Thursday, October 16, 2014

"American Politics" discussion for Monday, October 27, 2014 at the North Shore Senior Center

Irv Drobny will conduct the 10/27 session. Here are Irv's topics:

  1. news after 10/26/14

  1. the dem. candidates are not including obama's record in their campaigns. is this a smart move politically?

  1. pharmacy companies have completed most testing on humans for Ebola. they will begin wide use in Africa in January. was this entire episode overblown by the U.S. media?

  1. N. Korea has released 1 prisoner from jail for "compassionate" purposes. does this signify change of heart in N. Korea?
 

  1. shooting in Ottawa Canada. does this indicate an incident by Isis?


  1. do age ghettos (i.e. senior residences) rob society of interaction with the rest of the public?


  1. some medical doctors are paid by pharmacy companies for "research") or prescribing their products to patients. is this ethical or should it be disclosed when prescribed to patients
 

  1. Wyoming overrules same-sex marriage prohibition making 30 states who have declared it unlawful to do so. is this the end of the issue for Americans?

 

  1. d. trump says he may run for president in 2016. do you think so?

 

  1. should paid parental leave be required by large companies as a gov't requirement just as minimum wages are here?

 

  1. Ben Bradlee of the Washington Post died this week. he was the Washington Post editor when "all the presidents men" was published. any comments on his bravery?

 

  1. an opera about the the death of klinghofer in the '80's by p.l.o. terrorists is opening at the met in n.y. many object. is this opera freedom of speech by the met or in poor taste because it makes the terror group neither hero or villain?

 

  1. nancy synderman, the n.b.c. medical advisor has been severely criticized for breaking her quarantine after being exposed to the ebola virus. should she be fired?

 
Note: next week. all the candidates for major public offices in il. your choices, your predictions & your reasons. the following week, the results. the winner gets a free pass to a movie at the highland park theater (when they reopen.) this includes popcorn


Note: to help us make more informed decisions when voting for judicial candidates, retired Judge Shelvin Singer suggests we refer to recommendations made by the Illinois State Bar Association. Open this link and click on Cook or Lake County for ISBA evaluations.

Early Voting began on Monday, October 20.

http://www.isba.org/judicialevaluations/bycounty



Monday, October 13, 2014

"Current Events" topics for Thursday, November 6, 2014. We meet at the Northbrook Village Hall.


Note:  There will be no Thursday discussion on 10/30 due to Early Voting at Village Hall.

Note: to help us make more informed decisions when voting for judicial candidates, retired Judge Shelvin Singer suggests we refer to recommendations made by the Illinois State Bar Association. Open this link and click on Cook or Lake County for ISBA evaluations. FYI, Early Voting begins on Monday, October 20:

http://www.isba.org/judicialevaluations/bycounty


Discussion topics for November 6 will be posted here several days before we meet.


Monday, October 6, 2014

"Great Ideas" is discussing "Zionism--Implementation in Israel" on Thursday, November 13, 2014. We meet at the Northbrook Village Hall.

Please note that for the remainder of 2014 "Great Ideas" meets only once each month on the 2nd Thursday due to Early Voting in Village Hall and Holiday closings.

Here is a link that will allow you to review, download and print the slides we will show and discuss at each session: IsraeliHistory

On Thursday November 13 we will continue discussing internal Israeli politics, inter-Arab relations, the effect of the U.S. & U.S.S.R on the region and the run-up to the 6-day war of 1967 beginning with slide 300. Also added to the bibliography is Michael Oren’s book "Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East", which is highly recommended.  

Below is a list of books mentioned during our sessions:

  • "The Making of Modern Israel 1948-1967" by Leslie Stein
  • "Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict" by Charles D. Smith
  • “The Iron Wall: Israel & The Arab World” by Avi Shlaim
  • “Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial” by Leora Bilsky
  • "Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Michael Oren

  • “The Secret War Against The Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People” by John Loftus and Mark Aarons
  • “A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel” by Allis Radosh and Ronald Rados
  • "Truman" by David McCullough
  • “Louis D. Brandeis: A Life” by Melvin Urofsky
  • “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” by Yehuda Avner
  • “George C. Marshall” by Forest Pogue (a 4 volume work- the most definitive biography)
  • “1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War” by Benny Morris
  • “Woodrow Wilson: A Biography” by John Milton Cooper, Jr
  • “A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” by David Fromkin
  • "Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews": A History by James Carroll
  • “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
  • “My Promised Land - The Triumph & Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit
  • "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" by Samantha Power
  • "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
  • "Start-up Nation: the Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
  • "Eichmann in Jerusalem: a Report on the Banality of Evil" by Hannah Arendt
  • "The Eichmann Trial" by Deborah Lipstadt
  • "The House on Garibaldi Street" by Isser Harrel
  • "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices" by Mosab Hassan Yousef

              Thursday, March 6, 2014

              Northbrook Library Discussion Groups have moved to Northbrook Village Hall during Library Renovation.


            • Renovation of Northbrook library meeting rooms began in March 2014 and will continue for approximately one year. The Library will remain open during this renovation.


            • Click this link to visit the Northbrook Library website, take a short "virtual tour" and see details about the renovation: http://www.northbrook.info/renovations


            • During this time, "Current Events" and "Great Ideas" will be held next door at the Northbrook Village Hall at the usual 10-11:30am time.
            • We meet in the Village Hall Board Room on the first floor
            • Please do NOT park in front of Village Hall. Park at the Library or across the street If you have a handicap sticker you can park in the south lot in back of Village hall for better access to the board room.
            • Coffee will NOT be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own in a covered cup


            • Thursday dates when we will NOT meet:

              October 30 - No "Great Ideas" - Early Voting taking place in Village Hall

              December 25 - Christmas Day - No "Great Ideas" - Library Closed

              January 1 - New Year's Day - No "Current Events" - Library Closed