Recent reads, plus bonus whining.

library4Over the long weekend I took a break from Thea, Goddess of Pain, so I plan to enjoy this feeling of being rested and refreshed, for once. Until tomorrow morning anyway, when her cruel ministrations begin anew and I am once again forced to pit my mind and body against her wrath in a death match masquerading under innocuous sounding title of “fitness.”


While I am reckoning with my imminent death, here are some links. Enjoy.



U.S. indicts world soccer officials in alleged $150 million FIFA bribery scandal. Miller, M.E. and Barbash, F., Washington Post (May 2015). (“The Justice Department unsealed a 47 count indictment early Wednesday charging 14 world soccer figures, including officials of FIFA, with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud.”) [The Palace eagerly awaits the Justice Department’s indictment charging the world’s most powerful banking and government officials with racketeering, bribery, money laundering and fraud on a scale that makes $150 million look like pocket change. Hahaha. As if. –Ed.]


France loots Africa, liquidates dissidents. Cunningham, F., Collymore Over-Blog. (Oct. 2012). [Seems France has been running the US’s Latin American playbook in Africa. FREE MARKET CAPITALISM™, people. –Ed.] [h/t Ashley]


FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years. Wooten, S. and David, M., Countercurrent News (May 2015). [But not infiltrating the FBI? Weird. –Ed.]

Pseudoscience in the Witness Box: The FBI faked an entire field of forensic science. Lithwick, D., Slate (Apr. 2015). [The Palace eagerly awaits the Justice Department’s indictment charging the world’s most powerful police officials with perjury and fraud, and the release of and reparations to every person convicted thereby. Hahaha. As if. –Ed.]


We have met the wrong enemy. Golden, KC, Climate Solutions (May 2015). (“Let’s forgive ourselves for being part of the only system there is. But let’s change the damned system so we can do what we know is right, necessary, and possible: make the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.”) [Your semi-regular reminder that tasking individuals with overcoming systemic problems is futile at best, counterproductive at worst. –Ed.]

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF. Carrington, D., The Guardian (May 2015). (“$5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.”) [Subsidies?! Noooooo that cannot be! Because FREE MARKET CAPITALISM™!!!11!! –Ed.]

US taxpayers subsidising world’s biggest fossil fuel companies. Carrington, D. and Davies, H., The Guardian (May 2015). (“In 2009, President Barack Obama called on the G20 to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies but since then US federal subsidies have risen by 45%.”) [Well, that Barack Obama sure seems legit. –Ed.]


Bad Blood: Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar. [I can take or leave the record, but the visuals? Fucking badass. –Ed.]


Royal Commission into sex abuse hears of suicide problem in Ballarat. Koubaridis, A., NT News (May  2015). TW: abuse, victim blaming. [The Palace eagerly awaits the Justice Department’s indictment charging the world’s most powerful religious officials with child sex abuse and fraud, seeking civil forfeiture on a scale that permanently bankrupts the Catholic Church. Hahaha. As if. –Ed.]

Gothard’s ATI and the Duggar Family’s Secrets. Benner, W., Homeschoolers Anonymous (May 2015). (“Growing up in an environment of fear, where questions are seen as rebellious, eventually makes children unable to speak up for themselves. They become unable to trust their own judgment of what is right and wrong. These children are the perfect targets for abuse; they do not know how to advocate for themselves.”) TW: abuse, victim blaming. [Christ, what a shitshow. –Ed.]


Snake Oil Superfoods? Solid scientific evidence for extra health benefits of certain foods showing tangible health effects. Information is Beautiful (Sep. 2013). [Very, very cool interactive data. See also its companion piece, Snake Oil Supplements? Scientific evidence for popular health supplements. Hey, does anyone have a recipe for something made with garlic, olive oil, oats, barley, honey, prunes and almonds? Asking for a friend… –Ed.]

An Alternative-Medicine Believer’s Journey Back to Science. Levinovitz, A., Wired (Apr. 2015). [Reminds me of a joke: What do you call alternative medicine that works? Medicine. –Ed.]


The Definitive Manifesto for Handling Haters: Anne Lamott on Priorities and How We Keep Ourselves Small by People-Pleasing. Popova, M., Brain Pickings (May. 2015). (“As I’ve said a hundred times, if people wanted me to write more warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”) [Conservatives, take note. Also: FUCK YOU. –Ed.]



Have a nice day.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

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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