Reads 4 U.

 

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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit’s water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot? Burns, R., The Guardian (Oct. 2014). (“Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right.”)

George Will Confirms Nixon’s Vietnam Treason. Fitrakis, B. and Wasserman, H., Common Dreams (Aug. 2014). (“Kissinger was given the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the same settlement he helped sabotage in 1968.“)

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I’ve Been Forced Out Of My Home And Am Living In Constant Fear Because Of Relentless Death Threats From Gamergate. Wu, B., XOJane (Oct. 2014).

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson. Kaufman, S., Raw Story (Oct. 2014). (This is Twitter being fucking awesome. -Ed.)

NYPD Assault Arrest Musician for Playing a Song Even After Verifying He Hadn’t Broken Any Laws. Rules, C., The Free Thought Project (Oct. 2014).

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day. Brooks, R., Inhabitat (Jun. 2014).

Against Carceral Feminism. Law, V., Jacobin (Oct. 2014).

Patriarchy’s Magic Trick: How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value. Leopard, Crates and Ribbons (Dec. 2013). (“women are not devalued in the job market because women’s work is seen to have little value. It is the other way round. Women’s work is devalued in the job market because women are seen to have little value.”)

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Reads.

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40,000 Voter-Registration Applications Submitted by Blacks and Hispanics Disappear in Ga. Eromosele, D.O., The Root (Oct. 2014).

James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked. Sanger, D.E. and Apuzzo, M., The New York Times (Oct. 2014).

Inside the New York Fed: Secret Recordings and a Culture Clash. Bernstein, J., Pro Publica (Sep. 2014). (“A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator — and its history of deference to banks.”)

20 Vile Quotes Against Women By Religious Leaders From St. Augustine to Pat Robertson. Tarico, V., AlterNet (Oct. 2014).

US and Japan Lead Attack on Affordable Cancer Treatments. Assange, J. and Harrison, S., Wikileaks (Oct. 2014). Related: Updated Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – IP Chapter (second publication) [full bracketed text]; Press Release.

Feminist internet laws. Rational Wiki.

What ‘Democracy’ Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin America Edition. Greenwald, G., The Intercept (Oct. 2014). (“The most tyrannical regimes are celebrated as long as they remain subservient, while the most popular and democratic governments are condemned as despots to the extent that they exercise independence.”)

This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown. Badger, E., The Washington Post (Oct. 2014).

Missing Malala’s Message of Peace: Drones Fuel Terrorism. Hart, P., FAIR (Oct. 2014).

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Recent reading.

library4Walmart heirs working to kill affordable rooftop solar power. Clawson, L., Daily Kos (Oct. 2014).

DHS raids investigative journalist; seizes confidential list of whistleblowers. Site Staff, Police State USA (Oct. 2014). (“I never in my wildest dreams thought something like that could happen in this country.”)

This Teacher Gives Money From His Own Pocket To Feed His Hungry First-Graders. Gregoire, C., Huffington Post (Sep. 2014).

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. 2014 Annual Report. (pdf)

Black teen in white foster home pepper-sprayed by police who mistook him for burglar. Kaufman, S., Raw Story (Oct. 2014).

Consensus: 97% of climate scientists agree. NASA. (“Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities.” And the other 3% are either employed by the Koch brothers or work at Jeezus-y places. -Ed.]

Germany is killing its economy – and Europe’s, too. O’Brien, M., The Washington Post (Oct. 2014). [It's the austerity, stupid. -Ed.]

The Homeless – 39 Questions For Your Reflection. O’Connor, M., Kindness Blog (Oct. 2014).

For the Palace Quote collection:

weirdosareyourtribeWhen you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of “Me, too!” be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe. -Sweatpants&Coffee (via)

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NOTÍCIA: Acquisition of links and/or bon mots for the Palace Library does not imply the Palace’s 100% agreement with or endorsement of any content, organization or individual.

Recent reading + quips for the quote collection.

 

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How the War in Syria is About Oil, not ISIS. Gibson, C., The Anti-media (Sep. 2014).

Mentally ill NC inmate dies of thirst after water denied during 35-day solitary confinement. Gettys, T., Raw Story (Oct. 2014).

Study on reproductive rights and domestic violence: Being denied an abortion “tethered women to violent men”. McDonough, K., Salon (Sep. 2014). (“A groundbreaking study on the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives reveals the dangers of denying care.”)

The big “middle class” rip-off: How a short sale taught me rich people’s ethics. Lyngar, E., Salon (Sep. 2014). (“So many of us are clueless about business and finance. Here’s why that’s just the way the investment class likes it.”)

Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? Szalavitz, M., Alternet (Sep. 2014).

Scalia admits: Government can promote religion over non-religion. LtPowers, Daily Kos (Oct. 2014).

ACLU Sues To Stop Alabama From Putting Pregnant Teens Who Seek Abortions On Trial. Esselink, J.A., The New Civil Rights Movement (Oct. 2014).

Latest Scientific Evidence Should Be Death Blow to Artificial Sweeteners. LeVaux, A., Alternet (Sep. 2014).

Ancient Oregon Caves May Upend Understanding of Humans in America. Voice of America via Reuters (Oct. 2014).

13 things Cary Elwes revealed about ‘The Princess Bride’ in his Reddit AMA. Todd, C., Entertainment Weekly (Oct. 2014).

Inequality is killing American babies. Matthews, D., Vox (Oct. 2014). (“Higher postneonatal mortality in the US is due entirely, or almost entirely, to high mortality among less advantaged groups.”)

Mayors: Against the Wind. Pearson, G., The Parallel Parliament (Oct. 2014). (“One of the insights you discover in researching how successful mayors around the world operate is that virtually none of them claim to run their respective cities like a business.”)

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For the Quote Collection, let’s hear some wise words from Antonin Scalia, US Supreme Court Justice:

We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies. There’s nothing wrong with that. It is in the best of American traditions, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I think we have to fight that tendency of the secularists to impose it on all of us through the Constitution. -Antonin Scalia

Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. -Antonin Scalia

The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state. -Antonin Scalia

Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive. -Antonin Scalia

I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion. -Antonin Scalia

It’s a long, uphill fight to get back to original orthodoxy. We have two ‘originalists’ on the Supreme Court. That’s something. -Antonin Scalia

Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. -Antonin Scalia [This is a very brave man, indeed! -Ed.]

You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My god! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the devil! Most of mankind has believed in the devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the devil. -Antonin Scalia

What can they do to me? It’s even better than academic tenure — I get life tenure! Antonin Scalia

Ugh. Christ, what an asshole. Fucking gross. On a much brighter note, please enjoy these from Sean Carroll, cosmologist and physicist:

I wish to argue that religious belief necessarily entails certain statements about how the universe works, that these statements can be judged as scientific hypotheses, and that as such they should be rejected in favor of alternative ways of understanding the universe. -Sean Carroll, cosmologist and physicist

Consider a hypothetical world in which science had developed to something like its current state of progress, but nobody had yet thought of God. It seems unlikely that an imaginative thinker in this world, upon proposing God as a solution to various cosmological puzzles, would be met with enthusiasm. -Sean Carroll, cosmologist and physicist

We are looking for a complete, coherent, and simple understanding of reality. Given what we know about the universe, there seems to be no reason to invoke God as part of this description. -Sean Carroll, cosmologist and physicist

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Acquisition of links and bon mots for the Palace Library does not imply the Palace’s 100% agreement with or endorsement of any content, organization or individual. Especially not with that fascist shitweasel Scalia. Personally mooning him remains at the number 1 spot on our bucket list.

Recent reads, new quotes.

German universities scrap all tuition fees. Charter, D., The Times (Sep. 2014). [Christ, what a socialist nightmare. -Ed.]

White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths: Amid reports of women and children killed in U.S. air offensive, official says the ‘near certainty’ policy doesn’t apply. Isikoff, M., Yahoo News (Sep. 2014).

Police Chief Asked Medical Examiner to Change Autopsy Report To Match Officer Testimony, He Does. Vibes, J., The Free Thought Project (Sep. 2014).

US jobs that returned after 2008 recession pay 23 percent less. RT.com (Aug. 2014).

20 percent of American workers have lost their job during the last 5 years. RT.com (Sep. 2014).

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report. Harrabin, R., BBC (Sep. 2014). (“The society’s report, in conjunction with the pressure group WWF, says humans are cutting down trees more quickly than they can re-grow, harvesting more fish than the oceans can re-stock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them, and emitting more carbon than oceans and forests can absorb.”)

US and Afghanistan sign security deal: Pact allows 10,000 American troops to remain in the country and raises hopes for improved US-Afghan relations. Rasmussen, S.E., The Guardian (Sep. 2014). [This has worked out so well in Iraq. -Ed.]

Reality TV star Jessa Duggar blames the Holocaust on the theory of evolution. Dolan, E.W., Raw Story (Sep. 2014). [WHAT. -Ed.]

Haredim refuse to sit next to women on El Al flight, causing ’11-hour-nightmare’. Blumenthal, I., Jewish World (Sep. 2014). [Does it make me a terrible person that I go out of my way to brush up against Haredim on crowded subways? Probably. And yet I have no intention of stopping. -Ed.]

Stop Interrupting Me: Gender, Conversation Dominance, and Listener Bias. Kirkpatrick, J., Women In Astronomy (Jul. 2014). (“Having a seat at the table is not the same as having a voice.”)

How a Black Gay Mormon Kid Lost His Faith. James, G., The Root (Sep. 2014). [TW: rape, homophobia.]

Woman working 4 jobs to make ends meet dies while napping in car between shifts. RT.com (Aug. 2014). [The American Dream! -Ed.]

The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater. Erica, Northwest Edible Life (Aug 2012). [OMFG LOL. -Ed.]

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For our world-renowned QUOTE collection, some words from Elie Wiesel [h/t SJ]:

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.

War dehumanizes, war diminishes, war debases all those who wage it.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

None of us is in a position to eliminate war, but it is our obligation to denounce it and expose it in all its hideousness. War leaves no victors, only victims. [Not so: America's Owners are the victors. -Ed.]

A destruction only man can provoke, only man can prevent.

No human being is illegal.

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Reedz 4 U.

How the U.S. Concocted a Terror Threat to Justify Syria Strikes, and the Corporate Media Went Along. Goodman, A. and Hussain, M., Democracy Now! (Sep. 2014). [with VIDEO]

Florida Schools Have To Welcome Satanic Temple After Allowing Bible Thumpers To Expose Kids To Christian Materials. Foster Jr, S.D., Addicting Info (Sep. 2014). [Hahaha. Awesome. -Ed.]

This depressing chart shows that the rich aren’t just grabbing a bigger slice of the income pie — they’re taking all of it. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Sep. 2014).

Sam Harris Doesn’t Understand Bell Curves. Bernstein, J., Skepchick (Sep. 2014). [Among other things. -Ed.]

Defense contractors already are reaping the bounty of the all new unwinnable war. Lewis, L., Daily Kos (Sep. 2014).

Defense Contractors Are Making a Killing. Froomkin, D., The Intercept (Sep. 2014). [h/t CaitieCat]

An Anti-Feminist Walks Into a Bar: A Play in Five Acts. Scalzi, J., Whatever (Sep. 2014).

Minister who ran Canada’s largest Protestant church comes out as atheist. Garcia, A., Raw Story (Sep. 2014).

6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism. Lee, J.J., National Geographic (May 2013).

The GOP’s New #IAmARepublican Campaign is Completely Backfiring on Them in Hilarious Ways. Prager, J., Americans Against the Tea Party (Sep. 2014).

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Recent reads.

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals. Hedges, C., Truthdig (Aug. 2014). [h/t SJ]

Errors and Emissions: Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free? Krugman, P., The New York Times (Sep. 2014).

The Coming Climate Revolt. Hedges, C., Truthdig (Sep. 2014).

A Guide for Men with Good Intentions. xenologer,  Dissent of a Woman (Aug. 2012).

White Fragility. DiAngelo, R., International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Vol 3 (3) (2011). (pdf)

The racial divide in America’s gun deaths. Ferdman, R.A., The Washington Post (Sep. 2014).

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Recent reads for your infotainment.

PLEASE NOTE: The acquisition of links for the Palace Library does not imply the Palace’s 100% agreement with or endorsement of any content, organization, source or individual.

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Online list IDs water wells harmed by drillingAssociated Press via The Wall Street Journal, (Aug. 2014). (“Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells.”)

Pleated-Jeans.com (“no filler, just funny!”)

If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich? Hartmann, T., Yes! Magazine (Aug. 2014).

North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison. Maguire, M., Reuters (Sep. 2014).

10 Things The Internet Told Me When I Wrote About My Rape. @missmarcello, Medium.com (Sep. 2014).

6 Things White Parents Can Do to Raise Racially Conscious Children. Ervin, B., Everyday Feminism Magazine (Aug. 2014).

Jacky Fleming cartoons.

Model Shames Swimwear Company For Drastically Photoshopping Her Entire Body. A+ (Aug. 2014).

Drug company admits it concealed debilitating side effects, fatalities from government regulators. Agence France-Presse via Raw Story (Sep. 2014).

Years of Rape and ‘Utter Contempt’ in Britain: Life in an English Town Where Abuse of Young Girls Flourished. Bennhold, K., The New York Times (Sep. 2014).

South Carolina Sued For Forcing Teen To Remove His Makeup: ‘He Needs To Look Like A Male’. Badash, D., The New Civil Rights Movement (Sep. 2014).

Texas pastor demands public library ‘purge’ vampire books: I think it’s dangerous for kids. Dolan, E.W., Raw Story (Sep. 2014).

Why We Didn’t Vaccinate Our Child. Night of the Living Dad (Aug. 2014).

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it. Badger, E., The Washington Post (Aug. 2014).

Recent Library Acquisitions.

In no particular order:

The Most Wanted Man in the World. Bamford, J., Wired (Aug 2014).

War Gear Flows to Police Departments. Apuzzo, M., The New York Times (Jun. 2014).

Profiting from Probation: America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry. Human Rights Watch (2014) (pdf).

WikiLeaks: Decades Long Proof Of Government, Corporate Surveillance Of Native Americans Revealed. Grae, C., MintPress News (Aug. 2014).

The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less. Bernasek, A., The New York Times (Jul. 2014).

Income inequality seems to be rising in more than 2 in 3 metro areas. Chokshi, N., The Washington Post (Aug. 2014).

Serving Israel’s aim of lowering civilian deaths, ‘New York Times’ Gaza tally says 15- to 17-year-old’s aren’t children. Connors, P., Mondoweiss (Aug. 2014).

Wound from a rubber bullet shot at peaceful protester in #Ferguson. @natedrug, Twitter.com (Aug. 2014). [TW: graphic image of open wound.]

The 8 Biggest Lies Men’s Rights Activists Spread About Women. Ross, J., Mic.com (Jun. 2014).

Now The End Begins. (“The Magazine of Record for the Last Days”.) [TW: visual assaults, aesthetic crimes and misdemeanors.] OMFG YOU GUYS. For my piece in Secular Woman, I was searching for a citation regarding FEMA camp conspiracy theories when I came across this site. It is so hilariously wacky I thought surely it must be satire, but the more I scanned the more certain I became that these people are 100% for realz. (And they’re fucking Baptists, to boot.) Some headlines include:

  • 12 Shocking Proofs That Disaster Strikes America When It Mistreats Israel.
  • 7 Signs For Bible Believers That We Are In The Last Days Before The Rapture.
  • Berlin To Build Very First Temple Of Chrislam For One World Religion.
  • 40 Mind-Blowing Quotes From Barack Hussein Obama On Islam And Christianity.
  • Open Witchcraft And Satanism On Display At 2014 Grammys.
  • The Awful Reality Of Hell: You Don’t Have To Go There.

Read it and weep. Or laugh your ass off, as the mood strikes you.

Finally, This Way Up is an Oscar-nominated animated short film that follows “two dour unfortunates as they battle a series of misadventures while trying to deliver a coffin to the graveyard.” Pure joy. [h/t Vanina]. Watch:

 

Wimmenz amirite?

I am sure readers will be as shocked as I am by the astonishing news coming out of Colorado:

After free contraception program, Colorado teen birth rate plummets.

A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, [Colorado] Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.

I. Am. Stunned. Next thing you know, some crackpot will be claiming contraception actually saves taxpayers money!

Wait, what?

Unintended pregnancy burdens Colorado’s health and economy, costing Colorado more than $160 million annually in Medicaid expenditures. Nationally, for every public dollar spent on family planning services, $3.74 is saved in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related services and newborn care.

Huh. Well then, allow me just suggest that we could easily fix this “problem” by simply eliminating Medicaid! It’s about time these coddled newborns started pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, is it not? It’s called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, people. Look it up.

Meanwhile:

Companies With Female CEOs Beat The Stock Market.

Female CEOs at the country’s biggest companies oversee financial results, on average, that beat the stock market, according to Fortune Magazine’s analysis of data from Factset Research Systems.

Fortune 1000 companies with a woman in the top role saw an average return of 103.4 percent over the women’s tenures, compared to an average 69.5 percent return for the S&P 500 stock index over the same periods.

The companies with female CEOs also seem to generate an outsized amount of revenue compared to others.

According to my ladymath, 103.4% is, like, MORE than 69.5%!

Other studies have found that companies run by women outperform others. Hedge funds run by women had a 6 percent return between 2007 and 2013, beating both a global hedge fund index at the stock market.

Numerous studies have also found that companies with women on their boards of directors perform better than male-only ones.

The article states that “others” have “hinted” at the reason(s) for the superior performance of women CEOs and board members. One hypothesis is that women are “more likely to be cooperative in decision-making and to consider the rights of others, which leads to better company performance.” Another posits that women board members “tend to keep companies from paying more for acquiring other companies and reduce the number of acquisitions overall.” That all sounds pretty gender essentialist speculative to me. I personally think it’s because of the magical power of their vaginas, which as we all know work in mysterious ways to prevent rape, rapist baybeez and Lard only knows what else.

But it’s not exactly all good news for the ladybosses. Nope. For one thing, less than five percent of Fortune 500 companies have a female CEO. For another:

despite their likelihood to produce better results, female executives are paid less than male ones. Median pay for the 11 highest-paid female CEOs is $1.6 million less than median pay for the top-paid men. Last year, female CEOs made less than 80 percent of what male ones made.

Of course we can chalk up the entirely mythical gender pay gap to differences in the “life choices” of men and women, such as “women tending to leave the workforce when they have children.” Come on, people: it may not be politically correct to say so, but it is simply a demonstrable fact that women are vastly overrepresented in the number of people who give birth to children. HELLO?!

Finally:

A New Study Helps Explain Why Some People Get Enraged When Women Have Sex

…Overall, the more likely a given respondent believed women were economically dependent on men, the more likely they were to view female promiscuity as immoral. These were modest to medium effects, but they were statistically significant, even controlling for factors like religiosity and political conservatism.

In other words, the more dependent on men women are, the higher the reproductive stakes: If you get pregnant and can’t make a strong case that a given man was the father, you (and your child) could be in serious trouble.

I’m curious whether “serious trouble” is the technical term for pregnant women being at a disproportionate risk for domestic violence, and/or that risk increasing after delivery.

This is a pretty old-school way of looking at things, of course, but that’s the point: Not all aspects of human culture are caught up to modern life.

You don’t say.