Recent reading.

library4WAR ON FUCKING.

Federal bust of long-running escort site Rentboy.com leads to protests. Mullin, J., Ars Technica (Sep. 2015). [The Department of Homeland Security, people: Keeping Us Safe™ from the consensual gay sex terrorists. –Ed.]

Minister Louis Farrakhan Wants Jay Z To Keep Beyonce “Covered”. Robertson, I., Vibe (Sep. 2015). [HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! STFU 4EVAH, Lou. –Ed.]

traditionalmarriageGODLESSNESS.

Americans are leaving religion. Why are we still subsidizing it? Niose, D., The Washington Post (Sep. 2015). [Why indeed. –Ed.]

RACE. 

The Hypocrisy of the Anti-Muslim Bigotry Arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, in One Tweet. Levine, J., Mic.com (Sep. 2015):

ahmedtexastweetThe tweet shows the younger Mohamed, left, in handcuffs as police led him out of his high school Monday. On the right are two white, gun-holding children who showed up with other open carry activists at a 2014 arts festival in Fort Worth, Texas, where the group had previously been banned. Neither the children nor other members of the group were arrested.

ENERGY + ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE.

tysonaliens[Oh, I don’t know, Neil. I’m not surprised, why should aliens be? Have you met humans? –Ed.]

Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers. Nuccitelli, D., The Guardian (Aug. 2015):

[T]here is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory to human-caused global warming. Some blame global warming on the sun, others on orbital cycles of other planets, others on ocean cycles, and so on. There is a 97% expert consensus on a cohesive theory that’s overwhelmingly supported by the scientific evidence, but the 2–3% of papers that reject that consensus are all over the map, even contradicting each other. The one thing they seem to have in common is methodological flaws like cherry picking, curve fitting, ignoring inconvenient data, and disregarding known physics.

EDUCATION, FEMINISM, RACE, SCIENCE.

Picture yourself as a stereotypical male. Michelle G., MIT Admissions (Sep. 2015):

As it turns out, there is zero statistically significant gender difference in mental rotation ability after test-takers are asked to imagine themselves as stereotypical men for a few minutes. None.

Similar findings have been shown regarding racial identities: for example, asking black students to indicate their race before a test both significantly increases their anxiety and lowers their test scores.

MOCKERY FTW.

17 Genius Tweets from the Person who Allegedly ‘Sits Next to Kim Davis’. SheWired (Sep. 2015):

#KimDavis – DID GOD ORDER YOU NOT TO REFILL THE XEROX TRAY, TOO? GODDAMN IT SOME OF US ARE TRYING TO GO HOME TO OUR FIRST HUSBAND
-@nexttokimdavis

[LOL. –Ed.]

oscarwildetruth[They might kill you anyway. –Ed.]

CONSERVATIVE PERSONALITY DISORDER.

30 military cadets hurt in West Point pillow fight. Yahoo News (Sep. 2015).

The brawl left 24 young cadets with concussions, The Academy told the paper, after reports that some stuffed their pillows with hard objects.

A total of 30 cadets were injured, and students reported that the list of wounds included one broken leg as well as dislocated shoulders.

No disciplinary measures have been taken against the cadets and there were no plans to end the yearly brawl…

[Shit mocks itself, really. –Ed.]

ABORTION.

Why the Fuck you Lyin’, Carly Fiorina? Feminace, Seriously?!? (Sep. 2015):

You wanna end [Planned Parenthood]? Offer to be its CEO.

[BOOM. –Ed.]

shirleychisholmabortionJeb Bush would rather you forget that his grandfather helped found Planned Parenthood. Palma, S., Dead State (Aug. 2015):

the grandfather and father of the last two Bush presidents, Prescott Bush, was the treasurer of the organization in its early years.

Republican’s mind [sic] blown when witness tells him some Planned Parenthood patients are mothers. Gettys, T., Raw Story (Sep. 2015):

“How can they be the mothers of the children when children are aborted through Planned Parenthood?” Sensenbrenner said…“Well, I don’t think that there’s statistics that indicate that’s the case.”

[Here in reality—a place conservatives are only dimly aware of, I know—61 percent of women who seek an abortion already have at least one child. And yeah, “there’s statistics that indicate that’s the case.” FFS. –Ed.]

The War on Women is Over—And Women Lost. Redden, M., Mother Jones (Sep. 2015):

“Sometimes, I feel like I’ve gone back 40-some years,” [Renee Chelian, founder and CEO of Northland Family Planning Centers] says. “And I can hardly believe that.” Women trek hundreds of miles north from Dayton, Ohio, or east from South Bend, Indiana, for an abortion at one of her centers. Some are already miscarrying—probably after taking pills or herbal concoctions they got from the internet. A few have tried to open their cervix by digging into it with a sharp object.

palacefuckyouFUCK YOU, CONSERVATIVES.
Ed.

TERRORISM, WAR.

Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes. Huber, A., UpWorthy (Sep. 2015).

Decoding the Current War in Syria: The Wikileaks Files. Ganesan, J., Global Research (Sep. 2015):

The US strategically schemed to cause unrest in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad government. Faced with the rise of ISIS, which the US was not only aware of but also encouraged, the US slides deeper into a complicated war it helped escalate in the first place…

MEDIA.

Invisible War Crimes – The Corporate Media On Yemen. DC, Media Lens (Sep. 2015).

The overarching framework, Chomsky points out, is the so-called Clinton Doctrine, named after former US president Bill Clinton. The doctrine asserts that United States is entitled to the ‘unilateral use of military power’ to ensure ‘uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources’. This entitlement is dressed up as alleged ‘security’ or ‘humanitarian’ concerns.

Mosaic of Facts. Francis-Santiago, M., RT via youtube (Sep. 2015). (VIDEO).

Miguel Francis-Santiago delves deep to try to understand the intricacies of information war. He meets media experts and puts together the Mosaic of Facts, showing how public opinion is manipulated, not just over the Ukrainian Crisis but throughout the world.

[Behold: your liberal media. –Ed.]

DRUG WAR.

Colorado Becomes First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Pot Than Alcohol. Taylor, C., Occupy Democrats (Sep. 2015). [Doooooood. That’s, like, sooooo freakin’ awwsummm? –Ed.]

ECONOMICS.

The TPP Will Finish What Chile’s Dictatorship Started. Grandin, G., The Nation (Sep. 2015):

In the 1970s, socialism was, for many, on the horizon of the possible, with the principle of “excess profit” seen as a way for exploited countries to, in Allende’s words, “correct historic wrongs.” Today, forget nationalization, much less socialism. If the TPP is ratified and ISDS put into effect, countries won’t be able to limit mining to protect their water supply or even enforce anti-tobacco regulation.

This September 11, as the Obama administration makes its final push for the TPP, it’s worth taking a moment to realize why all those people in Chile—and in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, and throughout Latin America—died and were tortured: to protect the “future profits” of multinational corporations.

Swedish nurses experiment with 6-hour work day and efficiency goes up and turnover goes down. Einenkel, W., Daily Kos (Sep. 2015):

There are drawbacks to this. It costs some money and CEOs cannot make 300 times more than their workforce if they do this. You also may only be able to buy a new private jet once every ten years and not once every three years. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a country where I can’t dream about owning more stuff than other people and then telling them they’re lazy…

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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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