Friday links (statistics special)!

Half of all Americans live in the blue counties, half live in the grey counties (thanks to @tdjohnsn  for the link!)
Half of all Americans live in the blue counties, half live in the grey counties (thanks to @tdjohnsn for the link!)
It’s Friday! The week is nearly over. That means tomorrow night the new season of Doctor Who premieres! How have I contained myself all week?!

Until then, here is a collection of news and other things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties.

Having been a robbery suspect in the past does not justify a roadside execution.

LGB People Who Seek Counseling From Religious Sources Are MORE Likely to Attempt Suicide.

Alabama County Commissioner Thinks Constitution Based On Ten Commandments, Is Incorrect.

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet. “Email — yes, email — is one way forward for a less commercial, less centralized web, and the best thing is, this beautiful cockroach of a social network is already living in all of our homes.”

Ark Encounter Theme Park Takes $18 Million In Taxpayer Subsidies, But Non-Christians Can’t Work There. And it’s not just that you have to be a Christian to apply, most Catholics, mainline Protestants, and certain types of Fundamentalist beliefs don’t qualify, either.

‘Soldiers’ Inventories’ Photo Series Details 1,000 Years of Gear Worn in War.

John Oliver won’t be your therapist: How he torpedoed the reassuring tropes of fake news.

2014 Hugo Award Winners.


A worm with legs? No, you’re not seeing things.

Don Pardo dies at 96; ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer.

Nineteenth century astronomers had it right, 20th century got it wrong and it drastically delayed the search for exoplanets.

Fact-checking John Oliver’s claim that Keene, N.H., officials wanted armored vehicle to thwart terrorism at pumpkin fest.

The mystery of the falling teen birth rate.


The Mural That Was Used as a Long-Jump Mat. And just a few days later, CUMMING’S SKAGIT MURAL MYSTERY SOLVED.

George Takei Gloriously Responds To Stupid Questions About Gay People.

Christian Writer Says It’s Hard to Imagine Vicky Beeching is Gay Because Men Find Her Attractive. Think about that for a moment…

Humans Did Not Wipe Out the Neanderthals, New Research Suggests.

Why the MPAA thinks all gay people should be rated ‘R’.

Sam inspires college athletes to come out.

Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year.

Police in a Missouri suburb demonstrate how not to quell a riot. (Thanks to Zammi for the link)

Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible.

More Fergusons are coming: Why paramilitary hysteria is dooming America.

In case you missed it, earlier this week I wrote about (Un)real Characters, and about feeling Powerless after my husband was in an accident, and about local hate-crimes: Shootings.

Garfunkel and Oates – Rainbow Connection (sweet video):

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Into the Spotlight – Episode 85: Fontfolly (um, yes, that’s me being interviewed on an Everfree Network radio show…:

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ASAPscience The Science of Depression:

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ERASURE – Elevation (BT Remix):

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Matthew Connor – How Is July Already Over? (live action stop-motion and noir fashion):

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