Friday Links (acts of kindness edition)
It’s Friday! The third Friday in August. I’ve been feeling especially worn out most days this week, so don’t have much particularly clever to say.

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

A girl I used to know.

This week in Difficult to Classify

An Open Letter to People Thinking About Checking to See if Their Husbands or Wives Were On Ashley Madison.

The Bully’s Pulpit: On the elementary structure of domination.

Relentlessly Gay’ yard donations to be returned, Overlea woman says. I’m always fearful of developments like this when funny stories come through the pipeline…

Happy News!

Seattle police deliver baby after pulling over speeding car.

Seattle police department receives thank you from father of the newborn.


Here’s What Actually Gets Terrorists To Tell The Truth — And It’s Not Torture.

The 10 things you’ve always wanted to know about penises but were too afraid to ask.

Glass paint could keep metal roofs and other structures cool even on sunny days.

We have autism all wrong: The radical new approach we need to understand and treat it.

Corn Wars: The farm-by-farm fight between China and the United States to dominate the global food supply.

The Network is Hostile: A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering.

Weird things start to happen when you stare into someone’s eyes for 10 minutes.

Existence of a Solar System Twice the Age of Ours –“Has Far-Reaching Implications.”

Scientists find how obesity gene works, a clue to treatment.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Data, books, and bias: an analysis of awards.


How Snoopy Killed Peanuts.

IN YOUR FACE JAM: Deadpool Ain’t My Idea of Queer Representation.

Why Midnighter Is So Important For Queer Fans.

Culture war news:

These religious clowns should scare you: GOP candidates’ gullible, lunatic faith is a massive character flaw.

The sleeper issue in the ‘gay wedding cake’ controversy. Dear reporter: that isn’t a sleeper issue, it is the ONLY issue. It’s why the bigots keep losing these cases.

The Way It Was: The Beatles ruled. The mini was in. I was seventeen, and pregnant. What happened next is what could happen again.

Civilities: Why can you fly the rainbow flag but I can’t fly the Confederate flag?

John Oliver’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” Church Exposes Faith-Based Fraud.

Christian pastor lashes out at ‘false reverend’ John Oliver for mocking predatory televangelists. Thanks to @sharpclaw for the link!

So, college “p.c. culture” stifles comedy? Ever hear a comedian sh*t on the American Dream at a Wal-Mart shareholders meeting?

Conservative pastor: “Stoning gays is the mindset of God.”

Pastor Who Said Stoning Gays Is God’s ‘Mindset’ Is Shocked People Think He Supports Stoning Gays.

Dr. Steve Hotze wages war on “homofascists.”

Family Values Activist Josh Duggar Had a Paid Ashley Madison Account.

This Week in the Clown Car

Carly Fiorina was a Complete Failure as CEO at HP: She is Lying About her “Success”.

Donald Trump’s First Policy Plan Is Even More Racist Than You Think It Is. (TL;dr: opposition to the 14th Amendment has ALWAYS been racist)

Mike Huckabee’s Support of Sexual Predators Isn’t Just Limited to His Defense of Josh Duggar.

Donald Trump’s appalling reaction to a hate crime committed in his name.

This week in Other Politics:

Progressive Groups Ask Obama To End Bush-Era Religious Protection. The rightwing group’s analysis: doing this might make it harder for groups using discriminatory hiring practice to get taxpayer subsidies: exactly. That’s the point!

This Week in Racism

Misunderstanding Forgiveness.

IA Radio Host Jan Mickelson: Enslave Undocumented Immigrants Unless They Leave – Mickelson, Who Recently Hosted Walker, Fiorina, Carson, And Santorum, Asked, “What’s Wrong With Slavery?” Can’t you just feel the christian love?

Wing-nuts with guns & dreams of a race war: Inside the dangerous obsessions of right-wing extremists.

This Week in Stupidity

Another Oblivious Artist Comes to Detroit, Accidentally Lets Tiger Loose. “Another!”

Accidental shooting takes place at Oklahoma ‘Muslim-free’ store.

This Week in Sexism

Comfortable misogyny.

I’m tired of being kind to creepy men in order to stay safe.

News for queers and our allies:

First Baptist Church in South Carolina hit for allowing same-sex union, gay ministers. This is a big deal, even though it will have little effect on other Baptist churches.

Boys Like Me.

If 43% of young people aren’t straight or gay, why do only 2% identify as bi?

Spotlight: Queer Books, Diverse Books.

Michael Sam Was No Jackie Robinson, But …Gay Athletes Still Owe Him.


Yvonne Craig, R.I.P..

Yvonne Craig, Best Known As ‘Batgirl,’ Dies At 78.

Things I wrote:

Weekend update (8/15/2015): of greedy bigots and a rescued whale.

Leopard spots and sheep’s clothing, part 3.

Uphill battle or slippery slope? Depends on which side you’re on….

Computerized Clods and Squeamish Scoundrels: more of why I love sf/f.


Silent film footage taken in 1909 by the Thomas Edison Co. at “Stormfield” Mark Twain’s Redding, CT, one year before Twain’s death:

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TFG Film & Tape has performed a digital restoration to the 1909 Edison film of Mark Twain. The image has been flipped left to right to correct the camera-to-subject orientation. It has had it’s speed corrected from the camera frame rate of the day. The detail has been enhanced dramatically bringing out visuals never before seen. The fluctuations in the exposure have been reduced markedly making the image much more pleasing to watch:

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New Order – Restless (Official Video) interesting use of Arthurian imagery:

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Breath and Sound – Tom Goss feat. Matt Alber:

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El SMS (a sweet little short film):

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