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Friday Links (I need more coffee edition)

Cup of coffee with the phrase, “Hello Darkness, my old friend.”

“Hello Darkness, my old friend.”

We’re STILL unpacking at the new place and still cleaning the old place. So not having a lot of time to work on things like this post.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

‘Disgusted’ Women, Minorities Criticize Viral Atlantic Story ‘My Family’s Slave’.

Alex Tizon’s Brutal Honesty.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Movement To Stop ‘Lunch Shaming’ Hits Seattle, Snohomish County.

This Week in the Economy

The self-made man is a myth, Arnold Schwarzenegger tells students.

If Declining Towns ‘Deserve to Die,’ Where Should Their Residents Go?

This week in the environment

Energy Department to Investigate Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site.

News for queers and our allies:

Nevada outlaws anti-gay clinical therapy on children.

Joe Biden: Americans must stand with LGBT people around the world .

Stunning Photos Debunk The Myth That Queerness Is ‘Un-African’.

Huge win: Supreme Court won’t revive North Carolina GOP’s discriminatory voter suppression law.

Target doubles down on Pride celebrations despite anti-LGBT boycott.

Berkeley schools go beyond bathrooms to support gender non-conforming students.

BuzzFeed Threw Its First Queer Prom And It Was Seriously Beautiful.

Trans Students Must Be Protected from Hate Groups.

‘The Flash’ Star Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Out as Bisexual: ‘I’ve Become Bored of Being Insecure, Ashamed, Scared’.

Science!

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada.

Space bender: A galaxy cluster distorts the fabric of space, creating beautiful patterns of light.

Mars May Have Been Born in the Asteroid Belt.

Why Quantum Computers Might Not Break Cryptography.

Optical nanofiber ‘hears’ bacteria swim, cancer cells move.

Smithsonian Solves 150-Year-Old Mystery Death Of Collector And Puts Bones On Display.

Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Valley’s Origin.

Scientists Found Sperm’s Power Switch—And a Way to Turn It Off.

Migratory birds bumped off schedule as climate change shifts spring.

This 36-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is a “Missing Link” in Whale Evolution.

This Week in Tech

“MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story.
“MP3 is supported by everything, everywhere, and is now patent-free. There has never been another audio format as widely supported as MP3, it’s good enough for almost anything, and now, over twenty years since it took the world by storm, it’s finally free.”

INSIDE APPLE’S INSANELY GREAT (OR JUST INSANE) NEW MOTHERSHIP.

How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attack.

The WannaCry attack should be a wake-up call for consumers, businesses and governments.

Why Doesn’t Apple’s State-of-the-Art New Campus Include a Day Care? Seriously – a two-story yoga studio, but no on site day care?

This Week in Covering the News

Sinclair Requires TV Local Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right.
“Tilt” is putting it mildly; they are full-fledged propaganda…

Culture war news:

Jordan may end reviled law on rape: Parliament is asked to repeal Article 308, which allows attackers to avoid prison if they marry their victims.

Gay, transgender rights in Texas under attack in state Legislature.

Man who killed trans woman with hammer sentenced to 49 years for hate crime.

Christian Mother Mourns Loss of Son She Abandoned for Being Gay (On His Wedding Day).

West Virginia Supreme Court Rules Anti-Gay Assaults Are Not Hate Crimes.

This Week in the Resistance:

My home state’s Attorney General is also and internationally-rated chess player. In this analysis for Time magazine, it shows: Washington AG: President Trump’s Aggression Will Be His Undoing.

This week in so-called Christians

About those Trump Voters for God? Stop Calling them “Fake Christians”. I understand the point he’s trying to make, but as a fellow survivor of an oppressive denomination, I will keep calling them “so-called Christians”

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

David Brooks is quite often an idiot, but he nails some important truths here which most of his fellow conservative pundits have yet to admit: When the World Is Led by a Child.
“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar… And out of that void comes a carelessness that quite possibly betrayed an intelligence source, and endangered a country.”

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump Spurns Congress as He Signals Medical Marijuana Fight.
He’s spent his entire life ignoring and bypassing laws; we shouldn’t be surprised when he does it as president…

This week in Politics:

Vermont becomes first state to pass legislation legalizing all pot use.
(All previous legalization have been by a vote of the public)

Nevada recreational marijuana industry clears state hurdles.

How close is legal marijuana in PA?

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Paul Babeu, Lando Voyles seek apology, retraction from new Pinal County Attorney.

Ex-Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu hearts the shiny badge and spiffy uniform of his erstwhile office so much that he seems loath to relinquish it online.

Farewells:

Sin City, S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Powers Boothe passes away at the age of 68.

Powers Boothe, Actor Known for ‘Deadwood’ and Other Dark Roles, Dies at 68.

Powers Boothe: Actor who revelled in playing charismatic villains and all-round bad guys.

Charles Esten Remembers ‘Kind and Charasmatic’ Powers Boothe

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52.

Chris Cornell dead: What the Soundgarden singer said about great artists dying too young.

‘Devastating loss’: Music world mourns death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

In Unmourned Departures:

Roger Ailes Will Be Remembered As a Pitiful Abuser, But His Legacy Lives On in Trump.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/13/2017: Pictures and words.

Confessions of a cluttering packrat, part 2.

Unknown Search Terms and other meta-blogging emphemera.

Where do plots come from?

Cromulent is as cromulent does — adventures with dictionaries.

Videos!

Chris Cornell – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart:

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Chris Cornell “Nothing Compares 2 U” Prince Cover Live @ SiriusXM // Lithium:

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Soundgarden – Loud Love:

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ERASURE – Love You To The Sky (Official Lyric Video):

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Unknown Search Terms and other meta-blogging emphemera

Cat with a manual typewriter.One of the things that I have enjoyed since moving my blogging to FontFolly.Net hosted on WordPress five years ago has been seeing all the information about traffic to my site at a glance. Such as the Referrers–a section of the dashboard that shows you when someone followed a link on another site to my blog, or used a search engine. That information is available over on my author site (SansFigLeaf.Com), but I have to work harder to get the logs and parse them. WordPress does the work for me.

I used to really enjoy about once a month looking at the list of Search terms that people use to get to the site. As more and more people use private or anonymous browsing options, that list doesn’t change much, with more and more searches lumped into the category of Unknown Search Terms. Not that I don’t begrudge anybody some privacy, but it was amusing to speculate as to why someone had typed “bland relish tray” or “ceramic figurine queen jubilee” into a search engine, and whether whatever post of mine it was that they clicked on was at least entertaining to them.

On the other hand, the person who once typed “collecting dictionaries” so far as I know never left a comment or asked any question about the topic. Which is kind of sad, because if they typed that search term in, I hope it was because they or someone they cared about collected dictionaries, just like I do, and it’s always fun to meet someone who shares your interests.

Search terms aren’t the only thing of interest. Another part of the dashboard lists all of my old blog posts that someone has clicked on today. Certain old blog posts come up again and again. When it is one of my series of posts about why I love science fiction and fantasy (which are usually a review of a book or series of books or a particular author or a movie or sci fi TV series), I understand, and hope that the person enjoyed the post. When it is a particular post I wrote some months back about some infamous closet cases: former anti-gay Congressman Aaron Schock and former Pinal, Arizona County Sheriff Paul Babeu, I know that most likely it means that there has been a new development in Schock’s criminal trial on federal corruption charges, because whenever a story about his case gets published on news sites, I get a few hits. This week, though, it seems the reason why is that there has been a new development in the federal corruption investigation against Babeu. So, it was interesting to learn that he may yet be brought to justice.

I am happy that the all-time most read post is one about writing, Time doesn’t work that way. Makes me think I should get some more of my draft posts about writing, storytelling, et cetera finished and uploaded.

Weekend Update 5/13/2017: Pictures and words

I keep saving various images to possible use to illustrate a Friday Links post or a political commentary, then wind up using only a fraction of them. We have another busy weekend of hauling things to Value Village and cleaning out the old place, so no time to do much writing or commenting on anything that’s happened since I put together this week’s roundup of links, so, here are some of my recently collected images/memes/what-have-you:

“I hate when I wake up in the morning & Donald Trump is still president”

“I hate when I wake up in the morning & Donald Trump is still president”

“TrumpCare: Pay more for less; 24 million lose insurance; 'Age Tax' for older Americans; Guts Medicaid; Huge tax cuts for millionaires”

“TrumpCare: Pay more for less; 24 million lose insurance; ‘Age Tax’ for older Americans; Guts Medicaid; Huge tax cuts for millionaires”

Nixon is no longer the most corrupt President in our history. Dubya is no longer the dumbest President in our history. Trump stole both titles in only 110 days.

Nixon is no longer the most corrupt President in our history. Dubya is no longer the dumbest President in our history. Trump stole both titles in only 110 days.

Number of times each has been accused of sexual assault: Trump 14, O'Reilly 7, Ailes more than 20 times, Obama 0 (zero)!

Number of times each has been accused of sexual assault/harassment: Trump 14, O’Reilly 7, Ailes more than 20 times, Obama 0 (zero)!

“We had a choice between a woman who is the most qualified candidate ever to seek the presidency and a man who boasted about being a serial sex abuser, and some people still want to debate if sexism played a role in the election.”

“We had a choice between a woman who is the most qualified candidate ever to seek the presidency and a man who boasted about being a serial sex abuser, and some people still want to debate if sexism played a role in the election.”

“This man launched his campaign by demeaning Mexicans; spent his entire campaign using racist dog whistles; promised policies to harm refugees, immigrants, and citizens who are people of color; and some people still want to debate whether racism played a role in the election.”

“This man launched his campaign by demeaning Mexicans; spent his entire campaign using racist dog whistles; promised policies to harm refugees, immigrants, and citizens who are people of color; and some people still want to debate whether racism played a role in the election.”

“This infamous nemesis of the LGBT community was chosen as Trump's running mate, and people still want to debate whether homophobia and transphobia played a role in the election.”

“This infamous nemesis of the LGBT community was chosen as Trump’s running mate, and people still want to debate whether homophobia and transphobia played a role in the election.”

“The problem with (some) christians: That they think they are bing that guy (points to Jesus being lashed and tortured) whilst behaving like those guys (points to the roman soldiers beating Jesus).”

“The problem with (some) christians: That they think they are bing that guy (points to Jesus being lashed and tortured) whilst behaving like those guys (points to the roman soldiers beating Jesus).”

“A bunch of snowflakes = an avalanche” and “Make hate wrong again”

“A bunch of snowflakes = an avalanche” and “Make hate wrong again”

“We fight today for a better tomorrow.”

“We fight today for a better tomorrow.”

Friday Links (bengal cat and otter edition)

Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter

Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter

We’re still unpacking at the new place and still getting the last straggling things out of the old. I’m looking forward to some mythical day in the future where I’m not constantly exhausted. I have been slightly less sore most of this week, so that’s a good thing, right?

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

What Is “Free Speech,” Anyway?

It Was Cultural Anxiety That Drove White, Working-Class Voters to Trump.

No Strings Attached.

This Week in Seattle Area News

Our Weed Is So Good, a Seattle Cop Has Allegedly Been Exporting It to the East Coast.

Tacoma might sue opioid makers as part of battle against homelessness.

This week in the environment

Energy Department to Investigate Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Site.

Science!

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Found The Mechanism Behind Grey Hair And Baldness.

In a new book on duck sex, dancing birds, and human orgasms, Richard Prum argues against a cold and utilitarian view of nature’s splendor.

Comets Produce Their Own Oxygen, Planets Could Do The Same Without Needing Life.

Scientists warn thawing soil could suddenly unleash deadly pathogens unseen in centuries.

Getting to Grips With Time Crystals. What is That Really?

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain’s decline in old age, study suggests.

If science is murdered in a forest and nobody is around to hear it, does that mean the climate isn’t changing?

Humans Are Less Genetically Diverse Than Wheat. What Does That Mean for Our Species?

Scientific American: Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts?

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs.

Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth Possibly Found in Australian Rocks.

Scientists are turning loose 40,000 sex-hungry mosquitos in Florida to fight Zika.

New 2D Quantum Material Can Conduct Electricity at Nearly the Speed of Light.

Scientists Say Greenland Sharks May Live 400 Years.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

“Tron Guy” Joins the Alt-Right (Except When It Comes to Furries).

ON THE NEED TO MAKE GREAT THINGS GREAT AGAIN.

Facing Facts: American Identity is Based on Alternate History.

This week in Words

‘Supposably’ vs. ‘Supposedly’ – They’re both real. But which are you supposed to use?

This Week in Tech

Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum.

An oldie, but a goodie by the late great David Carr from the days when the notion of someone posting something on a blog going viral was still new: One Man’s Musical Tastes as Fodder for a Flame War.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

America’s Uniquely Lethal Domestic Violence Problem.

A statistical guide to firearms, intimate partner abuse, and the children, parents, and police who become victims, too.

Culture war news:

Stephen Fry Runs Afoul of Ireland’s Blasphemy Law for Disrespecting ‘Capricious, Mean-Minded, Stupid God’ on TV in 2015.

White Male Terrorists Are an Issue We Should Discuss.

Another Religious Right Claim Of Anti-Christian Persecution Gets Utterly Debunked.

‘Straight out of the Nazi playbook’: Hindu nationalists try to engineer ‘genius’ babies in India.

Baby born clutching IUD? Free abortion vacations? Nope — but such urban legends are very useful to the right.

Texas House passes bill protecting religious adoption agencies that deny services, turn away prospective parents.

Texas House votes to bar vaccinations of new foster children, even to prevent cancer.

The Creationist Suing Grand Canyon Park Officials for Discrimination Is Just a Bad Scientist.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Suing the trolls: A woman’s lawsuit against a neo-Nazi’s “troll storm” could change how to fight back against online harassment.

NCAC Demands Ohio High School Restore Eleanor & Park to English Curriculum.

This Week in the Resistance:

Dan Rather Just Gave The BEST Response To Trump’s Comey Firing.

In the wake of Trump’s brazen power play, it’s time to go nuclear.

This week in so-called Christians

Christian Minister Spent Over $30,000 on Fancy Clothes… Because He Sweat Too Much.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Poll: Trump’s health care and tax plans are very, very unpopular.

Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia.

Donald Trump’s fear of the Russia scandal becomes more obvious.

Trump’s Tuesday night massacre.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Obama personally warned Trump against hiring Flynn as national security adviser: report.

Eric Trump ‘said we have all the funding we need out of Russia’, golf writer claims.

Trump Administration Cites Pro-Segregation Ruling To Defend Its Travel Ban.

Bad News for Everyone! The 2020 Census Is Already in Trouble.

Look past Jim Comey: The Census director’s sudden resignation may create serious long-term problems.

Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report.

Reporter arrested for asking Tom Price if domestic violence is a pre-existing condition under Trumpcare.

Acting FBI Director Contradicts Everything White House Has Said About FBI, Is Definitely Also Getting Fired.

This week in Politics:

How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy.

‘AN ACT OF MONSTROUS CRUELTY’ – Every Republican who voted for this abomination must be held accountable

Letter: Can’t get through to Chaffetz. Constituent discovers the congressman’s office has blocked all numbers coming from his own state…

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Sues Feds Over Request to Stop Helping Undocumented People.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron.

Things I wrote:

Who are you going to believe?

“You’re not going to believe someone like that, are you?”

Questions some authors dread: Where do you get your ideas?

Videos!

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Official Trailer:

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WONDER WOMAN – Rise of the Warrior [Official Final Trailer]:

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Jimmy Kimmel on Response to Emotional Monologue About Baby & Health Care Debate:

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Iron Sky The Coming Race – Official Teaser Trailer:

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Sam The Bengal Cat & Pip The Otter:

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F/r/i/d/a/y/ Saturday Links (I no longer live in Seattle edition)

We had great parking karma at the new place. I took this pic from our kitchen window shortly after the guys started unloading.

We had great parking karma at the new place. I took this pic from our kitchen window shortly after the guys started unloading.

I kept trying to block out some time earlier in the week to work on at least a short Friday Links post that I could queue up and, well it didn’t happen because moving and packing eats all of your time, energy, and brain power.

Wednesday night we came home from our last run of things to the new place to find No Parking signs in front of our building and the little house next door. We knew the people over there had sold their house recently. Turns out they had movers coming Thursday, too and they had paid for the permits to shut down parking to make a place for the truck to park. When our former landlady moved out in February, the moving company she hired (and she had raved about how good a job they did so much that we hired the same company) had simply parked their truck in the long driveway that runs along side our old building to the mini parking lot in back. So that’s what we’d planned to do. I had chatted with the property manager and he had assured me that the construction crew (who had come in Monday, just hours after our last neighbors had officially moved out, and in the first day yanked out all of the applicances, sinks, et cetera and removed an entire interior wall) would not park in the driveway so our truck could. So, guess how many vehicles pulled into the driveway the next morning? If you guessed a number less than three, you’re too low…

The next door truck crew shows up and is parked in front of the next door house and debating the pros and cons of having to carry everything between the two cherry trees when our crew shows up in a much bigger truck. There is a lot of chat between the crews, and then the next door two-man crew moves their truck into the empty driveway of the house they are emptying, and our crew parks in the spots that the next door house owners paid to have clear. We walked our guys through stuff and they got busy then a third moving truck from yet another moving company gingerly makes its way through our narrow crowded street and winds up parking around the corner where they start moving someone out of the duplex down at the corner. And then, wait for it! and then a fourth big truck comes through and winds up parking blocking three driveways across the street because they’re delivering new refrigerators, stoves, washers, and driers for the two downstairs units that the new owner started trying to remodel themselves in February before hiring one guy for much of April, and finally turning to professionals this week. So they’re trying to unload and move a bunch of appliances, and three different moving crews are working at three buildings side-by-side… and then a utility truck pulls up and it turns out the new owners also hired someone to come in that do and haul away some of the debris of the renovation.

Our guys handled our stuff quickly, we all drove away from the old place together sooner than I thought (the other two crews were still packing). We got to Shoreline and by a miracle a big chunk of the street parking right in front of our house was open. The guys unloaded and helped us set up the furniture. We settled up our bill (Michael first running around and handing each person a tip because, as he said, when he first moved to Washington back in the early nineties, he worked as a day laborer for moving companies for several months). We all waved cheerfully good-bye. Michael and I started carrying up the bed linens and other things we’d packed in our car before the truck arrived and we were partway through that when Michael noticed that they’d left the sling for carrying mattresses and the like. So I called the company, and they were able to get the crew back to us before they’d gotten on the highway. So we got so see them one more time.

Thursday night we both slept like logs. Michael went into work, his first time riding the new bus route instead of biking, and I spent the day unpacking. If I have counted right, I’ve unpacked 43 boxes of books, a couple of suitcases worth of clothes, and three boxes of kitchen things. Michael has set up the network, his computer, assembled a piece of furniture or two. There is still so much to do!

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

My Father Spent 30 Years In Prison. Now He’s Out.

Racism is expecting Obama to work for free while letting Trump’s family siphon tax payers dollars through their business.

News for queers and our allies:

Bill Nye uses ice cream to explain the ridiculousness of gay conversion therapy.

Science!

Justices won’t hear challenge over Alaska polar bear habitat.

From the archives: 100 years of mastodon fossil fascination.

Video Proof That People Are Terrified Of GMOs, Despite Having No Idea What They Are.

With a Recycled LHC Magnet, the Axion Solar Telescope Hunts for Ghost Photons.

Sex is better at hotels than at home, according to science.

Culture war news:

Last Saturday I posted a Weekend Update that included a news story that referenced some less-than-loving comments by a Wyoming state legislator to the effect that when queers are harassed or beaten that they bring it on themselves. There are some updates: Republican senator apologizes for saying ‘a guy who wears a tutu’ in public ‘kind of asks for it’.

He apologized, in part, because a Fox News contributor quoted his comments, and specifically added a reference to a notorious murder of a young gay man in Wyoming: FOX News Contributor Agrees: LGBT People Who Dress Outside the Norm are ‘Asking for’ Physical Violence.

…but he also apologized because of actions by his fellow Wyoming citizens such as this: Tutu Protests And Parties Break Out In Wyoming Over Senator’s Remark.

All of this underscores a deeper phenomenon that I had hoped to find time to write about, but someone at Slate has already done it, so: .

Why Some Conservatives Think LGBTQ People Deserve to Get Beaten Up.

This Week in the Resistance:

May Day protesters take to the streets for the rights of labor, women, immigrants.

Trump resistance sees record fundraising after AHCA vote.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Yale historian warns it’s ‘inevitable’ that Trump will stage his own ‘Reichstag fire’ to save his presidency.

News about the Fascist Regime:

TrumpCare: Mass Murder in Broad Daylight.

The ‘breathtaking hypocrisy’ and ‘horrors’ of Trumpcare, spelled out in a New York Times editorial.

Elizabeth Warren: “A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn’t a health care bill.”

Rachel Maddow Details the Carnage Trumpcare Will Inflict on Tens of Millions of Americans.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorable idiots

NY Times’ new columnist: Global warming can’t be serious if activists have kids.

Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/29/2017: Show me what a man hates and I’ll tell you what he is.

My shoe broke while I was carrying a box upstairs and other news from the moving zone.

Friday Links (100 days of scandal and lies edition)

It’s Friday!

We’re still packing and moving and packing and packing and… I finally had a responce to me ad giving away two four-drawer steel filing cabinets… and a few hours later the guy who responded said “never mind.” I really don’t want to have to pay someone to haul these away…

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

Tiny Jyn Erso Heads to Star Wars Celebration, Hands Every Leia a Copy of the Death Star Plans.

Stories Of Gay Men Tortured In Chechnya Read By Refugees In Heartbreaking Video.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Someone Chained A Cross To Gay Street In NY. What Happened Next Was Beautiful.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Judge blocks President Trump’s order that cut off funds to ‘sanctuary cities’.

This week in the war on trans people

Undocumented Transgender Immigrants Can Either Hide Under Trump Or Face Death At Home.

This week in international hate crimes

Trump’s been silent; Putin’s shrugged it off. But you should care about Chechnya. Chechnya wants to ‘eliminate’ its gay population by the end of May. We can’t sit back and watch.

This week in bi erasure

Report: Fear of Being Outed Prompted Killing by Aaron Hernandez.

Aaron Hernandez proves we have no idea how to talk about bisexuality.

This week in abusive people

10 Things I wish I’d known About Gaslighting.

My abusive narcissistic ex-husband — Part 1: Falling in the hole.

This week in awful people

Scott Baio on ‘Happy Days’ Co-Star Erin Moran’s Death: ‘For Me, You Do Drugs or Drink, You’re Gonna Die’. (For the record, autopsy says she had stage four cancer and was likely the cause of death)

Erin Moran’s Brother Didn’t Hold Back While Shitting On Chachi And Chachi’s “Tiny” Dick .

News for queers and our allies:

Senator Patty Murray Is Trying to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy Nationwide.

Indiana transgender man named high school prom king.

This “13 Reasons Why” star explained why he decided to be open about his sexuality, and it’s so important.

Science!

Another rain record falls for Western Washington: Seattle just broke a 122-year-old record for rain. That makes this October-through-April the wettest such period since record-keeping began in 1895 — and there was still another week of April left to go when this was published!

Fossil find reveals skunk-sized predator roamed Egypt 34 million years ago.

Earliest Fungus-Like Fossils Date Back 2.4 Billion Years.

Mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers and other megafauna went extinct because of ancient climate change.

What happens when you get a crayfish drunk.

Heliosphere, Our Sun’s Sphere Of Influence, Is Not Shaped Like A Comet.

Cassini Photos: Probe Snaps A Spectacular Shot Of Earth In Between Saturn’s Rings.

Caterpillars Saving The Environment: Worm Parasite Could Stop Plastic Bag Pollution.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Fix the Slating Problem Forever.

John Scalzi Ventures into The Collapsing Empire.

The Problematic Presentation of Gender in Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning.

Will We Ever Know Why Disney Remade The Jungle Book? (Yes, it’s from a year ago, but still worth a read!)

This Week in History

From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century.

Culture war news:

Homeless Youth Shelter Refuses Donation From Gay Men’s Chorus.

Seattle is investigating possible recruitment violations tied to the Garfield High School football team in light of allegations made by a youth from Texas who arrived in Seattle without any family here and played as a running back last season, then was tricked into flying home for the holidays and only learned later he had been deleted from the student database.

Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile.

Benny Hinn’s Texas headquarters raided by feds.

NOM To Stage Yet Another DC Hate March After Drawing A Humiliating Crowd In The Tens Last Year.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Hacker aims to rub out ISIS with porn and LGBT imagery.

This Week in the Resistance:

The March for Science Shows How Bad Scientists Are At Politics.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Drumbeats Don’t Add Up to Imminent War With North Korea.

Yes, Donald Trump set up senators for a photo op on North Korea.

Senators: Little learned during rare all-hands North Korea briefing.

The Scandals of Donald Trump: New documents show Michael Flynn was warned in 2014 that he needed to get permission before taking any money from foreign governments.

Trump administration talks tough on North Korea, but frustrated lawmakers want detail.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Amidst Backlash, Ivanka Trump Clothing Is Secretly Relabelled as Adrienne Vittadini.

John Oliver Calls Out Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner for Duping America.

Hate group leader: Our allies ‘are now very well placed’ in the Trump administration.

Secret Service bans NRA members from bringing guns to President Trump’s NRA convention speech.

Department Of The Interior Scrubs ‘Climate Change’ Page.

This week in Politics:

Can Someone Remind Bernie Sanders That Abortion is an Economic Issue?

Obama returns — and avoids Trump. In his first event since leaving the White House, Obama sidesteps talk of his successor as he nudges future political leaders

Democrats Choosing Sanders to Lead are Leaving Too Much of their Base Behind.

GOP Leaders Weigh Saturday Health Bill Vote Amid New Support.

Troll This Politician And He Just Might Call Your Grandma — Literally.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

The president of Gays for Trump thinks the “trans agenda” may slow down gay progress.

A GOP Lawmaker Has Been Revealed As The Creator Of Reddit’s Anti-Woman ‘Red Pill’ Forum.

http://nypost.com/2017/04/26/anti-semitic-politician-tricks-critics-into-raising-money-for-him/.

Farewells:

Erin Moran, Who Played Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56.

Erin Moran was ‘happy’ and ‘active’ in final days and died holding husband’s hand.

Things I wrote:

They’re just things, that’s what we keep saying….

You can have my Andre Nortons when you pry them from my cold dead fingers, & other lessons of moving.

Videos!

Cell Block Tango – Broadway Backwards 2015:

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CHAINSMOKERS – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS PARODY 🦇:

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UEEN | Somebody to Love (4K HD Visual Cover by José Rivera Jr.):

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Blondie – Long Time (Official Video):

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Big Spender – Twisted Broadway Melbourne 2013:

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Hurts – Beautiful Ones:

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[OFFICIAL VIDEO] Can’t Help Falling in Love – Pentatonix:

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Friday Links (we’re in the middle of the move edition)

It’s Friday!

I haven’t been posting much this week because we’ve been packing. My work week has consisted of going to work, coming home, loading the car up with as many packed boxes as will fit, driving to the new place (a 25-35 minute drive depending on traffic), carrying all the boxes in the car up a flight of stairs to the new apartment, then driving back home to pack some more until bed time. My husband is still in the recovery stage from surgery, and I’m not letting him lift anything until the doctor clears him (he sees the surgeon again next week, so, fingers crossed!). We’ve hired movers who will take care off all the big furniture and anything we’ve packed by then but haven’t moved, and we could let the movers do everything, except that we literally don’t have enough room here to pile everything once it is packed.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

ADD YOUR GENDER PRONOUNS TO TWITTER. This post is from a couple of years ago, but the issue was only recently come to my attention. And I agree, cisgender people who consider themselves allies of the trans community should add their pronouns to their social media profiles because this normalizes the practice.

The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black. ‘I am beginning to wonder if it isn’t blackness that Dolezal doesn’t understand, but whiteness. Because growing up poor, on a family farm in Idaho, being homeschooled by fundamentalist Christian parents sounds whiter than this “silver spoon” whiteness she claims to be rejecting.’

Religion Is Just Common Sense With Added Bits of Nonsense. I don’t have a problem with the conclusion, but I quibble with the comedian’s example. He says all religions can be boiled down to five don’ts, four of which make sense and one is nuts, but then he lists five, of which only three make sense and two are nuts. Oh, well…

This Week in Seattle Area News

KUOW Employee Woke Up to Find Swastikas Painted on Her Cars, and Cars All Down the Block. Um, this is uncomfortably close to my new neighborhood…

Edmonds Police Backtrack Earlier Decision, Will Investigate Swastikas as “Possible Hate Crimes”. Ya think?

Facing Allegations of Child Sex Abuse, Mayor Ed Murray Vows to Stay in Office and Keep Running for Reelection.

This week in the war on trans people

Change the Rating of “3 Generations” to PG-13.

This week in what the Frak?

Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

More Dangerous Myths About Child Abuse.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

A Timeline of Bill O’Reilly’s Vileness – Some of the allegations against the newly ousted ‘O’Reilly Factor’ host, dating back to the early 2000s.

Massachusetts Throws Out More Than 21,000 Convictions In Drug Testing Scandal.

News for queers and our allies:

The problem with problematic.

Texas ordered to pay $600,000 to couples who fought gay marriage ban.

New Font Honors Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker.

Science!

A New “CRISPR Pill” Makes Bacteria Destroy Its Own DNA.

Microsoft is buying another 10 million strands of DNA for storage research.

Researchers use frog mucus to fight the flu.

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines.

This 17 Year Old May Have Revolutionized Brain Injury Treatment.

Scientists create negative-mass fluid that flows against the force.

Scientists Genetically Engineer Luminescent Bacteria to Detect Landmines.

Antarctic Scientists Go Chasing Waterfalls.

… and Proxima makes three: Alpha Centauri really is a triple star!

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

How Wondercon Failed Disabled Attendees.

David Lynch’s Dune is What You Get When You Build a Science Fictional World With No Interest in Science Fiction.

This Week in Tech

That Four-Star Rating You Left Could Cost Your Uber Driver Her Job.

HOW GOOGLE ATE CELEBRITYNETWORTH.COM.

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove. “The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Climbing Out Of Facebook’s Reality Hole.

Culture war news:

Lesbian Couple Sues Christian Courthouse Clerks After Being Harassed While Getting Marriage License.

Court upholds suspension of judge who abused his power to block gay weddings.

KING: Conservatives don’t hate a golfing President, but they hated an uppity Negro golfing President.

Words Which by Their Very Utterance Inflict Injury.

Robert Maginnis: Washington D.C.’s Gays And Witches Corrupt Politicians.

This Week in the Resistance:

Dan Savage resistance organization donates $100,000 to ACLU, Planned Parenthood and IRAP.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

How Trump Is Trying to Govern America Like an Internet Troll.

A Trump district co-chair just called me: ‘I am off the train. We were trumped.’

Trump getting hot and bothered by protesters.

Trump admin pursues law-enforcement goals without U.S. attorneys.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump’s Camp Is Spending Millions On Legal Fees To Defend Against Allegations Of Illegal Behavior.

This week in Politics:

Nikki Haley: Detentions and Killings of Gays in Chechnya a ‘Violation of Human Rights’ That ‘Cannot Be Ignored’. That’s nice, Madama Ambassador, but could you tell your boss?

ARKANSAS PLANS TO EXECUTE SEVEN PEOPLE THIS MONTH, CONTINUING LONG TRADITION OF ASSEMBLY-LINE KILLING.

Justice Gorsuch Finds His ‘Easier’ Solution Has Few Takers On 1st Day.

Court Rules Republican Lawmakers Intentionally Diluted Minority Clout When Drawing US House Districts.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump.

Survey says: Political polarization isn’t the internet’s faul – A study says hyper-partisanship is more common among older people who barely use the internet.

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Says He’ll Speak At Auburn Despite His Event Being Canceled Over Security Fears.

I Went Behind the Front Lines With the Far-Right Agitators Who Invaded Berkeley – Here’s what I saw when white supremacists, Trump fans, and other factions clashed.

Things I wrote:

Personal update: We’re moving to Shorelin.

Da, DA, da-da-da-DAAAA-da, da-da-da-DAAAA-da, dut-dut-da-daaaaaa! I love sf/f soundtracks.

Videos!

Dalai Lama: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Broadway Bares 2017: Strip U:

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Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (Official Audio) ft. The Weeknd:

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A Farewell To Bill O’Reilly From Stephen Colbert And ‘Stephen Colbert’:

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Friday Links (we’re not at NorWesCon edition)

“Hands up if you love Fridays.”

“Hands up if you love Fridays.”

It’s Friday! Under our original plans for the year, we were meant to be attending NorWesCon with a bunch of friends. But we put down a deposit on a new apartment a few days ago, and we’re scheduled to sign the lease on the day Friday Links posts, and we would like to start moving in to the new place. Earlier in the week, when we were still waiting to hear whether we would get this place, we decided that if we did get it, we didn’t want to have to leave the con and drive back to Seattle and then out the other side of Seattle to the neighboring community where the new apartment is just to sign papers and not start moving. And if this somehow fell through, then we needed to spend these days of paid time off I already had scheduled at work scrambling to sign one of the other places we’d looked at or a new place altogether.

Because we have so, so much stuff packed into our current living space, despite the fact that there are piles of packed boxes taller than me in most of the rooms, there is still a lot of packing to do. Which will be easier to do if we get some of this stuff moved this weekend to make room to pack in.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories.

Links of the Week

Get Out Perfectly Captures the Terrifying Truth About White Women.

Beverly Cleary, Author of Ramona the Pest, Turned 101 Years Old This Week.

Crucified man had prior run-in with authorities.

Say no to Christian seders.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Ludhiana man thwarts robbery bid in Jammu Mail, rescues 3 women.

This week in the war on trans people

Anti-transgender bathroom legislation has been filed in 15 states so far, but it’s only a coincidence that all 15 bills contain the same typo.

MINNESOTA: Hate Group Drops Lawsuit Seeking To Bar Transgender Students From School Locker Rooms.

Beyond the bathroom: Report shows laws’ harm for transgender students.

This week in international hate crimes

Chechnya detains 100 gay men in first concentration camps since the Holocaust.

Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men.

CHECHNYA: STOP ABDUCTING AND KILLING GAY MEN.

This week in the World

Russian ‘Open Skies’ spy plane flew over the US.

The United States Just Dropped a 21,600-Pound Bomb In Afghanistan. “That bomb cannot be targeted, it cannot be proportional and it cannot but kill civilians.”

UK Foreign Secretary condemns alleged detentions of gay men in Chechnya.

This week in awful news

United Video and San Bernadino Shooting Made for a Violent Day in America.

News for queers and our allies:

Why It Took Barry Manilow So Long to Come Out. “When someone in their 70s comes out as gay, especially a famous someone like singer Barry Manilow, the first question is always, what took so long? But there are very good reasons.”

Republican bill that would have banned marriage equality in North Carolina is DOA.

Nebraska Supreme Court: Ban on Gay Foster Parents Is Indistinguishable From a “Whites Only” Sign.

Science!

Newfound Tusk Belonged to One of the Last Surviving Mammoths in Alaska.

The Art of Plasma at Museum of Neon Art.

Are These Trilobite Eggs? Mystery of trilobite reproduction may at last be solved

Science Proves Trans People Aren’t Making It Up.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Creatyvebooks: 7 THINGS I HATE ABOUT FANTASY.

Why clipping.’s Hugo Nomination Matters for Music in Science Fiction.

TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE: EARTHA KITT (CATWOMAN).

Why You Should Read Romance.

FRESHLY REMEMBER’D: KIRK DRIFT.

GUEST OF HONOR MONICA VALENTINELLI WITHDRAWS FROM ODYSSEY CON AS ‘KNOWN HARASSER’ IS ON EVENT’S STAFF.

In which Mary takes off her gloves and discusses the OdysseyCon fuck-up.

Cons Need to Stop Using the “We’re Just Fans” Defense When Things Go Terribly Wrong.

OdysseyCon and Why Serial Harassers Are Safe In Our Community.

Rocky Mountain Fur Con canceled following neo-Nazi associations, tax irregularities. And don’t forget, sending threatening letter to a fan!

THE BIZARRE FALL OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN FUR CON. Best line, regarding the Furry Raiders: “So yeah, they say they’re not Nazis, but they’re totally Nazis.”

And an actual lawyer who had not connection to the fandom weighed in hilariously: Free Furry of The Land: When Sovereign Citizens and Furries Collide.

The Fallacy of Agency: on Power, Community, and Erasure.

Things that are technically “Addams Family” canon whether we like it or not.

And even more reactions to the 2017 Hugo Finalists.

This week in Topics Most People Can’t Be Rational About

NRA employee shoots himself by mistake during firearms training at the NRA’s headquarters.

Culture war news:

“Confront hate with love.” (Click to embiggen)

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know About Kenneth Adkins, Anti-gay pastor who said Pulse victims ‘deserved’ massacre and has now been found guilty of 8 counts of child molestation.

Kevin Swanson: Pastors Who Have Gay Children Must Resign.

This Law Firm Is Linked to Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills Across the Country.

What Do We Know About the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016?

VIRGINIA: State Supreme Court Rejects Hate Group’s Attempt Overturn School District’s LGBT Protections.

NORTH CAROLINA: GOP Rep Melts Down Over Blocking Of Marriage Ban, Compares Abraham Lincoln To Hitler.

This Week in the Resistance:

The big civil rights protest in Dallas that you missed over the weekend.

This week in so-called Christians

Anti-gay pastor who cheered Orlando nightclub massacre found guilty of child molestation.

Alabama Governor Resigns After Allegations He Used State Money To Cover Up Love Affair.

Bigoted Christians Are the Most Special Snowflakes.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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Robert Reich: There are at least four grounds to impeach Trump.

One Missile Strike Does Not a Syria Strategy Make.

Chinese media: Trump ordered strike to overcome accusations that he was pro-Russia.

Trump Admits Health Care Cuts Needed For Tax Cuts To Billionaires.

Donald Trump’s Six Flip-Flop Wednesday – It was a bad day for Trump campaign positions. NATO? Not ‘obsolete.’ China? ‘Not currency manipulators.’ Janet Yellen? ‘I like her.’.

The Sessions speech at the border and the leaked DHS plan make it clear: the nativists are going for broke.

Donald Trump Says He Didn’t Realize North Korean Diplomacy “Isn’t So Easy”.

The U.S. Military Just Dropped the Largest Nonnuclear Bomb in Its Arsenal on Afghanistan.

News about the Fascist Regime:

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Is Trump gonna ax Bannon and Priebus?

A Battle Between Nepotism and Nationalism. Stephen Bannon’s right-wing populist project is at odds with the interests of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Twitter Drops Lawsuit Against the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Because the government backed down on its summons requesting information about an anti-Trump account.

State Dept. mum on gay ‘concentration camps’ in Chechnya.

Jeff Sessions’ prepared speech at the border referred to immigrants as ‘filth’.

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.

This week in Politics:

Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America.

Alabama governor resigns after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges.

How Alabama’s ‘Luv Guv’ Broke New Ground in a Scandal-Plagued State.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Why Trumpian Conspiracy Theories And Anti-Semitism Are Intimately Connected.

Who Needs Alt-Right Conspiracy Theories About Jews When You Have Politico? Politico has written an indictment of an entire sect of Judaism, getting basic facts wrong and making wild implications about a Jewish conspiracy in Russia tied to the Trump family.

Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Pleads Guilty to 9 State Murder Counts. The 23-year-old white supremacist already received a federal death sentence earlier this year for killing black churchgoers in hate crime.

Trump faces ‘open warfare’ with Breitbart if Bannon is fired, says former executive of the far-right website.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Pulse shooter’s wife pleads not guilty to federal charges.

Farewells:

Dancer-actress, ‘Laugh-In’ regular Chelsea Brown has died. (She also played Rosie Gier’s girlfriend in the movie _The Thing with Two Heads_)

Dorothy Mengering, David Letterman’s Mother, Dead at 95. “Dave’s Mom” was a ‘Late Show’ fixture, appearing in cooking segments, “Guess the Pie” and as Winter Olympics correspondent

J. Geils, Longtime Leader of The J. Geils Band, Dies at 71.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 4/8/2017: Show of farce, anti-gay judge, and clowns.

Confessions of a guy who cries….

Confessions of a guy who likes the rain.

Videos!

The Try Guys Wear Boob Weights For A Day:

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THOR RAGNAROK Trailer (2017) Marvel:

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Bohemian Rhapsody – Pentatonix [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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Trey Pearson – Silver Horizon (Official Video):

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Friday Links (denial and deflection edition)

Gilbert Baker, the artist who created the rainbow flag in 1978 for Gay Freedom Day, died in his sleep earlier this week in New York City. He was 65 years old.

Gilbert Baker, the artist who created the rainbow flag in 1978 for Gay Freedom Day, died in his sleep earlier this week in New York City. He was 65 years old. (Today.com)

It’s Friday! And we’re into April already.

We’re still packing like crazy and looking for a new place to live. I’m trying not to stress and probably failing at it. There has been a weird mix of good news and absolutely horrific news among our extended friends circle and it’s all a bit overwhelming.

Anyway, here are the links I found interesting this week, sorted into categories. You will notice it is a shorter collection than usual.

Links of the Week

On Sanders’ Denial of the Role of Race and Gender in Election 2016.

About ‘Black-on-Black Crime’.

Four maps show 50 states and european countries best and worst qualities. I would like to know the methodologies of these claims…

Happy News!

Seattle Dreamer released after more than six weeks in custody.

How Seattle police, local prosecutors address and investigate hate crimes.

BOB FERGUSON, LITERAL ANGEL, IS SUING TIM EYMAN.(If you aren’t from Washington state, you don’t understand what a big and wonderful deal this could be)

FERGUSON FILES $2.1M CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWSUIT AGAINST TIM EYMAN.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

Seattle toasts the tunnel. Lawyers prepare for war.

rotester gives Oregon mayor a Pepsi, and the response wasn’t good.

This week in awful people

Bill O’Reilly Thrives at Fox News, Even as Harassment Settlements Add Up.

AG sues Tim Eyman for $2M, says he profited from campaigns.

Former NC Gov. Pat McCrory Mocks LGBT Activists Over Compromise HB2 Repeal: They Lost The Battle.

High School Football Coach Suspended After He Allegedly Put His Dick In A Hot Dog Bun And Showed Players. “Not meant to be inappropriate” — how on earth is a teacher calling a female student a “puck slut” ever to be considered appropriate?

Here Are All The Advertisers Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show.

News for queers and our allies:

“Monday you can hold your head. Tuesday, Wednesday, stay in bed. Thursday watch the walls instead. It's FRIDAY, we're all in love.”

“Monday you can hold your head. Tuesday, Wednesday, stay in bed. Thursday watch the walls instead. It’s FRIDAY, we’re all in love.”

The Supreme Court quietly handed some very bad news to anti-LGBT businesses.

Barry Manilow Reveals Why He Didn’t Come Out for Decades: I Thought I Would ‘Disappoint’ Fans If They Knew I Was Gay. I wish he’d felt free to come out sooner, but unlike other closeted people I have written about recently, Manilow never spearheading homophobic laws or programs, so welcome out, Barry!

When a celebrity comes out, we judge. Why is that fair?

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Hate group furious that court says civil rights laws protect gays from job discrimination.

THE MOST LGBTQ-FRIENDLY CITY IN EVERY RED STATE IN AMERICA.

Federal judge rules fair housing law protects Colorado LGBT couple.

Science!

scatter plot: adventures in garbage millennial confirmation bias. Awesome graphs!

A Japanese Man Just Got Another Person’s Stem Cells Transplanted in His Eye.

GERMAN RESEARCHERS SEQUENCE RYE GENOME FOR FIRST TIME.

We might have just tracked down the mysterious Planet Nine.

Why Have Humpback Whales Formed Mysterious Super-Groups Off South Africa?

Juno has sent back more photos of Jupiter, and the results are spectacular.

No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action.

First fluorescent frogs might see each others’ glow.

Let Science Be Science Again.

Myopic Political Bubbles Apply to Science Books, Too.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

NO, DIVERSITY DIDN’T KILL MARVEL’S COMIC SALES.

The Obligatory Hugo Nominations Reaction Post 2017 – and the first ever Nommo Awards.

Here Are the 2017 Hugo Award Finalists but Spoiler Alert Chuck Tingle Should Win Every Award.

Measuring the Rabid Puppies Effect on the 2017 Hugo Ballot.

THE HUGO REPORT: FINALISTS 2017.

2017 Hugo Award Finalists.

Asking the Wrong Questions – he 2017 Hugo Awards: Thoughts on the Nominees.

NOMMO Nominations for 2017.

Netflix Whitewashed Its Death Note Remake, and That’s Not Even the Only Reason It’s Problematic.

The Best Series Hugo Is the Hardest Decision on the Ballot.

And other news:

Harry Shearer: Why My ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit Affects All Creators.

This week in Words

singular they in the news.

Use gender-sensitive language or lose marks, university students told. Some people gripe this is language policing; news flash, so is basing any grade on grammar or punctuation!

Harvard study: When telling a story, aim for clarity over cutting edge.

This Week in Tech

Justice in the age of big data.

The Mac Pro Lives.

Twitter Sues Trump Administration Over Demand That They Unmask Person Behind Anti-Trump Account.

This Week in Misinformation

William Shatner’s Tweets Are a Classic Case of Misinformation Spread – It was frustrating to watch but also instructive.

I’m not going to answer the same question about being fat any more. Ask me something else.

Culture war news:

The rainbow is ours, now. You can't have it!

The rainbow is ours, now. You can’t have it!

Bryan Fischer: “LGBTs Stole the Rainbow From God. It’s His. He Invented It… Give It Back.”

Bryan Fischer Epically Mocked on Twitter for Claiming LGBT People Stole God’s Rainbow.

God remains silent in response to Bryan Fischer’s claim we stole the rainbow.

Economic Policy Institute: Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979.

Boy Butter TV commercial banned in Chicago.

Activists Chase NOM’s Hate Bus Out Of Connecticut.

A Judge Has Temporarily Stopped Kentucky’s Only Remaining Abortion Clinic From Closing.

Creationist (and Convicted Felon) Kent Hovind Spoke To a Sparse Crowd in Mississippi.

How The Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Is Infiltrating Public Schools.

NCAA caves, rewards North Carolina for stigmatizing transgender people: The NCAA thinks North Carolina is just fine now — “outside of bathroom facilities,” of course.

This Week in the Resistance:

Kirsten Gillibrand Is an Enthusiastic NO.

Washington state legislators fights for internet privacy that Congress took away.

Opposing a Corrupt Transaction. (This was written before the Republicans made their hatred of democracy official, but it is still a good analysis)

The Internet Is Absolutely Loving Ivanka Trump’s ‘Petty’ Neighbor: She grabbed her fur and some wine to watch a protest outside Trump’s house.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Donald Trump’s Ignorance Extends to Foreign Affairs. That’s A Big Problem.

What the Woman Who Invented the Term “White Fragility” Thinks About Trump.

Donald Trump Approval Rating Declines Among White Men: Polls.

Trump Syria attack raises questions about whether it was authorized.

Can the President Attack Another Country Without Congress?

Syria strike reactions: what top Republicans and Democrats in Congress are saying.

News about the Fascist Regime:

The Long, Lucrative Right-wing Grift Is Blowing Up in the World’s Face.

agazine owner Jared Kushner doesn’t understand a free press.

Ivanka Trump interview: “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good … then I’m complicit”.

Joint Chiefs invite Jared Kushner to Iraq, because Ivanka’s husband is in charge of everything now.

Steve Bannon Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Cuck’ and ‘Globalist’ Behind His Back. (BTW, in case you didn’t know, “globalist” is an alt-right dog whistle meaning “jew” in a pejorative fashion)

C.I.A. Had Evidence of Russian Effort to Help Trump Earlier Than Believed.

One week, three more Trump-Russia connections.

Why the Trump-Russia investigation may continue for years.

This week in Politics:

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The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Gorsuch Hearings.

Devin Nunes shouldn’t resign from the intelligence committee—he should resign from the House.

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them: They betrayed you for chump change.

Russians used ‘Bernie Bros’ as ‘unwitting agents’ in disinformation campaign: Senate Intel witness.

Out of options, Spicer attacks Hillary, suggests Obama engaged in illegal surveillance.

Former Trump campaign chair in Virginia spent campaign money on Trump party.

How We Got To The Point Of Republicans Ready To Invoke The ‘Nuclear Option’ In The Senate.

Senate approves ‘nuclear option,’ clears path for Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court nomination vote.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Judge Rules That Trump May Have Incited Violence Against Protesters, Allowing Case to Move Forward.

Trump Ally Alex Jones Threatens To “Beat” Rep. Adam Schiff’s “Goddamn Ass” In Anti-Gay Tirade.

Trump Voter Furious that Border Wall will Fence Her House into… (Wait For It)… Mexico!

How Many Of Trump’s Supporters Really Are ‘Deplorable’?

TOP DEMOCRATS ARE WRONG: TRUMP SUPPORTERS WERE MORE MOTIVATED BY RACISM THAN ECONOMIC ISSUES.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Police: Armed with guns and racial insults, Jacksonville man assaults Muslim neighbor.

This Week in Sexism

Uber’s Korean Escort Visit Shows Sexism Cover-Up Goes To The Top.

It’s a problem when men avoid one-on-one meetings with women.

Fox News Reeling As A Big Bombshell Just Dropped In The Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment Scandal.

Farewells:

Gilbert Baker, Creator of the Rainbow Flag, International Symbol of LGBTQ Pride, Has Died at 65.

Key West remembers Gilbert Baker, creator of rainbow flag.

Gilbert Baker Film Festival still a go despite its namesake’s death.

Gilbert Baker, rainbow flag creator, dies.

Things I wrote:

Not fooling around with my goals this year!

Weekend Update 4/1/2017: No need for jokes while we have these clowns in the news.

Reblog: The first openly queer person to run for U.S. public office and win was not who you think.

More adventures in straightsplaining—bless your heart.

Confessions of an unrepentant rationalist.

The incredibly true confessions of a totally queer sci fi geek.

Time to say bye-bye to LiveJournal.

Confessions of a pink and purple flaunting dandy.

Videos!

Get Churned!:

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Expiration Date – Brett Gleason (Official Video):

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Lana Del Rey – Love:

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2CELLOS – Moon River:

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Time to say bye-bye to LiveJournal

I had gotten a couple of error messages informing me that the LiveJournal cross-posting wasn’t working the last couple of days, but hadn’t had time to look into it. Now I suddenly know why some people were making cryptic comments about not agreeing to new terms of service. This isn’t quite how I expected that service to start killing off the non-Russian content when I predicted that was the next logical move after they removed all of the mirrored servers outside of Russia and disabled secure socket login. The new Terms of Service include a lot of weird and concerning stuff but the real deal- breaker is this:

[The user must] Mark Content estimated by Russian legislation as inappropriate for children (0-18) as “adult material” by using Service functions.

And because of their various anti-gay laws, that means any mention of, oh, say that fact that I’m gay must be marked as inappropriate for children. And that’s B.S. It’s B.S. when YouTube is doing it, it’s B.S. anywhere. There are also clauses that say the journal will be deleted if you don’t sign in for several months, and it seems to say if your journal doesn’t generate a minimum number of hits in a period of time it will also be deleted and so on. There’s some analysis of the situation here and here and here.

The real kicker is that the English translation of the Terms of Service, which you have to click “Agree” to in order to sign in right now, says that only the Russian version is valid. Well, I can’t read Russian, so I have no clue what I’m really agreeing to if I can’t rely on the English translation they’re offering, right? A user who can read Russian has kindly posted a translation of the applicable laws here, if you’re curious.

I’m still weighing whether to log in, clicking “Agree” then delete all the entries except one that says the journal is closed? I mean, I’d be abiding by the terms as quickly as I could if I did that, right?

I migrated my journal to Dreamwidth a long time ago and downloaded back-ups. I do most of my blogging on my FontFolly.Net blog with cross-posting elsewhere. I didn’t delete the LiveJournal earlier because I still have some hold-outs on the friends’ list there who as far as I can tell have not moved to Dreamwidth or followed any other blogs.

Regardless of what anyone still using LiveJournal decides to do with their journals there, I hope that you will at least make a note of the ways to find me on the net: follow my WordPress-based blog on FontFolly.Net (you don’t have to have a WordPress account to do so); follow me on Twitter at @FontFolly, follow the cross-posting from FontFolly.Net to my Dreamwidth journal. If you don’t mind the dozens of reblogs of weird and fannish stuff, you can even follow me on Tumblr (where FontFolly.Net also cross-posts).

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