Friday Links (epic trolling edition)

Where's Luke Skywalker? (Click to embiggen)

Where’s Luke Skywalker? (Click to embiggen)

Thank goodness it’s Friday. Even if I’m not really ready for the year to nearly be over! I’m certainly ready for this week to be over. Or at least for the last remnants of this cold to go away…

Anyway, Decorating Season is in full swing, and we’re counting down days until Christmas. We’re still behind, but making progress. I’m trying not to panic about my Christmas Ghost Story. But, meanwhile here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week.

Link of the Week

The absolutely epic trolling letter Jeb Bush’s leadership PAC sent to Donald Trump’s lawyer. Seriously, this thing is hilarious!

This week in Geek

Dictionary.com chooses word of the year.

This Week in Diversity

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT BIRACIAL BLACKNESS.

15 things I learnt about Islam and British values being a gay boy living opposite a mosque.

News for queers and our allies:

I Can’t Keep My Gay Kid Safe.

RainbowMan: Of Blackmail, Section 377 and Being Sexual Beings.

Carol and What It Was Really Like to Be a Lesbian in the 1950s.

Gay Superhero Joey Joins The Team On “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

No Reason to Exclude Transgender Medical Care.

Family of former Victoria Police officer says homophobia contributed to suicide.

‘No, seeing a transgender person is not a reason to call the police,’ writes the American Civil Liberties Union.

Happy News!

There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds – combined.

Science!

Why Are There Gay Men?

Study: Homophobes May Be Hidden Homosexuals. I know this is nothing new, but it’s yet another study confirming previous results.

The Bugs in Our Mindware – Many obstacles lie on the path to rational thought.

Fly Over Pluto’s Craters, Mountains, and Plains … at 80 Meters Resolution!

Concussion expert says children shouldn’t play football until they turn 18.

Am I Just Not Attractive Enough To Date?

Science Says It’s More Than How You Look that Makes You Attractive.

‘tis the Seasoning: Bright Spots on Ceres Are Very Probably Salt.

“Resurrection plants” could offer hope as climate change decimates crops.

Fit to burst: Black holes can’t gobble up more than 50bn suns, scientist says.

Magician to Scientists: Don’t Assume Infallibility.

Novel Chemical ‘Washes Away’ Alzheimer’s Plaque in Mice.

Surprise: School That Is Tolerant of Anti-Vaxxers Suffers Massive Chickenpox Outbreak.

Shocking Maps Show How Bad U.S. Sex Ed Is.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

The case for Hayley Atwell to star in ‘Doctor Who’.

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015.

How Isaac Asimov Went from Star Trek Critic to Star Trek Fan & Advisor.

Newly discovered WEB Du Bois science fiction story reveals more Afrofuturist history.

‘X-Men’ Star Shawn Ashmore Wants To Play Iceman As Gay. The character finally came out in the comics…

This week in Writing

FOREIGNERS, ACCENTS AND BROKEN ENGLISH.

Culture war news:

What Happened to Bullying?

These Pranksters Read Bible Passages to People, Telling Them It Was the Qur’an; They Were Shocked.

Human rights victory bittersweet, say parents of Toronto transgender boy.

Charlotte attorneys challenge law that allows magistrates to avoid performing same-sex marriages.

District 211 keeps deal on transgender student after heated debate.

Dear Media: Stop Using the Term ‘Radicalized’ Unless You Apply It to White Christian Extremists, Too.

Colorado Clerk’s Anti-Gay Marriage Sign Condemns Those Who “Choose to Violate God’s Written Word.”

Australia: God’s warriors are locked in a barbaric, futile battle against marriage equality.

This Week in the Clown Car

"I miss the days of Sarah Palin being the scariest Republican candidate in history."

“I miss the days of Sarah Palin being the scariest Republican candidate in history.” (Click to embiggen)

Rubio: No-Fly List ‘Shouldn’t Be Used As Tool To Impede 700K’ From Getting Guns. He’s right, but for the wrong reasons.

After Making Enemies, Ted Cruz Tries to Make Friends.

Trump calls for ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’.

The Latest Embarrassing GOP Attacks on Climate Change Science.

Trump Supporter Busted For Lying On CNN About Her Own (R) Political Career.

GOP preparing for contested convention.

White supremacist groups see Trump bump: ‘He has sparked an insurgency,’ Stormfront founder says.

Members Of Donald Trump’s Christian Denomination Are Trying To See If They Can Kick Him Out.

This week in Other Politics:

Obama Offers Honest Words About Hard Truths: The president doesn’t have any magic solutions for defeating ISIS. And neither does anyone else.

This Week in Racism

Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rants Undermine the Foundational Principles of American Democracy, And I’m Taking it Personally.

When a Mass Killer Is a White Christian, He’s a Lone Lunatic, but When He’s Muslim, He Represents All Muslims: The Logic of Prejudice and How It Works.

Scalia: Affirmative Action Sends Blacks To Schools Too Advanced For Them.

Farewells:

Transgender Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn Dies at 69.

Holly Woodlawn was a transgender inspiration. We mustn’t forget her achievements.

Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith dies aged 81.

Things I wrote:

Making a list and checking it….

On our third anniversary….

Presents under the tree.

Videos!

Undies & Onesies: Holiday Spectacular (w/ CoCo Peru):

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Stephen Reveals How To Defeat ISIS:

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Macy Gray – All I Want For Christmas (Lyric Video):

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Phoenix – Alone on Christmas Day:

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Long Lost track: The Beach Boys – Alone On Christmas Day / 1977 Outtake (Correct Speed) Mike Love:

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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. I publish 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 in Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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