Friday Links (comedy gold edition)

not-to-mention-jon-stewart-is-funny-clever-and-actually-criticises-capitalism_o_2808637It’s Friday! The first Friday in August. It is also, alas, the first Friday without Jon Stewart hosting the Daily Show. I don’t know how we’re going to get through the insanity of the 2016 Presidential Campaign without him to help us laugh at the worst of it…

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

Lenny Kravitz accidentally “frees the bacon” — and has the perfect response to #penisgate. “The confirmation that a 51 year-old man and father has what looks like a functioning penis was promptly declared “shocking” and “epic.” ”

This week in Difficult to Classify

Nazi-Inmate Romance Novel Inspires Outcry, Soul-Searching in Romance World.

Florida Sheriff’s Office Wrongly Blames Gruesome Murders on “Wiccan Ritual Killing.”

Happy News!

British Library releases over a million public domain images.


Star Trek’s Uhura to fly NASA mission aged 82 – three months after having a stroke.

Mapping the United Swears of America.

Neutron Star Jets Near Speed of Light –“Rival Those of Black Holes.”

Early Earth –“Evidence Discovered of First Reproduction in Complex Organisms.”

First 3D-printed pill approved by US authorities.

Four-legged snake fossil sparks legal investigation.

Giant Mystery Ring of Galaxies Should Not Exist.


Satellite 1 million miles away captures moon passing over Earth.

The Ghost of a Dying Star.

Earth’s Voyage Through the Interstellar Cloud –“20,000 Years Left to Go.”

Stealing Sedna.

MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

2015 Hugo Award Voting Closed; Ceremony Plans in Place.

David Steffen: Why do I Value the Hugos?.

We LOVE Worldcon….but here’s what happened….

2015 Hugo Voting Participation Smashes Records.

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy: Hear the 1973 Radio Dramatization.

This Week in Historical Studies

The Internet has been buzzing about how discrimination against the Irish was a myth. All it took was a high schooler to prove them wrong. Thanks to Mintrainbow1 for the link!

New Documents Found Pointing To Japan’s WWII Atomic Bomb Program.

Culture war news:

Scott Lively: ‘Religious Freedom’ Only Applies To Christians, And That’s Why God’s Punishing Us With Gay Rights.

“Adios motherf*ckers!”: Jon Stewart calls out Fox News hypocrisy one last time — and it’s absolutely glorious.

Kochs Rebrand Themselves As Champions Of Poor, Fight To Slash Wages And Eliminate Their Health Care.

Maine Supreme Court Again Rules Against NOM: Yes, You Really Do Have To Reveal Your Donors.

5 despicable ways the right is trying to undermine the way we teach U.S. history.

Alabama Lawmakers Advance Bill to End Marriage Licenses Statewide.

Crazed Cop Stalks Man then Pulls a Gun on Him for Filming from his Own Front Yard.

Man Banned From Food Bank Over His Views Of Marriage Equality.

Texas Could ‘End Up Paying Through The Nose’ For Resisting SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling.

President Obama Says Racism And Homophobia Come From The Same Mindset.

The Mistreatment Of A Dying Gay Man In Texas Goes ‘A Step Beyond Even Westboro Baptist Church.’

This Week in the Clown Car

Donald Trump Thinks You Should Be Able To Bring Guns Anywhere, Except His Own Hotels.

30% of The Participants In Fox News’ Sham Debate Are Former Fox Employees.

What Rubio doesn’t know can hurt him.

The GOP’s mind-blowing gun-control hypocrisy: Americans have the right to bear arms — except at our debates!.


(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:

After 6 Years Of Taking Their Crap, Obama Calls Out Republicans For What They Really Are.

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Violates Fourth Amendment.

It’s Our Duty To Support The Troops And The Second Amendment In Case We Ever Need To Kill Them All.

Feds Bust Wingnuts Who Plotted To Lure Jade Helm Troops Into Ambush.

This Week in Diversity

Hollywood Diversity: USC Study Reveals More of the Same.

IN YOUR FACE JAM: Why Bisexual Hercules Matters To Me.

This Week in Racism

Episcopal priest on road trip with interracial family shares harrowing story of police harassment.

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence.

Federal Court Says Texas Voter ID Violates Voting Rights Act.

This Week in Sexism

The real reason some men still can’t handle the all-female ‘Ghostbusters’.

Women in Congress Should Never Have to Filibuster Again Over Reproductive Health.

CNN Confronts Man Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Over His Link To Anti-abortion Violence.

News for queers and our allies:

Homophobe Punches Married West Point Gay Grads, Ends Up In A World Of Pain.

Prop 8 Fighter American Foundation for Equal Rights Closing Down: ‘Together, We Made History’.

David Drake Reads Sean Strub’s Account of ACT UP Disrupting Mass In St. Patrick’s Cathedral From ‘Body Counts’ – LISTEN.

San Francisco Public High School Becomes First-Ever To Offer LGBT History Class. They picked the absolutely stupidest photograph imaginable to illustrate this story. I’m embarrassed on their behalf.

Bishop T.D. Jakes On The Black Church’s Shifting Stance On The LGBT Community.

True Detective’s Big Gay Problem.

6 Reasons You Need to Use the Word “Queer.”

Being “Feminine” Can Be a Double-Edged Sword for Bisexual Men.

How One Straight, Latina Cake Baker Is Taking A Stand For Gay Rights In Dallas: VIDEO.

Court decision ends discrimination against same-sex couples in foster system.

“The Sexual Duality In All Of Us,” And Five Other Mandatory Gay Viewing Moments From Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.

Republicans quietly drop anti-gay proposals.

The obligatory Sad Puppies update:

The Puppies are taking science fiction’s Hugo awards back in time. “The Hugos are decades behind in that regard, and the Puppies want to drag it back further.”

E Pluribus Hugo vs Slates.

10 Misguided Social And Political Movements Of Our Time. Guess where the Puppies came in on the list?


Lynn Anderson, singer of Rose Garden, dies aged 67.

Things I wrote:

There’s goals in them there hills!

Invisible? Refusing to see what’s already there….

Invisible no more: rooting out exclusion as a storyteller.

Dark Prophecies and Evil Half-brothers – more of why I love sf/f.


MIKA – Staring At The Sun:

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Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron – Evil Like Me (From “Descendants”):

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Stonewall Trailer | In Theaters September 25:

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The Real Queens and Kings of Stonewall:

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WELL-STRUNG – Blank Space (feat. Johann Sebastian Bach):

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