Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

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!

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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 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

Weekly DL Links

­Hi all,

Presumably you survived Riverboat Days intact and are ready to leave the house to socialize once again. Meanwhile, we have some more links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Helen Rosner at the New Yorker writes about "the passionate, progressive politics of Julia Child": https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-passionate-progre...

On the Majority Report, Sam Seder interviews Joshua Specht to discuss "Red Meat Republic: How Beef Changed America." https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/08/19/8-19-red-meat-republic-a-hoof...

Charlie Pierce finds Steve King justifying his racism and misogyny by citing (favorably!) the work of Genghis Khan: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28701130/steve-king-abor...

As everyone knows (or should know), Fox "News" is a Republican propaganda network. Digby delves into Fox's coverage of The Leader's tariffs to see what's actually happening in the real world, versus the completely made-up BS offered to the angry shut-ins watching Fox: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/why-would-tariffs-hurt-christmas...

Digby also reminds us of a 2016 article by Adam Serwer and asks, can a nation that cannot acknowledge its trauma even exist? https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-nation-that-cannot-acknowledge...

Peggy Lowe gives the media some tips about covering the Midwest in the 2020 elections. As she says, "Hint: Flyover is an F-word." https://www.peggylowe.org/blog/https://www.peggylowe.org/2016/11/27/new-...

At Bloomberg, Sarah Frier alerts us that Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users' audio chats: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-13/facebook-paid-hundred...

Atrios points us to an informative discussion of the "Aunt Sally Problem," which illustrates why self-driving cars are never going to happen. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/08/the-aunt-sally-problem.html

Ed Kilgore writes that despite the common mythology, McGovern didn't lose in 1972 by going too far left, and neither will 2020 Democrats. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/no-democrats-are-not-in-danger-of...

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.

Drew Magary argues that the NY Times should say what it really means. https://gen.medium.com/the-new-york-times-should-say-what-it-means-7e88d...

Charlie Pierce helps educate the public as to the nature of public records, what is and is not "doxxing," and how the $$$=Speech argument gets twisted depending upon who's making it. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28635203/joaquin-castro-...

LGM, quoting New York Magazine, discusses "Senatitis," the debilitating condition where people (usually older Senate Democrats) believe the Senate will be restored to the way it functioned in the halcyon days of yore – despite all evidence to the contrary. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/08/senatitis

Uber suffers its worst quarterly loss ever: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/08/uberd.html

Nature Corner: Wolves and Ravens are strange partners. https://www.stemjobs.com/wolves-and-ravens/

Transit Corner: Atrios has some brief observations about urban driving. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/08/aggressive-urban-driving.html

Transit Corner 2: Salt Lake City may create free public transit. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/08/08/salt-lake-city-may-create-free-fa...

Comix Corner: Ruben Bolling presents Tom the Dancing Bug and illegal employers. https://twitter.com/RubenBolling/status/1159575983760060421/photo/1

Humor Corner: An oldie but a goodie from T. Herman Zweibel, founder of The Onion. "I Am Leaving The Bloated Corpse Of Journalism Behind For This So-Called 'Sociable-Media' And Its Mountains Of Gold" https://www.theonion.com/i-am-leaving-the-bloated-corpse-of-journalism-b...

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.

At Esquire, Jack Holmes writes about the newly unearthed Nixon tapes showing Saint Reagan cracking virulently racist jokes. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a28563589/richard-nixon-tapes-rona...

At the New Republic, Alex Pareene writes about "the simple, odious reason Mitch McConnell opposes election integrity": https://newrepublic.com/article/154566/simple-odious-reason-mitch-mcconn...

At Splinter, Paul Blest writes about a topic that is mystifyingly controversial and a sensitive topic for some: that it's permissible to criticize Barack Obama, if you're doing it in good faith and trying to learn from the past. https://splinternews.com/its-fine-to-criticize-barack-obama-1836912757

At Crooked Media, Brian Beutler makes the case for a more fighting Democratic party – one not permanently hunkered in a meek, defensive crouch. Beutler argues that it's not just a preferable strategy, it's the only way to prevent being further crippled in the future when the Republicans are out of power. https://crooked.com/articles/fighting-democratic-party/

The ancient Greeks were good at naming various types of governments. Did they have a name for "government by unqualified flunkies," because we could sure use that here in South Dakota. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/07/31/noem-appoints-republican-flunky-wi...

Editors at the NY Times have an interesting concept of geography, and which people count as being "authentic" residents there. https://whitehousewatch.com/2019/07/jonathan-weisman-deputy-washington-e...

I wasn't sure whether to put this in Technology Corner or Humor Corner: Elon Musk's Las Vegas tunnel project is not only a wildly inefficient method of transportation, it structurally endangers the existing Las Vegas Monorail, and as an aside shows the "self-driving cars by 2021!" promises to be laughable fantasy. https://jalopnik.com/elon-musks-las-vegas-tunnel-kind-of-sucks-183689092...

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 as usual we have some links for you to peruse. Hopefully at least one or two will be of interest.

Drew Magary writes that you're not sticking to sports when you "stick to sports": https://deadspin.com/you-re-not-sticking-to-sports-when-you-stick-to-spo...

Charlie Pierce discusses Jane Mayer's piece about Al Franken's resignation from the Senate in the New Yorker magazine: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28467912/al-franken-resi...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan discusses the novel electoral strategy of both inspiring your base to turn out, and also attracting younger nonvoters by giving them a reason to turn out as well. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-only-thing-we-have-to-fear-i...

Atrios points out that the technocratic experts, the wonky wonks who designed the Rube Goldberg machine, were fundamentally wrong about "bending the cost curve" with the Affordable Care Act: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/07/bending-cost-curve.html

The Supreme Court says The Leader can divert Pentagon funds for his self-described "emergency" projects. I love the smell of "originalism" and "separation of powers" in the morning! I'm sure this will still apply if and when there's a non-Republican in office too, right? http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/07/27/supreme-court-says-trump-can-viola...

Digby argues that Democrats don't need any more information to impeach The Leader, and notes that the Mueller hearings didn't really change anybody's mind: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-democrats-dont-need-any-more...

If you want extra Digby, she was on the Majority Report with Sam Seder last Friday: https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/07/26/7-26-casual-friday-w-digby-an...

Poetry Corner, courtesy www.PoetryFoundation.org: "Summer" by John Clare

Come we to the summer, to the summer we will come,
For the woods are full of bluebells and the hedges full of bloom,
And the crow is on the oak a-building of her nest,
And love is burning diamonds in my true lover's breast;
She sits beneath the whitethorn a-plaiting of her hair,
And I will to my true lover with a fond request repair;
I will look upon her face, I will in her beauty rest,
And lay my aching weariness upon her lovely breast.

The clock-a-clay is creeping on the open bloom of May,
The merry bee is trampling the pinky threads all day,
And the chaffinch it is brooding on its grey mossy nest
In the whitethorn bush where I will lean upon my lover's breast;
I'll lean upon her breast and I'll whisper in her ear
That I cannot get a wink o'sleep for thinking of my dear;
I hunger at my meat and I daily fade away
Like the hedge rose that is broken in the heat of the day.

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 bunch more links for you to peruse. Hopefully at least one or two will be of interest.

Atrios makes an interesting observation about why various media outlets have been doing endless interviews with Trump supporters in Midwestern diners. It's an effort to convince themselves that the support for racism comes mostly from dumb, rural hayseeds, not from any of the nice people they know. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/07/trump-racism-is-just-for-diner-rube...

Charlie Pierce writes an obituary for Justice Stevens who died at age 99: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28421077/john-paul-steve...

Charlie also informs the "NeverTrumpers" that the Democrats won't be needing their good-faith advice, thank you very much. The Democrats are, at long last, no longer afraid. For good measure, he also sets the record straight on the caricature of George McGovern people drag around. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28427115/democrats-left-...

The House Democrats pass a $15 minimum wage bill that is decent messaging as far as it goes. However, Charlie notes that its details and manner of being passed shine a glaring light on some of the current problems in the House. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a28437132/democrats-minim... Atrios is of a similar opinion: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/07/what-do-we-want-15-per-hour.html

In light of the school busing controversy that came up in the Democratic debates, Matthew Lassiter at TPM presents an interesting historical review of busing in the border states and the north, in comparison to the Jim Crow south. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/biden-busing-delaware-history

The Oglala Sioux Tribe legalizes marriage equality on the reservation. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/07/17/oglala-sioux-tribe-slow-to-legaliz...

Botany Corner: Elizabeth Twining's rare 1849 encyclopedia of botany called "The Natural Orders of Plants" has been remastered: https://www.fastcompany.com/90374575/see-the-rare-drawings-of-a-19th-cen...

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 this time, on these hot summer days when everything seems contentious, we choose to present just a few lighter links. Hopefully you'll enjoy.

A UK town installed "Chat Benches" to help lonely seniors avoid being isolated, and to encourage people to engage in conversation: https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1149485372126240768/video/1

(Performance?) Art Corner: Finland hosts heavy metal knitting championship. https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/finland-hosts-heavy-metal-knitting-cham...

Comix Corner: Ruben Bolling presents Tom the Dancing Bug's Super Fun-Pak Comix. https://boingboing.net/2019/07/10/super-fun-pak-comix-feat-che.html

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