How the Biggest Military-Industrial-Congressional Fraud of the 20th Century Launched the Internet

Lester Earnest

January 14, 2018

The Internet is a result of the following five main developments:

· First Computer Network: SAGE air defense system, Initiated by MIT in the early 1950s, built by many contractors and operational 1958-1982.
· General Purpose Interactive Computing: timesharing systems, developed at MIT, beginning operating in 1962 and went commercial in 1965.
· General Purpose Computer Networking, initiated by people from MIT and funded by the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), resulting in the ARPANET, which largely interconnected academic institutions.
· Network Interconnections: Internet Protocols developed at Stanford University, released in 1974 and eventually adopted widely, forming the Internet. Also called TCP/IP.
· Standardized Graphical Terminal Interface: World-Wide-Web, started at CERN in Switzerland in 1990, came into widespread use by 2000 and now is maintained at MIT.

Thus, MIT played a major part in creating the Internet. By chance, Lester Earnest contributed to each of the above developments, and is evidently the only person in the world who did that.

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Trump and the Constitution

Prof. Martin Carcieri

January 7, 2018

The constitutional implications of Donald Trump’s presidency are sprawling. One of the most enduring may be his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In 2006, Gorsuch published his doctoral dissertation, a critique of the right to die – and in particular physician assisted suicide – based on the principle of the inviolability of life. Following an introduction, Prof. Carcieri shall present a critique of Gorsuch’s book using Rawlsian principles of justice. Prof. Carcieri is a Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University.

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The Grateful Garment Project

Lisa J. Blanchard

December 24, 2017

The Grateful Garment Project’s mission is to ensure that every victim of a sexual crime who seeks medical attention and/or law enforcement involvement is provided with whatever new clothing, toiletries, snacks and other items that he or she may require. We have further expanded our mission and vision to encompass all victims of sexual violence. This includes, but is not limited to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), and victims of Human Sexual Trafficking. Our scope is wide but our purpose is narrow: no victim of sexual violence in our communities should ever experience further suffering due to a lack of clothing to wear home after he or she receives services from a Sexual Violence Service Provider.

Lisa J. Blanchard is the Executive Director and Founder of The Grateful Garment Project (gratefulgarment.org). As founder, Lisa has been the guiding force and visionary of The Grateful Garment Project. Lisa’s unique combination of experience in nonprofit, customer service, law, and management produces the creative and conceptual leadership required to bring The Grateful Garment Project to the State of California and beyond. She has dedicated significant amounts of time to working with people not only professionally, but also in a volunteer capacity. Lisa holds an AS in Business, a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. It is her vision that no victim of sexual assault ever experience further suffering due to lack of resources.

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Humanism in Puerto Rico

Antonio J. Torres

December 17, 2017

Antonio J. Torres will speak about his own personal experiences, as well as those of Puerto Rico generally, by going into detail about the legal aspects of the church and state relationship there. Mr. Torres is associated with the Secular Latino Alliance (secularlatinos.weebly.com) and Hispanic American Freethinkers (hafree.org), and used to be involved with Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (www.humanistaspr.org) when he lived in Puerto Rico, before moving to California last year.

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Humor and Your Health

Susan Cabrera

December 10, 2017

Humor plays an important part in our lives not only because it is enjoyable but because it contributes to our mental and physical well-being. As scientific studies reveal, our bodies and minds are inextricably connected. Our thoughts–be they stressful, happy, bitter, or light-hearted–have an impact on our bodies. This talk will focus on the role of humor in promoting overall health. Susan Cabrera has her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Stanford with emphasis in behavior modification. She has been a counselor at the Stanford Institute for Behavioral Counseling and a clinical researcher at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry. Susan’s poetry book Life in the Fast Lane will be available for sale and personal dedications after the talk.

Humanist Community Forum (2017-12-10): Humor and Your Health – Susan Cabrera from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


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