Friday Five (riling the base edition)

“Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America.”
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Here we are at the third Friday of July.

It’s been a weird week. Started out trying to convince myself that it was just hay fever. Instead, I’ve been unwell all week.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about haters and their ilk, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame? – The French super-rich promised to dig deep, but such philanthropy comes at a steep price.

All 104 James Bond Villains, Ranked – From masterminds to henchmen, the final word on 007’s furious foes.

Will Typewriters Become Popular Again?

Man shouting ‘You die!’ kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire.

Abigail Disney, an heiress of the Walt Disney empire, has become a champion for better working conditions in her family’s parks after she went undercover in one of them and found a grim reality beneath the facade of the “Happiest Place on Earth.”.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:

Voyager – A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going.

Hayabusa-2: Japanese spacecraft makes final touchdown on asteroid.

The Evolution of the Disc.

Five SFF Works Reminiscent of Andre Norton.

Harvard exhibit charts history of Apollo 11 moon mission.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:

Editorial: Congressional Republicans shame themselves with their silence on Trump’s racism.

Netflix Legal Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using Our Logo As We’re Here, We’re Queer, And You Better Steer Clear.

Religious author says evangelical silence about Trump’s racism proves they made ‘a deal with the devil’.

Founder of Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Ordered to Pay $14 Million to Target of Racist ‘Troll Storm’.

Trump Needs His Base to Burn With Anger.

In Memoriam:

After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99 .

John Paul Stevens, long-serving Supreme Court justice, dies at 99.

John Paul Stevens Leaves Legacy of LGBTQ Rights Advocacy. “It borders on the absurd to assume that the word ‘liberty’ does not include one’s right to choose a spouse, but does include a right to possess a firearm in one’s home.”

John Paul Stevens Evolved into the Supreme Court’s Unlikely Liberal Champion.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/13/2019: Powerful men sometimes face consequences, but what happened at New Republic?

SF-adjacent: the inherent fuzziness of human enthusiasms.

Why I hate hay fever reason #6508.

Stop claiming that being called a bigot is worse than the actual bigotry.

Divine prophecies and muscular men in very short skirts, or more of why I love sf/f.


What Scarlett Johansson’s Missing in the Representation Debate – Between the Scenes | The Daily Show:

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The GOP Reacts (And Doesn’t) To Trump’s Racist Tweets:

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Trump’s Racist Attacks on Democratic Congresswomen: A Closer Look:

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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them:

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‘Batman’ DVD Robin storyboard sequence – The sequence introducing the Boy Wonder – ultimately cut before filming began – was taken from an early draft of the 1989 ‘Batman’ movie, put together using original pre-production storyboards and voiced by B:TAS’s Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (the Joker):

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