Friday Links (spooky season edition)

“Gravity is rigged” © Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune.

“Gravity is rigged” © Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune.

It’s a Friday! And it’s the final Friday in October! Halloween is only days away!

This week was better at work. Still scrambling toward crazy deadlines. At home, still trying to wrap things up before NaNoWriMo starts.

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

Deodorant Ad Perfectly Nails What’s Wrong With The Trans Bathroom Debate.

Kickstarted in the Butt: A Chuck Tingle Digital Adventure.

This week in white privilege

Bundy Brothers Acquitted in Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

Ballot selfies: A look at where they are allowed or not. Bet you didn’t know that it’s illegal to take a picture of your ballot in some states…

This week in awful news

As Standing Rock Protesters Face Down Armored Trucks, the World Watches on Facebook.

Developing: 100+ Militarized Police Raiding #NoDAPL Resistance Camp Blocking Pipeline’s Path.

This week in evil people

Former WikiLeaks Employee James Ball Describes Working With Julian Assange.

News for queers and our allies:

Ex-gospel singer drags black Christians in song who shame him for being gay.

Why ‘LGBTQ’ Will Replace ‘LGBT’.

Most football fans would have ‘no problem’ with gay players – but 8% would.

This 93-year-old gay man powerfully explains why he doesn’t want a pardon from the U.K. government. A pardon implies it was a crime that needs forgiving, whereas the crime was that the original laws against being gay existed at all.

Politicizing Homophobia: How Director Otto Preminger Challenged Hollywood—Then and Now.

Remembering Jerry Smith, a gay NFL star who never got his due.

Loving the Whole Me: A Bisexual Mom on Coming Out to Her Family.

Gibraltar unanimously legalizes marriage equality.

Orlando Magic honors victims of Pulse Orlando terror attack.


Gene Study Clears ‘Patient Zero’ As Cause Of U.S. HIV Epidemic. Scientists have long suspected that HIV had been circulating in the U.S. for a decade before the first few AIDS cases were identified in Los Angeles 1981.

Physicists Beat Yet Another Challenge To Dark Matter’s Existence.

Six contractors have begun work on NASA’s gateway to deep space.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Larry Niven’s Ringworld: A Sexist Sci-Fi “Classic”.

Connie Willis: Open Channel.

This week in Writing

The Election and Productivity.

Almost November again, and that means it’s NaNoWriMo time!


7 Things You Need to Know About Plotting and Editing.

This Week in Tech

Chinese IoT device manufacturer recalls products amidst mass DDoS attacks.

This Week in Inclusion

Escapism & Representation.


Culture war news:

Democrats Draw Line Over LGBT Provision in Defense Authorization Bill.

Voter Suppression Is a Much Bigger Problem Than Voter Fraud.

Support of Trump exposes ugliness, hypocrisy of religious right.

Trump’s popularity with evangelicals is a disaster for the religious right.

A Lawsuit Challenges Utah’s Ban on Students and Teachers Saying Nice Things About Gay People.

Church drops lawsuit on transgender bathroom issue.

The Mormon church has a new campaign for LGBTQ acceptance—but it’s still insanely homophobic.

LifeWay pulls Hatmaker books over LGBT views of the author. For some christians, dehumanizing LGBT people is more important than loving us.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Donald Trump ‘crossed a line,’ made Al Smith dinner ‘uncomfortable,’ namesake’s great-great-grandson says.


Man waving “Blacks for Trump” sign at rallies is former member of violent cult.

Many Trump Supporters Want Trump TV — But Don’t Want To Pay For It.

This week in Politics:

Jill Stein Blames John Oliver for Declining Donations, Continues to Double Down on Dangerous Ideas.

Defense Secretary Orders Suspension of Attempts to Recoup Bonuses From Veterans.

Sanders is prepared to be a liberal thorn in Clinton’s side.

anders raises $2.4 million on Ryan’s budget panel warning.

Attempting To Woo Latino Voters, Marco Rubio Gets Booed At Orlando Festival.

Why Do So Many People Hate Hillary? Meet Your Press.

Rep. Ellison calls for DOJ to investigate Joe Walsh tweet.

Chris Christie’s epic collapse.

This Week in Racism

Meet the Dapper White Nationalist Who Wins Even if Trump Loses.

This Week in Internalized Homophobia


This Week in Hate Crimes

White high schoolers in Miss. put noose around black student’s neck and ‘yanked,’ NAACP says.


RIP, Sheri Tepper.

Sci-Fi and Mystery Author Sheri S. Tepper, 1929-2016.

Sheri S. Tepper (1929-2016).

Pete Burns, frontman of Dead Or Alive, dies aged 57.

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns dies at 57.

In Unmourned Departures:

R.I.P. Jack Chick, comics scaremonger.

Dead To Rights: Based on characters created by Jack T. Chick.

Things I wrote:

Oppressed oppressors: make America great like it was before The Homosexuals….

Why I hate hay fever reason #6312.

Stay Sane Inside Insanity – more of why I love sf/f.


Hallelujah – Pentatonix:

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Eli Lieb acoustic cover of Britney Spears’ Make Me:

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Sweet Transvestite as performed on September 17th 2015 in the Playhouse Theatre, London, with David Badella as Frank N Furter:

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I Put A Spell On You – Bette Midler – Hocus Pocus :

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 20 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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