Friday, April 27, 2012

Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix itBeyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it by Robert B. Reich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beyond Outrage is a book which deals with the growing gap between rich and poor. Reich explains the frustration which has led to the Occupy movement. Quoting Reich, "Yet when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with all this, they're told the First Amendment doesn't apply. Instead, they're clubbed, pepper sprayed, thrown out of public parks, and evicted from public spaces. Across America, public officials have said Occupiers have to go."

This is a timely book as we are approaching a Presidential election. Reich does his best to rally the oppressed. "So many people have been hit by job losses, sagging incomes, and declining home values that Americans will eventually become mobilized. The question is not whether, but when."

I am giving this book a five-star rating. It is a must read.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HAT Meeting, 4.15.12

Six members were present for the HAT meeting at Church of the Restoration on the 15th.  We decided to change to start time of our meetings to 1:00 pm.  We went through to order of service for our Humanist Sunday service and made a few changes.  We decided to donate the TV/VCR to the Free Store in Crosbie Heights.  I took the piece of equipment to the Free Store the following Tuesday.  Regarding the recent shootings in Tulsa, Bill said he would write up some response for the secular elements of Tulsa and submit it to the newspaper.

The next meeting will be on May 20.