Friday Links (sad day edition)

c2bhidgxeaasmxdWell, it’s Friday. Yep, Friday.

I’m already exhausted, and the corrupt reality TV star hasn’t even been sworn in, yet! I’ve decided to separate my usually Friday Links into two posts: a regular Friday Links posts with most of the usual topics, and a second Resistance Report post where I’ll put most of the links related to the corrupt one.

I don’t think I’ll do this every week, because assembling the Friday Links post is already a lot of work. But at least for now, below you will find many of the links I found interesting this week, with less outrage-inducing news.

Links of the Week

Millions in his firing squad. The Chicago Daily News published this column April 5, 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seattle, Island of Blue: The next four years will challenge Seattle. Are we up to the task?

The Obama Administration Digital Transition: Moving Forward. Here’s the latest on how you can continue to follow and engage with President Obama, the First Lady, and other Obama White House officials moving forward.

This week in privilege

Why Poor People Make Expensive Financial Decisions: Often, the banking options available for low-income Americans are all fundamentally flawed.

This week in what the Frak?

Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. But that’s not the surprising par.

This week in awful news

Pulse Shooter’s Wife Arrested by FBI.

Trade school fires president after he let homeless student stay in library during sub-zero weather.

This week in awful people

Dennis Hastert demands hush money back from alleged sex abuse victim. I never wanted to link to another story about this child molester and Republican politician again, unless it was a story about his death from a painful lingering disease…

News for queers and our allies:

CMT’s Cody Alan Comes Out As Gay.

The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World’s First Out-And-Proud Dol.

We don’t need more out pro athletes to advance the cause, but they sure would help.

“We were heard for the first time”: President Obama leaves an incredible legacy on LGBTQ rights.

‘Love is love’: Birmingham business apologizes for sign LGBTQ group described as ‘anti-trans’.

When straight men kiss, is it good for LGBT equality or a step back?

LGBTQ-owned businesses add $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy.

Home of LGBTQ activist becomes historic landmark in North Carolina.

The LGBT Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’ Has An Unfortunate Timeliness.


Ancient Recipe in Edwin Smith Papyrus Yields Surprise.

Where Have All the Giants Gone? How Animals Deal with the Problem of Size.

Why Hell Can’t Freeze Over: Quantum Physics And Absolute Zero.

Newly-discovered protein keeps your biological clock running.

Why 4.5 billion years of fluctuating global temperatures can’t explain climate change today.

Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation.

Milky Way Weighs in Light, Using a Well-Worn Technique.

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Is Examining What Could Be Cracks In Mud Over 3 Billion Years Old.

Shark study reveals taste buds were key to evolution of teeth.

First Pictures of Earth and Moon Taken from Mars and Saturn.

Odd Football-Size Armored Creatures Solve Ancient Footprint Mystery.

Conditions right for complex life may have come and gone in Earth’s distant past.

2016 Warmest Year Ever – Largely Due To Human Emissions | Video.

Mystery Object in Cygnus A Galaxy.

We can’t directly see black holes. But this time lapse shows the awesome power of their gravity.

The moon is older than scientists thought, UCLA-led research team reports.

Physicists say they’ve manipulated ‘pure nothingness’ and observed the fallout.

This is the closest-ever photo of a ‘wavemaker moon’ that hides out in Saturn’s rings.


Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post.

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life.

Palaeontologists reveal 350m-year-old tropical Scotland bursting with life.

Researchers Uncover Fossils of 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatillos.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!


Tropes, trolls and Trump: the fantasy writer who inspired George RR Martin.

All I really need to know I learned from science fiction and fantasy stories.

Hugo Nominees 2017 Wikia.

This week in Writing

The criminal neglect of detective fiction. I’m a bit skeptical when a review of academic papers looks at nothing published more recently than 40 years ago and claims to make conclusions about how academic look at the genre now.

This week in Words

Literally Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know About Semantic Bleaching.

This Week in Tech

Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited. Yes, I posted this last weekend. Worth repeating!

How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking.

The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your security with WhatsApp.

This Week in Covering the News

STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All. An oldie, but worth remembering!

This Guy Tricked Infowars Into Publishing A Completely Fake Report On Trump.

This Week in Inclusion

Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Best of 2016.

Culture war news:

I Call Bulls**t On HGTV Star Chip Gaines’ Blog About Anti-Gay Controversy.

No Middle Ground: Evangelical Leaders Reject Compromise on LGBT and Religious Rights.


Lone Rabbi at Center of Montana’s Neo-Nazi Storm.

Being Gay Doesn’t Make My Family Dysfunctional.

Christians Denounce Footwear Ad Featuring Frolicking Nude and Gay Models.

Religious Right Leaders Are Furious at Right Wing Watch for Quoting Them Verbatim.

Virginia kills anti-trans bathroom bill without debate.

This week in the Planned Parenthood end of the Culture War:

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade.

The Abortion Rate Is Falling Because Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant. “the data shows that better contraception — combined with a bad economy and a falling teen pregnancy rate — is largely responsible.”

Study Shows Free Birth Control Reduces Abortions.

Abstinence-only education programs are not effective at delaying the initiation of sexual activity or in reducing teen pregnancy.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

LGBT Activists Had a Dance Party Protest in Mike Pence’s Neighborhood.

Hope and Resistance in Seattle: We might not all be happy with who’s running the country for the next four years. But those years don’t have to be hopeless.

This week in Politics:

Things I’m Going to Miss About President Barack Obama.

House bill introduced to block government from forcing tech companies to build Muslim registry.

Chelsea Manning’s win not necessarily a big win for trans rights.

‘School choice’ undermines public system.

Killing ObamaCare will literally kill people.

‘The Boss’ Gives a Show to Obama Staffers.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Some 30 Jewish institutions across US targeted in second wave of bomb threats.


Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82.

‘An Outstanding Crewmate’: Gene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon, Remembered.

Gene Cernan’s Drive To Inspire Recalled By NASA Chief.

Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71.

In Unmourned Departures:

Eddie Long, Megachurch Pastor Embroiled in Scandal, Dies.

Bishop Eddie Long Is Not the Only One Who’s Dead.

In case you don’t know why Long’s death shouldn’t be mourned: No Forgiveness For Megachurch Leader In Sexual Abuse Case.

Things I wrote:

Hacking and phishing and spying, oh my!

Sunday Funnies, part 21.

Myths about bigotry: respectful disagreement.

Maybe just a little bit of schadenfreude.

Shiny new toy: my new Macbook Pro.

If you want thousands, you have to fight for one — more of why I love sf/f.


NSFW: Andrew Christian – Freshman Car Wash / Wow – Kylie Minogue:

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We Didn’t Start The Fire parody – Billy Joel – Sherry Vine:

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Troye Sivan – HEAVEN ft. Betty Who:

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Ellen Degeneres breaks the record for most People’s Choice Awards!:

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Bright Light Bright Light feat. Elton John ‘Running Back To You’:

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Ellen’s Tribute to the Obamas:

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Cage The Elephant – Cold Cold Cold:

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