Friday Five (in the real world edition)


Welcome to the fifth and final Friday of April!

I’m still way behind on review posts.

Anyway, it’s time for the Friday Five in which I bring you: one story about a dumb prohibition, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters, and five stories about science. Plus something a notable obituary.

This Week in the Dumb Ideas:

Banning Menthol Cigarettes: Are They That Cynical Or Are They That Stupid?

Stories of the Week:

What a U.N. team has seen while documenting possible war crimes in Ukraine

TV networks did a poor job of covering climate and environmental issues on Earth Day compared to last year

Warren tries to ‘light the fire of urgency’ for Democrats – The Massachusetts progressive is going all-out to try to push her party to emerge from a morass of bad polling and stalled priorities before Election Day

George H. W. Bush-appointed judge warns of GOP blueprint to steal 2024 election

Autocorrect Explained: Why Your iPhone Adds Annoying Typos While Fixing Others – Tpying truble? During the iPhone’s first 15 years, its keyboard software has evolved, but it still sometimes flubs your lines. Here’s how it works and what you can do about it

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Queer comic book artist conjuring up trans fantasies and Victorian romances

Disney Plus finally sees sense and pulls U-turn on Love, Victor

Parents challenge Alabama law banning treatment of trans kids

Literary-themed drag shows in St. Petersburg strike chord over recent LGBTQ issues

Kansas Anti-Trans Sports Bill Officially Dead

This Week in Haters and Abusers:

A look inside banned Florida math textbooks suggests Republicans simply lied about what’s in them

Gay Republicans supported anti-LGBTQ legislation. Now they’re surprised some of it is bad – The gay conservatives called Chasten Buttigieg a "groomer" for opposing Florida’s Don’t Say Gay law just a few months ago. Now they’re finding out that anti-LGBTQ legislation is "truly dangerous." "When I voted for the Let Rabid Dogs Run Wild and Bite Party I didn’t think they’d let the Rabid Dogs Bite Me!"

Georgia Gov Signs Bills Banning “Offensive” Library Books, Trans Athletes, And “Divisive” Racism Lessons

Former Bradford County Youth Pastor charged for sexually abusing teen girl – Pastor Charged With Sexual Abuse Of Teen Girl, Said God Gave Him A “Vision” That They Were “Betrothed”

Proud Boy Pleads Guilty To Felony, Will Rat Out Others – Defendant Obstructed Officers Trying to Secure Building

This Week in Science:

A dog’s breed isn’t the main reason it acts the way it does

Ingenuity helicopter takes photos of debris field on Mars

All of the bases in DNA and RNA have now been found in meteorites – The discovery adds to evidence that suggests life’s precursors came from space

‘Fish lizard’ fossils found in Swiss Alps belonged to some of the largest creatures that ever lived

Pterosaurs May Have Had Brightly Colored Feathers, Exquisite Fossil Reveals – An amazingly well-preserved fossil suggests the common ancestor of dinosaurs and pterosaurs also had some type of feather or feather precursor

In Memoriam:

Clyde Robinson, one of Seattle’s last Buffalo Soldiers, dies at 101

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