Friday Links (lunatic fringe edition)

“The story here is the smoke alarm.”
“The story here is the smoke alarm.”
It’s Friday! And while work remains crazy, the long hours have let up a bit this week, so I actually have enough energy to be happy that the week is nearly over!

I feel as is I bookmarked a more diverse set of links than I had in the last few weeks. I’ve much happier with the number of science stories and science fiction articles I linked to this time, for instance.

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

Links of the Week

How the lunatic fringe conquered world politics.

A Love Letter To All My Gay Firsts. An adorable cartoon…

This Week in Difficult to Classify

What Percentage of Americans Are Gay? It’s Wildly Different Than What You’ve Heard.

If Kids Ran Juvie.

This week in awful people

Morning Crank: “We Are the Dakota Access [Pipe]line Tribe.”. Comparing people who ride buses to oil spills. You gotta love residents of super expensive suburbs!

JOSEPH BACKHOLM: DEFINITELY STILL A BAD PERSON. “He loves Jesus so much. Just so long as Jesus was white and also a massive homophobe.”

Fabulous, Darling!

Germany sent a drag queen to elect their ‘anti-Trump’ president and it was glorious.

News for queers and our allies:

Most Americans oppose ‘religious freedom’ laws allowing for LGBTQ discrimination.

Washington State Supreme Court Says Florist Who Refused to Serve Gay Couple Violated Anti-Discrimination Law.


Why are people so incredibly gullible? – Our brains don’t let piddling little facts get in the way of a good story, allowing lies to infect the mind with surprising ease..

This Infographic Shows the Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations.

Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth’s Magnetic Field — By Accident.

Elusive triangulene created by moving atoms one at a time.

How NASA is planning to touch the sun.

Astronomers open massive database of stars to the public.

Here’s How Science Says to Achieve the Perfect Ketchup Pour.

These tiny beetles have evolved to ride ants like horses.

6 Possible Explanations for Gray Hair.

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA.

India sets record launching 104 satellites aboard a single rocket.

Antibiotic resistance: Scientists ‘unmask’ superbug-shielding protein.

Early Mammal Relative Was the Oldest Venomous Animal on Earth.

Study finds that heel-down posture in great apes and humans confers a fighting advantage.

Want to repel mosquitoes? Don’t use citronella candles.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Berlinale: China Film Boards European Sci-Fi Pic ‘Iron Sky: The Ark’.

How female characters existing and doing stuff became a modern feminist statement.

‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ TV Series From Ron Moore, Michael Dinner & Bryan Cranston Picked Up By Amazon.

‘The Expanse’ Isn’t Just Awesome TV—It’s Transforming TV.

Hugo 2017 Eligible Works.

Worldcon 75 Hugo Recommendation Spreadsheet.

Rocket Stack Rank: 2017 Hugo Awards.

This week in Words

Thagomizer and Four Other Invented Words.

Where Does the Word ‘Trivia’ Come From?

This Week in History

Europe’s Hypocritical History of Cannibalism.

50 years ago the first major gay rights demonstration happened in Silver Lake – A police raid at the Black Cat Tavern led to protests outside the gay bar.

That time a drunk Richard Nixon tried to nuke North Korea.

50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of ‘The Smothers Brothers’ Still Resonate.

This Week in Covering the News

Opinion: Why fake news is a huge threat to democracy and both Apple and the rest of us need to respond.

This Week in Inclusion

“Having multiple queers isn’t realistic.” Me: *writes entire books with only a few cishet characters*. Nice twitter rant.

Yet another TERFy oversimplification of reality.

This Week in Police Problems

The NYPD Tasered A Pregnant Teenager, Video Footage Shows.

Culture war news:

Deluge of new state bills would curtail LGBT rights.

A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone.

This lesbian couple were left a vile homophobic note at a library.

Christian Writer Offers Three Horrible Reasons to Avoid Fifty Shades Darker.

Anti-LGBT legal organization designated a hate group.

The War on Women Returneth (It Never Wenteth Away).

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat.


The fight to end poll taxes is back. Spread The Vote (STV) fights voter suppression by helping citizens of states with Voter ID laws get the IDs they need to vote.

This Week in the Resistance:

Trump can be held accountable for violating the Constitution, even if Congress doesn’t care.

This week in so-called Christians

The ‘Father’ of Ex-gay Ministry Dies. I vehemently disagree with the author. Worthen was NOT a good man. He did NOT love everyone. Saying you love people as you are bullying them literally to death is neither love nor being good.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

At a joint press appearance with the Prime Minister of Israel, Donald answered a question about anti-semitism by bragging about his electoral numbers (click to embiggen)
At a joint press appearance with the Prime Minister of Israel, Donald answered a question about anti-semitism by bragging about his electoral numbers (click to embiggen)
The Laws of Gravity Catch Up to Trump.

Spicer: Trump Knew Flynn Lied for Weeks Before Asking for His Resignation.

Trump Administration Signals Retreat From Two-State Solution in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Mike Flynn’s striking farewell from the Trump White House, according to cartoons.

Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump’s nightmare has just begun.

U.S. Allies Conduct Intelligence Operation Against Trump Staff and Associates, Intercepted Communications.

In 77 Chaotic Minutes, Trump Defends ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’.

News about the Fascist Regime:

White House posts wrong versions of Trump’s orders on its website.

ICE Backs Out Of A Meeting On Deportation Raids With Members Of Congress.

Mexican ‘DREAMer’ nabbed in immigrant crackdown.

This week in Politics:

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research..

Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Study: racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction. I keep saying it!

Journalists Need to Stop Giving Bigoted Trump Supporters a Free Pass.

‘Kinder,’ ‘Gentler,’ ‘Totally Not Racist’ Missouri KKK Leader Murdered Real Dead.

Release Date for Dear White People is Announced, Pisses off White Nationalists.

Hate Groups Are Emboldened By Trump And Flourishing, Report Says.


Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76.

Al Jarreau, Singer Who Spanned Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds, Dies at 76.

Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68.

Stuart McLean, bestselling author and host of CBC Radio’s ‘Vinyl Cafe,’ has died.

Stuart McLean Dies, But His ‘Vinyl Cafe’ Stories Will Keep Canadians Laughing. Not just Canadians…

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/11/2017: Cookies and retail realities.

Sunday Funnies, part 22.

Mugging around, hanging on, and letting go.

Not your typical romantic comedy storyline.

Remembering Doug.


Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

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OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (Official Video):

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PWR BTTM – Big Beautiful Day:

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Blondie – Fun:

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