Hello Members and Future Members
If you caught our Zoom program on June 18, and saw Maya MacGuineas’ presentation on The Debt Buildup, you had a special 45 minutes — a stimulating talk by a true professional. Now, keep checking our website and eblasts – we are lining up more stimulating virtual programs you won’t want to miss
In the meantime, check these out:
A timely video: RAND Remote COVID-19 Briefing Series: A Crisis of Disinformation
Presented by Rand Corp in Santa Monica. This video discusses how misinformation is spread throughout the world — not just information on coronavirus but in other areas of today’s society.
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And, a timely quote:
“The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”
— Edward R. Murrow
Meanwhile, ready for a laugh? (We need it now!)
In 1973, Johnny Carson joked about the “recent toilet paper shortage.” There was actually no such shortage, but after Johnny’s joke, people ran out in droves to stock up!
For a longer version, watch this newsreel:
Looking for a challenging read? Two suggestions:
“The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power” by William J. Perry, former Secretary of Defense and recent WACSC speaker. Co-written by Tom Z. Collina, this is the ultimate insider’s look at the awesome power to destroy the world placed in the hands of one man — the President of the United Sates. (Order today at benbellabooks.com and get 30% discount using code Button30.)
“The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal” by Ambassador William J. Burns. (Go to Thriftbooks.com) Let a seasoned pro guide you through how effective diplomacy really works — or should.
Ready to be inspired?
Just listen to “Beautiful Voices” from Santa Rosa High School Alumni. Their “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will bring tears to your eyes and hope and joy to your heart.
Click this link: https://youtu.be/LuNMl_Kq4oY
Something all-new on our website
We have added a component to About Us on our website — the occasional up-close profile of a WACSC member or volunteer. Our first is of Board member Ben Stone, whose life and background can inspire us all. Here’s a snippet:
Ben Stone was instrumental in starting the World Affairs Council in Sonoma County and, after a long hiatus, has rejoined the Board, for which we are all grateful. We asked him to share his experiences with us. Ben writes:
“I was very pleased to be part of the original Board of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. As I reflected on writing this piece, I realized for the first time how one thing led to another in world affairs for me—and how lucky I’ve been!
Last year I retired, and was honored to join the WACSC Board again. The progress that’s been made is simply amazing; WACSC now has a budget, active committees, terrific speakers, nearly 400 members — and much more! I look forward to being of further service to WACSC, perhaps developing some new ways to interest and involve local youth in world affairs.”
Visit our website to read more about Ben and his remarkable contributions to our county and especially to WACSC.
“See” you soon!
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As sheltering in place continues…
Your World Affairs Council is working to remain upbeat and vital, and to keep you up to date.
- Conference calls, archived videos, podcasts and newsletters.
As you may know, our Council is part of World Affairs Council of America (“WACA”). It offers some very interesting programs that are part of your WACSC membership. These include interviews with book authors (Cover to Cover) and conversations with international and domestic leaders (Know Now).
- Please share with us
If you have a book, podcast or video recommendation on world affairs, email us at email@example.com and we may include it in our next newsletter.
So let’s all keep the conversation going! Look for more WACSC emails coming soon.
And above all, let’s all stay healthy.
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