Recent reads.



This Former Fisherman Is Now Farming the Most Sustainable Food on Earth—Underwater. Smith, B. and Holmes, L., The Nation (May 2016). [Mind = blown. –Ed.]


Yemen: Saudis Using US Cluster Munitions. Contributors, Informed Comment (May 2016).

Top CIA Objective: Fracture The Eurasian Bloc. Maupin, C., NEO (Apr. 2016).


promtux this kid.

Pennsylvania teen kicked out of prom because she was too covered up in a tux. Adams, J., someecards (May 2016). [Keep it up Catholics. You’re alienating a generation. –Ed.]




41,000 Doctors to Join Lawsuit Against Catholic Hospital Over Denial of Care. Shine, N.K., Rewire (Apr. 2016).

Religious directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, forbid doctors at Catholic facilities from providing birth control and performing common reproductive health procedures like tubal ligation, sterilization, and abortion, even when the patient’s health is at risk.



Three major concepts that shatter the myths surrounding drug legalization. Hari, J., Rw Story (Mar. 2016).


Ivy League professor kicked off plane for writing ‘Arabic symbols,’ aka math equations. Provenzano, B., AOL (May 2016).


Shape oscillation of a levitated drop in an acoustic fieldyoutube (VIDEO)


This election is blinding us to a Wall Street outrage: Inside the media’s negligent response to a foreclosure disaster. Salon (Apr. 2016). (“While banks are finding new ways to rip off homeowners, the press only cares how it affects Julian Castro’s VP odds.”)


The American Jewish Conflict over Israel. Polner, M., Greanville Post (May 2016).


Why America Is Moving Left. Beinart, P., The Atlantic (Jan. 2016):

[C]onservatives may wish to reassure themselves that Millennials will move right as they age. But a 2007 study in the American Sociological Review notes that the data “contradict commonly held assumptions that aging leads to conservatism.” The older Americans who are today more conservative than Millennials were more conservative in their youth, too. In 1984 and 1988, young voters backed Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush by large margins. Millennials are not liberal primarily because they are young. They are liberal because their formative political experiences were the Iraq War and the Great Recession, and because they make up the most secular, most racially diverse, least nationalistic generation in American history. And none of that is likely to change.



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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.

3 thoughts on “Recent reads.

  1. That oscillation vid was pretty cool. It also made me wonder what practical uses might come from the experiment. Fluid dynamics? Solar radiation buffer for spaceships? Hmmmmm…

    • That Nation piece on ocean farming was indeed a mind blower. I wonder if the same thing could be done in freshwater areas. (Yeah, I wonder a lot. Go figure.)

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