Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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

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!

Digby brings us some interesting perspective on terrorism in a historical context: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/some-interesting-perspective-on.h...

Before the blood has even been cleaned off the streets in Nice, conservatives use the victims as props to in their pro-gun crusade. At the Dakota Free Press, Cory takes apart the gun-fondlers' argument. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/07/16/truck-control-balances-great-utili...

Carmelo Anthony discusses the role professional athletes have in speaking out for social justice:  https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/13/carmelo-anthony-column-ath...

The parallels between the current politics in Britain and the USA are striking. In both places, the establishment of the (nominally) left-leaning party is attacking their more liberal members, calling them "socialist" (Trots/Trotsky is a favorite moldy-oldie among the Brits), saying "they don't have a plan," and basically saying they're both ineffectual and yet responsible for everything bad that happens. In addition, there's a generalized contempt for voters—especially those who don't do as they're told by the party elders (because the current party elite has been so staggeringly successful, or something). Political coverage in The Guardian and the New York Times bears an eerie similarity. Atrios takes note of just one example: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/omnishambles.html

Smart people can suddenly turn really stupid when they turn into Tech Triumphalists. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/meet-george-jetson.html

Culture Corner:  Jennifer Aniston is kind of awesome.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/13/jennifer-aniston-f...

Waste Not Want Not Corner:  Half of all US food produce is thrown away.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/us-food-waste-ugly-f...

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!

Atrios makes a sad and obvious observation about what "Second Amendment Rights" means in this country if you're a person of color. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/07/the-sad-truth.html

Another pithy observation from Atrios: "Legal guns (including open carry, concealed carry, stand your ground, etc.) exist so that white people can enact their vigilante fantasies involving "protecting" themselves from black people. Whatever the law says, it is illegal for black people to own and possess guns, and possession is proof of an imminent threat that justifies execution by law enforcement or any white person."

Kristi Noem just now notices that there are problems with the Indian Health Services (IHS), even though a congressional report about it was issued back before Rodeo Barbie took office. Maybe if she spent a little less time on her horse and a little more time working, "her tribes" wouldn't be having such big problems with IHS. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/07/06/noem-noticed-ihs-crisis-8-to-10-mo...

The Rude One provides us with the writings of Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Why isn't this guy better known? http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/07/francis-hopkinson-one-of-signers-...

How over 11,000 rape kits were collected in Detroit, and then forgotten. It seems that too many places put very low priority on processing this evidence after they painfully collect it. http://www.elle.com/culture/a37255/forgotten-rape-kits-detroit/

Charlie Pierce on the Chilcot Report and the state of affairs in Afghanistan: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46469/afghanistan-84...

Via David Sirota's reporting, Charlie also notices a huge healthcare merger in the works which might not be good for the consumer, or for health care. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46490/cigna-anthem-m...

Also, Charlie finds yet another instance where privatizing public functions only makes things worse. Much, much worse. We give you Prison Transportation Services of America, and the trail death and incompetence they leave in their wake: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46519/private-prison...

The Rude Pundit has some good musings about the latest abomination of gun violence in Our Fair Country. Here is the latest one: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/07/bleed-american.html

The Guardian gives Iraq "Viceroy" Paul Bremer space to write some revisionist history to exonerate him for his role in wrecking the country and destabilizing the region.  The comments to the article are more grounded in reality.  And they are not kind.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/06/iraq-war-aftermath...

The Guardian presents an op-ed from a Democrat concerned about the elitism she sees taking over the party, at least at high levels: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/30/democrat-party-eli...

A New York Times article asks whether more airport security makes us safe, or whether it just moves the targets.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/01/world/airport-security-aro...

From the New Yorker, How To Steal An Election: The Crazy Process of Nominating Conventions. People clutching their pearls about current levels of incivility or party infighting apparently have no idea what kind of shenanigans happened in our own not-so-distant past. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/04/conventions-primaries-and-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,

It's Independence Day weekend, so there are maybe fewer links than usual. Still, hopefully there's something here you'll be interested in. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you know someone who would like to get the weekly e-mail, they can go to the following link and enter their e-mail address in the upper left-hand area: http://livingliberally.org/drinking/chapters/SD/yankton

As always, check out Cory's blog Dakota Free Press for the latest South Dakota bloggy goodness. http://dakotafreepress.com/

The Brexit debacle in Britain? Why, it's all that dastardly Jeremy Corbyn's fault, of course. Atrios explains: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/06/stop-tories-before-they-kill-again.h... Also here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/06/what-blairites-were-busy-doing-inste... New Labour has a surprising, distasteful similarity to the DNC. As one commentator put it, "Never underestimate their ability to shoot themselves in the head while aiming for their foot."

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo picks up the discussion from there: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/can-you-hear-us-now-by-bloggersru...

Canine Corner: A sheepdog finds his way 240 miles back to his former home in Aberystwyth, Wales. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-36130437

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,

It's Monday again, which means we've more links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

For an excellent discussion of the "Brexit" vote on the UK leaving the EU, and what the voter mood there portends for the US elections, listen to Sam Seder interview überblogger Digby on The Majority Report. It's one of the best discussions of what actually motivated segments of voters in the UK that I've heard—much better than the hyperventilating mainstream coverage that used the vote as a Rorschach test for their own obsessions. http://majority.fm/2016/06/24/casual-friday-digby/ Please, please, please, if you value interesting, in-depth political discussion, listen to the Majority Report podcast.

Charlie Pierce reports from the senate, where the august body chickened out and filibustered gun safety legislation. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46044/gun-control-se...

Atrios and Athenae find yet another example of media companies destroying themselves and then blaming Teh Internets: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/06/can-we-bring-back-that-walrus-and-hi...

Urban Planning Corner:  Skywalk systems turn out to be a mixed blessing with unintended consequences.  They may shelter people on days where the weather is bad, but most of the year they siphon pedestrians inside, creating sidewalk ghost towns below.  http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/cities-face-new-urban-problem-...

Culture Corner: The New Yorker presents an ode to Norwegian brown cheese. http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/ode-to-norwegian-brown-che...
 
Soccer Corner: If you haven't been watching the Euro 2016 Tournament, know ye now that Iceland's team has become a fan favorite. The smallest team in the tournament (the entire country has a population of 330,000) has already accomplished more than anyone thought they would, finishing second in their group and advancing to the knockout stage. Monday, they face England. Man the longships and follow the outstanding tweets at the Reykjavik Grapevine! http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-06-23/iceland-smites-soccer-giants-thor-... #ICELANDSMITES

History Corner: The Icelandic soccer team smiting its foes has a darker predecessor: Archaeologists find evidence of Nordic biological warfare.
http://grapevine.is/news/2016/06/15/archaeologists-find-evidence-of-nord...

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,

It's Monday again, which means we've more links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Credit Where Credit Is Due Department: Once in a blue moon, a conservative Republican elected official says and does something nice. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a45846/spencer-cox-or...

Perhaps torturing people is wrong – once upon a time we all used to agree on that particular issue – and maybe it was a horrifically bad idea to let that genie out of the bottle. Charlie Pierce explains. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a45845/cia-torture-do...

Sometimes, to solve a problem like cholera or out-of-control gun violence, the solution is to shut down the pump. Digby explains: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/reprise-shut-down-pump.html

Predictably, the Orlando shooter apparently had nothing to do with ISIS, breathless reporting notwithstanding. He appears to have been a garden-variety loser, an unstable sociopath who claimed affiliation with ISIS (and a whole bunch of other groups) so he could be the hero of his personal fantasy. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/06/everything-i-thought-was-true-is-lie...

For the Sioux Falls Pride festival, the falls of the Big Sioux River are lit up in the colors of the rainbow: http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/center-for-equality-hosts-prid...

Soccer Corner and Humor Corner collide: Icelandic tweets from their "crushing 1-1 victory" over Portugal. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/15/iceland-portugal-reykja...

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,

I was out of town for a couple weeks, so apologies for not sending e-mails during that time. Also, I haven't had a chance to gather a lot of links for you to look over, but here are a few at least if you're interested.

As always, check out Dakota Free Press for bloggy goodness about South Dakota topics: http://dakotafreepress.com/

If Matt Taibbi is your cuppa tea, he has a new article in Rolling Stone about how the Democratic Party establishment in their Washington bubble will probably learn all the wrong lessons from the primary: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/democrats-will-learn-all-the-...

On a related but more hopeful note, Digby presents Rachel Maddow's conversation with Elizabeth Warren: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-lioness-of-senate-afemalefigh...

Archeology Corner:  At Petra, huge monument found hiding in plain sight.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36498234

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,

It's Monday again, which means we've more links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Cory has been doing great work staying on top of the news at Dakota Free Press. Be sure to check his site out often. http://dakotafreepress.com/

This has been another edition of What Atrios Said: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/05/incrementalism.html

The cost of cheap chicken? Workers wearing Pampers among other things. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/05/poultry-and-pampers

Conservatives and others with Obama Derangement Syndrome blame President Obama for plenty of things that were out of his control, or that he didn't even do. However, there's one area where his administration justifiably deserves criticism, as Atrios notes, and it's because they were too cozy with Wall Street. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/05/the-obummer-years.html

Cartoon Corner: The obsession with bathroom legislation. http://www.dailyevergreen.com/opinion/article_0609a708-1c8d-11e6-91d8-73...

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,

It's Monday again, which means we've more links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Charlie Pierce writes ably about the inability of the press to cover political campaigns well, and to call a lie a lie, which has been going on for half a century now. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a44734/media-presiden...

The middle class is no longer the largest segment of America. Maybe that has something to do with the mood of the electorate. Maybe our failed media could try examining why. Or they could stick with infotainment and the horse-race coverage of elections. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/05/i-like-to-be-in-america.html

Atrios explains Both Siderism and how it works in our failed Fourth Estate: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/05/bothsidesism.html

Books are back. Actually, they never went away. The early infatuation with e-books is receding as many people realize there's something wonderfully tangible about a book and not staring at a glowing screen. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/13/books-ebook-publish...

With the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones in New York, only one living person remains who was born in the 19th century. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/13/worlds-oldest-person-susa...

From The Guardian:  "Six-hour workdays boost productivity.  Too bad we can't try them."  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/12/six-hour-work-days-...
 
Problems losing weight and keeping it off?  Contestants on The Biggest Loser were found to have lowered their metabolism during the process, and when they finished their diets, their metabolism stayed low – making it almost impossible to keep from regaining weight.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html?...

Why you can't lose weight on a diet  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/why-you-cant-lose-weigh...
 
Is dry farming a better way to grow crops in California?  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/05/dry-farming-californi...
 
Better urban planning:  How Copenhagen resisted the postwar trend to "modernize" with high-rises and freeways through town, and how the result is one of the world's most liveable cities.  http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/05/story-cities-copenhagen-de...

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,

It's Monday again, which means we've more links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Charlie Pierce writes about why we continue to focus on the very real problem of voter suppression: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a44511/voter-id-suppr...

The Rude Pundit writes a letter to the Democrats: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2016/05/dear-democrats-dont-fuck-this-up....

Thomas Frank questions the Democrats' strategy in what they're offering as an alternative to Trump: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/04/democrats-acting-el...

Digby has an excellent analysis of the Trump phenomenon and the media's absolute failure to cover it properly: http://digbysblog.blogspot.in/2016/05/they-just-dont-understand-dark-sid...

Charlie Pierce finds Ken Starr snugly ensconced at Baylor and apparently strangely unconcerned about the rash of sexual assaults taking place on his campus. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a44641/ken-starr-bayl...

RIP and last laugh to Prince, who sells 4.4 million albums in a week. This week his albums hold the 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 positions on the Billboard charts. http://www.startribune.com/prince-rules-billboard-chart-with-4-4-million...

Just how much power do your electronics use when they're "off"? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/science/just-how-much-power-do-your-el...

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