Friday Links (blind dog and his seeing-eye dog edition)

Zen and Hoshi are both rescue dogs who become friends when they found a forever home together. When Hoshi lost his eyesight, Zen become his seeing-eye dog.
Zen and Hoshi are both rescue dogs who become friends when they found a forever home together. When Hoshi lost his eyesight, Zen become his seeing-eye dog.
It’s already the fourth Friday in September! You know what that means? Well, this year it means I’m on vacation. I’m taking a couple of vacation days because it’s my birthday this weekend. A company I used to work for gave each employee their birthday off as a paid holiday, and I liked it, so when I’ve got the vacation time to spare, I’ve kept doing it.

This week was extremely productive at my day job. Which meant my brain was pretty worn out at the end of each day. Add that I was still recovering from being sick the week before, and I think I managed to write two small scenes the entire week. *sigh* Oh, well, I’m hoping to get my mental batteries recharged here and maybe, now that another couple of impossible deadlines have been met, I can have a more reasonable workload in the day time.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

And remember, September babies are superior!

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

An Appreciation of Dolly Parton, America’s Greatest Living Artist.

Tiny Rescued Pomeranian Serves as Seeing Eye Dog for His Blind Best Friend.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

Making Peace With an Internet Overrun With Trolls.

Online Comments Sections Are Terrible. Monetizing Them Would Make Them Worse.

Have Comment Sections on News Media Websites Failed? Four editors weigh in…

It’s great news that NPR is killing off comment sections.

Rape Culture Strong in Online Comments, USC Study Finds.

Why We Turned Off Comments: It’s not permanent. But we think we can do better. We’ll see…

One year ago, one study gave hope: Can comment sections contain (gasp!) rational, coherent, civil debate? Maybe? Sometimes?

This week in stupid

Why one of N.J.’s most cherished landmarks is now off limits.

This week in evil people

Twitter Suspends Right Winger “Instapundit” After He Calls On Drivers To Run Over Charlotte Protesters.

News for queers and our allies:

Can straight people be queer?

We Asked People To Draw Where They Are On The Kinsey Scale And It Was Pure Art. Yes, page through them all, they’re great!

The ‘B’ in LGBT: Why Bisexual Awareness Week Matters.


Eulogy for the Living: On Losing AfterEllen and Queer Women’s Spaces.

Canada: Diocese of Toronto elects first openly gay bishop.


Are fireflies flickering out?

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms.

Jessica Cantlon seeks the origins of numerical thinking.

One Snow Leopard Needs a Protected Range Bigger Than Aruba.

Breakthrough Study Explains Why We Arrest Moms for Putting Kids in Nearly Non-Existent ‘Danger’.

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Love Is Love, The LGBTQ Comic Fundraiser For Orlando Shooting Victims.

This Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction will Change Your Reading Life!

You don’t have to take the reviewer’s word for it, here it is: A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction.

Friday essay: science fiction’s women problem.

We should remember HG Wells for his social predictions, not just his scientific ones.

How Comic Books Helped Me Come Out As Bisexual.

The Question: Which Bisexual Comic Characters Deserve A Spotlight?.

This week in Writing

Writing Dreams and Harsh Realities.

This Week in Tech

Yahoo Says ‘State-Sponsored Actor’ Hacked 500M Accounts. 500 million? That’s sounds like every possible account. Oh, and thanks for telling us two years after…

This Week in Covering the News

Fighting Politicians’ War on Truth.

This week in Health

Breaking the Synagogue’s Silence on Mental Illness: What You Can Do.

This Week in Inclusion

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and other TV shows are smashing myths about bisexuality.

This Week in Police Problems

Police have shot and killed at least 2,195 people since Ferguson.

Why You Should Sign Initiative 873 to Change the State Law on Police Killings.

Marshawn Lynch speaks about Colin Kaepernick national anthem controversy.

Officials: Tulsa police officer “reacted unreasonably,” charges filed in Terence Crutcher shooting.

Colin Kaepernick Had No Choice but to Kneel.

Culture war news:

Donald Trump’s Hate-Fueled, Alt-Right Army Hates ‘Faggots’ Too.

Botswana deports U.S. pastor Steven Anderson over homophobic sermons and views.

Religious Residents Protest Gay Israeli Singer As “Avowed Pervert,” Demand He Be Disinvited From Festival.

Campus Preacher Who Said Women Deserve Rape Arrested for Kicking a Woman in the Chest.

North Carolina Pays a Price for Bigotry.

Kentucky Judge: ‘I Don’t Hug (Men) the Way I Used To’ Because of Gay Marriage. What a sad, sad deluded man…

Revisiting Focus on the Family’s Letter from a Christian in 2012.

North Carolina court rejects anti-gay magistrates case.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Toronto Star report, Daniel Dale, has been posting a daily list of the lies Donald Trump tells that day. Something U.S. journalists are somehow unable to do. (click to embiggen)
Toronto Star report, Daniel Dale, has been posting a daily list of the lies Donald Trump tells that day. Something U.S. journalists are somehow unable to do. (click to embiggen)
Why facts don’t matter to Trump’s supporters.

Trump’s Tax Cuts—and Child Care Plan—Would Be Utterly Worthless for the Middle Class.

Millennials, unlike some other demographics we won’t mention, are getting arrested to protest Donald Trump.

The Nazi Who Originated Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Analogy Was Hanged at Nuremberg.

Here’s the Proof of Donald Trump’s Racism, Sexism & Anti-Gay Rhetoric You’ve Been Asking for, Trolls.

This week in Politics:

The Origin Story Of The Big Lie That Hillary Clinton Started Birtherism.

Democrats, get your damned big-boy pants on.

Bernie Sanders: ‘This is not the time for a protest vote’.

Why You Really Must Get Behind Hillary, Now.

The Folly of the Protest Vote.

The RNC Autopsy, in the Shadow of Donald Trump .

This Week in Racism


This Week in Sexism

An artist fixed that Jumanji set photo.


RIP Edward Albee, Iconic American Playwright and Proud Gay Man.

Things I wrote:

Normal is an illusion.

The heartland isn’t, and other myths of diversity.

Misleading definitions of middle-ground, or the return of the false equivalency.


Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – Jolene:

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Angela Lansbury, 90, Slays With Surprise Live Rendition Of “Beauty And The Beast”:

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Lindsey Stirling & Lang Lang – Spider-Man Theme:

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