Friday Links (sinking state edition)

Drowning Louisiana © 2009 Nature Geoscience Magazine (click to embiggen)
Drowning Louisiana © 2009 Nature Geoscience Magazine (click to embiggen)
It’s Friday! August is zooming by. Wow! Work continues to be weird. I’m now metaphorically juggling 14 chainsaws, and I keep having to switch between my usual Information Architect/Tech Writer roles, and System Engineer, and Analyst; which are much worse than the usual context switching.

I’ve done very little writing and a lot of revising this 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

Louisiana Loses Its Boot: The boot-shaped state isn’t shaped like a boot anymore. That’s why we revised its iconic outline to reflect the truth about a sinking, disappearing place.

Two Black female swimmers just made US Olympic team history – and why that’s a big deal.

Happy News!

Man (who looks like an Ompah Loompah – seriously! Click on this for the picture!!!) arrested in Tickfaw church burglary.

Pulse Shooting Survivor Angel Colon Takes First Unassisted Steps.

Britney Spears Made Colton Haynes and His Impressive ‘Ass’ Part of Her ‘Freak Show’ – VIDEOS.

This week in stupid

Trump adviser Al Baldasaro: Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason, not assassinated. Stop misquoting him, libruhl media. He meant execution! Of course, everyone in the world, even US Weekly, reported this guy’s earlier remarks as a call for execution. It isn’t this guy who suggested Hillary should be assassinated. The person who did that was Trump himself

Lyin’ Ryan! Star Olympian refuses to admit he made up robbery but is happy to laugh off Rio row by posting jokey videos online and posing with fans on his plane home.

This week in awful news

I live in Pakistan and was astounded by the lack of a global reaction to the hospital bombing here this week.

Scenes From the Terrifying, Already Forgotten JFK Airport Shooting That Wasn’t.

Why the media isn’t showing you the Louisiana flooding.

CNN Anchor Breaks Down During Heartbreaking Report On Five Year-Old Syrian Bombing Survivor [VIDEO].

News for queers and our allies:

20 ‘Gay Uncles Day’ Photos So Cute Your Heart Will Melt.

The results are in … we love Superhero gay porn parodies.

Much Beloved Drag Queen Darcelle Achieves Guinness World Record.

Egypt’s grand mufti says harming gays is unacceptable even as LGBT crackdown continues.


Fossil Friday: Cretaceous Captives.

Fossils hold hidden clues to the evolution of whales’ incredible hearing.

The Common Wisdom about Dog Nipples Is Wrong.

July 2016: The Hottest Month On Record [VIDEO].

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

2016 Hugo Ceremony Coverage Plans: how you can watch.

Queer fans who deny queer readings.

How Not to Respond to Accusations of Racism, World Fantasy Convention Edition.

Rape, Consent and Race in Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’.

How The CW’s DC universe became one of TV’s most inclusive.

The Strange Thing About Stranger Things – May it have been better to let it build?

Year’s best SF/F, January to June 2016 edition.

We Are Writing the Future #BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company special report.

This is #guerrillaWFC.

Mister Rogers Said to Look for the Helpers

Pizza Village of Lafayette reaches out to flood victims.

And other news:

Suffering from Louisiana flooding only just beginning.

This week in Writing

The Cardinal Sin of Self-Publishing. There’s a great point in this blog post. I think he could have made it better.

The NRA’s Favorite Gun “Academic” Is A Fraud.

When You Don’t Get it Right (or That Time I Appropriated Spirit Animal).

This Week in History

Joseph Goebbels’ 105-year-old secretary: ‘No one believes me now, but I knew nothing’. Add me to the people who don’t believe that…

This Week in Tech

The Real Reason Apple Wants to Kill the Audio Jack.

Why Isn’t Twitter Taking Down Harassment As Fast As It Takes Down Olympics Content?.

Comment: A ‘boring’ iPhone 7 launch for insiders still holds magic for most.

This Week in Covering the News

My Complicated Love/Hate (But Mostly Love) Relationship With Gawker.

NPR Website To Get Rid Of Comments. to shut down as Univision buys other sites.

This Week in Diversity

Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show Was the Sharpest Late-Night Voice on Race, and Comedy Central Just Killed It. I really liked the show, and watched it more often than I had watched Colbert. Sorry to see it go.


#YAwithSoul and the enduring struggle for inclusion.

Here’s Why Oprah Winfrey Eliminated the Term ‘Diversity’ From Her Vocabulary, Thanks to Ava DuVernay. Should I change the name of this section?

Culture war news:

Where the Confederacy Is Rising Again.

New CDC Data: LGB Teens Face Startling Rates of Violence, Bullying and Suicidality. Yes, I posted a story about this study last week. But I have since seen op-ed pieces that keep asking, “What’s the LGBT community going to do about this?” The LGBT community can’t do anything about this. This study is about how queer kids are treated in their homes, in their churches, and in their schools. The LGBT community con’t control homophobic parents, or homophobic churches, or schools. If yet another study showing that children are bullied to the point of suicide makes upsets the straight community, the straight community, which outnumbers us and has some control over these things, needs to step up.

ISIS execute another man they believe was ‘guilty’ of being gay.

LGBTQ people hold ‘kiss-in’ in a supermarket after a couple was ejected for holding hands.

For Millennials, a consensus on transgender bathroom use.

IOC calls Olympic Grindr sex article ‘unacceptable,’ says Daily Beast sent Nico Hines home.

The Top 5 Reasons Religious Organizations Went to Court in 2015.

BYU Is Punishing Gay Students Who Report Their Rape.

Federal Judge: Religious Liberty Includes a Right to Fire LGBTQ Employees.

2 Zika awareness billboards showing condom removed amid controversy.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liars:

Donald Trump’s Strange New Attack On Hillary Clinton Echoes White Supremacists.

Breitbart thought the polls were biased against Trump. So it did its own poll. Clinton won.

Rudy Giuliani claims Islamic terrorism started under Obama….

DONALD TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE FOR EVERYTHING, ACCORDING TO HIS OWN DOCTOR. The doctor who supposedly wrote this very un-medical letter died five years before the letter was written…

Repeat After Me: A Vote For Jill Stein Is A Vote For Donald Trump.

Trump promised personal gifts on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ Here’s who really paid.

This week in Politics:

The Libertarian Party Has Qualified for 39 More Ballots Than Evan McMullin.

#NeverNeverTrump: What’s Evan McMullin Really After?

POLITICS Republicans Just Leaked Classified FBI Intelligence In Attempt to Smear Hillary.

The Problem With The DOJ’s Decision To Stop Using Private Prisons: The private prison industry will still have access to its biggest cash cow: immigrants.

This Week in Racism

3 Facts You May Not Know About the Racist Origins of ‘Colorblindness’.

Skinhead Attacks Black Man in Olympia, Says He’s Protecting Police.

This Week in Misogyny

An Open Letter to White Dudes on the Internet Who Want to Teach Me Things.


Kenny Baker, actor behind R2-D2, dies.

Comrades, colleagues and Star Wars cast members celebrate the life of Kenny Baker.


Peter Mayhew’s Touching Tribute To Kenny Baker Will Bring Tears To Every Star Wars Fan.

And Another Departure:

And then a blowhard and intellectual bully came to an end: The McLaughlin Group to End 34-Year Run, Following Host’s Death, and in case you don’t know why no one should shed a tear: THE MCLAUGHLIN GOOFS.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/13/2016: Bigotry comes in many forms.

Bullied Bullies: Shifting blame and whipping up the troops.

Don’t waste the reader’s time: avoiding the one-way street.

Skillful Men of the Medical and Chirurgical Profession – more of why I love sf/f.


Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix surprise a crowd at Denny’s in Santa Monica:

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Where Do Your Texts Go?:

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Things Husbands Do | MATT AND BLUE:

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A Science Vlogger Explains the Neat Genetic Differences Between Nectarines and Peaches:

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US Gymnast Danell Leyva Strips Down at Rio 2016:

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Not to Be Outdone: Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev gets silly on high bar:

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