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Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Want to stay informed about petitions, the GEAR UP scandal, and everything else going on in South Dakota politics? Check out Cory's posts at the Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Need to find out what's going on amongst the wingnuts and Fox News crowd, but don't want to immerse yourself directly in it? Check out Roy's posts at Alicublog for the latest, served up with big bunches of cleverness (and for some of the smartest, funniest commenters you'll find on the Intertubes). http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

For daily posts about politics with a focus on economics, check out Atrios's blog Eschaton. For example, his take on the constant lament about how "there aren't any workers" for employers . . . despite wages staying stagnant. As Atrios says, "If only there were some [economic] way to attract new workers . . ." http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/if-only-they-could-find-away-to-attr...

At the Boston Review, Elizabeth Catte writes about "the mythical whiteness of Trump Country": http://bostonreview.net/race-politics/elizabeth-catte-mythical-whiteness...

Humor Corner (also Architecture Corner): Behold the website McMansion Hell. http://mcmansionhell.com/

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios makes the point that one never-mentioned reason for the estate tax is that it makes things simpler for most heirs. Read on to see what he means. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/11/the-estate-tax.html

Some people are finally deciding to unlearn the wrong lessons from 1972, quit running from the unfair caricature of George McGovern, quit cowering in fear and crawling to the right, and instead offer policies that are both popular and geared towards the future:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/opinion/democrats-economic-policy.htm...

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi writes about "why Donna Brazile's story matters – but not for the reason you might think." This isn't a piece about who allegedly cheated whom; it's more a story of "why did anybody do this in the first place?" http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/taibbi-why-donna-brazile-book-...

Dave Weigel at the Washington Post notes that Democrats have been losing support as the media focuses on Trump scandals. He argues that they should regain support by running against tax cuts. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/11/02/pollsters-de...

Tales of Poor Development: From Alexander Heilner at Politico, the story of a Florida boomtown that shouldn't exist. In addition to being soulless and all its other problems, one big storm could wash it away . . . but it's the fastest-growing city in the USA. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/fastest-growing-city-...

Poetry Corner: Now that the chill and early evening darkness have returned, how about "No!" by Thomas Hood? https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/no

Poetry Corner II: If Thomas Hood's poem isn't your style, how about "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray? https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44299/elegy-written-in-a-country-...

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's another windy Monday, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory remains vigilant on the story of sexual harrassment of female legislators in Pierre: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/10/24/deutsch-equates-stern-advice-from-...

Charlie Pierce finds the New York Times straining hard to play the BothSides™ game: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13073641/new-york-times-t...

Charlie also examines Jeff Flake's profile in "courage" that has everyone a-swooning, and finds it rather lacking in substance. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13086190/jeff-flake-leavi... Also fellow Centrist heroes Corker, Sasse, and Saint McCain get in on the fun: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13089764/republicans-cons...

More men behaving badly: Clio Chang presents the story of Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic. https://splinternews.com/leon-wieseltier-was-always-hiding-in-plain-sigh...

A poll suggests that Democratic voters want to ditch the current party leadership, move left, and embrace the grassroots. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/tensions-simmer-poll-shows-...

Travel Corner: Pets are now allowed in Icelandic restaurants (if the restaurant permits it, of course): https://grapevine.is/news/2017/10/27/pets-now-allowed-in-icelandic-resta...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce considers the sobering problem that, if the Supreme Court relies on bad data, what does that mean for justice? http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13044531/supreme-court-da...

Atrios reminds us that Dubya was really, really bad, and the fact that he now says veiled not-nice things about Trump doesn't change that. (Link to article within Atrios's very brief post.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/bush-was-bad.html

Atrios also contemplates what it must be like to be continually poor, with no hope of changing that: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/the-poors.html

The Rude Pundit is not pleased with General Kelly's manipulative, authoritarian defense of The Leader. (Warning: rude words, etc.) http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/10/oh-just-fuck-off-john-kelly.html

Culture Corner: Poetry at the Mall of America:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/10/mall-of-america-poet-bri...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At the Majority Report, Sam interviews Journalist David Dayen, who explains the types of fraud that JP Morgan committed during the housing crisis; how the federal government always goes soft on JP Morgan and other unethical mega banks; how Chase scammed everyone and got away with it; and the absolute failure of the Obama Administration to hold Wall Street accountable. Listen to the podcast here: https://majority.fm/2017/10/10/1010-how-jp-morgan-paid-its-fine-for-the-...

Or you can read David's article in The Nation here: "How America's Biggest Bank Paid Its Fine for the 2008 Mortgage Crisis—With Phony Mortgages!" https://www.thenation.com/article/how-americas-biggest-bank-paid-its-fin...

Charlie Pierce eloquently calls on President Obama to end his high-minded silence on current affairs, speak out, and help stem the madness currently spreading across the land: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12816114/obama-america-no...

Atrios has some thoughts about the impracticality of "driverless taxis": http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/driverless-taxis.html

Atrios also has an anecdote about some people's unreasonable expectations of Uber, and how that relates to the parallel fantasy about driverless taxis: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/uberd.html

It's no longer "Obamacare." It's RepubliCare now. It's up to everyone to make sure they own the mess they created. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/its-now-republicare-by-tristero....

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

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

We've trudged through another week in TrumpWorld, and at least we're all still here and accounted for. Here are a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce has a plea for Law-Abiding Gun Owners: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12771170/vegas-shooting-g...

Atrios notes that Justice Roberts thinks social science data is too hard for simple folk like Supreme Court justices to understand. Next they'll expect a justice to have book-learnin' instead of being a simple dirt farmer from Fritters, Appalachia. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/gibbertyfibberty.html

At Dakota Free Press, Cory has been paying attention to the Citizen Initiative Review Proposal being worked on in our fair state: http://dakotafreepress.com/2017/10/06/citizen-initiative-review-proposal...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan discusses the Democrats' lack of long-term planning, and how it's a disaster both for the Democratic Party and the nation's politics in general. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/10/lack-of-planning-on-your-part-by...

Atrios presents a short satirical vignette about how our country's discourse has evolved on the topic of racism and white supremacy: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/the-bigger-issue.html

Yet more Atrios, here with an important observation about the Affordable Care Act, with its very good features and its predictable wonk-enhanced failures: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/10/it-didnt-work-as-its-proponents-clai...

Sports Corner: Iceland just became the smallest nation (pop. 333,000) ever to qualify for a World Cup competition. Áfram Island! https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/09/iceland-qualify-world-c...

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

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

Weekly DL e-mail

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At TPM, Josh Marshall writes about the right-wing and the "weaponization of military sacrifice": http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-and-the-weaponization-of-milit...

Also at TPM, Josh discusses what "white supremacy" means today. His ruminations were prompted by some sophistry on the subject from Jon Chait. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/what-is-white-supremacy

Charlie Pierce inveighs against right-wing lunatics like Roy Moore of Alabama, and how people like that – and the voters who support them – are destroying our democracy. It's not a "purity test" to say that it's unacceptable to vote for people like that; nor will moving the Democratic party right-ward (yet again) ever persuade Archie Bunker not to vote for the radical Republicans. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12484953/who-is-roy-moore...

Digby finds a slip-up by a Russian Twitter-troll: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/09/oopsie-o-day.html It's almost as if the aim of the hacking campaign isn't necessarily to favor any particular candidate; it's to sow chaos, division, and hatred.

Atrios observes that, up until this point anyway, the Bush II administration was actually worse than the Trump one (so far). Yes, the Bushies were arguably more competent (though the Katrina victims and people killed in unnecessary wars might want a say in that), but they were actually just as bad. And it was "unpatriotic" to disagree with them, and all the while the press did stories about how popular Dubya was. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/09/broders-boy.html

And now for something lighter. As was discussed a few weeks back at DL, a collection of short clips from MST3K's "Angels Revenge," an awful knockoff of Charlie's Angels. If you like it, or other MST3K, dive into some other YouTube clips to treat yourself with a sanity break from all the daily goings-on. https://youtu.be/AYd9bb2hVyU

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

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

Weekly DL Links (featuring an Art Corner!)

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

If you know any farmers or ranchers who voted for Trump, maybe they would be interested to learn how seriously The Leader takes the Department of Agriculture. We turn to Charlie Pierce for details. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12452077/trump-usda/

At The Intercept, Alex Emmons points out that the senate's recent military spending increase alone is enough to make public college free. But we can't afford nice things because Priorities. https://theintercept.com/2017/09/18/the-senates-military-spending-increa...

Atrios reminds everyone that simple policy is almost always better than Rube Goldberg complexity, but we gravitate towards complex, inferior nonsense because of fallacious "common wisdom," and because wonky policymakers love how smart it makes them feel. We present a brief discussion of Social Security in this light: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/09/its-rube-goldbergs-world.html

The Rude Pundit has some rudely-phrased thoughts about the Graham-Cassidy bill to strip Americans of their health care that some evil monsters in the Senate are pushing forward. https://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/09/graham-cassidy-dicks-over-so-man...

In civilized Canada, Justin Trudeau acknowledges that his country "humiliated" indigenous people. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41342434

The private jets for shamelessly corrupt, appallingly awful HHS Secretary Tom Price have cost over $300,000 since May of this year: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/politico-price-private-plane-pench...

As Atrios points out, conservatives no longer even pretend to have plans to help The Poors and Minorities (or anyone else, for that matter). They openly, actively hate them. Maybe it's time for people and news agencies to stop pretending that conservatives (the elected ones, anyway) are actually Reasonable People™ who in their heart of hearts are just trying to Get Things Done to make the country better. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/09/bad-people-are-bad-people.html As Atrios says, "Bad people are bad people." Enough hand-wringing and pretending. Call it like it is already.

Our failed media at work: Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns, & Money provides the details. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/09/were-so-cillizzad

The water in Flint, Michigan, is still poisoning people and has caused long-term health problems. Strangely, right-to-lifers who are always concerned about Teh Babiez are completely mum on this one. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2017/0...

Finally, to help offset all the rotten, exhausting news we have to cope with in the Age of Trump and Hurricanes, we have an extended Art Corner. The Musée D'Orsay in Paris has an excellent website through which you can view their collection and read about items. For example, consider browsing their underrated collection of Art Nouveau and Decorative Arts objects, such as this "Viking Chair" by Lars Kinsarvik: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/search/commentai...

Or the tapestry by Thorolf Holmboe (I've never heard of him either): http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/index-of-works/notice.html?no_c...

Or this bench by Hector Guimard: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/decorative-arts/...

Or this spectacular dining room paneling by Alexandre Charpentier. It's like something Peter Jackson would have used as a model for Rivendell in his Tolkien epics. http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/decorative-arts/...

For those who would like to browse, here's the link to the Musée D'Orsay's collection of Decorative Arts where you can click on individual objects for more information: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/decorative-arts....

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 random links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Atrios reiterates a simple question that even low-information voters should be able to answer. Messaging is a critical part of politics. It's not pandering to give voters an easy-to-remember reason to vote for you. Only wonks care about complex 16-point plans with Rube Goldberg mechanisms and no clear goals. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/09/ill-star-early-this-cycle.html

Charlie Pierce brings us up to date on Steven Mnuchin, cabinet secretary and man of the people: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a12252203/mnuchin-airplane...

The latest populist idea that's now forbidden? Free (i.e., affordable) college. Atrios finds Anne Kim at the Washington Monthly arguing against it and in favor of Xbox game-style badges to "prove" your proficiency in various areas, like merit badges. Yes, I'm sure employers will love that. It's interesting how every idea designed to help the middle and lower classes is immediately shot down by elite Centrists who already have their slice of the pie. (Anne Kim happens to have her merit badge from Duke University.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/09/i-guess-white-working-class-voters-g...

History Corner: How the female viking warrior was written out of history. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/15/how-the-female-viking-wa...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 random links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

At Slate, Henry Grabar tells you why your city will lose the contest for Amazon's new corporate headquarters: http://www.slate.com/articles/business/metropolis/2017/09/your_city_will...

In Silicon Valley, working 9-5 is for losers.  Why should anyone want to see their families, or have a vacation, or a life outside the office? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/opinion/sunday/silicon-valley-work-li...

Talking to yourself may actually have benefits:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/smarter-living/benefits-of-talking-to...

Comix Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8snBnFSNxAE/Wa7-pkzIL-I/AAAAAAAAyWM/dDUkMDYVh...

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

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