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IDG: Citibank, Microsoft, 9:00, Feb 4, 2019

DMA Investment Discussion Group

  • Overall market conditions – Jim Phillips
  • Citibank – Dave Piersol
  • Microsoft – Gary Banks

30 King’s Hwy South, 1st floor Conference Room.  Host: John Hess

Current Affairs: CT’s Fiscal Problems, April 18, 2019

Discussion leader: John Schlachtenhaufen

Everybody has an opinion – and someone to blame – but in this discussion we’ll dig deep into the data and look for realistic solutions. 


You’re gonna need this …

The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth produced a bleak assessment of Connecticut’s fiscal health for the incoming governor and General Assembly


Another article about the wealthy leaving.  This from the Yankee Institute:

Current Affairs. DNA Privacy. March 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Gary Banks

DNA Privacy.  It is now inexpensive to at least partially sequence a person’s genome.  Companies like and 23 & me have done it for 20 million people.  There are also growing databases, some public, with individual’s DNA gathered from medical testing or crime events.  Recently, a cold case of rape/murder was solved by taking DNA from the crime scene and quickly identifying the killer’s cousin that then lead to an arrest.  That’s good to solve a crime – now how about an employer or insurance company looking into your genome?

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases

How your third cousin’s ancestry DNA test could jeopardize your privacy. Public DNA databases can be used to find you — even if you never shared your own DNA.

We will find you: DNA search used to nab Golden State Killer can home in on about 60% of white Americans

How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations. Fifteen murder and sexual assault cases have been solved since April with a single genealogy website. This is how GEDmatch went from a casual side project to a revolutionary tool.

When a DNA Test Reveals Your Daughter Is Not Your Biological Child

23 and me Privacy Policy. Privacy Statement

The FBI’s CODIS database:

Also on CODIS:

An overview of human genetic privacy from the NIH:

Current Affairs. Brexit. February 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Bryan Hooper

Current Affairs: Is Social Media Good For Democracy? January 17, 2019

Discussion leader: Jim Phillips

Intelligence Squared Debate

Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?

Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy

Guest Post: Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy?

Without Transparency, Democracy Dies In The Darkness Of Social Media

Why social media may not be so good for democracy

Book Club: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, March 13, 2019

He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

Book Club. I Was Told to Come Alone : My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet, February 13 2019

The journalist who broke the “Jihadi John” story draws on her personal experience to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West and explain the rise of Islamic radicalism Souad Mekhennet has lived her entire life between worlds. The daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany and has worked for several American newspapers. Since the 9/11 attacks she has reported stories among the most dangerous members of her religion; when she is told to come alone to an interview, she never knows what awaits at her destination. In this compelling and evocative book, Mekhennet seeks to answer the question, “What is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?” She has unique and exclusive access into the world of jihad and sometimes her reporting has put her life in danger. We accompany her from Germany to the heart of the Muslim world — from the Middle East to North Africa, from Sunni Pakistan to Shia Iran, and the Turkish/ Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. She then returns to Europe, first in London, where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner “Jihadi John,” and then in Paris and Brussels, where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization. Too often we find ourselves unable to see the human stories behind the headlines, and so Mekhennet – with a foot in many different camps – is the ideal guide to take us where no Western reporter can go. Her story is a journey that changes her life and will have a deep impact on us as well

DMA Gentlemen Songsters Celebrate — Christmas Lunch with Bunny (December 2018)

A very merry time was had by all: Bunny, our long-time accompanist, entertained our Gentlemen Songsters singing group at her home in Darien, as she played songs on her magnificent organ, gave accordion lessons to Dave and then provided us with a holiday feast that will live in our memories for a very long time. Great fun! Tom

Investment Club: January 7th at 9am

January 7th at 9am. We will discuss Alibaba (BABA) led by Sunil Saksena and GE led by Woody Spurgeon

Investment Club: 9:00, Dec 3rd. 2018

We will meet at John Hess’s office at 30 King’s Hwy South, 1st Floor.

Investment Club

Interested in investing?  The join the DMA Investment Club.

Leader: Jim Phillips

Lower East Side Wandering – November 27, 2018

Happy Wanderers Lower East Side Wandering is on for Tuesday
November 27, 2018

The Wanderers will be exploring the Lower East Side of New York City on
Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Included in this wandering will be libations
at the dive Bar Milano’s, a tour of the Tenement Museum and Lunch at
Katz Delicatessen.Its expected to be a windy and chilly day so be warmly
Board the 8.36 am train to Grand Central from Darien or the 8.39 am train
from Noroton Heights.Upon arrival at Grand Central, congregate at the
Information booth in the center of its Great Hall.
Contact: Sunil Saksena, 203-561-8601

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