Drinking Liberally Yankton Chapter Blog

Weekly DL Links (and a haiku!)

Hi all,

Another week is here, and we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce writes about how too many people desperately want a Unifying Daddy in the White House, and are willing to overlook all sorts of wrongdoing and incompetence to get back to their comfort zone. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57257/trump-harvey-r... It has been occurring from Nixon's revisionist history through Reagan, Dubya, and now Trump.

Charlie also takes us on a tour of Houston's geography and Texas' virtually nonexistent zoning laws to examine the catastrophe unfolding from Hurricane Harvey: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57276/harvey-longter...

Roy at the Village Voice (and at Alicublog) keeps us up to date on the Neo-Confederates' desperate racist-splaining to honor treason in defense of slavery. https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/08/28/rightbloggers-dog-whistle-dixie-...

Atrios brings to our attention the hilarious results of Tory/Thatcher privatization of the British rail system. Chopped up and sold to private companies, service has declined and ticket prices have risen. And now foreign companies are buying them up to soak the Brits even more. Thanks, privatization! http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/privatization.html

Meanwhile, we get to see the results of Freedom™ and Deregulation, Texas-style, close up when a disaster occurs: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a57290/texas-deregula...

Science & Literature Corner: A periodic table with a haiku for every element. http://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

At the New Yorker Magazine, Alec MacGillis reports that the Republicans are dismantling the Department of Housing and Urban Development from within: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/08/ben-carson-hud-secretary.ht...

Feeling overwhelmed by constantly having to keep up with the latest technology? Pamela Paul exhorts you to save your sanity by downgrading your life. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/opinion/sunday/technology-downgrade-s...

As always, for local South Dakota news, check out the Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

If you need humor with your news, Roy at Alicublog has you covered: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

And of course Josh Marshall at TPM will keep you abreast of the news: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a couple to be of interest.

At TPM, Josh Marshall gives historical perspective about the Civil War, using the contemporary account of General Henry Thomas, a Virginian who remained loyal to the Union. After losing the Civil War, the Confederate traitors immediately began reshaping the narrative of the conflict. General Thomas was having none of it. If you only read one thing this week, read this one. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-battle-for-memory-started-immedi...

Josh also argues that, metaphorically, the house is on fire, and we have to recognize that if we're going to deal with it: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-house-is-on-fire-accepting-the-t...

On Wednesday, Sam at the Majority Report had an excellent interview with New York Magazine writer Eric Levitz, who discussed why the Democrats should stop worrying about the imaginary center. It's an excellent analysis of the flawed 20th-century model of "voter behavior," which is based on an economic model that itself misinterprets human behavior. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/dems-can-abandon-the-center...

And while you're at it, check out the Majority Report. Excellent interviews every weekday. Listen live, get a podcast, or check the website. It's worth your time. https://majority.fm/report/

Atrios spots some of the finest BothSides-ing ever. It's real vintage stuff, this time from Seattle: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/bothsidesing.html

That's it for this week. Come join us for Drinking Liberally!

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

Weekly DL Links

Hi all,

It was a rough week and there has been plenty in the news, but if you're interested we've got a few links for you to peruse at your leisure.

Enough cute euphemisms like "alt-right." Call fascism and Naziism by their true names. Digby discusses it more: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-f-word.html

"I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo." Josh gives the rundown on one off the raging brownshirts from the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/im-not-the-angry-racist-they-see-in-... As Josh, says, "Any guess who this guy voted for?" Keep that in mind if you run across any dead-ender BernieBots or Clinton Cultists still fighting the 2016 primary on Twitter because it makes them feel special. It's a safe bet that nobody at the Tiki-Torch Nazi Rally was a voter in the Democratic primary, so if you see anybody trying to work the Charlottesville White Power Riot into some narrative about the 2016 Candidate They Still Hate, tell them to get their head screwed on straight.

Roy at Alicublog has some good, blunt thoughts as well: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/08/fuck-your-feelings-and-your-though...

Related to that, Atrios has another important question regarding how to learn from 2016, adapt, and move forward . . . or whether it's just going to be a lot of sniping and excuse-making, with no lessons learned and no improved strategy. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/so-whats-answer.html

Our broken economy in one simple (and alarming) chart:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/opinion/leonhardt-income-...

Literature Corner: From the New Yorker, how Agatha Christie created the modern murder mystery. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/16/queen-of-crime?mbid=social_...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find a few to be of interest.

Charlie Pierce draws comparison's with Ireland's experience to show that we're self-sabotaging ourselves with our current dysfunctional voting system. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56773/electronic-vot...

Katherine Stewart's op-ed positing that conservatives' hatred of "government schools" has its roots in slavery and segregation. This has predictably touched a nerve and set off a foaming, tooth-gnashing reaction from the right-wingers. Roy at Alicublog gets us up to speed: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-hate-that-dare-not-speak-its.h...

Atrios dispenses some fairly obvious wisdom about "single-issue" voters. Or at least it should be common wisdom. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/single-issue-voters.html

Atrios also brings us some pragmatic skepticism regarding every shiny new technology: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/08/math-how-does-it-work.html

Explaining the current White House in terms of Commedia dell'Arte: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/opinion/goodbye-anthony-scaramucci.ht...

Travel Corner: The BBC brings us to Madagascar, home of many interesting things, including a region of razor-sharp limestone pinnacles. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170803-madagascars-heritage-site-that-...

Travel Corner II: Unusual foreign vacation destinations of people in the several states: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/03/sunday-review/summer-vaca...

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

While the media and most people are organizing triumphal parades for John McCain and maybe one or two other people to whom they give all the credit for stopping the sadistic Trumpcare/Republicare bill, Digby reminds us of some other heroes we should be thanking: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/you-want-heroes.html

In the Washington Post, Charles Mathewes and Evan Sandesmark write "Being rich wrecks your soul. We used to know that." https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/being-rich-wrecks-your-soul-we-us...

In the NY Times, Paul Krugman writes about "the sanctimony and sin of GOP 'moderates'": https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/opinion/columnists/trumpcare-republic...

The NY Times presents an article about the company behind many surprise, exhorbitant emergency room bills: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/upshot/the-company-behind-many-surpri...

Botany Corner: Behold silphium, a plant that the ancient Mediterranean world used as a spice, but which is now apparently extinct—though no one can identify it for certain, so who knows? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium

That's it for this week. Come join us 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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest. Also, hopefully we'll get a break from this hot weather!

From the NY Times: Wall Street profits by putting investors in the "slow lane." I suppose this means the Very Serious People will once again argue that it's time to gamble Social Security in the market! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/wall-street-brokers-rebates-k...

As always, check out Roy's Alicublog for the rundown of what's going on in right-wing world, with a healthy dose of humor to make it not only bearable, but somehow entertaining. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/

John Kasich is making a push for being the Sensible Republican, the so-called Centrist who everybody loves and can get behind for a run in 2020. Don't be fooled by the wolf in sheep's clothing. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/john-kasich-the-way-forward-o...

Check out Atrios as well, for daily bits of wisdom and links: http://www.eschatonblog.com/

That's not much for this week, but it's awfully hot, so I hope you'll excuse the relative paucity of links. Regardless, 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 hot summer week is in the books, and we've got some nice cool links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

The Rude Pundit explains that, unlike the GOP, the Trumps are (in his words) "[expletive] liars": http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/07/unlike-most-of-gop-trumps-are-shi...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan writes about necessary voting reforms for Congress that would eliminate gerrymandering and make a big difference in accountability: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/unpopular-revolt-by-bloggersrus.h...

To keep tabs on what's going on in South Dakota, be sure to check out Cory's blog, Dakota Free Press: http://dakotafreepress.com/

To keep track of the demolition derby that passes for national politics, check out Josh Marshall's TPM/Talking Points Memo site: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

Atrios points us to the Center for Economics and Policy Research for a discussion of the mystifying conundrum of how employers can attract more workers. Shouldn't the Invisible Hand of the Market be taking care of this, in conjunction with the law of supply and demand? Or are wages the one variable exempted from those rules of Economics 101, because they're assumed to be forever stagnant? http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/lessons-on-labor-economics-for-the-...

Down Under Corner: The NY Times has an interesting article about Australia, featuring great pictures of the vast continent down under: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/13/world/australia/australia...

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 some links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

In Rapid City, Kristi Noem faces heat for her stance that Americans don't deserve health care: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/noem-faces-heat-over-health-care-bill/a...

In the NY Times, a doctor argues that health care shouldn't be left to the free market. Why? Because there is no such thing as a "free market" where health care is concerned. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/health-insurance-free-market....

Charlie Pierce finds that a description of President Andrew Johnson in The Atlantic magazine in 1866 has some odd resonance today: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56076/andrew-johnson...

At Hullabaloo, Tom Sullivan describes how the national party apparatus is basically a big fraternity, more focused on individuals climbing the career ladder and rewarding a network of friends, than it is to helping candidates or even having a message for voters. We've certainly seen the results of that in election after election. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/all-in-family-by-bloggersrus.html

Technology Corner: Atrios explains why he writes about (and against) the Jetsons-style fad of "self-driving cars": They're unlikely to ever materialize as promised, and in the meantime the fantasy leads to bad public policy choices. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/07/why-do-i-care-about-self-driving-car...

Roy at Alicublog and the Village Voice brings the weekly roundup of right-wing goings-on, the Independence Day edition wherein The Leader and his snarling fans attack our country's Fourth Estate. https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/07/03/conservatives-cheer-as-trump-bri... Also: http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2017/07/new-village-voice-column-up.html

Undeterred by their rousing success in the past election (and several previous midterm elections), the Democratic Party rolls out possibly the worst slogan ever. Has it occurred to party leaders that maybe they should have a coherent, appealing message? That if you want voters to come out and vote for you, maybe you should give them a reason to do so? Or are they going to whine, make excuses, and blame the voters when their non-strategy fails yet again? Erik Loomis at LGM has the story: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/07/can-haz-slogan (For the record, LGM is very Clinton-friendly, so this slogan discussion isn't just a rehash of the 2016 primary fight by a so-called "BernieBro.") Remember, the DCCC didn't have money to help the Paula Hawks campaign, but it has money to blow on staff and consultants who produce genius work like this.

David Rees of The Baffler tells us of another instance of our billionaire tech-bro overlords attempting to take over the Democratic Party in the most Tech Guy way possible, to accomplish vague things they like. Centrist things. One might call it a Third Way. Because people haven't catered enough to the idea of Centrism™ over the past thirty years. Oh, and did I mention that the organization's acronym is (intentionally!) "WTF"? https://thebaffler.com/political-cartoons/bafflersplainer-win-the-future

Finally, at the Washington Monthly, David Atkins tells us the story of a Trump-supporting voter in Iowa who committed actual voter fraud—a felony—and who of course got off easy. http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/07/09/trump-supporting-voter-fraud-cri...

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,

Happy Fourth of July! We know some people will be out of town or have other plans, but if you're around, Drinking Liberally will meet at 7:00, at least for a while. And if everybody's having a good time, who knows? Maybe we'll stay late. At any rate, we'll get together as usual this week for as long as anybody wants to stay.

Meanwhile, we've got some more links for you to peruse at your leisure. Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest.

Keep your eye on the ongoing assault on voting rights. Kris Kobach and the Trump administration want the voting rolls of every state. A disinformation campaign and voter purge come next. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/everyone-with-name-match-will-be-vot... More here: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56056/kris-kobach-el...

At LGM, Scott Lemieux takes apart the all-too-predictable mendacity of the NY Times house conservative, affirmative-action hire hack Brett Stephens, regarding health care markets: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/07/serious-health-care-analysis... Remember: Newspapers are losing money and have to fire staff, including basic staff such as public editors, in order to make room for handsome salaries for dishonest hacks like Stephens and David Brooks. How many fact-checkers and copy-editors could be hired for just one of their puffed-up salaries?

Atrios states what should be obvious: People don't want health care, or anything else in life, to be such a complicated hassle. As an example he cites Josh Barro's story about using a Health Savings Account and the time-wasting nightmare of having to save and upload receipts to access his own money. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/life-is-neverending-customer-service...

Atrios also has a great summation about where we are with Obamacare: http://www.eschatonblog.com/2017/06/what-to-do-about-obamacare.html
The key bit: "The leading liberal think tank has decided to make another stab at bipartisan fixes to Obamacare because I guess whatever was in the water that made Obama think elected Republicans were interested in such a thing is still in the water in DC. I'm not sure why "here's a really complicated plan that people won't like much more than the status quo and has no chance of passing" is better than "here's a really simply-sounding (nothing is simple, of course, but the bureaucracies should handle the bureaucracy, not us) idea that would be popular and better and universal and has no chance of passing right now" but centrists gotta centrist I guess. "

Some on the right are openly advocating fascism and violence against people they disagree with. Charlie Pierce has more: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56018/nra-recruitmen...

In these contentious times, when fascism is ascendant, what we need is more Civil Discourse, lest right-wingers suddenly be overcome with the vapors, clutch their pearls, and stagger unsteadily to the fainting couch. At LGM, Scott Lemieux brings us the piteous case of hothouse flower Jonah "Son of Lucianne" Goldberg. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2017/06/solemn-plea-civil-discourse-...

Mass Transit Corner: How Andrew Cuomo broke the New York subway system. Remember this if this dimwitted snake ever runs for president. http://theweek.com/articles/709088/how-andrew-cuomo-broke-new-york-subwa...

Patriotic Corner: John Williams and the Boston Pops performing "Stars and Stripes Forever." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Jf2AfyBKs

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