Friday Links (father-in-law in the news edition)

Some Republicans are finding their conscience... (click to embiggen)
Some Republicans are finding their conscience… (click to embiggen)
It’s Friday. It’s the first Friday in July, though this will be the second weekend of July. That concept seems to really bug some people.

I didn’t get a weekly round up of links posted last week. The following list is both last week’s and this week’s. I’m doing some serious thinking about how much time I devote to assembling these posts when as far as I can tell only a fraction of my readers ever click on any of the links.

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

Links of the Week

Letters and Liquor illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails.

Man bring cyclists together mobile rest stop with Oklahoma Freewheel bike tour. The man profiled in the story is none other than my father-in-law. I think it’s a cool article, but I may be biased.

This Week in Economic News

A machine that lets you experience the minimum wage (click to embiggen)
A machine that lets you experience the minimum wage (click to embiggen)
Berkeley Study: Minimum Wage Increase Hasn’t Killed Jobs in Seattle.

This week in awful people

A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’.

Gun Sales Are Plummeting – The NRA’s new playbook includes guns for kids and open carry in every state.

Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq.

Hobby Lobby Funds ISIS, But Not Birth Control.

Why Is Hobby Lobby Buying Biblical Artifacts?

News for queers and our allies:


Texas Republican Blocks State’s Bathroom Bill: “I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands”.

How the Supreme Court could overturn Obergefell v. Hodges.


How Americans Order Their Steak.
A couple flaws: 1) the big steakhouse chain they picked to use as the sample skews things more than a bit, survey left out Very Rare and Blue Rare (though that might be because the steakhouse doesn’t offer those)–aka, my choices.

Smelling Your Food Makes You Fat: UC Berkeley Study.

First Ever Cable-Free Elevator Can Move Horizontally and Vertically.

2nd Pack Of Gray Wolves Spotted In Northern California.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

How to write pulp fiction that celebrates humanity’s essential goodness.

This week in Words

Merriam-Webster: Buses vs. Busses.

This Week in History

New book on killing of Jews in Poland exposes raw nerve.

This Week in Tech


Kill sticky headers (aka Dickbars).

Comment: Some techies in the ‘iPad as laptop’ debate are forgetting how atypical we are.

Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad?
(Brilliant. And the original title of the post is: “If Journalists Reviewed Macs Like iPads”)

The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking.

Culture war news:

Watch John Oliver’s Take on Sinclair Broadcast Group, Conservative Overlord of Local TV.

Private Religious School Admits They Lied When They Said They Didn’t Force Student To Watch Ex-Gay Video.

How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

NBC exec: ‘Beneath my dignity’ to respond to Trump attacks on Mika Brzezinski.

Trump’s CNN Tweet Appears to Have Originated From Racist, Islamophobic, Misogynist Reddit Troll.

Trump’s team forgot to book a hotel, so they’re crashing on Hamburg’s couch for the G20.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Sean Spicer reveals how stupid he thinks you are in one tweet.

Who Is Running the US? Is It the Generals?
One of the few times that the usual rule about questions in headlines is not correct…

As Trump’s Tactics Fall Short, Pence Takes Lead on Health Care Bill.

This week in Politics:

How many people will die from the Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bills? Tens of thousands per year.

Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country.

The GOP tried to troll Hillary Clinton. It backfired spectacularly.

‘Why waste time and money’: Maryland attorney general calls BS on Republican voter fraud commission.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

‘Gays for Trump’ Holds Rally in D.C. After Trump Ignores Entirety of Pride Month.

Gay-organized Trump rally draws just 18 attendees.

Benham Brothers Freak Out Over Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Reading to Children at the Library.

New Jersey man accused of threats that closed Evergreen State College in Washington state last month.

NPR tweets Declaration of Independence, enrages Trump supporters.


Joan Lee Dead: Wife of Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Was 93.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/24/2017: Genders, Agendas, and so much more.

Stock characters exist for many reasons.

Portrait of the nerdy queer loudmouth as a child.

It’s the task that matters: catching up and assessing.

Finding a new equilibrium: writing, life, and more.


Beastie Boys | Sabotage | Sesame Street Mashup:

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Kesha – Praying (Official Video):

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Come Home (Cardinal Pell) – Tim Minchin:

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