It’s Friday! We’re four weeks into March already. I find myself a bit cranky at the end of the week. My husband’s surgery went well last week and he seems to be recovering well, but I’m just tried and really would like a long nap.
Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.
Links of the Week
fascists ruin everything (volume 2).
‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter.
Michigan man – still very much alive – publishes his own obituary.
A Comic About Granny the Orca.
This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity
PSA: DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD CLOTHES (EVEN IF THEY’RE PRETTY HAGGARD).
Threadcycle: Where to give.
Four-year-old treks miles of wolf-packed snowfield to save grandma.
Colin Kaepernick makes another $50,000 donation, this time to Meals on Wheels .
This Week in Difficult to Classify
‘Missing Richard Simmons’ And The Nature Of Being Known. “… speaking metaphorically, not every expression of gratitude arrives on paper, which you can keep with you, pinned to your life indefinitely. Some thank-you’s arrive written on rocks, and if you feel obligated to carry all of those rocks everywhere you go for the rest of your life, if you can’t learn to look at them, be grateful for them, and set them down, even they become a lot to carry.”
The Problematic Run And Odd, Apologetic Conclusion Of The Hit Podcast ‘Missing Richard Simmons’.
Far-Fetched As They Might Seem, Secession Movements Are Thriving In The NW.
This week in awful news
Gutting the Meals on Wheels program would devastate millions, including 500,000 vets who rely on it.
This week in awful people
Texas Teacher Arrested for Improper Relationship with Student Smiles For Mugshot.
This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame
Meet the Trump voters who want more government health care, not less.
News for queers and our allies:
When We Rise Is a Mess. But Maybe It’s the Mess We Need?
‘Billions’ Star Tells Ellen What It Means To Identify As Gender Non-Binary.
The First Spacewalker Cheated Death And Crash-Landed In a Forest Full of Wolves.
Humans may have turned the Sahara from a thriving ecosystem into a barren desert.
A tissue-box-size lab is circling the Earth conducting tiny experimentv.
Physicists Have Created a Tape That Is 100 Times More Conductive Than Copper.
Portions of Earth’s earliest crust found in Canada.
HOW REDHEADS ENDED UP WITH RED HAIR.
Thousands of worlds may lurk beyond Pluto — and a stunning new animation shows the ones we’ve found.
Astronomers Spot A Dark Radio ‘Hole’ Around A Distant Galaxy Cluster.
Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside.
This Black Hole Ripped Up a Star Then Pummelled It With Its Own Remains.
Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA’s long-term future — but a critical element is missing.
When helium behaves like a black hole.
Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps.
Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles.
99-million-year-old mushrooms found perfectly preserved in Burmese amber.
World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life’s early history.
How Dung Beetles Are Illuminating Our Understanding of Gender.
Mars May Once Have Had Rings, And It Will Again … Eventually.
Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change.
Is Anyone Going to Save the Endangered Killer Whales in Puget Sound Before It’s Too Late?
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!
Author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the Outlook for Arabic Sci-Fi.
John Barrowman’s massive garage sale is PACKED with Doctor Who items.
Renewal – QSF’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest.
Of course the old trope that technology that is sufficiently advanced starts to look like magic is where Star Wars gets confused.
‘Power Rangers’ Breaks Ground With First Queer Big-Screen Superhero.
This week in Words
Marginalia: When you’re intrigued but simultaneously despise it.
This week in Health
Massive Movement Launched to Strip Congress of Their Healthcare, Over 400,000 Join.
G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest.
Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college kegger.
This Week in Inclusion
23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist, Because It’s Time To Diversify Your Reading List.
Culture war news:
YouTube Blocks LGBTQ Videos Under Restricted Mode.
A Major New Study Shows That Political Polarization Is Mainly A Right-Wing Phenomenon. Yes. Stop saying that both sides are the same. We aren’t!
Hate group: Pro-lgbtq ordinances means automatic anti-religious discrimination.
This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:
Petulant man-child Trump refuses to shake German Chancellor Merkel’s hand.
Trump’s budget betrays the voters who elected him.
Trump’s travel and security estimated to cost half a billion dollars for 1 term.
Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Record Low.
56 days into his presidency, Trump’s approval rating sank to 13 points above Nixon’s nadir.
How Trump transformed the religious right into lapdogs of the alt-right’ & other Tue. midday news briefs.
Trump Russia Dossier Decoded: Yes, There Really Was A Massive Oil Deal (UPDATED).
News about the Fascist Regime:
White House Official May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws.
North Korean soldiers had better access to Tillerson than every U.S. media outlet except Fox News.
Report confirms Fox News’ Napolitano got his British Intelligence conspiracy theory from Russian state media.
This week in Politics:
Forgery and voter fraud charges filed against the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.
Republicans delay vote on ‘Trumpcare’ after struggling to reach an agreement on the bill.
This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables
Did Gorka Really Wear A Medal Linked To Nazi Ally To Trump Inaugural Ball?
Anti-immigrant ringleader sad his hate group has been labeled a ‘hate group’ by SPLC.
Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People. A white man who subscribes to white nationalist views when to New York City for the explicit purpose of killing a homeless black person. And it was so, so, so difficult to find a news story covering the white supremacist hate crime that didn’t begin by describing how fashionably dressed the knifer was, or focusing on the police record of the victim,
This Week in Misogyny
Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time.
RIP: Bernie Wrightson – Renowned Horror Artist Passes Away at 68.
Bernie Wrightson, Comic Book Artist and Swamp Thing Co-Creator, Dies at 68.
Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, elevated the art of horror in comics.
Comic Book Fans Honor Bernie Wrightson by Posting His Finest Artwork.
Legendary musician, rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies at 90.
Legendary Rock’n’roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90.
Things I wrote:
Important things to remember.
Weekend Update 3/19/2017: Support trans kids.
Once more, with footnotes!
Defining my existence as inappropriate; why should that worry me?
Getting the words down.
You mean the world to someone.
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