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United States Institute of Peace - A Conversation with Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry sat down with moderator Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour at Passing The Baton 20170110 to discuss the future of American foreign policy facing the next administration.

In response to a question from the audience, Secretary Kerry made clear that the following questions occupy his mind at the time he is leaving his office.

Study the EU in light of Brexit and how it works.

Big Questions:

Chinese and Russian Spheres of Influence

Global Governance

Failed and Failing States

Corruption and Sources of Accountability that create better governance, stability, and greater responsiveness to citizens

New Platforms of Communication

How will Democracy move faster and more efficiently toward building consensus given a declining interest in the consumption of facts

Need a New Marshal Plan focused on critical states in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Central Asia. We need to respond to the coming "youth bulge", 1.5 billion children under 15, of whom 400 million will not go to school, leaving them exposed to recruitment and indoctrination by authoritarian extremists. Extremists allegedly have a 35 year plan, whereas stable governments don't even have a five year plan. What inspiration can we offer to counter Daesh-ISIL? New images countering the narrative must be put in front of those who can see but not reach and claim what the "developed" world enjoys.

The Department of State has a budget of 51 billion dollars. 22 billion goes to USAID. "Everything we do in US Foreign policy is about one penny on the dollar of what we spend." "There is no longer an Over There and Over Here. We are all connected. Investing there saves us money and casualties later.

"I want to find the right thing to do within the context of something that is there...You spend as much time trying to keep the telephones working and the office open as you do trying to get done what you want to do."

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--Anonymous (Not signed in).....2017-01-11 20:45:32 UTC

@AtplPsychology Kiriloi M. Ingram’s brief but interesting review of the female archetypes found in IS magazine Dabiq https://icct.nl/publication/promises-of-paradise-is-propaganda-towards-women/

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New York Times - Stretching: The Truth http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sports/playmagazine/112pewarm.html

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We make fun of Methodists for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed, and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese.

But nobody sings like them. If you were to ask an audience in New York City, a relatively Methodist-less place, to sing along on the chorus of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," they will look daggers at you as if you had asked them to strip to their underwear. But if you do this among Methodists, they'd smile and row that boat ashore and up on the beach! And down the road!

Many Methodists are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, a talent that comes from sitting on the lap of someone singing alto or tenor or bass and hearing the harmonic intervals by putting your little head against that person's rib cage.

It's natural for Methodists to sing in harmony. They are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When you're singing in the key of C and you slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of you, it's an emotionally fulfilling moment. By joining in harmony, they somehow promise that they will not forsake each other.

I do believe this: People, these Methodists, who love to sing in four-part harmony are the sort of people you can call up when you're in deep distress.

*If you're dying, they will comfort you.

*If you are lonely, they'll talk to you.

*And if you are hungry, they'll give you tuna salad.

*Methodists believe in prayer, but would practically die if asked to pray out loud.

*Methodists like to sing, except when confronted with a new hymn or a hymn with more than four stanzas.

*Methodists believe their pastors will visit them in the hospital, even if they don't notify them that they are there.

*Methodists usually follow the official liturgy and will feel it is their way of suffering for their sins.

*Methodists believe in miracles and even expect miracles, especially during their stewardship visitation programs or when passing the plate.

Methodists think that the Bible forbids them from crossing the aisle while passing the peace.

*Methodists drink coffee as if it were the Third Sacrament.

*Methodists feel guilty for not staying to clean up after their own wedding reception in the Fellowship Hall.

*Methodists are willing to pay up to one dollar for a meal at the church.

*Methodists still serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color of the season and think that peas in a tuna casserole adds too much color.

*Methodists believe that it is OK to poke fun at themselves and never take themselves too seriously.

And finally, You know you are a Methodist when:

It's 100 degrees, with 90% humidity, and you still have coffee after the service.

You hear something funny during the sermon and smile as loudly as you can.

Donuts are a line item in the church budget, just like coffee.

When you watch a Star Wars movie and they say, "May the Force be with you," you respond, "and also with you."

And lastly, it takes ten minutes to say good - bye !

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Valerie Weisler - Validation Project





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--Anonymous (Not signed in).....2017-05-27 04:49:30 UTC

Not just in Oklahoma...a systemic sentence passed on our children across the nation. This is how political extremism is made not only possible but guaranteed.


--Anonymous (Not signed in).....2017-07-03 17:24:44 UTC

Trump’s Tweets Must Now Be Taken Seriously 216k 1.2k 211 The 9th Circuit’s travel ban ruling declares the president’s Twitter feed is a legally binding stream of consciousness. https://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/06/the_9th_circuit_just_decreed_that_trump_s_twitter_feed_must_be_taken_seriously.html?utm_content=inf_10_2641_2&wpsrc=socialedge&tse_id=INF_646186604fd911e7914c7bbd6ac2df54

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Paul Taylor Dance Company performancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLFDBAUnjTs

Laban Movement Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDRXWCa0r2w

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