Friday Links (first they came for edition)

c3dxzz-xaae-gby-jpg-largeWell, it’s Friday. The first Friday since a white-supremacist appointing authoritarian ignoramous was sworn in as the (illegitimate) president of the United States, and the number of assaults on my rights has been rather overwhelming.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017. Scroll down to 86 and see how you ought to handle describing a movie made by a director who is also a convicted child molester…

To Everyone Who Just Had Their Heart Broken For the First Time. Time to repost this…

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind.

Doomsday Clock: Humanity might be edging closer to its end.

News for queers and our allies:

How we overcame Aids against all the odds.

Place a tribute fan bench for George Michael in Hampstead Heath. A place where he loved.

The Trojan Horse of Pop. “Pop music, for me, became intellectual foreplay, the only current I heard on a daily basis running counter to the message from the pulpit.”

Coming Out, I Thought I’d Never Get To Be A Dad.

Coming out to your kids.

N. Carolina women gymnasts wear pro-LGBT shirts at meet.


A radical new hypothesis claims to have a simple explanation for dark energy.

This awesome periodic table shows the origins of every atom in your body.

1000-year old windmills still in use.

Fecal transplant improves autism symptoms.

Wolf-sized otters prowled prehistoric China.

100-million-year-old ‘alien’ insect discovered trapped in amber.

Humans Killed Australia’s Megafauna.

Trump slams the author of a report he hasn’t read, doesn’t understand. I’ve heard more sophisticated arguments on playgrounds from children…

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

3 Reasons It’s Okay to Stop Reading That Boo.

The Death Star and the Final Trench Run.

This week in Writing

Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill wins Newbery Medal.

This week in Words

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words?

This Week in Tech

Putting teeth into enforcing Internet of Things security, but for how long?

Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing.

This Week in Covering the News

Google bans 200 publishers in crackdown on fake news. Too little, too late, IMHO

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest.

This Week in Inclusion

Maybe Consider Not Being an Asshole.

Culture war news:

White fear of demographic change is a powerful psychological force.

Compromise does not work with our political opponents. When will we learn?

The religious right have been using ‘alternative facts’ against the lgbt community for years.

Voter fraud suspect arrested in Des Moines. Caught, it was the first case in years, and it’s a trump voter


These are the states most at risk for anti-LGBTQ policies in 2017.

Politician Wants To Make It A Crime To Call Pat McCrory Out As A Bigot.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Apple, Samsung, IBM and More Will Protest Texas ‘Bathroom Bill’.

This Week in the Resistance:

Voices from Friday’s Student Walkout in Seattle.

The Women’s March on Washington, and Around the World.

Photos and Video: The Womxn’s March on Seattle.

‘Pussyhat’ knitters join long tradition of crafty activism.

Thousands of Alaskans join Women’s March in solidarity with national events.

Uplifting, Heartbreaking, Enormous Crowds at Women’s Marches Around The World.

Impeach the Mofo Already. Raise money for ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project by buying buttons, hats, t-shirts that spread the message.

Women’s March Street Style: See the Photos.

News about the Fascist

Trump immediately revokes price break for mortgages.

White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds.

Trump’s inaugural cake was commissioned to look exactly like Obama’s, baker says.

Trump Brought Personal Cheerleading Squad to CIA Meeting.

Iraqis Are Pissed That Trump Said The US Might Try To Seize Their Oil, Again.

How Trump’s perverted populism could translate into a second term.

American carnage: Donald Trump becomes America’s 45th president, delivers bleak inaugural address. “But there was nothing for those hoping to see a more pragmatic, moderate President Trump take office, or to hear him admit that the world is complex and less pliable than he pretended on the campaign trail. All populists are at heart conspiracy theorists, who pretend that easy solutions exist to society’s woes and have only not been tried to date because elites are wicked and deaf to the sturdy common-sense of decent, ordinary folk. That was the Trump approach.”

ON THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP: PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND. “…while we go on waiting for such miracles of personal and intellectual evolution, there is every reason to be on guard against a President whose attachment to constitutional norms seems episodic at best.”

The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a rebootv.

Congratulations, America — you did it! An actual fascist is now your official president.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Example? A Troubled Tale .

America could build over 500 elementary schools for the price of Trump’s wall. or hire 16,500 elementary school teachers and pay them for a decade

This week in Politics:

Voting in 2016 US Presidential Election — Visualizing Economics.

Marco Rubio Caves on Rex Tillerson. Asshole

Two Former Press Secretaries Slam Sean Spicer For Telling Massive Lie .


Democrats delay vote on Sessions nomination.

The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned. Note: we don’t know if this was voluntary or if they were pushed out.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables


What Really Happened at the Milo Yiannopoulos Protest at UW on Friday Night.

Shooter sent Facebook message to Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos before gunfire at UW protest, policey.

Trump’s federal hiring freeze will kneecap veterans more than perhaps any other group.

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/21/2017: Kind is the new sexy.

Uplifting, heartbreaking, and enormous.

Punching villains.

Why I hate hay fever reason #6481.

One person’s fave is another’s wtf – more of why I love sf/f.


Russian President Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Olya Povlatsky (Kate McKinnon) assure Americans that everything will be fine under President Donald Trump.:

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Jimmy Kimmel Presents The Troompa Loompas!:

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Trump’s Devious Plan to Destroy the White House Press Corps | The Resistance with Keith Olberman:

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Edited to Add: I had bookmarked links to obituaries for Mary Tyler Moore and Mike Connors but somehow left them out of the original post. Check out the Supplemental Links.

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