Friday Links (more links than ever before edition)

"America and Britain are having a competition on who can f*ck themselves up the most. Britain is in the lead, but America has a Trump card."

“America and Britain are having a competition on who can f*ck themselves up the most. Britain is in the lead, but America has a Trump card.” (click to embiggen)

Friday has finally arrived. It is the first Friday in July, which means that I’ve started my Camp NaNoWriMo project and looking forward to a nice holiday weekend with my hubby. I was a little shocked when I assembled this week’s links, because the number was so much higher than usual. In fact, it might be the most links I’ve ever put together for a Friday Links post! Maybe I’m trying to get a jump on the rest o the month, since I’ll be spending all of my lunches writing rather than half reading the news and half writing. I’m not sure.

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

Letter From the Editor: On Orlando and Its Aftermath. “You cannot decry the “lifestyle” of queer people and then wring your hands when someone takes you seriously and tries to end our lives.”

Who Blames the Victim?

Letter to the 10-year-old girl who applied to the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship.

This week in privacy

How Facebook’s ‘People You May Know’ Section Just Got Creepier.

Microsoft’s pushy Windows 10 upgrade tactics have finally come back to haunt them. Travel agency owner Teri Goldstein swears that she didn’t want the upgrade and never asked for it, either….

Mister Rogers Said to Look for the Helpers

This heroic son of Muslim immigrants saved countless lives during Orlando shooting.

‘Microcosm of the city’: Garfield High principal navigates racial divide.

The heroes of Istanbul: Stories of incredible bravery from the Turkey airport terror attack.

These Orlando shooting heroes prove people are fundamentally good.

This week in We won’t give up:

Orlando tragedy spurs huge turnout at Seattle’s Gay Pride Parade.

#RestInPRIDE memorializes Orlando shooting victims with heartbreaking music video.

This Week in Community Radio

Community Group Inks Deal With Pacific Lutheran University To Buy KPLU.

This Week in Diversity

Why queer hockey webcomic Check, Please! is stealing the internet’s heart. I’ve recommended this comic, myself.

Midnighter & Apollo, Gay Superheroes of Comics, to Reunite This Fall.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity


This week in awful news

The Catholic Church is lobbying to prevent changes to statutes of limitations.

C.I.A. Arms for Syrian Rebels Supplied Black Market, Officials Say.

Car set on fire outside Perth mosque as hundreds pray inside.

41 killed in Instanbul attack blamed on ISIS.

Istanbul airport attack: Who were the victims?

Michael Katze, famous for his studies of Ebola and the flu, ran a lab at the University of Washington where intoxication and sexual harassment went unchecked, and where he misused public resources for personal gain, according to two investigations.

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

Supreme Court Just Ruled that Domestic Abusers Can’t Have Guns.

News for queers and our allies:

I’ve been thinking a lot about this category. As I mentioned to a friend, if a person is reading my blog, they either are a member of the queer community, or they are an ally, or they are an enemy who is following me to see what we’re up to. I thought about changing the headline for this section to someting like “News for people who aren’t haters” or something even snarkier. Does anyone have any ideas? Let me know.

Adam Silver Made History And Marched In The NYC Pride Parade And Kevin Durant Approve.

He Escaped ISIS to Lead NYC Pride: Subhi Nahas’s Fight for LGBT Refugees.

40 Powerful, Joyous Photos of People Celebrating at NYC Pride.

The simple reason so many US businesses openly support LGBT rights.

The Fetish Pups, Rainbow Babies, and Sequinned Drag Queens of London Pride.

Op-Ed: Why I’m Marching for the First Time.

¡Viva Orgullo! See how Mexico City celebrated Pride.

Seattle Police report a drop in Pride Weekend attacks.

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military.

Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults.

Angels in America: The Complete Oral History.

A Father Refused to Claim Body of Pulse Victim.


Mad Scientist Builds a 200-Watt Laser Bazooka That Can Shoot Through a Computer Case: VIDEO.

Scientists Unleash Full Einstein Equations To Model The Universe.

New evidence that sperm whales form clans with diverse cultures, languages.

Mouse study helps explain why running improves memory.

Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave.

Juno probe closes in on Jupiter after five-year journey from Earth.

Ken Ham’s Version of Noah’s Ark Is Horribly Designed.

Dwarf planet Makemake has a moon, astronomers find.

We have the wrong idea about males, females and sex.

Has Physics Gotten Something Really Important Really Wrong?

New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions.

The Latest Science Says Coffee Is Good for You.

Humans are driving the evolution of new species — and that could be just as bad as causing extinctions.

Scientists discovered a new shade of blue and it’s totally gorgeous.


Unprecedented Recovery Documented in 10 Early-stage Alzheimer’s Patients.

7 science-backed reasons you should make art, even if you’re bad at it.

No, We’re Not Headed for a Mini–Ice Age.

The 1 Type of Complaining That Will Make You Feel Better, According to Science.

Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimer’s protein from the brain.

Giant spacecraft arrives at Jupiter on July 4.

Little Worlds Have Bigger Features: Why Everest And The Grand Canyon Are So Small.

World’s First Robot Lawyer Helps 160,000 People Void Their Parking Tickets.

It’s not easy being green – What colors tell us about galaxy evolution.

City Lights Trick Trees into an Earlier Spring.

31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.

Scientists Find ‘Life-Saving’ Stash Of Precious Helium Gas.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Star Trek: A Case Study In How to Dismantle a Fandom.

Neil Gaiman Delves Deep Into Norse Myths for New Book.

This week in Writing

How To Turn Your Rules for Failure Into Success.

A Year in the Publishing Game . . ..

Culture war news:

Judge Strikes Down Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT HB1523 Minutes Before It Was to Take Effect.

A Year After Marriage Equality, It’s Time For Media To Stop Giving Anti-LGBT Liars A Pass.

Tony Perkins believes that he has a First Amendment right to be on TEEvee.

Watch Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg shame homophobic protesters: ‘You’re so f**ked’.

Love beats ISIS.

Cops: Trans Activist Beaten After Orlando Benefit.

New York Case Could Provide Key Test For Establishing Legal Protections For Gay People.

Here’s Why the Lavender Scare Still Matters.

NOM’s March for Marriage Is the Dying Gasp of Opposition.

Socialism or barbarism: Only the left can defeat the rise of the radical right.

NBA and Charlotte Hornets: ‘We Do Not Endorse’ the Amended Version of HB 2.

Bryan Fischer: The Obergefell Ruling Was When “Moral Jihadists” Committed 9/11 Against Christians.

White Americans Are Biggest Terror Threat in U.S.: Study.

‘I Do Not Construe Homosexual Rights As Human Rights’ Says GOP Human Rights Subcommittee Head.

Americans are split on “reverse racism.” That still doesn’t mean it exists.

Two More Supreme Court Decisions Support Abortion Access.

Trumpism is here to stay: America’s neo-fascist fever dream has only just begun.

Texas AG Doesn’t Understand It’s Illegal to Out Trans Students.

At Evangelical Schools, Why Are Atheists Typically Favored Over LGBT Students?

This week in Politics:

Mike Huckabee Owes Band $25,000 After Playing “Eye of the Tiger” at Kim Davis Rally.

Republicans Rocked By Report Detailing GOP Lies And Abuses During Benghazi Investigation.

Why the Sanders “Revolution” Must Take on the Permanent War State.

House Benghazi report faults military response, not Clinton, for deaths.

With Clinton exonerated, conspiracy theorists turn on Trey Gowdy.

Trump Institute Offered Get-Rich Schemes With Plagiarized Lessons.

People Are Figuring Out Ways to Blame Obama for Brexit, Because of Course They Are.

What a real ‘Brexit Britain’ would look like.

Bernie Sanders’ Take on Globalization Is Simple, Ideologically Comforting, and Factually Wrong.

The Laziest Lie Of Donald Trump’s Entire Campaign (So Far).

Fact checkers confirm Hillary Clinton is more honest than any of her 2016 opponents.

How Bernie Sanders Overplayed His Hand and Lost His Leverage Over Hillary and the Party.

Conservatives Have Groomed the Perfect Suckers for Trump’s Epic Scam.

The Supreme Court Just Affirmed That Domestic Violence Vacates Gun Rights — Here’s Why That’s So Important.

New Electoral College Projection Has Hillary Clinton Demolishing Donald Trump.

‘I’m Still Alive,’ Queen Elizabeth Quips During First Public Appearance Since Brexit Vote.

Emmy-winning journalist resigns to work against Trump: ‘I couldn’t bear to be a bystander anymore’.

This Week in Racism

Why the “Make America White Again” Candidate Makes No Sense: Liberal Redneck Edition.

Things I wrote:

Why the haters won’t win.

Someone who loves the same books as me….

Finding ways to make their hating of the sinner sound compassionate.

Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to Camp I go….

Antique Books and Incongruous Pages, more of why I love sf/f.


100 Years of Fashion: Men’s Underwear ★

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WONDERKID Trailer: Film following the inner turmoil of a gay footballer:

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Full Frontal tries to make sense of Brexit with some help from a Time Lord:

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Years & Years – Worship:

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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. I used to publish 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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