A Palace milestone + recent reading.

Beloved Loyal Readers™, I cannot express how personally gratified I am to report that for at least the past week, the number one search term that brought new minions to our gates is:


Consistently, the most visited page at the Palace has been the tardigrade exhibit in our zoo, narrowly beating out perennial favorites like “Ask Iris: is there any gay porn with decent dialogue?“, “The Abattoir,” and of course “Iris the Idiot’s Kitchen: Cakeman Raven’s Red Velvet Cake.” Disappointingly, we still have not heard back from Big Willy tardigrade expert Professor Bob Goldstein in response to our perfectly reasonable inquiry about eating tardigrades in order to become immortal extremophiles (and recommended wine pairings, of course). I tell you, some people just have no fucking respect for preeminent science journalists like Your Humble Monarch™.

In any event, perhaps readers may recall the recent debut of my first-ever-on-the-internet-three-quarter-face-shot, and my hints about how I was subtly disguised? Well, in celebration of the tardigrades’ ascension to the top of the Palace charts, I feel I can finally reveal my true face to all the world!

 tardigradefaceIris Vander Pluym (selfie),
August 28, 2014

Yes, I must confess: it has for so many years been my secret mission to ostensibly author a politics-sex-&-religion blog, all the while secretly advancing the agenda of the tardigrades.



REMINDER: 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. (Especially not the first one here. Jeezus Fucking Christ.)

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me. Dutta, S., The Washington Post (Aug. 2014). [WHAT. -Ed.]

Friends of Israel: The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence? Bruck, C., The New Yorker (Sep. 2014).

Why I Think Jesus Didn’t Exist: A Historian Explains the Evidence That Changed His Mind. Carrier, R., UNCG Atheists (Mar. 2013). [VIDEO]

Each new video that Anita Sarkeesian posts is a sign that the bullies are losing. Futrelle, D., We Hunted The Mammoth (Aug. 2014).

Islam for Dummies: This Is What Wannabe Jihadists Order on Amazon Before Leaving for Syria. Hasan, M., New Republic (Aug. 2014). (“You could not ask for better evidence to bolster the argument that the 1,400-year-old Islamic faith has little to do with the modern jihadist movement.”)

10 intriguing female revolutionaries that you didn’t learn about in history class. Kathleen, Whizzpast (Aug. 2014).

The Sexist Facebook Movement The Marine Corps Can’t Stop. Jones, B.A., Task & Purpose (Aug. 2014). (“As the nation grapples with the debate about women in combat and the military’s sexual assault justice problem, both issues are being undermined by nefarious cultural insurgencies on social media, and military leaders seem powerless to stop it.”)

Vivid Photos Capture an Environmental Disaster Nobody’s Talking About. McKay, T., Mic.com (Aug. 2014). (“The spill released around 10 million gallons of acid into the Bacanuchi and Sonora Rivers.”)

Rape Perceptions, Gender Role Attitudes,and Victim-Perpetrator Acquaintance. Ben-David, S. and Schneider, O., Sex Roles, Vol. 53, Nos. 5/6, DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-6761-4 (Sep. 2005). (“Significant negative correlations were found between gender-role attitudes and four measures of rape perceptions.“)

Stranger and Acquaintance Rape: Are There Differences In the Victim’s Experience? Koss, M.P. et al, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 1, DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.1988.tb00924.x (Mar. 1988). (paywall.) (“virtually no differences were found among any of the groups in their levels of psychological symptoms.”)


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