Friday Links (worse than North Carolina edition)

Visit Mississippi, where "We have an oppressive law to match our oppressive heat," says Funny or Die.

Visit Mississippi, where “We have an oppressive law to match our oppressive heat,” says Funny or Die.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! We didn’t quite get the record-breaking heat forecast yesterday, but we’ve have more than enough pollen in the air all week to make me miserable.

Meanwhile, 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

My Father’s House – After my brother died and my father was partially paralyzed, my family traveled 7,000 miles in search of an old home, a new house, and the things we’d lost on the road in between.

Runs in the Family – New findings about schizophrenia rekindle old questions about genes and identity..

9-year-old reporter breaks crime news, posts videos, fires back at critics.

Happy News!

Badass Mom Defends Son And His “Girly” Socks.

Cities for Everyone.

This Airport’s Guard Dog Is A Total Badass.

This week in security

The Panama Papers: what you need to know.

And other news:

Oregon standoff figure Jake Ryan found hiding in shed in Clark County.

This Week in Tech

The time that Tony Fadell sold me a container of hummus.

This Week in Diversity

Tabletop Gaming has a White Male Terrorism Problem.


Why LGBT Performers Never Won ‘American Idol’ – Series was built on being mean. But a special sort of meanness was reserved for auditioners that fell into the queer end of the spectrum.

Write Female Characters Better – Or: that time we came up with a novel about boob-spies.

News for queers and our allies:

Jessica Williams’ Brilliant Daily Show Segment on Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills.

Middle School Vs. My Gay Kid.

My Trans Identity Is Not a Fetish.

Why Everybody Wants Some!! Is Accidentally One of the Gayest Movies of the Year.

Documentary focuses on gay Hutterite leaving home.

What is it like to be the mother of a transgender child?

‘Formation’s Representation of the Black Queer Community Inspired This Amazing All-Male Dance Cover.


Deer on Scottish Islands May Have Come From Distant Lands.

How to Use the Feynman Technique to Identify Pseudoscience.

The ‘hobbit’ was a separate species of human, new dating reveals.

Ancient Fossils Show Some Of The Earliest Forms Of Multicellular Organisms.

12,400-year-old ancient puppy fossils open new avenues for scientists to study Siberia’s diversity of life.

The ‘darker link’ between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world.

Does a white doctor understand a black patient’s pain?


Water Ice on Ceres Boosts Hopes for Buried Ocean [Video].

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture.

Scientists find evidence of ‘anti-memories’, and it could change our understanding of neuroscience.

It Turns Out a Brief Conversation Really Can Change Minds on LGBT Issues.

The most mysterious star in the universe.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Introducing ConFinder.

The Critically-Acclaimed 1960s Series ‘The Outcasts’ Needs to be Released on DVD (or Blu-Ray).

Read This: Batman and Robin have been mistaken for gay since the beginning.

Supernatural miracle pregnancies and the hatred of pregnant women.

Closing the Gap: The Blurring of Fan and Professional.

20 superheroines who were saving the world before Wonder Woman.

This week in Writing

How Data Can Help You Write A Better Screenplay. The title is misleading. There’s lots of data about what kinds of screenplays go wrong, but there isn’t a how-to in there…

Culture war news:

Mississippi: We’re Even Worse Than North Carolina, Says Funny or Die.


Wicked composer bans all productions in North Carolina.

Corporate America Just Became the LGBT Community’s Most Powerful Ally.

Mississippi law opens a new front in the battle over gay rights.

This will make you even madder about North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law: Right-wing backers have the gall to say they’re the victims.

Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law is a Trojan Horse.

TV show and PayPal projects canceled in North Carolina in response to GOP’s anti-LGBT law.

Things Just Got Even Harder for LGBT Taxpayers in Mississippi.

Club Ordered To Pay $15K To Trans Man Beaten And Assaulted By Bouncers For Using Men’s Restroom.

Man who wore loincloth at gay pride parade wins appeal.

This Week in the Clown Car

“As a full-blown nut job, I freakin’ love him”: “SNL” skewers Donald Trump defender Scottie Nell Hughes.

Face it: Ted Cruz is as far from the Republican mainstream as Donald Trump is.

Kasich: Trump Would Spend His First 100 Days as President Looking for the White House Bathrooms.

Trump’s New Magic Number Is 40 Percent Of The Vote – His support isn’t rising as fast as the bar for winning.

Veterans’ Charities Await Funds Raised by Donald Trump.

This week in Other Politics:

The Republicans’ Gay Freakout. “OUR infrastructure is inexcusable, much of our public education is miserable and one of our leading presidential candidates is a know-nothing, say-anything egomaniac who yanks harder every day at the tattered fabric of civil discourse and fundamental decency in this country. But let’s by all means worry about the gays!”

The GOP’s (other) convention nightmare.

Denying Housing Over Criminal Record May Be Discrimination, Feds Say.

Swiss police raid UEFA as Panama Papers scandal spreads.

“Were your eyes stitched closed?”: Elizabeth Warren skewers Federal Reserve regulator who played “pivotal” role in 2008 financial crisis.

The Most Important Election Yesterday Wasn’t The One You Were Paying Attention To.

How ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws Hurt Businesses.

This Week in Racism

Judge rules against Urban Outfitters defense in Navajo case.

This Week in Hate Crimes

James Dixon Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter of Transgender Woman Islan Nettles.

Gay Man Brutally Beaten in Miami Burger King.

Transgender Teen ‘Intentionally Struck’ by Hit-and-Run Driver in L.A.


Merle Haggard Died this Week on His 79th Birthday.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Funnies, part 17.

And then I felt better about the world.

Which part of ‘love thy neighbor’ confuses you?


Marble Mountain, a themed marble machine “…a large marble machine still under construction. It consists of 25 sections that mesh together to form one kinetic sculpture. Every element is themed (or will be upon completion) to an aspect of my life or to something that I find interesting. Some of the elements include a roller coaster, ski jump, Times Square, Lombard Street, and a skatepark. It took 3 years to get to this point of being able to turn it on and watch it go…”:

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Parson James – Temple:

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Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam:

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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. For more than 18 years I edited and published 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 near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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