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"The Man Who Predicted Nazi Germany"

In 1919, John Maynard Keynes foresaw the chaos that would follow from the Versailles peace treaty.

Guest op-ed by Dr. Jonathan Kirshner (professor of political science at Boston College) @, Dec. 7

On Dec. 8, 1919, Macmillan Press published a book by a relatively obscure British Treasury official who had resigned from the government in protest over the Versailles treaty that brought the epochal trauma of the First World War to its conclusion.

Brit election

a pox on all their houses:



For the same money, I'd have had the Botticelli,
the Rubens,
the Velasquez,
and the Bellotto,
from Sotheby's OMP sale in July.

Tinder in 1850

Trump supports choice of sexual identity

while the military goes behind his back and insists on roles reinforced by gonads:

"Ok Boomer"

Gen Z thinks Boomers don't get it. By 1976, here's what Boomers "get". One of my favorite movie scenes of all time, from Network:


Adventures in Cultural Appropriation, Part II

(Part 1 is here.)

Made in America: How four iconic dishes with roots in other lands tell a story of immigration and transformation

by Tim Carmen & Shelly Tan @, Oct. 11

Spaghetti and meatballs, chile con queso, gumbo and the California roll have become American icons. Their journey to that point is one of immigration and transformation.

Big picture perspective

Suburban/Rural Swing Women

Here they are (from this Oct. 11 NYTimes article: As Impeachment Divide Persists, More Voters Embrace an Inquiry):

Denise Reynolds, left, and Sonya Pancione feel differently about the impeachment inquiry.CreditJason Andrew for The New York Times

They live in Culpeper, a town that is older than America itself and sits roughly halfway between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. where Representative Abigail Spanberger, a freshman Democrat, flipped a seat long held by Republicans

They are together at the Rusty Willow Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing shop that was preparing for its grand opening where just the mention of Mr. Trump prompted a squabble between Sonya Pancione, 57, the shop’s owner, and Denise Reynolds, 50, one of her best friends from church. Ms. Pancione is dead-set against impeachment.

“Respect the office. It’s a democracy. People voted for him,” she said.

Ms. Reynolds loathes Mr. Trump and blames him for inciting racial hatred. She was once excited about his candidacy — “I thought we needed somebody who understood business in that seat,” she said — but says now that if he were impeached and removed from office, “it would not upset me in the least.”

More on their House Representative:



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