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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
Celebrating Meeting # 3,333 on July 11th.
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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Watch Videos of Previous Presentations
October 8th Meeting #336
If you would like to speak contact the Program Coordinators Tom Berry
August 27th Meeting #330
Jim Love, retired, having worked as an engineer and educator with publications in both fields, and holding both a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of Texas, will discuss how populism is in large part a backlash reaction to radicalizing the GOP, although the Democratic party is not exempt from blame either. He will argue that the key issue has been unrestricted globalized free trade taken together with the attitude that government at the federal level should stay out of the private sector, because it can't do anything right anyways. Jim will point out that ironically this outlook is pretty close to Goldwaterism and it now appears that his defeat in 1964 wasn't really a defeat of his ideas. Seeds were planted that took root. Similarly Occupy Wall Street planted some seeds that have taken root. And now the sleeping giant of populism has awakened; and he has some questions about the system.
Sept 10th Meeting #332
What SHOULD Have Happened if the
Official Story of 9/11 is True?
Pat O'Connell--author and consultant to high-tech industries--takes a closer look at the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks as told through the government's three primary sources: (1) The 9/11 Commission Report, (2) a FEMA investigation of the New York City crime scenes and evidence, and (3) the two NIST analyses of the 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers that collapsed to dust at near-freefall speed. Working from the premise that the government's narrative is true, Pat will then expose some of the critical actions that logically SHOULD have accompanied or followed the official scenarios...but which, shockingly, did NOT. She will also discuss the dire and ongoing consequences of these anomalous failures to react appropriately to the official facts and conclusions.
Sept 3rd Meeting #331
Labor Day, Past, Present and Future
Gene Lantz, President Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, will discuss how he is in favor of big celebrations of Labor Day and is re-committed to making the workers movement strong. He notes that from 1947 to 1995, the American unions steadily became more alienated from the rest of the working class. In 1993, with the change in leadership of the AFL-CIO, unions shifted directions so that, today, major union leaders demand that all unions turn outward toward the community at large. Union legislative programs are designed to benefit all workers, not just the narrow slice of union members. Gene notes, for example, the major campaign of the AFL-CIO during August 2013 was to mobilize support for immigration reform! And prior to 1999, the AFL-CIO favored deportations. He argues that this turn toward the broader working class is not a simple non inconsequential matter. Gene lays it out that everyone should get behind this, because that's the only way it will work, and it has to work if there is to be a bright future for Americans.
Sept 24th Meeting #334
On Changing Yourself Before
You Try to Change the World
John Edmonson, longtime educator and Clinical Communicator for nonprofit, current Project Manager for Vascular Management Associates (a for-profit company, with a very important objective to prevent surgery and heart disease through good nutrition and stress reduction), will discuss how so many people with good intentions try to make change, and how many fail or actually end up causing great harm. He will argue that to really know how to change the world we must first know how to change ourselves. John will show that policies and procedures are important, but not as important as personal growth. He will ask and answer why we work so hard and don’t see a difference? And John will show that when we don’t put our personal growth first, not only are we slowing down change, but in many cases we create great harm. He concludes succinctly that to change the world, we must first change ourselves.
Sept 17th Meeting #333
On A Green Revolution: The Time is Now!
Gary Stuard, MSW, Chief Organizer for System Change Not Climate Change/ DFW Chapter, and Texas Green Party nominee for U.S. Congress (Dist. 32), will discuss how the most urgent issue facing our nation and the world is the impending environmental catastrophe that is rapidly overtaking us, runaway global warming and extreme climate disruption, both caused by our current economic system, capitalism, a system that puts profits for a few over the well-being, even survivability, of humanity and the Earth’s ecosphere. He will argue that in spite of the unanimous opinion of climate scientists that the use of fossil fuels by the industrialized nations, especially by the Unites States, Europe and China, is the cause of runaway global warming, that the Republican Party has chosen corporate profit and power over empirical data and has consistently blocked any measures to address this ever worsening crisis. Gary will also show that the Democratic Party has failed to seriously address this crisis as well, given the current Democratic administration's open support of the fossil fuel industry, wars for oil, and the corporate-fascist "trade deal": the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He will also argue that the economic/politically caused catastrophe overwhelming us is not, in the strict sense of the term, just "environmental", but is also a full crisis of the "human ecology", as witnessed by wide-spread poverty, institutional racism and sexism, famine, the undermining of the well-being of communities from economic/political exploitation, wars for corporate profit, an ever worsening refuge crisis, and capitalism's full assault on any legitimate form of grassroots democracy. Gary concludes that Americans, and humanity as a whole, must reject and overturn genocidal/ecocidal “barbaristic” capitalism, and create an ecologically/economically/politically just economic and political system, or in other words: “ecosocialism”.
October 1st Meeting #335
Saving Election Integrity in Texas -
All Hands on Deck
Laura Pressley, PhD, who ran in 2014 for the Austin City Council, filed an historic election contest challenging electronic voting records that were not legally retained (a case that is currently in appeal) and concurrently has been educating voters and candidates how to take back their power with regard to electronic voting, will discuss the ramifications of how Mr. Keith Ingram, the Elections Director in the Texas Secretary of State’s office, has put forth last minute election administrative rule changes, that eliminate critical paper backup election records at the cost of honest, verifiable, and true elections in Texas. She will argue that with these proposed changes, paper backup records for Texas elections will suffer a similar fate—the removal of publicly viewable backup records to verify electronic election results in Texas. Laura argues further that this is the time we urgently need the assistance of Texas Governor Abbott (512) 463-1782, House Speaker Straus (512) 463-1000, and Lt. Governor Patrick (512) 463-0001, to step in and neutralize these efforts and ensure honest and fair elections happen in Texas. She concludes urging us to not allow paper back up records for Texas elections to be swept under the rug, that we insure honest and fair elections in Texas, and that we sound the alarm, call and email our State leaders today! Note: Dr. Pressley holds 4 US patents related to semiconductor device technology, is an entrepreneur, and has worked with the Texas Eagle Forum and Texas Legislature on science and technology issues. See Also: