Discussion Group Issues — Bill Schrader Pavilion — 9 November, 2016 12 noon to 13:3

Note: I’m posting this for Roger.

A  first, then  D B C:

A – The election has become tedious.  So, let’s see where we are now respecting: the economy, world affairs, social programs like Obamacare, inequality, and Corporate power:

1 –  What do you think drove the results?
2 – What can and should the President do with the opportunities and constraints he/she now has?
3 – What can and should the democrats do?
4 – What can and should the republicans do?
5 – What electoral reforms are needed?

B – It is widely accepted scientific fact that climate change is real and potentially catastrophic. What specific action will you take in the next four years? *

C – The FDA has finally banned many antibacterial compounds in soaps and toothpaste because their harm outweighs their benefits.  Bully for them, no?  Do you think they will extend the same test for farm antibiotics?

D –Recent research indicates that only about half of perceived friendships are mutual. That is, someone you think is your friend might not be so keen on you. Or, vice versa, as when someone you feel you hardly know claims you as a bestie. Some blame human beings’ basic optimism, if not egocentrism, for the disconnect between perceived and actual friendships. Others point to a misunderstanding of the very notion of friendship in an age when “friend” is used as a verb, and social inclusion and exclusion are as easy as a swipe or a tap on a smartphone screen. It’s a concern because the authenticity of one’s relationships has an enormous impact on one’s health and well-being.  Do you think this estimate is too large or too small in your case?  P.S. I love you all.

*The NYTimes has posed 16 questions for Hilary and Donald which we will answer over this season as if we are constructive presidential candidates.