Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you.

Finally, transportation agencies will measure movements of people, not just cars: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/01/12/transportation-agencies-will-final...

A new way to share office space: The BBC reports on a Swedish trend of sharing workspace in strangers' homes. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20161230-the-swedes-ditching-desks-to-w...

From the New York Times, an article about why hypocrisy bothers us so much (of course, it doesn't bother right-wingers at all—not like it bothers normal people): https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/opinion/sunday/the-real-problem-with-...

Also from the New York Times, an article by Gary Taub about the evils of sugar in our diets. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, it's guaranteed to start some controversy, as evidenced by the (ahem) food fight in the comments section. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/opinion/sunday/big-sugars-secret-ally...

Rely on Charlie Pierce to keep us abreast of all the ongoing horrors of the corrupt clan running Washington. We're fortunate to have people like Charlie (and Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes) paying attention to these details when it becomes overwhelming for us to do so ourselves. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/

Speaking of Rachel Maddow, you can check out stories daily at Maddowblog: http://www.msnbc.com/maddowblog

Comix Corner: Digby presents a collection of political cartoons from the past week. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/01/sunday-funnies.html

Architecture Corner: From the Wikipedia archives behold the Larkin Administration Building, Buffalo, New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1904-1906. Demolished 1950. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larkin_Administration_Building

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you.

Will Bunch explains what Democrats are missing by focusing solely on Putin as the villain of the election (h/t Atrios): http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Dems-need-to-stop-blaming-Pu...

Charlie Pierce discusses the state of faith-based politics in America: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a52038/american-polit...

Be sure to frequently check Corey's blog Dakota Free Press to stay abreast of what's going on locally: http://dakotafreepress.com/

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

New Year DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new year with daunting new challenges. So, if you're ready to begin facing them (I'm not sure I am, but a person has to persevere), we've got a few links for you.

This has been another edition of What Atrios Said. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/fissures.html

In addition, Atrios notes that yet another Democratic strategy – run around with your hair on fire, yelling about Putin – is really ineffective. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/putin-love-isnt-anything-new.html

The new administration wants to open up Medicare to "balance billing" – also known as "predatory billing," which basically means draining the patient of every last penny with outrageously inflated charges. Ryan Cooper at The Week explains: http://theweek.com/articles/669573/republican-plot-devour-retirees-nest-...

Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo adds to the commentary about Uber "autonomous car" scofflaws endangering the public and grifting for money: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/whats-few-mangled-pedestrians-by....

Armchair warrior Richard Cohen of the Washington Post descends to glib, Maureen Dowd levels of Freudian innuendo to argue that President Obama should have done "something" in Syria. I think the argument is that because there was no magic wand and Freedom Bombs, the U.S. Is now diminished and impotent. (No, literally, it makes about that much sense.) Fortunately, Charlie Pierce is on the case: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51870/syria-obama-le...

Charlie Pierce writes of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, how it came about, and how the president elect will be in violation of it the minute his hand comes off the bible. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51929/trump-emolumen...

Digby reminds us not to allow ourselves to get desensitized to the current state of affairs, because THIS IS NOT NORMAL. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/theres-nothing-to-see-here-citize...

Meteorology Corner: Rare heavy rainstorms create waterfalls on Australia's Uluru: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-ulur...

Landscape Corner: Finally, to soothe the soul, we have some beautiful landscape images. Enjoy!

Table Mountain, Cape Town: https://www.amagig.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Cape-Town-25.jpg

Norwegian fjord: http://wallpaper.pickywallpapers.com/1920x1080/norwegian-landscape.jpg

Northern lights in Iceland: http://www.zastavki.com/pictures/originals/2015/World___Iceland_Northern...

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. We're taking the week off from Drinking Liberally (though you're still free to go enjoy a pint at Ben's anyway, of course!). However, we've still got a couple links for you as you sweep up pine needles and enjoy your holiday swets.

Josh Marshall at TPM provides a historical comparison between the assassination in Turkey and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that led to WWI, and how the two are not alike. It makes for interesting reading. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-history-you-know-is-wrong

Charlie Pierce directs us to some fine local reporting about pharmaceutical companies flooding tiny West Virginia towns with opiates: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51673/drug-companies...

Atrios has a long (well, long by his standards anyway), year-end review post: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/nice-things.html

If you're looking for a good political podcast, there's always Sam Seder's Majority Report. Just within the last week you can hear Cliff Schechter discuss "where are the Democrats following the election?"; Heather "Digby" Parton about Trump's private security force and the lapdog media; and Ben Mankiewicz about Democrats' urgent need to connect with voters . . . for a change.
https://majority.fm/2016/12/23/final-friday-show-of-2016/
https://majority.fm/2016/12/21/digby-trumps-private-security-lapdog-medi...
https://majority.fm/2016/12/19/ben-mankiewicz-jerry-brown-hells-angels-a...

TPM has an interesting AP interview with Mikhael Gorbachev about the west's "triumphalist" blunders and missed opportunities following the breakup of the Soviet Union. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/gorbachev-us-was-short-sighted-after-s...

While many are gung-ho about "self-driving" cars, Atrios notes the huge, hidden infrastructure costs that would be required – and which would be diverted from other modes of transportation, of course. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/12/and-theres-punchline.html

RIP, George Michael. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/26/george-michael-obituary-wh... Wham's "Last Christmas" isn't the best song of all time, but it's poignant now. https://youtu.be/E8gmARGvPlI

That's all for now. Remember to take this week off, then come join us next week for Drinking Liberally.

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It's the week before Christmas, and everyone is busy with the holidays. However, we've still got a couple links for you.

One note: Next week, December 27, Yankton Drinking Liberally won't have our usual formal meeting (inasmuch as any of our meetings are "formal"). Next week will be right after Christmas, and with so much going on, we're going to take that week off. However, we're still meeting this week, so come join us.

Charlie Pierce gives us an update from Camp Runamuck, soon to be headquartered on the Potomac. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51584/trump-manic-be...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about problems with drinking water, public utilities, and private corporations, which seem to be spreading from Flint, Michigan to other cities. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/cool-clear-water-by-bloggersrus.h...

To keep up with all the political goings-on, check out Josh Marshall's TPM: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

And for fresh local goodness, check out Cory Heidelberger's Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

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

DL This Week: Party Reminder

Hi all,

Just a reminder to come and celebrate the holiday season with us on Tuesday, December 13th, from 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM, at Ben's Copper Room (upstairs at Ben's Bar in downtown Yankton). We won't be having our usual Drinking Liberally gathering, as Jay Williams has invited us to a Democratic Party potluck at the Copper Room. Since so many people in our group wanted to attend, we're skipping "regular" Drinking Liberally this week, so everyone can attend the potluck instead.

Per Jay's e-mail, if you can bring a dish to share, please do so. Come early, stay late -- let's have some fun!

Meanwhile, here's an article at the Washington Post about how conservatives use "Patriotic Correctness" to stifle free speech they don't like: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/07/the-right-ha...

That's all for now. Come join us this Tuesday.

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

DL Date Clarification

Hi all,

The weekly DL e-mail contained an error regarding dates. This week, December 6, we'll meet as usual at Ben's.

Next week, December 13, we won't have the usual DL get-together. Instead, we've been invited to join the Yankton Democratic Party's holiday potluck at the Copper Room from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Since most of our group will want to attend that, we're foregoing our regular meeting that night so everyone can attend the potluck instead.

Sorry about the confusion with dates. Hope to see you there!

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

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

But first an announcement: This week, Tuesday, December 13th, Drinking Liberally will not meet. Instead, Jay Williams has invited us to a party from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Ben's Copper Room (upstairs from where we usually meet). The party is a Yankton Democratic Party pot luck. If you can bring a dish, please do so, and join everyone upstairs on Tuesday the 13th.

Now back to the links.

In the Jacobin Magazine, Cinzia Arruzza revisits comparisons between Trump and Berlusconi of Italy: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/trump-trumpism-opposition-democrats-p...

Via Cory at the Dakota Free Press, South Dakota's unnecessary and ill-considered "Marsy's Law" is already causing problems with Amber Alerts and crime reporting: http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/28/new-victim-rights-amendment-hides-... and http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/29/victim-rights-amendment-may-block-...

Tristero at Hullabaloo writes about moral choices: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/moral-choices-by-tristero.html

As always, Roy Edroso keeps tabs on Rightbloggers and presents us the results with a needed dose of humor: http://www.villagevoice.com/news/a-return-to-normalization-rightbloggers...

What's going on with the president-elect these days? Apparently making cabinet picks that even Warren G. Harding would find too much. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a51099/trump-romney-d...

Atrios has some thoughts about the Clinton campaign bungling the election. You may or may not agree (as is obvious from the commenters, if you're into that sort of thing). http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/they-had-one-job_29.html

David Brooks thinks that the cure for what ails us is more technocratic centrism. The sort that appeals to David Brooks and his pampered friends, of course, who aren't affected by the whirlwind of the last election. http://www.salon.com/2016/11/29/more-bogus-new-centrism-from-david-brook...

Comix Corner: This Modern World. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/safe-spaces-for-angry-people.html

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

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

At Dakota Free Press, Cory ruminates about the actions our state's electors could take if they examined the writings of the Founding Fathers and took their jobs as gravely seriously as they should. http://dakotafreepress.com/2016/11/23/top-ten-reasons-south-dakota-elect...

In the NY Times, Ryan Lilla wrote a piece about how we need to get past "identity liberalism" in order to woo Archie Bunker into the Democratic party. Echidne has a few thoughts about where Lilla's argument fails: http://echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.fr/2016/11/the-end-of-identity-libera...

Digby and Paul Campos have some thoughts about the electoral college and what kind of democracy we have in the USA: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/what-kind-of-democracy-is-this-an...

Satire Corner: Atrios continues the Thanksgiving tradition of posting a mock press contract from the Dubya era. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2016/11/happy-turkee-day.html

Comix Corner, via the Lockhorns: http://joshreads.com/images/16/11/i161123lockhorns.jpg

Administrative Note: If anyone in our group would like to be an administrator of Yankton Drinking Liberally, either part-time or full-time, please let me know. I'm still doing it right now, obviously, but I would like to share the job with someone, or even pass the baton if someone else would like to take it. Think about it and let me know.

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

Weekly DL Links, etc.

Hi all,

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

Charlie Pierce writes about what motivated "white working-class voters." In at least some cases, it seems to have been a vague desire for change, to return to a time before their industrial towns hollowed-out, and before the opioid epidemic spread through their communities. A vote for Trump is a non-sequitur of course, but he was the candidate speaking more directly (if not coherently) to their concerns. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50827/white-working-...

From the NY Times, an article discussing the Democrats' real turnout problem: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/opinion/sunday/the-democrats-real-t...

Also at the NY Times, Naomi Klein argues that Trump defeated Clinton, not women in general. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/opinion/trump-defeated-clinton-not-wom...

Another from Charlie Pierce: "This isn't about partisan bickering. This is about protecting civil rights." http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50816/trump-jeff-ses...

Masha Gessen provides some rules for surviving an autocracy. http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-f...

Finally, as a little pick-me-up, we provide the results of a simple Google search for "beautiful autumn pictures." Take a look. You'll be glad you did. And, if you find yourself having a rough day, substitute another kind of search, whatever suits your fancy. A little art therapy is a good thing. https://www.google.com/search?q=beautiful+autumn+pictures&biw=1214&bih=7...

Administrative Note: If anyone in our group would like to be an administrator of Yankton Drinking Liberally, either part-time or full-time, please let me know. I'm still doing it right now, obviously, but I would like to share the job with someone, or even pass the baton if someone else would like to take it. Think about it and let me know.

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