Friday Five (super spreader MVP edition)

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

It has been a very rainy week. I have been working on a loaner laptop all week because last week I defended my title as clumsiest man in the world by dropping a full glass right on the keyboard of my old laptop.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about vaccines, two stories about a lying jerk, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about the pandemic (plus some notable obituaries and things I wrote).

This Week in You Don’t Say:

New study shows why there are so few LGBTQ anti-vaxxers

This Week in Lying A-holes:

The ‘woke mob’ didn’t come for Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers’ response following the news last week that he had misled the league about his vaccination status and contracted Covid-19 has been the opposite of a strong leader

Aaron Rodgers is guilty of a lot more than breaking NFL rules – Our View: When Aaron Rodgers defended himself spouting junk science, he ignored his power as a football superstar to misinform millions of Americans

Stories of the Week:

A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA’s evolution on school shootings

Trump insult to wounded troops to be remedied; Purple Heart medals increased

Ferris wheel-size asteroid could be a lost piece of the moon

Justices seek narrow ruling in mosque surveillance case – A suit from post-9/11 snooping on a California Muslim congregations raises questions about the scope of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Spotsylvania School Board orders libraries to remove ‘sexually explicit’ books

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

The All-Queer Justice League Is Back to Make the Yuletide Gay

Coming out as bisexual helped minor league pitcher Kieran Lovegrove find the inner peace he needed

LGBT+ staff are quitting BBC in droves over anti-trans views, leaked recording reveals

Election Day Produces LGBTQ+ Firsts Around the Nation

What books are being targeted at school libraries?

This Week in the Pandemic:

Dennis Prager Pretty Sure Unvaxxed Morons More Shunned Than Gay Men During 1980s AIDS Crisis

Texas research: Unvaxxed 20 times more likely to die from COVID

Anti-mask pair charged in Crumb Together assault has history of criminal charges

Federal judge says Texas governor’s ban on school mask mandates violates Americans with Disabilities Act – The decision bars the state attorney general from enforcing the executive order issued by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott

Berlin bans unvaccinated from entertainment venues, as Germany battles record-breaking Covid cases

In Memoriam:

Seattle TV pioneer ‘Wunda Wunda’ dies at 101 – Ruth Prins, otherwise known as Wunda Wunda, hosted a popular children’s show from 1952-1972

Dean Stockwell, Actor in ‘Married to the Mob’ and ‘Quantum Leap,’ Dies at 85 – The Oscar nominee, who made nearly 20 movies before he turned 15, also was memorable in ‘The Boy With Green Hair,’ ‘Compulsion’ and ‘Blue Velvet.’

Dean Stockwell, ‘Quantum Leap’ Star, Dies at 85

Things I Wrote:

Tuesday Tidbits: Liars who lie to everyone

Remembering the 11th day of the 11th month…

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