Anti-Trust Laws
    Mar 2 - Chapter 9: Market and Non-Market Economies

    PART III: WORK AND PAY
    Mar 9 - Chapter 10: Productivity and Pay
    Mar 16 - Chapter 11: Minimum Wage Laws
    Mar 23 - Chapter 12: Special Problems in Labor Markets

    PART IV: TIME AND RISK
    Mar 30 - Chapter 13: Investment
    Apr 6 - Chapter 14: Stocks, Bonds and Insurance
    Apr 13 - Chapter 15: Special Problems of Time and Risk

    PART V: THE NATIONAL ECONOMY
    Apr 20 - Chapter 16: National Output
    Apr 27 - Chapter 17: Money and the Banking System
    May 4 - Chapter 18: Government Functions
    May 11 - Chapter 19: Government Finance
    May 18 - Chapter 20: Special Problems in the National Economy

    PART VI: THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY
    May 25 - Chapter 21: International Trade
    June 1 - Chapter 22: International Transfers of Wealth
    June 8 - Chapter 23: International Disparities in Wealth

    PART VII: SPECIAL ECONOMIC ISSUES
    June 15 - Chapter 24: Myths About Markets
    June 22 - Chapter 25: “Non-Economic” Values
    June 29 - Chapter 26: The History of Economics
    Jul 6 -- Skip: See you at the AG in Reno :) --
    Jul 13 - Chapter 27: Parting Thoughts

    This is joint Mensa Oregon and SFRM event

  • Between the Lines: Adventures and Misadventures of a Reporter

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    Janet Silver Shent will share excerpts from my as yet unpublished memoir, Act II: Reboot in a Toy Store, as well as her columns. Act II begins with a divorce at age forty-five, reveals her comic forays in the singles world, and opens up about late-life remarriage with poignancy and humor.

    Among them:
    My Limousine Ride with an Oakland Drug Lord (unpublished)
    **---**Felix Mitchell, notorious head of a heroin operation, fronted as a limousine operator, and I hired his agency for a fashion shoot.
    Why Am I Dogpaddling in a Duck Pond?
    **--**Suddenly solo at age forty-five, I plunged into the world of singles and lost my footing
    Finding True Love in a Toy Store
    — Defying the odds, a fifty-plus editor married a man whom she met through a personals ad — without lying about her age. See A Match Made in Newsprint.

    Janet is an award-winning newspaper columnist and reporter and has traveled to thirty-six countries on five continents, and adventure has a way of finding her. Born in New York, B.A. cum laude Oberlin, M.A. U. of Michigan, studied at University of Glasgow. Longtime fashion and features writer, Oakland Tribune, retired senior editor and current columnist, J. the Jewish News of Northern California. Freelance book editor. Janet lives in Palo Alto with her husband, engineer-inventor-baritone Allen Podell, and they sing together in three chorales. At home, they enjoy spending time with children and grandchildren. A self-described haphazard gourmet and soup grandma, Janet grows her own herbs and makes her own bone broth.
    Columns and articles are online at Google or MuckRack.com. Here are links to my last two columns in J. the Jewish News of Northern California: Cruising in the Time of Covid and André Leon Talley, Oprah and Me.

  • Virtual Happy Hour

    Link visible for attendees

    It's Friday!!

    Mix up your favorite drink cook up some finger food and wind down from your busy week.

    You won't have to drive to and from a bar so you won't have to count drinks and can visit us from all over the world.

    Come celebrate with interesting or silly conversation there's no telling where our talk will end up

  • Virtual Happy Hour

    Link visible for attendees

    It's Friday!!

    Mix up your favorite drink cook up some finger food and wind down from your busy week.

    You won't have to drive to and from a bar so you won't have to count drinks and can visit us from all over the world.

    Come celebrate with interesting or silly conversation there's no telling where our talk will end up

  • Virtual Happy Hour

    Link visible for attendees

    It's Friday!!

    Mix up your favorite drink cook up some finger food and wind down from your busy week.

    You won't have to drive to and from a bar so you won't have to count drinks and can visit us from all over the world.

    Come celebrate with interesting or silly conversation there's no telling where our talk will end up