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Friday Five (everything old is new again edition)

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It’s the third Friday of March!

Things have been happening in the lives of a bunch of our friends. Work is being insanely stressful. I have not been in the greatest of moods. But enough about that.

Once again I bring you the Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Using an AIDS-activism slogan to protest gun violence.

Donald Trump Is the New George W. Bush.

Jesus Taught Me How to Play Soprano Saxophone While I Was Dead, Says Christian.

Generation Z Is Less Religious Than Ever, and Evangelicals Don’t Know Why.

Depth Of Russian Politician’s Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed.

In Memoriam:

Pioneering Scientist Stephen Hawking Passes Away at 76.

How Stephen Hawking Transformed Our Understanding of Black Holes.

Stephen Hawking’s life was made possible by access to great health care and social support.


Things I wrote:

Weekend Update (3/10/2018): Another homophobe arrested for being a sexual predator.

100 years of Daylight Saving Time, and most of what you know about it is wrong.

Pseudo spring arrived, time for flowers and to assess our plans for the veranda!.

…and the darkness comprehended it not.


Spider-Man’s Tom Holland crushes Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in lip-synch challenge:

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Which Trump Cabinet Member Will Survive The DCAA Tournament:

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Shocking Discovery About Trump Merchandise:

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Conor Lamb’s Win, Trump’s “Space Force” and #NationalStudentWalkout::

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Ireland’s Adorable Gay Eurovision Song Entry May Be Banned By Russia:

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Friday Five (from jedi to joker edition)

“Let's get a few things straight: You Trump voters are NOT 'half the country.' You're not even a third of it. You're not a 'Silent Majority.' You're a Vocal Minority, and in truth, you lost the Presidency.”

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It’s the second Friday of March!

The weather is warming up, which is nice. Though it also means that my hay fever is ramping up.

Once again I bring you the Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five important storis about queer rights, and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

An OurTime.Com Con Man and the Women Who Busted Him .

Deadly Connection: Neo-Nazi Group Linked To 3 Accused Killers.

Former Ohio Republican AG says he regrets ‘devil’s bargain’ with the NRA: ‘I had abandoned my principles and sold my soul’.

The unwelcome revival of ‘race science’ .

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi refutes NRA talking point that people are safer with more guns around.

News for queers and our allies:

There is No Such Thing as a “Homosexual Lifestyle.”.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Religious right defense of ‘ex-gay’ therapy is doomed to fail.

Was It Right for a Gay Escort to Expose Dozens of Catholic Priests Who Saw Him? Yes.

Roy Moore ‘Struggling to Make Ends Meet’ – Urges Supporters to Help Him Fight ‘Gays, Lesbians, and Transgenders’ –.

Ontario AG reviews call for inquiry into Toronto police handling of missing persons cases linked to Gay Village serial killer.

In Memoriam:

David Ogden Stiers, Major Winchester on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 75.

David Ogden Stiers, ‘M.A.S.H.’ actor who became voice of Disney movies, dies at 75.

Alan Alda pays tribute to M*A*S*H costar David Ogden Stiers.

Lewis Gilbert, director of three James Bond films, dies.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Funnies, part 27.

A writer writes — where do characters come from?.

Subplots, plots, and resolutions — but what about the denouement!.

Unnamed faces in old (and not-so-old) family pictures.


Pastor Jeffress talks evangelical reaction to Stormy Daniels:

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Stormy Daniels Sues, Gary Cohn Quits, Trump Talks North Korea: A Closer Look:

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Alt-Right Killers | March 7, 2018 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS:

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Legion | Season 2 – Official Trailer:

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Mark Hamill’s Walk of Fame Award Acceptance Speech – Star Wars The Last Jedi:

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Sunday Funnies, part 27

Another in my series of posts recommending web comics that I think more people should read:

Magic Meat March is not technically a web comic. It is, instead, a cooperative annual event inspired by such art blogs as Bikini Armor Bingo and The Hawkeye Project. Here’s their official explanation:

Magic Meat March is a month long creative event dedicated to showcasing fantasy men is skimpy, revealing, impractical, and empowering outfits! This occasion is meant to be a fun way for people to share their drawings, writings, and even some cosplays about guys in impossible fantasy attire! Whether you wish to depict a message about the inequality seen in the apparel of video games and other media or you simply want to draw dudes in something seemingly suitable only for the beach, all are welcome!

So artists of all kinds are invited to draw their favorite fantasy male characters in the kinds of impossible armor/costumes that female characters are frequently depicted in. It’s funny and sometimes sexy and always silly. Check out the blog. Usually several pieces of new art are posted every day throughout the month!

Some of the comics I’ve previously recommended: Some of these have stopped publishing new episodes. Some have been on hiatus for a while. I’ve culled from the list those that seem to have gone away entirely.

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 3.18.45 PMCheck, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu is the story of Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a former junior figure skating champion from a southern state who is attending fictitious Samwell College in Massachusetts, where he plays on the men’s hockey team. Bitty is the smallest guy on the team, and in the early comics is dealing with a phobia of being body-checked in the games. He’s an enthusiastic baker, and a die hard Beyoncé fan.

“Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls” by Jessica Udischas is a hilarious web comic that tells of the adventures of Jesska Nightmare, a trans woman trying to make her way in our transphobic world. The comics are funny, insightful, and adorably drawn. The sheer cuteness of the drawing style is a rather sharp contrast to the sometimes weighty topics the comic covers, and I think makes it a little easier to keep from getting bummed out to contemplate that the strips aren’t exaggerations. If you like the strip, consider supporting the artist through her patreon.

The Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard logo.The Junior Science Power Hour by Abby Howard. is frequently autobiographical take on the artist’s journey to creating the crazy strip about science, science nerds, why girls are just as good at being science nerds as boys, and so much more. It will definitely appeal to dinosaur nerds, anyone who has ever been enthusiastic about any science topic, and especially to people who has ever felt like a square peg being forced into round holes by society.

Stereophonic by C.J.P.

Stereophonic by C.J.P.

“Stereophonic” by C.J.P. is a “queer historical drama that follows the lives of two young men living in 1960s London.” It’s a very sweet and slow-build story, with good art and an interesting supporting cast. But I want to warn you that the story comes to a hiatus just as a couple of the subplots are getting very interesting. The artist had a serious health issue which was complicated by family problems, but has since started posting updates to his blog and Patreon page, assuring us that the story will resume soon. If you like the 300+ pages published thus far and would like to support the artist, C.J. has a Patreon page, plus t-shirts and other merchandise available at his store.

The_Young_Protectors_HALF_BANNER_OUTSIDE_234x601The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy by Alex Wolfson begins when a young, closeted teen-age superhero who has just snuck into a gay bar for the first time is seen exiting said bar by a not-so-young, very experienced, very powerful, super-villain. Trouble, of course, ensues.

3Tripping Over You by Suzana Harcum and Owen White is a strip about a pair of friends in school who just happen to fall in love… which eventually necessitates one of them coming out of the closet. Tripping Over You has several books, comics, and prints available for purchase.

dm100x80“Deer Me,” by Sheryl Schopfer tells the tales from the lives of three friends (and former roommates) who couldn’t be more dissimilar while being surprisingly compatible. If you enjoy Deer Me, you can support the artist by going to her Patreon Page!

The logo for Scurry, a web comic by Mac SmithScurry by Mac Smith is the story of a colony of mice trying to survive a long, strange winter in a world where humans have mysteriously vanished, and food is becoming ever more scarce.

And I love this impish girl thief with a tail and her reluctant undead sorcerer/bodyguard: “Unsounded,” by Ashley Cope.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 5.36.43 PMMuddler’s Beat by Tony Breed is the fun, expanded cast sequel to Finn and Charlie Are Hitched.

logo-1Fowl Language by Brian Gordon is a fun strip about parenting, tech, science, and other geeky things. The strips are funny, and he also has a bonus panel link to click on under the day’s strip.

lasthalloweenThe Last Halloween by Abby Howard is the creepy story of 10-year-old Mona who is reluctantly drafted to save the world on Halloween night. This is by the same artist who does the Junior Science Power Hour. She created this strip as her pitch in the final round of Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, which was a reality game show where web cartoonists competed for a cash prize and other assistance to get their strip launched. Though Abby didn’t win, she started writing the strip anyway. If you like the comic, you can support Abby in a couple of ways: she has some cool stuff related to both of her strips in her store, and she also has a Patreon.

Last Kiss® by John Lustig Mr. Lustig bought the publishing rights to a romance comic book series from the 50’s and 60’s, and started rewriting the stories for fun. The redrawn and re-dialogued panels (which take irreverent shots at gender and sexuality issues, among other things) are syndicated, and available on a bunch of merchandise.

“Champion of Katara” by Chuck Melville tells the tale of a the greatest sorcerer of Katara, Flagstaff (Flagstaff’s foster sister may disagree…), and his adventures in a humorous sword & sorcery world. If you enjoy the adventures of Flagstaff, you might also enjoy another awesome fantasy series set in the same universe (and starring the aforementioned foster sister): and Felicia, Sorceress of Katara, or Chuck’s weekly gag strip, Mr. Cow, which was on a hiatus for a while but is now back. If you like Mr. Cow, Felicia, or Flagstaff (the hero of Champions of Katara) you can support the artist by going to his Patreon Page. Also, can I interest you in a Mr. Cow Mug?

12191040If you want to read a nice, long graphic-novel style story which recently published its conclusion, check-out the not quite accurately named, The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal by E.K. Weaver. I say inaccurate because I found their story quite epic (not to mention engaging, moving, surprising, fulfilling… I could go on). Some sections of the tale are Not Safe For Work, as they say, though she marks them clearly. The complete graphic novels are available for sale in both ebook and paper versions, by the way.

NsfwOglaf, by Trudy Cooper and Doug Bayne is a Not Safe For Work web comic about… well, it’s sort a generic “medieval” high fantasy universe, but with adult themes, often sexual. Jokes are based on fantasy story and movie clichés, gaming tropes, and the like. And let me repeat, since I got a startled message from someone in response to a previous posting of this recommendation: Oglaf is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)!

Friday Five (can’t logic around hate edition)

“One of the most common patters seen in mass shooters is a history of violence against women. But I highly doubt you'll see folks in power calling for more gun restrictions for men with a history of domestic violence since that would impact many in the government and police forces.” —Bree Newsome

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It’s the first Friday of March!

We’re still having colder than usual weather, including a rather weird graupel storm last Sunday that I got stuck in traffic in for a long time. I seemed to then come down with a cold for a couple of days in the middle of the week. And things continue to be super busy at work.

Once again I bring you the Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Georgia Can’t Afford Another Anti-LGBT Bill.

Humans Behave Surprisingly Bat-Like in Echolocation Study.

Mars Curiosity rover can now drill again, and more like a human.

Report: Media Largely Ignored Unprecedented Anti-LGBTQ Violence of 2017.

Olympian Gus Kenworthy shared some of his worst hate mail and made a powerful point: Homophobia is very, very real.

In Memoriam:

Emma Chambers, The Vicar of Dibley actor, dies aged 53.

Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV’s ‘One Day at a Time,’ dies at 97.

Marty Allen, Wild-Eyed Comedy Star, Is Dead at 95.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/24/2018: Mutually Assured Massacre.

Ill humours and untangled threads – more adventures in dictionaries.

You’re a storyteller, so paint pictures with your words.


Survivors of Pulse, Parkland Mass Shootings Stand Together in Solidarity:

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Trump Discusses Guns; Hicks, Kushner and Carson Under Fire: A Closer Look:

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Trump Claims He Would Have ‘Run’ Into The School:

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Gal Pals. Just girls being friends. Just sleeping in the same room and scooting the beds closer together while they use their ‘portable massager’ after a hard day:

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Kendrick Lamar, SZA – All The Stars:

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Hayley Kiyoko “Curious” | BOY VERSION with Donald Romain:

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Friday Five (heeding the call edition)

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It’s the fourth Friday of February!

Seattle is in the middle of a record breaking cold snap, even while other parts of the country are experiencing record breaking heat. We seldom get snow in Seattle at all, and this winter we’ve had it several times. They’re saying it’s going to be this cold for several more days, at least. And the same large atmospheric phenomenon giving us all this icy weather it also what’s making it so warm elsewhere.

Once again I bring you the Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

More Than Twice As Many Women Are Running For Congress In 2018 Compared With 2016.

The Pro-Trump Media Has Its Match In The Parkland Students.

Democrats Should Run on Gun Control All Over the Country.

Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair. He is also accused of attempted blackmail. So much for family values…

What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser? This article is not about what you probably think it’s about.


Billy Graham: Neither prophet nor theologian. I so seldom agree with George Will, but maybe only a curmudgeonly old ultra conservative can get away from saying (among other thing) in an obituary: “Graham frequently vowed to abstain from partisan politics, and almost as frequently slipped this self-imposed leash, almost always on behalf of Republicans… On Feb. 1, 1972, unaware of Nixon’s Oval Office taping system, when Nixon ranted about how Jews “totally dominated” the media, Graham said “this stranglehold has got to be broken or this country is going down the drain.” He also told Nixon that Jews are “the ones putting out the pornographic stuff.” One can reasonably acquit Graham of anti-Semitism only by convicting him of toadying.”

Even a Graham can’t save Trump. (This is more about Franklin Graham and his ilk and Trump, but the opening paragraphs nicely sum up the way Billy fit into the lives of many, many evangelicals in the 50s through at least the 80s)

Anti-gay evangelical Billy Graham has died, aged 99.

What the Obits Aren’t Saying: Evangelist Billy Graham Was a Homophobe.

Far from being ‘an exemplar to generation upon generation’, Graham is an example of how religion is so often successfully leveraged as a means of making bigotry appear somehow acceptable, even something to aspire to.

Things I wrote:

It can’t be too late for common sense about guns, right?

No, today’s official holiday name isn’t what you think.

When the roll is called up yonder, or queer confessions of an ex-evangelical.


Trump vs. The World: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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The Kids From Florida Aren’t Acting:

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Fox News retracts story mocking Olympic diversity:

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Legion Season 2 “No Secrets” International Promo (HD):

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Matt Gresham – Home (Official Video):

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Friday Five (delighted devil edition)

The Republican Party has a HUGE PROBLEM and BLOOD on their HANDS!

The Republican Party has a HUGE PROBLEM and BLOOD on their HANDS!

It’s the third Friday of February!

It’s been a weird week for us. My hubby caught another cold. Work has been a weird mix of “Rush! Rush! OMG Please hurry!” and “let’s not get ahead of ourselves.” This weekend we’re host Writers’ Night, meeting a friend for a birthday celebration, and will try to see Black Panther.

Once again I bring you the Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts). This week I’m also including for links related to the 19th mass shooting of the year, because awful news sometimes needs a separate category.

Stories of the Week:

Christian Writer: ‘The devil is delighted’ to see evangelicals defending Trump and the GOP at all costs.

The Follower Factory – Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market. The interactive graphics on this story alone are with the click!

Jeff Sessions Celebrates “Anglo-American Heritage of Law Enforcement”. A lot of people keep defending this on the grounds that Anglo-American is a technical legal term used sometimes used to refer to the U.S. interpretation of common law. But it wasn’t in the prepared speech, it is something he added over the advice of others, and every racist dog whistle that ever existed is technically a term of something that exist. Doesn’t make it not racist.

‘Skating was always there’: Eric Radford’s road to becoming the first openly gay man to win gold at the Winter Olympics.

Inside Apple’s HomePod Audio Lab.

Horrible News:

Our Moloch.

Leader Of White Nationalist Militia Says Shooter Was Member, Took Part In Paramilitary Drills.

New assault weapons ban will prevent mass shootings, experts say.

How Donald Trump’s Defense of White Supremacists Puts National Security at Risk.

After the Parkland shooting, let’s call GOP hypocrisy on guns what it really is: complicity.

In Memoriam:

These are the innocent victims of the Florida school shooting.

Florida shooting victims: Tributes pour in for students and teachers killed in Parkland school massacre.

Florida school shooting victims identified by authorities, remembered by friends, family.

Things I wrote:

Offended offenders — the joke is on who, exactly?

A Writer Writes: Where do I find my subplots?

“But he wasn’t a very good illusionist” — or, all is fair in camp, love, and war.

Great-grandma’s Gun.


P!nk Belts Out the National Anthem! | Super Bowl LII NFL Pregame:

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Adam Rippon skates clean team event free skate:

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Former GOP House Rep. David Jolly: If You Want Any Action On Guns, Democrats Must Flip The House:

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STAND BY YOUR MAN (Donald Trump) – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Otter Snow Day at Shedd – 2018:

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Friday Five (emerging awareness edition)

When class consciousness emerges...

When class consciousness emerges…

It’s the second Friday of February!

Work was less tense this week as we scrambled to make the crazy deadline and now we’re picking up loose ends and planning for the next crazy deadlines.

Welcome to my Friday Five: The top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts). Also this week I’m including five stories from my local news sources.

Stories of the Week:

Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says.

Thomas The Bisexual Goose Will Be Buried Beside His Male Partner Of 30 Years.

Meet a Briton From 10,000 Years Ago.

Why Are Murders Of Gay And Bi Men Up A Staggering 400 Percent?

Tillerson Warns Russia Is Meddling In 2018 Midterms, Methods Evolving.

Local Developments:

Mayor Jenny Durkan: Why Seattle Is Erasing Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions from People’s Records.

As the oceans change, can oysters adapt?

The Mystery Tree Fall Near Lake Quinault: Why Did It Happen? Part I and Part II.

‘We thought we’d pulled a dead person out of the water’: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine saved her life.

Seattle, Tacoma among worst traffic congestion in U.S.

In Memoriam:

John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on “Frasier,” dies at 77.

The Late, Great John Mahoney Was Frasier’s Father, and Yours Too.

Why John Mahoney is an inspiration to late bloomers everywhere.

Things I wrote:

Coffee, coffee, everywhere — and why half of what you know about it is wrong.

Self-loathing self deceivers—they are never just hurting themselves.

A Writer Writes: Subplots and subtexts are not the same thing.

That doesn’t mean what it used to — more adventures in dictionaries.


VENOM – Official Teaser Trailer (HD):

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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Official Super Bowl Trailer (2018) Marvel:

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Deadpool, Meet Cable:

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Of Course Trump Wants to Throw Himself a Military Parade: The Daily Show:

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Matt Palmer – Solo Act (Official Music Video):

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Friday Five (how could you realize edition)

“If you are very, very stupid, how can you possibly realize that you are very stupid? You'd have to be relatively intelligent to realize that you're very,  very stupid? You'd have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are. This explains almost the entirety of Fox News.”

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It’s Friday! The first Friday of February.

This has been a weird week. Except it isn’t that weird, because in the thirty (30) years that I’ve worked in the software industry, this has been something that occurred several times each year. We had an impossible deadline. Everyone worked extremely long hours (for which we aren’t paid overtime because the suits figured out years ago that you could demand impossible results that require enormous amounts of extra time from people while implicitly threatening their employment and we would allow ourselves to be classified as “exempt” employees and give up many protections).

The upshot is, I was surprised that I had more than five stories bookmarked and actually had to spend some time tonight deciding which five to include in this post, because I worked such long days this week that I had very little time to pay attention to the news. Yet, I did have to spend some time winnowing it down. And therefore…

Welcome to my Friday Five: Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases.

Why do evangelicals love Trump? Dumb question: Why wouldn’t they? “Trump is doing the bidding of right-wing Christians — and movement conservatism has become a form of religion”

The Book That Colored Charles Darwin’s World.

‘The Shed at Dulwich’ was London’s top-rated restaurant. Just one problem: It didn’t exist.

Staffing the Accused: Inside the Six-Month-Long Downfall of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray – Their boss allegedly committed sexual assault and abuse. He denied everything. They had to decide: Who do I believe? What do I do? Fascinating story by our local Pulitzer-winning reporter who accepted a 71-day gig as a speech writer for the second of two temporary Mayors we had after the disgraced Murray resigned.

In Memoriam:

Bob Smith, Groundbreaking Gay Comedian, Is Dead at 59.

Things I wrote:

Singular They Isn’t New — more adventures in dictionaries.


Samantha Bee on Full Frontal on TBS The Actual State of Our Union:

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ALL ABOUT HIS BASE – Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Stunning video captures meteorological phenomenon known as cloud iridescence, which painted the sky:

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Ant-Man and the Wasp Trailer #1:

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Kylie Minogue – Dancing (Official Video):

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Friday Five (extreme vetting edition)

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(click to embiggen) © 2017 Nick Anderson

It’s Friday! The final Friday in January, already!

I continue to feel better every day, so the cold/flu seems to be licked. Work has gotten very busy as some impossible deadlines bear down on us. Which means I haven’t gotten much of my own writing done lately.

But that’s enough about me!

Welcome to my Friday Five: Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

Sessions’ DOJ Charged A White Supremacist With Terrorism. They Just Didn’t Tell Anyone. Because he’s a born-in-the-USA white “christian” white supremacist man, so of course they aren’t making a big deal out of it.

Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters.

Are White Evangelicals Sacrificing The Future In Search Of The Past? “While it is difficult to draw a direct connection between the numerical decline of white evangelical Protestants and their increasing isolation on sexual morality, the views of former evangelical Protestants provide some important clues. Analysis of a 2014 Pew study finds that former white evangelicals are far more likely than current white evangelicals to favor same-sex marriage (60 percent vs. 24 percent) and believe that society should accept homosexuality (67 percent vs. 32 percent). They are also substantially younger.”

In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa.

The Crazy Story Of How “Clue” Went From Forgotten Flop To Cult Triumph. I love this movie so, so much!

In Memoriam:

Beloved, Visionary Fantasy Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Dies at 88.

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin – The literary mainstream once relegated her work to the margins. Then she transformed the mainstream.

Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning science fiction writer, has died at 88v.

We Will Remember Freedom : Why It Matters that Ursula K. Le Guin Was an Anarchist.

Things I wrote:

She Knew What She Was Doing and Why – Ursula K. Le Guin.

Women’s March 2018.

Weekend Update 1/20/2018: One year later….


Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014:

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We Need to Talk About Stephen Miller:

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Korea’s First Openly Gay K-Pop Star Debuts His First Video, ‘Neverland’:

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The Killers – Rut:

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Fischerspooner – TopBrazil (Official Video) [Ultra Music]:

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Friday Five (racists gonna racism edition)

It’s Friday!

I think I might be over the cold. I crossed some tipping point on Wednesday afternoon, the fever went away, most of the symptoms had faded. Thursday morning I woke up feeling fine. So I went into the office—I put in a full day and never hit that wall of exhaustion that happened the previous time I went into the office. I don’t feel 100% well, yet, but I also don’t have anything I can point to as a symptom other than still feeling a little tired.

Enough about that!

Welcome to my Friday Five: Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and videos (plus notable obituaries and a recap of my blog posts).

Stories of the Week:

A brief overview of the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiʻi’s Queen Liliʻuokalani, and U.S.’s illegal annexation.

Most Americans considered Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments racist .

Trump administration’s new ‘religious freedom’ rule will encourage discrimination in health care. It will also kill people.

Opinion: The Turpin child abuse story fits a widespread and disturbing homeschooling pattern.

Bruce McArthur charged with 1st-degree murders of 2 men who disappeared from Toronto’s gay village. Police are mum about whether they can tie this suspect to several other similar recent disappearances…

In Memoriam:

How Peter Wyngarde went from a Japanese prison camp to 70s style icon who refused to button his shirt collar.

How Peter Wyngarde was outed as gay by police in 1975, destroying career of the 1970s pin up who inspired Austin Powers.

Obituary – Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries.

Dolores O’Riordan to Be Laid to Rest Tuesday, Though Cause of Death May Not Be Determined for Months.

Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of ‘WKRP In Cincinnati,’ Dies At 74.

Hugh Wilson, ‘Police Academy’ Director and ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ Creator, Dies at 74.

Things I wrote:

Storytelling should not be preaching, part 3.

Confessions of a whiny patient.

Confessions of a musical junkie (or, a crazy writer and his crazier playlists).


Ash vs Evil Dead | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ:

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid Gives Master Class in How to Shut a Trump Drone DOWN:

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Samantha Bee on Full Frontal Investigates on TBS: Is This Racist Racist?:

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Justin Timberlake – Supplies (Official Video):

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Troye Sivan – My My My! (with so many strobe effects that the video has a warning that it might induce seizures):

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