Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weeklly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got some links for your reading (and podcasting) pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Given the need for collective action to address the problem of climate change, Atrios argues that the strategy of making environmentalism about personal virtue (Think Globally, Act Locally) was a mistake: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/think-globally-not-locally.html

At Alicublog, Roy hilariously dismantles yet another conservative argument against providing health care – this one by Kevin Williamson, the conservative intellectual whoe free speech rights everyone was hand-wringing about when he was denied a cushy gig at The Atlantic merely because he advocated hanging women (!) who had had abortions. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-conservative-moral-case-for-yo...

Dakota Free Press brings to our attention the noteworthy fact that a small contingent of Democrats in the State Legislature managed to finagle a food tax break into one of the unwieldy Republican bills that was lumbering forward. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/03/01/dems-hijack-partridge-backtrack-pu...

Brian Beutler writes about the Democrats' conflicted attitudes towards the filibuster: https://crooked.com/articles/democrats-delusion-filibuster/

At GQ, Drew Magary questions whether "Real Time with Bill Maher" serves any good purpose anymore: https://www.gq.com/story/bill-maher-hmmm-why

Quotation Corner: From his Cooper Union speech, wherein Lincoln was addressing southern Democrats who were pro-slavery at the time.  Listening to it a century and a half later, it's amazing to hear how similar the confederates of his day are to today's radical conservatives:

Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.

Architecture Corner: At The Nation magazine, Chris Gelardi argues that "capitalism is responsible for your depressing office building." https://www.thenation.com/article/capitalism-is-responsible-for-your-dep...

Art Corner: A little-known couplet from Edgar Allan Poe and a vintage magazine illustration. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bubze6YDZbV/?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 (and podcasting) pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Atrios presents a periodic reminder that policymakers should employ the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method. This week's episode: Social Security. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/kiss.html

Atrios also makes a simple, obvious, yet strangely ignored point about people accused of living in ideological "bubbles" in the age of the Internet: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/ideological-bubbles.html

The Democrats' Grand Delusion by the inestimable Brian Beutler: https://crooked.com/articles/democrats-delusion-filibuster/

Drew Magary argues that we should, in fact, care what other people think. https://www.gq.com/story/on-caring

Podcast Corner: Check out the Majority Report with Sam Seder. Last week included such topics as The Mismeasure of Minds: Debating Race & Intelligence b/w Brown & the Bell Curve with Michael Staub. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/02/18/2-18-the-mismeasure-of-minds-...

History Corner: John Glenn with Robert Kennedy and children at Disneyland, 1968: https://twitter.com/beschlossdc/status/1098408305930706947?s=11

Urban Planning Corner: The nine worst urban planning moves in Twin Cities history: https://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2012/12/9-worst-urban-planning-moves-...

Music Corner: Enjoy the theme to Austin Powers, "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones. https://youtu.be/T5ALPzS0QfQ

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 podcasting) pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

At TPM, Josh Marshall writes about Trump, warlords, and failed states: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-warlords-and-failed-states

Josh also implores people to stop talking about the 25th Amendment as a quick and easy way to remove the President without resorting to impeachment. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/stop-talking-about-the-25th-amendme...

Atrios argues that it's the job of politicians – if they want to earn votes – to fix the health care crisis. It's not the job of every voter to become a policy wonk and evaluate complex sixteen-point plans. Simplify it, tell the voters your goal, and get them enthusiastic about supporting it. Then, when you're elected, get all your beloved policy wonks to solve the problem. Stop acting like every voter wants to, or should, work at an effing think tank. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/i-dont-give-shit-how-you-bend-cost-...

At the Majority Report, Sam Seder welcomes Eric Alterman to discuss the war crimes of Eliott Abrams, and how he manages to remain a fellow in good standing with the Washington Blob despite having facilitated a little light genocide back in the 80s. Whomst among us hasn't, I guess. On a lighter note, Sam also welcomes Isabel Gillies to discuss her new book "Cozy," about making yourself happier, calmer, and more satisfied in daily, mundane ways. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/02/15/casual-friday-w-eric-alterman...

On her show Full Frontal, Samantha Bee argues that America's obsession with and fear of obesity is putting fat people's lives at risk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD9x7_aFsN0&feature=youtu.be

Art Corner: February Fill Dyke by Benjamin Williams Leader https://mydailyartdisplay.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/february-fill-dyke-by...

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.

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan compares voter ID to eugenics, using historical parallels from Appalachia. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/voter-id-as-electoral-eugenics-b...

Quoting Amanda Marcotte, Digby writes that conservatives can't conceive of anyone disagreeing with them – and how that influences their behavior. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/they-cant-conceive-of-anyone.htm...

On last Friday's Majority Report, Sam and crew discuss the Whitaker hearings with the redoubtable blogger Digby from Hullabaloo. And, of course, they cover a variety of other topics too. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/02/08/casual-friday-digby-nomiki-ko...

Atrios makes a few points about how it doesn't require bullet trains to make passenger service between medium-distance cities practical. The main obstacle is reducing slowness, stops, and delays. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/supertrains.html A related map here: https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/02/where-trains-should-go.html

Dakota Free Press brings to our attention a rare good bill in the state legislature, which encourages property improvements that result in more efficient energy usage. http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/02/10/hb-1090-offers-c-pace-funding-to-p...

Poetry Corner: William Wordsworth, from The Prelude, the skating episode.

          And in the frosty season, when the sun
          Was set, and visible for many a mile
          The cottage windows blazed through twilight gloom,
          I heeded not their summons: happy time
          It was indeed for all of us–for me
          It was a time of rapture! Clear and loud                   430
          The village clock tolled six,–I wheeled about,
          Proud and exulting like an untired horse
          That cares not for his home. All shod with steel,
          We hissed along the polished ice in games
          Confederate, imitative of the chase
          And woodland pleasures,–the resounding horn,
          The pack loud chiming, and the hunted hare.
          So through the darkness and the cold we flew,
          And not a voice was idle; with the din
          Smitten, the precipices rang aloud;                        440
          The leafless trees and every icy crag
          Tinkled like iron; while far distant hills
          Into the tumult sent an alien sound
          Of melancholy not unnoticed, while the stars
          Eastward were sparkling clear, and in the west
          The orange sky of evening died away.
          Not seldom from the uproar I retired
          Into a silent bay, or sportively
          Glanced sideway, leaving the tumultuous throng,
          To cut across the reflex of a star                         450
          That fled, and, flying still before me, gleamed
          Upon the glassy plain; and oftentimes,
          When we had given our bodies to the wind,
          And all the shadowy banks on either side
          Came sweeping through the darkness, spinning still
          The rapid line of motion, then at once
          Have I, reclining back upon my heels,
          Stopped short; yet still the solitary cliffs
          Wheeled by me–even as if the earth had rolled
          With visible motion her diurnal round!                     460
          Behind me did they stretch in solemn train,
          Feebler and feebler, and I stood and watched
          Till all was tranquil as a dreamless sleep.
            Ye Presences of Nature in the sky
          And on the earth! Ye Visions of the hills!
          And Souls of lonely places! can I think
          A vulgar hope was yours when ye employed
          Such ministry, when ye, through many a year
          Haunting me thus among my boyish sports,
          On caves and trees, upon the woods and hills,              470
          Impressed, upon all forms, the characters
          Of danger or desire; and thus did make
          The surface of the universal earth,
          With triumph and delight, with hope and fear,
          Work like a sea?

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 a recent Majority Report podcast, Sam and the crew welcomed Lori Wallach, the Director and Founder of Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen, for an excellent discussion of NAFTA. It's worth your while to give it a listen. https://majorityreportradio.com/2019/01/31/out-with-the-nafta-in-with-th...

TPM reports that the FBI concludes its probe of the Las Vegas massacre without determining the gunman's motive: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/fbi-conclude-vegas-mass-shooting-inve...

Charlie Pierce notes that if corporations are people, then some of them should go to jail. This particular episode involves the company behind the opioid crisis: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26090498/massachusetts-m...

Mitch McConnell believes that voting rights are a "power grab." https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26090966/mitch-mcconnell...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan asks how much longer we can keep talking about training people for "the jobs of the future" when the future seems likely to hold fewer jobs: https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-robot-apocalypse-part-2-by-blo...

At GQ, Drew Magary writes that "our useless political machinery wasn't ready for any of this": https://www.gq.com/story/useless-political-machinery

Transportation Corner: How the Dutch created a casual biking culture. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/8/28/17789510/bike-cycling-n...

Literary Corner: Centuries lost 'Bristol Merlin' uncovered at city's Central Library https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2019/january/bristol-merlin-.html

Poetry Corner: Two from Emily Dickinson
Faith is a Fine Invention:  https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/%22Faith%22_is_a_fine_invention

Tell All the Truth But Tell It Slant:  https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Tell_all_the_Truth_but_tell_it_slant_%E2%...

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

DL Cancellation

Hi all,

Because of the dangerously cold weather, Drinking Liberally will not meet tonight (January 29). We will meet again next week at the usual time.

Stay warm and safe,

Chris

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we're back with a few links for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

The most dangerous states for pedestrians are in the Sun Belt, where as Atrios put it, people move for the "nice weather" and then never go outside. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/01/23/the-bible-belt-should-really-be-c...

Charlie Pierce writes that the Covington Catholic fiasco is the latest conservative information war: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26014120/covington-catho...

At Hullabaloo, Undercover Blue has a good commentary – especially the quote from Chris Hayes – about the underlying fear that drives the right wing's "culture war" rage. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-sum-of-their-fears-part-2-by...

At The Concourse, David Roth has a piece about, essentially, the Emperor's New Clothes, imploring people to stop searching for devious strategy in what The Leader says and does, and to start taking what they see at face value. It's time for everyone – especially news organizations – to start believing their own lying eyes. (h/t Atrios) https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/you-cant-get-there-from-here-183162294...

Norway's "disappointing" packed lunch might make people more efficient at work and let them finish work earlier to get home and enjoy their free time while the sun is out.  http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190103-the-norwegian-art-of-the-packe...

Ironic Law Enforcement Corner: Manitoba driver throws speeding ticket out window, gets littering ticket. https://globalnews.ca/news/4877979/manitoba-driver-throws-speeding-ticke...

Humor Corner: On Twitter (from back in 2017), Goth Ms. Frizzle casts around trying to find the proper way to describe Roger Stone's dandy appearance. https://twitter.com/spookperson/status/842135767363203072

Architecture Corner: Behold the beautifully ornate Victorian-era Crossness Pumping Station in London, known as the "Cathedral of Sewage." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossness_Pumping_Station

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're back with a few links for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

On the impeachment front, Digby chronicles how The Leader is publicly obstructing justice every day, and quotes Elizabeth Holzman refuting nominee Barr's claims about the Nixon impeachment. https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/please-trump-is-obstructing-just...

From TPM: Judge finds that the Trumpies' move to add a citizenship question to the census is illegal. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/judge-finds-that-trump-move-to-a...

As Atrios notes, it's interesting to watch a new crop of works from the early 20th century finally enter the public domain. Thanks to a 1998 law sponsored by Sonny Bono, a large number of works were held under copyright since the last release. https://www.eschatonblog.com/2019/01/howd-that-happen.html

Be sure to check out Dakota Free Press to stay abreast of the political goings-on in Our Fair State, especially while the Republican supermajority is cobbling together legislation in Pierre. 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 Reminder

Hi all,

Once again I don't have any links this week. My apologies to those of you who might have been waiting for some fresh ones. Hopefully the computer woes will be fixed by next week. However, links or no links, we will still meet this Tuesday at Ben's at 7:00–the usual. See you there!

Chris

Weekly DL Reminder

Hi all,

Just a reminder that we will be meeting at Ben's this week per usual. Sorry that I don't have any links here to share—temporary computer issues are making things difficult.

Hope to see you at Ben's Tuesday!

Chris