Friday Links (voles in danger edition)

A vole sleeping inside an iris blossom

A vole sleeping inside an iris blossom (click to embiggen)

I am happy that it is Friday. I am even more happy that it is not last Friday. My father entered hospice care last Friday midday, but before he was transferred from the hospital there was some wholly unnecessary drama which kicked off a series of triangulation attempts the likes of which you wouldn’t believe. Seriously, if I wrote in a novel the altercation that resulted, it would be universally panned as wholly unbelievable. Anyway, that seems to be over, now. Though I was 1200 miles from the funeral, so if anything happened there I might not hear about it for a while.

Oh, wait, I promised someone I would phrase things this way: We weren’t really close. We hardly ever spoke for forty years.

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

Link of the Week

What I Gained from Having a Miscarriage: When It Comes to Pregnancy Loss, There’s So Much We Don’t Talk About or Understand.

This Week in Tech

Confessions of a Luddite professor: Hi, my name is Dan, and I have grown wary of using technology in the classroom.

This Week in Diversity

Merriam-Webster brilliantly smacks down complaints about new ’politically correct’ dictionary words.

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Bonus Reader Advice for Kids Who’ve Lost Parents to Fox News.

How to Explain Mansplaining.

This week in People Doing Good Things

A compassionate judge sentences a veteran to 24 hours in jail, then joins him behind bars.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

Twenty Years Ago, Australia Found a Way to Stop Mass Shootings. It Worked.

News for queers and our allies:

Instead of trying to ‘fix’ me, my mom protected me from her homophobic boyfriend: The first time someone slurred me with the other f-word, she had my back.

Gay Men Tell Us Why They Wouldn’t Choose to Be Straight.

LGBT anti-discrimination employment bill advances in Louisiana Senate.

Senate Dems Introduce Bill To Ban Ex-Gay Torture.

NCAA adopts anti-discrimination process for sites bidding on championships.


The extinction crisis in a warming world – North America’s most endangered mammals: the Amargosa vole.

An Image Processing Trick Shows Mars in Unprecedented Detail.

300TB of Data From the Large Hadron Collider Are Now Available to Download. I’m going to need more hard drives…

Absolutely Massive Subglacial Lake Found Beneath Antarctica’s Ice.


Researchers have accidentally made batteries that could last 400 times longer.

Motherly love helps children’s brains grow bigger, scientists find .

An orbiting ‘Microscope’ is about to discover if Einstein was right.

Risks of harm from spanking confirmed by analysis of 5 decades of research.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Hugo awards shortlist dominated by rightwing campaign.

The Hugo finalists: John Scalzi on why the sad puppies can’t take credit for Neil Gaiman’s success.

A discussion on twitter with a rabid puppy.

…most of the finalists on this year’s ballot have no business being on any awards list of any kind. Some of them really didn’t deserve to be published to begin with, and probably wouldn’t have been if it were not for a certain racist, sexist, homophobic dipshit with an ax to grind and a pile of money handed to him by his mother.

We Have Always Been Here & Always Will Be: On the Hugo Awards and Cultural Vandalism.

This week in Writing

More Omniscient.

This Week in History

The Forgotten Lessons of the American Eugenics Movement.

Culture war news:

Rated “R” for Research: Sexualizing Women’s Health and Censoring Student Research at UMBC.

All the Things You Can No Longer Buy if You’re Really Boycotting Trans-Friendly Businesses.

People in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia valiantly defend racist flag.

Theater Takes Legal Action Over Utah Deadpool Censorship.

When Doctors Refuse to Treat LGBT Patients.

Newsweek’s bold new cover: Women bleed. Get over it.

‘These Freaks Are Going To Get Us All Killed’: Rick Wiles Warns Target Restroom Policy Will Spark Nuclear War.

Oxford, Alabama to Jail Transgender People for Using ‘Wrong’ Bathroom.

This Week in the Clown Car

THE KILLER INSIDE ME – I CAN’T HATE TED CRUZ — WE HAVE TOO MUCH IN COMMON. “My empathy for Ted stems from recognizing not just a shared freakish compulsion to quantify human interaction, but sensing that it comes from the same source: We were both smart kids who changed schools a lot and had driven, professional parents… Ted’s and my paths diverged very shortly after we came up with our respective crusades of middle-school Machiavellianism. After I put together my “Mission: Popular” plan, I didn’t go through with it… Cruz, on the other hand, not only went through with his plan, but — to this day — believes it worked. He thinks it’s still working.”

Women play the #womancard on Twitter in response to Trump.

10 reasons Cruz’s Fiorina gambit will likely flop.

Nutbag Cruz Supporter Steve Deace Melts Down On CNN, Screams That Everybody Is Lying.

Trump refuses to rule out nuclear strike against ISIL.

This week in Other Politics:

What Hillary Clinton gets that Bernie Sanders doesn’t: Identity politics.

The Return of the Women Scorned: We’re still coming to grips with 1990s misogyny, which has complex implications for Hillary Clinton.

How imperialism and eugenics during America’s Progressive Era spawned international drug control.

Alleged Hastert victim files $1.8 million lawsuit.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/23/2016 – Republican child molesters, redux.

Confessions of a bad son.

Confessions of an absent-minded misplacer.

Confessions of a fan fiction fan.


Liberal Redneck – American Family Association Boycotts Target:

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band “Purple Rain” Prince Tribute:

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Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]:

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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 20 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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