Friday Links (bengal cat and otter edition)

Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter
Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter
We’re still unpacking at the new place and still getting the last straggling things out of the old. I’m looking forward to some mythical day in the future where I’m not constantly exhausted. I have been slightly less sore most of this week, so that’s a good thing, right?

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

Links of the Week

What Is “Free Speech,” Anyway?

It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump.

No Strings Attached.

This Week in Seattle Area News

Our Weed Is So Good, a Seattle Cop Has Allegedly Been Exporting It to the East Coast.

Tacoma might sue opioid makers as part of battle against homelessness.

This week in the environment

Energy Department to Investigate Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site.


Scientists Think They’ve Finally Found The Mechanism Behind Grey Hair And Baldness.

In a new book on duck sex, dancing birds, and human orgasms, Richard Prum argues against a cold and utilitarian view of nature’s splendor.

Comets Produce Their Own Oxygen, Planets Could Do The Same Without Needing Life.

Scientists warn thawing soil could suddenly unleash deadly pathogens unseen in centuries.

Getting to Grips With Time Crystals. What is That Really?

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain’s decline in old age, study suggests.

If science is murdered in a forest and nobody is around to hear it, does that mean the climate isn’t changing?

Humans Are Less Genetically Diverse Than Wheat. What Does That Mean for Our Species?

Scientific American: Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts?

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs.

Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth Possibly Found in Australian Rocks.

Scientists are turning loose 40,000 sex-hungry mosquitos in Florida to fight Zika.

New 2D Quantum Material Can Conduct Electricity at Nearly the Speed of Light.

Scientists Say Greenland Sharks May Live 400 Years.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

“Tron Guy” Joins the Alt-Right (Except When It Comes to Furries).


Facing Facts: American Identity is Based on Alternate History.

This week in Words

‘Supposably’ vs. ‘Supposedly’ – They’re both real. But which are you supposed to use?

This Week in Tech

Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum.

An oldie, but a goodie by the late great David Carr from the days when the notion of someone posting something on a blog going viral was still new: One Man’s Musical Tastes as Fodder for a Flame War.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Violence Problem.

A statistical guide to firearms, intimate partner abuse, and the children, parents, and police who become victims, too.

Culture war news:

Stephen Fry Runs Afoul of Ireland’s Blasphemy Law for Disrespecting ‘Capricious, Mean-Minded, Stupid God’ on TV in 2015.

White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss.

Another Religious Right Claim Of Anti-Christian Persecution Gets Utterly Debunked.

‘Straight out of the Nazi playbook’: Hindu nationalists try to engineer ‘genius’ babies in India.

Baby born clutching IUD? Free abortion vacations? Nope — but such urban legends are very useful to the right.

Texas House passes bill protecting religious adoption agencies that deny services, turn away prospective parents.

Texas House votes to bar vaccinations of new foster children, even to prevent cancer.

The Creationist Suing Grand Canyon Park Officials for Discrimination Is Just a Bad Scientist.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Suing the trolls: A woman’s lawsuit against a neo-Nazi’s “troll storm” could change how to fight back against online harassment.

NCAC Demands Ohio High School Restore Eleanor & Park to English Curriculum.

This Week in the Resistance:

Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing.

In the wake of Trump’s brazen power play, it’s time to go nuclear.

This week in so-called Christians

Christian Minister Spent Over $30,000 on Fancy Clothes… Because He Sweat Too Much.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Poll: Trump’s health care and tax plans are very, very unpopular.

Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia.

Donald Trump’s fear of the Russia scandal becomes more obvious.

Trump’s Tuesday night massacre.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Obama personally warned Trump against hiring Flynn as national security adviser: report.

Eric Trump ‘said we have all the funding we need out of Russia’, golf writer claims.

Trump Administration Cites Pro-Segregation Ruling To Defend Its Travel Ban.

Bad News for Everyone! The 2020 Census Is Already in Trouble.

Look past Jim Comey: The Census director’s sudden resignation may create serious long-term problems.

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report.

Reporter arrested for asking Tom Price if domestic violence is a pre-existing condition under Trumpcare.

Acting FBI Director Contradicts Everything White House Has Said About FBI, Is Definitely Also Getting Fired.

This week in Politics:

How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy.

‘AN ACT OF MONSTROUS CRUELTY’ – Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable

Letter: Can’t get through to Chaffetz. Constituent discovers the congressman’s office has blocked all numbers coming from his own state…

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Sues Feds Over Request to Stop Helping Undocumented People.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron.

Things I wrote:

Who are you going to believe?

“You’re not going to believe someone like that, are you?”

Questions some authors dread: Where do you get your ideas?


BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Official Trailer:

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WONDER WOMAN – Rise of the Warrior [Official Final Trailer]:

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Jimmy Kimmel on Response to Emotional Monologue About Baby & Health Care Debate:

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Iron Sky The Coming Race – Official Teaser Trailer:

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Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter:

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