Presentation - Current Events - Handout

Third Saturday Seminar 2016-2017

Return of the Elders, Unleash your Wisdom

Session 5

“Inequality for All”
“Understanding the economic drivers of the impending chaos”
( Don't (be) Panic(ked)


Program Note: As always, we will start with “Current Events” which I now expect will be driven by the jousting between the President and the Federal Judges. But, probably, mostly by the events leading up resignation, last night of  former National Security Council Director, Michael Flynn and a Russian spy ship off the coast of Delaware.  Stay tuned, Curt - Saturday we will know much more.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 9:30AM to 12:00 NOON

 Room B-102, Lone Star College - Montgomery
3200 College Park Drive - Conroe, TX - 77384 - 936.273.7000

This is the Fifth Session of Third Saturday Seminar for the 2016-17 Academic Year.

We will watch parts of and discuss:

Robert Reich in “Inequality for All” (1hr:30min)

Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth. The film examines widening income inequality in the United States. The film is presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich,[1] and is based on his 2010 book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section,[2] and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.[3][4    From (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The "take-away" will be that our American economy is out of balance.  The Middle Class has stagnated or slipped backwards. Consequently they don't have sufficient income that can support a really good standard of living, buy the products of their fellow Americans and pay the taxes to maintain the infrastructure. Curt Gibby

You are encouraged to preview the film --- Robert Reich put the full doc on Vimeo for free. The password is: bernie2016

As usual, our world is still in “interesting times”  We will start the session with Current Events (Distractions)

Our “Current Events segment will be mostly an open discussion of the wild events that finally culminated in the newly sworn President Trump taking residence in the White House.  Here are some ideas … I have linked a few clips, from Daily Show, Saturday Night Live and Vox. Some are comedy, some are information. 

WE NOW HAVE OUR NEW PRESIDENT. President Donald J. Trump, Number 45. By Saturday he will have been in office for 29 days. Just last night President Trump hit the second major road bump in his administration.   Last month we had meteorological tornados, now we seem to be still caught up in the political/media versions.  Have you developed a survival mode?

Why does Trump have an obsession over crowd sizes?

Why Trump still obsessed by the fact that Hillary got 3 million more popular votes than he.    (And, Trump said, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”) Hasn’t he heard about, “looking a gift horse in the mouth?”

Ivanka's merchandise line seems to have lost favor with some customers. Trump couldn’t resist tweeting about it and KellyAnne could resist giving the products as “free” pitch.  I haven’t seen KellyAnne since, except parodied on SNL.  Is she still being “counseled?” (It was reported that White House counselor KellyAnne Conway said Flynn has Trump’s backing.”)  

Video Jake Tapper – SNL  (3:59 min)


Kellyanne Conway’s interview tricks, explained. Conway has a supernatural ability to derail tough interviews about Trump. How does she do it?

Where is Sean Spicer? (I saw him today!) (Sean Spicer Press Conference Cold Open - SNL  video 8:19min)

Why are announcements now being made by Steve Miller, Deputy policy advisor. (Univison – Daily Show) 

Trump’s handshakes (SNL)  Trump's Handshake (Shinzo Abe 18 seconds) - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO ...Video for last week tonight video handshake 1:53

Is the focus on his staff keeping President Trump from making policy?


Considering that, in the upcoming days, The Media will be barraging us with a torrent of “Breaking News!“ You may want to review  Session 04 from 16 January 2016,  “Fear”

“Fear, Does the 24/7 news cycle put us under unnecessary stress?”

( Don't (be) Panic(ked)

And whatever comes up …

You can always get a quick Current Events briefing here.


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Third Saturday Seminars – Spring 2017 – 6 Sessions

To refer to an ancient Chinese saying, “our world is in interesting times” and individual citizens are assaulted with a blinding array of propaganda from every conceivable source. The Third Saturday Seminar is about demystification of what is going on around us. Time will also be spent on current events.

Meets on Montgomery Campus in B-102.

16616 S 9/17-11/19 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. B102 Gibby

Individual Dates 1/21,2/18,3/25,4/22,5/20 and 6/17 Summer Page 47

"Some part of our being knows this (the universe) is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us; We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself."  Carl Sagan

Curt Gibby, Director