Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested.

Rachel Maddow recounts the history of the $20 bill. You must watch it. There is history, there is context, and there is a cocktail recipe at the end. You will be a richer person for watching it. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/20th-century-cocktail-in-honor-...

A vintage Rolling Stone article about Prince: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/prince-talks-the-silence-is-broke...

The backstory to the amazing Dave Chapelle Show sketch about Prince, Charlie Murphy, and basketball: https://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/the-story-behind-dave-chappelles-amazin... If you've never seen that sketch, you owe it to yourself to watch it. It's flat-out hilarious.

Charlie Pierce has a good exhortation about the primary:

Can we please knock this shit off? Can the Sanders people stop filing bullshit lawsuits and screaming about how a primary process they willingly entered is something just short of a North Korean election? Can the Clinton people stop being condescending, and lighting votive candles in the Church of the Savvy, and screaming about how Sanders has been one big horrible sexist for treating HRC like a presidential candidate and running a tough race against her? Stop. Just stop.

Charlie also has some zen advice to get us through the Silly Season that we're required to endure, even if like California we're usually too late in the process to matter: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a44142/how-to-survive...

Senator Professor Warren keeps the focus on the economy where it should be — and she's not afraid to mix it up with The Donald and Ted Cruz. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a44166/senator-profes...

Atrios makes good points about party switching and open primaries: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/party-switching.html Also, a good point about what a Silly Season our never-ending primary season becomes: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/the-silliest-season.html

South Dakota's junior senator laments the "tone" of the campaign, yet endorses Trump. Because that makes sense in bizarro world, apparently. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/04/20/rounds-blames-press-for-not-demand...

Because the topic of marathons and more casual community races and walk-a-thons came up last week, we present the link to the 40th annual Bloomsday Run in Spokane on May 1. https://www.bloomsdayrun.org/ It's a really big one, but communities like Yankton could do smaller events in the same vein.

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 a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested.

On the Majority Report, Sam Seder talks with David Dayen about how the Goldman Sachs settlement is a $5 billion sham, and what should actually be done within existing laws to deal with the situation. (Side note: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton actually agree on part of the response, despite the fluttering in the media last week about Sanders' interview with the New York Daily News.) http://majority.fm/2016/04/13/413-david-dayen-why-the-goldman-sachs-sett...

At the Guardian, George Monbiot writes about how Neo-Liberalism — an ideology dating back nearly a century, and so commonplace now that we don't even bother to recognize it — is at the root of "all our problems." http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-prob...

UC Davis spends tens of thousands of dollars trying to scrub the internet of their rent-a-cops sadistically pepper-spraying students back in 2011. Perhaps this is not the best way for a cash-strapped university system to be spending its money. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/14/university-of-california-...

Thomas Frank writes about the consequences of the 1994 Crime Bill: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/15/bill-clinton-crime-...

Archaeology Corner: New evidence of when the Bible was written, coming from ancient shopping lists. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/world/middleeast/new-evidence-onwhen-b...

Culinary Corner: An unintended effect of kosher laws: Better tasting food. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/opinion/sunday/why-is-this-matzo-diffe...

TV Corner: Norwegian TV launches a new livestream of the sea. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/15/live-streaming-norway-to-sh...

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 (with extra local color)

Hi all,

It's Monday again, and we've got a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested. Be sure to check out the video and the NY Times article about the National Music Museum. Enjoy!

A must-see video for everybody, especially right-wingers who have a problem understanding the concept of consent: A police department in the UK explained the concept of sexual consent with a cuppa tea. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQbei5JGiT8

Does the Senate refusing to hold hearings on nominations actually imply tacit consent? Charlie Pierce via Dahlia Lithwick raises that argument. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a43463/supreme-court-...

It has been mentioned before, but it bears repeating. While both candidates have many courteous, thoughtful supporters, and there may be some persuadable voters out there, you'd never know that by the main conversation going on. It's usually a pie-fight between über-supporters of the candidates, and instead of actually trying to persuade anyone, they go for insults and narcissistic preening. I'm not sure how that's actually supposed to help their candidates, but then they don't seem as concerned about that as they do scoring a zinger against Some Random Person on the internet. It's infinitely worse when that obnoxious behavior comes from surrogates or from the campaigns themselves. Atrios has more: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/hacks-to-left-of-me-hacks-to-right.h...

The media belatedly discovers that it may have had some role in creating Donald Trump. Charlie Pierce doesn't let them off with an easy, milquetoast mea culpa for that, or for the Regan era that led up to it. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a43374/media-created-...

Digby writes about the semi-mythical Angry White Man voter that the press has been fawning over and politicians have been courting since the 1970s—and who now are Trump voters. http://www.salon.com/2016/03/28/the_truth_about_donald_trumps_angry_whit...

At a Trump rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, a 15-year old girl is groped and pepper-sprayed while the StormTrumpers cheer and yell racial epithets. But remember: According to the media, Trump's support is all due to his position on jobs. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/03/30/3764717/trump-wisconsin-pep...

Atrios has some thoughts about the inevitable (so we're told) self-driving cars: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/no-one-listens-to-atrios.html Also here: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/i-could-be-wrong-on-internet.html

Could something as simple as grass barriers help filter runoff and make the Big Sioux a cleaner river?  http://www.keloland.com/news/article/featured-stories/grass-barriers-could-help-clean-up-big-sioux-river-1 

Archaeology Corner:  Have researchers found another Viking site in Newfoundland, Canada?  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/01/science/vikings-archaeology-north-amer...
 
Culture Corner:  The 10 best European cities for Art Nouveau.  http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/mar/29/10-best-art-nouveau-cities...
 
Culture Corner: The NY Times covers the Shakespeare First Folio's stop in Vermillion at the National Music Museum. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/theater/shakespeare-the-book-tour.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 for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Digby discusses Paul Ryan's feeble attempt to mildly criticize Trump, and how Ryan's own philosophy really isn't any different. http://www.salon.com/2016/03/24/dont_believe_paul_ryans_bogus_apology_hi...

Athenae makes a good point about how (not) to engage young voters: http://first-draft.com/2016/03/20/negging-young-voters/

Cinema Corner: Because it came up last week, we give you The Princess Bride. If you're not familiar with it, you owe it to yourself to see it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093779/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Technology Corner: Is better battery technology on the way, enabling us to upgrade the US power grid?  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/03/us-agency-says-has-be...

Archaeology Corner:  Hidden rooms at tomb of Tutankhamen raise hopes of more undiscovered treasures.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/hidden-rooms-tutankhamun-to...

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 a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Atrios makes a not-new but still relevant point regarding Elections About Nothing. If you run an election without issues, an agenda, or a vision, you do not get to blame voters for not turning out. This is especially true in midterm elections. Hippie-punching after the fact doesn't get you off the hook for running a crappy campaign about nothing. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/03/elections-about-nothing.html

Charlie Pierce notices Republican elites turning on the Trump supporters they created through years of baiting and propaganda. It's an insightful foray into the evolution of so-called "Reagan Democrats". http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a43042/republican-eli...

In their desperate attempt to find "balance" between "both sides," maybe the media should be careful not to unwittingly display White Power symbols. http://gawker.com/pbs-news-story-on-first-time-trump-voters-prominently-...

It's been obvious for a long time that conservatives don't really care about hypocrisy, but sometimes you wonder how their tongues don't burst into flame, as Charlie Pierce so memorably put it. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a43111/flint-hearings...

Atrios has a pithy observation about religion and politics, and how strategies to appeal to various religious groups are often misguided. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/03/remember-when-we-used-to-talk-about....

Atrios with another reminder that insulting potential voters might not be the best way to get them to support your candidate: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/03/the-youngs-are-stupid.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 a springlike Monday, and we've got a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

This has been another edition of What Atrios Said: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/03/nader.html

From the Worst People in the World (and also not so bright) Department: The National Republican Senate Committee accuses Tammy Duckworth of "not standing up" for veterans. Duckworth is a veteran who lost both legs serving in Iraq. https://www.balloon-juice.com/2016/03/08/theyre-not-very-bright/

Trump, result of unintended consequences:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/10/trump-the-great-ora...
 
Thomas Frank sees another issue behind the Trump phenomenon aside from the obvious racism:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/07/donald-trump-why-am...
 
A Guardian article about how the Millenial generation is viewed in other countries around the world:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/08/generation-y-curling-or-may...
 
Harold Myerson writes about the rise of people in the United States, particularly in the younger demographics, who identify as "socialist" in addition to "progressive":  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/29/why-are-there-sudde...
 
A Minneapolis church starts a program to help free people from payday lender loan sharks:  http://www.keloland.com/news/article/featured-stories/minnesota-church-o...
 

Geography Corner:  The land nobody wants.  Did you know there's a parcel of land, not in Antarctica, that is unclaimed by any nation?  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/03/welcome-to-the-land-that-no...
 

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 a springlike Monday, and we've got a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

Digby writes about white supremacy in the GOP and the rise of Trump. Her analysis is a good reminder about why it's foolish to still keep chasing "Reagan Democrats" after 30 years of futility. Archie Bunker isn't going to vote for a liberal, or even a ConservaDem, regardless of how much he gets pandered to. "Reagan Democrats" vote the way they do largely because of anxiety about social status and flat-out racism. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/white-supremacy-sunday-in-gop.htm...

Not content with being generally incompetent, letting state parties wither, and screwing up the primary process (a handful of debates when no one will watch? Genius!), Debbie Wasserman Schultz now sides with payday loan sharks. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/debbie-wasserman-schultz-paylenders-...

Reputed "Senator" Mike Rounds sees nothing wrong with Donald Trump courting the KKK. After all, they may have a long, despicable history of violence, racism, and anti-Semitism, but at least they're not Democrats, amirite? http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/03/02/rounds-enables-trump-klan-march-to...

Digby notes where the election is headed: CNN is prepared to let a commentator blather on that the KKK is a "leftist" organization that is somehow aligned with Democrats like President Obama. It's absolute nonsense, of course, but hey, it's good for ratings. Plus, I'm sure there's a nugget in there about "balance" and that "Both Sides Do It." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-peek-at-general-election-argume...

In a post entitled "Strip-mining the human landscape," Undercover Blue discusses the "Better Business Climate" that took hold in the 1970s, and its ramifications for us today. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/strip-mining-human-landscape-by.h...

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 Monday, another bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested. Enjoy!

South Dakota's bill 1008 warranted a story in the NY Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/us/south-dakota-bill-on-transgender-st...

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo writes about norms no longer applying, and what that means for American politics: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/entitled-to-their-own-country-by....

Atrios notes that the execrable Antonin Scalia was the Last Honest Man™ in Washington, in the mold of Joe Lieberman. You know, the type who constantly sets the klaxons blaring for conflicts of interest, while Democratically-appointed justices have to recuse themselves, unlike him. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/02/the-last-honest-man-in-washington.ht...

How society pays when women's work is unpaid:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/upshot/how-society-pays-when-womens-wo...

Culinary Corner:  The way food looks and is served can affect how you perceive it and how it tastes.  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160226-why-bowl-food-might-be-tricking...

Horticulture Corner:  Death Valley blooms:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/science/death-valley-is-experiencing-a... More Death Valley linkage:  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/25/death-valley-superblo...

Travel & Leisure Corner:  The lost art of "purposeless walking" and a few excellent places to take a good, long walk for no particular reason, such as in the Lake District of England.  http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20140501-where-purposeless-walking-lives...

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,

Monday's here again, the snow is almost melted away (hallelujah!), and we've got a bunch of links for you to look over if you're interested.

First, some news: Our own Jay Williams is running for Senate! http://www.jaywilliams2016.com/

Charlie Pierce writes about Pine Ridge and Whiteclay, Nebraska:  http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a42096/nebraska-india...

A person who moved away writes about what keeps her from coming back to South Dakota:  http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/2016/02/17/voice-coming-back/80... This sort of thing is going to happen more and more until the politics and priorities of this state change. If South Dakota continues getting more bigoted and right-wing, it's going to die a slow, wasting death as more of its residents move away.

In the wake of Scalia's death and the exhortation not to speak ill of the dead, Athenae notes that if that is a concern, the remedy is to live one's life better, not to silence everyone else and tell them that their memories are invalid. http://first-draft.com/2016/02/16/please-speak-ill-of-the-dead/

On a related topic, once again Atrios cuts to the heart of the matter: "Does a black president who was elected twice have the right to nominate a Supreme Court justice as the Constitution mandates?" http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/02/both-sides_18.html

Finally someone notices that Kasich isn't the moderate that the media pretends he is. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/11/john-kasich-ohio-moderate...

So how much powdered wood pulp is actually in your parmesan cheese?  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/17/parmesan-cheese-stor...

Science Corner:  Is GPS eroding our cognitive awareness of our surroundings?  Or:  That Ocean Is Not A Road.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/opinion/sunday/ignore-the-gps-that-oce...

Health Corner: Atrios presents some semi-anecdotal observations about weight, dieting, and health. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/02/fatties.html

Culture Corner:  The Guardian presents a history of African American cinema.  Not mentioned in the article is the fact that pioneer filmmaker Oscar Michaux may have been born in Illinois, but lived near Gregory, South Dakota.  http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/feb/12/pioneers-african-american-ci...

Art Corner:  An exhibition examining Edvard Munch and Expressionism is currently in New York.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/arts/design/review-the-darkness-and-li...

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,

Monday's here again, and we've got a few links for you to look over if you're interested.

Scott Lemieux reviews Scalia's partisan career of "jurisprudence" and what his long-awaited departure means for the future: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/14/antonin-scalia-supr...

While conservatives in Kentucky are trying to roll back women's rights to control their own bodies, one female legislator has proposed parallel legislation aimed at men obtaining viagra via prescription: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/whose-body-it-it-anyway.html

In The Atlantic, James Fallows writes about his trip across the USA in a small plane to discover how the country is knit together and smaller, lesser-known cities are prospering:  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/how-america-is-putti...

Sports & Culture: Why do owners get all the glory at the end of the Superb Owl?  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/feb/09/why-do-owners-get-the-...

Travel Corner: Lonely Planet proclaims Philadelphia the best city in the USA to visit:  http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/09/philadelphia-best-us-city...

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