Tuesday Tidbits 8/3/2021: Some thoughts on masks

It’s not a violation of your rights to require a mask and so forth during a pandemic.
To take the analogy further…
I’ve been saying for a while now that we should normalize wearing masks during flu season. At the very least, you should wear a mask if you have any symptoms that might be cold or flu, in order to protect other people. If this pandemic ever ends, I intend to wear a mask whenever I go in public and have even just what might be hay fever symptoms. And if people ask I’ll say, “Because I have a cold and I don’t want to get YOU sick.”

Friday Five (COVID hot spots edition)

We have reached the fifth and final Friday in July!

I feel as if I’ve just been playing catch-up at work all week. Our region has mostly avoided the heat this week, for which I am grateful.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a headline I felt needed its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about people who aren’t thinking, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus two posts I wrote plus some notable obituaries).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

CDC wants vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in Covid hot spots – The announcement marks a sharp change in policy for the nation’s leading health agency

Stories of the Week:

Mysterious ‘Jetpack Man’ may have been spotted again in the skies near LAX – Air traffic controllers warned pilots that a person in a jetpack was spotted flying near LAX

This Man Does Not Make Poppers – For decades, poppers have been the go-to sex drug for gay men. But where do they come from? This is a very odd tale…

Some people in Missouri are getting vaccinated in secret to avoid backlash from loved ones, doctor says

These kids had questions about trans athletes. So they asked one. – Sometimes, the power of a simple conversation is all it takes to understand something you didn’t before

Lil Nas X’s New Video Is More Than a Homoerotic Prison Romp

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Stephanie Dolson is first out American athlete to win Olympic gold medal – With over 160 out athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics, Dolson isn’t the first member of "Team LGBTQ" to win a gold medal, but she’s still a trailblazer

Illinois Decriminalizes HIV Exposure, Adds Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate Option And More As Pritzker Signs LGBTQ-Affirming Laws

Gay athletes more comfortable living their lives openly — and that’s a good thing – It’s not as though gay athletes suddenly appeared out of the blue. They’ve always been here, just hidden, fearful, living closeted lives while playing the games they love

Atlanta mayor hosts job fair for LGBTQ applicants

A Chicago suburb is finally repealing a law that bans people from wearing opposite sex clothing – The ordinance governed "obscene and immoral acts." And relics of old anti-LGBTQ laws like it are still on the books nationwide

This Week in What Were They Thinking:

Woman Charged After Viral Close Call With Grizzly – The woman videoed approaching within 15 feet of a Grizzly sow and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park in May of this year has been charged with two citations. Investigators used tips and an investigation of social media posts to identify the Illinois tourist

Elizabeth Warren Schools Billionaire Over Social Security – Billionaire thinks he’s gonna get one over on Sen. Elizabeth Warren with "easy" question

Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousands of cases

Florida Man Hospitalized After Jumping Into Jaguar Exhibit at Zoo

Punk’d: Fox Airs Deep-Faked Story Stoking White Resentment – Fox should air a retraction since the "letter" they whine about turns out to be from a right-wing astroturf organization.

This Week in Deplorable People:

Trump Family Loses Big Appeals Court Fight to Force Fraud and Deceptive Practices Lawsuit into Secret Arbitration

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Is Charged With Sexually Assaulting A Teen

Former Virginia policeman charged in Capitol riot to stay in jail after buying guns – A federal judge called his purchases "a remarkable shopping spree for high-powered assault weapons."

11th Circuit strikes down Florida megachurch challenge to hate group label – An evangelical Christian ministry listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center was not discriminated against when its application to fundraise through Amazon’s charitable website was denied, the court ruled

Gaetz Hastily Escorted Out of Press Conference as Reporter Repeatedly Asks: ‘Are You a Pedophile?’

In Memoriam:

ZZ Top Bassist Dusty Hill Dead At Age 72

Ron Popeil, ‘Set it and forget it’ infomercial star, dead at 86

Things I Wrote:

Miss Piggy was aggressively straight, yet it took decades to acknowledge the existence of Muppets who aren’t straight

Mid-week Update: Scared little boys playing soldier

Mid-week Update: Scared little boys playing soldier

Of course, they are irony-impaired, so they don’t get it…

It’s been a while since I did a post using a bunch of the memes, cartoons, and similar graphics that have been accumulating on my hard disk without finding their way into a blog post.

I also have a few stories that I don’t want to wait until Friday to comment on.

Ed Buck Guilty of All Charges Against Him, Will Likely Die in Prison This guy got away with preying on homeless men for far too long. The short version: rich white bastard who donated lots of money to local elected officials over the years, had a fetish about watching black men take a lot of drugs until they passed out, then he fucked them. Two that we know of died in his apartment, and based on the videos he took (and assuming that he was doing it for years before recording it became so easy), he’s probably responsible for a lot more. Anyway, yeah, I hope he rots in prison.

Metro Atlanta spa shooter agrees to guilty plea deal in Cherokee County shooting, gets life without the possibility of parole This is only the first case. He faces more charges in another county. If you don’t recall, this is the idiot who shot up some day spas because looking at asian women made his dick hard, and he’d been taught by his fundamentalist evangelical church that being horny was a sin worse than murder. So he murdered a bunch of strangers. Again, I hope he rots in prison and dies behind bars.

"Trump Man" Guilty In Serial Pooping Spree – Ohioan, 70, targeted gay neighbors for ten years Besides the fact that he was only sentenced toe 20 days and to write a letter of apology, his letter is obviously a big lie. Why is that? Well, he insists in the letter that he didn’t target these neighbors for harassment because they were gay. No, it was because they were Biden supporters and he’s a "Trump Man." Other than the little fact that Biden only became the Democratic nominee a year ago, and Trump wasn’t running president until a bit over five years ago — but this guy has been doing this to his neighbors for at least 10 years. Long before he could have become a Trump man. He’s a liar and a homophobe, and I wish the judge would hold him in contempt for the letter…

That’s enough for those sorts. Let’s close with:


Miss Piggy was aggressively straight, yet it took decades to acknowledge the existence of Muppets who aren’t straight

I first began following Matt Baum when he was posting regular video news reports on what was then the fight over civil unions vs full marriage equality for queer people. A few years later he branched out into other topics, and over the course of those years I came to realize that we had a bunch of mutual acquaintances. And yet I still have never met him.

One of his projects is producing videos where he analyses ways the queer people and queer issues were handled in popular media, such as situation comedies of the ’70s, ’80s, and beyond. This week, he tackles one of the pivotal people behind the Muppets, who happened to be a gay man, and how that influenced and eventually changed the Muppets.

This isn’t the first I have hear of Richard Hunt and his contribution to one of my favorite media properties, but Matt weaves in video clips and quotes from people who worked with Hunt that I have never heard before. So give it a watch.

I probably should mention that a couple parts of the story made me cry. But I am a really big softie who is very easily moved to tears:

Richard Hunt: The Gay Man Behind the Muppets Richard Hunt - The Gay Man Behind the Muppets

Assuming you’ve watched it, I want to expound a little bit on the topic that I put into the headline. It isn’t just that for many years the corporations controlling the Muppets as well as important performers from the troupe would insist emphatically that, for instance, Bert and Ernie were absolutely not gay. They would (Sometimes angrily) insist that because the Muppets were puppets, they could not possiblye *have a sexual orientation.

Despite the fact the Miss Piggy wasn’t just obviously heterosexual, but she was aggressively so from the nearly her very first appearance. A Piggy wasn’t the only one. Lots of female Muppets had (usually off-screen) husbands and boyfriends. A smaller number of male Muppets had wives and girlfriends.

Yes, technically, puppets don’t have a sexual orientation. But it is exactly equally true that they don’t technically have voices, either–those are provided by the humans operating them. Just as the personalities are provided by the operators and the script writers.

I’m glad that the people currently running the Muppets have finally begun embracing the truth the queer people are everywhere and that we’ve always been here. A lot of the world still doesn’t understand that when someone identifies they are gay, it is not about sex. Just as when a conservative businessman introduces people to his wife, we aren’t "shoving out sexuality down your thoart" — we’re just telling you about ourselves and at least one of the people we love.

Friday Five (fire clouds edition)

And here we are at the fourth Friday in July!

The middle of my work week was once again stressful and frantic, though this week the day after we had two releases things were very quiet, rather than having a lot of drama. So, I guess that’s better.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a pair of headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about traitors, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus two posts I wrote plus some notable obituaries).

This Week in Trans Health Care:

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts Arkansas Transgender Youth Health Care Ban, Arguing It Causes ‘Irreparable Harm’

This Week in You Tell Him, Dr Fauci!:

‘You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About’: Fauci Destroys ‘Lying’ Rand Paul Over COVID Conspiracy Theory

Stories of the Week:

‘Fire clouds’ explode more than a mile high in Oregon wildfire now bigger than New York City – “The fire will continue to be extremely active with unstable air conditions and extremely dry fuels.”

Report: NFL Warns Teams of Possible Forfeits, More Penalties for COVID-19 Outbreaks in Unvaccinated Players – The NFL just informed clubs that if a game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season in 2021 due to a COVID outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will FORFEIT and be credited with a loss for playoff seeding This is a very good thing and I hope sets an example. There is more.

Tenn. Man Died After He Was ‘Swatted’ by People Targeting Twitter Handle

U.S. Attorney General Garland bars prosecutors from seizing reporters’ records

Superbowl Champion Tom Brady trolls Trump – Jokes at White House: 40% of people "still don’t think we won" – Axios

This Week in the Pandemic:

Why fully vaccinated people get breakthrough COVID infections

Alabama Doctor: Dying Patients Beg For The Vaccine – ‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients

Fox has quietly implemented its own version of a vaccine passport while its top personalities attack them

Indiana University Can Require Covid-19 Vaccines, Federal Judge Says – Ruling by Trump=appointed judge deals setback to growing legal effort against compulsory inoculation at public educational institutions

How Republican Vaccine Opposition Got to This Point – In recent months, Republican skepticism of Covid vaccines and their rollout has grown louder: One recent poll found that 47 percent said they weren’t likely to get vaccinated

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

Louisiana lawmakers fail to overturn veto of transgender ban

How Two ‘High School Musical’ Actors Brought Disney’s First Queer Love Song to Life

Here’s all the actions taken so far by the Biden-Harris administration to advance equality – We are officially halfway through the first year of the Biden-Harris administration. Here’s what they’ve done for LGBTQ rights

Judge orders West Virginia to allow transgender girl to join girls cross-country team – "Forcing a girl to compete on the boys’ team when there is a girls’ team available would cause her unnecessary distress and stigma."

Political Pundits Can Now Be Gay Black Men Who Wear Nail Polish

This Week in Haters, Hate Crimes, and Discrimination:

A high-ranking Alaska official called for a drag queen to be burned alive – State attorney Matthias Cicotte allegedly called a drag queen a "demon" who should "be burned to death" and called for "the death penalty" for people who support trans youth.

Liberty University ‘enabled on-campus rapes:’ 12 women file lawsuit

Guilty Plea In 2019 California Synagogue Mass Shooting

A Christian teacher demanded a religious exemption to using trans students’ names. A judge said no. – Music teacher John Kluge sued the school he used to work for, claiming that as a Christian he couldn’t be required to call trans students by their names. The judge was not impressed with his argument

2 LGBTQ Books Pulled From Elmbrook Schools After Daily Wire Story – Elmbrook Schools removed two LGBTQ resource books after the publication lied about children had access to sexual content

This Week in Seditious Traitors:

New Ad Hits Senator Ron Johnson Squarely In His Treasonous Face

Liz Cheney Spells Out Why Kevin McCarthy Is A Danger To Democracy – She said anyone who wanted to become speaker should show a commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law, and he has not done that

Pelosi: Jordan, Banks’ Actions ‘Made It Ridiculous’ To Be On 1/6 Commission Jordan and Banks are among the traitors, so…

Proud Boys Leader Guilty Of Burning Church’s Banner

Capitol rioter who breached Senate sentenced to 8 months in first riot felony sentencing

In Memoriam:

Gary Corbett Dies: Touring Keyboardist With KISS & Cinderella Also Co-Wrote Cyndi Lauper’s ‘She Bop’

Jerry Granelli, Vince Guaraldi Trio Drummer Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dies at 80

Robby Steinhardt — Whose Group Kansas Notched Hits Like ‘Dust In The Wind’ — Has Died

William F. Nolan, Iconic Sci-Fi Author Who Co-Penned ‘Logan’s Run’, Dies at 93

‘She Rates Dogs’ podcast co-host Mat George dies at 26 after hit-and-run in LA

Civil Rights Pioneer Gloria Richardson Dies at 99: ‘She Was Born a Leader’

Charlie Robinson, ‘Night Court’ Star, Dies at 75

Things I Wrote:

A look at the latest Apple Remote

Again with the pastors sexually abusing people under their care

Again with the pastors sexually abusing people under their care

“If kids got rapped at Denny’s as much as they get raped at church, it would be illegal to take your kids to Denny’s.” –Dan Savage

I will be working on the next Friday Five tonight, and skimming through my news bookmarks I realized that there has been several of these stories in the news lately, and I’d rather not make a whole category for them tomorrow.

I suppose giving them their own post isn’t much better, but since I’m putting the topic of pastors committing sexual abuse in the title, I hope people who don’t feel like getting any of this imagery in their heads can skip this post and tomorrow read more general news and such.


Former Maryland Youth Pastor Don Martin Charged In 30-Year-Old Rape, Police Search For Other Victims He was a youth pastor at the time of the assault, and the victim was underage. They bury that in the story. I’m leaving the "former" in the headline here, but want to note that at the time of his arrest while he was no longer a youth pastor, he was still an active pastor.

New Albany assistant youth pastor arrested on child pornography charges I took the word "former" out of this headline because he wasn’t fired from his position as a youth pastor until after he was arrested. I really wish that news outlets would stop putting the word "former" in the headline in those situations. I will say that I’m happy the church at least acted this quickly. It is more often the case that the church refuses to believe the pastor is guilty and don’t fire him until the legal case moves forward past arresting and charging.

National Guard chaplain, youth pastor among 18 arrested on human trafficking charges I didn’t have to remove any words from this headline. This was actually a sting. Law enforcement placed an ad about having sex with a 16-year-old, and these 18 men answered the ad, got directions to the location, and arrived each expecting to have sex with a minor. I suspect that more charges may be applied if any victims of molestation come forward.

Florida youth pastor arrested for 3rd time; accused of hiding camera in church bathroom Hidden cameras in church bathrooms. One of them specifically in the boys’ bathroom of the youth hall.

Vernon minister arrested for sexual assault of 15-year-old – Cops Say TX Pastor Charged Church For Motel Room Where He Smoked Meth, Had Sex With Underage Girl I’m not sure how to respond to this tidbit: "The girl told police they continued to meet at the church for counseling and he continued to offer her methamphetamine." That’s a very unusual counseling method…

Florida Megachurch Pastor Charged With Molestation- SBC megachurch ‘shocked’ ex-pastor arrested, accused of grooming, molesting 12-y-o girl Note that this is a different Florida pastor than the one arrested for planting cameras and recording people using the restroom. Anyone, this guy started sexually abusing the girl when she was twelve, and continue to do so for five years.

The next story is from March, but it illustrates a point I made above and have mentioned many times before: Catholic Church Opposes Colorado Bill That Lifts Time Limit On Lawsuits Against Accused Child Molesters

Lots of states have a statute of limitations on child sexual assault (many also have statutes of limitations on rape of adults), which just makes no sense. Adult sexual assault victims are reluctant to come forward in part because statistically they are very unlikely to be believed when they do, but also because society conditions us to blame the victim in such situation. Multiply that by at least 1000 for children. The kids are often groomed by the abuser to believe that they deserve what has happened to them, and to believe they will be punished by family, their church, and so forth if anyone finds out.

So most of these cases wouldn’t come to light until years later. For example, when we learned that former Republican Congressman Dennis Hastert had molested numerous teen-age boys back in the days he was a high school wrestling coach, he couldn’t be charged with any of those crimes. What he was charged with was violating financial laws as he sought to pay-off some of his former victims to keep them from talking.

One of the main reasons we have statutes of limitation of child sex abuse is that organizations such as the Catholic Church have lobbied for them. And then they lobby against appealing them. Gee, I wonder why?

A look at the latest Apple Remote

Apple Remotes. Left to right: 1st Generation, 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, and 4th Generation

In late April Apple announced (along with other products) a new remote for its Apple TV set top box. I was so impressed with the redesign, and pleased with the fact that it was compatible with my older Apple TV, that I ordered the remote as soon as it came out.

That last sentence could just as truthfully been written as, "I was so tired of the inadequencies of the 3rd general Apple Remote…"

I’ve been using the 4th generation remote for about a month and a half now, and the short version of my review is: this is so much better than the previous remote!

For some background, pictured above are all four generations of Apple Remote, and yes those are all mine. The first one (the white plastic one on the left in the picture) was introduced back in 2005 and looks an awful lot like the iPad Shuffle of that time. I did not own an Apple TV back when the first generation remote came out–no one did, because the first Apple TV was introduced until two years later. This original remote was meant to control media playback on an iMac and other Mac computers the at the time. When the first Apple TV came out, this remote also worked with it.

The second generation remote was released in 2009. The aluminum body of the remote resembles the iPod Nano of the same year. The most obvious functional difference is the Pause/Resume button was moved out of the click wheel, and the center button of the click wheel became a Select button that you could click or double-click like a mouse or touchpad.

The third generation was released in 2015 and doesn’t look like it belongs in the same product line at all. Take a moment to look at all four in the picture. Three of them have as the largest control a circle control with several functions, and some other buttons below. Not the third generation. The entire area about the buttons in a single touch surface. You can swipe with a finger or thumb and you can click. And while that gives you generally speaking most of the functions of the click wheel (moving the cursor of selection indicator on the screen of the device you are control up, down, left, or right and selecting things), it’s actually a not nearly as convenient.

I admit, watching the device being demoed on screen, I thought the touch surface as a brilliant choice. In practice at home, it wasn’t. With the previous remote, if you had a long list to scroll through on your screen, you could just hold down the part of the click wheel and the list would start moving on the screen. With the third generation you had to swipe, swipe, swipe, swipe, swipe, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

But the real annoying thing for both myself and my husband was that it is extremely easy to pick up the remote wrong. You can not tell be feel the difference between the touch surface above the buttons, and the non-touch surface below. You don’t know how many times one of us was swiping on the control and nothing was happening. And yes, it could be argued that if you just looked at the buttons you could tell which was the right direction, it just didn’t work out.

This latter might be about the way my husband and I both process information, but even glancing at it always took me a few seconds before I noticed that the word "Menu" was upside down when I was holding it wrong.

A few years after releasing the third generation remote, Apple released a very slightly modified version that added the raised right ring you can see on the menu button above which they thought would solve the problem. I didn’t get around to upgrading my old Apple TV to one that came with the third generation remote until after they introduced the white ring, and so I can say from experience that the white ring was not enough.

A lot of reviews I read of the third generation also complained about how easy it is, since half the surface of the remote is a touch pad, to accidentally click or swipe while you are watching something, can be annoying. I never experienced that because I only pick up the any remote when I want to change something, and I always immediately set it down again. Some people keep the remote in their hand the entire time they are watching something, and those or the folks I assume kept doing the accidental swipes and such.

The fourth generation brought back the circular control. The center bit of the control is a touch surface. You can swipe and click with it just like the larger touch surface of the third generation, but it’s a lot harder to do it inadvertently while you’re casually holding the device. The outer rim is a clever combination of touch surface and the four directional buttons of the second generation. You can click, or you can run your thumb around it to control movement of the onscreen cursor.

They added a Mute button, which is quite handy, and they replaces the Menu button’s name with a back arrow, which I think is a more intuitive representation of what the Menu button does. It doesn’t make a menu appear, it takes you back to whatever you were looking at before. They also added the little Power/Wake-up button, and they moved the Sire button off the main surface of the remote to the edge.

I should mention at this point that when Apple released the third generation remote, they renamed it Siri Remote. And I understand why they did that. The previous two generations didn’t have a microphone built in that you could use for voice controls. But it’s really just the next two generations of the Apple Remote.

The controls on the fourth generation are much easier to use. It is noticeably larger and feels much more solid in the hand. If I do happen to grab it with the end that ought to be pointing at the TV pointing back and myself, I can immediately tell because the round click wheel/touch surface feel nothing at all like the smooth aluminum of the wrong end. It is in every way a superior design.

I learned an interesting thing about myself while reading other people’s reviews of the remote. Many of those reviews mentioned that the placement of the Siri button on the right edge of the remote meant it was less convenient for lefties, since if you are holding the remote in your right hand, it is easy to press the Siri button with your thumb, but if holding it in your left hand it’s a slightly more awkward reach with the index finger.

I’m a left-handed remoter!

I always hold any TV-type remote in my left hand, and have never thought twice about it. Technically I’m ambidextrous, and my usually joke about that is, "Which means my handwriting is equally illegible no matter which hand I’m writing with." When I draw or paint I switch the drawing instrument from one hand to the other. Sometimes it’s because the angle is better in one hand or the other, but I’ve also learned over the years the sides of the brain that control each hand are better at different art tasks.

On the other hand, I was very strongly a left-footed soccer player back in the day, while much better as a right-handed basketball player than left.

Anyway, I had never noticed that I always use remotes left-handed before this. I even experiments after realizing, and it just feels completely wrong to put the remote in the right hand. It wants to transfer the remote to the other hand right away every time!

But, back to the review: it is a nice redesign. I’m really glad I upgraded. And I just have to say to the person I read online who claimed that it’s a "$79 remote that feels like a $39 remote" — have you actually bought any remotes that sell for ~40 bucks? Because I have, and they are cheap pieces of plastic that FEEL cheap and the have a tendency to peel and crack on the underside.

This solid aluminum remote feels nothing like that.

Friday Five (tree DNA conviction edition)

And here we are at the third Friday in July!

It was a very busy and frantic work week, and I am so glad to have today off!

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s Friday Five in which I bring you: a headline I felt needed its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the climate, and five stories about haters and deplorables (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

Pedophile Youth Pastor Denied Appeal Of 1008-Year Sentence – The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a former youth pastor sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison for sex crimes against young boys

Stories of the Week:

Tree DNA Helped Convict Washington Man Who Set Forest Fire – Prosecutors say the case marked the first time tree DNA had been introduced in a federal trial

Some U.S. politicians voice support for Cuba protesters as State Department calls for "calm"

Gay political donor Ed Buck finally goes on trial for deadly drug fetish after years of injustice – Buck allegedly got off on injecting other men with methamphetamine. Two Black men died at his hands, but the wealthy white Democrat kept escaping justice. Until now.

People With HIV Have Higher Death Risk From COVID-19

Black Teen Barred From Skating Rink After Facial Recognition Camera Misidentified Her

This Week in Climate:

Florida’s manatees are dying in record numbers, officials say

Extreme heat cooked mussels, clams and other shellfish alive on beaches in Western Canada

Power Up: Progressives ramp up climate demands as Manchin draws red line on eliminating fossil fuels

The moon’s natural wobble alters Earth’s tides. With climate change, that’s bad news

West on fire, East under water as climate change fuels extremes

Stories of Interest to Queers and Our Allies:

The Emmy Nominations Are Out, and They Are Super Gay and Trans

Nick Wagman, headed to the Tokyo Olympics, talks for the first time about being a gay athlete, married to his husband

Joyful new documentary “Senior Prom” is a revolutionary portrayal of aging while queer – Senior Prom is about queer elders finding happiness, confidence, and desire in a world "where they just don’t feel that there’s room for them," filmmaker Luisa Conlon told LGBTQ Nation.

Hungary Gay and LGBTQ Activists Protest Latest Anti-LGBTQ Law with 30-Foot Rainbow Heart

More young people than ever identify as LGBT, and 1 in 4 are nonbinary

This Week in Haters and Seditious Traitors:

A federal judge skewered ‘Kraken’ lawyers for making ‘fantastical’ allegations of election fraud and failing to do the most basic due diligence

‘Absolutely Bizarre’: Lindsey Graham Torched for Declaring He Will ‘Go to War’ for What ‘Chick-fil-A Stands For’

Gaetz Hires Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Defense Lawyer

16 Members of Florida White Supremacist Group Hit With Major Charges

Rioter Who Rappelled Into Senate Pleads Guilty, Flips

In Memoriam:

Sally Gearhart, Veteran Activist and Academic, Dead at 90

Things I Wrote:

Loki “For All Times. Always.”

Loki “For All Times. Always.”

Copyright © Disney+

Short review for now. I hope to post a longer one later.

The season finale of Loki, entitled "For All Times. Always." is… well, what I texted a couple of friends who are also fans was, "That… that actually worked."

Does the ending answer the questions raised at the beginning of the first episode (specifically, What is the Time Variant Authority, Who are the Time Keepers, and Why are they preventing alternate timelines?): Yes, yes it does.

Is there a fun fight scene near the end: Yes, yes there is.

Do we see bad guys get what’s coming to them: Yes. Not everyone, but yes.

Did I feel that the time spent watching the series was worth it: Oh, my f-ing goodness, YES, YES, YES!

Friday Five (that’s rock and roll edition)

And here we are at the second Friday in July!

We’ve had a week of warm but not scorching weather, which is better. It’s still warmer than it used to be before July 12-ish. There are some smoke advisories but so far nothing close to us. Knock wood.

Anyway, it’s time for this week’s day late Friday Five in which I bring you: two headlines I felt needed each needed their own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about haters and deplorables, and five stories about seditious traitors (plus one post I wrote plus a notable obituary).

This Week in Deserves Its Own Category!:

‘LOVE always wins’: Boise community steps up to replace stolen, damaged Pride flags – Boise Police have arrested someone suspected of stealing Pride flags in the Boise North End

Stories of the Week:

The amazing Hubble Telescope has suddenly stopped working

Higher Education Should Be a Fundamental Right

July 4th weekend shootings: More than 230 people fatally shot in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend

Black on Both Sides, Vol. 1– Thoughts on Black Personhood |

Trump is suing Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. Here’s why they shouldn’t worry

This Week in the Pandemic:

Five undervaccinated clusters put the entire United States at risk

Pfizer says it’s time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast

Olympics Bans Spectators From Tokyo Events After State of Emergency Declaration – The Delta variant has spurred new COVID-19 concerns for the Olympics

Coronavirus FAQ: What’s The Latest Advice To Protect Kids In School And On Vacation?

24-year-old urges people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 after undergoing double lung transplant – He contracted COVID in April of this year after attending an indoor concert

In Memoriam:

Richard Donner, Director of ‘Superman,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘The Lost Boys,’ and ‘Lethal Weapon,’ Dies at 91

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Lethal Weapon’ Director Richard Donner: “Gifted Across So Many Genres” – ‘The Goonies’ star Sean Astin, Steven Spielberg, Edgar Wright, Ben Stiller and James Mangold were among the first to share tributes to the iconic filmmaker

Things I Wrote:

Following Loki through his “Journey Into Mystery”

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