Friday Links (dolt .45 edition)

doltThank goodness it’s Friday. I’m sick. Again. And really tired of it. I’m hoping when I see the doctor today to get some idea for why I keep coming back down with similar stuff again and again. I was sick enough that I just slept all day Wednesday, rather than attempt to get some work done from home.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week. When I was awake and feeling up to reading. Which wasn’t as much as usual, so you’ll understand why the list is a bit shorter than usual this week.

Link of the Week

The Latter Days of a Better Nation.

This week in Geek

Where the hell did anyone ever get the idea that all socially shunned geeks are male?

The Geek’s Guide to Disability.

And other news:

The horrific crime that shows just how broken our nation’s mental-health system is.


This week in Privacy

Apple’s Tim Cook Forcefully Resists Federal Order to Hack Phone in Terror Case.

This week in History

The First Gay President: 18 Sexual Secrets Of U.S. Presidents. I’m always surprised when people don’t know about Buchanan…

This Week in Diversity

The Guardian: I set up a spoof website to joke about the frustrating way we deal with diversity. The response – applicants seriously trying to hire a minority to keep up corporate appearances – proves that we need more than a punchline.


Rainbow Rowell: Some thoughts on bi Simon Snow.

This week in that stupid militia

Oregon Occupier Countersues For $666 Billion, Citing ‘Works Of The Devil’.

This week in Evil People

Embattled copyright lawyer uses DMCA to remove article about himself.

News for queers and our allies:

Independent Investigation Debunks The Anti-LGBT “Bathroom Predator” Myth.

Time to fight back.

Father Accidentally Discovers Son Is Gay, Handles It Like A Real Man.

Antigay Group Blunders Protest, Raises Thousands For Queer Teen Gala Instead.


Astronaut ‘Graffiti’ Seen For The First Time In Decades.

Evidence mounts for interbreeding bonanza in ancient human species.

The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people.

Elon Musk And Stephen Hawking Are Wrong About Artificial Intelligence.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Science Fiction smackdown: L. Ron Hubbard, the pith helmet-wearing ‘pipsqueak Prometheus’.

Iain Banks: A legacy to treasure.

Every Galaxy Needs More Than Three People of Color.

This week in Writing

Personal Essay: “You Don’t Have to Write Autobiography” by Ken Liu.


Culture war news:

Christian Activists To Debate Executing Homosexuals.

SOUTH CAROLINA: 31% Of Trump Supporters Would Support Banning Homosexuals From Entering The USA. And 56% think Islam should be illegal, 32% think the internment of Japanese citizens during WWII was a great idea… et cetera

MANNY PACQUIAO FIRED BY NIKE ‘Gay Comments Are Abhorrent’.

Manning: I’ll Barricade Myself in Church to Stop Gay Takeover.

Defaced LGBT Sign Prompts Rally For Acceptance.

This Week in the Clown Car

I studied nearly every word the Texas senator uttered during the immigration showdown. He may be the most spectacular liar ever to run for president.

Fox News Pokes Holes In Marco Rubio’s Claim Obama Shouldn’t Get To Replace Scalia.

A flailing Jeb Bush brought out the big gun Tuesday to fire up his sinking presidential campaign — and it wasn’t his brother.

John Kasich: Obergefell Is Settled Law And That’s That.

The rise of the Trump Party: Why the Donald’s shocking debate performance could signal the death of the old order.

This week in Other Politics:

How Scalia’s Death Will Change the Supreme Court, America, and the Planet.

Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment.

Shed no tears for Antonin Scalia: Let us not praise the man who gave us Citizens United and Bush v Gore.

My Unicorn Problem.

Knockout: Why Obama Wants a Supreme Court Fight and How Republicans Blew It Before It Starts.

This Week in Police Problems

SPD Officer Unwittingly Leaves Dashcam on All Day. We Watched the Whole Thing.


On The Death Of A Brilliant Public Servant. “Most people are wonderfully kind to those they love personally and can see and hug, people who affect their day-to-day lives and self-interest. They care because these people are flesh and blood and real. And they have to deal with them regularly. It’s really in their best interest to be sweethearts. Show me a man who gives a flying heck about people he’ll never meet — the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed, the lonely — and I’ll feel bad he passed away in his sleep, peacefully, on some fancy hunting trip on a luxury resort.”

Antonin Scalia Was the Greatest Enemy to My Equal Rights.

In 1994 Hunter S. Thompson wrote this utterly brutal and true eulogy for Richard Nixon: He Was a Crook.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/12/2016 – Angry white men.

The day about hearts and stuff.

The official name of the holiday is Washington’s Birthday Observance.

Chariots of the Who? – part one.

Chariots of the Who? – part two.

Contagion from space – more of why I love sf/f.


It’s cool, it’s refreshing, it’s Absolutely Fabulous!:

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Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 2 – Official Trailer – Part 1 – :

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Sandra Day O’Connor Says Obama Should Name SCOTUS Justice – ‘ Let’s Get On With It ’:

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Why I couldn’t let football keep me in the closet | Shane Wickes | TEDxUniversityofNevada:

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The Prettiots-Boys (I Dated In Highschool):

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Lenny Gerard “Feel Me Now”:

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Cyndi Lauper – Heartaches By The Number (LIVE):

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D^YDRE^MERS – Uncool:

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