Presentation - Current Events - Handout

Third Saturday Seminar 2016-2017

Return of the Elders, Unleash your Wisdom


Session 6

“Is it just smoke or is it fire?”
“Sorting through the debris of a messy election campaign”
Don't (be) Panic(ked)


A Cautionary Program Note: We will be discussing what transpired during yesterday’s testimony before the House Select Committee on Intelligence by the FBI and NSA directors.  Our purpose is then to present additional contextual information which is available from Media and the Internet and believed to be credible.  You are free to interpret this information as you feel led, but bear in mind there are official investigations going on.  In situations such as this many times there will appear to be “smoke” that may or may not be indications of “fire.”  But there is still tremendous value to us as citizens to be familiar with the contexts (names, times, places.) of whatever results.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 9:30AM to 12:00 NOON (4th Saturday, Spring Break))

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

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

Protect Our Democracy: Congressman Eric Swalwell
The following link and its five pages starting with “
Russia: Not Our Friendwill give you an excellent introduction: Names, Times, Places.

Video 9:27 min Rep. Swalwell on MSNBC's Morning Joe discussing Trump-Russia Intelligence Committee hearing (and those videos that follow)

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

For a more in depth history Leading up to 2016:
“Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War” What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead? By Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa, March 6, 2017

"Putin the most powerful man in the world" documentary – Fareed Zacharia – CNN
A 43 minute video, introducing you to Putin as a Young KGB Officer in East Germany at the fall of the Soviet Union, his rise as a protégé of Yeltsin, and how he felt marginalized and threatened by the West, especially America. Published on Mar 13, 2017
     Alternate link here   

The "take-away" will be to learn the context leading to the present situation relating to the current Congressional and FBI investigations into Russian Interference in the 2016 election and with regard to members and previous members of the Trump Campaign. Curt Gibby

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 continue since the newly sworn President Trump took up  residence in the White House.  Here are some ideas …

President Donald J. Trump will have been in office for 64 days by Saturday.   Have you developed a survival mode?  Try Masha Gessen’s “Autocracy: Rules for Survival”

Monday, we were treated to a day-long testimony of FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Michael Rogers
“FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign.”  Trump White House pretends they heard differently.  Comey said there was no evidence of Obama administration-ordered wire tapping of Trump Tower.

Today, Senate Judiciary Committee held the second day of  confirmation hearings of Judge Neil Gorsuch, to fill the seat left vacant  by the death of Antonin  Scalia. More testimony tomorrow.   Read, “Seven Highlights From the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings”

The reworked Travel Ban executive order, is now in Limbo with it’s predecessor.  But, citing security concerns because of recent terrorist activity, the American and British governments impose a ban affecting inbound-passengers flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone, such as tablets and laptops, are no longer permitted in the cabin and must be stored inside checked luggage. (CNN), (BBC), Wikipedia Portal: Current Events.

Trump/Ryan Care is due for vote in House of Representatives on Thursday.  Trump gave the House Republicans a pep-talk to ignore their concerns (Sounds like a page out of Pelosi’s book) and vote for it (or suffer dire consequences) so the Senate could fix it and send into conference.  If they vote against, they could face the wrath of a vengeful and combative president. If they vote for it, they risk retribution from the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and other powerful right-wing players whose money can be pivotal in re-election races.  “Trump, Koch brothers at odds over 'Trumpcare' vote”

North Korea is believed to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the US, and has previously claimed it had successfully miniaturised nuclear warheads so they can fit on missiles.  However, most experts believe the North is still some time away from being able to realise such a goal.  “North Korea missile launch fails"

Syria – I don’t want to know… Why are we still there?  An al-Qaida faction is back and wreaking havoc in the capitol, Damascus with suicide truck attacks.  Our planes bombed a mosque in Aleppo.  What’s our plan for success in Syria?

Mosul - For the moment, the Iraqi army, Kurdish peshmerga forces, Shia militias and Sunni tribal units are all united in fighting ISIS. But even in Sulaimani, an Iraqi-Kurdish city close to the border with Iran that is one of the most stable corners of a very unstable Middle East, there is considerable worry about what comes next. As a senior Iraqi government official put it to me: "This is the $64,000 question." Will Iraq survive victory over ISIS in Mosul?

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 at:

3200 College Park Drive, Conroe, TX 77384
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Academy for Lifelong Learning: LSC-Montgomery
Steven Gorman
Program Manager, Academy for Lifelong Learning
LSC-Montgomery 936.273.7259

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         Phone: 936.273.7446 ,Fax: 936.273.7262

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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