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Monday DL Links

Hi all,

It's Monday again, the last one in September. There aren't quite as many links here this morning, but hopefully you will still find one or two to be of interest.

It turns out that Germans are much more satisfied with their lot than Americans are. Why? A lot of it has to do with corporate structure, and how that affects jobs and the economy in the long run. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/germanys-creeping-satisfactionism...

Apparently some banks now are able to remotely shut off your car if you miss a payment. Never mind if you're stranded far from home, or in a bad neighborhood, or at a stop light (which snarls traffic and causes problems for everyone else). Who exactly thinks this is a good policy, especially from a public safety perspective? How does it even help the loan holder to recover the vehicle, more than a traditional repossession? It seems like it's just big banks throwing their weight around sadistically because they can. http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/09/innovative-ways-to-make-shit-even-mo...

Racism Corner: A spokesmodel at Fox "News" declares that Eric Holder ran the Department of Justice "much like the Black Panthers would." http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/andrea-tantaros-eric-holder-black-... More here: According to the same talking head, he's also one of "the most dangerous men in America" (if you know what I mean — and I think that you do). http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/25/fox-host-calls-eric-holder-one-...

How can Wall Street be so poisonous and dysfunctional towards the economy and society at large? Because it operates solely for the benefit of individual financiers within the system — not even for the benefit of the rapacious companies they work for. In short, greed and climbing the career ladder. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/once-they-get-their-egg-golden-go...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

On this fine Monday we've got a new assortment of links to get you started. Hopefully you will find one or two of interest with your morning coffee, tea, or beverage of choice.

In fundamentalist news, ISIS wants to ban teaching of evolution in Iraqi schools, along with other subjects in science and philosophy. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/isis-targets-evolution-iraqi-sch...

The Senate GOP kills the Paycheck Fairness Act. Keep doing the same work for less pay, ladies! That's the message Senate conservatives are sending loud and clear. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-gop-again-kills-measure-p...

At Slate, William Saletan writes about corporal punishment of children, and how it doesn't accomplish anything it's intended to do — unless the intent is to teach children hitting as a method of conflict resolution. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2014/09/adria...

Paul Krugman discusses the proper role of "civility" in public discourse, specifically about economic arguments. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/wild-words-brain-worms-and-c...

Atrios makes a pithy point about the craze for the STEM snake-oil cure in education. Even if you think STEM is super awesome and humanities are worthless, STEM doesn't help anybody get jobs if there ain't no jobs. (Some mildly NSFW language.) http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/09/shit-is-fucked-up-and-bullshit.html

Yet another graph illustrating why you can't use the stock market or GDP as a measure of how well the economy is doing. Those things only measure a tiny, distorted aspect of the economy. All those GDP gains are floating up to an elite few, while everyone else is getting ground down. As the quote says, "You can't feed a family with GDP." http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/you-cant-feed-family-with-gdp.htm...

Politics meets Comedy meets Catharsis: Sometimes it feels like Pierre could use a little of this — Ukrainians literally throwing a corrupt politician into the garbage. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ukrainian-politician-thrown-in-tra...

Recreation Corner: The Mickelson Trail makes the list of Top 10 car-free bike paths in the USA: http://madvilletimes.com/2014/09/mickelson-trail-makes-list-of-best-ten-...

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got a new assortment of links to get you started this fine Monday. Hopefully you will find one or two of interest. Dig in!

Cory at the Madville Times has been doggedly following the Mike Rounds-Joop Bollen corruption scandal that Republicans in Pierre are covering up. Check out Cory daily for more information. http://madvilletimes.com/

Digby directs us to an article by Rick Perlestein about the pardoning of Nixon, and how that seminal event led to the illegal actions of our ruling class being consequence-free ever since. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-ramifications-of-pardon.html On that subject, more here: http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/why-lack-of-accountability-among....

Up in North Dakota, the scramble to extract every last drop of oil is poisoning farmland, rendering it permanently sterile. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Poisoning_North_Dakota

At Salon, Digby discusses the moral depravity (her word) of Antonin Scalia's enthusiasm for the death penalty. http://www.salon.com/2014/09/08/scalias_utter_moral_failure_how_he_destr...

Rachel Maddow chronicles how Congress is running away from its Constitutional duty to debate issues of war. on.msnbc.com/1lUDgzY (copy & paste the link into your browser)

House Republicans slash funding request to combat ebola. If only we could call in airstrikes on ebola, then maybe they'd be interested. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/house-republicans-slash-request-...

On a related note, is ISIS much more of a public relations machine than a military juggernaut? It's a pertinent question as screaming-Mimis like Lindsay Graham flutter their hands and try to stampede us into another quagmire in the Middle East. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/isis-pr-machine

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

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

Monday DL Links

Hi all,

We've got an assortment of links to get you started today along with your morning coffee. Dig in!

If you missed it, check out Charlie Pierce's ruminations on Labor Day. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/Happy_Labor_Day

Great Moments in Gun Safety: An update on the children-firing-uzis debacle in Arizona. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fatality-shooting-range-police-rep...

At TPM Josh Marshall ponders the possible connection between the rise of militant Islam and the end of the Cold War. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-rage-to-oppose

Josh also writes about "dying Russia's" demographic decline. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dying-russia

Athenae at First Draft warns us not to be taken in by the right-wing's sudden deep love of journalists. http://first-draft.com/2014/09/02/lest-you-be-taken-in/

Great Moments in Corporate America: The CEO of the company providing food for QualComm Stadium in San Diego is caught on an elevator camera repeatedly kicking his dog. Maybe he mistook it for a worker? http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/25/centerplate-ceo-dog-kicking-s...

Finally, in the Maintaining the Social Contract department, Digby has some words of admonition for spoiled whiners who travel by plane (myself included sometimes): http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-bunch-of-spoiled-whiners.htm...

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

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

Labor Day DL Links

Hi all,

Happy Labor Day! We've got an assortment of links for you today, starting with some historical background on Labor Day itself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

Cory at the Madville Times notes that some farmers support the Keystone XL toxic sludge pipeline because they think it will free up railcars to transport their grain. He suggests a more direct approach to solving the shortage of railcars would be to use eminent domain to get additional railcars during the harvest season, rather than hope that the pipeline will somehow magically solve the problem. http://madvilletimes.com/2014/08/keystone-xl-wont-free-railcars-for-farm...

Digby points us to an article that finds that many young Islamist extremists aren't actually motivated by their religion; they're motivated by a desire to feel important and meaningful, and they latch onto Islam as a sort of "hook." Shorter version: True believers wouldn't be ordering "Islam for Dummies" from Amazon.com. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119182/jihadists-buy-islam-dummies-am...

Dan Rather has something to say to the armchair warriors beating the drums for more war (or, as the kids on the internet call them, the "101st Chairborne Division): http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dan-rather-send-your-kids-to-war

Digby also has some interesting observations about Second Amendment Rights fundamentalists and how those rights apply to African-Americans. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/confusion-reigns-on-right-about-b...

An actual quote from Bill "Wrong" Kristol: "What's the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens?" Now that's some serious foreign policy expertise. Why choose between Stupid, Mendacious, and Evil when you can have all three wrapped up in one? http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/quote-day-lets-just-drop-f...

LGM digs into the issue of "Red States" inflicting suffering on their own citizens by refusing to expand Medicaid just to spite President Obama. http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/08/red-states-inflict-suffering...

History Corner: Remembering the War of 1812: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/the-time-that-washington-burned

Medical Corner: "A Dash of Salt Does No Harm: Extremes Are the Enemy." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/26/upshot/dash-of-salt-does-no-harm-extre...

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

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

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