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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

A new week is upon us, and here is another batch of links for you to peruse if you're interested. Enjoy!

As always, read your Krugman. Nearly all Republican presidential candidates support weakening Social Security and raising the retirement age, despite the bad economic and social consequences of doing so. Why? Because the fabulously wealthy 1% want Social Security destroyed. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/opinion/republicans-against-retirement...

TPM notes that it's not just Donald Trump who wants to end birthright citizenship; the GOP has "plotted" that for years. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/birthright-citizenship-constitution

At Salon, Edwin Lyngar writes about how he was betrayed by American conservative "Christianity" that was simply right-wing politics in religious drag: http://www.salon.com/2015/08/17/i_was_betrayed_by_republican_religion_wh...

Athenae reminds us that newspaper companies are killing the Fourth Estate, not the internets, or the teevee machine, or kids today with their iPhones and hula hoops. There's still money to be made in the good old honest newspaper business — unless the company only wants to bleed the paper dry and then sell it for parts. http://first-draft.com/2015/08/18/they-are-killing-newspapers-on-purpose...

In local concerns like payday loan-sharking, Cory at the Dakota Free Press goes old school and quotes Martin Luther's implacable stance against usurers. (He quotes Pope Francis too, for good measure.) If any enterprising person here wants to go even older school for quotes, I know the bible is a gold mine if you start digging. http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/08/19/martin-luther-payday-lenders-secon...

For everyone who read the sobering New Yorker article about the next big earthquake due sometime for the Pacific Northwest, here are a few articles discussing other interpretations of the data: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/07/kathryn... and here: http://kuow.org/post/earthquake-probably-wont-devastate-seattle

Mental Health Corner: Are coloring books for adults relaxing or possibly even therapeutic? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/17/coloring-books-adult...

Geography Corner: What's the world's remotest city? http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/19/where-worlds-most-remote-c...

Travel Art Corner: Vintage tourism posters for British railways. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150817-vintage-tourism-posters-railwa...

History Corner: Because it came up last week, here's information about Edith Cavell, the British nurse who helped Allied soldiers escape the Germans during WWI. She was executed 100 years ago this October. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Cavell

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and August is half gone already. If only progress came as quickly as the summer flies by. Well regardless, here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested. Hopefully one or two will strike your fancy.

Digby presents an interesting study about Americans' real anxieties about immigration of all types: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/keeping-america-pure.html

I don't even know who CNN thinks their audience is anymore when they hire people like this: http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/08/11/new-cnn-hire-jeffrey-lord-is...

Problems in Syria? Why not throw half a billion dollars at "training" and arming various people who might be kinda sorta on our side. Or not. Who knows? The important thing is to throw money and weapons at the problem. That's always worked before, right? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/11/u-s-shelves-its-500m-sy...

At Salon, Digby writes about "the GOP's most ludicrous election myth: the reasonable Republican." http://www.salon.com/2015/08/13/the_gops_most_ludicrous_election_myth_th...

The Rude Pundit brings to our attention a conservative personality mocking Jimmy Carter's cancer. No word yet if the media has noticed this. I suppose they have to maintain the fiction that BothSidesDoIt™, just like they are eternally amazed that Republican primary voters really, really like Donald Trump, no matter how awful he is. http://rudepundit.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/brief-beach-blogging-tweets-of-...

Atrios with a brief, pithy observation about what an effort it has been since the Reagan Era to spend money on anything to improve America. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2015/08/everything-is-unpossible.html

Archaeology Corner: Did they find the tomb of Nefertiti "behind" the tomb of King Tut? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33868103

Photography Corner/Nature Corner: The BBC presents a photo essay on the Palouse region of Washington state. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150629-saving-a-picture-perfect-americ...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

A new week is nearly here, and here are some links (a little early) for your reading pleasure. Hopefully one or two will be of interest.

Is the supposed STEM shortage just a myth used to support the labor policies of tech companies? LGM discusses: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2015/08/is-the-supposed-shortage-ste...

Digby proclaims Senator Professor Warren a badass national treasure: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/elizabeth-warren-badass-feminist-...

Digby also presents what she calls some first-class trolling of the Republican presidential candidates by the Hillary Clinton campaign: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/first-class-trolling-of-president...

Charlie Pierce is back from vacation! He presents to us a court ruling declaring that having to fill out paperwork does not endanger your religious liberty, even if you're crusading against ladies and their ladyparts on behalf of zygote-Americans: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a37029/contraceptive-...

Also, Charlie's "Out on the Weekend" post on Friday is always worth catching. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a37036/more-on-the-re...

As always, read your Krugman, such as this post on the roots of Reaganolatry: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/roots-of-reaganolatry/?modul...

Or this post from Mr. Krugman on the field of Republican presidential candidates: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/07/opinion/paul-krugman-from-trump-on-dow...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's a new week, and here are some links for you to peruse if you're interested.

Surprise, surprise, but passenger rail (Amtrak, specifically) is one of the most energy-efficient, on-time ways of moving people in America . . . where the service still exists, that is. It also generates the most revenue per passenger mile. Compare weakly-funded Amtrak with heavily-subsidized highways and airlines, and determine for yourself whether investing in rail infrastructure might be a smart choice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amtrak#Efficiency

The Masters of the Universe – hedge fund managers – tell Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools in order to pay them back. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/28/hedge-funds-puerto-rico-clo...

Health Corner: Can you curb your appetite by imagining that you're eating? The BBC looks into it. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33690211

The Rude Pundit has some introspective thoughts about the latest gun massacre in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he grew up: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2015/07/american-has-become-second-amendm...

In Sioux Falls, payday lenders harass businesses who oppose payday lender usury: http://dakotafreepress.com/2015/07/28/payday-lenders-attacking-hildebran...

Apparently comedian and cultural icon Jon Stewart visited the White House twice during the Obama administration. While the rest of the country shrugged and/or yawned, the entire wingnut universe predictably cranked the screechy outrage up to 11. Because it's a conspiracy, you see. Or something. WAKE UP SHEEPLE! http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2015/07/conservatives-and-dark-art-of-come...

Mark Cuban, proving that being a rich businessman doesn't necessarily mean you know anything about anything: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/qotd-lucky-billionaire.html

"Our society is rapidly devolving into feudalism": http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/money-and-immortality.html Our friends in the legal profession will enjoy the shout-out to the Rule Against Perpetuities.

Comix Corner: Bloom County is back! Berkeley Breathed has brought back his series, which you can check out daily on Facebook. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/13/422545636/bloom-county...

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got just a few links this week, but hopefully you'll find one or two of them interesting.

As always, check out Cory's Dakota Free Press for local news and commentary. http://dakotafreepress.com/

You know the conventional wisdom that Ross Perot cost George Herbert Walker Bush the 1992 election by siphoning votes away from him? Nice theory, and it's being trotted around the track again with reference to Donald Trump. The only problem is, the theory is completely untrue. Rachel Maddow explains. (Copy and paste the following link into your browser.) on.msnbc.com/1CYoFvp

Our Fourth Estate: The media is more concerned with having an "interesting" political race to cover than it is with accidentally committing journalism. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/lopsided-polling.html

Comix Corner: Tom the Dancing Bug and a parable of consumerism. http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/2303/1967/original.jpg

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

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