Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free movie night, "HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream?"

Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover this Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. for a (free) screening of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

We will provide popcorn. Please feel free to bring a portable chair (e.g., a lawnchair) with you for more comfortable seating.

From the website http://www.heist-themovie.com/ the movie is summarized:

"HEIST: Who Stole the American Dream? is stunning audiences across the globe as it traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled 'Attack on American Free Enterprise System'. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, at the behest of the US Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.

"But Powell’s real 'end game' was business control of law and politics. HEIST’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by BOTH U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs and regressive taxation. All of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class. Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful, with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans. No other film goes as deeply as HEIST in explaining the greatest wealth transfer of our time. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, HEIST provides viewers with a clear, concise and fact- based explanation of how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative democracy."

Please join us for this highly provocative and fascinating film, which will be followed by a discussion.  Directions at link.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Feeling thankful for it all today... Remember, as Carl Sagan said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe." Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Image from http://lochgarry.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/shores-of-eternity/

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jazz Ball: Live Music & Dancing THIS Saturday, November 17! "Day for Night"


"Day for Night" is a wonderful jazz ensemble, featuring John Finbury on piano; Patty Brayden on vocals; George Hicks on guitar; Michael Petrishen on sax and other woodwinds; Dave Hickernell on bass; and Kevin Mara on drums.  Please join us this Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m. for one of the best nights of jazz you will ever experience in Andover!  This is a  benefit concert with a suggested donation of $10.  Light refreshments will be available.  All are welcome!  Directions to 6 Locke Street at this link.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

15 (or 22?) minutes of fame... on cable TV!

On this past Sunday, for Veterans Day (or Armistice Day), I appeared on the Framingham Cable Access TV show "Jim Pillsbury LIVE from the Knotty Pine Cafe" to talk about the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace.  World War II vet (and former POW) Bill O'Brien was also on the show -- it has been wonderful getting to know Bill better over the past few weeks!  You can watch it below.  We are on from roughly minute 4 until minute 26.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Shout out from the Colbert Report

I love that Stephen Colbert responded to Billy Graham's assertion that "Unitarianism" is a cult.  Hilarious.  Watch all 6 minutes, or just watch from around minute 3 for the UU part...


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