Friday Links (this is not great edition)

great2Thank goodness it’s Friday. The crazy in life continues apace. There’s so much WTF-worthy stuff happening that I just can’t keep up with all the news.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week, sorted into various topic areas.

Links of the Week

The dirty secret of conservative journalism is that little of it constitutes journalism. Except it was a secret to no one who wasn’t a conservative “journalist” apparently.

Happy News!

Coffee Company Gives Ex-Cons a Lift Toward Law-Abiding Life.

This week in security

Why Are We Fighting the Crypto Wars Again? The iPhone Crisis reignited a conflict that should have been settled in the 90s. The loser is our national security.

Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos.

The $8 key that can open New York City to terrorists.

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

Study finds that 3 laws could reduce firearm deaths by 90%. Three simple, non-draconian measures: 1) background checks to purchase firearms, 2) background checks to purchase ammunition, 3) individual firearm identification.

And other news:

The Numbers Are Shocking: Over a Third of Killings by Police Are of Disabled People.

Restaurant Manager Shoots Down A Customer Complaint With This Brilliant Logic. Wow.

Let’s make Twitter a better place by ridding it of trolls.

Customer shoots, kills hatchet-wielding man in Burien convenience store.

This Week in Diversity


All 142 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died.

J. K. Rowling and #MagicInNorthAmerica.


LGBT Women in scripted television are almost always killed off in deaths that serve no purpose.

News for queers and our allies:

What’s It Like To Be Young, Gay And Disabled In The Age Of Grindr? (Hint: It Can Be Awesome!).

Grandpa’s gay: Explaining my dad’s new husband to my kids.

Gay former officer in Royal Canadian Navy claims he was forced out.

Justin Trudeau Sends Bullied Gay Employee Heartwarming Message of Support.

Gay Cardinals Minor League player quit baseball when teammates said gays should be killed.

Kris Anka And Kevin Wada Help LGBTQ+ Superheroes Show Some Pride On Kickstarter.


Negative outcomes evoke cyclic irrational decisions in Rock, Paper, Scissors.

Orson Welles Hosted a NASA Documentary About Aliens in the ’70s and It Is Amazing.

Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery.

Report: LGBT Climate in Physics.

400,000-year-old fossils from Spain provide earliest genetic evidence of Neandertals.

Researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete.

Pregnant T. rex Found, May Contain DNA.

Physics of ribbon curling unravelled.

Doctor’s Orders: Understand the Science of Weight Loss.

What Is The Most Beautiful Equation Known To Mankind?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction.

Unpicking a Pupspiracy: Part 1 [Updated].

Unpicking a Pupspiracy: Part 2.

How to make “Indiana Jones 5″ the best of the series: Kill off the racist, sexist tropes the series is steeped in.

Magic in North America Part 1: Ugh.

This week in Writing

Why We Shouldn’t Hunt The Trope To Extinction.

kindness is a virtue: why stories need happiness.

Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors.

Indigenous People Aren’t A Fantasy Race: On #MagicInNorthAmerica and Writing Other Cultures in Fantasy Fiction.

Why Publishing Is So White.

Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera.

Planet Of The Titans: the Star Trek movie that never was.

Forbidden Planet is Still Essential and Subversive Sci-Fi.


Culture war news:

California Barber Cites Religious Beliefs to Refuse Transgender Army Veteran a Haircut.

How Trump Happened – It’s not just anger over jobs and immigration. White voters hope Trump will restore the racial hierarchy upended by Barack Obama.

Let’s Squash the Myth That the Irish Were Ever American Slaves.

Gay Wyoming Young Man Takes His Life After Relentless Bullying.

While America is distracted by the Trump freakshow, Indiana just passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation.

‘You guys got to go’: Milwaukee man kills 3 after complaining neighbor doesn’t speak English.

Sent Home From Middle School After Reporting A Rape.

Breitbart’s meltdown wasn’t shocking at all: Why we shouldn’t be surprised by this dumpster fire of a scandal.

Police: Man pours boiling water on gay Atlanta couple in bed.

This Week in the Clown Car

Trump Chickens Out of Rally at U of Illinois

Reminder: John Kasich Is Also Evil.

Marco Rubio neglected the basics.

Ted Cruz: Donald Trump is ‘scared to debate’.

What Are Trump Fans Really ‘Afraid’ to Say?

Noam Chomsky: “I have never seen such lunatics in the political system”.

White Students Keep Using Anti-Latino ‘Trump’ Chants at High School Basketball Games.

Muslim student at Wichita State reports attack by man shouting ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’.

Northwestern University students charged with hate crime, vandalizing chapel chapel with racist, homophobic, and pro-trump messages.

This week in Other Politics:

Sorry, media: The GOP is not imploding.

Watch the Bernie Sanders Speech the Networks Won’t Show You.

Rallying To Ted Cruz To Lose The Election.

The First Time Party Bigwigs Tried to Stop a Front-Runner From Becoming President It Backfired—Big-time – What the GOP can learn from the story of Andrew Jackson in 1824.

It’s not just Trump. Authoritarian populism is rising across the West. Here’s why.

North Carolina’s Voter ID Law Could Block 218,000 Registered Voters From the Polls.

Blackout Tuesday: The Bernie Sanders Speech Corporate Media Chose Not To Air.

On The President’s Ultra-Qualified Supreme Court Nominee: Merrick Garland.


Illuminating the Legacy of the Late, Great Ernestine Anderson, Seattle Jazz Singer, Who Died Last Friday at 87.

Sylvia Anderson, Co-Creator of U.K. Kids Series ‘Thunderbirds,’ Dies at 88.

Things I wrote:

Blood stains on their hands.

Weekend Update 3/12/2016 – there’s always silence.

Sunday Funnies, part 16.

The Incredibly Slowly Shrinking Writer.

Names, labels, deadnames, signs, and portents.


This rendition of “By Myself” was slated to be the final number of the last episode of Judy Garland’s variety TV show in 1964. Producers are rumored to have nixed the song because they felt it was too dark. Personally, I think it explodes with affirmation in the second half. Judy Garland – By Myself [deleted] (The Judy Garland Show):

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Jean-Michel Jarre, Peaches – What You Want:

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Stephen Amell and John Barrowman sing/kiss at HVFF January 23 2016:

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Cruz 101 | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS:

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Marco Rubio: “GOP DROPOUT” – Song Parody by RANDY RAINBOW:

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X-Men: Apocalypse | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX:

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Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2 – Final Trailer – Netflix [HD]:

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John Oliver Never Thought He’d Have To Care About Trump:

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Lucy Rose – Nebraska:

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