Friday Five (epistemic spillover edition)

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It’s Friday! it’s already the fourth Friday in May–and it’s Memorial Day Weekend. Already!?

My week has been dominated by severe hay fever. The pollen count has only been moderately severe, but my sinuses decided that DefCon 5 wasn’t enough.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stories about forces closing in on the alleged president, five stories about other deplorable people, and five videos (plus some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Epistemic spillovers: Learning others’ political views reduces the ability to assess and use their expertise in nonpolitical domains.

Good Omens is a Delightful Apocalypse We’d Be So Lucky to Live Through.

What your ability to engage with stories says about your real-life relationships.

What Happened to All of the Universe’s Antimatter?

The Politics of Going to the Bathroom.

Queer stories of the Week:

Actor Michael D. Cohen Has Something to Say: ‘I Transitioned’.

Children are never too young to know homophobic bullying is wrong.

The Maine Millennial: Speaking out against Franklin Graham’s anti-gay gospel.

Transgender Woman Attacked in Viral Video Last Month is Fatally Shot in Dallas.

Rainbow Railroad: The organization saving LGBT citizens from hostile governments.

This Week in Bad News for the Impeachable One:

Trump is considering deputizing the military as a civilian police force. Wow. More literal Nazi tactics…

Prosecutors examining tens of thousands of Trump inauguration documents.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Trump Pretended To Be Disabled To Dodge The Vietnam Draft, Emanates Racism.

‘I’m an Extremely Stable Genius’ Trump Insists in Bonkers News Conference While Attacking ‘Crazy Nancy’ Pelosi. If you have to keep telling people you’re stable…

GOP defies Trump and joins with Democrats on measure to block president from abandoning NATO.

Awful, Deplorable People:

County aide: Falwell cut him out of South Beach hostel deal – Documents detail how Jerry Falwell Jr. went into South Beach venture with ‘pool boy’.

Miami Candidate’s Campaign Workers May Have Tampered With Absentee Ballots.

Russian documents reveal desire to sow racial discord — and violence — in the U.S..

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math .

Leaked Proud Boys Chats Show Members Plotting Violence At Rallies – The extremist gang claims it’s just a pro-Trump “drinking club.” But chat logs leaked to HuffPost reveal they plan weaponry and tactics months ahead.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/19/2019: wrongs, rights, and a hero.

But what is it? Or, why we worry about sf/f, sub-genres, and fictional rules.

We have always been here, part 3.


The View: Pete Buttigieg – SNL:

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Pose | Season 2: Pray Tell Teaser | FX:

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Taylor Swift & Brendon Urie – ME! (Live on The Voice / 2019):

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Adam Lambert & Dimitrius Graham Perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen – American Idol 2019 Finale:

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Vampire Weekend – This Life (Official Video):

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