Reads ‘n stuff.


[NOTE: All links related to the uprising in Baltimore can be found here. I am especially heartened to see so much serious pushback against mainstream media coverage.]

Austerity has been an unmitigated disaster, and this proves it. O’Brien, M., The Washington Post (Apr. 2015). [OMFG WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED. –Ed.]

The jobs most likely to make you drink. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Apr. 2015). [Ooh! Ooh! I think I know this one! Is it…lefty blogger? –Ed.]

Ocean energy plus cybernetics can supply a quarter of the US’s power. Kishore, S., The Ecologist (Apr. 2015). [Yes We Can’t! –Ed.]

Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party. Muder, D., The Weekly Sift (Aug. 2014). (“Here’s what my teachers’ should have told me: ‘Reconstruction was the second phase of the Civil War. It lasted until 1877, when the Confederates won.'”) [h/t PZ] [FIVE STARS. If you click on only one link here today, make it this one. –Ed.]

Trailer for Black Mass starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger:


5 Ways It’s Become a Crime to Be Poor in America, Punishable by Further Impoverishment: New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty. Starr, T.J., AlterNet (Apr. 2015). [Because bootstraps. Or something. –Ed.]

Countries free of religion are the most socially advanced, data show. Epiphenom, Patheos (Apr. 2015). [GTFO. –Ed.]

Sexism in science: Peer editor tells female researchers their study needs a male author. Feltman, R., The Washington Post (Apr. 2015). [I mean, is there anything that a d00d cannot improve? –Ed.]

The US Carried Out 674 Military Operations in Africa Last Year. Did You Hear About Any of Them? Turse, N., The Nation (Apr. 2015). [Nope. –Ed.]

Obama Compares Progressive Opposition to Trade Deal to ‘Death Panels’ as the Left Ramps Up Opposition. Garcia, E., National Journal (Apr. 2015). [Ahh! Reminds me of the ol’ days when the Obama administration called me an ungrateful fucking retarded drug addict. GOOD TIMES. –Ed.]

Report from the Field: On (Not) Reporting Sexual Violence. Glaviano, A., VIDA (Apr. 2015).

The Anti-Surveillance State: Clothes and Gadgets Block Face Recognition Technology, Confuse Drones and Make You (Digitally) Invisible. Burns, J., AlterNet (Apr. 2015).



Sick anti-vax trolls attack grieving mum. Hansen, J., The Sunday Telegraph (Apr. 2015). [I hate humans. SO HARD. –Ed.]

Tug of War: We’re on the verge of the greatest public health triumph of the 21st century. Palmer, B., Slate (Apr. 2015). [Also FYI: guinea worms are ginormous assholes, almost as bad as conservatives. –Ed.]

Missouri Satanist: 72-hour waiting period for abortions violates my ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’. Gettys, T., Raw Story (Apr. 2015). [#allhailsatan. –Ed.]

Making Sense of Nonsense: A MOOC About Climate Change Denial. Plait, P., Bad Astronomy via Slate (Apr. 2015).


[h/t Tony] [♥ ♥ ♥ !!! –Ed.]

The Pentagon Has No Idea What Happened To Over $45 Billion In Afghan Reconstruction Funds. Argueta, S., Occupy Democrats (Apr. 2015). [I know I just hate it when I lose track of $45 billion. –Ed.]

What does gun violence really cost? Follman, N., et al, Mother Jones (Apr. 2014).

Taking Back Detroit: Portraits of the Motor City by Wayne Lawrence. National Geographic (Apr. 2015).

Women Are Improving This “Beach Body” Advert With Their Own Body-Positive Messages. Warren, R., Buzzfeed (Apr. 2015).

beachbodyreadyfuckoffMy sentiments exactly.

School Develops ‘Safety Plan’ For 12-Year-Old Rape Victim: No Revealing Clothes. Prager, J., Addicting Info (Apr. 2015). (“When the unnamed child reported the abuse to  school officials in January, no phone calls were made, no reports were filed, and the girl was certainly given no measure of comfort and support. Instead, she was told that she needs to take steps to avoid enticing men to rape her.”) [What the everloving fuck. –Ed.]

The Numbers Are Staggering: U.S. Is ‘World Leader’ in Child Poverty. Buchheit, P., AlterNet (Apr. 2015). (“The callousness of America’s political and business leaders is shocking once you start looking at the numbers.”) [“Shocking?” Not to me it isn’t. –Ed.]

lipprintRed Lipstick and Rape Culture. Steph, Grounded Parents (Apr. 2015). (“These microaggressions marginalize women and girls and make us feel uncomfortable and small. And worse, we unconsciously participate in them because we are conditioned to accept them as a norm. They seem small, but the cumulative impact is huge.”)

‘Screw ‘em’: Michigan man taunts neighbors with Confederate flag and nooses outside home. Gettys, T, Raw Story (Apr. 2015). [He seems nice. –Ed.]

Arizona hate preacher who tells women they deserve rape now harasses Mosque-goers. Jilani, Z., Raw Story (Apr. 2015). [He seems nice too. –Ed.]

Georgia Walmart Pharmacist Refused To Fill Woman’s Medication After Miscarriage. Gittleson, W., If You Only News (Apr. 2015). [Also nice! So many nice people! –Ed.]

Meet the Most Obnoxious Catcaller in New York City. McKay, T., (Apr. 2015). (“‘How would you call a dog?’ Jones asks. ‘Same way,’ the man responds.”) [Meh. I’ve had worse. –Ed.]

Terrified ‘Tea Party Patriot’ realizes he could lose Obamacare if GOP wins in 2016. Edwards, D., Raw Story (Apr. 2015). (with VIDEO). [LOL. –Ed.]

The day I bought steak with my food stamps. Fisher, S., Patheos (Apr. 2015).

The pathological legacy of the Oklahoma City bombing. Blair, C.P., Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Apr. 2015).

Forget Shorter Showers. Jensen, D., Orion Magazine (Apr. 2015).



For the Quote collection:

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” –Carl Sagan [h/t Llewellyn]

“We can follow the example of those who remembered that the role of an activist is not to navigate systems of oppressive power with as much integrity as possible, but rather to confront and take down those systems.” –Derrick Jensen [h/t SJ]


PLZ NOTE: 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.

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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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