Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Would you believe it's already the last bunch of weekly Drinking Liberally links for August? Time flies! If you're interested, here are the links and hopefully you'll find one or two to be of interest.

Glen Greenwald notices "journalists" condemning Univision's Jorge Ramos for committing journalism. Elite journalists talk a good game about the Fourth Estate, but what it really comes down to is who's a member of their club. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/08/26/jorge-ramos-commits-journa...

Paul Krugman writes about the "fear of assymetry" as he calls it, where people can't bring themselves to note that one side of the political landscape has gone far off the deep end, and in fact "both sides" do NOT act the same. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/fear-of-asymmetry/

Krugman also writes about what Corey Robin describes as "The Reactionary Soul," and how conservatism is, at its heart, about the defense of power and privilege for a select few. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/26/the-reactionary-soul/

Americans (and a few others) thwarting an attack on a French train receive the prestigious Legion of Honor: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/24/legion-dhonneur-for-men-who... also http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34037580

Digby remains ever vigilant about the (mis)use of tasers: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/funny-headline-o-day-to-me-anyway...

Online Learning Corner: Whaddaya know? Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don't really work. Turns out that distance education is only effective for a sliver of people, most of whom already have degrees. (h/t Atrios, and click his link to the main article) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/08/moocd.html

That's all for now. Come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!
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When: 7-9pm every Tuesday
Where: Ben's, downtown Yankton

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

A new week is upon us, and here is another batch of links for you to peruse if you're interested. Enjoy!

As always, read your Krugman. Nearly all Republican presidential candidates support weakening Social Security and raising the retirement age, despite the bad economic and social consequences of doing so. Why? Because the fabulously wealthy 1% want Social Security destroyed. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/opinion/republicans-against-retirement...

TPM notes that it's not just Donald Trump who wants to end birthright citizenship; the GOP has "plotted" that for years. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/birthright-citizenship-constitution

At Salon, Edwin Lyngar writes about how he was betrayed by American conservative "Christianity" that was simply right-wing politics in religious drag: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/17/i_was_betrayed_by_republican_religion_wh...

Athenae reminds us that newspaper companies are killing the Fourth Estate, not the internets, or the teevee machine, or kids today with their iPhones and hula hoops. There's still money to be made in the good old honest newspaper business — unless the company only wants to bleed the paper dry and then sell it for parts. http://first-draft.com/2015/08/18/they-are-killing-newspapers-on-purpose...

In local concerns like payday loan-sharking, Cory at the Dakota Free Press goes old school and quotes Martin Luther's implacable stance against usurers. (He quotes Pope Francis too, for good measure.) If any enterprising person here wants to go even older school for quotes, I know the bible is a gold mine if you start digging. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/08/19/martin-luther-payday-lenders-secon...

For everyone who read the sobering New Yorker article about the next big earthquake due sometime for the Pacific Northwest, here are a few articles discussing other interpretations of the data: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/07/kathryn... and here: http://kuow.org/post/earthquake-probably-wont-devastate-seattle

Mental Health Corner: Are coloring books for adults relaxing or possibly even therapeutic? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/17/coloring-books-adult...

Geography Corner: What's the world's remotest city? http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/19/where-worlds-most-remote-c...

Travel Art Corner: Vintage tourism posters for British railways. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150817-vintage-tourism-posters-railwa...

History Corner: Because it came up last week, here's information about Edith Cavell, the British nurse who helped Allied soldiers escape the Germans during WWI. She was executed 100 years ago this October. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cavell

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and August is half gone already. If only progress came as quickly as the summer flies by. Well regardless, here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two will strike your fancy.

Digby presents an interesting study about Americans' real anxieties about immigration of all types: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/keeping-america-pure.html

I don't even know who CNN thinks their audience is anymore when they hire people like this: http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/11/new-cnn-hire-jeffrey-lord-is...

Problems in Syria? Why not throw half a billion dollars at "training" and arming various people who might be kinda sorta on our side. Or not. Who knows? The important thing is to throw money and weapons at the problem. That's always worked before, right? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/11/u-s-shelves-its-500m-sy...

At Salon, Digby writes about "the GOP's most ludicrous election myth: the reasonable Republican." http://www.salon.com/2015/08/13/the_gops_most_ludicrous_election_myth_th...

The Rude Pundit brings to our attention a conservative personality mocking Jimmy Carter's cancer. No word yet if the media has noticed this. I suppose they have to maintain the fiction that BothSidesDoIt™, just like they are eternally amazed that Republican primary voters really, really like Donald Trump, no matter how awful he is. http://rudepundit.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/brief-beach-blogging-tweets-of-...

Atrios with a brief, pithy observation about what an effort it has been since the Reagan Era to spend money on anything to improve America. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/08/everything-is-unpossible.html

Archaeology Corner: Did they find the tomb of Nefertiti "behind" the tomb of King Tut? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33868103

Photography Corner/Nature Corner: The BBC presents a photo essay on the Palouse region of Washington state. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150629-saving-a-picture-perfect-americ...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

A new week is nearly here, and here are some links (a little early) for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Is the supposed STEM shortage just a myth used to support the labor policies of tech companies? LGM discusses: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/08/is-the-supposed-shortage-ste...

Digby proclaims Senator Professor Warren a badass national treasure: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/elizabeth-warren-badass-feminist-...

Digby also presents what she calls some first-class trolling of the Republican presidential candidates by the Hillary Clinton campaign: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/first-class-trolling-of-president...

Charlie Pierce is back from vacation! He presents to us a court ruling declaring that having to fill out paperwork does not endanger your religious liberty, even if you're crusading against ladies and their ladyparts on behalf of zygote-Americans: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a37029/contraceptive-...

Also, Charlie's "Out on the Weekend" post on Friday is always worth catching. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a37036/more-on-the-re...

As always, read your Krugman, such as this post on the roots of Reaganolatry: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/roots-of-reaganolatry/?modul...

Or this post from Mr. Krugman on the field of Republican presidential candidates: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/opinion/paul-krugman-from-trump-on-dow...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested.

Surprise, surprise, but passenger rail (Amtrak, specifically) is one of the most energy-efficient, on-time ways of moving people in America . . . where the service still exists, that is. It also generates the most revenue per passenger mile. Compare weakly-funded Amtrak with heavily-subsidized highways and airlines, and determine for yourself whether investing in rail infrastructure might be a smart choice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amtrak#Efficiency

The Masters of the Universe – hedge fund managers – tell Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools in order to pay them back. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/28/hedge-funds-puerto-rico-clo...

Health Corner: Can you curb your appetite by imagining that you're eating? The BBC looks into it. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33690211

The Rude Pundit has some introspective thoughts about the latest gun massacre in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he grew up: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/07/american-has-become-second-amendm...

In Sioux Falls, payday lenders harass businesses who oppose payday lender usury: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/28/payday-lenders-attacking-hildebran...

Apparently comedian and cultural icon Jon Stewart visited the White House twice during the Obama administration. While the rest of the country shrugged and/or yawned, the entire wingnut universe predictably cranked the screechy outrage up to 11. Because it's a conspiracy, you see. Or something. WAKE UP SHEEPLE! http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/07/conservatives-and-dark-art-of-come...

Mark Cuban, proving that being a rich businessman doesn't necessarily mean you know anything about anything: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/qotd-lucky-billionaire.html

"Our society is rapidly devolving into feudalism": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/money-and-immortality.html Our friends in the legal profession will enjoy the shout-out to the Rule Against Perpetuities.

Comix Corner: Bloom County is back! Berkeley Breathed has brought back his series, which you can check out daily on Facebook. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/13/422545636/bloom-county...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got just a few links this week, but hopefully you'll find one or two of them interesting.

As always, check out Cory's Dakota Free Press for local news and commentary. http://dakotafreepress.com/

You know the conventional wisdom that Ross Perot cost George Herbert Walker Bush the 1992 election by siphoning votes away from him? Nice theory, and it's being trotted around the track again with reference to Donald Trump. The only problem is, the theory is completely untrue. Rachel Maddow explains. (Copy and paste the following link into your browser.) on.msnbc.com/1CYoFvp

Our Fourth Estate: The media is more concerned with having an "interesting" political race to cover than it is with accidentally committing journalism. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/lopsided-polling.html

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug and a parable of consumerism. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2303/1967/original.jpg

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested.

This Week in Urban Planning: New Rapid Creek wetlands absorb pollution in runoff water. http://listen.sdpb.org/post/new-rapid-creek-wetlands-absorb-pollution

Cory at the Dakota Free Press presents something I've argued for years ought to be a good-government priority in Our Fair State: An independent redistricting commission for state legislative seats. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/15/end-gerrymandering-farmers-union-p...

More protection for bees who do the good work of pollinating our crops? Hear, hear! http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/17/south-dakota-working-on-pollinator...

If you missed it, check out Chris Hayes' week-long series on the water crisis in California. http://www.msnbc.com/all

In another edition of what Atrios terms "America's Worst Humans," David Brooks lectures Ta-Nehisi Coates about how he should talk about the black experience in America. http://www.salon.com/2015/07/17/david_brooks_scolds_ta_nehisi_coates_i_t... To quote Gene Demby of NPR, "I wish that column were a real person so I could punch it in the face." Charlie Pierce notices Brooks's nonsense too: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a36512/david-brooks-a...

While everyone is upset about Donald Trump insulting John McCain's war record, let's remember back to the entire Republican Convention wearing purple heart bandages to mock John Kerry. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/situational-sanctimony.html

History Corner: A WWII Enigma machine has been sold for a rather large amount of money. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33379661

From the BBC, tips on avoiding memory loss: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33505017

Critter Corner: A drunk squirrel takes over a bar in England. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-33541502

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is nearly here, and right on schedule here are some links for you to peruse, should any of them pique your interest.

While all the Very Serious People are opining about Greece and how ordinary people need more punishment before they are economically cleansed, Thomas Piketty points out some inconvenient truths to the German newspaper Die Zeit: The amount of debt forgiveness Germany received after a certain unpleasantness in the 1940s makes Greece look like pikers in comparison — and perhaps Germany shouldn't be lecturing other countries about their moral uprightness when it comes to debt forgiveness. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/07/hes-right-williamson-merkel

As if to illustrate the point, Atrios brings to our attention one of the World's Worst Humans, arguing that postwar Germany was "more deserving" than Greece of debt forgiveness. Oh, sure, there was that "unpleasantness" just before mid-century, but that's nothing compared to those shiftless, irresponsible, swarthy types from southern Europe, amirite? http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/07/the-worlds-worst-humans.html

In the NY Times, Eduardo Porter notes that "Germans Forget Postwar History Lesson on Debt Relief in Greece Crisis." But this is different, some argue. Agreed, but I don't think it's the best argument to say that Greece would be rewarded with more favorable terms if, say, they had started a war and committed genocide. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/08/business/economy/germanys-debt-history...

If you want a better insight into the situation in Greece, rather than listen to the High Priests of Wall Street who think that we need more human sacrifices to appease the gods of Economics, then listen to Sam Seder's interview with professor Georgios Giannakopoulos. http://majority.fm/2015/07/06/georgios-giannakopoulos-greeces-restoratio... More from Paul Krugman about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/opinion/paul-krugman-greeces-economy-i...

The Rude Pundit suggests that if you fly the confederate flag, you don't deserve a holiday on Independence Day. http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/07/for-independence-day-if-you-fly.h...

Credit Where Credit Is Due Department: A South Carolina legislator makes a moving, impassioned case for removing the confederate flag from the state capitol. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jenny-horne-speech-confederate-fla...

Culture Corner: The BBC has a story about a pastor and church in Denver who focus on the outcasts of society – not just the poor and oppressed, but the LGBT community, for example. There's an interesting anecdote about how, to them, "welcoming the stranger" means welcoming people who come from the buttoned-up suburbs. http://www.bbc.com/news/33377925

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

Independence Day Weekend DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Independence Day! I hope you're having a good weekend, and if you feel so inclined, here are some links for you to peruse in case any look interesting.

Celebrate Independence Day by reading about patriot Mercy Otis Warren (h/t Charlie Pierce): http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/creating-new-government/essa... Ms. Warren's Wikipedia entry is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Otis_Warren

Oh heck, while you're at it, check out Charlie Pierce's full Independence Day post. You won't regret it. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a36175/on-being-indep...

On the subject of history, why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because 150 years of propaganda pays dividends. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/07/01/why-do-people...

Atrios presents some sobering analysis of what the Greece-EU crisis is really about: Not so much the banking system (see the analysis from Forbes that he presents), but about unelected European bank officials wielding political power over member countries. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/07/whats-it-all-about-then_4.html

Pensions for me, but not for thee: The CEO of Boeing collects an obscenely large, unearned pension, after forcing his workers to give up theirs, with threats of taking jobs elsewhere. Welcome to the New Gilded Age. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/06/today-in-the-new-gilded-age-...

History Corner: TPM presents passages about slavery that were not included in the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/slavery-declaration-of-independence-ju...

That's all for now. Enjoy your freedoms and come join us this week for Drinking Liberally!

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

Monday DL Links (now with added civil rights!)

Hi all,

Although sometimes it seems like Doom and Gloom stalk the land, the previous week was very good. Enjoy it, and enjoy the spreading of basic civil rights to another previously marginalized group. (If you're into schadenfreude, you can also enjoy the tears of impotent rage coming from right-wing bigots.) Then, if you feel so inclined, peruse the links here to see if any are of interest.

It's a great day for civil rights when marriage equality is the law of the land: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33290341 Maybe the best quote from the article: "'It's my hope that gay marriage will soon be a thing of the past, and from this day forward it will simply be 'marriage,'' an emotional Mr Obergefell said outside the court."

Occasions like this are a reminder of why it's good to be a liberal, even in a frustratingly conservative, reactionary state. When given a universal good such as equal marriage rights, conservatives have to fume about it, bray neo-confederate nonsense about "states' rights," or remain stonily tight-lipped for fear of alienating their right-wing voters or the good ol' boys in Pierre. Meanwhile, we liberals don't have to twist ourselves into pretzels on this or any issue. We can say what we mean without worrying what some yahoo or party apparatchik is going to think about it.

More evidence that raising the minimum wage is a good thing: IKEA discovers that a higher minimum wage results in less turnover and better applicants. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/26/increasing-minimum-wage-to-living-...

At the Dakota Free Press, Cory notes that raising the minimum wage didn't kill jobs in South Dakota. In fact, employment is up. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/06/24/south-dakota-raises-minimum-wage-s...

Thanks to Conservative/Tory policies, child poverty is on the rise again in Britain. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/20/child-poverty-rise-uk-hal...

At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates does an excellent job — with extensive historical references — explaining that the confederate flag is an emblem of racism, white supremacy, and a war to preserve slavery. This should be obvious to everyone, but for some reason we have to tap dance around the obvious truth because pointing it out would be rude. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/what-this-cruel-war-...

Paul Krugman notes a few facts about slavery's long shadow in the south: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/more-on-slaverys-shadow/?mod...

"Mainstream" doesn't mean what it used to. Digby examines "mainstream" Scott Walker's campaign to win by alienating every woman in America. http://www.salon.com/2015/06/24/scott_walkers_brilliant_electoral_strate...

More Krugman: The ACA is a success, despite the childish denial on the right, and lazy coverage from our failed media. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/most-of-the-way-with-obamaca...

Finally, History Corner: Lest we think that same-sex couples are a new phenomenon, behold this collection of wonderful photos from the Victorian era to the 1920s: http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/03/21/lgbt-history-photos-of-gay-coupl...

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