- Talk and walk -East Lake Natoma Trail, heading North from LaBou
Let's get some exercise and fresh air while we talk! There's a trail right outside LaBou. We will start there. You can stop and turn around at any time. There is the regular talk group at LaBou from 10am-noon, so we can walk and head back for the 10am talk or keep walking, or just leave after the walk. Totally up to you! What to bring: Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers for various temperatures, bring a hat, sunscreen, water. Dogs are welcome! Hope to see you!
- How to Fix America's Corrupt Political System
Jennifer Lawrence talks about 'the total political system failure in America'. She breaks down the ways in which the political system no longer works for the average American citizen. She goes on to outline how to fix the system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfQij4aQq1k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTP4uvIFu5c
- Documentary Series: Dirty Money- Netflix Episode 1- Let's discuss
Watch on your own and come to discuss, Documentary series episode 1 of the Netflix original Dirty Money. Episode 1 Summary: Shocking new details about VW's corporate deceit, and exposes the unholy alliance between governments and automakers that allowed the automaker to put tens of thousands of lives at risk -- all for the sake of a $500 part. https://www.gq.com/story/netflix-dirty-money https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/dirty_money/s01/e01
- Breakthrough Technologies
Our topic is "Breakthrough Technologies" that can improve the lives of people around world. We will start our discussion with three tech picks from Bill Gates. Some of Bill's picks will totally surprise you! Then we will share our own tech predictions. Our background video is a Q&A between Bill Gates and MIT Technology Review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raAkFKm9afg https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612924/bill-gates-explains-why-we-should-all-be-optimists/
- Book club: THEM: Why We Hate Eachother & How to Heal by Ben Sasse
We're trying something new, Book Club! Read at your leisure and we'll meet in about a month to depict together over food, snacks, beverages. Message us with your ideas on what book you'd like us to read and review next! Synopsis and links below: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing American Adult, an intimate and urgent assessment of the existential crisis facing our nation. Something is wrong. We all know it. American life expectancy is declining for a third straight year. Birth rates are dropping. Nearly half of us think the other political party isn’t just wrong; they’re evil. We’re the richest country in history, but we’ve never been more pessimistic. What’s causing the despair? In Them, bestselling author and U.S. senator Ben Sasse argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, our crisis isn’t really about politics. It’s that we’re so lonely we can’t see straight―and it bubbles out as anger. Local communities are collapsing. Across the nation, little leagues are disappearing, Rotary clubs are dwindling, and in all likelihood, we don’t know the neighbor two doors down. Work isn’t what we’d hoped: less certainty, few lifelong coworkers, shallow purpose. Stable families and enduring friendships―life’s fundamental pillars―are in statistical freefall. As traditional tribes of place evaporate, we rally against common enemies so we can feel part of a team. No institutions command widespread public trust, enabling foreign intelligence agencies to use technology to pick the scabs on our toxic divisions. We’re in danger of half of us believing different facts than the other half, and the digital revolution throws gas on the fire. There’s a path forward―but reversing our decline requires something radical: a rediscovery of real places and human-to-human relationships. Even as technology nudges us to become rootless, Sasse shows how only a recovery of rootedness can heal our lonely souls. America wants you to be happy, but more urgently, America needs you to love your neighbor and connect with your community. Fixing what's wrong with the country depends on it. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/5/book-review-them-by-ben-sasse/ One option of where to get this book: https://www.amazon.com/Them-Hate-Each-Other-Heal/dp/1250193680
- Mueller Report- Read 1st Three Sections, Come Discuss
The only way to find out what the report really says, with no political ‘spin’ from Others, is to read it ourselves, right? To lighten it up, we’re breaking it in sections to read and discuss. Read section I The Special Counsel’s Investigation, section II Russian Active Measures Social Media Campaign and section III Russian Hacking and Dumping Operations and come discuss your thoughts with us. A free pdf version is available online at justice.gov.
- Art, Walk and Talk at Crocker Art Museum
Let's get some culture, exercise and conversation. Current exhibitions are below. There is a cafe in the museum where we can grab a coffee and snack/lunch after. Adults are $12, museum hours are 10am- 5pm Current Exhibitions: https://www.crockerart.org/exhibitions/arte-extraordinario https://www.crockerart.org/exhibitions Location, hours and parking info: https://www.crockerart.org/location
- Book club: The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric H
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The votes are in. The book for July is The True Believer, Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_True_Believer Read before we meet and we will discuss our thoughts at the meetup.