Friday Links (102-year-old delegation chairperson edition)

Jerry Emmett, the 102-year-old honorary chair of the Arizona Democratic delegation, speaks during the Roll Call of the States while state delegate Rep.
Jerry Emmett, the 102-year-old honorary chair of the Arizona Democratic delegation, speaks during the Roll Call of the States.
It’s the fifth Friday in July, and I’m glad that Friday is finally here. It was a much better week, for me, at least in the news from the real world sense. I’m feeling a lot more hope for the future this week than I was last week.

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

102-year-old’s Hillary Clinton speech will move you.

The Obamas And The White House’s Slave Legacy.

‘Don’t use our songs’: musicians join John Oliver for anti-politician singalong.

Happy News!

Marta the River Otter – the adorable fursuit mascot of King County, Washington.

Ice Bucket Challenge funds discovery of gene linked to ALS .

News for queers and our allies:

Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults.

7 Bands Bringing Camp And Queerness Back To Punk.

Sarah McBride Becomes First Transgender Person To Speak At Major Political Convention .

Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk.


Ray Kurzweil: The world isn’t getting worse — our information is getting better.

A New Explanation for One of the Strangest Occurrences in Nature: Ball Lightning.

Witnessing kindness inspires kindness, causing it to spread like a virus.

Scientists have found a perfect illustration of how the climate is spiraling ‘out of control’.

A Crazy New Species of Beaked Whale Has Been Discovered in the Pacific.

Fossils Reveal That Modern Humans Were Living In China 20,000 Years Before We Thought They Left Africa.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Big Dumb Objects: science fiction’s most mysterious MacGuffins.

Exploration of the Genre: A Starship Ladies Recommendation Masterpost.

Comic-Con: Lucy Lawless Went to the Deathbed of a Fan Once, Which, Yep, That Seems Right.

How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War.

Aftermath’s Chuck Wendig on Killer Droids, Unkillable Characters, and Helping Create the Star Wars Universe. “Fiction is at its worst when it hangs on OH GOSH WHO LIVES AND WHO DIES”

‘Star Trek Beyond’ is the sci-fi action movie we needed right now.

Man Seeking Movies: The all-female “Ghostbusters” is a comedic delight.

This week in Writing

How Technology Has Changed the Way Authors Write.

This Week in History

History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump.

This Week in Tech

Photographer Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images.

This Week in Diversity

‘Sesame Street’ Lets Go Longtime Cast Members Bob, Gordon and Luis .

Why There Is No Such Thing As Too Much LGBTQ Representation On TV.

#BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company special report.

Ones and Twos and Rarely Threes.

Culture war news:

Ken Ham Isn’t a Big Bad Ogre: Why I Feel Bad About Ark Encounter. But he is still a liar (who posted photos of another event claiming that it was opening day), and a con man (who convinced the state to give him tax money for a religious project, that’s after essentially embezzling from a religious group he used to work for in Australia), and a peddler of lies and pseudo science. But we’re suppose to believe he’s not an ogre. Fine, he’s not an ogre, he’s a parasite.

Energized white supremacists cheer Trump convention message.

Marriage Equality Plaintiff Jim Obergefell: GOP Doesn’t Consider Us Human.

12 States Will Support Obama’s Transgender Policies In Court, Bucking Texas And Others.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

What Trump says about crime in America and what is really going on.

Trump is driven by one thing and one thing only: the search for glory.

“There is no redemption in being one of the good Nazis.”.

This week in Politics:


Watch a Woman Older Than Her Right to Vote Pledge Arizona’s Delegates to Hillary Clinton .


Inspired by Trump, Former KKK Leader Runs for Senate.

The DNC email leak doesn’t show wrongdoing – Bernie is barely a Democrat.

All Signs Point to Russia Being Behind the DNC Hack.

‘Crying Robin Hood’ is a Minnesota hero.

Jill Stein’s Ideas Are Terrible. She Is Not the Savior the Left Is Looking For.

Dr. Jill Stein Is Anti-Science, Bad for the Environment, and Deserves Her Anti-Vax Label.

It looks like Russia hired internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans.

NC GOP wigs out after mistaking Tim Kaine’s Marine pin for Honduras flag — and hilarity ensues.

Hillary Clinton, Considered in Herself.


Marni Nixon, the Singing Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86.

A Cartoonist Remembers His Hero, Cul de Sac’s Richard Thompson.

Jerry Doyle Dead: ‘Babylon 5’ Actor Was 60.

Youree Dell Harris, the TV Psychic Miss Cleo, Dies at 53.

Things I wrote:

A Certain Shade of Green — stop asking me to shoot myself in the foot.

Hugo Ballot 2016: Why I’m not reviewing this year.


Saade – Wide Awake ft. Gustaf Norén (Official Music Video):

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

La La Land (2016 Movie) Official Teaser Trailer – ‘City Of Stars’:

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Dream On – Postmodern Jukebox ft. Morgan James (Aerosmith Cover):

(If embedding doesn’t work, click here.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.