Friday Five (time for an exorcism edition)

You can't have it both ways...We have reached the fifth and final Friday of October.

Usually I would be loading this post with lots of Halloween links, but there’s just too much serious, frightening, and potentially deadly stuff going on in the world (don’t worry, Halloween does appear a few times!). I’m not just talking about the ongoing problem of people testing positive for COCID at my husband’s workplace (his first test came back negative; keep your fingers crossed for us, if you will).

So, let’s jump to this week’s Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that deserved its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories about haters and deplorables, five stories about the moronic thug occupying the Oval Office, five stories about those trying to suppress the vote and those fighting the suppression, five topical videos, and five music videos (plus some things I wrote).

Science Visualization You Must See of the Week:

A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air – The risk of contagion is highest in indoor spaces but can be reduced by applying all available measures to combat infection via aerosols. Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure.

Stories of the Week:

Historical photos of men in love: They were born 120 years too early.

Billy Porter: America Is Not ‘Better Than This.’ But It Can Be.

Death Rates Have Dropped for Seriously Ill Covid Patients – Survival rates have improved with medical advances and less crowded hospitals, studies say. But the latest record-breaking surge in infections could reverse the gains.

Two ‘murder hornet’ queens captured from tree in Blaine.

Bruce Springsteen calls on fans to vote against President Trump – “It’s Time For An Exorcism” In DC.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Dueling protests in Pittsboro feature fisticuffs, taunts.

FBI Collars Two More Alleged Neo-Nazis In Michigan.

Burkman, Wohl ordered to send corrective message to victims of US voter-intimidation robocall – Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl face felony charges in Michigan for alleged voter-intimidation scheme. I’ve seen other people think that this is all the punishment they are getting. This is still pre-trial stuff. I mean, it indicates that the judge thinks the evidence is so overwhelming that they will not prevail. If they don’t do this, they will be guilty of contempt of court while still facing charges in at least two states and federal court.

‘We Merely Need to Dampen Turnout’: Leaked Docs Show Top Trump Allies’ 2016 Plan to Suppress Black Voters.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty University: You Damaged My Reputation And The Lincoln Project Is Behind It All.

This Week in the Fight Over Democracy:

Duval County judge resigns from vote-counting board after Trump donations uncovered.

Report Warns that 5 States At High Risk For Election Violence By Militias.

Democrats in Pennsylvania, North Carolina claim key wins at Supreme Court ahead of election.

Brett Kavanaugh’s defense of voter suppression is riddled with errors.

The White Extremist Group Patriot Front Is Preparing For A World After Donald Trump.

This Week in the Moronavirus Occupying the White House:

Trump supporters hospitalized after being stranded in freezing cold at late-night rally.

White House science office falsely claims Trump ended COVID-19 pandemic as US hits record cases.

‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign – Documents reveal how political considerations shaped planning for a taxpayer-funded ad blitz to ‘defeat despair’ over Covid-19.

Trump is averaging more than 50 false or misleading claims a day.

Trump makes unhinged threats against Miles Taylor at Florida rally: ‘Bad things are going to happen to him’.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 10/24/2019: Invasive problems.

Being kind is too much to ask—or, yet more confessions of a queer ex-evangelical.

I put a spell on you! Or, more of why I love spooky sf/f.

Topical Videos!

Would You Still Hookup With Someone After They Said This?:

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Kamala Harris – Coronavirus, Police Reform, And Unifying America | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Weekend Update: The Village People on Donald Trump Using Their Music – SNL:

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Cher – Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe (Live at the 2020 I Will Vote Concert):

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Tenacious D – Rocky Horror the Vote – “Time Warp” (with special guest appearances by Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete, and more):

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Music Videos!

Dolly Parton’s Mom Used To Sing Songs That Told Great Stories:

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion – “Love Kills” From A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 movie:

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I Put A Spell On You – Bette Midler – Hocus Pocus 1993 – HD edited:

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I can make you a man (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show):

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Panic! At The Disco: Emperor’s New Clothes [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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