Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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

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!

Larry Wilmore delivers biting satire at the White House Correspondents' Dinner (a.k.a. that yearly, incestuous cocktail party for politicians and the newscritters who allegedly cover them objectively): http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/05/watbs.html

Atrios notes that for some establishment political types, old habits are hard to break. Hippie-punching and making early excuses for your own shortcomings never go out of style. It's weird how hard some people will try to do anything except their one fundamental task: Convince people to vote FOR them, instead of insulting their potential voters. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/04/hard-to-kick-habit.html

Congress designates the bison as the national mammal.  Yay.  So I guess it's wrong to say they get nothing done.  http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/congress-votes-to-designate-bi...
 
Sports Corner: Forget the NY Times' political coverage, which is little more than Villager-centric conventional wisdom and thumb-on-the-scales reporting.  Instead, check out other features where they really shine, such as this piece on Leicester City's miraculous (and that's not hyperbole) run for the English Premiere League soccer championship.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/01/sports/soccer/how-leicester-city-went-...
 
Science Corner: "Working while sleepy?  You might as well do vodka shots at your desk."  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/28/sleep-study-workers...
 
Culture Corner: Read about Ireland's medieval Book of Kells:  http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160425-the-book-of-kells-medieval-eur...

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.

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