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Germany is the country that has never repaid its debts. It has no standing to lecture other nations.

Piketty: My book recounts the history of income and wealth, including that of nations. What struck me while I was writing is that Germany is really the single best example of a country that, throughout its history, has never repaid its external debt. Neither after the First nor the Second World War. However, it has frequently made other nations pay up, such as after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, when it demanded massive reparations from France and indeed received them. The French state suffered for decades under this debt. The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.

ZEIT: But surely we can’t draw the conclusion that we can do no better today?

Piketty: When I hear the Germans say that they maintain a very moral stance about debt and strongly believe that debts must be repaid, then I think: what a huge joke! Germany is the country that has never repaid its debts. It has no standing to lecture other nations.

the rest:
https://t.co/Dc2pPFrHRM

Mystery Donors Create $3 Million College Fund For Charleston Shooting Victims.

AMAZING: MYSTERY DONORS RAISE $3 MILLION TO FUND COLLEGE FOR CHARLESTON SHOOTING VICTIMS’ CHILDREN



http://www.bipartisanreport.com/articles/2015/07/03/mystery-donors-raise-3-million-college-scholarships-charleston-shooting/?v=1435947853

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Oh My - Have You All Seen John Cole's - "Sanders surge" Toon?



A few days ago I opined that certain GOP presidential candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz had exactly zero chance of securing their party’s nomination in 2016. The same hold true on the other end of the political spectrum, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking on the well-moneyed juggernaut otherwise known as Hillary Clinton. Sanders’ brand of populist socialism and excoriation of the one-percent is proving quite popular with the Democratic base, though. His recent two-month take of $15 million in contributions and standing-room-only campaign appearances suggest that Hillary’s fore-ordained road to the nomination might well be a bumpy one.

http://blogs.thetimes-tribune.com/johncole/index.php/2015/07/05/sanders-surge/#.VZk9AuAOCDI.twitter

Another day, another reason to vote for Bernie Sanders!


https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/617805409357819904

This is what democracy looks like.


https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/617786287446192128





Greece Votes 'No' to Austerity
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Greek voteVoters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. “I applaud the people of Greece for saying ‘no' to more austerity for the the poor, the children, the sick and the elderly," said Sanders in a statement. "In a world of massive wealth and income inequality Europe must support Greece's efforts to build an economy which creates more jobs and income, not more unemployment and suffering."

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/greece-votes-no-to-austerity

The Founders Re: Religion - Speak For Themselves:

“If I could conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded, that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution.”
- George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia (1789)

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.”
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr (1787)

"In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind.”
- Samuel Adams, The Rights of the Colonists (1771)

“Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of all religions established by law. Take away the law-establishment, and every religion re-assumes its original benignity.”
- Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791)

“Congress has no power to make any religious establishments.”
- Roger Sherman, Congress (1789)

"The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason."
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1758)

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people build a wall of separation between Church & State."
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Danbury Baptists (1802)

"To argue with a man who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis No. V (1776)

“Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.
- Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)

"Christian establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects."
- James Madison, letter to William Bradford, Jr. (1774)

"There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness."
- George Washington, address to Congress (1790)

"During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution."
- James Madison, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia (1785)




Agree with their sentiments or not, you simply cannot say that the founders thought they were explicitly founding a Christian nation.
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/qotd-bunch-of-founders.html

President Obama Calls The Grateful Dead an "Iconic American Band" in Touching Tribute

President Obama Calls The Grateful Dead an "Iconic American Band" in Touching Tribute

On the Fourth of July, the group turned 50 and played their penultimate concert.




America celebrated its 239th birthday yesterday. In Chicago, another American institution reached a milestone, as the Grateful Dead turned 50 and played their penultimate show as a band. The occasion brought out many tributes. A record number of people filed into Soldier Field. New York's Empire State Building rocked Dead colors, something that has "never been done before for a rock band of this magnitude." And celebrities showed up in droves, including Katy Perry, John Mayer, Woody Harrelson, Chloe Sevigny, Liz Phair and Al Franken.

Even President Obama took note of the occasion. The Grateful Dead played a show in support of the president's first campaign in 2008, and since they were bringing their career to a close in his hometown, it was only fitting that he offered the group praise and well-wishes. "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great," the President wrote. "Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy. And as (frontman) Jerry (Garcia) would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air.' "

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/president-obama-calls-grateful-dead-806772?utm_source=twitter

Hobby Lobby


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/05/1399292/-Hobby-Lobby-full-page-ad

Letter to My Son "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

Letter to My Son
“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

TA-NEHISI COATES JUL 4, 2015
.............

There is nothing uniquely evil in these destroyers or even in this moment. The destroyers are merely men enforcing the whims of our country, correctly interpreting its heritage and legacy. This legacy aspires to the shackling of black bodies. It is hard to face this. But all our phrasing— race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body. And should one live in such a body? What should be our aim beyond meager survival of constant, generational, ongoing battery and assault? I have asked this question all my life. I have sought the answer through my reading and writings, through the music of my youth, through arguments with your grandfather, with your mother. I have searched for answers in nationalist myth, in classrooms, out on the streets, and on other continents. The question is unanswerable, which is not to say futile. The greatest reward of this constant interrogation, of confrontation with the brutality of my country, is that it has freed me from ghosts and myths.



So powerful, more:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/07/tanehisi-coates-between-the-world-and-me/397619/

Mr. Trump: "Your words have nothing against his (my father's) sweat"

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Donald trump this was the day of my high school graduation day 06-07-2015. My father David Gonzalez was not there to see me walk and receive my diploma. That day he was working like every other day of the week. He works in agricultural farming,I am a Latina my parents are Latinos working for all american dream.i had to go to him so he can see all his hard work paying off. Giving him my proof of what he has taught me. Your words don't Have nothing against his sweat.#💪 ‪#‎nevergiveup‬ ‪#‎latinosunidos‬

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=664408283659185&set=o.158910117511914&type=1&theater
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