Friday Five (it’s not the flu edition)

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We’ve reached the second Friday in March, and everyone is starting to learn about social distancing.

This is the second week that I (and my entire department) have been working from home at the direction of upper management. I am exceedingly lucky that my work can be done over the internet and that my employer is set up for that. It makes me feel extremely guilty that a lot of other people can’t. Including my husband. And I only have anxiety attacks about him (and many other friends and relatives) a dozen or so times a day.

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable things and the people fighting them, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Why Are Women Less Likely Than Men To Support Sanders? Data that backs up what I’ve been saying for over three years: “It’s hard to pin down a single reason why men seem to be more attracted to Sanders’s candidacy than women… But there is evidence, according to an analysis by Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, that while support for Biden increases among voters with more sexist views, those with the most sexist views were disproportionately likely to favor Sanders. And sexism was higher, in general, among men.”

What Will You Do If You Start Coughing? – “Stay home” is not a sufficient plan.

Scientists Discover Smallest Dinosaur on Record – International team finds tiny, tooth-filled skull of a predatorial bird preserved in 99-million-year-old Burmese amber.

Why plastic is a deadly attraction for sea turtles.

Can I Get Coronavirus via Sex – All Your Horny Little Coronavirus Questions, Answered.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Psychologists’ Group Supports Trans Restroom Access, LGBTQ Parents.

Disney Boss Shuts Down Shareholder Claiming LGBTQ Content Is Hurting the Company.

Trans woman wins $50K after she was told she couldn’t live “around children”.

LGBTQ voters turned out in record numbers on Super Tuesday.

Pixar’s Onward ‘banned by four Middle East countries’ over gay reference.

This Week in Deplorables and People Fighting Them:

Baptist Church in Florida Hires Convicted Child Molester as Pastor.

Sex Before Marriage Is Now Legal in Virginia.

“There Are So Many Examples”: Kamala Harris Opened Up About How She Was Covered As A Black Candidate.

Trump’s Coronavirus Bungling Has Only Boosted Joe Biden’s Return-to-Normalcy Campaign.

“He’s Definitely Melting Down Over This”: Trump, Germaphobe in Chief, Struggles to Control the Covid-19 Story.

In Memoriam:

‘Boys in the Band’ Playwright Mart Crowley Dead at 84.

Mart Crowley Dies: The Trailblazing ‘Boys In The Band’ Playwright Was 84.

Max von Sydow, Star of ‘Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ Dies at 90.

Earl Kemp (1929-2020).

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 03/07/2020: Men with more money, hate, and self-loathing than sense.

“Nepenthe” predicts Picard will be up to his ass in Romulans for the rest of his life.

It’s another primary election day, or, confessions of a “perfect voter”.


The Ingraham Angle Coronavirus Cold Open – SNL:

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Patrick Stewart Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED:

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Stargirl Teaser #2:

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Billie Eilish Live – bad guy – American Airlines Arena – Miami – 3/9/20 2020 – Where Do We Go Tour:

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Lose You To Love Me (Selena Gomez) Cover By Kelly Clarkson:

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