Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

This week we have a bunch of diverse links, so hopefully you'll be able to find one or two of interest.

Through poor investment decisions and high fees, Wall Street managers have cost American taxpayers more than $600 billion over the past decade. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/wall-street-managers-cost-americans-600-b...

From The Guardian: Data is a fingerprint; why you're not as anonymous online as you might think.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/13/anonymous-browsing-data-me...

At GQ, Drew Magary argues that "patriotic correctness" will kill us all. https://www.gq.com/story/patriotic-correctness-will-doom-us-all

Atrios makes a good point about Democrats unwittingly validating Republican issues: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/07/validation.html

At Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi argues that the mythical center isn't "sexy." https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/center-is-not-se...

Charlie Pierce gives us a rundown of the kangaroo court in Congress, "the most embarrassing spectacle in 400 years of representative democracy": https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22134841/peter-strzok-te...

Memo to the media: Instead of broadcasting lie-strewn press conferences in their entirety, or repeating propaganda without context or fact-checking, take a lesson from The Guardian in how to report.  "Trump takes war on 'fake news' to UK – and tells towering, easily debunked lies."  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/13/trump-fake-news-fox-cnn-...

In Sioux Falls, Zandbroz is dumping Facebook and Instagram because of privacy issues:  https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/07/11/sioux...

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug asks us not to use the N word. https://twitter.com/RubenBolling/status/1017325942958706688/photo/1

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Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's a belated e-mail this week, but hopefully better late than never. Here are a few links for this week, if you're interested.

Charlie Pierce argues that The Leader never deserves the benefit of the doubt: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22094866/donald-trump-su...

April Glaser says that Kavanaugh thinks net neutrality rules violate the free speech rights of internet providers and that government surveillance of communications records doesn't require a warrant: https://slate.com/technology/2018/07/brett-kavanaughs-supreme-court-nomi...

Brian Beutler says not to despair about the Supreme Court. Instead, "get mad, then get even." https://crooked.com/article/trump-supreme-court-despair/

Ian Millhiser convincingly argues that, after a mediocre and ultimately harmful career, Justice Kennedy deserves a "nasty, unflinching sendoff." https://thinkprogress.org/kennedy-was-a-bad-justice-76e464024d78/

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 more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Drew Magary hears the plaintive calls for decorum (always directed at people on the Left, like Samantha Bee and Robert DiNiro), and feels that the Civility Brigade is both delusional and detached from reality. https://www.gq.com/story/this-is-why-trump-won

From Josh Marshall's TPM: Election reformers cheer as Maine approves ranked-choice voting.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/maine-reaffirms-support-ranked-choice-v...

Also from TPM: Congressional Republicans remain silent after Steve King (R-IA) retweets a British neo-Nazi. Apparently the party is completely fine with its members proudly being racist, sexist, neo-Confederate, and neo-Nazi. It's a little rich to hear hand-wringing laments about how "it's not my party anymore!" when nobody takes action against this kind of garbage. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/republican-leaders-silent-full-da...

Literary Corner: If you still enjoy Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, you can once again find the daily entries online, where you can read them or listen to the audio. http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio-categories/twa-2018/

Travel & Leisure Corner: Ever wonder what the appropriate amount to tip is for various services? Wonder no more! Fodors brings us a guide. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dfopk_7X4AA7JMh.jpg:large

Sports & Nature Corner: Iceland's small island town of Heimaey has possibly the most dramatic scenery as a backdrop that you could ever find at a soccer field. https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/4xz4yg/soccer-on-icelands-volcanic...

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 more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

To remember Anthony Bourdain, we revisit the foreword he wrote for the book written by an 86-year-old local columnist in Grand Forks who food snobs ridiculed for reviewing the local Olive Garden: https://www.eater.com/platform/amp/2013/8/19/6385655/heres-anthony-bourd...

At the Village Voice, Roy chronicles the calculated conservative reaction to Samantha Bee's vulgar comment that has given them the existential vapors: https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/04/cuntroversy-for-conservatives-on...

At Splinter News, Libby Watson is not enamored of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, the latest billionaire who feels it is his duty to swoop into the presidential race and save us with austerity: https://splinternews.com/howard-schultzs-bold-gamble-is-america-ready-fo...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about the intersection of race and class in our current political climate, and what Democrats/Progressives can do to take the narrative from the Republicans/Conservatives: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/06/de-escalation-training-by-blogge...

Atrios succinctly states the problem with the Top Two "jungle" primary system used by California, where they seem to have avoided several districts accidentally sending candidates to the general election who most of the voters disliked. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/06/top-two.html

At Deadspin, David Roth writes that the NFL is too dumb to realize that they're never going to please The Leader: https://deadspin.com/the-nfl-is-too-dumb-to-realize-that-donald-trump-is...

Biology Corner: One Cow Has Four Calves Survive On Minnesota Farm http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/one-cow-has-four-calves-surviv...

Music, Sports, & Patriotism Corner: If you want a master class in how to sing a national anthem, behold the Welsh. https://youtu.be/ZwdZOHm8r-Y

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 more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

The link is from last week, but still poignant: Charlie Pierce offers musings on Memorial Day. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20944792/memorial-day-sa...

Has it been 15 years (30 Friedman Units of "just six more months") already? Atrios reminds us of the origins of Suck On This Day. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/05/happy-15th-anniversary-of-suck-on-th...

At Alicublog, Roy chronicles the right-wing response to Roseanne Barr's racist meltdown and the fallout from it: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/05/welcome-roseanne-to-intellectual-d...

Lindy West writes about how what happened to Roseanne Barr was not "political correctness" in "Roseanne Barr's Right To Offend And Our Right To Say No." https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/opinion/roseanne-political-correctnes...

At the LA Times, David Dayen writes that if you enjoy the lines at Disneyland, you'll love Elon Musk's idea for transit: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-dayen-musk-loop-20180527-stor...

On the "self-driving" car topic, if you want to make an omelet, you gotta break a few eggs. Apparently a few dead pedestrians is just the price we have to pay. Automated negligent homicide is unavoidable, like the tides. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/05/everybody-should-learn-to-code-for.h...

Literary/Lake Wobegon Corner: Garrison Keillor writes about making himself useful. http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/making-myself-useful-for-heavens-sake/

Nature Corner: A photograph of a mossy, mist-draped ravine in Iceland. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjkhPYmAzjT/

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

Memorial Day DL Links

Hi all,

Hopefully you're enjoying the Memorial Day weekend (or, as my older relatives used to call it, "Decoration Day"). We've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

At the Atlantic, Adam Serwer clarifies how to make sense of the myriad Trump scandals: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/there-is-only-one-t...

Digby, referring to a piece by Michael Tomasky, calls for "a little more confrontation, a little less caution" from the Democrats in dealing with the avalanche of corruption in Washington: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-little-more-confrontation-and-...

Roy notices the latest conservative attack on empathy: criticizing people for being "too attached to their pets." http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/05/sometimes-i-just-want-to-get-these...

At TPM, Josh Marshall wants people to stop talking about "norms" when the concept doesn't apply. Instead, clearly and honestly call lawbreaking what it is—illegal and criminal—not a violation of norms. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/stop-talking-about-norms

Atrios continues to chronicle the problems with so-called "self-driving cars." This edition involves the incident of an Uber vehicle killing an Arizona bicyclist. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/05/unless-you-dont-program-them-to-do-t...

A sobering chart: Life expectancy vs. health care expenditures, graphed for various countries. https://twitter.com/joncstone/status/998309880183377926/photo/1

Austerity is making Britain look less like Europe and more like the USA, with rising poverty and income inequality: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/28/world/europe/uk-austerity-poverty.htm...

Former NFL player Marvin Washington has an idea about how NFL owners can show Respect For The Anthem if that's their real concern: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20915719/nfl-national-an...

Poetry Corner: "Decoration Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/05/a-memorial-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've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Oliver Willis makes a compelling case that modern American politics is based on professional wrestling (h/t Atrios): http://oliverwillis.com/2018/05/14/how-pro-wrestling-ate-american-politi...

James Gallagher at the BBC reports that a disrupted body clock might be linked to mood disorders: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-44113414

In the NY Times, Paul Krugman asks whether China just bribed Trump to undermine national security: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/17/opinion/trump-china-bribe-national-se...

At Esquire, Dave Holmes writes, "Okay, now I actually do want to take your guns." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20747292/nra-guns-take-them-away/

As always, be sure to check Alicublog for Roy's take on what the right-wing brethren are up to: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

Also, check the Dakota Free Press for goings-on here in Our Fair State: http://dakotafreepress.com/

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 whole passel of links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

We begin with Charlie Pierce on l'Affaire Schneiderman: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20478555/eric-schneiderm...

At Dakota Free Press, Cory continues his dogged coverage of the problematic "fix" to the extremely problematic "Marsy's Law": http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/05/12/y-backers-ignore-real-effect-of-ma...

At Current Affairs, Nathan Robinson observes that critics of the Left are pretty damn loud for being so cruelly "silenced," as they claim: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/05/pretty-loud-for-being-so-silenced

Roy at Alicublog also tackles that same topic: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/05/harry-peterson-and-dork-intamalect...

At The Week, Ryan Cooper writes about the servile DC media. Politico, in particular, in this case. http://theweek.com/articles/772717/servile-dc-media More here from Libby Watson at Splinter News: https://splinternews.com/politico-playbook-can-fuck-right-off-1825951911 A key quote: "If people are truly surprised by this information and not just outraged, that means journalists, including Playbook's reporters, are failing at their job of informing Americans exactly how corrupt their political system is."

For those of you who read the P&D story about the 100th Meridian "moving," here's a scientific story about it. It's the climate moving east of the 100th Meridian, which used to represent the transition line from the prairies to the plains. Now, with global warming, the arid zone is moving east. However, the meridian itself remains where it always was (obviously). https://www.sciencealert.com/an-invisible-boundary-that-divides-the-unit...

NBA star Pau Gasol writes an eloquent letter about female coaches, specifically mentioning Becky Hammon. https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/pau-gasol-becky-hammon

Climate Change Corner: Use NOAA's sea level rise viewer to see how coastlines are affected around the USA. https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slr.html

Canine Corner: Clever dog uses leaves to "purchase" treats at school store. https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/dog-buys-treats-using-leaf

Sports Corner: If you're going to watch the World Cup this summer, the Reykjavik Grapevine is chronicling the Iceland team. "The Horde Assembles." https://grapevine.is/culture/football/2018/05/11/the-horde-assembles-ice...

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 at your leisure. Hopefully a few will be of interest.

Charlie Pierce approached the topics of a Free Press and "civility" in his article about the ridiculous White House Correspondents Dinner. Read it for the quote from William Lloyd Garrison alone. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20100406/michelle-wolf-s...

Charlie also brings us up to speed on ICE, which is now detaining US citizens: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20116355/ice-detain-amer...

Amanda Marcotte joins the Majority Report podcast to discuss how the right became "Trump-worshipping monsters." It's an interesting look at the (d)evolution of our politics in roughly the past 40 years. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/05/02/amanda-marcotte-troll-nation-...

Ryan Cooper argues that it's time to normalize Karl Marx as a philosopher and economist. In other words, he should be studied and treated equally with other thinkers who were right about some things, wrong about others, and enormously influential. http://theweek.com/articles/770718/time-normalize-karl-marx

Culture Corner: Respectable Lawyer tweets a thread discussing the artistic evolution of Afghan "war rugs." https://twitter.com/RespectableLaw/status/992125693365452805

Humor Corner: Drew Magary argues that TV shows are too long now. https://www.gq.com/story/tv-shows-are-too-long-now

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

May Day DL Links

Hi all,

May is here! Happy May Day! We've got some links for you to peruse, of which hopefully a few will be of interest.

The history of May Day in its various forms: https://www.history.com/topics/history-of-may-day

Looking for good podcasts with interesting guests and topics you won't find anywhere else? Check out the Majority Report with Sam Seder. For a couple recent examples:

Terence Keel joins Sam to discuss the social factors underlying the continued interest in race science — and the history of bad science around race. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/04/25/terence-keel-divine-variation...

Daniel Marans of The Huffington Post joins Sam to discuss Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's proposed Postal Banking Act and how it would hurt predatory lenders. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/04/26/4-26-postal-banking-and-az-sp...

Sports & Culture Corner: Drew Magary argues that "NFL owners are hopelessly damaged human beings." https://www.gq.com/story/nfl-owners-players-meeting

If anyone wants to find old Garrison Keillor episodes of the Writer's Almanac, there are links available here: http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/

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