Friday Links (ending a national nightmare edition)

57675698 (1)It’s Friday! The last Friday in July, and what a strange summer it has been thus far! But good news, a long running copyright dispute may finally be resolved!

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

Are You Brave Enough to be Vulnerable? Thanks to Sharpclaw for sharing the link!

This week in Heart-wrenching

What Walter Palmer Did Wasn’t Hunting. ” Killing a single lion in 2015 is mathematically equivalent to murdering 400,000 of the planet’s roughly eight billion people.”

Happy News!

Our long national nightmare may soon be over: The copyright on the “Happy Birthday” song may finally be coming to an end.


The Origin of Cultivation and Proto-Weeds, Long Before Neolithic Farming.

this Intel announcement is inadequately appreciated.

Mystery Solved? Why Pluto’s Big Moon Charon Has a Red Pole.

Why Red Means Red in Almost Every Language.

Mystery ‘cat scratches’ spotted on Saturn’s moon Tethys.

Giant Planet-Like Brown Dwarfs –“Harbor Powerful, Pulsing Auroras.”

Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth.

The scientific breakthrough that could radically transform the way we treat neurological disorders.

Pulsar punches hole in stellar disk.

Beyond Pluto: 5 things left to explore in our solar syste,.

Astronomers Capture the Birth of the Universe’s First ‘Normal’ Galaxies.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

How ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Changed Sci-Fi Forever. Thanks to Joi the Artist for the link!

These Videos Show All the Changes Ever Made to the Star Wars Trilogy.

Ant-Man leaves many unanswered questions, large and small.

Culture war news:

America Has Become a Second Amendment Death Cult.

Breaking: Mike Pence’s Investigation Into Planned Parenthood Finds Zero Violations.

If I Must Accept the Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality.

“I Love the Sinner” Is Often What Abusers Say.

6 stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade by ultra-Orthodox Jewish assailant.

“The Daily Show” takes down laughably ignorant anti-gay pastor who thinks he’s “discriminated” by anti-discrimination law.

Racism, Bigotry Forces Gay CIA Contractor, Former Navy SEAL Out of a Job.

This Week in the Clown Car

GOP primary voters torn between people who think Obama is Hitler and actual fans of Hitler.

Jon Stewart Mocks Huckabee Without Saying A Word.

“You can’t rape your spouse”: Trump counsel’s “inarticulate comment” is a hallmark of rape cultur.

Donald Trump Holding First Place In Latest Polls Is A Reflection Of GOP Voters’ Ugly Beliefs.

(There were many, many more outrageous headlines regarding the clowns scrambling to out-bigot each over for the Republican nomination; but sometimes enough is enough.)

This week in Other Politics:

Veteran Republicans Say Right-Wing Media Is “A Big Problem For The Party” In New Harvard Report.

Sen. Jeff Merkley: It Doesn’t ‘Feel Right’ To Separate LGBT Equality Act From 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Paul Krugman: The GOP has never “abandoned its dream” of destroying the social safety net.

This Week in Racism

Trevor Noah tackles police brutality and racism at stand-up set in L.A.: “I don’t know how not to die.”

A Dream Undone: Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act.

Ta-Nehisi Coates woke me up: Lessons on race, atheism and my white privilege.

This Week in Sexism


News for queers and our allies:

Brilliant letter from a student shows why this gay teacher comes out every year.

Not Gay Men Who Have Not Gay Sex with Other Not Gay Men.

John Fugelsang: Why the New Testament doesn’t condemn gay people.

The Six Biggest Questions About Gay Rights and Religious Freedom.

Lawsuit Claims That People Who Want LGBT Americans Treated Equally Are The Real Bigots.

100 Queer Characters of Color Who Show Why Hollywood Should — and Must — Diversify.

Homosexuality: Can a single YouTube sermon change conservative minds? Unfortunately, the church has since issued a statement that the pastor’s comments should not be taken as an endorsement of gay rights: After Preacher’s Pro-LGBT Sermon Goes Viral, Church Does Damage Control So No One Thinks They Support Gay Rights.


Jeff Rice, writer who accidentally created Kolchak/Nightstalker series, has died (1944-2015).

And other news:

Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation.

Things I wrote:

Finland! Finland! Finland!.

Dreaming of better tales.

What is art? I know what I like….

Aging Enchanters and Sinister Plots – more of why I love sf/f.


Tiny penguin chicks mark 50th hatching at Woodland Park Zoo!:

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Are Gay Leaders a Threat to Boy Scouts?:

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NSFW! Manila Luzon – “Ice Cream” ft Andre Xcellence [official music video]:

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Will Young – Thank You:

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Demi Lovato – Cool for the Summer (Official Video):

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1st Delhi Queer Flashmob by Harmless Hugs!:

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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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