Friday Links (it’s black and white edition)

How can we tell...? BettyBowers.Com

How can we tell…? BettyBowers.Com

It’s the third Friday in December. And tomorrow is the third Saturday, which means that we’ll be hosting the annual Holiday Party and Ghost Story Challenge. Yay!

I, along with several co-workers, came down sick this week. I’ve seen on various social media a number of friends and acquaintances have as well. I guess it is that time of year.

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

Links of the Week

Farewell, America: No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently.

Illuminating reindeer hat for this German Sheperd.

Some Garbage I Used To Believe About Equality.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING TRUMP PROTESTER APOLOGIZES IN FAYETTEVILLE COURT.

This week in white privilege

HOW DO I EXPLAIN THE ELECTION RESULTS TO MY SON WHEN HE’S SO PRIVILEGED THAT THEY WON’T HAVE EVEN THE SLIGHTEST IMPACT ON HIS LIFE?

This Week in Difficult to Classify

czmxziaxuaadtxsEuropeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows. It’s not just Europeans…

One Seattle Murder, Two Devastated Families, and a Question: What Constitutes Justice?

Read This Letter from the Murdered Man’s Brother to the Court. No, really. You won’t regret it.

This week in awful news

Vancouver men who started wildfire ordered to pay state $2.3 million. “Court documents say the fire started July 19, 2015 after Taylor, his brother Adrian Taylor and Michael Estrada Cardenas used propane tanks and soda cans for target practice near Woodland…”

After Meeting With Trump, Bill Gates Proves That He Can’t Be Trusted to Fight Climate Change.

This week in awful people

Alabama Prosecutor Sets the Penalties and Fills the Coffer.

News for queers and our allies:

Orlando shooting victims remembered on six-month anniversary.

Non-gendered pronouns are progress for trans and non-trans people alike.

Pittsburgh Mayor To Sign Conversion Therapy Ban For Minors.

Science!

DNA evidence helps free a service dog from death row.

Did ‘dark stars’ help form the Universe?

Arctic heating up at twice as fast as rest of globe.

Why don’t humans have a penis bone? Scientists may now know.

It’s Not an Impossible Fish Tank, It’s Just Physics.

Viruses have evolved to be more deadly for men than women, study suggests.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Boron Under Ancient Martian Lakebed.

Cosmic Bling: Jupiter Sports Stormy ‘Pearl’ in New Juno Photo.

Mount St. Helens shakes 120 times within a week as volcano recharges, scientists say.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

‘Sense8: A Christmas Special’ Is Coming to Netflix.

“When I read a story, I skip the explanations”. I have some quibbles. I should probably write a blog post.

GUEST POST: THREE SHORT STORIES BY FRENCH WOMEN SF WRITERS PRE-1969: “THE DEVIL’S GODDAUGHTER” (1960), SUZANNE MALAVAL, “MOON-FISHERS” (1959), NATHALIE HENNEBERG, “THE CHAIN OF LOVE” (1955), CATHERINE CLIFF.

GUEST POST: TWO SPECULATIVE FICTIONS FROM THE 1890S: “THE YELLOW WALLPAPER” (1892), CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN, “THE LITTLE ROOM”(1895), MADELINE YALE WYNNE.

Let Us Now Praise “Famous” Authors.

Corie Weaver: Mad scientist should be an equal opportunity career.

Complaint About Term “Neo-Nazi” Results in Foz Meadows Post Moving from Black Gate to Amazing Stories.

Jim C. Hines: Fundraiser for Transgender Michigan. An auction a day of very interesting sf/f stuff!

SF History: Harlan Ellison stands up to a bullying Frank Sinatra.

This week in Writing

Navigating the In-Between: Demisexuality in YA Lit.

18 MIDDLE GRADE AUTHORS ON WRITING GIRL CHARACTERS AFTER ELECTION.

This week in Words

‘The Feud’ recalls a classic literary dust-up: Nabokov’s huge literary feud with Edmund Wilson.

This Week in Tech

Evernote’s new not-so-privacy policy will let employees read your notes.

How to deactivate and reactivate your Evernote account.

14 eyebrow-raising personal details Google knows about you.

Yahoo’s billion account breach: 5 things you should do to stay safe. All of these suggestions are things you should do even if you were never a Yahoo user.

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S..

This Week in Covering the News

Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum.

Welcome back, Andrew Sullivan! Let the criticism commence! I wish he’d actually left… and stayed gone…

Where Do We Go from Here?

Christmas Is Bigger Than Trump. “They can have my yuletide joy when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.”

The practical guide to resisting Trump, by former Congressional staffers.

Not Safe For Work: Slouching Toward 2017.

This Week in Inclusion

Colored streaks on Asian Women: The damaging trope.

This Week in Police Problems

Killings by US police logged at twice the previous rate under new federal program.

Culture war news:

Todd Starnes Lies About Texas School “Censoring” Poster That Illegally Promoted Christianity.

Merry Christmas! Anti-gay preacher tells kids Santa isn’t real.

“Atheists Want to Abort Baby Jesus,” Says Christian Who Doesn’t Understand the Law (or Abortions).

If we took ‘Gamergate’ harassment seriously, ‘Pizzagate’ might never have happened.

Christians React to the Death of Atheist Activist Rob Sherman: “Great News!” “Wonderful!”.

Louisiana Governor’s LGBT Rights Order Thrown out by Judge.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

To fight hate crimes, philanthropist George Soros’s organization begins by tracking them.

News of Orange Julius Ceasar

Trump biographer: Stop overestimating him — he’s a cross between a junkie and a hungry chicken.

Donald Trump still does not understand the unemployment rate. Though to be fair, lots of people, not all of them as ignorant as Trump, don’t understand it…

Reports: Trump Campaign Is Threatening Electors To Vote For Him Or Else.

Former CIA Officer On Trump’s Battle With Intelligence Community.

Trump’s Inaugural Committee offered ‘diplomatic posts’ to bookers able to land A-list talent.

Donald Trump’s Denial About Russia.

Poll: Public disapproval, doubt about Trump.

This week in Politics:

Donald Trump has lost popular vote by greater margin than any US President.

Stop It! There Are No Big Lessons From the 2016 Election.

Self-Described “White Trash Hillbilly” Nails Exactly What’s Wrong with America.

NC Gov. Roy Cooper slams General Assembly proposals to limit governor’s power.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

White Nationalist Terrorist Dylann Roof Found Guilty in Charleston Church Massacre.

(In case you forgot: DYLANN ROOF CONFESSES: SAYS HE WANTED TO START ‘RACE WAR’.)

Dylann Roof Trial: Evidence Shows Extent of His Violent Hatred.

Men’s-Rights Activists Are Finding a New Home With the Alt-Right. No, they aren’t. I’ve been dealing with MRA assholes for years and every single one of them already was deep in the racist tank. They’ve always been there.

How the alt-right’s sexism lures men into white supremacy. This is a less naive take on the topic…

Hate’s Insidious Face: UW-Milwaukee and the “Alt-Right”.

The neo-Nazi murder trial revealing Germany’s darkest secrets.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Loretta Lynch’s Speech Against Hate Crimes Is a Brilliant, Stinging Rebuke to Trumpism.

Farewells:

Alan Thicke Dies at 69.

Bernard Fox, Who Played Dr. Bombay on ‘Bewitched,’ Dies at 89.

Things I wrote:

Anniversary flowers and other silliness.

Six months out, Pulse shooting still hurts.

Totally not-Gay Aaron Schock in the news again.

Confessions of a sentence-wrangler.

Videos!

Carol of the Bells: Petra Haden:

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Carol of the Bells – Peter Hollens & Friends:

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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, read by Neil Gaiman:

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The advert for Danish electronics retailer Elgiganten Denmark, titled ‘Let the Gifts Talk’, features a young transgender woman at home with her parents for Christmas:

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Good Grief, It’s A Stephen Colbert Christmas Special:

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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. I publish 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 in Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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