Friday Links (asthmatic otter edition)

Mishka the sea otter diagnosed with asthma © King 5 News

Mishka the sea otter diagnosed with asthma © King 5 News (click to embiggen)

It’s already the third Friday in September, that most blessèd month! Soon it will be the autumnal equinox, as the horrors of the burning season begin to fade away.

And thank goodnees it’s FRIDAY!

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. This is not all of the links I meant to share, because there was a problem with the system I use to save them and I lost a couple days worth. But I probably collect too many most weeks, anyway, so enjoy:

Link of the Week

Women Trying To Say “No” Politely In Western Art History.

This week in Stupid Over Reactions

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Muslim teen Ahmed Mohamed creates clock, shows teachers, gets arrested.

Ahmed Mohamed swept up, ‘hoax bomb’ charges swept away as social media takes up teen’s cause.

Ahmed Mohamed Is Not the Only Student of Color to Get Handcuffed for a Science Project.


Sea otter learns to use inhaler at Seattle Aquarium.

Right-wingers are worse at swearing than left-wingers.

New Study Finds Link Between Homophobia And Psychoticism.

“Picture yourself as a stereotypical male.” Study shows spatial intelligence not as clear-cut as thought.

One Winning Move: 4000 Physicists Held a Convention in Vegas, Were Asked Never to Come Back.

Baltimore Sun publishes hack job letter on HPV vaccine. I dismantle it claim by claim.

Jupiter’s Moon Io is Even More Hellish Than We Thought.

Is there a Planet X, a ‘massive perturber,’ hidden beyond Pluto?

It will take a year for New Horizons to send all of its Pluto data back to Earth.

New Horizons space probe heading to Kuiper Belt object in post-Pluto mission.

Million-year-old monkey fossil found underwater in cave.

‘Lightning claw’ dinosaur found in Australia: 23-ft long predator is the largest carnivore ever to be found in the region.

The world’s longest volcano chain discovered in Australia.

New Clues about the Evolution of Dogs.

Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin On Our Next Evolutionary Challenge: Moving Past Survival of the Fittest.

Are Some People Hard-Wired To Be Homophobic?

Earth’s record streak of record heat keeps on sizzling.


Nasa releases new photos of Pluto that ‘make you feel you are there.’

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!


Sci-Fi & Fantasy at Emmy Awards: Who’s Won, Who’s Been Fracked.

Seek out new worlds of science fiction – there’s so much happening out there.

Culture war news:

5 new ways Pope Francis is sticking it to the Christian right.

The ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ is the Vilest ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill of Our Time.

Gay couple gets marriage license as Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stays out of sight.

Texas’ Law-Breaking Attorney General Is Denying Gay People Equal Rights—Again.

Kim Davis is not the only public official refusing to hand out marriage licenses.

Gays Get Unalienable Rights Too.

What About All the People Jailed in America Just for Being Gay?

Homophobic histories of Nazism ignore Hitler’s war against gay men.

Can Game Theory Help to Prevent Rape?

This Week in the Clown Car

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11 Distortions, Misrepresentations and Outright Lies in the GOP Debate. This article does not list all of the outright lies told by Republican candidates at the debate.

Rick Perry megadonor wants his $5 million back.

What Republicans Ignored During the Second Debate: Gun Violence, Paid Leave, LGBT Discrimination….

(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:

The big secret behind Bernie Sanders’ surge in the polls.

Take that, charter schools: Why a Washington court decision will force accountability to a movement that needs it badly.

The Republican base’s “patriotic” treason: The shocking new poll that exposes the dangerous extremism of the American right.

Poll: Majority of Americans say Kentucky clerk should have to issue licenses.

A Group of Texans Thinks It Can Get The State GOP To Endorse Secession.

Obama on debate: Nothing patriotic ‘about talking down America’ (with VIDEO).

This Week in Diversity

If you like Return Of The Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism.

12 Women They Didn’t Tell You Were Queer In History Class.

How My Rights in This Country Will Change By the End of This Article.

The Problem With Diversity.

Mason Darrow and Princeton football show how far we’ve come.

Matt Damon apologizes over ‘Project Greenlight’ and ‘whitesplaining.’ – except it isn’t an apology…

News for queers and our allies:

Judge David Bunning, The Anti Kim Davis?


A Look At The Promiscuity ‘Culture War’ In The Gay Community (VIDEO).

Righting a Stubborn Wrong: Anchorage Revisits Law Protecting LGBT Community.

Stonewall Featurette Focuses on Gender-Fluid Character “Ray/Ramona.”


Swiss font legend Adrian Frutiger dies.

Things I wrote:

Homemade Rockets and Invisible Moons: more of why I love sf/f.

Weekend Update 9/12/15: It’s about ethics….


Disclosure & Sam Smith cover Hotline Bling in the Live Lounge:

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Arguing About Kim Davis at the GOP Debate:

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Tim Cook On Speaking Up For Equality:

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Atlas Genius – Molecules [Official Music Video]:

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Asthmatic sea otter learns to use inhaler – longer video than the one in the article:

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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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