Friday Five (who can’t take a joke edition)

We have reached the first Friday in November, and I am well into my project for this year’s National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo

This has not been a fun week. The first couple of days of the week I thought I was having very severe hay fever. It’s the right time of year for ferns to start sporing around here, and my hay fever is always worst the first few days that a new-for-this-year pollen/spore/mold is in the air. I didn’t think about the fact that since my doctor put me on the new prescription allergy med last winter I have had almost no severe hay fever days. Anyway, my husband came home from work Tuesday with all the symptoms I had and a report that nearly half of his co-workers called in sick that day. The next morning we both had a fever. So far as I can tell, it’s just a run-of-the-mill cold, but still, I’ve been congested and rundown all week.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about treasures, two stories of the WTF is wrong with people type, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about haters, traitors and other deplorable people.

This Week in Audio Treasure Troves:

When the Man in Black Met the Guys in Tie-Dye – Owsley Stanley, the legendary Grateful Dead soundman and LSD chemist, left behind thirteen hundred reels of live recordings from his sonic laboratory, including a newly released recording of the night Johnny Cash came to town

This Week in WTF:

LAPD forced to protect comic book artists after anti-LGBTQ fans freak over bisexual Superman – It’s just a comic book but for some it’s yet another entry into a changing world they just cannot handle

“Eternals” inundated with hateful fake reviews because the movie has a gay superhero – IMDB has removed the negative reviews while Rotton Tomatoes has banned anyone from "reviewing" a movie that hasn’t come out yet

Stories of the Week:

Life expectancy fell sharply in the U.S. last year among high-income countries – Russia was the only country that had a steeper drop in 2020, a study of death date spanning several continents found

US puts Israeli spyware firm NSO Group on trade blacklist – Washington accuses company of supplying technology to ‘maliciously target’ activists and journalists It’s about f-ing time…

Dems Have A Deal To Lower Prescription Drug Costs – There’s enough really good stuff in the package to lift you out of your election blues!

Dear Moderates: The Left Isn’t Why McAuliffe Lost Virginia – Voters want a deal that looks much more like Pramilla Jayapal’s than Joe Manchin’s

Joe Rogan and CNN Are Butting Heads Over “Horse Dewormer” COVID Cure – CNN portrayed Rogan’s use of ivermectin as conspiracy-addled. Rogan says the drug, which is also used for animals, was prescribed by a doctor—and that the network bad-mouthed him

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

No charges for Wyoming librarians over sex ed, LGBTQ books

Trans Workers File Unfair Labor Practices Complaints Against Netflix

Senate confirms first Out lesbian to serve on an U.S. Court of Appeals

Same-sex partners win survivors benefits after Justice Dept. dismisses lawsuits – Some same-sex spouses and partners have been barred from Social Security survivors benefits due to now-defunct bans on gay marriage

R.K. Russell opens up about being Black and bisexual in the NFL — and how to make sports more inclusive – Being Black and bisexual in America come with their own challenges, but for R.K. Russell, they’ve come with many blessings as well.

This Week in Haters, Deplorables, and Liars:

It’s ‘Actually’ in ‘the Bible’: Kyle Rittenhouse’s Judge Explains Hearsay Rule to Jury by Talking About Trials of St. Paul the Apostle

Judge In GA Vigilante Murder Trial Says Jury Selection Was “Intentional Discrimination,” Seats Jury Anyway

Jan. 6 Defendant Who Said She’s ‘Definitely Not Going To Jail’ Sentenced To Prison – Jenna Ryan, a Texas real estate agent who flew to D.C. on a private plane and livestreamed in the Capitol, got 60 days in prison

Trump and His Lawyers Have Handed Investigators What They Need to Charge Them With ‘Seditious Conspiracy’: Ex-Prosecutor

Trump DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark to testify before Jan. 6 panel Friday

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