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The 10 Toughest Questions We Get, By Bill and Melinda Gates | Letter & Reflections

February 13, 2018


Our 2018 Annual Letter: The 10 Toughest Questions We Get February 13, 2018 By Bill Gates and Melinda Gates We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply. The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day brings a different story of political division, violence, or natural disaster [or […]

Command and Control | Reflections & Transcript

February 12, 2018


Command and Control: THE LONG-HIDDEN STORY OF THE DAY OUR LUCK ALMOST RAN OUT. April 25, 2017 REFLECTIONS We quite literally and poetically hold the stars in our hands. There are 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence, globally. If they were all detonated, it would be quite literally the end of life on planet earth, if […]

Able Works Forum: American Dreamers: Creating An Immigration System That Works For All | Notes & Reflections

February 1, 2018


ABLE:WORKS Forum. NOTES Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas. DOCUMENTED [film] White People, MTV Full Documentary: The keynote began with the question, How do you define “American?” Vargas’s use of data was excellent, all of which can be found at, and CA is about 2.5 million immigrants. That means, nearly 1 out of every 10 immigrants […]

Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

November 25, 2017


A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women and men speaking out about sexual abuse at the hands of leaders in power and […]

Putin’s Revenge | Reflections & Transcript

November 12, 2017


PBS, FRONTLINE (Parts 1, 2) tells the inside story of how Vladimir Putin came to see the United States as an enemy — and why he decided to target an American election. Reflections If we can set aside partisanship, and if we can garner enough political will to accept facts as real and valuable, this […]

Tickling Giants | Reflections

November 6, 2017


Tickling Giants (2016) TV-14 | 1h 51min | Documentary | 10 April 2017 (Egypt) One of the most engaging documentaries I’ve seen in a while, Tickling Giants displays what we in America often take for granted, presenting democracy and its innate values more accurately as a humanity-wrenching value. It is both heroic and harrowing. The lessons are deep and profound, and I offer a […]

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnett, (1943) | Transcript and Highlights

September 28, 2017


In a world that is summarized in 144 characters, lengthy wisdom is lost on public discourse. So articulately and hauntingly predicted by Neil Postman and others, this dearth in our national conscience is truly a threat to our national soul. What has happened to us? First, we have both accidentally and purposely cultivated a shallow […]