Friday Links (myth-busting edition)

Who benefits from a higher minimum wage? (Click to embiggen)

Who benefits from a higher minimum wage? (Click to embiggen)

It’s a Friday. The first Friday in December and oh my goodness where has the year gone?

I’m not working from home today. Which is a good thing for this blog post because what with trying to finish both NaNoWriMo and another writing deadline I had, I didn’t have as much time to work on the links this week as usual.

Anyway, here are links to stories I found interesting, sorted by category.

Links of the Week

Comment of the Day: Paying For a More Civilized Society. An oldie, but well worth revisiting.



This week in awful news

Gatlinburg hotels, homes destroyed in Tenn. wildfires.

Investigators look for motive behind Ohio State knife attack.

Fabulous, Darling!

What the Hell is Modern Architecture? Part Two: Mid-Century Madness.

How to Make a Low Carb Cheese Board.

News for queers and our allies:

Merriam-Webster Has Become A Hilarious, Shade-Throwing LGBTQ Ally.

‘Mom, I’m Dying’: How Family Rejection Charts Trans Youth Toward Death.

Family Research Council creates false persecution controversy & defends white supremacist enabling publication.

Woman Stands Up To Homophobic Neighbor… With 10,000 Rainbow Christmas Lights. The photo of the rainbow bushes in front of the house is cool!

Pence Trolled By New D.C. Neighbors Who Hung Rainbow Flags All Over Their Yards.

Why People With HIV Are Still Going To Prison Even When They Can’t Transmit The Virus.

America East Conference and Maine Men’s Basketball to Protest HB2, Transphobia at Duke Game.

Whoopi Goldberg Gets Emotional Receiving Award for AIDS Activism from Elizabeth Taylor’s Grandson – WATCH.

Michigan Neighborhood Drowns Out Complaint Over Gay Pride Flag with ‘Wall of Flags’.


Homeopathic Medicine Labels Now Must State Products Do Not Work. About bloody time…

Amid government ignorance and equivocal science, Flint residents mold their lives around perpetual crisis and endless unanswerable questions.. I’m putting this under science in part because of some of the scary things it says about our entire water supply and how little we understand it: “We know very little about the microbial water quality in pipes and distribution systems and household plumbing,” said Joan Rose, a microbiologist at Michigan State University who has been actively researching the emerging Flint crisis since 2014. In March, Rose was awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize for her research into water quality, microbiology, and public health. “You mean we know very little about that in Flint?” I asked. “No, I mean we don’t know that much about it at all, anywhere.” “Well,” I replied, “that’s kind of terrifying.” “It should be,” she said.

Five things elevators teach us about design, psychology and hats.

Ötzi’s Sartorial Splendor.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Flyover Country. A science fiction story…

This week in Writing

Knowing the Course Ahead, in Running as in Writing.

Oh, The People You’ll Sue! (When You’re Dr. Seuss Enterprises).

Bad Reasons to Choose Self-Publishing.

This Week in Covering the News

How to Deal With the Lies of Donald Trump: Guidelines for the Media. “Our journalistic and political assumption is that each side to a debate will “try” to tell the truth — and will count it as a setback if they’re caught making things up. Until now the idea has been that if you can show a contrast between words and actions, claim and reality, it may not bring the politician down, but it will hurt… None of this works with Donald Trump. He doesn’t care, and at least so far the institutional GOP hasn’t either.”

Where Do We Go from Here?

The People Chose Hillary Clinton. Now We Need To Stop Donald Trump From Trashing Our Democracy.

Trump: The Choice We Face. “I grew up knowing that my great-grandfather smuggled guns into the Bialystok ghetto for the resistance…”

This week in Health

How Many People Just Voted Themselves Out of Health Care? (Updated) (Updated again) (And again).

House lawmakers passed the biggest health reform bill since the Affordable Care Act. aka, instituting welfare for pharmaceutical companies…

This Week in Inclusion

#12DaysofDiversity — Retelling Readathon Signup.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

This Is What Safe Spaces & Trigger Warnings Actually Are.

This week in the deplorables

Potential Conflicts Around the Globe for Trump, the Businessman President.

Why Donald Trump Is Lying About the Popular Vote.

NYT publishes damning, deep look at Trump’s commercial/presidential conflicts of interests, so Trump tweets crazy fake-vote conspiracy.

Here Are the Only Times the U.S. Government Can Revoke Your Citizenship. …under current law… unless they change it…

Graham challenges Trump to prove claims of voter fraud.

Bloomberg: Breitbart writer Milo makes money from gay “sugar daddies”. The headline is a little misleading; it’s not the Bloomberg published an expose of a scandalous secret: Milo bragged in the interview about the tens of thousands of dollars men have paid him for having sex with them. What? This story is short and hilarous, go read it!

Donald Trump Wants You to Burn the Flag While He Burns the Constitution.

Here’s What You Really Need to Know About Trump’s Carrier Deal.

Trump promised he’d make Carrier ‘pay a damn tax.’ Instead he’s doing the exact opposite..

Carrier Will Receive $7 Million in Tax Breaks to Keep Jobs in Indiana.

This week in Politics:

It’s Time for Bernie Sanders to Apologize to his Supporters, and to President Obama. And it’s time for certain of his supporters to admit some things, as well…

Fact-check: Did 3 million undocumented immigrants vote in this year’s election?

Wisconsin officials OK speedy recount, defend tally.

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage.

This Week in Racism

They said despicable things about the Obamas but say they’re not racists. Yes, they are.

The Miseducation of Native American Students.

Evanston police officers on leave after arresting black man collecting signatures. He was collecting signatures in order to run for political office. Not only isn’t it illegal to collect signatures on a public street, in this case it is actually mandated by law…

This Week in Hate Crimes

Hate Crime Surged Following Donald Trump’s Election And He’s Been Passive About It.

The hate divide: Hate crimes are up, up, up and Trump supporters want to deny, deny, deny.

New York Attorney General Mobilizes to Battle Trump-Inspired Hate Crimes.


Firefly’s Shepherd, Ron Glass, Dies at 71 (Update).

Ron Glass, Emmy-Nominated Actor Known for ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Firefly,’ Dies at 71.

Ron Glass Dead: Nathan Fillion And ‘Firefly’ Cast Mourn Shepherd Book Actor.

In Unmourned Departures:

“The world says farewell to a revolutionary bully who cozied up to the Russians, ignored civil liberties, favored torture, caused citizens to want to flee their own country... and promised to make Cuba great again!” © 2016 Rob Rogers and Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“The world says farewell to a revolutionary bully who cozied up to the Russians, ignored civil liberties, favored torture, caused citizens to want to flee their own country… and promised to make Cuba great again!” © 2016 Rob Rogers and Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Fidel Castro is dead. This Miami Herald obituary is incredible!

Things I wrote:

Thanksgiving with Grandma Wanda, and other news updates.

To absent friends….

Hit the word count again, but….


The John:

The John from Thornbird Productions on Vimeo.

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Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus and Pentatonix: “Jolene” – The Voice 2016:

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Neon Trees – Songs I Can’t Listen To:

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Back 2 Paradise (Extended Version from the movie ‘Were the World Mine’):

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Dwayne Johnson – You’re Welcome (From “Moana”):

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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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