It’s hard to believe that it’s already the fourth Friday in April!
We’ve had a bit over a week of warmer than usual days for this time of year. We have already set a new record for the number of days in April with a daytime high of 70 or more! Rain is supposed to come back on Saturday.
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 deplorable people, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about latest mass shooting, five stories about the pandemic, five stories from the world of tech, and five videos (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).
This Week’s Story That Made Me Laugh:
In this Tik-Tok Lil Nas X Reveals a Childhood Crush
Stories of the Week:
NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic first flight
Why Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder when so many other officers are not – The same factors that spurred millions of people to protest were the same points prosecutors repeatedly made in court to convince a jury to convict
Italian hospital employee accused of skipping work for 15 years …and kept drawing his salary the whole time!
A Texas Rancher Illegally Cloned Deer For Years. Some Lawmakers Want To Legalize It – The Lone Star State has long muddled the line between hunting and farming. Now cloning may help game ranches breed big bucksv
Even Street Artists Don’t Like Seeing Their Work Tagged. Now, Chemists Have Developed New Methods to Clean Murals of Graffiti – The chemistry is complicated, but the resulting product is easy to use and could revolutionize the field of street art restoration
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Scottsdale becomes 8th Arizona city to provide LGBTQ protections
4th grader who shamed Texas Republicans for attacking her rights is now getting death threats – A mother who testified at the same hearing has now filed a police report after getting so many death threats for standing up for trans youth
Texas business leaders say Legislature’s anti-LGBTQ bills could hurt the state’s economy – Texas Competes, which is made up of more than 1,450 Texas employers, chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus and industry associations, is advocating the “economic case for equality.”
Gay teen was suspended for wearing nail polish. He finally won – Trevor Wilkinson’s Texas school banned boys from wearing nail polish. Now their dress code is gender-neutral. "I’m at a loss of words for the joy I am feeling."
‘Yep, America’s Good With a Gay President’; New Study Also Finds Pundits’ Predictions Wrong On Black-Voter Homophobia
This Week in Deplorables, Haters, and Obstructors
A more nauseating than titillating gay scandal has possibly engulfed Tucker Carlson
Rep. Val Demings Yells At Jim Jordan: ‘Did I Strike A Nerve?’ – Fireworks erupted when former police chief Rep. Val Demings smacked down Big-Lie-supporter Rep. Jim Jordan’s accusations that Democrats don’t support police
How Josh Hawley and Marjorie Taylor Greene Juiced Their Fundraising Numbers – Politicians get the veneer of grassroots support, while shadowy consultants get rich
Church sends divorced lesbian a letter saying she’ll be shunned by community unless she “repents” – The church elders were hostile in their letter to the woman, but now they’re hiding from the media who want to know why they did something so incredibly offensive
Elephants trample suspected poacher in South African park; second poacher injured and missing
This Week in the Pandemic:
Is herd immunity to COVID-19 possible? Experts increasingly say no
Biden Helps Employers Give Paid Time Off For Vaccination – Employers under 500 employees can provide paid time off to their employees to get vaccinated AND recover from side effects if necessary
COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70 percent since start of the year
23 Dogs Test Positive for COVID-19 Antibodies in Washington, Study Finds
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
This Week in Tech:
How To Ditch Facebook: A Guide | Part 1: Hit Them In The Wallet
Apple’s Gay Rainbow Product Launch Was A Coming-Out Party For A Couple of VGL, No-Drama, Well-Endowed, Transgressive, Iconic Tech Products Looking to Hook Up on 4/20
The whole story of the FBI iPhone fight only shows how right Apple was – If someone really wants to get into your iPhone they’re going to have a hard time. That’s a good thing
The Mac and the iPad aren’t meeting in the middle yet
Ransomware gang tries to extort Apple hours ahead of Spring Loaded event
Walter ‘Fritz’ Mondale, former vice president under Jimmy Carter, dead at 93
Walter Mondale: The Last Old-School Democrat – His 1984 campaign was a political obituary for a party
Walter Mondale Sent A Touching Farewell Message 48 Hours Before His Death – “Well my time has come,” the former vice president wrote to his staff
Hester Ford, the oldest living American, has died
Things I Wrote:
Sam and Bucky Face the “Truth”
Tuesday Tidbits 4/20/2021: Sometimes bad (white) men face consequences
If Good Days Start With Coffee, Then Bad Days…
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Helicopter Ingenuity’s flight on Mars in 4K with dust swirling (enhanced video + sound)
Now You Know: Being Black in America | The Daily Show
Trump Praises Biden’s Decision to Withdraw U.S. Forces from Afghanistan
Did the Mars Helicopter Really Fly?
Cher Recounts The Story Of Sneaking A Drugged Up Music Producer Onto A Plane