“I want my friends to understand that ‘staying out of politics’ or being ‘sic of politics’ is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence… if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, pliease know that peopled are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does.” —Kristen Tea, motherwise.org
It’s the third Friday in August and I’m running late on getting this week’s round up of links for a variety of reasons.
I tried to assemble a post that didn’t focus on the bad stuff going on, but I can’t. And the reason is summed up in the graphic at the right. Horrible things happened in America: literal neo-nazis and white supremacists murdered someone, injured a bunch of others, and then our president not only failed to condemn them for days, but clearly signaled that he is one of them, and refused to disavow the KKK and Nazi leaders who were actively declaring on camera that they supported Trump and felt he supported them.
So, here are the links, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.
Links of the Week
Last week the Independent newspaper published a list titled “30 mind-expanding experiences you should have before you’re 30.” “Entitled” would have been more apt, as the list was one that was so dripping with privilege that it was impossible to take it seriously. As a (not rich) parent of a (not rich) twenty-something this list made me so cross that I thought I would write my own..
Mother Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer: ‘I’m Proud Of What She Did.
Things We Saw Today: How You Can Help Charlottesville.
Some historical politicians knew how to respond to complaints from white supremecists: Letters of Note: Kiss my ass.
Dan Savage: Get ready for sex robots that look like Bigfoot.
‘Not a good idea:’ Why you shouldn’t try driving to the eclipse Monday morning.
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!
Hugo awards 2017: NK Jemisin wins best novel for second year in a row.
Tired Puppies 2017 . “If you scratch the paint of libertarians you find frustrated authoritarianism trying to peek out…”
Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It’s Not About Censorship, But People “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”.
N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT.
he truth in fantasy: An interview with Hugo-winning Ottawa writer Amal El-Mohtar.
During Trump’s present, it’s gotten hard to write the future, says John Scalzi.
Jason Sanford — Measuring the slow Hugo Award death of the rabid puppies.
Locus Online News » Worldcon News.
Fixing the Dragon Awards isn’t my problem | Camestros Felapton.
BLANCHE BLACKWELL, IAN FLEMING’S MISTRESS AND THE INSPIRATION FOR PUSSY GALORE, DIES AT 104.
This Week in History
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee.
Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments.
This Week in Difficult to Classify
‘A whole different relationship’: Mayor Murray and the man who says he abused him.
Texas ‘bathroom bill’ dies in special legislative session.
Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill .
Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince .
This Week in Tech
THE EMAIL LARRY PAGE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN TO JAMES DAMORE. “Your interpretation is wrong. Your memo was a great example of what’s called “motivated reasoning” — seeking out only the information that supports what you already believe. It was derogatory to women in our industry and elsewhere. Despite your stated support for diversity and fairness, it demonstrated profound prejudice. Your chain of reasoning had so many missing links that it hardly mattered what your argument was based on. We try to hire people who are willing to follow where the facts lead, whatever their preconceptions. In your case we clearly made a mistake.”
GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after a derogatory story on the Charlottesville victim.
Google cancels Neo-Nazi site registration soon after it was dumped by GoDaddy.
Discord bans servers that promote Nazi ideology.
This Week in Misinformation
‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalism as ‘people who love the Constitution’.
Fox guest says LGBT rainbow flag is just as offensive as Confederate flag: They ‘represent the exact same thing’.
Excuse me? For the record, never in the history of the universe have gay people waged a bloody war in order to enslave straight people.
Burying the Lie of the “Alt-Left”.
AP FACT CHECK: Viral photo doesn’t show ‘antifa’ beating cop.
Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America.
This Week in Covering the News
AP Definitive Source | How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville. AP styleguide says stop calling them alt-right: ‘we have taken the position that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.’
Culture War and Hate Crimes
The persistent crime that connects mass shooters and terror suspects: Domestic violence.
Culture war news:
The Deadly Consequences Of Texas’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill.
N.C. House Votes to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters.
NEW TEXAS BILL WOULD MAKE RUNNING OVER PROTESTERS LEGAL.
Rauner Signs Law Removing Sex Crime Statutes of Limitation.
White Christians Who Voted for Trump: Fix This. Now.
“We Just Feel Like We Don’t Belong Here Anymore” -Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.
This week in the Resistance:
Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduces Resolution To Fire White Supremacists From White House.
Johnny Cash’s family tells white supremacists to get Johnny’s name out their mouth.
No, Mr Trump, we’re not the same as the neo-Nazis.
In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On.
This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:
The Trump Files: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower.
Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.
Donald Trump Just Gave the Press Conference of the Alt-Right’s Dreams | National Review.
This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:
Why Did Someone Have to Get Killed Before GoDaddy Severed Ties With The Daily Stormer?
WSU College Republican President attends ‘Unite The Right’ rally in Charlottesville.
Man Who Marched In Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally Disowned By Family .
Man arrested by FBI agents after allegedly planning to bomb building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Charlottesville: The Truth About Women and White Supremacy.
Watch Jason Kessler, Organizer Behind Disastrous White Supremacist Rally, Get Run Out of His Own Press Conference.
Watch the Vice Documentary on the Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally.
Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence.
John Oliver – Charlottesville:
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Stephen Makes Condemning Nazis Look Easy (Because It Is):
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