On June 7, 2012 in Santa Clara at The Commonwealth Club, Dan Ashley of ABC KGO talked with General Colin Powell about his new book “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.” Powell wanted to talk about the principles that guided him from the immigrant neighborhoods of New York City to corridors of power and how a new generation can follow that path.
He talked about his career after retiring from the military as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He turned down offers from Wall Street firms that simply wanted his name and reputation. He served as U.S. Secretary of State in the second Bush administration but left after the invasion of Iraq. He spoke about dealing with North Korea and Iran on the futility of developing nuclear weapons to stay in power. In his travels Powell discovered that leaders of all nations face the same problems of finding jobs for people. Perhaps when they realize they are all in same boat they will begin to row in the same direction.
On Aug. 15, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Business Of Austerity” about how the Republican Congress caused the US Government to default. By harming the full faith and credit of the United States they caused the stock market to fall, hurting their friends on Wall Street. Austerity hurts recovery.
Dana Goodyear wrote “Grub” about eating bugs as a source of protein.
Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Sleeping With The Enemy” about what happened to the Neanderthals. Apparently they were not as artistic or creative as humans.
Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Blame Games” about Wall Street blaming the slow economic recovery from their collapse on Obama. They fear regulation that never happened. Fareed Zakaria noted that “…Fortune 500 companies are sitting on a cash hoard of 1.8 trillion.” Do they fear a recovery even more? By pouting, if will they be missing out. They may be holding themselves back.
Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Scales Fall” about overfishing. There are no longer plenty of fish in the sea.