Retired astronaut Leland Melvin brought his rescue dogs, Jake and Scout to be in his official portrait. © 2009 NASA
Well, it’s Friday.
It’s been another week of dreading to look at anything each morning for fear of what new horror will be reported. I really am trying to read other news, and I’m trying to limit how many links about the troompa loompa I collect. It’s still a crazy amount!
Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.
Links of the Week
Woodland Park Zoo’s gift to the Internet: tiny otter pups. There’s video!
The Story Behind This Astronaut’s Viral Photo Is Even Cuter Than His Dogs.
Don’t Fuck with Librarians
Librarian tweets epic story of justice after student trolls framed a girl and got her grounded..
This week in Food
Northwest Farmers Say They Can’t Find Enough Workers to Pick Fruit. And the farmworkers who are here are afraid of being deported.
This week in awful news
Family of 4-month-old set to have surgery at OHSU impacted by Trump’s executive order.
This Week in Our Budding Dystopia.
Trump’s disastrous first military strike had previously been rejected by Obama.
News for queers and our allies:
Don’t believe the spin: Donald Trump will absolutely use the White House to attack LGBT rights.
LGBTQ Reads – New Releases: February 2017.
First African-American Crewmember To Join The International Space Station.
This Prehistoric Human Ancestor Was All Mouth.
Watch 4 Exoplanets Dance Around An Alien Star Not So Far Away.
Giant fossil found in Transylvania was a ferocious flying predator that could devour horse-sized dinosaurs.
Earth is sending oxygen to the moonv.
Nature Is Full Of Amazing Hermaphrodites.
The resurgent ritual of mocking people for crying is a suboptimal source of social validation.
The Unlikely Comeback of New Zealand’s Weirdest ‘Living Fossil’.
Reality Is Not What We Can See.
THESE GORGEOUS PHOTOS OF SATURN’S RINGS ARE CASSINI’S ‘GRAND FINALE’.
Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?
Heisenberg’s Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!
Thursday Comics Hangover: The soul of Snagglepuss. reimagining the Hanna Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss as “a gay Southern Gothic playwright.”
What Peter Pan teaches us about memory and consciousness.
Arrival director Denis Villeneuve will tackle Dune adaptation.
It’s Time for Doctor Who to Change Television History for the Better.
JOHN SCALZI: In Which a Cover Strapline Does Not, Alas, Reveal a Vast Conspiracy For My Benefit.
2017 Nerds of a Feather Hugo Award Longlist, Part 1: Fiction Categories. Also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
2016 Locus Recommended Reading List.
This week in Words
What’s a ‘Tweetstorm’?
This Week in Tech
Silicon Valley’s responses to Trump’s immigration executive orders, from strongest to weakest. How CEOs are reacting to the immigration ban
It’s time to admit Apple Watch is a success. 25 million sales is nothing to sneeze at. Or, as John Gruder also observed: “In September, Apple claimed watch revenues second only to Rolex. How can it not be considered a hit at this point?”
Six Colors: Apple’s record quarter by the numbers. What always amazes me about Six Colors is they start posted the awesome graphs while the analyst call is still in progress. And the graphs are just cool!
Watch: Comcast employees walk out to protest Trump’s immigration order. Not quite fair of the headline to call in a walk-out. The company okayed the thousands leaving and gave them paid time off. It’s becoming a very strange world when I find myself applauding Comcast…
Even Without A Headphone Jack, iPhone 7 Boosts Apple’s Sales. (boosted them through the roof, in fact…)
This Week in Inclusion
26 fantastic authors of Muslim descent to read right now.
Culture war news:
Conservative Christian leader expects Trump to advance ‘religious liberties’ on gay rights through executive order.
Neil Gorsuch’s Disturbing Record on LGBTQ Rights.
House Moves To Preserve Right of Mentally Ill To Buy Guns.
The Democrats Can Solve Their “Religion” Problem Without Pandering or Forgetting Their Values.
This Week in the Resistance:
The Nervous Civil Servant’s Guide to Defying an Illegal Order.
Bremerton councilwoman arrested in D.C..
This week in so-called Christians
Florida Pastor Flees Naked From Home of Mistress After Her Husband Comes After Him with Gun.
News about the Fascist:
A Clarifying Moment in American History. There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.
President Trump’s Muslim ban excludes countries linked to his sprawling business empire.
Trial Balloon for a Coup?
The man behind Trump? Still Steve Bannon.
How to Build an Autocracy.
A Reality Check of Trump’s first week in office. Warning: auto-playing video
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions. I kept trying to explain to some people, he was never a businessman. He’s a con artist…
Paul Krugman Warns Either Trump or the Republic Will Be Gone Within a Year.
San Francisco Plans to Sue Donald Trump for Sanctuary City Policies.
Jon Stewart Rips Apart President Trump: ‘The New Official Language of the United States Is Bullshit’.
‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader.
Plausible theory on why Trump rage-dialed Australia’s PM .
Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources.
A Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Was Leaked.
This week in Politics:
Poll: After 2 Weeks, Voters Yearn For Obama. Lots of interesting things in this…
Paul Ryan Gets Added to Wikipedia Page on Invertebrates. Well, he is spineless!
Democrats unanimously reject Trump’s racist pick for attorney general.
How many fatal terror attacks have refugees carried out in the US? None.
Confronted with talking to constituents about health care, these GOP lawmakers chose to hide.
Things I wrote:
Weekend Update 1/28/2017 – A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.
Card-carrying member of the ACLU, and proud of it!
A writer writes, always.
Goals, damn goals, and resolutions.
Crime Does Not Pay (but the hours are good)!
Max Canada Lynx – I’m a Big Baby
Max Lynx, the educational animal ambassador takes a moment to get some good scratchin’ before he sits down for his meal. He was born at a zoo in May 2011. He’s not completely domesticated but not wild either. He educates the public on the endangered Canada Lynx in hopes that people will be driven to conserve our environment and protect our wildlife. He is NOT declawed. During the winter he weighs 40 pounds and summer about 34. He has about 4 inches of fur in this video which makes him look fat….I mean fluffy! This video is not taken in my house. Max has his own indoor and outdoor housing.:
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