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:
“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:
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:
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:
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