SKIPPING CHURCH Brown Bag Lunch and TED Talks Discussions

Corruption!
Exploitation!

TED TALK #1

Filmed November 2009 at TEDxBerlin
Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He’s founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe.

Some of the world’s most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.
Why you should listen
     From the website of Transparency International comes this elegant definition: What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.
     Peter Eigen knows this. He worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America. Among his assignments, he served as director of the regional mission for Eastern Africa from 1988 to 1991. Stunned by the depth and pervasiveness — and sheer destructiveness — of the corruption he encountered, he formed the group Transparency International to take on some of the main players in deals with corrupt officials: multinational corporations.
     Eigen believes that the best way to root out corruption is to make it known. Thus, Transparency International works to raises awareness of corruption, and takes practical action to address it, including public hearings.

TED TALK #2

Filmed Jun 2013 TED Global 2013 · 14:27
Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption’s hidden players

 At Global Witness, Charmian Penelope Gooch,the 2014 TED Prize winner is a British anti-corruption campaigner and activist. She is a co-founder and board member of the NGO Global Witness, where she works to uncover and fight corruption in the developing world as she exposes how a global architecture of corruption is woven into the extraction and exploitation of natural resources. 

Why you should listen                                                                          

     Charmian Gooch co-founded the watchdog NGO Global Witness with colleagues Simon Taylor and Patrick Alley in 1993, in response to growing concerns over covert warfare funded by illicit trade. Since then, Global Witness has captured headlines for their exposé of “blood diamonds” in Uganda, of mineral exploitation in the Congo, of illegal timber trade between Cambodia and Thailand, and more. With unique expertise on the shadowy threads connecting corrupt businesses and governments, Global Witness continues its quest to uncover and root out the sources of exploitation.                                                                    In 2014, Gooch and Global Witness were awarded the $1 million TED Prize, along with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, for their campaign to end anonymous companies. Gooch’s TED Prize wish: for us to know who ultimately owns and controls companies and launch a new era of openness in business. Global Witness highlighted the importance of this issue in an investigation, aired on 60 Minutes, where they sent an undercover investigator into 13 New York law firms. The investigator posed as an adviser to a government minister in Africa and asked for thoughts on how to move money into the United States for a plane, a yacht and a brownstone. All but one firm offered advice. 

     The Panama Papers, released in April of 2016, further demonstrate the need for transparency. The papers paint a picture of how the rich and powerful around the world use offshore accounts and anonymous companies to move money. “This secretive world is being opened up to global public scrutiny,” said Gooch on the day the papers were released.

     When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sports cars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (with several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar faces.

Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch or Order now your Marisa’s Deli lunch. Please note that these prices, except sides include tax and a about a $1 donation to the IEAA. 

                                             Sides 

$2 Sweet Red Slaw, Coleslaw, Pasta salad, Fruit salad, marinated mushrooms, potato salad or side salad.

                                            Salads

$11 Antipasto Salad – Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla and Jumbo Pepperoni with tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis on a bed of lettuce 

$10 Marinated Veggie Salad – Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushrooms & Goat Cheese on a bed of lettuce 

$10 Caprese Salad – Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Fresh Tomato on a bed of mixed greens $7.99 

$8 Burrata Plate – Creamy Burrataserved with Tomato, Basil and Speck (smoke cured proscuitto) 

                                                 Sammiches 

$12 includes a small deli side 

Available on Wheat, Squaw, Sourdough or Rye 

All served with lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend 

Club Sammich – Roast Beef, Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast, White American Cheese, and Mayo 

Diane’s Veggie Sammich – Cucumber, Artichoke Hearts, Red Onion, Spinach, Pepe Rossa and Havarti Cheeses 

Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey with Provolone 

Roast Beef on Squaw – with Swiss and Mayo 

Rosemary Ham and Swiss on Rye – with mayo and mustard 

Pastrami on Rye – Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard

                                    Specialitas Sandwiches 

small: $9 large: $13

“Forgettaboutit”– Shaved Roast Beef, Hot Giardiniera, Onion, Pepe Rossa Cheese and Mayo. Seasoned and Toasted. 

Tonno – Marisa’s Recipe Tuna Salad, Lettuce, Tomato and Aged Provolone 

Muffuletta – Salami, Capicolla and Mortadella with Marisa’s Olive Spread 

Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella – drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil *add $2 for Buffalo Mozzarella 

Caprese – Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toasted Veggie – Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushroom & Goat Cheese. 

Meatball Sub – Homemade meatballs, marinara and Provolone 

Hot Pastrami – Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard 

                             Italian Submarinos

All served with aged provolone, lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend

“Tommy Gun” – Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla & Jumbo Pepperoni 

“Gabagool” – Capicolla (RIP James Gandolfini!) 

The “Gusto” – Buon Gusto Salami 

The Whole Molinari – Finnochionna and Toscano Salami’s and Jumbo Pepperoni 

The Calabrese – Hot Calabrese Flat Salami 

The Yard Bird – Capicolla and Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast 

Soppresatta – Available in Hot or Sweet

Girls’ Night Out at Smokey Canyon BBQ

Take a break from the holiday madness! Forget about shopping lists, annoying relatives, and the endless nativity scenes – it’s time for BBQ! We’ll enjoy the flavors of summer as we chat, relax, and have fun.

Smokey Canyon BBQ is across the lane from, and about halfway between, Chase Bank and KFC.

There are a LOT of vegetarian options and some vegan ones too!

***This event is limited to women only.***

SKIPPING CHURCH Brown Bag Lunch and TED Talks Discussions

Corruption!
Exploitation!

TED TALK #1

Filmed November 2009 at TEDxBerlin
Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt

As a director of the World Bank in Nairobi, Peter Eigen saw firsthand how devastating corruption can be. He’s founder of Transparency International, an NGO that works to persuade international companies not to bribe.

Some of the world’s most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. In his talk, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization, Transparency International.
Why you should listen
     From the website of Transparency International comes this elegant definition: What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.
     Peter Eigen knows this. He worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly as a World Bank manager of programs in Africa and Latin America. Among his assignments, he served as director of the regional mission for Eastern Africa from 1988 to 1991. Stunned by the depth and pervasiveness — and sheer destructiveness — of the corruption he encountered, he formed the group Transparency International to take on some of the main players in deals with corrupt officials: multinational corporations.
     Eigen believes that the best way to root out corruption is to make it known. Thus, Transparency International works to raises awareness of corruption, and takes practical action to address it, including public hearings.

TED TALK #2

Filmed Jun 2013 TED Global 2013 · 14:27
Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption’s hidden players

 At Global Witness, Charmian Penelope Gooch,the 2014 TED Prize winner is a British anti-corruption campaigner and activist. She is a co-founder and board member of the NGO Global Witness, where she works to uncover and fight corruption in the developing world as she exposes how a global architecture of corruption is woven into the extraction and exploitation of natural resources. 

Why you should listen                                                                          

     Charmian Gooch co-founded the watchdog NGO Global Witness with colleagues Simon Taylor and Patrick Alley in 1993, in response to growing concerns over covert warfare funded by illicit trade. Since then, Global Witness has captured headlines for their exposé of “blood diamonds” in Uganda, of mineral exploitation in the Congo, of illegal timber trade between Cambodia and Thailand, and more. With unique expertise on the shadowy threads connecting corrupt businesses and governments, Global Witness continues its quest to uncover and root out the sources of exploitation.                                                                    In 2014, Gooch and Global Witness were awarded the $1 million TED Prize, along with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, for their campaign to end anonymous companies. Gooch’s TED Prize wish: for us to know who ultimately owns and controls companies and launch a new era of openness in business. Global Witness highlighted the importance of this issue in an investigation, aired on 60 Minutes, where they sent an undercover investigator into 13 New York law firms. The investigator posed as an adviser to a government minister in Africa and asked for thoughts on how to move money into the United States for a plane, a yacht and a brownstone. All but one firm offered advice. 

     The Panama Papers, released in April of 2016, further demonstrate the need for transparency. The papers paint a picture of how the rich and powerful around the world use offshore accounts and anonymous companies to move money. “This secretive world is being opened up to global public scrutiny,” said Gooch on the day the papers were released.

     When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sports cars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (with several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar faces.

Bring your own Brown Bag Lunch or Order now your Marisa’s Deli lunch. Please note that these prices, except sides include tax and a about a $1 donation to the IEAA. 

                                             Sides 

$2 Sweet Red Slaw, Coleslaw, Pasta salad, Fruit salad, marinated mushrooms, potato salad or side salad.

                                            Salads

$11 Antipasto Salad – Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla and Jumbo Pepperoni with tomatoes, olives and pepperoncinis on a bed of lettuce 

$10 Marinated Veggie Salad – Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushrooms & Goat Cheese on a bed of lettuce 

$10 Caprese Salad – Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Fresh Tomato on a bed of mixed greens $7.99 

$8 Burrata Plate – Creamy Burrataserved with Tomato, Basil and Speck (smoke cured proscuitto) 

                                                 Sammiches 

$12 includes a small deli side 

Available on Wheat, Squaw, Sourdough or Rye 

All served with lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend 

Club Sammich – Roast Beef, Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast, White American Cheese, and Mayo 

Diane’s Veggie Sammich – Cucumber, Artichoke Hearts, Red Onion, Spinach, Pepe Rossa and Havarti Cheeses 

Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey with Provolone 

Roast Beef on Squaw – with Swiss and Mayo 

Rosemary Ham and Swiss on Rye – with mayo and mustard 

Pastrami on Rye – Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard

                                    Specialitas Sandwiches 

small: $9 large: $13

“Forgettaboutit”– Shaved Roast Beef, Hot Giardiniera, Onion, Pepe Rossa Cheese and Mayo. Seasoned and Toasted. 

Tonno – Marisa’s Recipe Tuna Salad, Lettuce, Tomato and Aged Provolone 

Muffuletta – Salami, Capicolla and Mortadella with Marisa’s Olive Spread 

Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella – drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil *add $2 for Buffalo Mozzarella 

Caprese – Fresh Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toasted Veggie – Roasted Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, Marinated Mushroom & Goat Cheese. 

Meatball Sub – Homemade meatballs, marinara and Provolone 

Hot Pastrami – Pickles, Onions, Provolone, Mustard 

                             Italian Submarinos

All served with aged provolone, lettuce, tomato and Marisa’s oil and vinegar blend

“Tommy Gun” – Salami, Mortadella, Capicolla & Jumbo Pepperoni 

“Gabagool” – Capicolla (RIP James Gandolfini!) 

The “Gusto” – Buon Gusto Salami 

The Whole Molinari – Finnochionna and Toscano Salami’s and Jumbo Pepperoni 

The Calabrese – Hot Calabrese Flat Salami 

The Yard Bird – Capicolla and Oven Roasted Sundried Tomato Turkey Breast 

Soppresatta – Available in Hot or Sweet

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA. MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Game Day 2

We had a family game night yesterday and have a hoard of leftover cookies, cake, pretzels, candy and cookies. Need help with eating these so I’m having a no-notice Game Party today. Board games, card games, RPG—whatever you’d like to play, I have some and bring your own too. Let’s keep this 4-day weekend going! Four people makes this a party and we have three tables to have three games going if enough people come. Kick in for pizza or Thai and we’re all set.

Let’s play! Come for some or all. Kids welcomed too.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA. MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Meetup

If you like to sleep in on Sunday and do not want to get up for our weekly hike but would like some lively conversation later in the morning, come join us for breakfast. Our hiking group always meets for a meal and a pleasant chat after our hike. Farmer Boy’s Restaurant is located on the corner of University Ave. and the 91 Freeway in downtown Riverside. Their prices are reasonable and there is a patio outside where we sit, making for a nice non-noisy location. If it is nice and we are able to sit outside, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. This meetup time is 10:15 am, which is a close approximation. We might be a early or a few minutes late getting down the mountain, so wait for us if you do not find us there! Look for the IEAA tee shirts if it is your first time to attend.

Weekly Mount Rubidoux Fun Hike!

Join us for a FUN event EVERY Sunday morning! The regular hikers in this event rarely sign up even though they hike every Sunday. There are always more people than the two hosts so don’t be shy in joining us!

Want to have fun and stay healthy too? Join us for some exercise AND enjoy the wonders of nature at the same time! This exercise is fun and the views from the top are absolutely awesome! It takes about a half hour to hike up and a half hour down, maybe 45 minute each way at a slower pace. This is an easy hike, but may be strenuous for anyone who is not in good physical condition. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a jogger this will be a VERY easy hike, but if you never get any exercise you may want to try walking in your neighborhood for a few weeks before you do this hike.

FOOD: Each week we meet at the base of the mountain, hike up, enjoy the amazing view, talk for a while, solve all the world’s problems, hike back down, and have a light breakfast or early lunch at one of the local restaurants nearby. If you prefer to hike and skip the food that’s fine too.

DIRECTIONS: Mount Rubidoux Memorial Park is located on the western edge of downtown Riverside, just a few minutes off the 91 Freeway. From the 91 Freeway exit at the Mission Inn / University Off Ramp Proceed west on either Mission Inn Boulevard or University to Redwood Drive. Turn left on Redwood to 9th Street Turn right on 9th and go one block to the Park entrance (where 9th street ends)

BRIEF DIRECTIONS: Get on 9th street and go north until it ends!

PLEASE try to arrive a few minutes early because we like to start the hike on time. We meet in front of the 9th street entrance gate. Also, PLEASE RSVP since we will wait a while at the start point IF we know you are coming and you are a little late. Friendly dogs are welcome but remember that dogs must be on a short leash. No toilets in the park.

FREE parking on parts of 9th street and some others, but be careful since some of the streets are residents only parking. PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE PARKING SIGNS SINCE THERE ARE LOTS OF RESTRICTIONS ON PARKING IN THE AREA. MUCH OF THE PARKING IS RESERVED FOR RESIDENTS WITH PERMITS! TICKETS ARE LIBERALLY DISPENSED BY PARKING ENFORCEMENT

FREE admission to the park.

The Red Dot is where we meet.

The Blue areas are the closest parking areas for non-residents.

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