Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Digby finds another billionaire whining about how hard he has it, and how awful it would be to pay what is, for him, a pittance in taxes (he would remain unimaginably wealthy, of course, but that's not enough for our billionaire rulers). Also be sure to check out the helpful illustration of just how immense $1 billion is. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-masters-of-universe-are-as-c...

David Klion writes about the heartland billionaire destroying the working class: https://gen.medium.com/the-heartland-billionaire-destroying-the-working-...

At the New Republic, Alex Pareene laments the death of the "rude press": https://newrepublic.com/article/155627/death-rude-press-deadspin-splinte...

Anthony DeRosa notes that "You can still have low unemployment and economic growth amid rising inequality and an economy full of lousy jobs. . . . GDP has decoupled from wage growth. Productivity has increased steadily, but wages are flat." https://twitter.com/anthony/status/1192419589008904193?s=11 The article he references is here: https://promarket.org/the-lousy-job-economy-young-people-bear-the-brunt-...

Culinary Corner
We (re-)introduce you to skirret, a mostly forgotten root vegetable once popular in the middle ages.  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/fruitandvegetables/11421...

Humor Corner
From The Onion: "CNN Responds To Richard Spencer Comments By Apologizing For Not Getting Him To Say Those Things On The Show" https://www.theonion.com/cnn-responds-to-richard-spencer-comments-by-apo...

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

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When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

In response to the pearl-clutching from our elite political media, David Roth writes that it's fine that Donald Trump was booed at a baseball game: https://deadspin.com/its-absolutely-fine-that-donald-trump-got-booed-at-...

At Salon, Heather Digby Parton writes about the latest incidence of Republicans smearing a military combat veteran — "because that's just what they do." https://www.salon.com/2019/10/30/republicans-smear-a-military-combat-vet... (Never forget that current Resistance™ hero Rick Wilson helped Republican Saxby Chambliss smear Vietnam veteran and triple amputee Max Cleland.)

Dakota Free Press brings us a news item about an Auschwitz survivor speaking at Augustana, warning about a "right-wing surge" in the USA: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/10/31/auschwitz-survivor-schloss-warns-s...

Digby discusses an article by Garret Epps in the Atlantic that analyzes the current state of American politics through the lens of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." Always a good read at Halloween, Hawthorne's story is especially pertinent this year when discussing any possible "return to norms" after Trump. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/11/this-is-why-democrats-should-not...

Also at Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about how progressives need to focus on long-term organization, and not get caught in the boom-and-bust cycle that plagues Democratic politics. It's harder than it is for conservatives, both because of the long-term goals involved and because of the way donors think, but Sullivan argues that it's possible. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/11/smells-like-victory-by-bloggersr...

Check out last Friday's Majority Report podcast for Sam's interviews with Heather Digby Parton of Salon.com and Hullabaloo (discussing the latest impeachment news and Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all plan), and David J. Roth, former editor of Deadspin (discussing the sad fate of his website and the media business in general, as well as the inherent grift of the big tech business model). https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/11/01/11-casual-friday-w-digby-heat...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

After endless bad-faith carping, the GOP appears to be getting its wish with the House moving to vote on the process for impeachment: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-vote-impeachment-inquiry-resolu...

Drew Magary writes that internet memes are now propaganda: https://gen.medium.com/memes-are-propaganda-now-57b8eddf1da5

Atrios has an observation about why the Elite Media types and Very Serious People of DC circled the wagons to defend "the office of the presidency" when The Leader was booed at a baseball game: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/10/that-could-be-me.html

Mental Health Corner: Staying tuned in to social media during breaks doesn't let your brain recharge. https://www.rewire.org/work/lunch-break-phone-no-break/

Nature Corner: How a poisonous plant became breakfast, lunch, and dinner for monarch butterflies. https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/living-world/2019/monarch-butte...

Poetry Corner: This poem was featured on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on October 23. Check it out at the Writer's Almanac, and if you like it, consider supporting the poet by purchasing his work. http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio/twa-the-writers-almanac-for-october...

Sightseeing in the Capital by Charles Simic

These grand old buildings
With their spacious conference rooms,
Leather-padded doors,
Where they weigh life and death
Without a moment of fear
Of ever being held accountable,
And then withdraw to dine in style
And drink to each other's health
In private clubs and country estates,
While we linger on the sidewalk
Admiring the rows of windows
The evening sun has struck blind.

"Sightseeing in the Capital" by Charles Simic from Master of Disguises. © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

As Jamelle Bouie notes, "still seems kind of crazy that 'conservative gerrymandering guru worked with state republican parties across the country to racially gerrymander democrats out of power' isn't a bigger story": https://twitter.com/jbouie/status/1179026159926939649?s=11

Drew Magary is not on board with many comedians' pity-party about not being able to offend people without consequences (again): https://gen.medium.com/i-regret-to-inform-you-the-comedians-are-filling-...

Will Peischel writes about "how a brief socialist takeover in North Dakota gave residents a public bank": https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/9/24/20872558/california-north-da...

Music & Poetry Corner: "This is the Day" (1983) by The The: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYgKCbFbWY

You pull back the curtains, and the sun burns into your eyes,
You watch a plane flying across a clear blue sky.
This is the day
Your life will surely change.
This is the day
When things fall into place.

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and once again we have some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

If you haven't read it yet, check out David Dayen's article in The American Prospect about the "Day One Agenda," and how a progressive President could make a significant positive difference without any new laws being passed, and without issuing problematic "executive orders." https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/using-presidential-power-executive-a...

On the Majority Report, Sam Seder interviews David Dayen: https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/09/25/9-25-the-day-one-agenda-using...

Sam also interviews Brian Rosenwald about "Talk Radio's America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party & the Country": https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/09/24/9-24-talk-radios-america-how-...

In the New Yorker, David Remnick writes about the genius of Nancy Pelosi's leadership: https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-political-scene/nancy-pelosi-an-extre...

At the Intercept, Ryan Grim writes about why the House was finally able to move so rapidly on impeachment: https://theintercept.com/2019/09/24/impeachment-inquiry-donald-trump-nan...

Electoral Reform Corner: Behold the Wyoming Rule, an idea for adjusting the composition of the House of Representatives to give the people more of a voice when voting for members of the People's House.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_Rule

A Twitter thread by "Jonesingforthetruth" discussing the challenges of managing hog manure in Iowa: https://twitter.com/riverraccoon/status/1177231735710523392?s=11 It turns out it's a real problem for water quality when runoff from overfertilized fields gets into rivers and streams.

Related is "50 Shades of Brown": A brief discussion of the amount of animal waste produced in Iowa and neighboring states. https://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/cjones/50-shades-of-brown/?doing_wp_cron=1569...

Science Corner: Ancient tree with record of earth's magnetic field reversal in its rings discovered. https://www.newsweek.com/ancient-tree-discovered-earths-magnetic-field-1...

Nature Corner: Behold the black-throated bushtit bird. You may laugh if you so choose, although the bird looks alarmingly like The Joker. https://twitter.com/41strange/status/1177657661916975106?s=11

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and once again we have some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Charlie Pierce discusses Corey Lewandowski and the problem that he (and people like him) pose for modern journalists: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a29108811/corey-lewandows...

Paul Blest says that every politician smearing Medicare for All should be asked about the GM strike. "What good is that private insurance that 'unions fought for' when employers can just stop paying for it immediately in the event of a labor dispute?" https://splinternews.com/every-candidate-smearing-medicare-for-all-shoul...

Speaking of health care, cutting the health benefits of 1,900 Whole Foods workers saved Jeff Bezos 6 hours' worth of pay. https://truthout.org/articles/cutting-health-care-of-1900-whole-foods-wo...

It is Drew Magary's considered opinion that Pragmatic Democrats™ are worthless. "Here's a Democrat saying that the most realistic thing for him and his colleagues to accomplish is nothing. That's what's possible. Nothing. This is the hallmark of Democrats who supposedly get things done. What they're really telling you is that you should expect them to fail." https://gen.medium.com/pragmatic-democrats-are-worthless-42823e63eea3

The USDA issues a new rule that lets slaughterhouses police themselves on matters of health and safety. I'm sure Upton Sinclair wouldn't see any problem with this. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/9/18/20869186/trump-administrati... More here: https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/461774-risking-food-safet...

In the human slaughterhouse that is Afghanistan, a US drone strike accidentally slaughters 30 pine nut workers: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack-drones-idUSKBN1W40...

Today in the Amish Police Blotter: Two Amish men drinking alcoholic beverages while operating a horse and buggy, carrying a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra, and outfitted with a giant stereo system, escape police. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/18/us/amish-men-drinking-and-driving-trnd/in...

Botany Corner: Behold the spiky-trunked sandbox tree and its exploding fruits. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hura_crepitans

Comix Corner: Digby digs up a Doonesbury strip from 1973 that seems relevant today. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/09/plus-ca-change-plus-cest-la-meme...

Humor Corner: Someone Should Do Something. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/nancy-pelosi-jerry-nadler-de...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and once again we have some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Splinter News needs help finding the worst politicians in each state. If you feel so inclined, you can weigh in. https://splinternews.com/help-us-find-the-worst-politicians-in-your-stat...

Speaking of which, as usual, Pretty Kitty doesn't know what she's talking about. Dakota Free Press finds Kristi Noem "embarrassing herself with inaccurate claims about industrial hemp" in the Wall Street Journal: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/09/11/noem-embarrasses-sd-with-inaccurat...

Humor Corner For a lot of humor and the latest goings-on with the angry shut-ins who watch Fox News and receive e-mails in ALL CAPS, check out Roy's place Alicublog: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/ And if you like that, consider subscribing to his newsletter too.

Labor Corner The Workers Own the Means of Deliciousness: The owners of the irreverent and highly regarded Hell's Kitchen in Minneapolis sell the restaurant to their employees. (If you're ever there, try their house-made peanut butter.) http://www.startribune.com/chew-on-this-hell-s-kitchen-owners-sell-their...

Travel Corner For beautiful, interesting, historic cities, it's hard to beat Norwich, England. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2019/aug/12/10-reasons-nor...

Poetry Corner "September" by John Clare: https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/september-48

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The Leader doctors a National Weather Service hurricane forecast map with a Sharpie in a clumsy attempt to avoid looking like a moron. (Note that it's not just childishly stupid; it might actually be a federal crime to falsify vital weather forecasts like this.) https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28916647/donald-trump-hu...

A study finds that there's a certain segment of society – and not just our society – with a need for or addiction to "chaos." The use of the term "populism" in the article is somewhat clumsy and undifferentiated (Woody Guthrie and William Jennings Bryan are not the same as The Leader and Mussolini), but the gist is clear and sobering. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28915325/thomas-edsall-d...

In keeping with the spirit of breaking things and "owning the libs," the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era efficiency standards on light bulbs. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/05/lightbulbs-energy-effici...

Drew Magary writes that "people like Meghan McCain" who love guns more than other people, "are why Americans keep dying." https://gen.medium.com/people-like-meghan-mccain-are-why-americans-keep-...

The Guardian has a rundown of the Democratic candidates' discussion of climate change: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/05/democratic-2020-hope...

Pence's visit to Ireland did not go well. Quoting one columnist's colorful metaphor: "He shat on the carpet." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/05/mike-pence-ireland-shat-...

FunFact: "Crows can recognize human faces and warn other crows about a dangerous face. They also do not forget your face if you mess with them." https://twitter.com/41strange/status/1169781923637420032?s=11

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug regarding how The Leader can get us to talk about anything. https://twitter.com/RubenBolling/status/1169625797029707776/photo/1

Humor Corner: Possibly the best (and most accurate) menu ever printed by a trendy restaurant. https://twitter.com/pw3n/status/1170111225042063367?s=11

Art Corner: The weird surrealist collage art of Max Ernst's "Une Semaine de Bonté" https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Une+semaine+de+bont%C3%A9&t=ffcm&ia=images&iax...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Labor Day DL Links

­Hi all,

Happy Labor Day! We have some links for you to peruse at your leisure, and hopefully one or two will be of interest.

John Thune is eager to help Trump cut Social Security and Medicare. You'd think more South Dakotans, with our aging population, would be concerned about that. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/hell-cut-medicare-of-course-he-w...

I don't have much time for opportunistic NeverTrumpers, but here Digby points us to an entertaining article by Michael Gerson analyzing the daily process of rationalization The Leader's sycophants go through. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-daily-journey-of-trump-sycop...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory writes about how low wages and scarce opportunities fuel the "brain drain" of educated South Dakotans leaving the state, never to return. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/08/26/low-wages-sparse-opportunities-wor...

Also at Dakota Free Press, Cory tells us that the USDA is making it legal to sell crop insurance for hemp. Does this mean now that her family might profit from it, Rodeo Barbie might change her tune on allowing farmers to grow hemp? http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/08/28/usda-adds-hemp-to-crop-insurance-g...

Yet another former conservative with an awful track record is suddenly "respectable" and angling for a cushy media gig. The MSNBC stable is already full of grifters like this. How and why does this happen? Alex Pareene explains. https://newrepublic.com/article/154892/joe-walsh-running-morning-joe

At The Nation, John Nichols writes about how Democrats can win back rural Wisconsin: https://www.thenation.com/article/democrats-can-win-wisconsin-2020/

At The Majority Report, Sam discusses "The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth & Inequality" with author Katharina Pistor. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/08/28/8-28-the-code-of-capital-how-...

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have more links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Digby points us to Michelle Goldberg's article which posits that the worldwide trend in cynicism, lies, and fascism is caused by a "toxic nostalgia" – a sense that culture and progress are stationary and stuck. To unstick it, we need a progressive vision to get us moving forward again. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/toxic-nostalgia.html

Digby also shares an article about Hungary's sham "democracy" that few people recognize as the fascist state it is. Compare and contrast it with the way democracy is practiced in the USA. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/what-would-you-say-if-you-saw-th...

Dahlia Lithwick writes about "the demoralizing reality of life under Trump." https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/demoralizing-reality-of-life...

2016 is the "gift" that keeps on giving. At Dakota Free Press, Cory brings us the news that the SD Democratic Party failed to report transferring $2.5 million to the Clinton campaign in 2016. It's one more example of the national party starving its "farm team" – do you know how far that $2.5 million would have gone on local candidates here, and how much it would have helped efforts to Get Out The Vote? – so hack consultants can run unnecessary, expensive ads (and collect a handsome fee!) in places like Los Angeles. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/08/21/sd-dems-failed-to-report-2-5-milli...

History Corner: Meet the organization of medieval privateers on the North and Baltic Seas, the Victual Brothers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victual_Brothers

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

What: Drinking Liberally
When: 7-8pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton