Friday Links (baby small-clawed otters edition)

Not the baby otters. Check the video below to see them.

Not the baby otters. Check the video below to see the babies.

It’s Friday! The the second Friday in June. Happy Queer Pride Month! It’s been a grueling week, though the difficulties of each day have been very different. I really need this weekend!

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. Sorted into categories with headings so you can skip more easily:

Link of the Week

Alyssa Wong: “No, Short Fiction Isn’t Too Short to Include Diversity.”


The Surprising Reason Why Some People Smile More.

Endangered otters make comeback in Sweden.

Five Weeks to Pluto: The Strange Discovery of Planet X and a World Like No Other (Part 2).

Mystery on Mercury: Strange Pattern of Huge Cliffs Defy Explanation.

Supernova prized by astronomers begins to fade from view.

Monstrous Galaxy Spotted Near The Edge of the Universe.

Saturn’s biggest ring just got BIGGER: New image reveals it is 20 times larger than any other ring in the solar system.

Quantum Phenomenon That Existed in the Early Universe –“Evidence Observed”.

Alaska researchers may use drones to study otters.

Political/culture war news:

Dennis Hastert Apparently Had Sex With Male Students. Does That Make Him Gay?

Pope Creates Tribunal To Judge Bishop Child Sex Abuse Cases.

When the Therapist Is a Quack. Bad headline: any therapist offering gay cures is a quack. Period. Every single medical and psychiatric association has said so.

GOP Calls for ‘All Hell Breaking Loose’ Over Gay Marriage, Because ‘God’.

Hillary shocker: Who needs Elizabeth Warren? Clinton unleashes inner liberal, media freaks out.

Michael Slager, Cop Who Fatally Shot Walter Scott In South Carolina, Indicted For Murder.

5 reasons George W. Bush is still one of the worst presidents ever.

Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ law is already hilariously backfiring.

Liberals Make Big Comeback in 2015, Poll Analysis Finds.

How to Tell the Difference Between an Open-Carry Patriot and a Deranged Killer.

Rand Paul Caught Trying to Use Fake Quote from Founding Father to Justify His Ignorance.

Michigan Senate OKs bills allowing adoption agencies to deny LGBT parents.

Ben Carson: Gay Rights Aren’t Civil Rights Because Gay People Don’t Have Separate Water Fountains.

Libertarianism is for white men: The ugly truth about the right’s favorite movement. Wait, you’re just now figuring this out?

This Week in Racism

On Fox News: A White Sexual Abuser Was “Curious” But A Black Victim Of Police Abuse “Was No Saint.”

What determines if a murder case gets solved? Race.

This Week in Sexism

#Distractinglysexy Twitter campaign mocks Tim Hunt’s sexist comments.

Abortion rights leader’s pregnancy surprises opponents: ‘Is that real?’

Woman Charged With Murder For Taking The Abortion Pill [UPDATED].

News for queers and our allies:

Conservative British MP Comes Out, Announces Wedding to Secret Partner of 29 Years.

Why we still need our gay bars.

How The Nonreligious ‘Nones’ Are Driving LGBT Equality in the U.S.

Straight talk on gay marriage: Even if gay marriage becomes legal, it will not be compulsory.

Evangelical Christian Leaders Are Taking Baby Steps Toward LGBT Acceptance.

Tony Campolo Calls for Full Inclusion of Gay & Lesbian Christians.



Archivists Recover ‘Lost’ 1961 TV Documentary on Homosexuality.

Why the military depends on gay and lesbian troops.

Murders of LGBT and HIV-positive people in the US rise 11% in 2014.

An Updated Graphic Guide to LGBTQ YA Literature for Pride Month.

“Midnighter” Is The Gay Comic Book You’ve Been Waiting For.

New Study Sheds Light on Problems Facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Youth.

Dear Bigoted Couple Who Want To Divorce To Protest Gay Marriage….

The obligatory Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards update:

co-signed, strong letter to follow. Dara comments on the Irene Gallo situation and rounds up several other links that shed more light.

Tom Doherty Statement on [fixed]. What Tor’s publisher should have said.

Puppies in Their Own Words. I disagree with one of Jim’s conclusions… but my disagreement deserves a blot post of its own.

The Revolution of Self-Righteous Dickery will Not Be Moderated.

How Tor failed Social Media 101.


Hermann Zapf, the font designer behind Palatino and Zapf Dingbats, has died at 96.

Christopher Lee dies at the age of 93.

Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In ‘Oliver!’ Dies.

Ornette Coleman, Composer and Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85.

Gilbert Lewis, the Original King of Cartoons on ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,’ Dies at 79.

Godzilla Actor Hiroshi Koizumi Dies at 88.

And other news:

Woman Asks Psychics to Connect With a Dead Sister Who Never Existed… and (Surprise!) They All Do.

Why Don’t Christian Writers Know Why People Really Leave Church?

Happy News!

3 Asian Small-Clawed Otters Born At Denver Zoo.

New mom Asha nurtures her baby otters at Denver Zoo.

Watch: John Waters gave the 2015 commencement address at RISD and CRUSHED IT.

Spy Beats Entourage at Box Office Because Women Don’t Hate Themselves .

2015 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Ferguson Municipal Public Library, MO, Courage in Crisis.

Things I wrote:

Two very different coming out stories, and a reflection on mine.

Putting the genie back in the bottle.

Hugo Ballot Reviews: Novelette.

The Moon Harshed My Mellow: more of why I love sf/f.


冬至 Tooji –The Father Project:

“Tooji is a Norwegian artist. As a one year old boy, he came to Norway together with his mother, who fled from the authoritarian regime in Iran. Tooji became known in Norway when he won the national Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 and represented Norway in the international final of ESC in Azerbaijan with the song “Stay”. In the autumn 2013 Tooji cut all ties to the Norwegian music industry and moved to Stockholm, Sweden. Toojis new song “Father” is Oslo Pride’s official pride anthem for 2015.”

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Three Otter Pups Born at Denver Zoo:

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Fly Over Dwarf Planet Ceres:

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Rachel Maddow – Franklin Graham’s anti-gay banking protest backfires:

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Alan Colmes vs. Todd Starnes: Are Christians persecuted in US?:

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Prides – Messiah (2015):

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Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid (Official Video):

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 20 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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