Friday Five (sharks and catfishing edition)

Just one of the many cool graphics you'll find if you click on the first story...

Just one of the many cool graphics you’ll find if you click on the first story…

It’s Friday! It’s August! How did that happen?

Sunday was the hottest day of the years, and Monday was still pretty bad, but the weather took a turn for the much more pleasant after that. We had drizzle yesterday and today! I’m so happy! I usually do my Friday Five on Thursday night and schedule it to publish in the morning, but I only got it half done because it’s been a crazy week and I decided to binge some things off the DVR. Anyway, only took a few minutes to finish up today.

Let me present to you this week’s Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of people behaving badly, the top five videos, and a few of notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Here’s How America Uses Its Land. The interactive graphic is amazing!

The Bullshit Web. This essay is about technology, bandwidth, how we use is… and so much more.

Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason. The paradigm determines all…

Newsrooms must stand up to targeted campaigns of harassment.

What we know about blackberries – That galloping sound? The rising darkness? Look out! Here they come!

People behaving badly:

Democratic Donor Accused Of Killing A Young, Gay Black Man By Injecting Him With Drugs Will Face No Charges.

Possibly Craziest Story Ever (New Innovations in Politicians Doing Revenge Porn). GOP politician got off on the idea of other men sleeping with his girlfriend — it was such a turn on that he catfished other men and got them to tell him what they would like to do with her by pretending to be her.

Shark from San Antonio Aquarium returned after thieves are caught on video using baby stroller to carry animal. There’s more: Man Who Stole Shark from Aquarium Says He Was Just Trying to ‘Help’.

Kris Kobach’s Lucrative Trail of Courtroom Defeats – For years, the candidate for Kansas governor has defended towns that passed anti-immigration ordinances. The towns have lost big — but Kobach has fared considerably better..

Rep. Jordan Pressures Coaches to Get His Accusers to Recant.

In Memoriam:

Model Zombie Boy from Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Video Dead at 32.

Things I wrote:

I finally stopped fiddling with my Hugo Ballot.

Future hazy, or we’ll take our weather blessings as we can.

Videos!

Shazam! | SDCC Trailer:

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Rudy Giuliani Doesn’t Know If Colluding Is Crime:

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Rudy Giuliani Says Collusion Is Not a Crime: A Closer Look:

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Anderson Cooper calls out Sarah Sanders’ promise:

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Boy George covers YMCA and asks Why Not?:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. I used to publish an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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