Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The Dakota Free Press informs us that people are starting the effort to repeal Mark Mickelson's underhanded attempt to kill petition drives via burdensome (and pointless) paperwork. Example: Can't remember the addresses of the two places you lived before your current address? Junior Mick doesn't think you deserve the right to circulate a petition. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/05/14/circulate-those-petitions-lets-bea...

At the Washington Post, Greg Sargent argues that the Democrats are badly blowing their handling of Trump's lawbreaking, high crimes, and misdemeanors. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/16/democrats-are-badly-b...

At Digby's Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the importance of education in a democracy to enable people to distinguish truth from lies and propaganda. Without that ability, "everything looks like a lie," and consequently, in that environment "the better lie wins." https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/national-sterilization-of-mind-b...

At The Nation, Edward Burmila writes that empty calls for bipartisanship could doom us all: https://www.thenation.com/article/bipartisanship-trump-authoritarian/

At GQ, Drew Magary writes that Elizabeth Warren deserves your undivided attention. https://www.gq.com/story/elizabeth-warren-deserves-your-undivided-attent...

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've got a bunch of links for you to peruse. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

From the Dakota Free Press: "Arabic Numerals in School Draw Strong Opposition in Brookings Register Poll." http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/05/11/arabic-numerals-in-school-draw-str...

The Noem administration leans on counties to approve CAFOs, with the threat of losing state funds if they don't. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/05/07/westra-to-counties-approve-cafos-o...

Atrios notes that, rather than reducing congestion, widening highways can actually make peak travel times worse: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/05/making-peak-travel-time-worse.html

We briefly turn the mic over to Charlie Pierce who says, "To hell with any society that makes that sentence possible": https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27404389/colorado-stem-s...

At GQ, Drew Magary writes, "Use reusable shopping bags and get over it" already: https://www.gq.com/story/secure-the-reusable-shopping-bag

Driftglass writes about David Brooks, "The Pope of the High and Holy Church of Both Sides Do It": http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2019/05/david-brooks-pope-of-high-and-hol...

Meet the Democrat who attempted to sabotage efforts to stop the war in Yemen, and who undermined both Pelosi and the Progressives—but was thwarted himself. https://theintercept.com/2019/05/08/josh-gottheimer-democrats-yemen/

In his essay "Teenage Pricks," Alex Pareene examines how white identity and male privilege suffuse the modern Republican party, which helps explain the Kavanaugh kabuki hearings, for example. https://thebaffler.com/salvos/teenage-pricks-pareene

Roy at Alicublog brings us up to speed on what's happening with Our Lady of the Magic Dolphins, Peggy Noonan: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-return-of-crazy-jesus-lady-tru...

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug with an Avengers parody of impeachment. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0460fa7421e463415c6a4ef10e7de651cdb...

Satire Corner from The Onion: "Agile, Dynamic Company Able To Respond To Any Challenge By Laying Off Half Of Staff." https://local.theonion.com/agile-dynamic-company-able-to-respond-to-any-...

Horticulture Corner: Whatever happened to the American Chestnut tree? https://timeline.com/american-chestnut-trees-disappeared-39217da38c59

Civics Corner: The Washington State University Alumni Magazine writes about the changing role of public libraries: https://magazine.wsu.edu/2019/04/28/how-may-we-help-you/

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've got a few links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

At the New Republic, Alex Pareene writes that "electability" is a way to get voters to carry out a contrary agenda—not their own—while convincing them they're being "responsible." https://newrepublic.com/article/153723/democrats-created-electability-mo...

Digby notes that the right wing media and the President of the United States are mainstreaming fascist garbage, including dangerous antisemitic propaganda: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/fox-news-sees-nothing-wrong-with...

She also argues that the White House is pushing the Democrats towards impeachment, whether they like it or not: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-wh-is-pushing-democrats-clos...

Scott Lemieux writes about the punditry being predictably wrong about party hack Bill Barr, "in this meritocratic thing of ours announcing yourself as a sucker gives you more credibility than being right all along.": http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/05/premature-anti-barrism

At his old place Alicublog (subscribe to his newsletter!), Roy gives us the weekly round-the-horn of things going on in right-wing world: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2019/05/friday-round-horn.html

At GQ, Drew Magary makes the case for kicking certain Republican off Facebook for their white supremacist propaganda. https://www.gq.com/story/facebook-white-supremacist-bans

Architecture Corner: From the BBC, an article about the tricks of airport design and how it (and modern security theatre) affect people who travel:  http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190430-psychological-tricks-of-airport...

Humor Corner: Katherine Kvas writes, "I'm working from work today." https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/im-working-from-work-today

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've got a few links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Drew Magary writes that "divisiveness" is not our biggest problem. That's something to keep in mind when people argue for comity as a way of stifling discussion about real problems. https://www.gq.com/story/divisiveness-is-not-our-biggest-problem

Charlie Pierce brings to our attention the Michigan electoral maps that are so outrageously gerrymandered that the Supremes might be forced to step in: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a27286828/michigan-gerrym...

How living on the wrong side of a time zone can be hazardous to your health: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/04/19/how-living-wrong-side...

Art Corner: Poster art from 1918, "Hunger Breeds Madness." https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p9539coll1/id/23613/

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've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The Dakota Free Press brings us a report of structurally deficient bridges in Our Fair State: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/04/09/south-dakota-has-more-structurally...

NBA and former Creighton star Kyle Corver wrote a very thoughtful article about racism and white privilege: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kyle-korver-utah-jazz-n...

Transportation Corner: In response to some people's futuristic transportation fantasies, Atrios gives us a common-sense, math-based observation about how the Jetsons fantasies cannot work. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/04/one-highway-lane-carries-1800-cars-...

Health Corner:  Study finds that 20 minutes in nature can reduce stress and improve your mental health.  https://dailyevergreen.com/54418/life/study-finds-20-minutes-in-nature-r...

Health Corner II:  Knitting can be good for your mental health.  https://dailyevergreen.com/52666/life/try-knitting-for-your-mental-healt...

Cartoon Corner: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/26/1751472/-Cartoon-The-black-ho...

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've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The Dakota Free Press finds South Dakota's foster care placement rate improving, but still lagging behind our neighbors: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/04/08/south-dakota-foster-care-placement...

In a guest post at Dakota Free Press, John Kennedy Claussen presents his ideas for countering "fake news" and the daily geyser of lies from The Leader: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/04/08/guest-column-cunningham-says-tar-g...

Atrios has a short (very short!) observation about Brexit and its similarities to Trumpism: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/04/little-england.html

Sample one or more episodes of last week's Majority Report, such as guest Stephanie L. Mudge discussing "Leftism Reinvented Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism": https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/04/02/leftism-reinvented-western-pa... There are links to other episodes at the website (and on YouTube also, I think, if you prefer your talk with video).

Curiosity Corner: A vintage photo of a rather large rockfall at Zion National Park. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvy2RTQgAq8/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshi...

Literary Corner: Consider reading Tennyson's book-length poem "The Idylls of the King," a retelling of the court of King Arthur and its downfall and destruction . . . and hints of possible rebirth in the distant future? If you're only up for a shorter segment rather than the whole book, try sampling "The Passing of Arthur." Tennyson wrote when the Victorian world was undergoing great turmoil, and this work – especially The Passing of Arthur – places that feeling in an Arthurian setting.

Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes?
For now I see the true old times are dead,
When every morning brought a noble chance,
And every chance brought out a noble knight.…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idylls_of_the_King

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've got some links for you to peruse. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

For those despondent that The Leader wasn't hauled away in chains by Robert Muller, Digby finds Elizabeth Warren pressing onward in a campaign against corruption: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/warren-knows-how-to-deliver-red-...

Lest people start waxing nostalgic for the Dubya administration, we now learn of yet another blunder of his administration before 9/11. Charlie Pierce fills in the details: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26950778/khalid-shaikh-m...

Charlie Pierce brings people up to speed on the flooding in Pine Ridge, with links to reporting from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and the NY Times: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26962423/pine-ridge-rese...

Charlie also notes that poverty isn't a problem for the ruling class; they view the poor people themselves as the problem. This time, arbitrary, byzantine work requirements for Medicaid are causing unnecessary suffering, and it's not an accident. The cruelty is the point. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26964879/medicaid-work-r...

Capitol Barbie gets her incompetent pet legislature to unconstitutionally change a bill that already passed by improperly using a "style and form" veto. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/03/30/noem-gets-million-bucks-for-pheasa...

History & Art Corner: The Norwich Museum gives us a picture of the Seal of Bathilda, East Anglian regent of the Franks, from 648 AD. https://twitter.com/norwichcastle/status/1111666989913776128?s=11

Horticulture Corner: Behold the Alnwick Poison Garden in Northumberland, England. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oCWAiqL0i0 Also here: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-...

Canine Corner: Let us take time to remember a faithful companion from the 1920s, Bobbie the Wonder Dog. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobbie_the_Wonder_Dog

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've got some links for your reading (and listening) pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

On the Majority Report, Sam welcomed author Johann Hari to discuss "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression." It's a very interesting discussion of the relation of certain kinds of depression to changes in society, and how sometimes unlikely lifestyle changes can serve as "antidepressants." You can listen/watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GddWs_C8_0

This is maybe a week or so late, but Samantha Bee provides a great discussion of the Ilhan Omar debate: https://www.instagram.com/tv/BvKVxnXljBI/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igsh...

Citing a Vox article, Atrios notes the dangerous tendency of Democratic leaders to demobilize and demotivate their base, rather than firing them up and keeping them engaged. It's a dangerous strategy to let enthusiasm languish until a couple months before an election, and then assume you can fire up everyone instantly and catch lightning in a bottle again. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/03/stand-down_19.html

Sixteen years after helping start the Iraq War, former Dubya spokesman and moral void Ari Fleischer is still lying about it. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/20/18274228/ari-fleischer... Charlie Pierce weighs in as well: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26887868/ari-fleischer-i...

The Dakota Free Press gives us a rundown of the SD Democratic Party elections this past weekend. Why is this important? Because although a distinct minority party in Our Fair State, they don't take boilerplate legislation from right-wing, out-of-state ALEC, and they don't issue marching orders from smoke-filled rooms to a Kangaroo Legislature. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/03/24/six-strong-endorsements-for-six-ch...

Poetry Corner: Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac presents the poem "To My Patron" by Billy Collins. http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio/twa-the-writers-almanac-for-march-2...

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've got some links for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

In the Washington Post, Ilhan Omar argues that we should apply our values equally to all nations in order to achieve peace: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ilhan-omar-we-must-apply-our-uni...

On the Majority Report, Sam interviews Rutger Bregman about "Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World." https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/03/13/utopia-for-realists-how-we-ca...

Also on the Majority Report, Sam discusses the New Zealand massacre with Heather "Digby" Parton, along with other various and sundry topics. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/03/15/casual-friday-w-digby-film-gu...

Here's another example of why never to trust #Resister Grifters like David Frum. They were just fine with Dubya's misrule; it's Trump's vulgarity they object to, not his racist politics. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/03/prestige-magazines.html

Nature & Art Corner: Night sky in Death Valley National Park. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4aREVFD9_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshi...

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've got some links for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

House Democrats pass a sweeping anti-corruption bill, causing red-faced Republicans to hyperventilate, wattles quivering, as without any shame they absurdly denounce it as a "power grab": https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/hr1-smell-fear-by-bloggersrus.ht...

The Dakota Free Press has the lowdown on the lackeys in Pierre passing Noem's law to criminalize free speech if it criticizes a foreign company. Cory calls this melding of government and corporate power by its proper name: Fascism. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/03/07/mccaulley-doesnt-refute-sb-189-190...

Hullabaloo has a good post quoting Marcy Wheeler and others about some of the quid pro quo regarding Russia and The Leader: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/03/there-is-no-trump-tower-in-mosco...

Charlie Pierce has some good advice: "Stop worrying about what Republicans are going to call you. They're going to call you that either way." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26673683/ilhan-omar-demo...

GOP lawmakers wear pearls to mock mothers protesting gun violence: https://twitter.com/dabeard/status/1103143236430749696?s=11

In other news, the Republicans continue to pack the courts with right-wing zealots. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26678841/alison-jones-ru...

Atrios reiterates what should be (but somehow aren't) obvious truths about health care policy: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/03/bending-cost-curve.html

More proof that in the USA, being a Christian conservative isn't really about religion or theology; it's about belonging to a certain cultural and political group, and using Jesus as your mascot. Example: Good God-fearing Christians getting their bibles autographed by Trump. https://twitter.com/sarahcpr/status/1104152061258665986/photo/1

A chart showing how state and local taxes redistribute wealth . . . from the poor to the rich. Reverse Robin Hood! https://twitter.com/_cingraham/status/1103306670497648642?s=11

Art Corner: "Angst" by Edvard Munch. https://www.instagram.com/p/ButR7Tyjy5e/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshi...

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