Recent reading.

library4ECONOMICS

Iceland put bankers in jail rather than bailing them out — and it worked.
Yglesias, M., Vox (Jun. 2015). (“Instead of embracing the orthodoxy of bank bailouts, austerity, and low inflation, Iceland did just the opposite…Iceland let the banks go bust. Executives of the country’s most important bank were prosecuted as criminals…In the US and Europe, the priority has been on low inflation to protect the asset values of the wealthy. Iceland prioritized jobs, and it worked.”) [Well golly gee imagine that. Also: IRIS ICELAND because penis museum HELLO? –Ed.]

As the rich become super-rich, they pay lower taxes. For real. Ingraham, C., The Washington Post (Jun. 2015). [America’s Owners FTW! –Ed.]

Cartier Boss Says Thought of the Poor Rising Up Keeps Him ‘Awake at Night’. Truthdig (Jun.  2015). (“We are destroying the middle classes at this stage and it will affect us. It’s unfair. So that’s what keeps me awake at night.”) [Good. –Ed.]

Karl Marx Was Right. Hedges, C., Truthdig (May 2015). (“capitalism had built within it the seeds of its own destruction.”) [h/t SJ]

Why don’t poor people just get jobs? Because they already did. Clawson, L., Daily Kos (May 2015).

TERRORISM

US airport screeners missed 95% of weapons, explosives in undercover tests. Kravets, D., Ars Technica (Jun. 2015). [Keeping Us Safe™. I feel safe. Do you feel safe? I feel very safe. –Ed.]

What Motivates Terrorists? Cottee, S., The Atlantic (Jun 2015).

Truth in Media: Origin of ISIS. Swann, B., via Activist Post (Feb.  2015). [VIDEO] (“Swann takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by “inaction” by the United States government or by “direct” action.”)

GODLESSNESS, SEXUAL ASSAULT

The 5 most appalling “Christian” defenses of the Duggars. Arria, M., Salon (May 2015). [The word Christian should not be in quotes in the title, the implication being that No True Scotsman Christian would defend the vile actions of the Duggars. That is some epic bullshit right there. Jessa Duggar’s father-in-law is a bible-believing Christian. Carrie Hurd, wife of Heritage Covenant Church Pastor Patrick Hurd, is also a Christian. “Creationist Activist” Eric Hovind is a Christian. Mike Huckabee is a fucking Baptist minister, FFS. If some Christians do not like being associated with these other Christians, that’s unfortunate, but it is not my problem to solve. –Ed.]

Michelle Duggar Defends Smearing Transgender People As Pedophiles: It’s ‘Just Common Sense’. Ford, Z., Think Progress (Jun. 2015). [Christ. What a piece of work she is. –Ed.]

An Ex-Fundie on Why Fundie Victims Defend their Abusers. Naidu, M., Daily Kos (Jun. 2015). [Thoughtful and heartbreaking. –Ed.]

GODLESSNESS, HUMOR, SCIENCE

BuzzFeed’s ’22 Messages From Creationists’ gets translated by science lovers and the results are hilarious. DeadState (Feb. 2014). [Hahaha. –Ed.]

CONSERVATIVE PERSONALITY DISORDER

[CONTENT NOTE: psychological abuse, homophobia/transphobia/misgendering]

Jeb Bush In 1995: Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed. Bassett, L., Huffington Post (Jun. 2015). (“He declined to veto a very controversial bill that required single mothers who did not know the identity of the father to publish their sexual histories in a newspaper before they could legally put their babies up for adoption…suggests ‘dressing these juveniles in frilly pink jumpsuits and making them sweep the streets of their own neighborhoods! Would these kids be so cavalier then?'”)

palacefuckyouOFFICIAL PALACE RESPONSE TO JEB BUSH.

ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, SCIENCE

New information changes few opinions on GMOs, global warming. Science Daily (Jun. 2015).

POVERTY

What Poverty Does to the Young Brain. Ostrander, M., The New Yorker (Jun. 2015). [Ooh! Ooh! I think I know this one! Is it…spontaneously generate bootstraps? –Ed.]

POLICE, RACE

4 Reasons Why the US Police Force Is an Extension of Slavery and White Supremacy (That You Were Probably Never Taught). X, J.D., Everyday Feminism (May 2015). (“I need you to take into consideration the following four historical and contemporary truths about the police, the criminalization of Black people in America, and our subsequent rage.”) [At the very least. –Ed.]

How Philadelphia seizes millions in ‘pocket change’ from some of the city’s poorest residents. Ingraham, C., Washington Post (Jun. 2015).

PRISON + SENTENCING REFORM, HUMAN RIGHTS, RULE OF LAW

‘Ma, I can’t take it anymore’: Teen jailed at Rikers commits suicide. Al Jazeera (Jun. 2015). (“Kalief Browder, jailed for three years without trial, spoke out against locking up young people with adults…Browder, now 22, hanged himself on Saturday”) [We do not have a justice system. We have an injustice system. –Ed.]

PRIVILEGE, FEMINISM

I Have Been Sitting on Manspreaders For the Last Month and I Have Never Felt More Free: How I snapped and started taking up as much space as I deserve. Cassie J., XO Jane (Jun. 2015).

CassieJ“In the last month, I have sat on 12 men.”
THIS WOMAN IS A GODDAMN HERO.

1920s The swimwear police: No swimsuits at the beach! Wild, C., Mashable (May 2015). [We were all Duggar girls then. –Ed.]

These 25 Examples of Male Privilege from a Trans Guy’s Perspective Really Prove the Point. St. James, J., Everyday Feminism (May 2015).

HARASSMENT + ABUSE, RULE OF LAW

Supreme Court gives Facebook ‘rapper’ second chance in threat case. Wolf, R., USA TODAY (Jun. 2015). [What are the chances that online threats to members of the federal judiciary are taken quite seriously? Kind of like that one hilarious time the high court struck down clinic buffer zones, designed to protect patients from harassers and terrorists, from the comfort and safety of their very own buffer zone. Fuck you, SCOTUS. Fuck you very much. –Ed.]

ART, BLOGGING + WRITING, JOY

…And I Show You How Deep The Rabbit Hole Goes. Alexander, S., Slate Star Codex (Jun. 2015). [A imaginative, insightful and wickedly fun short story. –Ed.]

ART, JOY

These Photographs of Zombie Children Will Terrify You. Davis, S., Vice (Jun. 2015). [They do not terrify me, they intrigue me. To the point that if I had children I would totally work with photographer Brittany Bentine to capture them like this, and then hang the shot in a prominent place in the Palace. –Ed.]

spawnSPAWN OF IRIS?

 HUMOR

Every Question In Every Q&A Session Ever. Ortberg, M., The Toast (May 2015). [Hahaha. Brilliant. –Ed.]

 DRUG WAR

Why hardly anyone dies from a drug overdose in Portugal. Ingraham, C., Washington Post (Jun. 2015). [SPOILER ALERT: decriminalization. –Ed.]

HEALTH CARE

This image perfectly sums up what’s wrong with American health care, according to the Internet. Ingraham, C., Washington Post (Jun. 2015).

walterwhitehealthcare“It’s also pretty clear that Breaking Bad would have been a very different show had it run in Canada:”

walterwhitecanada__________

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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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