Friday Links (it’s not what you think edition)

CbWoToWUcAA5Im7Thank goodness it’s Friday. I’ve been on antibiotics for a week and feel much better, but most evenings this week I crashed as soon as I got home from work. Meanwhile at work, the merger/acquisition thing has finally closed and we’re in the official transition which means work is more stressful than usual. Joy.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week. I did a lot more news reading this week even than usual, somehow.

Links of the Week

My Boyfriend Doesn’t Know if He’s Gay: He watches gay porn and told me about the type of guy he’s attracted to, but he claims he doesn’t want to go out and experiment.

Harlem Hate-Pastor Fails to Explain How Starbucks Gets Enough Semen to Put in All the Drinks.

This week in Geek

Twitter’s missing manual.

This week in I can’t believe people are arguing about this

36 year-old DESTROYS 29-year-old millennial who “ripped” 25-year-old Yelp employee who got fired after complaining about her salary.

On San Francisco’s Quantified Self-Delusion.

This week in Privacy

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I got hacked mid-air while writing an Apple-FBI story.

Solid support for Apple in iPhone encryption fight: poll.

Apple court papers: FBI is seeking ‘dangerous power’ that violates its constitutional rights.

While I shed no tears at Scalia’s passing, it is okay to admit he wasn’t always wrong: SCALIA IN 1987: ‘THE CONSTITUTION SOMETIMES INSULATES THE CRIMINALITY OF A FEW IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF US ALL’.

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This week in History

That time the Paris Mosque helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs.

This Week in Diversity

Mashable issues a hell of a correction to the Streep “We’re all Africans” story. Meryl Streep’s “We’re all Africans, really” comment was a direct response to a question about Arab and African films, not a response to questions about the Berlinale Film Festival’s all white jury, as the article and headline originally suggested. A recording of the panel shows that Streep’s original comments were misrepresented in subsequent reports.


I disagree with the first sentence in this story, but… “Omar(s) comin’!”: 18 hyper-masculine gun-toting gay guys.

News for queers and our allies:

View from the left—the LGBT movement’s energy deficit.

Debunking the “bathroom bill” myth: GLAAD releases new resource for journalists.

Violence in Capitol Hill: is this the end of the line for Seattle’s gay neighborhood?

If You Thought the Fight for Same-Sex Marriage Was Over, Check Out These Awful New Bills.

A flamboyant discussion of cinema’s code words for homosexuality.

Transgender Oppression (Cissexism) and Conservative Religion.

As the Trouser Bar fiasco intensifies, you have to ask why people ashamed of Sir John Gielgud’s sexuality are in charge of his legacy?

Report: Criminal Justice System Failing LGBT People.

More Than Just Sex: A Conversation About an Alternative History of Gay Men in the ’70s.

“You could hear the screams” – Government apologises for ill treatment of protesters at Sydney’s first Mardi Gras in 1978.

Dear Gay People: God Does Not Want to Swap You Out.


What Room Teaches Us About the Psychology of Fandom.

Astronomers Solve One Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts and Find Half the Missing Matter in the Universe.


Largest Fireball Since Chelyabinsk Falls Over the Atlantic.

A waterfall in Yosemite has turned into a glowing ‘firefall’.

STUDY: What keeps passion alive in long-term relationships?

There’s a new approach to fighting cancer: keeping cancer cells alive.

Hidden viruses may threaten Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

When will the universe end? Not for at least 2.8 billion years.

Pulsar Web Could Detect Low-Frequency Gravitational Waves.

Fossils provide new evidence of oldest animal life.

A German city just became the first in the world to ban single-use coffee pods.

500 million-year-old fossils show how extinct organisms attacked their prey.

Baby Elephant Can’t Stop Following Her Rescuer After Being Saved From Death.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

All 176 issues of IF, classic 1952-1974 science fiction magazine, are now online for free.

How One Mashup Artist Got Legal Permission to Pair Calvin & Hobbes with Dune

Would a gay kiss in Star Wars: Episode VIII cause a disturbance in the Force?

Hey, Sci-Fi And Comics Fans: It’s Time To Embrace The Dark Side.

Fandom issue of the week

The first Mark Oshiro post about problems at last year’s ConQuesT.

Mark Oshiro speaks out….

Mark Oshiro posts an update.

In support of Mark Oshiro: my shit experience at CONQuesT 2013.

The Importance of Having and ENFORCING Harassment Policies at Cons.

Expect More From Your Regional ConCom.

Harassment: What do we do?

On Bad Cons & How You Kill An Event in Advance.

on privilege & responding to public harassment at cons.

This Week in Unenlightened Fans

Ladies, John C. Wright thinks you should not be allowed to vote. He also thinks it is very unfair for people to call him a sexist!

Geek Behaviors That Drive Women Away.

Dreaming About Other Worlds: Biased Opinion – Why Sad Puppy Complaints Aren’t Taken Seriously.

Culture war news:

It’s 2016 – yet we still don’t trust gay men with children.

Anti-Gay Republican Creates ‘Marriage Sovereignty’ Out Of Thin Air To Try To Ban Gays From Adopting.

Relieved that Scalia can no longer judge us.

Indiana House committee won’t give hearing to hate-crimes bill.

How a Leading Christian College Turned Against Its Gay Leader.

What the Story of Lot Tells Me About the Bible.

Ronda Rousey on Manny Pacquiao: There is no ‘thou shall not be gay’ in the Bible.

This Week in the Clown Car

Cb_zLcnW8AQodL6As Ben Carson’s Campaign Tanked, Top Advisors Reaped Millions.

Jeb Bush drops out of 2016 presidential campaign.

The scariest thing about Trump’s primary dominance: The GOP still doesn’t understand the monster it created.

While Trump, Frontrunners Double Down on Religious-based Discrimination, Americans Don’t Agree.

Ted Cruz Campaign Finally Admits It Was a ‘Mistake’ To Attend ‘Kill the Gays’ Rally.

Donald Trump: ‘I Love the Poorly Educated. We’re the Smartest People’.

Rubio: ‘You Don’t Win The Nomination By How Many States You Win’.

Ted Cruz Is Holding Up The Senate’s Bipartisan Bill To Address Flint’s Water Crisis.

This week in Other Politics:

Hillary Clinton’s Struggles on Gay Issues Are About Her Honesty, Not Her Transformation.

Translating 8 Most Common Code Words Reveal US Media’s Imperial Mindset.

How Will Obama’s Plan to Close Guantánamo Work?


A 90-Year-Old Iwo Jima Veteran Couldn’t Vote in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin.

Why we can now declare the end of ‘Christian America’.

This Week in Racism

Roosh V shocked to discover that white supremacist movement is full of white supremacists.

This Week in Police Problems

White men have killed 7 of 8 cops in U.S. this year.

This Week in Misogyny

The price of sympathy with the harasser.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/20/2016 – Beloved books.

Convention problems and problematic conventioners.

Problematic conventioners, take two.

Performative badass—fannish or otherwise.

Dumb arguments against legal protections for transgender people, part 5.


Fan made trailer for a prequel to Back to the Future, Doc’s quest for 1.21 Gigawatts:

Back to the Future Prequel Trailer: 1.21 Gigawatts from Tyler Hopkins on Vimeo.

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Troye Sivan – YOUTH:

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Brandon Stansell: Dear John [Official Video]:

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Jeb Bush “GOP DROPOUT” – Song Parody by Randy Rainbow:

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