Friday Links (insane lawsuit edition!)

32613-equal-protection-20130326202918It’s Friday! Another not very pleasant week of work is very nearly over! Last weekend I had a fabulous date night with my very sexy husband, then we had a fun movie excursion with 8 of the coolest nerds in the Puget Sound, and then we had a great time journeying to the year 1877 and meddling with the Russo-Turkish War (though by this session of the game it was all down to treaty negotions and shopping trips). This weekend we’re gaming with other friends in a land of candy-colored ponies and cosmic forces no pony was meant to understand. Some months, the weekends are the only thing that make life bearable, no?

Anyway, here is a collection of some of the things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared. I’ve decided to do the links a little differently this time, and make it easier for people to skip the sorts of things they aren’t interested in. But first up, the silliest story of the week, perhaps of the entire year:

This Woman Is Suing All Gay People On Earth On God’s Behalf. Yes, Really. I’m linking to several versions of the story, mostly because I love the headlines. You really don’t need to click on more than one of them…

God Sues Homosexuals In Nebraska. God Has Terrible Grammar.

Woman Sues Homosexuals in Federal Court—All Homosexuals.

Nebraska Woman Sues All Homosexuals. I love that this site posted all seven pages of the woman’s poorly spelled handwritten brief.

Ambitiously Homophobic Nebraska Woman Sues Every Gay on Earth.

Totally Normal Nebraska Lady Would Like To See ALL GAYS In Court Right Now!

But the fun couldn’t last through the week: Judge Tosses Lawsuit By Nebraska Woman Suing ‘All Homosexuals’ On Behalf Of Jesus.

That’s more than enough about that. Meanwhile, some cool things happened in science:

UW tracks undersea volcano erupting off Washington coast.

Honey Bunches of Lies: Why eating local honey won’t cure your allergies.

Ladybirds are widely adored for their spotty bodies, but these cute beetles often eat each other and are infested with blood-sucking mites.

Meet Loki, your closest-known prokaryote relative.

The ‘other’ red meat on the ‘real’ palaeodiet.

The Rök Stone – Riddles and answers.

10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us.


That was fun! Now the weird political news:

A Couple Quick Thoughts on Geller in Texas.

Republicans Admit Hobby Lobby Ruling Is Religious Tyranny Meant to Control Women.

“We need to talk about this as terrorism”: The war against abortion providers.

Wonder Why The American Right Is So Dumb? Read Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Cult Of Ignorance.

Ben Carson Enters GOP Race with “A Glory Hallelujah Star-Spangled Jesus Frenzy”.

Death for Drug Dealers and Quarantines for AIDS Victims: The Mike Huckabee You May Not Remember.

Jon Stewart Mocks ‘Lone Star Lunatics’ Who Believe Obama Is Trying To Invade Texas (Video).

The ludicrous myth of Republican fiscal responsibility: A history lesson for the modern GOP.

Americans Far More Comfortable With Gay Presidential Candidate Than Evangelical Christian.

Carly Fiorina Is Running to Be 2016’s Sarah Palin.

Now the news relevant to queer people, and those who love us

How to count how many people are gay. Another take on the very tricky statistical question.


Mom, Dad, I’m Not a Lesbian.

How big business in Texas is rallying to defend gay rights.

Why the Boycott Against Ted Cruz’s Gay Hosts Is a Watershed Moment.

Oregon bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth sent to governor’s desk.



This Gay Couple Shows How Love Can Overcome Bigotry.

And I wrote about, among other things, how I became a fan of the sci fi tales of John Varley: Picnic on the Queer Side: more of why I love sf/f.

People we lost:

Errol Brown, ‘You Sexy Thing’ vocalist, dead at 71.

Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Rand on ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 85.

Jayne Meadows Dies at 95; Widow of Steve Allen Was Nominated for 3 Emmys.

The obligatory Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards update:

How conservatives took over sci-fi’s most prestigious award.

An open letter to Chief Warrant Officer Brad R. Torgersen.

Change, Reaction and Pain – Coping With Cultural Backlash.

I wrote about why I love science fiction and why this situation bothers me: Visions and Ventures: why I love sf/f.

And a follow up about why I said what I meant and meant what I said and will not be lectured by people who don’t know the situation as well as I do: Adventures in being straightsplained.

And other news:

Preschool rallies after little free library is torched. What kind of scumbag sets fire to a little free library? WARNING: video plays automatically.

3 Things No Estranged Child Needs To Hear On Mother’s Day.

Video shows four parole officers detained by gun-wielding police for Driving While Black.

The Price of Nice Nails.

Today Is the 151st Birthday of All-Around Feminist Badass Nellie Bly.

Hostage saves herself via Pizza Hut app: “Please help. Get 911 to me.”

Abstinence-Only Texas High School Hit By Chlamydia Outbreak; 1 In 15 Students Affected.

Why Are the Star Wars Prequels Hated So Much? Besides the fact that they mostly sucked, you mean?

U.S. top court rejects challenge to New Jersey ‘gay conversion therapy’ ban.


MIKA – Talk About You:

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Hot Chocolate – You sexy thing 1975:

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Beauty And The Beat Boots by Todrick Hall:

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Brandon Flowers – I Can Change (Audio):

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Magic Mike XXL – Official Trailer [HD]:

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“Vacation” Red Band Trailer – I’m not really interested in a sequel/reboot (the head of the family is supposed to be a grown up Rusty Griswald) but then I heard about the R-rated final bit in the trailer with Chris Hemsworth and decided I could at least watch the trailer:

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Bright Light Bright Light & Ana Matronic – Good Luck (Remix) – Official Video:

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The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 5/6/15 Dodgers fans cheer for gay couple on Kiss Cam:

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