Every Saturday 6:00 PM
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Sustaining the Academic Tradition of "One Fool at a Time"
Solicitation for Speakers
The Next Open Date is
or any subsequent Saturday in the coming year
To Disquiet the Minds of the People
Established Feb. 28, 2009
Weekly Free Speech Forum
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
Statement on Free Speech
Our constitution and laws encourage the freest possible exchange of opinions, ideas, and information. In part, that recognizes our worth and dignity as human beings. To forbid us to speak our minds demeans us and makes us more like slaves or robots than citizens of a free country. But as important as freedom of expression is for us as individuals, it is perhaps more important to society at large.
1. Presentation by Guest Speaker
2. Questions and Answers
3. Remarks and Rebuttals
(5 minutes each / infamous)
All meeting are open to the public. No reservations are required. The college maintains no memberhsip, and is operated on a volunteer basis.
If you would like to speak, or simply would like more information about the College of Complexes, contact the Program Coordinators
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February 14th Meeting #260
On Being Aware and Beware of an
Article V Constitutional Convention
Kurt Hyde, a retired Lt Col from the U.S. Air Force Reserves and a retired computer professional. In 1986, Kurt was the first computer professional to speak out against paperless voting equipment and advocated for a paper trail. Kurt is an expert in election integrity and has spoken before many civic groups. In October of 2011, he was an invited speaker at an elections technology symposium at MIT. In retirement Kurt has been studying journalism and is now a writer for The New American. He has recently been speaking out against calling an Article V Constitutional Convention. Kurt believes an Article V Convention would open the door to a complete re-write of the U.S. Constitution and he's here tonight to explain why.
February 7th Meeting #259
On Expanding Judicial Foreclosures in Texas
Judge Martin Hoffman, 68th District Court, and Julie Pettit of the Pettit Law Firm, will discuss whether Texas should continue to expand the use of residential judicial foreclosures. The speakers will discuss the history of residential foreclosures in Texas and how over the last few years the legislature has expanded the use of judicial foreclosures in Texas. They will also discuss whether recent regulations that give added protection to homeowners are warranted. The speakers will take the position that judicial involvement in residential foreclosures provides needed due process for homeowners.
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January 31st Meeting #258
Lone Wolf Gonzaullas and the
Assassination of Pancho Villa
Jim Gatewood, Dallas History Professor and best selling Dallas author, writer of several books about Dallas history, will discus and review his latest book "Lone Wolf Gonzaullas and the Assassination of Poncho Villa", and how twenty-five years after the murder of his two older brothers, Manuel Gonzaullas mission was completed when he buried Poncho Villas' head at the feet of his brothers' grave. Jim will also show how Manual Gonzaullas stood for public hangings and corporal punishment in schools, and the ramifications of how this attitude carries over to this day.
February 21st Meeting #261
Why the US Needs a Progressive Party
John Beesley, English born author, retired after a long career with Xerox, (educated at London's Imperial College and the University of Dallas, MBA, DIC, PhD), will discuss how even though the US is now in recovery mode many still feel worse off and have a dystopian view of the future. He points out that the 2008 electoral call for change was not answered by much in the way of corrective political action; and that, in fact, an 18th century view of the world has prevailed beyond all evidence to the contrary. John contends that the major political parties offer no coherent policy agenda, trusting no doubt that a laissez-faire approach is all that is needed. He further contends that a new political party setting out the problems, with accompanying solutions, might gain some traction, and that certainly a party based on empirical evidence, rather than a series of warped ideologies, should appeal to the more thoughtful section of the community. One can only hope.
March 7th Meeting #263
Corruption of the Multi-level Marketing
Industry, e.g. Amway, and within the Republican Party
E. Robert Smith, a former top earner, recruiter/promoter in the multilevel marketing industry, has written a whistle-blower novel about corruption and fraud in the industry, and corruption within the Republican Party in taking campaign contributions in exchange for favorable regulatory treatment. E. Robert will also illuminate on how this controversy has spilled over into the stock market, as a famed Wall Street hedge fund manager and activist has placed a $1billion short (a record) on the third largest multi-level marketing company in the world; vowing to run the stock to zero for its corrupt practices. All this has resulted in investigations being initiated by the FTC, SEC, the FBI, and the Dept. of Justice. Numerous writers and critics have suggested to the FTC that their staff read E. Robert Smith’s book,"DOWNLINE", which can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=DOWNLINE+E.+Robert+Smith
February 28th Meeting #262
Willard Mac Smith Jr., P.E., PhD, will discuss personal philanthropy: "How the average person can be a philanthropist." He will examine why we give, how to get the most bang for the buck, and what we can give, besides money, that will have a major impact on peoples lives. Plus, Mac will show what's in it for you.
March 21st Meeting #265
On the Future of Dallas County Schools
Larry Duncan, Board President, Dallas County Schools (DCS), a school district with no students and no teachers, will discuss the current expanding programs, the future outlook for Dallas County Schools, and its effect on the growing population in Dallas County.