Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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...

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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!

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

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