More Palace Library acquisitions.

I’ve got a new piece up at TPJ Magazine, and another one appearing shortly at Secular Woman (I’ll link it here once it posts). I’m also working on a looooooong-winded piece about…stupid. The word, the concept, its substance and intersection with conservatism, the nature of a beast that has puzzled, challenged and nearly destroyed humanity on many occasions, and in all likelihood will ultimately prevail.

Meanwhile, for your edification and/or infotainment:

The federal government’s own statistics show that marijuana is safer than alcohol. Ingraham, C., Washington Post (Jul. 2014). (“marijuana is significantly safer to use than alcohol.”)

Top 9 Ways to Not Get Raped. Elford, S. et al, (Jul. 2014). (“stay away from those who commonly commit assaults: strangers, family members, friends, partners, spouses, co-workers, bosses, clients, teachers, doctors, teammates, and police officers. Be extra careful during peak times when rapes occur i.e. daytime, nighttime, dawn, afternoon, early evening, tea time, nap time…”)

NASA tests ‘impossible’ no-fuel quantum space engine – and it actually works. Templeton, G., Extreme Tech (Aug. 2014). [WHAT. -Ed.]

Outrageous Attacks on Supporters of Church-State Separation: Death Threats, Murdered Pets, and Vandalized Property. Lee, A., Daylight Atheism (Jun. 2014).

The New Face of Hunger: Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. McMillan, T., National Geographic Magazine (Jul. 2014). (“One-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat.”)

Rape sentence reduced over ‘willing victim’. (Aug. 2014). (“The life sentence of a man who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl he regarded as ‘a daughter’ was reduced on appeal…because she seemed to be a willing partner.”)

Study: People Lie to Women in Negotiations. A Lot. Aran, I., Jezebel (Aug. 2014). (“found that women are viewed as easy to mislead and therefore less competent in negotiations. Because of this bias, negotiators (regardless of sex) are more likely to deceive women in order to seal a deal.”) (the research paper on which this article reports is here, unfortunately behind a paywall).

But WHAT CAN BE DONE: Dos and Don’ts To Combat Online Sexism. Alexander, L., (Jul. 2014).

The Leader of the Unfree World. Ford, M., The Atlantic (Jul. 2014). (“Mass incarceration, perhaps the greatest social crisis in modern American history, is without parallel on a global scale.”)

6 Holocaust Survivors Who Fight Against Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians. Halper, K., AlterNet (Aug. 2016). (“The lesson of the Holocaust should be “never again” for anyone, including Palestinians.”)

What I Learned After Taking a Homeless Mother Grocery Shopping. Martinez, S., Babble (Aug. 2014).

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Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

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