Friday Five (that explains a lot edition)

“Studies found that at least 40% of police officer's families, including Chief Charles Herford's, experience domestic violence, compared to 10% of the general public.”
This is the real reason why lawmakers won’t make it illegal for domestic abusers to have guns. IF they did that, they’d have to fire nearly half the cops in the country! (click to embiggen)
It’s already April. When did that happen?

Last weekend we were at NorWesCon and it was the first time I’d taken vacation since Christmas. I had a great time at the convention. When I got back to work this week and went to log into the company network it took me a while to remember my password. I take that as a sign that the vacation fulfilled its purpose. Unfortunately the insane deadlins are still lined up ahead of my and it’s a constant scramble to hit the next one. But my boss paid me a great compliment this week—she mentioned that I was one of the members of the department who don’t actually need supervision, and specifically said that I always meet the customer deadlines no matter how impossible they look. But enough about that…

It’s Friday, and so I bring you the Friday Five: This week you get the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, plus the top five stories of interest to queer people, and top five videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Dinosaur tracks on Skye ‘globally important’.

The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination: The death of Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a galvanizing event, but the premature end of a movement that had only just begun.

Little Free Libraries Are Turning Into Ground Zero for Religious Proselytizing. “It’s not censorship, it’s curating.”

Police domestic violence nearly twice average rate.

How ableism affects a book review.

For Queers and Allies:

Anti-LGBTQ activist angry at ‘Love, Simon’ for showing a positive image of gays.

Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong: And another, smaller injustice was obscured: the sadistic prosecution of Noor Salman.

Maryland Lawmakers Ban Gay Conversion Therapy.

Anti-transgender discrimination loses in Alaska vote.

Judge Dismisses Homophobe’s Lawsuit Claiming Rainbow Flags Are Religious Symbols.

In Memoriam:

Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli Co-Founder and ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ Director, Dies at 82 — Report.

Remembering the Life of the Hilarious, Hardworking Seattle Comedian, Peggy Platt.

Things I wrote:

No one likes a bully.

Happy Easter!

Camp NaNoWriMo and the continuing adventure of resetting.

NorWesCon 41 Report — Professor Plum in the hall with the selfie stick.


Dr. Evil Gets Fired from Trump’s Cabinet:

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Trump Sends National Guard to the Border, Attacks Amazon: A Closer Look:

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Bravo, Edna – Incredibles 2:

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Fahrenheit 451 (2018) Official Trailer ft. Michael B. Jordan & Michael Shannon | HBO:

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Natti Vogel – BROWN RICE feat. Matthew Wilkas:

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