Friday Links (British dessert edition)

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. Wait… is it really the first Friday in December? The year is nearly over? Oh, wow!

Anyway, Decorating Season is in full swing, and we’re counting down days until Christmas and I spent a gazillion hours working on two novels last month, and no time working on my annual Christmas Ghost Story, so I’m just in another world of panic, here. But, meanwhile here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week.

Link of the Week


This Week in Food

British desserts, explained for Americans confused by the Great British Baking Show.

This Week in Diversity

The False Promise of Meritocracy.

Clementine Ford: Why I reported hotel supervisor Michael Nolan’s abusive comment to his employer.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

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Most Americans want gun owners, but not Muslims, to submit to a government registry.

KING: How would the U.S. react if the Planned Parenthood shooter was not a white male?

Sorry, Fox News, Pretty Sure Domestic Terrorism Was Already Political.

This week in Difficult to Classify

Indianapolis woman’s car exploded twice in three months in suspected bombing attacks .

Retailers That Forced Employees To Work Thanksgiving Experienced Disappointing Sales.

Man held at Guantánamo for 13 years a case of mistaken identity, say officials.

This week in Heart-wrenching

Japan to kill 333 whales “for science” despite UN court ruling.

News for queers and our allies:

U.S. Marine found guilty of killing transgender woman in Philippines.

Mom of Transgender Child Says She Was ‘Obsessed with Death’ Before Her Transition.

What It’s Like To Be a Gay Little Person.

These two gay divers have dated and supported each other since the U.S. Championships.

The Dishonest Dodge From Dominionists.

Imperial Court marks 50 years of outreach, activism.

These Federally Funded Religious Schools Received Title IX Waivers to Discriminate Against LGBT Students.


Cosmic Cryptology.

60 Years Ago Today: The Day a Meteorite Hit Ann Hodges.

Science Guy Bill Nye’s radically simple blueprint for ending climate change.

The last stand of the climate change deniers.

Two-Thirds Of Americans Want Binding Deal At Climate Change Conference In Paris.

Scientist have discovered new clues about the earliest known Americans.


Apollo 16 Booster Crash Site Reportedly Located on Moon.

The little-known world of endangered plant poaching.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!


characters for an epic tale UPDATED now with bunnies!.

No, J J Abrams – Star Wars was never “a boy’s thing.”

Marvel’s First Lesbian Tells All: Carrie-Anne Moss on Leaving ‘The Matrix’ with ‘Jessica Jones’.

Some Thoughts on Jessica Jones.

Gollancz Signs Stephen Baxter to Write Sequel to H.G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. As one person commented: when you’re a straight white man of a particular class and you write fanfic, it’s called “art.”

Another Word: On Reading, Writing, and the Classics.

Peter Jackson to Turkish court: Smeagol and Gollum are not the same.

This week in Geek

Here’s How Much Data The Internet Generates In Just One Minute.

This week in Writing

Say what you mean….

Five Ray Bradbury Stories That Tell Us Everything We Need to Know About Writing.

The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings.

Culture war news:

Antigay Activists Are Running Out Of Homophobic Places To Holiday Shop.

The right’s destructive anti-choice propaganda war: Why it’s time to fight back & how we can do it.

New York Times Decides Not To Use the Word ‘Gentle’ To Describe the Planned Parenthood Shooter, After All.

“Gentle loner” or “rabble-rouser”? Just don’t call them terrorists.

The Terrorists Among Us: Forget Syria. The most dangerous religious extremists are migrants from North and South Carolina.

Rachel Maddow delivers a somber history of abortion clinic terror attacks in the U.S..

Why providing health care to women is dangerous.

Wisconsin School Cancels Book Reading About Transgender Teen After Lawsuit Threat.

Man arrested near hospital after he threatened to shoot surviving Planned Parenthood attack victim.

The other mass shooting that happened Wednesday in the United States.

This Week in the Clown Car

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Senator Reid Blasts Trumpification Of GOP: Republicans Have Turned To The Politics Of Hatred.

Jeb’s new Iraq war: Continuing the family tradition of bloody Middle East quagmires.

Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path.

New Indictment Renews Charges Against Ex-Ron Paul Aides.

Trump boasted about endorsement from 100 Black pastors for days. In the end, he got only one.

Republican Candidates, Emboldened by Trump, Are Telling Bigger Fibs than Ever.

Rubio’s slippery obfuscation: It’s becoming impossible to know what he really believes: On several different issues, Marco Rubio believes all things, and nothing, at the same time.

This week in Other Politics:

The Republican Donor Class Is Abandoning Its Opposition to Gay Rights. Will the Base?

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/29/2015: You’re kidding me, right?

To absent friends….

Editing is not about understanding the semi-colon and similar arcana.

Grandma’s houses… and other things.


[Official Video] That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix:

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Joy to the World Motown Christmas Cover ft Von Smith & Tambourine Guy:

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!!! – And Anyway It’s Christmas:

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