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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

Weekly DL Links (and a haiku!)

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce writes about how too many people desperately want a Unifying Daddy in the White House, and are willing to overlook all sorts of wrongdoing and incompetence to get back to their comfort zone. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57257/trump-harvey-r... It has been occurring from Nixon's revisionist history through Reagan, Dubya, and now Trump.

Charlie also takes us on a tour of Houston's geography and Texas' virtually nonexistent zoning laws to examine the catastrophe unfolding from Hurricane Harvey: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57276/harvey-longter...

Roy at the Village Voice (and at Alicublog) keeps us up to date on the Neo-Confederates' desperate racist-splaining to honor treason in defense of slavery. https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/08/28/rightbloggers-dog-whistle-dixie-...

Atrios brings to our attention the hilarious results of Tory/Thatcher privatization of the British rail system. Chopped up and sold to private companies, service has declined and ticket prices have risen. And now foreign companies are buying them up to soak the Brits even more. Thanks, privatization! http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/privatization.html

Meanwhile, we get to see the results of Freedom™ and Deregulation, Texas-style, close up when a disaster occurs: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57290/texas-deregula...

Science & Literature Corner: A periodic table with a haiku for every element. http://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/

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 links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

At the New Yorker Magazine, Alec MacGillis reports that the Republicans are dismantling the Department of Housing and Urban Development from within: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/08/ben-carson-hud-secretary.ht...

Feeling overwhelmed by constantly having to keep up with the latest technology? Pamela Paul exhorts you to save your sanity by downgrading your life. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/opinion/sunday/technology-downgrade-s...

As always, for local South Dakota news, check out the Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

If you need humor with your news, Roy at Alicublog has you covered: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

And of course Josh Marshall at TPM will keep you abreast of the news: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

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 links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

At TPM, Josh Marshall gives historical perspective about the Civil War, using the contemporary account of General Henry Thomas, a Virginian who remained loyal to the Union. After losing the Civil War, the Confederate traitors immediately began reshaping the narrative of the conflict. General Thomas was having none of it. If you only read one thing this week, read this one. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-battle-for-memory-started-immedi...

Josh also argues that, metaphorically, the house is on fire, and we have to recognize that if we're going to deal with it: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-house-is-on-fire-accepting-the-t...

On Wednesday, Sam at the Majority Report had an excellent interview with New York Magazine writer Eric Levitz, who discussed why the Democrats should stop worrying about the imaginary center. It's an excellent analysis of the flawed 20th-century model of "voter behavior," which is based on an economic model that itself misinterprets human behavior. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/dems-can-abandon-the-center...

And while you're at it, check out the Majority Report. Excellent interviews every weekday. Listen live, get a podcast, or check the website. It's worth your time. https://majority.fm/report/

Atrios spots some of the finest BothSides-ing ever. It's real vintage stuff, this time from Seattle: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/bothsidesing.html

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 was a rough week and there has been plenty in the news, but if you're interested we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure.

Enough cute euphemisms like "alt-right." Call fascism and Naziism by their true names. Digby discusses it more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-f-word.html

"I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo." Josh gives the rundown on one off the raging brownshirts from the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/im-not-the-angry-racist-they-see-in-... As Josh, says, "Any guess who this guy voted for?" Keep that in mind if you run across any dead-ender BernieBots or Clinton Cultists still fighting the 2016 primary on Twitter because it makes them feel special. It's a safe bet that nobody at the Tiki-Torch Nazi Rally was a voter in the Democratic primary, so if you see anybody trying to work the Charlottesville White Power Riot into some narrative about the 2016 Candidate They Still Hate, tell them to get their head screwed on straight.

Roy at Alicublog has some good, blunt thoughts as well: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/08/fuck-your-feelings-and-your-though...

Related to that, Atrios has another important question regarding how to learn from 2016, adapt, and move forward . . . or whether it's just going to be a lot of sniping and excuse-making, with no lessons learned and no improved strategy. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/so-whats-answer.html

Our broken economy in one simple (and alarming) chart:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/opinion/leonhardt-income-...

Literature Corner: From the New Yorker, how Agatha Christie created the modern murder mystery. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/16/queen-of-crime?mbid=social_...

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 a few to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce draws comparison's with Ireland's experience to show that we're self-sabotaging ourselves with our current dysfunctional voting system. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56773/electronic-vot...

Katherine Stewart's op-ed positing that conservatives' hatred of "government schools" has its roots in slavery and segregation. This has predictably touched a nerve and set off a foaming, tooth-gnashing reaction from the right-wingers. Roy at Alicublog gets us up to speed: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-hate-that-dare-not-speak-its.h...

Atrios dispenses some fairly obvious wisdom about "single-issue" voters. Or at least it should be common wisdom. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/single-issue-voters.html

Atrios also brings us some pragmatic skepticism regarding every shiny new technology: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/math-how-does-it-work.html

Explaining the current White House in terms of Commedia dell'Arte: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/opinion/goodbye-anthony-scaramucci.ht...

Travel Corner: The BBC brings us to Madagascar, home of many interesting things, including a region of razor-sharp limestone pinnacles. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170803-madagascars-heritage-site-that-...

Travel Corner II: Unusual foreign vacation destinations of people in the several states: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/sunday-review/summer-vaca...

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 of interest.

While the media and most people are organizing triumphal parades for John McCain and maybe one or two other people to whom they give all the credit for stopping the sadistic Trumpcare/Republicare bill, Digby reminds us of some other heroes we should be thanking: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-want-heroes.html

In the Washington Post, Charles Mathewes and Evan Sandesmark write "Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that." https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/being-rich-wrecks-your-soul-we-us...

In the NY Times, Paul Krugman writes about "the sanctimony and sin of GOP 'moderates'": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/opinion/columnists/trumpcare-republic...

The NY Times presents an article about the company behind many surprise, exhorbitant emergency room bills: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/upshot/the-company-behind-many-surpri...

Botany Corner: Behold silphium, a plant that the ancient Mediterranean world used as a spice, but which is now apparently extinct—though no one can identify it for certain, so who knows? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium

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 of interest. Also, hopefully we'll get a break from this hot weather!

From the NY Times: Wall Street profits by putting investors in the "slow lane." I suppose this means the Very Serious People will once again argue that it's time to gamble Social Security in the market! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/wall-street-brokers-rebates-k...

As always, check out Roy's Alicublog for the rundown of what's going on in right-wing world, with a healthy dose of humor to make it not only bearable, but somehow entertaining. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

John Kasich is making a push for being the Sensible Republican, the so-called Centrist who everybody loves and can get behind for a run in 2020. Don't be fooled by the wolf in sheep's clothing. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/john-kasich-the-way-forward-o...

Check out Atrios as well, for daily bits of wisdom and links: http://www.eschatonblog.com/

That's not much for this week, but it's awfully hot, so I hope you'll excuse the relative paucity of links. Regardless, come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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