Friday Links (pig-nosed turtle edition)

CR83EcwVEAApv1QIt’s already the fourth Friday October!? It’s the month of pumpkins and falling leaves and spooks and costumes! It is also Gay History Month

Once again, I’m really, really, really glad that the weekend is upon us! Between throwing my back out last weekend and crazy deadlines converging at work, I’m wrung out!

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

Let’s listen to each other on the topic of guns. We have to stop being irrational at each other and actually work on the parts of the situation that are indisputably a problem, and also happen not to be impossible to solve.

This week in Difficult to Classify

Could a simple mistake be how the NSA was able to crack so much encryption?

This week in Heart-wrenching

Teen testifies about getting whipped in church, brother’s death. THE LATEST: LAWYER SAYS CHURCH BEATING SUSPECT A ‘SWEET’ MOM

5th north St. Louis church burns in 9 days.

7 Fires Set At Mostly Black Churches In St. Louis Area Ruled Arson.

‘It is arson:’ 6 churches set on fire near Ferguson in 10 days.

This week in Evil Greedy People

Price-Gouging Pharma CEO Fuming As Rival Creates $1 Alternative AIDS Drug.


Different Brain Regions are Infected with Fungi in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Hints of Life on What Was Thought to Be Desolate Early Earth.

New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils.

A Genetic Study Writes a New Origin Story for Dogs.

Thomas Jefferson’s hidden chemistry lab was just discovered.

Pluto Is Sublime. It’s Also the Pits.

The 2 Types of Knowledge You Should Know About.

Hubble’s sharpest photos of Jupiter ever taken reveal a rare feature that hasn’t been seen for over 36 years.

Arvinachelys goldeni: Fossil Shows Pig-Snouted Turtles Lived among Dinosaurs.

Oldest known jawbone from human genus found in Ethiopia.

Scuba divers in Bahamas find trove of extinct animal fossils and clues to a scientific mystery.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Ursula K. Le Guin on Where Ideas Come From, the “Secret” of Great Writing, and the Trap of Marketing Your Work.

Fantasy Book Critic Welcomes Howard Andrew Jones – Wishing That Leigh Brackett had Written More.

Hollywood Gives Its Black Geek a Promotion.

This Week in History

Germany tells Netanyahu: “No, we are actually responsible for the Holocaust”.

The Deadly Legacy of HIV Truthers.

Culture war news:

Conservative radio host freaks out: ‘Transgender crowd’ will use magnets to suck God from your brain.


11 Outrageous Lies by the Fox News ‘Terror Analyst’ Who Was Actually a Con Man.

Georgia Confederate Flag Supporters Charged With Terrorism.

What should we make of a billionaire homophobe donating money in furtherance of the denigration of an entire class of American citizens?

A perverted campaign against LGBT rights in Houston.

The Unsuitables.

2 Lesbian Students Have Been Told They Can’t Wear This Shirt To School. School Official Said A Shirt Was ‘An Open Invitation To Sex’

Planned Parenthood Clinics are Burning, and No One Seems to Care.

Please feed the Star Wars trolls: White supremacists need to be noticed to keep their ideas on the fringe.

Venice lawmaker files controversial “religious freedom” bill opposed by gay rights groups.

This Week in the Clown Car

A black perspective on Ben Carson, the Teapublican’s ‘anti-Obama’.

Is Trump right about 9/11?

Jeb Bush didn’t want to be defined by his brother. Now he wants to get him back in the race.

Rubio’s Immigration Magic Trick: For Immigration Reform and Also Against It.

Trump: Iowa Voters Have Chemical-Addled Brains.

This week in Other Politics:

Canada’s Justin Trudeau leads a Liberal landslide in stunning election victory.

The False Rise and Fall of Rand Paul.

Biden’s True Legacy: He Was Obama’s Conscience on LGBTQ Rights.

Sad, sexless, lonely: This is the real Paul Ryan/Ayn Rand vision for your life.

Hillary Laughs In The Face Of Teabagger Rep.

After marathon day of Clinton testimony, Benghazi committee continues streak of partisan failure.

This Week in Sexism

She’s the heroine of the Star Wars universe, so why was she erased from this children’s shirt?

This mathematical formula shows that all-male panels are sexist.

News for queers and our allies:

My Transgender Daughter: A Father’s Emotional Journey from Shame to Acceptance.

MOVIES Talking with ‘Big Eden’ director Thomas Bezucha.

‘I am gay’: World-champion skier and Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy comes out.

6 Transgender Women’s Memoirs You Need To Read Now.

A Big Step Toward Ending “Cure Gay People” Therapy.

Matt Zarley Romances Film Festivals with Acclaimed Musical Short Film & Recording Project – “hopefulROMANTIC”.

How a Facebook Post Became the Best Mistake I Ever Made.


Bruce Hyde (1941-2015). Hyde was absolutely sensational during the first season of Star Trek, in two major guest starring turns as Lieutenant Kevin Riley in “The Naked Time” and “The Conscience of the King.”

Things I wrote:

Applause from the wrong side.

You don’t have to add diversity—just stop erasing it!

Learning how to write what you want to write.

Monsters Are People, Too – more of why I love sf/f.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show Reunion (Today Show) [Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandan, Tim Curry, Meatloaf and Patricia Quinn were interviewed earlier this month]:

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Troye Sivan – TALK ME DOWN (Blue Neighbourhood Part 3/3):

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In case you missed it: The Future Is Now! – 10/21/15 – A Special Message From Doc Brown:

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