Friday Five (how did this happen edition)

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It’s Friday! We’re already up to the fourth Friday in March!

After the coldest February ever recorded here (and the record-breaking cold lingered for more than a week into March), we then had several days of record-breaking high temperatures! It was like early summer for a while there. At the moment, we’re back to typical temperatures for this time of year, and we may actually see some rain, which would be nice.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about science, five stories about criminals, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and the thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Jimmy Carter gets new title: oldest living former president.

Flawed analysis, failed oversight: How Boeing, FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system.

Pete Buttigieg first openly gay presidential candidate to qualify for Democratic debates.

An Irish pub born in the Dark Ages.

Methodist Churches Across U.S. Are Publicly Rebelling Against Their Leadership’s Anti-LGBTQ Stance.

This Week in Science:

Massive U.S. Machines That Hunt For Ripples In Space-Time Just Got An Upgrade.

New Horizons: Ultima Thule ‘a time machine’ to early Solar System.

Asteroid mission exploring a ‘rubble pile’.

How Fish Evolved Antifreeze From Junk.

‘Bomb cyclone’ triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers.

Crimes, Hateful and Worse:

It’s Time to Attack White Nationalism for the Terror Group It Is.

Democratic polling group, says Republicans who watch Fox News are so vastly differently from other voters it’s pointless for Democratic candidates to try and win them over.

Devin Nunes Has a Cow, and Free Speech Is Endangered.

Trump’s supporters have launched three serious terror attacks in the past five months.

New Zealand Shooting Realizes White Supremacy’s True Aim.

In Memoriam:

Barbara Hammer Maintained Her Curious Eye Until the End.

Cartoonist Tom K. Ryan, creator of Tumbleweeds comic strip has passed, age 92.

Rest In Peace Tom K. Ryan.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 3/16/2019: Liars, bigots, and fakes.

St. Patrick’s Day parades used to be political riots….

Celestial fruits on earthly ground, or a queer ex-evangelical looks at christianist thoughts on ‘chosen people’.

Use Your Words, or, let your characters talk to each other!


Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame – Official Trailer:

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Stranger Things 3 | Official Trailer:

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Toy Story 4 | Official Trailer:

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Intimidation:

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Nunes Is Suing Twitter For Being Mean:

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