Friday Links (fire, floods, and giant squids)

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s the first Friday of a new year. Oy! Wait! I didn’t finish everything I meant to do in 2015! Eek!

We had a pretty good Christmas. Okay, I think my husband called it “great” when we were driving back home late the night of the 26th after going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with some friends up north.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week.

Link of the Week

9 times Mister Rogers said exactly the right thing.

It’s the end of the year as we know it…

Fuck Your “Life Hacks” – If you want to change, then change.

After a historic year for LGBT rights in US, 2016 may see backlash and complacency.

This week in Health

How I overcame my fears and saved my life from cancer.

Why Preventing Cancer Is Not the Priority in Drug Development.

How researchers dupe the public with a sneaky practice called “outcome switching”.

This Week in Diversity

What to do when you’re not the hero any more: From Star Wars to Mad Max, a new, more diverse kind of storytelling went mainstream this year – and the backlash shows how much it matters.

A more inclusive military won’t matter if young people won’t include themselves.

How I Unlearned the Bigotry My Father Taught Me.

What the Mainstream Can Learn From 2015’s Queer Indie Cinema.


Diversity report card: The film industry took 1 step forward, 2 steps back.

This week in Difficult to Classify

Dubai: Fire Engulfs 68-story Luxury Hotel Skyscraper.

Midwest flooding kills at least 20, shuts major interstate.

Texas Christian claims she diverted tornado to another neighborhood: ‘God had given us authority over the winds.’ So, god will kill your neighbors if you ask him to? What?

The Radical History of 1960s Adult Coloring Books.

News for queers and our allies:

Marriage Equality Almost Didn’t Happen: The Strange Tale Of How It All Started. “Here is the story of a camel hair coat, a horse meat bait-and-switch, two just-out-of-college conservative activists from liberal Brandeis University, a millionaire anti-gay publisher, a longtime lesbian activist who did not believe in playing by the rules, and a state senator who bluffed about her vote count and stood terrified on the state house floor waiting to see whether her colleagues would render her own family unequal.”

Listen: 90 year old gay man talks of his long struggle with his sexuality.

Why This Gay Man With Cerebral Palsy Is Taking Off His Clothes.

Catholic Newspaper Names Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiffs ‘Persons Of The Year’.

Kelly Clarkson didn’t know a gay couple would get engaged in her video.



Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and asteroids?

Weird New Shark Glows in the Dark.

It looks like a worldwide coffee shortage is inevitable.

The Endangered Animal Comeback Stories of 2015.

Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects.

What’s So Special About the Human Brain?

The Siege of Miami: As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels.

Science has answered the question: Why do dogs love to sing?

Year in review: Fluke extinction surprises lab.

Why Some of the Worst Attacks on Social Science Have Come From Liberals.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

William Gibson: how I wrote Neuromancer.

Dune at 50: Good Night, Don’t Let the Sandworms Bite.

The Call of the Sad Whelkfins: The Continued Relevance of How To Suppress Women’s Writing.

10 Rey Star Wars toys and shirts you need in your life.

Did Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduce a gay romance without us realising? If my tumblr or twitter feeds are any indication, millions of us noticed…



Scalzi: I Ruin Everything But Mostly Science Fiction.

Culture war news:

Here Are 15 Of The Dumbest Things Said About The Queer Community In 2015. I had forgotten a bunch of these…

Yearly reminder Salvation Army turns away the LGBT, some of the most at-risk homeless. Jennifer Gale froze to death on sidewalk outside Salvation Army shelter, turned away because she was trans.

Sweet Cakes Bakers Still Actively Fundraising, Cash Pouring In: A same-sex couple, not the Kleins, were the victims in the Sweet Cakes By Melissa case. The couple has not received a penny, the Kleins are still raking in the dough.

Although the next day: Homophobic Bakery Finally Repays Lesbian Couple.

Federer’s Absurd Attempt to Use Science to Prove Christianity.

Creationism Whistleblower: ‘Academic Freedom’ Is Sneak Attack on Evolution.

This Week in the Clown Car

Ben Carson’s Campaign Is Crumbling, and Completely Victorious. “Ben Carson loses two top aides as his campaign flounders,” reports the LA Times, still operating under the assumption that Ben’s running a campaign for president rather than a get-richer-quick scheme.

This week in Other Politics:

The warning bell tolls for thee DNC.

In the end, 2015 saw no ‘war on cops’ and no ‘national crime wave’.

Meanwhile, The Number of Civilians Killed by Police on the Rise.

Special Report: Pentagon thwarts Obama’s effort to close Guantanamo.

This Week in Racism

Cleveland Officer Will Not Face Charges in Tamir Rice Shooting Death.

White police are killing black kids: The cops get off, because the system protects the lives it values.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Since September, There Have Been 14 Assaults in Dallas’ Gay Neighborhood.

This Week in Stupidity

Here Are 15 Of The Dumbest Things Said About The Queer Community In 2015. I had forgotten a bunch of these…


Robert Spitzer dies at 83; psychiatrist had homosexuality delisted as a disorder.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 12/26/2015: Boxing Day links.

Hokey Religions and Ancient Weapons – more of why I love sf/f.


Panic! At The Disco: Death Of A Bachelor [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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A New Year’s Wish:

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Giant squid guided back to sea by diver after swimming into Japanese harbour:

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