Friday Links (otterly happy edition)

image (1)It’s Friday! Already the second in August. Wow! Work has been more chaotic than usual. My usual metaphor is juggling chainsaws, and this week the yanked about six of the 12 chainsaws I was juggling away and tossed in a dozen to replace them. I remain more than completely book for the next many months.

I did more reading this week and not much writing, again. That needs to change.

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

Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism. I think only two of these links have been in a previous Friday Links… these are all extremely interesting!

America Votes with Cards Against Humanity. “Why can’t I buy a pack for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein? Just skip the middleman and vote for Trump.

Happy News!

Accidental Censorship Of Olympic Divers Makes Them All Look Like Porn Stars.

This week in evil people

This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical.

News for queers and our allies:

Young Americans overwhelmingly favor LGBT rights.

‘No differences’ between children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents.

Eight People of Color Discuss the Challenges of Navigating Queer Spaces.

‘I’ll Go To My Grave With This’: Why Bi Men Still Fear Coming Out.


Albino Otter Proves to Be as Adorable as You’d Hope.

Stardust trapped deep within the ocean reveals a 2.6-million-year-old mystery.

The centre of our galaxy has an enormous void that surprisingly lacks young stars.

Breaking relativity: Celestial signals defy Einstein.

Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained.

Cassini finds flooded canyons on Titan.

A cluster of hot stars shines blue in this new telescope photo.

Humans may have taken different path into Americas than thought.

The Seven Skeletons of Lydia Pyne: The local science historian debuts her new book about famous fossil hominids.

SeaWorld Returns Salty The Sea Turtle To The Ocean, Will They Do The Same Thing To Pregnant Orca’s Upcoming Calf?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience.

5 Massive Space Operas to Read Between Marathon Sessions of No Man’s Sky.

This week in Writing

Stop the Goodreads bullies … stopped? In case you need some context, here’s a link from an earlier Friday Links: Bullying & Goodreads.

What SFWA Authors Need to Know about Archiving Their Literary Papers.


This Week in Tech

Help! I’m getting emails meant for someone who has the same name as me.

Haters Gonna Hate — but They Better Stop Doing It on Twitter, or They Will Kill It.

This Week in Design

Top 10 least-loved emojis.

Milton Glaser Rated Every Olympics Logo Ever. This Was His Favorite.

This week in Health

Stephen Fry on Coping with Depression: It’s Raining, But the Sun Will Come Out Again.

This Week in Diversity


FX CEO John Landgraf on the ‘Racially Biased’ System and Taking Major Steps to Change His Network’s Director Rosters.

Goodbye to ‘Honeys’ in Court, by Vote of American Bar Association: new ethics rule forbids comments or actions that single out someone on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability and other factors.

The Problem with Female Protagonists.

University of California Davis is suggesting students say ‘y’all’ to avoid offending people.

committing to diversity when you’re white: a primer.

This Week in Police Problems

DeRay Mckesson Sues Louisiana Police for “Unconstitutional” Arrest.

VINDICATION FOR BALTIMORE POLICE CRITICS — BUT NO ACTION. “To Baltimore’s black residents, the findings were hardly news.”

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

BlackRock Targeted by Gay Activists for Investing in Firearms.

Culture war news:

Judge Refuses to Lift Injunction on Law Protecting Clerks Who Decline to Issue ‘Gay Marriage’ Licenses.

Iran executes gay teenager in violation of international law.

Yo, Texas: Protecting Transgender Rights Is Not Dangerous, but Discrimination Is.

DEA Ignores Science, Refuses To Loosen Restrictions On Marijuana.

Gun Extremists Have Been Coming After Women for Years — & We Aren’t Scared.

This Daily Beast Grindr Stunt Is Sleazy, Dangerous, and Wildly Unethical.

Gay couple lose legal battle for equal pension rights.

LGBTQ Rights Groups Ask Big 12 Not To Include BYU Over Discriminatory Policies.

Victim’s Father Gets Life in Prison for Brutal Murder of Houston Lesbian Couple in 2014.

Daily Mail thinks Olympic divers should celebrate wins with a ‘manly pat on the back’.

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are significantly more likely to be the victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying than other adolescents.

President of Anti-Gay Organization To Supporters: You People Are Pathetic.

Donald Trump is Dragging Evangelical Christians Into His Gutter.

Surprise! Ark Encounter Isn’t Providing the Economic Boost Local Communities Were Expecting.

This week in rape culture

What Happens When the Democratic National Convention Doesn’t Have a Sexual Assault Policy.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liars:

Text analysis of Trump’s tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half.

Donald Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters.

From Trump’s controversial words, a pattern: Outrage, headlines and then denial.

NRA circles the wagons around Trump.

Trump’s Wink Wink to ‘Second Amendment People’.

There’s a Name for Trump’s Violent Incitement Against Hillary: Stochastic Terrorism.

Trump’s long dalliance with violent rhetoric.

This week in Politics:

What do we know about the independence of think tank research that we didn’t a week ago?

Who will win South Carolina?

Majority Of North Carolinians Say Anti-LGBT Bill HB2 Is Harming The State.

ORLANDO: DNC Denounces Trump And Rubio For Headlining Today’s Anti-LGBT Hate Group Convention.

Why Progressives Are Celebrating Hillary Clinton’s Populist Economic Speech.

SCOTUS: Senate Democrats Will Try To Force A Vote.

This Week in Racism

Christian Website Wrongly Removes Article About How to Handle a Black Man Marrying Into the Family.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/6/2016: Pulse shooting still a gut punch.

By request: Some citations.

Nostalgic Regret and Convenient Amnesia.

Nothing wrong with a flawed hero….

Lost Friends in the Dreamlands – more of why I love sf/f.


Stephen Colbert Takes on Donald Trump’s Very, Very Bad Week:

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Unlimited Courage :

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Belle and Sebastian – Olympic Village, 6AM:

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Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight (Live on SNL):

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer (Official):

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