Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group

The Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group (WADG) is attended by people interested in discussing current events and topics of state, national and international interest.

WADG is free, open to the public, and new participants are always welcome!

The group has been meeting for many years for two hours each Tuesday morning at 10 AM at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Library, located behind the Meadows shopping center at Baseline Road and Foothills Parkway.

Now, with Covid-19, we meet virtually.

Here are the general guidelines of the group and here are our running attendance figures.

WADG Meets Virtually With Zoom

Since March of 2020, WADG has been meeting virtually via Zoom, at the same time: Tuesdays from 10 to noon. We also meet informally every day (other than Tuesdays) at 4 PM in what we call the lounge.

Join the email list (see the box "WADG Communications") to get the Zoom information.

Any computer, tablet, or smartphone (iPhone or Android) will do. It's best if a computer has a camera and microphone, or at least the latter, but it's not required if you only want to watch and listen.

WADG Communications

Most of our communications are via email, as a Google Group called "Boulder WADG (World Affairs Discussion Group)". To sign up for the announcements, send an email to boulder-wadg@googlegroups.com. You'll start receiving information about how to join our Zoom discussions.

Almost every day, an email containing links to articles suggested by WADG members is sent out, along with the Zoom link. (It never changes, but it's sent as a convenience.)

All of the article-link emails are here. For the most recent such email, see the box "Recently Emailed Links."

Recently Emailed Links

The following links were suggested by various WADGers, and may or not point to true information. WADGers don't necessarily agree with the opinion linked to and nor have they done any research to establish its veracity.

2020-08-08

From Marc Rochkind:

[In yesterday's lounge we started to talk about Kamala Harris's record insofar as Black Lives Matter issues are concerned, and agreed to resume the conversation today after we've done some research. Here are some articles I've found.]

Black men killed by police – what did Kamala Harris do about it?
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-08-05/kamala-harris-police-shootings-black-lives-matter

Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/kamala-harris-criminal-justice.html

When Kamala Was a Top Cop
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/08/kamala-cop-record/596758/

Were Tulsi Gabbard’s attacks on Kamala Harris’ record as a California prosecutor on target?
https://www.politifact.com/article/2019/aug/01/were-tulsi-gabbards-attacks-kamala-harris-record-c/

[Here are other articles.]

If you’ve never supported the NRA, now is the time to start
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/07/if-youve-never-supported-nra-now-is-time-start/?hpid=hp_save-opinions-float-right-4-0_opinion-card-h-right%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans

The B-29, not the atomic bomb, was the first weapon of mass destruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/08/b-29-not-atomic-bomb-was-first-weapon-mass-destruction/

Gene Weingarten: Hi, 2016 Trump voters. We have to talk.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/gene-weingarten-hi-2016-trump-voters-we-have-to-talk/2020/07/30/f0089da2-c53d-11ea-8ffe-372be8d82298_story.html


Miscellaneous Stuff

At the beginning of each year we make predictions for the upcoming year. Here are our predictions for this year (2020) along with links to earlier years.

Here are some observations about civilization at the end of 2015.

Here are other discussion groups within the Boulder library system.

Here are the results of a quick survey of the attendees about their news sources.

Some information about the ages of attendees at WADG in 2019.

Here are some suggestions from Marc Rochkind about the dangers of opening email.

And finally, here are some suggestions for addressing problems with your computer.