Friday Links (mantis shrimp update)

“This creature may not look the part, but the mantis shrimp is a clever predator—and a formidable foe. It can strike at prey with lightning speed, and deliver a punch strong enough to break glass.”
“This creature may not look the part, but the mantis shrimp is a clever predator—and a formidable foe. It can strike at prey with lightning speed, and deliver a punch strong enough to break glass.” (Click to embiggen)
It’s Friday! June is finally here. Happy Pride Month! Yes, it’s Queer Pride Month. You don’t have to be lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, aromantic, genderfluid, polyamorous, intersex, transsexual, questioning, two-spirit, genderqueer, same-gender-loving, or flexual to celebrate and join in on the fun.

I’m still not happy with my Pride Playlist for this year, but it’s getting closer!

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

How did public bathrooms get to be separated by sex in the first place?

Transgender kids can’t wait for adults who need to take their time to accept them.


Happy News!

The Pirate’s Graveyard.

This week in tech

Supermarket sues banks over chip card shift, says it lost $10K in 4.5 months .

This week in History

The Barely Remembered Gay Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps.

This week in Health

Unpaid, stressed, and confused: patients are the health care system’s free labor.

This Week in Diversity

Hollywood Can’t Seem To Find Hot Asian Actors, Allow Us To Help.

There’s nothing wrong with being politically correct.

Welcome to America — where even our math tests are racist.

News for queers and our allies:

Americans Are Having More Gay Sex: Study. “And it looks like the “B” in LGBTQ has played a major role in the change…”

This gay high school athlete wasn’t a distraction to his team that just won a state title.

Presidential Proclamation — LGBT Pride Month, 2016.

LGBT veterans and band march in Chicago’s Memorial Day observance.

‘I never wanted to be gay’: Christian musician comes out, in moving letter to fans.


Storm Chasers, Stay Home: Rural roads are getting crowded during tornado season, and the dangerous conditions are all your fault..

Scientists crack mystery of shrimp packing such a punch it can split your thumb.

Scientists Just Updated Their Warnings About Zika and Sex.

Predator or prey? Why pupils are shaped and oriented the way they are.

Alzheimer’s could be caused by past infections, researchers say.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

The Ghostbusters Are Girls Now — But No One Told the Toys.

Geek culture isn’t ‘broken,’ but it does have a harassment problem.

The ‘Sense8’ cast is in Brazil for Gay Pride and everyone is wondering what it means.

The Power of Cautionary Questions: Neil Gaiman on Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Why We Read, and How Speculative Storytelling Enlarges Our Humanity.

This week in Writing

Notes to My 12-Year-Old Self: Don’t Wait Till You’re Older.

Culture war news:

Giving our transgender children a voice.

Why Utah’s LGBT Youth Need Our Help.

Probing the Straight Fear of Gay Gaze in Locker Rooms.

Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James Was Tortured By ‘Ex-Gay’ Exorcism.

Author, ex-prosecutor slams critics of Child Victims Act, urges New York to stop protecting abusers. Note: the Catholic Church is leading the charge to keep the law child molester statute of limitations in place.

Trolls threaten to ‘gas’ PinkNews CEO for reading pro-gay children’s book to nieces.

How trans people could help free the nipple.

Massachusetts Gov. Baker Says He Would Sign House Version Of Transgender Bill.

Massachusetts House passes transgender bill after heated debate.

Mississippi governor: ‘Secular’ world angry over LGBT law.

Federal Court Upholds Ruling Affirming Trans Student’s Equal Access.

Ken Starr, After Demotion for Failure to Investigate Rape Allegations Against Football Players, Abandons Reins at Baylor U. in the Wake of Campus Rape Scandal.

Catholic Church spent $2M on major N.Y. lobbying firms to block child-sex law reform.

Awful News

Friends remember UCLA shooting victim as ‘gentle soul’.

UCLA shooting: Gunman’s wife found dead in Minnesota.

Pilot killed in Navy Blue Angels jet crash.

This week in Politics:

SC Gov. Nikki Haley Warns Divisive Rhetoric Like Donald Trump’s Led to Charleston Church Massacre.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: Trump University Was A Fraud From Beginning To End.

Trump Didn’t Give Money to Vets Until the Press Reported that Funds Hadn’t Been Distributed.

A Message to the #BernieorBust Movement.

Libertarian candidate strips naked on live TV.

Trump’s Attack on a Federal Judge Is an Open Appeal to Racism.

Hillary Clinton Delivers Major Foreign Policy Speech, Slams Donald Trump Throughout.

Rachel Maddow Laments Trump’s Open Racism.

This Week in Misogyny

Teenage Girls Are Playing Video Games. You Just Might Not Hear Them.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/28/2016: Haters show true colors.

A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup… boy!

Memorials, reposting.

Evil Captain America and other bad writing hacks.

I feel a Tingle, tingle, tingle….

Very Big Questions and Very Small Epiphanies – more of why I love sf/f.


Incredible trailer brings gay superheroes to life:

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Man Sets Swimming Pool on Fire, Extinguishes It With Liquid Nitrogen:

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Lovestarrs – Get Your Sexy On:

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2 thoughts on “Friday Links (mantis shrimp update)

  1. “Trump acts exactly like every single Libertarian I have ever met”
    Really? I don’t think that Shan and Trump have much in common, myself. I imagine Shan shall be as surprised as I to hear it.

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