07/19/2015 archive

Desperate Measures

Sometimes the radical is the only responsible thing to do.

Lapavitsas Calls for Exit as the Only Strategy for Greek People

Interview with Costas Lapavitsas

Rant of the Week: John Oliver – Internet Harrassment

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Online Harassment

On This Day In History July 19

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

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July 19 is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 165 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this day in 1848, a two-day Women’s Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York. There the “Bloomers” are introduced.

The Seneca Falls Convention was an early and influential women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, July 19-20, 1848. It was organized by local New York women upon the occasion of a visit by Boston-based Lucretia Mott, a Quaker famous for her speaking ability, a skill rarely cultivated by American women at the time. The local women, primarily members of a radical Quaker group, organized the meeting along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a skeptical non-Quaker who followed logic more than religion.

The meeting spanned two days and six sessions, and included a lecture on law, a humorous presentation, and multiple discussions about the role of women in society. Stanton and the Quaker women presented two prepared documents, the Declaration of Sentiments and an accompanying list of resolutions, to be debated and modified before being put forward for signatures. A heated debate sprang up regarding women’s right to vote, with many including Mott urging the removal of this concept, but Frederick Douglass argued eloquently for its inclusion, and the suffrage resolution was retained. Exactly 100 of approximately 300 attendees signed the document, mostly women.

The convention was seen by some of its contemporaries, including featured speaker Mott, as but a single step in the continuing effort by women to gain for themselves a greater proportion of social, civil and moral rights, but it was viewed by others as a revolutionary beginning to the struggle by women for complete equality with men. Afterward, Stanton presented the resulting Declaration of Sentiments as a foundational document in the American woman’s suffrage movement, and she promoted the event as the first time that women and men gathered together to demand the right for women to vote. Stanton’s authoring of the History of Woman Suffrage helped to establish the Seneca Falls Convention as the moment when the push for women’s suffrage first gained national prominence. By 1851, at the second National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, the issue of women’s right to vote had become a central tenet of the women’s rights movement.

Punting the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on this Sunday’s “This Week” are: Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and  Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).

At the roundtable are: Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol; ABC News chief White House correspondent Jon Karl; ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson; and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI).

Face the Nation: Host John Dickerson’s guests are: Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The guests on a special panel to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement are: CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan; The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg; and Washington Post‘s David Ignatius.

The guests on the panel to discuss the rest of this week’s events are: Washington Post‘s Ruth Marcus and Robert Costa; New York Times Magazine‘s Mark Leibovich; and PBS Newshour‘s Gwen Ifill.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Secretary of State John Kerry; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR); Michael Leiter, former Director, United States National Counterterrorism Center; former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX);  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).

The guests at the roundtable are:  Tom Friedman, Columnist for The New York Times;

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent; Danielle Pletka, American Enterprise Institute; and former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI).

Six In The Morning

On Sunday

  Explosions hit cars of Hamas officials in Gaza City

  Palestinian security sources say two people injured in blasts targeting officials of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

19 Jul 2015 08:36 GMT

Two people have been injured in multiple car explosions in northern Gaza City, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources said six explosions took place at same time on Sunday morning in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood.

The cars belonged to officials of Islamic Jihad, Hamas and its armed wing, the Qassam Brigades.

Interior ministry spokesman Iyad al-Buzom released a brief statement in which he accused “vandals” seeking to destabilise Gaza of carrying out the explosions.

He said security officials started an investigation and would pursue the criminals.

Sunday’s Headlines:

 A Government Divided: Schäuble’s Push for Grexit Puts Merkel on Defensive

Australia’s war on cats: Government plans to cull 2 million by 2020

Local elections in North Korea unlikely to bring change

South Korea spy kills himself amid hacking scandal

Privacy fears over hacking revelations

The Breakfast Club (Prison Blues)

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: Folsom Prison Blues (Banjo), James Stiltner

Today in History

Women’s rights activists meet at Seneca Falls; The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on gays in the U.S. military; Apollo 11 enters lunar orbit; Baseball’s Pete Rose gets jail time; Moscow Olympics begins. (July 19)

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