06/28/2015 archive

On This Day In History June 28

This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

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June 28 is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year.

In common years it is always in ISO week 26.

This date is the only date each year where both the month and day are different perfect numbers, June 6 being the only date where the month and day are the same perfect number.

On this day in 1919, Keynes predicts economic chaos

At the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles with the Allies, officially ending World War I. The English economist John Maynard Keynes, who had attended the peace conference but then left in protest of the treaty, was one of the most outspoken critics of the punitive agreement. In his The Economic Consequences of the Peace, published in December 1919, Keynes predicted that the stiff war reparations and other harsh terms imposed on Germany by the treaty would lead to the financial collapse of the country, which in turn would have serious economic and political repercussions on Europe and the world.


A decade later, Hitler would exploit this continuing bitterness among Germans to seize control of the German state. In the 1930s, the Treaty of Versailles was significantly revised and altered in Germany’s favor, but this belated amendment could not stop the rise of German militarism and the subsequent outbreak of World War II.

In the late 1930s, John Maynard Keynes gained a reputation as the world’s foremost economist by advocating large-scale government economic planning to keep unemployment low and markets healthy. Today, all major capitalist nations adhere to the key principles of Keynesian economics. He died in 1946.

Governments ignore Keynes at their own peril.

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Punting the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Needless to day, after this week’s Supreme court rulings on the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, the right wing heads will be exploding on all the usual Sunday programs. It might actually be fun to watch.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: 2016 presidential candidates former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; and  Rep. Peter King (R-NY).

The roundtable guests are:  Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell; Democratic strategist Donna Brazile; ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; and ABC’s Cokie Roberts.

Face the Nation: Mr. Dickerson’s guests are: Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Gov. John Kasich (R-OH); Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC); and Rep. Ellijah Cummings (D-SC).

His panel guests are: Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal; David Ignatius The Washington Post; April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks; and Reihan Salam, Slate Magazine.

Ocassionaly, it’s worth watching Peggy Noonan struggling not to slur her words and, often, failing miserably.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on Sunday’s “MTP” are: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders; and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA).

The panel guests are: Michael Eric Dyson, Professor, Georgetown University; Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard Law School; and Kathleen Parker, Columnist for The Washington Post.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper:

This week Mr. Tapper’s guest is GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

 Bangladesh completes garmet factory collapse probe

  Court set to decide whether to put building owners and several officials on trial for deaths of 1,200 workers in 2013.

28 Jun 2015 06:42 GMT

The investigation into the deadly collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013 has been completed.

Nearly 1,200 garment workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building came crashing down.

A court is about to decide whether it will put the building owners and a number of government officials on trial.

Meanwhile, survivors recall their tragic experiences as they continue to suffer from their injuries and feel neglected.

Al Jazeera’s Maher Sattar reports from Dhaka.

Sunday’s Headlines:

Greece is doomed

Pope Francis recruits Naomi Klein in climate change battle

Isis, a year of the caliphate: How powerful is the ‘Islamic State’ and what threat does it really pose to West?

Confronting the Past: America Finally Turns Its Attention to Rampant Racism

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

The Breakfast Club (Electric)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover  we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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Breakfast Tune: Jon Eric playing “Cool Your Jets” on the Nechville ELECTRIC Banjo

Today in History

An assassination in Europe sparks World War I; Elian Gonzalez and his father leave for Cuba; Boxer Mike Tyson disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear; Richard Rodgers and Mel Brooks born. (June 28)

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