Friday Saturday Links (appalling statistics edition)

9% of the respondents to an ABC News poll say that it's acceptable for someone to hold White Sutpremacist/neo-Nazi views.
9% of the respondents to an ABC News poll say that it’s acceptable for someone to hold White Sutpremacist/neo-Nazi views.
I’m running so late on Friday Links that here I am posting them on Saturday.

Besides being another busy week for me at work plus a small medical thing and a vacation day that I really, really needed, there were just so many things I bookmarked. This week was just insane, news wise! And so much of what I’d bookmarked was just terrible news. Seriously, this week’s list of 80-some links is only a subset of what I bookmarked. So part of what took so long is me deciding which 50-some links not to include this time!

So, here are the links, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Link of the Week


Story of the Week

Hurricane Harvey douses Texas as coastal residents find ‘devastation’.

Hurricane Harvey to drop “torrential rains” on Texas for days — live updates.

Hurricane Harvey: Beautiful but terrifying images of a monster storm.


Hell and High Water: Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

New Purple Pig-Nose Frog Found in Remote Mountains.

How Did The Chicken Safely Cross The Road?

What’s Making These Dogs In Mumbai Turn Blue?

Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix.

Here’s a better vision for the US-Mexico border: Make the Rio Grande grand again.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Colton Haynes Kisses Charlie Carver and a ‘Teen Wolf’ Character Comes Out.

What it’s like to lose a Hugo Award.

This sassy, ‘Drag Race’-quoting sex unicorn is an ugly step backward for LGBT inclusion in games.

This Week in Publishing

Village Voice Goes Non-Weekly.

Meet John Smelcer, Native American Literature’s “Living Con Job”.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Federal judge rules Arizona’s Mexican-American studies ban was ‘motivated by racial animus’.

Don’t Fuck with YA Authors on Twitter

Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List? tl;dr: Yes, yes it did!

The YA Book That Has the YA Community Crying Foul.

Handbook for Mortals pulled from New York Times YA best-seller list.

Delve into the mystery of whether this YA novel is buying its way onto the NYT bestseller list.

Spotting Fakery?

How YA Twitter Is Trying To Dismantle White Supremacy, One Book At A Time.

Blues Traveler’s John Popper on the New York Times best-seller scam: ‘Justice was done’- A book by the band’s former manager Lani Sarem came under fire Thursday.

News for queers and our allies:

AUSTRALIA: Marriage Plebiscite May Backfire On Right Wing As Millennials Swarm To Vote For Their First Time.

This week in Words

Underwhelm | Merriam-Webster.

‘Chaise Lounge’ or ‘Chaise Longue’?

Patriot Word History.

This Week in Tech

AccuWeather caught sending user location data, even when location sharing is off.

Culture war news:

The Dangerous ‘Gay Men Are Misogynists’ Movement. This old myth rearing it’s head again…

When Local Officials Want to Tear Down Confederate Monuments but Can’t.

‘This Is Not Hazing. This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town’s Football Nightmare.

Ministry files lawsuit against Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group.

The nutjob seen holding a “Blacks for Trump” sign many times: Maurice Symonette, a man of many names and corporations.

A Clown Shares What Face Painting Taught Her About Male Violence In An Alarming Twitter Thread.

Pride Uganda has been crushed. Please don’t look away.

2017 a mixed bag for state legislatures on LGBT-related bills.

‘Anti-LGBTQ religious leaders provided ‘prayers’ before Trump provided the madness in Phoenix’ & other Wed midday news briefs.

Police Raid On Anti-LGBT Christian Hate Group Results In 100 Felony Counts Of Child Rape.

This week in the Resistance:

Medal of Honor recipient blasts Trump’s fiery Phoenix rally.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trump Is the Ultimate Republican.

Don Lemon on Trump’s Phoenix Speech: Total Eclipse of the Facts.

As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned.

Phoenix police deploy tear gas on protesters as Trump rally ends.

Trump officially bans transgender people from military.

Why Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio isn’t like most presidential pardons.

Trump Tells Texas “Good Luck” with Hurricane Harvey.

Trump’s trade policy on China won’t win its help on North Korea.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Hurricane Harvey Spotlights Trump’s Planned Cuts to the National Weather Service.

White House Nazi Sebastian Gorka Worked Hard to Make it Sound Like His Firing Was a Resignation.

This week in Politics:

Trump under fire over epic Friday news dump.

Japan says no direct threat following North Korea’s short-range missile launch.

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

Driver pushes into protesters in St. Louis street; 3 people sustain minor injuries.

Virginia judge denies bail to crying neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell.

German magazine’s new cover shows Trump giving ‘Sieg heil’ Nazi salute.

Two Texans Face Life in Prison for Federal Hate Crime Assault of Gay Men They ID’d via a Dating App.

This Man Used His Inherited Fortune To Fund The Racist Right.

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’.

The Legacy of White Supremacy: Why Confederate Monuments Should Come Down.

Durham’s Confederate Statue and the Backlash to the Backlash .

Driver pushes into protesters in St. Louis street; 3 people sustain minor injuries.

Emails: Breitbart editor pledges to do ‘dirty work’ for Bannon, smears Ivanka.

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Pro-Russian bots busily amplifying right-wing extremism surrounding Charlottesville.

Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon.

Russia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for America.


Jay Thomas Dies: ‘Cheers’ & ‘Ray Donovan’ Actor Was 69.

Brian Aldiss, science-fiction writer, dies aged 92.

Brian Aldiss: the pre-eminent science-fiction writer – and always a gentleman.

Brian Aldiss, Author of Science Fiction and Much More, Dies at 92.

John Abercrombie, Wry And Exploratory Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72.

Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84.

The weekend that laughter died.

Dick Gregory understood the political power of comedy.

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91.

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91.

Jerry Lewis outlasted his critics.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/19/2017: Superheroes of all kinds.

Obstacles in our way—trying not to get mired while writing.

That statue doesn’t mean what you think it means—bless your heart.

I Didn’t Vote for Trump Because He Was Clearly Unfit for Office—and Still Is.

It means what it means and exactly the opposite at the same time—more adventures in dictionaries.


Jay Thomas on Letterman.2009.12.23 – The ‘Lone Ranger’ Story (Jay used to tell this story once a year on the Late Show):

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The deepest fish ever recorded on video at a depth of 8,178 meters (26,830 ft) in the Mariana Trench.:

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Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ Video Features the Wackiest All-Star B-Ball Game of the Season:

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – Gay Disney Fairy Tale – Shirtless Violinist:

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