Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

Elizabeth Warren accuses the head of Wells Fargo of "gutless leadership" by foisting blame for the company's fraud on low-level employees.  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/20/wells-fargo-ceo-apology... More from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/us-money-blog/2016/sep/22/wells-far...

The success of the "voter fraud" myth:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/opinion/the-success-of-the-voter-fraud...

Charlie Pierce takes apart Jonathan Chait for his mendacious article supporting the waste and corruption of charter schools to spread in Massachusetts: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48717/massachusetts-...

As I have, Atrios has noticed the trend of media pieces blaming Millenials for Trump. As Atrios points out with a link to an excellent essay (backed up by a poll!) by Brian Beutler, The Kids Today are not flocking to vote for Trump. That would be the Baby Boomers, who often write these self-serving, condescending pieces about how stupid the kidz are. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/the-kids-today_20.html

A direct link to Beutler's piece here: https://newrepublic.com/article/136928/dont-blame-millennials-scarily-cl...

Atrios also finds a link to a golden oldie from everyone's favorite Reasonable Republican, David Brooks, in which Brooksie sings a hymn to Sarah Palin. It reads like a parody, but it's actually Brooks from the 2008 NY Times. Keep ridiculous articles like this in mind whenever reading "sensible conservative" David Brooks. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/03/opinion/03brooks.html?_r=1

The Rude Pundit writes about our post-factual election and Trump lies: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-post-factual-election-trump-l...

From the corner of Science Street and Duh Avenue: Manufacturers' own tests reveal that insecticides are harmful to bees:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/22/pesticide-manufactur...

History Corner:  Who lynched Frank Little, labor organizer in Butte, Montana, in 1917?  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/21/mysterious-lynching-of-f...

Wandering Lonely As A Cloud Corner: Difficulties in managing property, tourism, and nature in the Lake District of England:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/20/world/europe/english-lake-district-thr...

Finally, we close with Drew Margary at GQ: Enough faux civility and attempting to see "both sides"; If you vote for Trump, then screw you. http://www.gq.com/story/a-word-for-donald-trump-voters

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something of interest to you.

Charlie Pierce recaps how Cokie's Rules function when covering the Clintons. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48538/cokie-roberts-...

The attack on voting rights continues in Ohio: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48571/ohio-early-vot...

Digby has some thoughts about what's motivating all the angry Trump voters despite conditions in the country slowly improving: the "angry hangover" following the Great Recession. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-angry-hangover.html

Atrios discusses the all-purpose concept of Personal Responsibility when it comes to public policy: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/personal-responsibility.html

Senator Warren writes a letter to FBI Director James Comey: https://theintercept.com/2016/09/15/elizabeth-warren-asks-newly-chatty-f...

Health Corner: Will ancient remedies help fight the looming antibiotics crisis?  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/magazine/could-ancient-remedies-hold-t...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Hi all. Here are a few links to peruse this week. Hopefully you'll find something you find interesting.

Charlie Pierce reminds everybody what Labor Day is really about: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48339/labor-day-reme...

Elizabeth Warren has an op-ed at the New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/08/opinion/elizabeth-warren-what-apple-te...

Digby brings to our attention an article by James Fallows about how the political media has failed us (not just in this election) and harmed democracy. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/that-depressing-media-story.html

For biting, humorous commentary about what's happening in Wingnut World, check out Roy at Alicublog. For example: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/09/happy-lost-productivity-day.html And also this: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/09/new-village-voice-column-up.html

Comix Corner: TtDB presents Bill O'Reilly's nightmare. http://media.boingboing.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/1114cbCOMIC-oreil...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Labor Day DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Labor Day! http://www.transformationsfurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Labor... Here are a few links to peruse while celebrating workers' rights. Hopefully you'll find something you find interesting.

Campaign tactics elude me. Why tell the press about your secret strategies? Campaigns must be as infatuated with the insider DC press as the political gossip magazines are infatuated with themselves. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/and-lets-tell-press-about-it.html

During the primary, the NY Times was single-mindedly, almost comically against Bernie Sanders. Now that the primary is over and Bernie has been vanquished, they've reverted to their perverse 1990s Clinton Rules, constantly trying to create Clinton "scandals" where none exist. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48298/clinton-passpo...

At TPM, Josh Marshall explores how the NY Times is falling back into its "Clinton Rules" coverage of Ms. Clinton—breathlessly hyping every rumor as though it were a huge scandal, while basically ignoring the same things from Donald Trump. Josh's theory is that the press doesn't think Trump is a "serious" candidate—which is in some ways true, except for the most important way: he's the Republican nominee for President. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/you-failed-chumps

Atrios notes that "self-driving" cars are always five years away: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/always-five-years-away.html More here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/what-does-he-know.html

Atrios tackles another meme, about how The Kids Today (and only them—not like their wise elders!) are politically irresponsible and going to throw the election to Trump. Hippie-punching never gets old. You can see it commonly online, including places like TPM, where the commenters are still more interested in savaging anything remotely related to Bernie Sanders than they are to winning the election and making good policy. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/09/we-wouldve-won-this-election-if-not-...

Is the state government of Michigan even more corrupt and evil than that of South Dakota? Sure, the good ol' boys in Pierre deny people health care out of spite, but Michigan actively throws disabled people off food stamps for no good reason. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a48295/rick-snyder-fo...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Here are a few links this week to take you through the end of August (already!). Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Eric Loomis at Lawyers, Guns, & Money makes a compelling argument for eliminating "top two," a.k.a. "jungle" primaries: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/08/eliminate-jungle-primaries

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the adventures of the Tom Sawyer economy: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-adventures-of-tom-sawyer-econ...

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo: "When it comes to people's health, it's long past time to stop making deals with scorpions." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/it-is-their-nature-by-bloggersrus...

The Rude Pundit has some thoughts about Ms. Clinton's "alt-right" speech, which people tend to agree was a good speech. (Side note: Who decided we have to call fascist bigots "alt-right" instead of "fascist bigots"?) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/08/hillary-clinton-praises-republica...

Cartoon Corner via Digby: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/tells-it-like-it-is.html

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

We've a few links for you again this week, so hopefully the eclectic grab-bag of them will give you something you'll enjoy perusing.

When it comes to what motivates conservatives and some centrists, it's time to play the ever-popular game, What Atrios Said: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/its-about-hating-liberals.html

South Dakota's Joe Lowe has a few thoughts about Donald Trump, and questions how our honorable Congressional delegation can support him: http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/08/16/joe-lowe-asks-john-mike-kristi-rea...

Harney Peak gets a new, better name: Black Elk Peak. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/08/15/harney-bad-then-and-now-black-elk-...

Atrios finds a nugget of truth in an article memorializing John McLaughlin. McLaughlin's show created the model for Roger Ailes' Fox "News" channel. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/fair-and-balanced.html

Once again the elite media ridicules liberals about supposed hypocrisy on income inequality. You see, according to the Very Serious People, if you're concerned about income inequality, that means you should be living in poverty yourself. Otherwise, you're a hypocrite. As an excellent comment at the linked article put it: "If you are rich with liberal views, you are a hypocrite. If you are poor with liberal views, you are lazy and jealous. That is the catch-22 of the right wing hate machine." http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/charles-lane-and-the-wapo-sleaze-be...

Culinary Corner:  Defining indigenous cuisine.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/17/dining/new-native-american-cuisine.htm...

Art Corner:  Are flaws in the ankles of Michelangelo's David making the statue unstable?  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/magazine/davids-ankles-how-imperfectio...

Architecture Corner:  Know your Bauhaus.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/14/travel/bauhaus-germany-art-design.html

Archaeology Corner:  Behold the Cholula Pyramid of Mexico.  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160812-the-giant-pyramid-hidden-inside...

Archaeology Corner 2:  Cahokia, the Native American city near modern East St. Louis.  https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/17/lost-cities-8-mystery-aho...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

We've got just a few links this week, as I'm sure you can find your fill of Donald Trump news easily enough at any media outlet. However, hopefully at last one of the links here will be different and something you'll enjoy.

Atrios points out that accepting the endorsements of amoral monsters like Henry Kissinger and John Negroponte doesn't really strengthen Ms. Clinton's position with voters. Who exactly are those endorsements supposed to appeal to? Atrios continues, "This is the moment when someone says, 'It doesn't matter. All that matters right now is beating Trump.' Okay, fine, and this helps elect Clinton... how?" It makes you wonder if there's any actual goal to the Very Serious People hippie-punching the liberal wing of their own party. I know all the cool kids and Blue Dogs did it back in the glorious 1990s, but does it serve any actual purpose? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/everybody-loves-henry.html

As Sam Seder pointed out on The Majority Report, in any big campaign, there are people assigned to garner endorsements from people in the other party. They often aren't discriminating; they just try to get every endorsement they can. However, one would hope that when Johnny or Sarah comes in with an endorsement from someone like John Negroponte, someone higher up in the campaign would review it and say, "That's nice, but it's not really an endorsement that helps us much."

In a very brief post, Atrios strips the nonsense from claims of celebrating "southern pride" with things like state's rights and the confederate flag. It's treason in defense of slavery that they're celebrating. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/treason-in-defense-of-slavery.html

Endorsement Corner: RuPaul has weighed in on the presidential race. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-ultimate-endorsement.html

Humor Corner: The Philippine men's diving team is really, really bad. But at least they have a sense of humor about it. http://www.esquire.com/sports/a47485/philippines-mens-diving-team-olympi...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links to peruse. Hopefully there's something here you'll be interested in. Enjoy!

The Rude Pundit has been featuring guest posters this week. Here's one on the importance of voting, even on those occasions when you aren't thrilled with your choices: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/08/your-vote-has-worth-and-meaning.h...

Charlie Pierce muses about the death of the modern Republican party, and the folly of attempts to compromise with vandals: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a47375/end-of-republi...

Atrios astutely observes that Republicans scrambling to distance themselves from their presidential nominee is something that used to be required only of Democrats: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/everybody-hates-donald.html

For the benefit of its affluent, comfortable readership, the NY Times editorial board sets up a whopper of a straw man regarding "trade" and opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. News flash for the editorial board: Opposing TPP and other agreements that give corporations more power than sovereign governments is not equivalent to opposing the generic concept of "trade," or "yanking the USA out of the global economy." Donald Trump may talk nonsense on the issue (as with everything else), but plenty of normal people have concerns relating to an international race to the bottom, or companies like Trans-Canada getting free rein to sue the USA if their leaky, dangerous Tar Sands pipeline doesn't get built. But those concerns need to be caricatured and swept aside for the Times' pro-corporate audience. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/07/opinion/sunday/the-rage-against-trade....

Also, the hawks and neoliberals at the NY Times are itching for us to bomb Syria. You know, just because. Whenever they're bored and want to shake up the Risk board a bit, it's time to drop Freedom Bombs and destabilize a region or two. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/08/when-bombing-is-not-enough.html

Karma Corner: George Zimmerman got punched in the face: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a47353/george-zimmerman-got-pu...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got quite a few links to peruse this time. Hopefully there's something here you'll be interested in. Enjoy!

Once again, the Democratic National Convention is big and loud and messy, and also hopeful and diverse and wonderful — in short, a mirror image of the hellish alternate universe presented at the other party's convention.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan discusses post-convention unity and does so in a meaningful way – not just the standard boilerplate "we all need to come together and do as I say." There is some practical advice in it for everyone. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/outwit-outlast-outplay-outorganiz...

While the convention went on and people coalesced around issues and passionately-held beliefs, there was a kind of shadow convention occurring nearby, where the wealthy donors flocked to the Ritz Carlton to rub shoulders and importantly discuss the favors they expect to receive.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donors.htm...

David Brooks can't write a good, truthful piece without taking a few gratuitous, partisan swipes.  Same as it ever was.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/opinion/the-democrats-win-the-summer.h...

Thomas Frank writes about which voters are being appealed to strategically by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/28/hillary-clinton-do...

Atrios notes that the UK press isn't focusing on the Conservative Party that's in power and is to blame for "Brexit." Instead, they're focusing on the Labour party infighting and blaming them for the problem they didn't create. Not only do we share a common language, the USA and the UK apparently have a press corps(e) that function similarly. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/heckuva-job_27.html

Erik Loomis presents This Day in Labor History (from Thursday the 28th, actually), involving among other things, Hoover and the Bonus Army, which is still shocking to read about, and it happened less than 100 years ago. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/07/this-day-in-labor-history-ju...

History Corner: The first woman to run for US President in 1872:  Victoria Woodhull.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/20/notorious-victoria-first...

Science Corner: Skinny people with conditions normally associated with obesity?  Scientists study a rare group of individuals for insight into health problems.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/26/health/skinny-fat.html

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
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Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got some links to peruse. Hopefully there's something here you'll be interested in. Enjoy!

Atrios reminds us of an obvious point that the media is very good at ignoring: "respectable" behavior is not the same thing as actually being nice. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/republicans-were-all-sweetness-and.h...

The esteemed Atrios also reminds us that the media has separate rules for Republicans and for what is acceptable political behavior: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/lock-her-up.html

In an unusual media strategy, Mrs. Clinton announces her vice-presidential pick during the Friday night news dump. Here's an analysis of her choice of Tim Kaine from CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/23/opinions/kaine-clinton-vp-opinion-kohn/

Digby has a slightly different, more positive review of Clinton's choice: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/so-tim-kaine.html

Charlie Pierce also offers a nuanced take on the VP selection: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46967/tim-kaine-vice...

Incompetent, blatantly biased DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will not speak at or preside over the Democratic National Convention. Apparently even the party elders finally realized what an inexcusable liability she is. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/22/politics/dnc-wikileaks-emails/

Charlie Pierce also has some blunt thoughts about Wasserman-Schultz's reign of error, and the behavior of party "leadership": http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46983/dnc-email-leak...

Science Corner:  Does Nature use quantum physics in things such as photosynthesis and bird migration?  http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160715-organisms-might-be-quantum-machi...

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton