Friday Five (don’t believe murderers edition)

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the third Friday in March!

The weather was warming for several days, and no the rain came back. And hay fever was virtually non-existent until the first rainy day.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that made me laugh, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about restoring the nation, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about latest mass shooting, five stories about the pandemic, and five videos (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week’s Story That Made Me Laugh:

Texas museum removes wax Trump figure after visitors kept punching it.

Stories of the Week:

Aplets & Cotlets candy maker to close after 100 years. Oh, no!

Generation X Is Sick of Your Bullshit.

Washington state, Canada team up to eradicate Asian giant hornets. The fight continues!

Girl who spotted Irish walrus has ideas for names – depending on if it’s a boy or a girl.

Rachel Maddow Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

73 percent of people support trans kids in sports, new poll finds – A new report released Wednesday found that people support two of the biggest LGBTQ+ issues.

Many major news outlets highlighted anti-trans voices in coverage of the Equality Act.

Winners and losers in LGBTQ sports one year into the pandemic.

I am not 50% gay and 50% straight. I am 100% bisexual.

Ireland’s Incredible Transformation Into an LGBTQ+ Haven.

This Week in the Repairing Democracy:

Deb Haaland Confirmed As 1st Native American Interior Secretary.

Senate narrowly confirms Becerra as health secretary.

Judge: Arizona GOP must pay $18K in groundless election suit.

Consumer bureau bans LGBT lending discrimination following Biden executive order – Hate Group Condemns Lending Protections For LGBTs.

Biden’s new Interior Secretary Deb Haaland strikes fear into the heart of the GOP — here’s why.

Hate Crime of the Week:

Atlanta-area shootings leave 8 dead, many of Asian descent – The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

The Atlanta shootings can be both an anti-Asian hate crime and a sexist one.

Fetishized, sexualized and marginalized, Asian women are uniquely vulnerable to violence.

The truth about the Atlanta shooter’s supposed excuses.

A trip to the spa that ended in death. These are some of the victims of the Atlanta-area shootings.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Vaccine passports pose ethical thicket for Biden administration – The White House says the government shouldn’t issue the credentials or store the data.

A Brooklyn pharmacist had spare vaccines. So he went to an LGBTQ senior center & got to work – Thanks to an independent pharmacist willing to work overtime, dozens of vulnerable seniors are getting their shots.

Shot Chasers: How Officials in Trump’s Lame-Duck White House Scrambled to Score COVID-19 Vaccinations – In December and January, a long-planned effort to vaccinate essential federal workers was thrown into turmoil, breeding suspicion, infighting, and “shameless” attempts to crash the list.

Is It OK To Drink Between Vaccine Doses? What Does ‘Vaccine Efficacy’ Mean? :.

CDC identifies public-health guidance from the Trump administration that downplayed pandemic severity – The analysis was done to promote public trust and ensure that the agency’s coronavirus guidance ‘is evidence-based and free of politics,’ a memo says. The Trump administration lied? Shocked! Shocked! (not)

In Memoriam:

RIP Yaphet Koto: ‘Alien’ Star Dies At Age 81 .

Yaphet Kotto, Bond Villain and ‘Alien’ Star, Dies at 81.

Remembering Yaphet Kotto, and the screen career Hollywood didn’t accommodate.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Update: Closing so many open tabs.

Socially acceptable chemical dependence in the morning.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


Fox News Demands Biden Give Trump Credit for the COVID Vaccines: A Closer Look – Seth Meyers Just Invited Everyone To Tucker’s House July 4:

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Jimmy Kimmel Says Don Jr. Really Shouldn’t Use That Word – Don Jr. Angry at Biden and Tucker Carlson Attacks Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion:

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Stephen Colbert – The Answer Is Simple Yet Strangely Difficult: Don’t Hate Each Other:

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Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Why We Should’ve Seen the Atlanta Shootings Coming | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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