Friday Five (Rest In Power, Aretha edition)

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, when she sang to the largest inaugural crowd in history (Obama’s).
It’s Friday! It’s the third Friday of August.

This has been a weird week, with really bad air quality because of smoke from wildfires near and far. The teeny bit of silver lining is that it didn’t get as hot as it was forecast in the middle of the week because all the smoke was reflecting so much sunlight. It was still very unpleasant. And as I type this is not completely over. I’m driving across the state to see my Mom on her birthday, which I hope will be more pleasant than much of the news I had to sift through for this week’s post.

Which brings us to the Friday Five: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of the unpleasant kind, the top five videos, notable obituaries (plus my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Mike Godwin: One Year After Charlottesville’s “Unite The Right” Riots: Following Karl Popper, We Should Tolerate Intolerance, Within Reason. The maker of Godwin’s Law expounds on Karl Popper’s Paradox of Tolerance.

Edward Gorey’s Vintage Illustrations for H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. And since they have no values…

Weird Prehistoric Plant Turns Out To Be Weird Prehistoric Animal.

Going Clearwater: The Illusory “Firewall” of the Writers of the Future Contest.

Unpleasant News:

Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says.

Wave of support for transgender 12-year-old threatened with castration by community members.

Right-wing media pastor and GOP-backed congressional nominee favorably remembered when “homosexuality was once criminalized”.

Catholic School That Suspended Woman in Same-Sex Marriage Took $6.5 Million in State Funds.

Black Americans are still victims of hate crimes more than any other group.

In Memoriam:

Early fandom artist Vicky Wyman passes away.

Robert Dix, Actor in ‘Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Forty Guns,’ Dies at 83.

REST IN POWER: Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin dies at 76.

Aretha Franklin, The Undisputed ‘Queen Of Soul,’ Dead At 76.

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76.

Aretha Franklin once called The Times to explain some lyrics from ‘Respect’.

Things I wrote:

Why I’ll never be a great copy editor — or, the beauty of ambiguity.


Classic Sesame Street – Mr. Rogers Visits:

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Aretha Franklin – Bridge Over Troubled Water:

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Aretha Franklin – Freeway Of Love (Video):

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Watch Aretha Franklin Accompany Herself at the Kennedy Center Honors:

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Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer: her very best performance!:

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Aretha Franklin – Respect:

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