Friday Links (can the bad news let up? edition)

Which states have the highest rate of gun deaths? No, not NY, IL or CA. It's the ones with lax gun rules.
Which states have the highest rate of gun deaths? No, not NY, IL or CA. It’s the ones with lax gun rules. (click to embiggen)
Friday has finally arrived. It is the second Friday in July. I was actually surprised that this week’s collection of links is at least as big as last week’s, given that I’ve been busy with Camp NaNoWriMo and then came down sick.

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

In Praise of Ambivalence — “Young” Feminism, Gender Identity and Free Speech.

Optical Illusion: Concentric circles, not a spiral.

And other news:

Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot.

Is nothing sacred? Mrs. White Will Be Gone From the Clue Board, Replaced With a ‘Dr. Orchid’.

This week in We won’t give up:

Gays Against Guns stood up by laying down.

This week in History

After 7 years, UK’s Iraq War inquiry releases 2.6M word report damning Tony Blair and the invasion.

From ‘Runt Of The Litter’ To ‘Liberal Icon,’ The Story Of Robert Kennedy.

To show that Gothic script could be fatiguing to read, medieval scribes invented this joke sentence.

This Week in Tech

Searching for a good reason to remove the headphone jack. “Is Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone? Nobody really knows… This is a tech unicorn, an unannounced feature on a nonexistent product, and it’s important to keep that in mind.”

This Week in Diversity

Fat People and Chairs – A Hate Story.

This Week in Police Problems

tumblr_o9pdu2qp2a1qc0oyno1_500Democrats: The White Working Class Isn’t Voting for You, So Stop Pandering to Them.


How police work rooted in racial profiling maintains hostilities that inevitably lead to violence.

2015: in 97% of murders by police, NO officers charged. The system is working as intended.

Alton Sterling: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know.

Pinned Down, Gunned Down: Protests Erupt After Police Fatally Shoot Black Man in Baton Rouge.

Police killing of Philando Castile a reminder Second Amendment and NRA campaigns don’t apply to Black people.

I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Washington transgender bathroom initiative fails to gather enough signatures.

This week in awful news

Bangladesh attack: Twenty hostages killed, army says .

Bangladesh attack: Dhaka’s Holey cafe attackers were known to police .

These are the victims of the Bangladesh attack .

More than 120 killed in Islamic State’s worst ever bomb attack in the Iraqi capital.

Medina explosion: Suicide bombing near Saudi holy site.

Iraq suicide bomb attack: Deaths in Baghdad rise to 165.

Why so-called Islamic State chooses to bomb during Ramadan.

Baghdad bombing death toll rises to 250.

Attack on holy city of Medina appalls Muslims amid Ramadan violence.

Dallas protest shooting: 11 police shot, four dead, as suspect in custody.

Update: another officer has died Dallas police shooting: Five officers killed, six hurt by snipers.

Dallas Police Department Was Posting Pictures of Peaceful Protesters Before Shooting Started.

Iraq violence: Dozens killed in Shia shrine suicide attack.

News for queers and our allies:

Judge: Indiana Must List Both Moms For Children Of Lesbians.

Artist Creates An Imaginary History Of Queerness From Found Photos.

‘My Pride includes Black Lives Matters,’ says an original organizer of the parade.


Butterflies in the Time of Dinosaurs, with Nary a Flower in Sight.

‘Welcome to Jupiter!’ NASA’s Juno space probe arrives at giant planet.

Science Says These Work Hours Are Terrible for Your Health.

Researchers develop genetic test that can predict your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

‘One-two punch’: Researchers’ latest insight on what killed the dinosaurs.


Massachusetts is being swallowed by millions of hungry caterpillars.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Top Ten Tuesday: underrated books.

How science fiction writers predicted virtual reality.


Culture war news:

God vs. the Constitution.

Brazil Is Confronting an Epidemic of Anti-Gay Violence. This nugget is buried near the end of the article: “The anti-gay violence, [experts] contend, can be traced to Brazil’s culture of machismo and a brand of evangelical Christianity, exported from the United States, that is outspoken in its opposition to homosexuality. Evangelicals make up nearly a quarter of Brazil’s population, up from 5 percent in 1970, and religious leaders reach millions of people through the hundreds of television and radio stations they have purchased in recent years.”

Gee, where have we heard news like the Brazil story before: How Uganda was seduced by anti-gay conservative evangelicals.

WTF? Christians pose as gay pothead zombies to spread hate at Toronto Pride.

Trump Supporters Flooded Me With Anti-Semitic Taunts & Death Threats Yesterday.


The Mormon fallout of legalized same-sex marriage.

State’s Youth Suicide Rate Has Nearly Tripled Since 2007, But Health Officials Refuse to Acknowledge Impact of Anti-Gay Religious Teachings.

Gay Ex-Mormon Tyler Glenn Reports 5 More LGBT Youth Suicides; Church Responds.

The Benham Brothers can even make cooking homophobic.

Kim Davis Flouts The Law — Again — As Liberty Counsel Withholds Attorney-Client Records.

Millions of Americans Have Nothing to Celebrate on the Fourth of July.

The Cult Next Door: For decades, the people of Hinsdale gave little thought to the mysterious brick building in town. Then came a scandal. When I was a teen-ager, my church and others organized outings to this organizations week-long seminar/workshop things which filled a stadium.

Homophobia and mass shootings are afflictions that won’t be solved overnight — but the problematic and outdated restrictions against gay blood donors could be.

Pope Francis Can Begin By Apologizing For His Own Hateful Words Against Gays.

Same-sex couple denied a birthday cake by Ohio bakery.

Tory Candidate For Prime Minister Says Marriage Should Just Be For Christians.

This Week Regarding the Facist Clown:

Trump and Brexit are like lotto tickets: the more unrealistic, the better.

Donald Trump’s Star of David Hillary Clinton Meme Was Created by White Supremacists.

An Open Letter To Reince Preibus . I think it’s almost cute that the “GOP media guy” who wrote thinks that Trump’s voter base is in any significant way different that the voter base the Republican’s have been courting, encouraging, and creating for the last 36 years…

Leading white supremacist on Trump’s retweets: Trump is “giving us the old wink-wink.”

The Theology of Donald Trump.

Donald Trump’s Love Affair With White Supremacists.

A GOP Strategist Explains How Donald Trump Knows Anti-Semites And White Nationalists Are “The Center Of His Play”.

Trump Tells GOP Senator He’ll Lose Re-Election, Even Though He’s Not on Ballot.

Donald Trump Has No Clue How Many Articles Are in the Constitution: Pledges to Defend Nonexistent ‘Article 12’ in Meeting with House Republicans.

This week in Politics:

Jim Comey’s Statement on the Clinton Emails: A Quick and Dirty Analysis.

FBI Director Comey: Petraeus case worse than Clinton’s emails.

Cruz to speak at convention after Trump meeting. We knew the tapeworm would eventually cave…

House GOP indefinitely delays gun control votes.

GOP faces tough odds to revoke Clinton’s clearance.

This Week in Racism

“Racism Exists”: Minnesota Governor Says Philando Castile Would Be Alive If He Were White.

The disturbing data on Republicans and racism: Trump backers are the most bigoted within the GOP.

Am I Going to Write About Murdered Black People Forever?


Famed Holocaust Survivor and ‘Night’ Author Elie Wiesel Dies At Age of 87.

WATCH: Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

Noel Neill with George Reeves on the set of the Superman TV series. Years before playing Lois with Reeves, Neil played Lois Lane opposite Kirk Allyn in two movies, 1946's Superman, and 1948's Atom Man vs Superman.
Noel Neill with George Reeves on the set of the Superman TV series. Years before playing Lois with Reeves, Neil played Lois Lane opposite Kirk Allyn in two movies, 1946’s Superman, and 1948’s Atom Man vs Superman.
Noel Neill dies at 95; first actress to play Lois Lane.

‘Deer Hunter’ Director Michael Cimino Is Dead.

Legendary Women’s Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Has Died.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/2/2016 – Neither free nor religious.

Got a dream we’ve come to share.

It’s my country, too.

Advanced Civilizations and Clever Monkeys – more of why I love sf/f.


The Beginning:

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The Daily Show – The Fatal Shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile:

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Clean Bandit – Tears ft. Louisa Johnson [Official Video]:

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The Nightly Show – Alton Sterling’s Death & Black Lives Matter:

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Adam Lambert – Welcome to the Show feat. Laleh [Official Music Video]:

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