Friday Five (baby how ya feelin’ edition)

“"Over billions of years every action and inaction of the universe had to happen just so to bring you into this timeline, and now that you are here your voice is singular and unique and powerful, and most of all: important. You are just as rare in your way as your favorite author is, and the only difference between them and you is that they wrote their novel and you haven't yet. Until now. So pick up those pens buckaroos, because the hard part has been 6 billion years in the making, you are already special and the story in your heart is already rare and beautiful, now you get the joy of pushing it out and adding more love to this timeline. That's the best dang treat there is.” —Chuck Tingle
I should have posted this graphic last month, but I was too busy working on my own NaNoWriMo and did almost no blogging, still words of wisdom.
It’s already the second week in December. Let’s hope I can use this weekend to make a dent in my big to-do list of things to get done before the holiday!

I had a really bad day on my last day off from work. My doctor and I think that it was a medication issue, and not a new illness. And everything has been much better all week since switching to the brand new meds from the pharmacy, so, knock wood!

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: a story for the season, then the top five stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about impeachable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

This Week in the Salvation Army is a Hate Group and You Should Not Donate to Them:

7 Organizations to Support That Aren’t the Homophobic Salvation Army.

Stories of the Week:

This ancient cave art is the oldest known ‘storytelling’.

Gender equality can shape men’s ability to recognize famous females .

‘Sneaky’ underwater robot spent 18 days recording sea creatures — and noisy humans, too.

Major League Baseball Drops Ban On Marijuana.

Half of homeless people have experienced traumatic brain injury: study .

This Week in Impeachables:

Gay Congressman explains Trump impeachment in just 7 words.

North Carolina towns forced to cancel Christmas celebrations over fear of violence from right wing extremist groups. Please note: the official statement from the police claims it is extremist groups on both side, but then it goes on to list the groups–and every single one if a white nationalist or neo nazi or rightwing racist group. So, no, not both sides.

BOOM: Hakeem Jeffries Steamrolls GOP Framing On Impeachment.

Rep. Hank Johnson: Rep. Gaetz ‘pot calling kettle black’ bringing up Hunter Biden’s DUI.

President Pays Gigantic Fine for Stealing From Charity.

This Week in Deplorable People:

‘Soldiers of Jesus’: Neo-Pentecostals torment Brazil?s religious minorities .

Kosher Deli Attack Being Investigated As An Act Of Terrorism.

The Vatican is using donations for the poor to fight its budget deficit, report says.

“Jews Go To Hell” Pastor Speaks At White House Hanukkah Event.

GEORGIA: Racist Pol Resigns Rather Than Give Voters The “Pleasure” Of Recalling Him From Office.

In Memoriam:

Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Alter Ego on ‘Sesame Street,’ Is Dead at 85.

Caroll Spinney, Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, Has Died. Here Are Some of His Best Performances.

René Auberjonois, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Boston Legal’ Actor, Dies at 79.

Robert Walker Jr., ‘Star Trek’ Actor and Son of Hollywood Superstars, Dies at 79 – He also starred in the 1960s films ‘Ensign Pulver,’ ‘Young Billy Young’ and ‘The Ceremony.’.

Pete Frates, Inspiration for The Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 34.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 12/7/2019: So many bad men….

Jingle-janglin’ all the way, with coffee!.

The silent stars go by….

Timorous heroes and erratic phantoms—more of why I love sf/f.


Trump Blasts “Impeachment Light” at Deranged Rally: A Closer Look:

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Full Frontal on TBS – don’t let the GOP yell you to sleep:

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Wonder Woman 1984 – Official Trailer:

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Lizzo – Good As Hell (Official Music Video):

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Letterman at Christmas – Baby, Please come home – 1995:

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