Friday Links (when will this election end edition)

58389555It’s a Friday! But it’s November already. How did THAT happen?!

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again, and we a little surprised at how many links I amassed even though I’m spending less time reading that news.

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

7 Appearance Related Comments Trans People Wish You’d Stop Making.

Geocachers find woman trapped in wrecked car at bottom of ravine.

7 Reasons So Many Guys Don’t Understand Sexual Consent.

This week in white privilege

“While land rights and anti-Washington activists greeted the jury’s decision as a long-overdue victory for American liberty, others called it a terrifying invitation for armed protesters to occupy federal land and buildings with impunity, potentially putting federal workers at risk.”.

Suspect in ‘ambush-style’ killings of two Iowa police officers taken into custody.

This week in the deplorables

DOJ To Send Elections Monitors To Four Counties In North Carolina.

This week in awful news

Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women. Yet huge numbers of men are also victims. In this harrowing report, Will Storr travels to Uganda to meet traumatised survivors, and reveals how male rape is endemic in many of the world’s conflicts.

This week in awful people

Twitter Suspends Account Posting Voter Misinformation Aimed At Minorities. But only after being shamed in the media about not suspending the account earlier…

News for queers and our allies:

Diana Davies Recorded Early Gay Lib. Here Are Some Of Her Incredible Photos.

The great gay subversion of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.

These TV Shows Are Finally Giving Queer Women Happy Endings.


Australians, Pacific Islanders carry DNA of unknown human species, research analysis suggests.

Meet the Seattle scientist who composes horror film music.

Men Pull Out Of Male Birth Control Trial After Experiencing Side Effects Women Have Been Told for Decades Were Just In Their Heads.

Study blames ‘exceptional warmth’ for low snowpack levels.

Scientific Proof That Support For Trump Is Driven By Anger At Women.

DNA clues to how chipmunk earned its stripes.

[Most Articles About] Supermoons Are Super Dumb.

“Parking-garage” structures in nuclear astrophysics and cellular biophysics.

Abandoned in space in 1967, a US satellite has started transmitting again.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Jillian Holtzmann: queer as a salty parabola, she’s not here for straight people.

Fear of a Feminist Future: The alt-right hopes to be saved by the apocalypse.

We Have Always Been Here, Motherfucker.

Groot’s best friend.

This week in Writing

Maybe You Like Comma Splices, Maybe You Don’t: Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll used comma splices, but your English teacher might have a problem with them.

The POC Guide to Writing Dialect In Fiction.


The connection between writing and dancing: What Beyonce Taught Me.

This Week in History

Which Political Party Has Created More Jobs?

This Week in Tech

No, Facebook, ‘Diversity’ Doesn’t Explain Your Support of Thiel.

Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race. And in at least some cases this is an actual violation of federal law.

I am in a test for Twitter’s new @ reply design and it is a mess. When users are confused, it is not because users are dumb, it’s because the design is bad. Unfortunately, the sort of designers/engineers who assume it is because the users are dumb always make the design even worse when trying to fix it.

How Apple could have avoided much of the controversy. “A lot of it boils down to this concept: We demand Apple innovate, but we insist they don’t change anything.” … “If you think about it, perhaps the biggest change from my older, 2013 laptop is that it’s gone from having seven (yes, that many) ports, each with a specific purpose to having four points, each customizable by a cable to dongle to solve the problem you have… My laptop has a power port, an SD card port, 3 Thunderbolt ports and two USB ports. I know that in the four years I’ve owned it, I’ve never used the SD card, I use the Power port, one Thunderbolt port, and occasionally plug a USB cable in. So half the ports in this thing are never used — and yet I paid for them because they were built into the computer.”

No SD Card slot? It’s the camera companies you should be upset with, not Apple.

How black people built social media.

This week in Health

How the Fight to Legalize Cannabis Balms and Lotions Gave People with Chronic Pain More Options.

Feeling Happy for Others Can Make You Happy.

This Week in Inclusion

Why Queer Retellings of Classic Stories Are So Necessary.

Once Taboo, Gay Characters Are Taking Over YA Fiction. Not exactly…

TV Is Better for L.G.B.T.Q. Characters than Ever—Unless You’re a Lesbian.

This week in Difficult to Classify

Who is buying these $66 collard greens from Neiman Marcus?

Culture war news:

fundamentalism, satan, and the end of a loyal opposition.

School won’t host haunted house depicting Pulse shooting.

‘Token’ civil rights leader attacks Obama’s racial heritage for supporting lgbt community.

‘Ex-Gay’ Speakers Warn That Satan Tries To Drag People Back Into Homosexuality.

Mom wants ‘graphic’ book pulled from high school library.

Christian Dominionism’s Fruitful Distortion of American History.

Anti-LGBT Activist Steve Hotze: Gays Are Eating Away America’s Moral Fabric Like Termites.

The headline should be, “White Supremacist Militia Plots Domestic Terrorism as Election Nears” U.S. militia girds for trouble as presidential election nears.

Justice Department to North Carolina: Stop Illegally Purging Black Voters From the Rolls.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Universities work to purge male students of their ‘toxic’ masculinity.

This Week in Hate Crimes

University of Wisconsin-Stout Student From Saudi Arabia Killed.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Ku Klux Klan makes it official, endorses Donald Trump saying ‘Make America Great Again’.

370 Economists Debunk Trump’s Right-Wing Media Myths On The Economy.

Fran Leibowitz on Donald Trump –”He’s a Poor Person’s Idea of a Rich Person”. Watch.

Best reason not to vote for Trump: Franklin Graham: Vote Trump Or Else Right Wing Christians Will Lose Control Of America.

This week in Puff Pieces about the Election:

Staving Off the Apocalypse in Cleveland: I Canvassed in Ohio with Gary Shteyngart and We Saw the Real America.

The Only Article You Need To Read About Why Trump Voters Are Angry. “But, except for roughly 7,200 articles on the subject, there has been scant effort made by the mainstream media to understand the kind of voters who say Trump speaks for them.”

This week in Politics:

CNN confirms James Comey violated FBI policy today by trying to sabotage Hillary Clinton.

FBI’s Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing: Source.

Republicans Pile On James Comey Over Handling Of Clinton Probe.

Five Reasons Not to Panic About Hillary Clinton Right Now.

Growing evidence of a hidden women’s vote for Clinton.

FBI Agents Are Attempting to Sway a Presidential Election. That’s Horrifying.

The Strange Career of the Voter-Fraud Myth.

GMA Fined $18 Million over Cover Up in GMO Labeling Fight. That’s my state’s attorney general winning the largest campaign finance fine in history, in this case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association for failing to disclose the source of $11million dollars worth of fundraising they did to defeat a food labelling initiative.

This Week in Racism

Why I Left My Dream Job at Second City.

White nationalists plot Election Day show of force: KKK, neo-Nazis and militias plan to monitor urban polling places and suppress the black vote. It’s not a show of force, it is domestic terrorism.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Met Police ‘sorry’ for not investigating homophobia.

This Week in Sexism

The first time a man hurt me, I was 8. My story isn’t unusual.

Frank Cho & Milo Manara Prove They’ve Learned Nothing at “Art and Women” Panel.


Legendary horror host John Zacherle passes away.

John Zacherle, Host With a Ghoulish Perspective, Dies at 98.

Don Marshall, Actor on ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Land of the Giants,’ Dies at 80.

Star Trek’s Don Marshall Dies at 80, But His Lt. Boma Profoundly Changed Spock.

Things I wrote:

No one else can tell the stories I have to tell.

False equivalency and taking a page from J. Edgar Hoover.

I’d rather be talking about Tricks and Treats!

It’s NaNoWriMo time again!

There wolf! There castle! why sf/f doesn’t have to be serious.


Feelin’ Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 1) | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:

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Feelin’ Alt-Right (Act 1, Part 2) | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee :

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Halloween Treat: Obama Sings ‘Purple Rain’; Halloween 2016 at the White House:

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Beyoncé performance at CMA Awards 50th ft. Dixie Chicks | Daddy Lessons Full Video:

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WONDER WOMAN – Official Trailer [HD] (this is the first DC movie that looked interesting in a long time):

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