Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we have some links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

Charlie Pierce finds young Ben Sasse (R-NE) making incoherent noises about "civility" and "community," all the while enthusiastically going along with the toxic agenda of his party. Yes, we've been to this rodeo before. However, each time the conservatives drive the country into a ditch, a faction of them starts making shallow, teary appeals to civic virtue so they can hold onto power and not be exiled and shunned as they should be. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a23069308/ben-sasse-repub...

Charlie also has some brief thoughts about 9/11, and about the way our national grief was hijacked while the rubble was still smoking. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a23080472/september-11-at...

Charity Corner: Heavy metal band Metallica donates to Feeding South Dakota. https://www.argusleader.com/story/entertainment/2018/09/12/metallica-sur...

Culture Corner: How Agatha Christie shaped the way the world sees Britain. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180907-agatha-christie-shaped-how-the...

Culture Corner II, also from the BBC: Why is "Some Like It Hot" a classic? http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170817-why-some-like-it-hot-is-the-gr...

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 links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

For a surprisingly interesting and pertinent discussion of how 19th-century Mesmerism and its psychological descendants relate to current events, check out Sam Seder's Majority Report podcast. Sam talks to professor Emily Ogden about her book 'Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.' That particular episode is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0meqRml5HY You can also find podcasts and past episodes at the show's website www.Majority.fm You can find Ogden's book here: http://www.powells.com/book/-9780226532332

If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out Rick Steves' special "The Story of Fascism in Europe." It's interesting, enlightening, sobering, and important. https://twitter.com/ricksteves/status/1036698103745785857?s=11

Roy Edroso nails the motivation for Republicans at the Kavanaugh hearings: "White supremacy isn't the primary message, it's this: We do what we want. Our appointee's obvious purpose is to ban abortion, roll back civil rights, pardon the criminal president. He doesn't even have to make it look good. We can even say 'Yay white power!' Nothing can stop us." https://twitter.com/edroso/status/1038273725282562048?s=11

To keep informed of all the political happenings in the country, be sure to check Josh Marshall's site TPM regularly. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/

And of course for local politics, check Dakota Free Press daily. 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

Labor Day DL Links

Hi all,

It's Labor Day, and we have a few links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

The Washington Post fact checker is objectively bad at his job: https://splinternews.com/the-washington-post-is-proud-that-its-resident-... More here, with extra racism!: https://splinternews.com/shameful-washington-post-fact-check-rules-cops-...

The Dakota Free Press has a good post and discussion of "practical" education versus well-rounded education for citizens: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/09/02/corporate-fascist-strategy-focus-e...

At the Huffington Post, Alex Pareene writes: "Southerners tore down Silent Sam. Now Northerners need to tear down confederate flags." https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-pareene-silent-sam-confeder...

Culture Corner: The Writer's Almanac for Labor Day, from Garrison Keillor: http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio/twa-2018-the-writers-almanac-for-se...

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 some links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

On the Majority Report, Sam Seder and Cliff Schecter discuss Elizabeth Warren's proposed "Accountable Capitalism Act": https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/08/17/casual-friday-with-cliff-scec...

Fact-checkers seem to have a distinct inability to accurately evaluate Medicare For All proposals. It's almost as if they are biased against them from the outset. http://theweek.com/articles/791236/fact-checkers-have-medicareforall-pro...

On that same topic, the LA Times says "A Koch-funded think tank tries hard to pretend that it didn't find savings from Bernie Sanders' Medicare plan" (h/t Atrios): http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-blahous-sanders-20...

In Chapel Hill, NC, students tear down a 1915-era Jim Crow monument honoring "treason in defense of slavery" – i.e., the confederacy. Yes, it was vandalism, and yes, the city should have taken it down . . . except the state legislature made doing so illegal—which is why the students did it. Charlie Pierce brings us up to speed with other details. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22790226/silent-sam-monu...

A sign of "growth" or creeping fascism? Sioux Falls wants to buy "civil disturbance equipment" — military-grade equipment increasingly used by police departments around the country to bring massive, wildly unnecessary force against any protest or disturbance they don't like. Think of places like Ferguson, Missouri, or the pipeline protests in North Dakota, with men in SWAT gear aiming weapons at American citizens from atop military vehicles. Smell the freedom! https://www.keloland.com/news/eye-on-keloland/another-sign-of-a-growing-...

Charlie Pierce sure is glad that Brett Kavanaugh is a Really Nice Guy™ as all the elite media tells us, or else he might just appear to be "a bed-sniffing hypocrite" and a Republican hack. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22777075/brett-kavanaugh...

Paul Krugman writes about "partisanship, parasites, and polarization": https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/opinion/partisanship-parasites-and-po...

The Dakota Free Press points us to an article discussing how recipients of Farm Welfare benefit from people receiving SNAP benefits – which stands to reason, if you think about it. SNAP benefits means people buying groceries that were grown by those farmers. Meanwhile, Kristi Noem is too busy to show up for her committee work on the issue. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/08/24/farm-bill-conferees-serve-constitu...

Alicublog has a short, honest, yet generally positive remembrance of John McCain: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2018/08/john-mccain-1936-2018.html Meanwhile, Lawyers, Guns, & Money has a long, fair, unvarnished remembrance of McCain's career and the media's love for him: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2018/08/mccain

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 some links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

Dakota Free Press discusses the dropping of KKK paraphernalia around Sioux Falls, and Labor's anti-Klan response to it. He also reviews the history of Labor in opposing fascism. http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/08/16/klan-fans-hatred-to-divide-working...

Atrios finds Elon Musk trying to reinvent the subway yet again. In addition to all the other problems Atrios notes, if one of those fantasy trains is going to go 150mph on the 3.6-mile line to Dodger Stadium, what exactly are the G-forces like when accelerating/decelerating on such a short trip? How long will it take for everyone to be boarded, firmly strapped in their seats, stow any carry-on items in bins so they don't go flying around the compartment? As Atrios says, you could just run a subway train carrying 1,000 people every 3 minutes, with much faster boarding times. Unfortunately, communities are much more eager to throw money at tech-fancy boondoggles than to fund existing transportation projects that work. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/08/oh-dear-elon-has-found-another-con....

Paul Krugman writes about the slippery slope of complicity with the Leader's actions: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/opinion/the-slippery-slope-of-complic...

Music Corner: Excellent tributes to Aretha Franklin aren't hard to find on the Internet, so I will leave that to you. Instead, I offer only Charlie Pierce's brief remembrance interspersed with the music of some of her best songs. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22747623/aretha-franklin...

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 some links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

At Dakota Free Press, one of Cory's readers in Sioux Falls finds Leslee Unruh's minions at it again, harassing both people going to Planned Parenthood and a neighboring coffee shop: http://dakotafreepress.com/2018/08/08/alpha-center-hindering-sf-coffee-c...

Among all the other incompetence and corruption, three people with no relevant experience whatsoever are overseeing the VA: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22675157/veterans-admini...

On the one-year anniversary of the violent Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Charlie Pierce muses as only he can about the original sin of racism that continues to infect our country, and the parallels between the current era and Reconstruction. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22700465/charlottesville...

Scott Lemieux takes apart Caitlin Flanagan's puff piece about Jordan Peterson in the Atlantic—which has apparently decided to use its venerable position in American literature to publish contrarians and wingnuts instead of Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2018/08/willfully-mistaking-derision...

Architecture Corner: McMansion Hell reviews the grotesque monstrosity that is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's mansion. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/first-person/2018/8/6/17654434/betsy-de...

Architecture Corner II: Will people finally rebel against "open concept" homes, in favor of a return to separate rooms than can be closed off for privacy, comfort, and more efficient heating and cooling? https://www.citylab.com/design/2018/08/the-case-for-rooms/563216/

Music Corner: It's hard to believe this song is 30 years old: the jangly folk-rock stylings of 10,000 Maniacs featuring Natalie Merchant singing "Like The Weather" – probably the bounciest song ever written about clinical depression. https://youtu.be/te7bbWBXusk

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 few links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

If you've ever heard people talking about Universal Basic Income (UBI) but wondered what it meant, how it might work, and what the drawbacks might be, the Majority Report recently had a guest on to discuss it. Annie Lowrey discusses how a UBI could end poverty, boost middle class wages, compensate people for their reproductive labor, increase people's dignity and freedom, and help the economy. https://majorityreportradio.com/2018/07/31/give-people-money-annie-lowre...

On the NY Times Opinion page, Art Cullen writes that his Iowa town needs immigrants. Aside from the separate but related issue of whether it's a good thing to be dependent upon a constant influx of people willing to do backbreaking work for cheap wages, it's a good examination about problems facing rural Iowa, as well as underscoring how not everyone there is all alike. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/30/opinion/trump-immigrants-iowa-farmers... Of course, all too many people in the comments section rush to yell at Cullen and all Iowans because the state was "red" in the last election.

Amy Westervelt writes that the "self-made billionaire" is a myth. https://www.damemagazine.com/2018/07/17/the-self-made-billionaire-is-a-m...

As always, stay on top of local issues by following the Dakota Free Press. http://dakotafreepress.com/

Architecture Corner: I had no idea that McMansion Hell had reviewed a home in South Dakota last April. I need to visit the site more often. (And yes, a pretentious nouveau-riche house in Lincoln County is just as ghastly as you'd imagine.) http://mcmansionhell.com/post/172706475186/50-states-of-mcmansion-hell-l...

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 few links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully you'll find something of interest.

Charlie Pierce preaches truth about the mealy-mouthed "centrists" still promoting half-measures and status quo non-solutions: There aren't any 'moderate' Democrats; they're conservative Democrats. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22519530/moderate-democr...

Charlie also finds Republicans abandoning their history of environmental conservation, which dates from Nixon all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt. This month's victim? The Endangered Species Act. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22550919/republicans-end...

At TPM, Josh Marshall points us to an in-depth article by Gregory Downs about the history of voter suppression in America, going back 150 years. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/feature/todays-voter-suppression-tactics-h...

Digby writes about the Beltway's fetishization of "real Americans," which is a fiction based on their own biases and received wisdom. She asserts that it's nothing new; it's been going on for decades, but it's now culminating in the NY Times seemingly weekly interview of Trump voters to find out if they still love Trump. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2018/07/theyve-been-interviewing-trump-v...

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 some various and sundry links for you to peruse, if you're so inclined. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

From The Guardian:  New Zealand's four-day workweek has been an "unmitigated success."  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/19/work-less-get-more-new-zea...

In workplace news, "open office" layouts are as bad as you'd think:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/07/18/open-office-plans-are...
 
Sarah Smarsh contends that sloppy chatter about the "white working class" is hiding the truth about "Trump Country":  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/trump-corporations-white-work...

From LGM: "Fred Hiatt Commissions White Nationalist to Write Egregiously Dishonest Article Advocating Ethnic Cleansing": http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2018/07/fred-hiatt-commissions-white...

Atrios finds one tweet that unintentionally summarizes the dysfunctional BothSides state of American journalism: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2018/07/american-journalism-in-one-tweet.ht...

Poetry Corner: "Fishing on the Susquehanna in July" by Billy Collins. https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/fishing-on-the-susquehanna-in-july/

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,

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

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