Cancellation – How The Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and The Threat To Democracy – July 13

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Subject: July 13th Meeting Cancelled – Attila Relenyi’s Topic Proposal Is Our Focus For August 10th
Date: Sat, June 25, 2016
Time: 2:14 am MDT – 3:19 am MDT (due to 100/hour limit)

Dear Friends,

Cancellation Of Our July 13th Meeting

As stated in last Saturday’s weekly e-mail (and, indeed, in the first e-mail of every monthly cycle), our July 13th meeting would be cancelled unless a minimum quorum of 6 RSVP’s had been received by 11:59 pm last evening.

Unfortunately, only 5 RSVP’s were received -- from Ted Gurney, Elizabeth (“Tucker”) Gurney, George Kunath, June Taylor (aka Utah Owl) and Yours Truly.

Accordingly, our July 13th meeting is cancelled.

Maintaining Standards

We should be proud (in a perverse sense) that this is only the third time in our 10.5-year history that we have failed to achieve a quorum.

Each of the previous two times we had received only 5 RSVP’s, the Q arose whether an exception couldn’t be made.

However, we have always adhered to the principle that making exceptions to standards really means having no standards.

August 10 Topic

The August 10 topic is Attila Relenyi’s Proposal = Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance by Julia Angwin ($14.38 paperback + shipping or $9.99 Kindle from - 320 pages).

Explanation =

Ordinarily, each month’s participants vote on the topic for the following month.

However, that is not possible when a meeting is cancelled.

On both occasions that it was necessary to select a month’s topic following the cancellation of the previous month’s meeting, we followed the principle that rather than become stuck on a topic that might never be capable of mustering a quorum, we would select the Proposed Topic that had received the greatest number of views on our bulletin board,

Ironically, of the three topics currently posted, the greatest number of views (currently 314) has been received by Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed which was proposed by Lewis Williams, a Delta Airlines pilot.

The reason why this is ironic is that the proposal of The Vision of the Anointed expired on June 15 when it failed to receive a vote for the 6th meeting in a row.

Accordingly Julia Angwin’s Dragnet Nation (currently with 136 views) is the focus for our August 10 meeting.


We hope to see all of you on August 10th.

Your friend,

John K.

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