Welcome to the second Friday of April!
The pollen count went down last weekend, and I had two whole days where I woke up with NO sinus headache first thin in the morning. Then Monday arrived. The pollen count has been hovering close to the highs of the previous week, but not always as bad all week. So it’s not quite as bad as last week.
Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one really good video editorial, one scary story about bribed Secret Service agents, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, and five stories about haters. Plus something a notable obituary.
This Week in Very Good Explainer of Why People Noticing that a Book is Racist is Not Cancel Culture:
This Week in Bonkers:
2 men impersonated federal agents to get close to the Secret Service, FBI says Some details: they provided these Secret Service agents with very expensive gifts and allowed them to live rent free in luxury apartments valued at over $40,000 a year, and the agents are trying to claim they didn’t realize these were bribes. It’s a scary story.
Stories of the Week:
Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:
Supportive mom Amber Briggle releases emotional PSA defending her trans son from bully politicians – "Trans kids don’t have a political agenda. They are just kids. They just want to be left alone," Amber Briggle says in the video
This Week in Haters and Abusers:
Border Patrol’s use of Amazon’s Wickr messaging app draws scrutiny – A letter from the National Archives and Records Administration hints at growing unease with government officials’ use of some encrypted messaging apps