Friday Links (I need more coffee edition)

Cup of coffee with the phrase, “Hello Darkness, my old friend.”
“Hello Darkness, my old friend.”
We’re STILL unpacking at the new place and still cleaning the old place. So not having a lot of time to work on things like this post.

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

Links of the Week

‘Disgusted’ Women, Minorities Criticize Viral Atlantic Story ‘My Family’s Slave’.

Alex Tizon’s Brutal Honesty.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Movement To Stop ‘Lunch Shaming’ Hits Seattle, Snohomish County.

This Week in the Economy

The self-made man is a myth, Arnold Schwarzenegger tells students.

If Declining Towns ‘Deserve to Die,’ Where Should Their Residents Go?

This week in the environment

Energy Department to Investigate Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site.

News for queers and our allies:

Nevada outlaws anti-gay clinical therapy on children.

Joe Biden: Americans must stand with LGBT people around the world .

Stunning Photos Debunk The Myth That Queerness Is ‘Un-African’.

Huge win: Supreme Court won’t revive North Carolina GOP’s discriminatory voter suppression law.

Target doubles down on Pride celebrations despite anti-LGBT boycott.

Berkeley schools go beyond bathrooms to support gender non-conforming students.

BuzzFeed Threw Its First Queer Prom And It Was Seriously Beautiful.

Trans Students Must Be Protected from Hate Groups.

‘The Flash’ Star Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘I’ve Become Bored of Being Insecure, Ashamed, Scared’.


The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada.

Space bender: A galaxy cluster distorts the fabric of space, creating beautiful patterns of light.

Mars May Have Been Born in the Asteroid Belt.

Why Quantum Computers Might Not Break Cryptography.

Optical nanofiber ‘hears’ bacteria swim, cancer cells move.

Smithsonian Solves 150-Year-Old Mystery Death Of Collector And Puts Bones On Display.

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley’s Origin.

Scientists Found Sperm’s Power Switch—And a Way to Turn It Off.

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring.

This 36-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is a “Missing Link” in Whale Evolution.

This Week in Tech

“MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story.
“MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.”


How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack.

The WannaCry attack should be a wake-up call for consumers, businesses and governments.

Why Doesn’t Apple’s State-of-the-Art New Campus Include a Day Care? Seriously – a two-story yoga studio, but no on site day care?

This Week in Covering the News

Sinclair Requires TV Local Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right.
“Tilt” is putting it mildly; they are full-fledged propaganda…

Culture war news:

Jordan may end reviled law on rape: Parliament is asked to repeal Article 308, which allows attackers to avoid prison if they marry their victims.

Gay, transgender rights in Texas under attack in state Legislature.

Man who killed trans woman with hammer sentenced to 49 years for hate crime.

Christian Mother Mourns Loss of Son She Abandoned for Being Gay (On His Wedding Day).

West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Assaults Are Not Hate Crimes.

This Week in the Resistance:

My home state’s Attorney General is also and internationally-rated chess player. In this analysis for Time magazine, it shows: Washington AG: President Trump’s Aggression Will Be His Undoing.

This week in so-called Christians

About those Trump Voters for God? Stop Calling them “Fake Christians”. I understand the point he’s trying to make, but as a fellow survivor of an oppressive denomination, I will keep calling them “so-called Christians”

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

David Brooks is quite often an idiot, but he nails some important truths here which most of his fellow conservative pundits have yet to admit: When the World Is Led by a Child.
“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar… And out of that void comes a carelessness that quite possibly betrayed an intelligence source, and endangered a country.”

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump Spurns Congress as He Signals Medical Marijuana Fight.
He’s spent his entire life ignoring and bypassing laws; we shouldn’t be surprised when he does it as president…

This week in Politics:

Vermont becomes first state to pass legislation legalizing all pot use.
(All previous legalization have been by a vote of the public)

Nevada recreational marijuana industry clears state hurdles.

How close is legal marijuana in PA?

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Paul Babeu, Lando Voyles seek apology, retraction from new Pinal County Attorney.

Ex-Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu hearts the shiny badge and spiffy uniform of his erstwhile office so much that he seems loath to relinquish it online.


Sin City, S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Powers Boothe passes away at the age of 68.

Powers Boothe, Actor Known for ‘Deadwood’ and Other Dark Roles, Dies at 68.

Powers Boothe: Actor who revelled in playing charismatic villains and all-round bad guys.

Charles Esten Remembers ‘Kind and Charasmatic’ Powers Boothe

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52.

Chris Cornell dead: What the Soundgarden singer said about great artists dying too young.

‘Devastating loss’: Music world mourns death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

In Unmourned Departures:

Roger Ailes Will Be Remembered As a Pitiful Abuser, But His Legacy Lives On in Trump.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/13/2017: Pictures and words.

Confessions of a cluttering packrat, part 2.

Unknown Search Terms and other meta-blogging emphemera.

Where do plots come from?

Cromulent is as cromulent does — adventures with dictionaries.


Chris Cornell – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart:

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Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U” Prince Cover Live @ SiriusXM // Lithium:

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Soundgarden – Loud Love:

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ERASURE – Love You To The Sky (Official Lyric Video):

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