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Friday Links (better things to ban edition)

“No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm. But I was sacked (without explanation) by a man in a suit. Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits led the banks and crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity. If we are to start telling people what to wear, maybe we should ban suits.”  Henry Stewart, London]

“No woman in a burqa (or a hijab or a burkini) has ever done me any harm. But I was sacked (without explanation) by a man in a suit. Men in suits missold me pensions and endowments, costing me thousands of pounds. A man in a suit led us on a disastrous and illegal war. Men in suits led the banks and crashed the world economy. Other men in suits then increased the misery to millions through austerity. If we are to start telling people what to wear, maybe we should ban suits.”
Henry Stewart, London]

It’s Friday! It is the third Friday of March. It’s also St. Patrick’s Day, though I didn’t come up with any holiday appropriate links this week.

I set up the Friday Links posts on Thursday evening to publish in the morning on Friday. About the time this posts to my FontFolly.Net blog in the morning, I’ll be leaving the house taking my husband to the hospital. He’s having surgery, it’s a something he’s been meaning to take care of for awhile. If everything goes as planned, I’ll get to bring him home again on Saturday. Between prepping for that, continuing the packing, and usual work things, I didn’t write as much this week.

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

Links of the Week

Woman finds boy who left $5, heartbreaking apology note.

If you cried over the first link last week, you may need another tissue for this: Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband’, dies at 51 . (Links to more remembrances are below in the Farewells section)

Daylight saving time is just one way standardized time zones oppress you.

Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Federal Court In Hawaii Blocks Donald Trump’s New Travel Ban Nationwide.

This Week in the Economy

A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

A disturbing reality behind that Chinese tiger drone video making the Internet rounds.

5-Year-Old Girl Becomes The Sole Carer Of Her Grandmas, After Her Mother Abandons Her.

This week in awful news

Judge: Army, FBI aware soldier a ‘substantial risk’ before he killed Marysville man and his girlfriend.

Dreamer stuck in detention, but case stays in federal court.

This week in awful people

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Ironic Nazis Are Still Nazis – Hatred often hides behind a mask of jokiness.

First they came for Pepe: How “ironic” Nazism is taking over the internet.

One from the archives (I actually remember linking to this and some related stories about four years ago) .

And more recently: Putting the ‘Neo’ Back in ‘Neo-Nazi’.

Last month: A white guy with a net worth of $124m making poor brown people hold up a sign calling for genocide is pure banter, isn’t it?

And to look at it academically: Derogating humor as a delegitimization strategy in intergroup contexts.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

GOP Politician, Trump Surrogate Arrested for Soliciting Sex With Boy. Was state campaign chair for Trump, and he’s voted for anti-trans and anti-gay bills, and more details: GOP Senator Surrenders On Three Felony Child Prostitution Charges, More Details Emerge.

Former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman Is Big Trouble With The Feds.

News for queers and our allies:

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Announces It Will Accept Transgender Women.

Here’s What Happened At The Parents Of Trans Kids Mardi Gras Float. (It was all good!)

Father and Daughter Come Out as Transgender.

RuPaul marries rancher boyfriend after 23 years together.

Federal regional bank appoints its first gay, black President and CEO.

Students wear rainbow colors to honor bullied trans teen who took her life.

Most Americans support LGBTQ rights across the board.


Atheist parents are better at raising children.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Aliette de Bodard on Diversity and Gender Roles in House of Shattered Wings.

R. Scott Bakker’s Novels: Brilliant and Deeply Flawed.

The Year in Slush: 2016 – Neil Clarke.

This week in Writing

The best writing apps for your Mac, iPad and iPhone.

This Week in Tech

If Trump Fans Love Freedom, They Should Love Net Neutrality.

The internet warriors: meet the ‘trolls’ in their own homes – video. This is… disturbing and enlightening at the same time.

Stop Auto-Play Videos from Annoying You in Your Browser on macOS.


This Week in Misogyny in Tech

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

Thinx Promised a Feminist Utopia to Everyone But Its Employees.

This Week in Enablers

On Cue, Adoring Pro-Trump Outlets Fawn Over February Jobs Report.

Ivanka Trump’s Bitter Scent.

Culture war news:

South Dakota Governor Signs Anti-LGBTQ “License to Discriminate” Bill into Law.

Bryan Fischer Again Falsely Claims He Never Said That African Americans ‘Rut Like Rabbits’.

Trans Women Are Women. This Isn’t a Debate.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:


Tenn. protesters drown out Trump backer by chanting ‘bless your heart. One on-line friend explained that ‘Bless your heart’ is Southern slang for ‘You’re a self-defeating fool’; my Great-aunt Evabel (that I’ve wound up quoting a couple of times this week) had a way of saying it scathingly that communicated ‘You don’t have the sense the good lord gave a rock!’

This Week in the Resistance:

If We Don’t Act Now Fascism Will Be on Our Doorstep, Says Yale Historian. Uh, Fascism has already kicked down the door and is in our faces!

How Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Fought Trump and Won America’s Heart. (the photo illustrations that look like teen magazine covers are hilarious!)

New Fox News Poll Finds Bernie Sanders, Planned Parenthood, and ObamaCare More Popular Than Donald Trump.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Donald Trump called the economy ‘a mess’ and the unemployment rate ‘a hoax’ when Obama was President—then a miracle occurred.

Intel committee member says Trump ceded US power: He made Putin ‘the most powerful man in the world’.

Did Donald Trump leak his own tax returns? Many pundits believe he did and here’s why. The fact that this Whitehouse had a full statement (with at least one lie in it, of course) seconds after the first tweet teasing the news story is a very clear indication that they leaked it themselves. The article outlines more evidence, and the reasons why they would do it.

Senate Intel Committee Rebukes Trump: ‘No Evidence…That Trump Tower was Under Surveillance’.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump Travel Order Raises Specter of ‘Superior Race’: Hawaii Attorney General.

U.S. Ethics Official To White House: No, These Rules Definitely Apply To You.

Conway suggests Obama bugged Trump using ‘microwaves’. Things went downhill from there.

The EPA’s science office removed ‘science’ from its mission statement.

The EPA Used to Tweet About the Environment. Now It Just Tweets About Scott Pruitt – It’s his own PR firm.

Former top Trump aide Flynn paid over $30,000 by Russian TV, top House Dem says.

More Nazis In The White House? Sebastian Gorka May Make Three.

Trump’s Lawyer Threatens Joe Scarborough After MSNBC Host Says Trump Leaked His Own Tax Return.

This week in Politics:

Why Trump Supporters Have the Most to Lose With the G.O.P. Repeal Bill.

The CBO has spoken: Trumpcare will create 24 million uninsured people in the next decade.

New Analysis Shows GOP Health Plan Hits Trump Voters Hardest by Taking Away Thousands of Dollars.

Fact Check: Congressman Dave Reichert’s Misleading Statements About the Threats Posed by His Constituents.

Here’s what Trump’s budget proposes to cut.

Republicans dismiss Trump’s ambitious budget blueprint.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

“The whole 'How come you won't tolerate my intolerance!' is hardly a rhetorical home run, or a recent issue. Karl Popper nailed it in 1952.” (Click to embiggen)

“The whole ‘How come you won’t tolerate my intolerance!’ is hardly a rhetorical home run, or a recent issue. Karl Popper nailed it in 1952.” (Click to embiggen)

Reporter David Cay Johnston’s family bullied by President’s supporters.

Oklahoma officer charged after accusation that he was drunk, naked, and wearing a MAGA hat. The misdemeanor charge is “Outraging Public Decency.’ There’s a story with more details here.

Trump supporter indicted for allegedly attacking Muslim woman working at JFK.

This Week in Hate Crimes

New Orleans church window shattered 2 days after it hosted transgender town hall.

LGBT community center in Washington, DC, vandalized, staff member assaulted.

Man breaks into Arizona mosque and rips up copies of Quran inside.

St. Lousis Jewish Community Center among those receiving bomb threats Wednesday. In other words, they guy they arrested last week and had only linked to about 8 of the threats? Not the only one.

Federal authorities investigating Jewish center threats as hate crimes.

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened.

Proposal would increase hate-crime penalties.

Gunshots Fired at Tennessee Funeral After Mourner Makes Anti-Gay Remark About Deceased.

Man charged with hate crime for attack on transgender woman after tryst.


Author, ‘Modern Love’ Essayist Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies At 51.

Amy Rosenthal’s Lively, Personal ‘Encyclopedia’.

It’s OK to be OK: The subtle inspiration of Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

A Heart-Shaped Life: Twelve Ways of Looking at Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

NYPD Officer who twerked at parade dies of 9/11-related cancer.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 3/11/2017: Ex-gay torture, dark clouds, and darker motives.

Orlando Pulse Shooting must be remembered for the anti-queer hate crime that it was.

Sleep disturbances.

Let’s talk about (fictional) talking!


This Video of a Rabbi, a Priest, and an Atheist Smoking Weed and Discussing Faith is Delightful:

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MICROWAVES (Are Watching You!) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Chubby Siberian Tigers Hunt Electronic Bird of Prey:

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BUG! “So You Think That You Can Fix Him” by David:

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Friday Links (what would Buffy do edition)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It’s Friday! We’re a couple weeks into March already. It’s been a weird work week, because the cold that I didn’t quite shake off has developed an annoying cough and a fever, so I’ve been trying to avoid people since I’m probably contagious. I’ve also been sleeping a lot.

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

Links of the Week

You May Want to Marry My Husband. I made the mistake of reading this while riding the bus into work. I was sobbing…

‘Alternative facts’: A psychiatrist explains the difference between falsehoods and lies. There’s a part of me that thinks it is ridiculous that anyone needs this explained. And I don’t think enough attention is paid to the problem of people not caring whether something is true as long as they like it.

A Statue of a Defiant Girl Now Confronts the Famous ‘Charging Bull’ on Wall St.

This Week in the Economy

An Ivy League professor who spent 4 months working in a South Bronx check-cashing store says we’re getting it all wrong.

There’s no bull in the message behind ‘Fearless Girl’ statue.

This week in awful people

Simons’s Renaissance Technologies Equity Fund Rose 4.6% in June. US billionaire Robert Mercer who bankrolled Leave.eu didn’t make $16m after Brexit. His fund made $690m.

Fabulous, Darling!

John Barrowman celebrates 50th birthday by showing off his natural hair.

News for queers and our allies:

95-year-old comes out as gay in powerful must-see video.

Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival.

Safe as Houses.

Veteran who was to lead St. Patrick’s Day parade quits over decision to bar gay vets.


How Does the Public’s View of Science Go So Wrong?

Does Ceres still have currently active (erupting!) cryovolcanoes?

The Most Important Idea about the Universe.

Scientists Might Finally Understand One of the Most Basic but Mysterious Aspects of Our Heartbeats.

Mosul offensive: Assyrian artifacts discovered in abandoned ISIS tunnels.

Neanderthal Dental Plaque Shows What a Paleo Diet Really Looks Like.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

‘Buffy’ at 20: 13 Key Players on How It Changed TV and Why There Shouldn’t be a Revival.

‘Buffy’ at 20: Gail Berman Reflects on the Rocky Road to Air and How It Could Return.

‘Buffy’ at 20: What the Critics Originally Said About the Joss Whedon Favorite.

Love science fiction and fantasy series? Better also love being patient.

‘Are you ready to be strong?’: The enduring legacy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Gave Me My Own Scooby – Into every generation, a best friend is born.

The Complex Feminist Legacy Of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

20 Things We Still Love About Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years Later.

Wells At The World’s End: The Time Machine.

This week in Writing

In Search of Lost Tweets: On Being a Writer on Twitter.

This week in Words

Prepone – An Indian English word which means “to move to an earlier time”.

Using ‘Lady,’ ‘Woman,’ and ‘Female’ to Modify Nouns – ‘Female’ doctor? ‘Lady’ lawyer? ‘Woman’ politician? Are any of these not offensive?

The Serial Comma – Why don’t they call it the Merriam-Webster comma?

You’re probably familiar with the term hot mess. But do you know how old hot mess really is?

This Week in History

An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered.

This Week in Tech

Errata Security: Some comments on the Wikileaks CIA/#vault7 leak.

Google’s Algorithm Is Lying to You About Onions and Blaming Me for It .

Google’s “One True Answer” problem — when featured snippets go bad.

Keep your cool when facing possibilities like SHA-1, Cloudflare, and the shoddy Internet of Things.

WikiLeaks’ CIA Hack: 9 Key Questions on Latest Document Dump – How reliable is Vault 7, the information allegedly leaked from the Central Intelligence Agency? For starters, nothing stated by WikiLeaks or Assange should be taken at face value.

Don’t Fall for the Area Code Scam.

This Week in Covering the News

NPR demonstrates how not to report on LGBT issues — four different times.

Rachel Maddow on How She Doubled Viewership Under Trump: ‘I Stopped Covering the Twitter Feed’. “We started covering only what they do rather than what they say,” MSNBC host tells TheWrap of recent ratings surge

This Week in Inclusion

An Asexual’s Defense of Jughead Kissing Betty on Riverdale. “Allowing Jughead to have “an origin story,” as Aguirre-Sacasa says, is not letting the character or the community down (yet). Giving him a coming-out narrative could create a dialogue about the asexual experience we have literally never seen before on broadcast TV. Of course, if Riverdale gets more seasons and it fails to develop Jughead’s asexuality, that would indeed be a disappointing omission, and a missed opportunity to do something truly new and brave with a character onscreen.”

A Bookstore Is Displaying All Books By Men Backward, And It’s Eye-Opening.

Culture war news:

Sportscaster Dale Hansen defends trans student wrestler Mack Beggs in amazing takedown.

OKLAHOMA: Tulsa LBGT Center Riddled With Bullets, Man Later Accosts Staff With Homophobic Slurs.

Why Is Franklin Graham So Obsessed With LGBTQ People?

What Do Feminists Owe Kellyanne Conway? As one person noted on Twitter, the answer is “A fair trial.”

Christians Are Treating a Comedy Skit About “Christian Persecution” As Proof of Actual Persecution.

Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia.

A Field Guide to Straightsplaining. An oldie, but worth re-reading…

This Week in the Resistance:

Introducing the enemies of the American people: George Rodrigue.

People Walk Out As Ala. Official Pushes Voter ID At Selma Anniversary Service.

Nordstrom, Warby Parker and Etsy Pull Ads from Breitbart.

Resistance Art: This Amazing Sign Just Appeared on the Fence Surrounding the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trumpism is now getting exposed as a monumental fraud.

Stephen King mocks Trump wiretap allegations with short story.

When One President Smears Another.

Trump Knows the Feds Are Closing In on Him – The president’s recent tweets aren’t just conspiratorial gibberish – they’re the erratic ravings of a guilty conscience.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Canadian woman en route to Vermont spa denied entry to U.S., told she needs immigrant visa.

All 100 Senators Sign Letter Demanding Action on Jewish Center Bomb Threats.

Sean Spicer wrongly claims Fox reporter’s phones were ‘tapped’.

This week in Politics:

It’s Do-or-Die for Repeal-and-Replace.

Time to talk Trump impeachment: Jason Sattler.

House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law.

Wow: Nervous Georgia GOP re-gerrymanders state House to protect vulnerable Republicans.

Rep. Joe Kennedy calls GOP health care repeal bill ‘an act of malice’.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

The dark psychology of dehumanization, explained.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Suspect in gay-bashing attack out on bond, fighting extradition to the Keys.

Cyberstalking Charge Brought In Manhattan Federal Court Against Missouri Man For A Pattern Of Harrassment Involving Threats To Jewish Community Centers.

Man charged with threatening Jewish centers to frame his ex.

Sikh community asks for hate-crime probe after man is told ‘go back to your own country’ and shot.

Another wave of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers happened today.

Things I wrote:

It’s the day to March Forth!

Game over, man!

There are worse things than invisibility—decoding is just another form of erasure.

Confessions of a public restroom avoider.

She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness — more of why I love sf/f.


FDR “Let Me Warn You”:

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Discovery Channel Song:

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The xx – Say Something Loving (Official Music Video):

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Friday Links (nevertheless he perjured edition)

c58ssdzuyaigm8lIt’s Friday! And we’re already into March! The year is just zooming by!

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

Links of the Week

Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heist: The burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 million.

Just Let This Little Girl’s Wonder Woman Invisible Jet Costume Win Every Contest.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Man Who Intervened In Shooting Of Indian Engineers Delivers Powerful Message Of Hope.

4-Year-Old Boy’s ‘Colorblind’ Haircut Goes Viral.

Muslim veterans offer to guard Jewish sites across US.

This Week in the Economy

Buying Coffee Every Day Isn’t Why You’re in Debt.

Trump’s $5 Trillion Attack On America’s Values And Reputation.

This week in what the Frak?

Giant Tunnel Boring Machine Under Seattle, Bertha, Stopped Because the Machine “May Be Several Inches Off” Tunnel Alignment, State Says. The tunnel is at least three-years behind schedule…

This week in awful news

Muslim teen found hanged in woods near Seattle; family seeks answers.

Fabulous, Darling!

89th Academy Awards: ‘Moonlight’ is first LGBTQ film to win Best Picture.

“Moonlight” is 2016’s best movie, but its impact on black storytelling is much more important.

What Moonlight’s Win Says About the Oscars’ Future: The stunning film’s unexpected triumph is part of a larger trend toward more small and intimate projects for the Academy.

News for queers and our allies:

The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness. A long read, but very enlightening information about the stress of the closet and how that still causes harm lang after a person comes out.

“Moonlight” is the first LGBT movie to win best picture. Here’s why it matters – The Oscars have long recognized movies where LGBT people were props or tropes. “Moonlight” makes us human.

This week in cool information

America divided into states with the population of England.


New study gives weight to Darwin’s theory of ‘living fossils’.

Siberia’s ‘doorway to the Underworld’ Is Getting So Big It’s Uncovering Ancient Forests.

China’s crazy smog-sucking vacuum tower might actually be working.

Cool NASA video shows dust devils whirling on Mars.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age.

New Imaging Method Helps Scientists Look Beyond Dinosaur Bones.

Scientists discover gigantic 400 million year old extinct worm in Canadian museum.

Chance Discovery Of New Fossil From Half Billion Years Ago Sheds Light On Life On Earth.

What’s in your chicken sandwich? DNA test shows Subway sandwiches could contain just 50% chicken.

It turns out methane CAN simply walk into Mordor.

Wolf Spiders Have Threesomes to Avoid Getting Eaten.

Why exactly are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

World’s oldest microfossils found, researchers claim.

Bad Astronomy: These strawberries aren’t red. Seriously. They aren’t..

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Eric von Dimpleheimer has assembled another masterpiece which you can download free. He explains: . “I began putting together an ebook of the various 2016 recommendation lists and sorting them by magazine (with some links to free stories), but as I kept coming across more recommendations, I abandoned the Sisyphean project. It is still useful (to me at least) and I thought others might be interested in it. I included two of Rocket Stack Rank’s annotated lists and Greg from Rocket Stack Rank is OK with me including them as long as the ebooks are free, which they are.”

Mind Meld: Fresh Perspectives on Common Tropes.

Shaun Duke: The 2017 Hugo Awards Reading / Viewing List.

Defying analysis: Sherlock S3-4..

Remembering Dad… by Adam Nimoy.

Magic Meat March: Hot fantasy dudes! Half naked wizards! Simpering elves! Men in skimpy armor!

‘Elvira: Mistress of the Dark’ Coming to Blu-ray in April.

Flash Fic Challenge – Construction Zone.

Hugo Award Nominee Recommendations

2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

Rocket Stack Rank’s 2017 Hugo Awards

2017 Nerds of a Feather Hugo Award Longlist, Part 1: Fiction Categories

Jason Sanford: Info and links for Hugo Award nominations (including my Campbell Award shortlist)

This week in Writing

What Works For Me: Scrivener Color Coding Pt. 1. This looks really useful. I’m currently using the color coding a bit differently, but could easily see this working.

Scrivener vs Word for Writers.

This Week in Tech

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media and democracy. “Bots made up a third of all traffic on Twitter before Brexit–and they were all for Leave. Later, they were five-to-one in favor of Trump.”

FCC chief doesn’t plan to review AT&T–Time Warner merger.

Twitter users can finally filter out ‘egg’ accounts from their notifications.

Why Twitter users who swear at politicians might get put in a timeout.

U.S. appeals court tosses patent verdict against Apple.

This Week in Covering the News

Trump lied to anchors about immigration to get ‘positive press coverage’ in run-up to speech.

Tom Hanks buys new coffee maker for White House reporters.

This week in Health

Record STD rates drive syphilis in newborns.

A year old, but valuable supplemental information for that last story: The Return of Syphilis – Why are rates of the once-rare disease now climbing again?

This Week in Inclusion

Published in 2016: Books by/about Native peoples.

Culture war news:

This needs to be repeated: It Wasn’t Abortion That Formed the Religious Right. It Was Support for Segregation.

Transgender boy Mack Beggs wins girls wrestling title as Texas struggles with transphobic laws.

c5wzprfvuaapz_vSupreme Court Instructs Liberty Counsel to Refer to Transgender Teen Gavin Grimm as Male.

Tennessee has declared war on same-sex families: Inside the legislation that would eradicate nearly all rights for LGBT couples.

This Christian Pastor is Furious That Someone Donated to Planned Parenthood in His Name.

The myth of the transgender boogeyman is as ridiculous as it is heartbreaking.

Former Evangelical Christian Explains How the Tea Party Pushed Him Further Away from the Faith.

Why A Seattle-Area Mosque Barred Anti-Trans Activists.

Anti-Trans Initiative Sponsor Fundraising Numbers Don’t Add Up.

This Week in the Resistance:

Oregon Governor Forbids ALL State Employees, Including Cops From Aiding ICE Agents.

Governor Jay Inslee Issues Executive Order Blocking State from Participating in Federal Immigration Raids, Religious Registry.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor.

Why Donald Trump’s tweet about national debt decrease in his first month is highly misleading.

Yemen SEAL raid yielded no significant intel: report.

Donald Trump’s Call For Millions To Rally Fizzles.

Trump ignored new national security chief’s request not to rant about ‘radical Islamic terrorism’: report.

President Trump suggests anti-Semitic threats across U.S. are coming from within Jewish community.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Muhammad Ali Jr. questioned by immigration officials at Florida airport.

Passengers on a domestic flight deplaning in New York were asked to present ID by Customs and Border Protection agents—a likely unenforceable demand that nevertheless diminishes freedom.

George W. Bush speaks out on Trump’s war with the media, travel ban.

New Commerce Secretary at nexus of lucrative Trump Russian deal.

Jeff Sessions’ shifting, deceptive explanations for his secret meetings with Russia.

Sergey Kislyak, the least memorable man in the world.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Investigations Into Russian Election Interference.

Why Jeff Sessions Must Resign as Attorney General – Whether or not he perjured himself on the Russia matter, Sessions must go.

This week in Politics:

Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism.

In response to New York Times ad, NRA accuses the media of arson.

Most states with largest insurance gains under Obamacare voted for Trump.

Donald Trump claims to have grown the Republican Party by millions. He didn’t.

Republican State Senator’s “business degree” turns out to be from Sizzler Steakhouse.

Pence used personal email for state business — and was hacked. Not even a private server – it’s an AOL account!

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

‘Things have changed’: White supremacists cite Trump in bomb threat targeting Muslim students.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Couple will spend years in prison for terrorizing family with Confederate flags, shotgun.

Bomb Threats Made Against Jewish Community Centers In 11 States.

Editorial: Trump’s silence on deadly Olathe shooting is disquieting.

No Jail Time For 19-Year-Old In Idaho Coat-Hanger Assault Case.

Four Mosques Have Burned In Seven Weeks — Leaving Many Muslims and Advocates Stunned.


ETA: Bill Paxton fought Aliens and The Terminator, but he was always just a guy from Fort Worth.

ETA: Bill Paxton, ‘Aliens’ and ‘Twister’ Actor, Dies at 61

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/25/2017: We have to have standards! (aka, Martinis for Science!).

Why Livejournal isn’t the best way to follow me.

Voting is our best weapon, but they’re trying to take that away, too.

What’s better than Bikini Armor Battle Damage? Magic Meat March!

Goal-darn age….

Destiny, prophecy, self-discovery, and love — more of why I love sf/f.


Otter Enjoys Lettuce!:

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Explosm Presents: Channelate – The Talk:

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NEW Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer – WORLD PREMIERE:

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The Big Deal – #EqualLove:

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Weekend Update 2/25/2017: We have to have standards! (aka, Martinis for Science!)

This week’s Friday round up of links was one of my biggest collections, with over 100 linked stories, and I didn’t see much in the news yesterday that struck me with that sense of “Dang! I wish I’d known that to include in this week’s list,” nor many that made me go “Oh! We have to follow up on that!” Part of the reason is that I seem to be coming down with something and had barely enough energy to get through my work day yesterday, let alone spend any break time reading news. I crashed right after logging out at work, then got up and started dinner and so on.

But I noticed that once again a couple of links that I had bookmarked to include in yesterday’s list were missed, and one of them absolutely must be shared!

ANSI STANDARD K100.1-1974: SAFETY CODE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR DRY MARTINIS. The American National Standards Institute is (to quote Wikipedia): “a private non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products, services, processes, systems, and personnel in the United States. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide.” ANSI was originally founded nearly 100 years ago when five societies of engineers and three government agencies founded the American Engineering Standards Committee. The organization went through a few name changes over the years before settling on the current name in 1969. ANSI doesn’t impose standards upon industries and so forth, but provides an accreditation of the processes that industry groups, committees, and so forth use to adopt standards. It then publishes the standards once adopted by the group.

Anyway, the amusing document I have linked is a real ANSI standard, originally published through the ANSI process in 1966, and last updated in 1974. When you read it, you can tell it was meant as a joke, but we all know how engineers and scientists can take a joke too far. I don’t know which part made me laugh hardest—probably the table entitled “Maximum Permissible Olive Displacement.” I’m very happy to note that the official ANSI standard for martini forbids vodka from the drink. They won me over right there!

The martini I made according to the ANSI standard.

The martini I made according to the ANSI standard.

For purely scientific reasons earlier this week I made a martini according to the specifications and thoroughly test it. It was delicious. The standard calls for a 16-to-1 ratio of gin to dry vermouth (variants as high as 20-to-1 are also permissible), and only one olive, the size of which depends upon the size of the serving glass and is listed in the table that made me laugh. I used my favorite gin, Bombay Sapphire.

When I usually make my own martinis at home, the ratio I use is 7-to-1 or 8-to-1. And I really love olives, so I usually put about three olives on a single toothpick to go with the drink. So this was definitely different than my usual. Very good, and I will probably start making them at a higher than 8-to-1 ratio more often in the future. It’s a little difficult to hit that ratio the way I usually make martinis, because normally I make them in a smaller coup-style cocktail glass (of which I own an antique set). The coup glass holds about a 3oz or 3½oz drink, so I would need to measure ⅛ of an ounce of vermouth to 2oz of gin (plus room for the olive); while all of my measuring devices only go down to a ¼ of an ounce. I can eyeball an eighth of an ounce, but it isn’t ideal.

For my experiment I used my more modern martini glass which can hold about a 5oz or 5½oz drink, so it was ¼oz vermouth to 4oz gin, plus the olive.

The second martini was a my usual proportions and with three olives.

The second martini was a my usual proportions and with three olives.

As I was getting to the end of the drink, I figured for science sake I needed to compare it to another version. Either my usual 8-to-1 ratio with three olives, or my favorite martini, which is to make puppy eyes at my hubby (who used to be a bartender) to make me one. His method it so put ¼oz of vermouth in the shaker with ice, swish it around, then pour the vermouth down the sink, and then pour gin over the ice (which has trace amounts of vermouth) clinging to it, shake it, and pour it into a glass. I have tried to make them exactly as he shows me, and they just taste like plain gin when I do it. When Michael does it, some how, it still has the magical hint of vermouth. Anyway, I asked my husband, and he said he was willing to make me one, but since most of the time I made my own, the most responsible scientific comparison would be to compare it to my usual recipe. So that’s what I did.

I liked it as well. I can’t really say that one was significantly better than the other, though I did like the higher ratio of gin, my main critique of the ANSI standard martini was that with only one olive there was an even tinier trace of olive brine in the mix, and I missed it. I have to confess, here, that often I like what is called a Dirty Martini, where you add between ½ to an ounce of olive brine to the recipe. A lot of martini people don’t like dirty martinis (my good friend, Jared, refers to dirty martinis as “vile” in a rather emphatic tone of voice; but then, he insists that lemon peel is the superior garnish for a gin martini, so what does he know?).

Anyway, clearly more experimentation is needed. I’ll probably be trying the higher ratios of gin with my usual number of olives. And, of course, I need to try a dirty variant. In the interest of science, I will probably even try the ANSI ratios with a lemon peel garnish. It’s all for science, right?

Friday Links (pervert men edition)

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry”

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry”

It’s Friday! Yay! And it’s been a weird week in the news. I may have gone overboard a bit…

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

Links of the Week

When A Woman Deletes A Man’s Comment Online. “To be able to take issues fundamental to the health and safety of millions of people and turn them into sport where winners and losers are decided by talking points requires some level of insulation from the negative impacts of the outcome in order to enjoy participating.”

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs.

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers.

Two Milo Reax Reax—One Long, One Short. “So look, straight people, if you don’t want gay teenagers above the age of consent entering into sexual relationships with older gay men—if you don’t want your gay sons pursuing older gay men and vice-versa—do what you can to make it safe for your gay teenagers to come out and date each other. Be just as supportive, proud, affirming and meddlesome when your gay teen starts to date as you are when your straight teens start to date.”

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Black Man Whose Lawyer Called Racist “Expert” to the Stand.

Donald Trump And Trans Student Bathroom Laws: How Tech Is Responding To Admin’s Latest Order.

This week in the war on trans people

“We need to elect Republicans to keep our daughters safe from pervert men wearing wigs barging into women's bathrooms.” © Copyright 2016 Nick Anderson

“We need to elect Republicans to keep our daughters safe from pervert men wearing wigs barging into women’s bathrooms.” © Copyright 2016 Nick Anderson

What Trump’s Controversial Transgender Decision Really Means, Legally.

Trump’s Rollback On Transgender Rights Is A Threat To All Right.

I’m 16 and Trans, and I’m Not Fake News.

Happy News!

St. Louis police get lesson on helping LGBT crime victims.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

Another Word: Peacetalk, Hate Speech.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

We’re Not Doing the Garter Thing.

Rounding Up Monsters, Ignoring Victims.

This week in stupid

A Male Chiropractor Wants Women To Use Controversial Methods To Contain Menstrual Flow. Idiot thinks women can glue their vaginas shut to hold menstrual blood back until they pee… which proves he doesn’t know how vaginas work. I’m a gay man, and I appear to be more familiar with this anatomy than this quack!

This week in awful news

Indigenous women of Standing Rock issue heartbreaking plea for help ahead of evacuation.

Orlando Sentinel: GOP Responds To Pulse Massacre With Two Dozen NRA Bills Allowing Guns Almost Everywhere.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

An actual conservative details how the member-of-minority-says-minority-is-real-oppressor scam works, why it works, and what it buys the Republicans.

Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males.

Milo Yiannopoulos resurrected a dangerous old myth about gay men and pedophilia.

Roxane Gay — All I really need to say about Milo.

Milo Yiannopoulos Disinvited From CPAC, Simon & Schuster Cancels Book Publication.

The Sad Truth About Milo Yiannopoulos.

Bill Maher Shows Us Why You Can’t Platform Fascists. Maher is trying to take credit for bringing Milo down, despite the fact the Maher didn’t just treat Milo with kid gloves (as some have described it), he actually agreed with Milo’s transphobic comments. Further Maher not only didn’t expose Milo’s weird hebephilia (it’s not pedophilia when the victim is post-pubescent, but I’m being pedantic, I know) comments, in fact, Maher has made some of those in the past himself…

Playing the Pawn in PewDiePie’s Blame Game.

News for queers and our allies:

Finnish Parliament votes down bid to repeal same-sex marriage.

Fewer Teens Die By Suicide When Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal.

Gay national champion college football player came out during ‘Never have I ever’.


Collective narcissism predicts hypersensitivity to insult, study finds.

Science: CEOs Are Such Bullshit.

Ancient microbes survive inside massive cave crystals for 50,000 years.

See drone video of SpaceX landing a Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral.

NASA Scientists Have a Plan to Make Pluto a Planet Again.

Lumpy, hairy, toe-like fossil could reveal the evolution of molluscs.

Scientists just found a 500-million-year-old worm with legs.

Grace Hopper’s compiler: Computing’s hidden hero.

The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class.

OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation, study finds.

Planet 9 Can’t Run Forever. Two Asteroids Give Up Some Clues.

VIDEO: Unbelievable video shows dolphins getting HIGH off underwater ‘drug’.

Research shows secondary seed dispersal by predator animals is important for recolonization of plants.

Solid foam’s clever shape makes it really strong.

LIGO’s detection of gravitational waves was an achievement comparable to Galileo’s telescope. Meet the man whose team built the detector.

Why T. Rex Had Such Puny Arms.

Unlocking the healing secrets of Komodo dragon blood.

What is the crater-dome illusion?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Some Thoughts on the 2016 Nebula Nominees, the Shadow Clarke Award and some other awards.

Thoughts on the Nebula Nominees.

Camestros Felapton: SFWA announces the Nebulas.

A Voyage Around the Puppy Seas to See How the Milomeltdown goes.

John Scalzi: On the Matter of Empathy For Horrible People.

The 2016 Nebula Award Nominees Show Us Diverse New Worlds.

2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations.

Possible New Details About the CW’s Newest DC TV Show Black Lightning.


‘Hellboy III’ Officially Scrapped, Guillermo del Toro Says.

2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist announcement.

My grandfather helped create Captain America for times like these.

This week in Writing

Finding The Plot: A Crash Course in Narrative.

Scrivener Binder Icons ~ What the Tiny Variations Mean.

This Week in Covering the News

Om Malik: How is The New York Times Really Doing?

This Week in Inclusion

Number of female protagonists hits record high in 2016, still half that of men.

New Children’s Book ‘Promised Land’ Is a Gay Fairytale.

Aromantic Headcanons and Making Room for Friend-shipping.

Culture war news:

Andrew Sullivan extols a pre-Trump past that bears little resemblance to the grotesque reality of American society..

When Transphobia Trumps Statistics.

How the last man to see Sylvia Plath alive was punished for his quiet homosexuality.

George Saunders on the incredible shrinking empathy of the Trump era.

Hate group wants to boycott Taco Bell for dumbest reason imaginable.

When Did Christians Become Comfortable with the Loss of Truth?

Despite Having All the Power, Conservative Christians Are Still Pretending To Be Persecuted.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Law Protecting LGBT Community.

This week in the deplorables

Pastor walks out on Trump’s ‘demonic’ Florida rally: ‘My 11-year-old daughter was sobbing in fear’.

CNN host nails CPAC chairman for double standard: ‘You are okay with all the misogynistic things’. “Your line is pedophilia. Why aren’t some college campuses allowed to say their line is misogyny?”

This Week in the Resistance:

The Resistance Is the Majority of Americans — Not a New Tea Party.

Thousands of Miles and Nine Time Zones Away… There’s No Escaping the News from Home.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Chuck Todd Enters Twitter War With Donald Trump During Insane Press Conference.

Shaun King: Donald Trump remains silent as white men continue to terrorize America.

Trump’s invention of a Swedish terrorist attack was funny. But it likely comes from a dark place.

Trump Can’t Build a Border Wall Without the Real Estate.

A Holocaust Historian Explains Why People Believe Trump’s Lies: Insights about the science—and power—of denial.

Despite double-digit win in South Carolina, poll shows Donald Trump’s approval rating isn’t higher here than anywhere else.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Children of Japanese Americans Who Defied Internment Ask Court to Reject Trump’s Travel Ban.

McMaster May Reorganize Trump’s Foreign Policy Team Once Again. Now saying they removed Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from National Security Council BY ACCIDENT!

Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport.

This Week in People Who Usually Oppose Us

Earlier in the week I linked to a story about the notorious Harlem Hate Church’s latest church sign, which used the nickname Tribulation Trump for Donald, and I didn’t want to watch Manning’s sermon video to find out why. So I tried to find it elsewhere. Turns about there are more evangelicals/fundamentalists who dislike Donald:

Here’s a DoNotLink to: Donald Trump is the Antichrist.


Here’s a DoNotLink to: 13 Ways President-Elect Trump is Apocalyptic.

Here’s a DoNotLink to: Extreme joy from Witnesses regarding President “Tribulation” Trump!!

This week in Politics:

Cops: It’s True, These Republican Congressmen Are GIANT PUSSIES.

Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us.

Editorial: Congress shouldn’t duck the public.

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

With billions at stake, a federal judge just nullified the GOP’s most cynical attack on Obamacare.

John Boehner: Obamacare repeal and replace “not going to happen”.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

FBI Arrests Man Who Allegedly Planned Dylann Roof-Style Attack.

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants.

It’s Not Just Milo: Five Of The Wildest CPAC Speakers.

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out Of CPAC.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Jewish Community Center was twice evacuated in recent week.

Speak Their Names.

Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers.

More than 150 headstones damaged at Jewish cemetery in University City; authorities investigating.

Anti-Semitic Crime in America: Latest on the hate crimes targeting Jews across the country.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/18/2017: Abusive men in the news edition.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck….

Devils in very poor disguises.

The Secrets of the Universe.

“The human race might have one more chance…” – more of why I love sf/f.


Depeche Mode – Where’s the Revolution:

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Seth Meyers: Hey! Transgender Kids:

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Jamiroquai – Cloud 9:

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Weekend Update 2/18/2017: Abusive men in the news edition

“You do NOT have to forgive your abusive parents.”

“You do NOT have to forgive your abusive parents.”

This is a slightly different Weekend Update than usual. When I first checked twitter after waking up Friday morning, one of the first things I saw was a link to this article: ‘Evil’ Man’s Family Gives Him the Obit He Deserved. With that headline I had to click it, and the story did not disappoint. Essentially, a man who was an abusive father and husband passed away and his family wrote an obituary that admitted as much. Just one quote: “Leslie’s passing proves that evil does in fact die, and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all.”

This story particularly resonated with me, since my own father was a physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive man who was also not just racist, but so over-the-top racist that when I have repeated to other peoples some of the things he’s said, I have been accused of exaggerating.

And do not get me started on the BS that his second wife put in his obituary.

Anyway, that article was only the beginning. After I read it and sent myself a bookmark to include in next week’s Friday Links, I went back to twitter, read a couple more tweets, and then came to a link to this story: USA Gymnastics delayed reporting Larry Nassar for 5 weeks – specifically they knew for at least five weeks that Nassar had used his position as a team physician to sexually abuse girls many of whom were under the age of 13. Let that sink in a moment: they were made aware from multiple witnesses that one of their employees had used their facilities and programs to sexually abuse children, and they waffled for five weeks about whether or not to report the allegations to appropriate authorities. But at least he’s finally being charged: Ex-Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar ordered to trial.

While I was looking up more information on Nassar, I found out about a story related to another child molester whose trials and punishment I’ve written about on this blog: JERRY SANDUSKY’S SON JEFFREY CHARGED WITH CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. As the article points out, abuse is often an intergenerational thing. Which isn’t to say that the inevitable outcome of surviving childhood abuse is to become an abuser.

The next thing I saw on twitter was an article on Donald and how his behavior since becoming president is classic narcissistic abuser. But I’ve already linked to enough articles about that man this week, so let’s just not go there, shall we?

Although, it is interesting to contemplate what sort of obituary someone who was as honest as the family in the first link was would read about Donald, isn’t it?

Friday Links (lunatic fringe edition)

“The story here is the smoke alarm.”

“The story here is the smoke alarm.”

It’s Friday! And while work remains crazy, the long hours have let up a bit this week, so I actually have enough energy to be happy that the week is nearly over!

I feel as is I bookmarked a more diverse set of links than I had in the last few weeks. I’ve much happier with the number of science stories and science fiction articles I linked to this time, for instance.

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

Links of the Week

How the lunatic fringe conquered world politics.

A Love Letter To All My Gay Firsts. An adorable cartoon…

This Week in Difficult to Classify

What Percentage of Americans Are Gay? It’s Wildly Different Than What You’ve Heard.

If Kids Ran Juvie.

This week in awful people

Morning Crank: “We Are the Dakota Access [Pipe]line Tribe.”. Comparing people who ride buses to oil spills. You gotta love residents of super expensive suburbs!

JOSEPH BACKHOLM: DEFINITELY STILL A BAD PERSON. “He loves Jesus so much. Just so long as Jesus was white and also a massive homophobe.”

Fabulous, Darling!

Germany sent a drag queen to elect their ‘anti-Trump’ president and it was glorious.

News for queers and our allies:

Most Americans oppose ‘religious freedom’ laws allowing for LGBTQ discrimination.

Washington State Supreme Court Says Florist Who Refused to Serve Gay Couple Violated Anti-Discrimination Law.


Why are people so incredibly gullible? – Our brains don’t let piddling little facts get in the way of a good story, allowing lies to infect the mind with surprising ease..

This Infographic Shows the Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations.

Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth’s Magnetic Field — By Accident.

Elusive triangulene created by moving atoms one at a time.

How NASA is planning to touch the sun.

Astronomers open massive database of stars to the public.

Here’s How Science Says to Achieve the Perfect Ketchup Pour.

These tiny beetles have evolved to ride ants like horses.

6 Possible Explanations for Gray Hair.

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA.

India sets record launching 104 satellites aboard a single rocket.

Antibiotic resistance: Scientists ‘unmask’ superbug-shielding protein.

Early Mammal Relative Was the Oldest Venomous Animal on Earth.

Study finds that heel-down posture in great apes and humans confers a fighting advantage.

Want to repel mosquitoes? Don’t use citronella candles.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Berlinale: China Film Boards European Sci-Fi Pic ‘Iron Sky: The Ark’.

How female characters existing and doing stuff became a modern feminist statement.

‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’ TV Series From Ron Moore, Michael Dinner & Bryan Cranston Picked Up By Amazon.

‘The Expanse’ Isn’t Just Awesome TV—It’s Transforming TV.

Hugo 2017 Eligible Works.

Worldcon 75 Hugo Recommendation Spreadsheet.

Rocket Stack Rank: 2017 Hugo Awards.

This week in Words

Thagomizer and Four Other Invented Words.

Where Does the Word ‘Trivia’ Come From?

This Week in History

Europe’s Hypocritical History of Cannibalism.

50 years ago the first major gay rights demonstration happened in Silver Lake – A police raid at the Black Cat Tavern led to protests outside the gay bar.

That time a drunk Richard Nixon tried to nuke North Korea.

50 Years Later, The Biting Satire Of ‘The Smothers Brothers’ Still Resonate.

This Week in Covering the News

Opinion: Why fake news is a huge threat to democracy and both Apple and the rest of us need to respond.

This Week in Inclusion

“Having multiple queers isn’t realistic.” Me: *writes entire books with only a few cishet characters*. Nice twitter rant.

Yet another TERFy oversimplification of reality.

This Week in Police Problems

The NYPD Tasered A Pregnant Teenager, Video Footage Shows.

Culture war news:

Deluge of new state bills would curtail LGBT rights.

A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone.

This lesbian couple were left a vile homophobic note at a library.

Christian Writer Offers Three Horrible Reasons to Avoid Fifty Shades Darker.

Anti-LGBT legal organization designated a hate group.

The War on Women Returneth (It Never Wenteth Away).

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat.


The fight to end poll taxes is back. Spread The Vote (STV) fights voter suppression by helping citizens of states with Voter ID laws get the IDs they need to vote.

This Week in the Resistance:

Trump can be held accountable for violating the Constitution, even if Congress doesn’t care.

This week in so-called Christians

The ‘Father’ of Ex-gay Ministry Dies. I vehemently disagree with the author. Worthen was NOT a good man. He did NOT love everyone. Saying you love people as you are bullying them literally to death is neither love nor being good.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

At a joint press appearance with the Prime Minister of Israel, Donald answered a question about anti-semitism by bragging about his electoral numbers (click to embiggen)

At a joint press appearance with the Prime Minister of Israel, Donald answered a question about anti-semitism by bragging about his electoral numbers (click to embiggen)

The Laws of Gravity Catch Up to Trump.

Spicer: Trump Knew Flynn Lied for Weeks Before Asking for His Resignation.

Trump Administration Signals Retreat From Two-State Solution in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Mike Flynn’s striking farewell from the Trump White House, according to cartoons.

Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump’s nightmare has just begun.

U.S. Allies Conduct Intelligence Operation Against Trump Staff and Associates, Intercepted Communications.

In 77 Chaotic Minutes, Trump Defends ‘Fine-Tuned Machine’.

News about the Fascist Regime:

White House posts wrong versions of Trump’s orders on its website.

ICE Backs Out Of A Meeting On Deportation Raids With Members Of Congress.

Mexican ‘DREAMer’ nabbed in immigrant crackdown.

This week in Politics:

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research..

Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Study: racism and sexism predict support for Trump much more than economic dissatisfaction. I keep saying it!

Journalists Need to Stop Giving Bigoted Trump Supporters a Free Pass.

‘Kinder,’ ‘Gentler,’ ‘Totally Not Racist’ Missouri KKK Leader Murdered Real Dead.

Release Date for Dear White People is Announced, Pisses off White Nationalists.

Hate Groups Are Emboldened By Trump And Flourishing, Report Says.


Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76.

Al Jarreau, Singer Who Spanned Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds, Dies at 76.

Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68.

Stuart McLean, bestselling author and host of CBC Radio’s ‘Vinyl Cafe,’ has died.

Stuart McLean Dies, But His ‘Vinyl Cafe’ Stories Will Keep Canadians Laughing. Not just Canadians…

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/11/2017: Cookies and retail realities.

Sunday Funnies, part 22.

Mugging around, hanging on, and letting go.

Not your typical romantic comedy storyline.

Remembering Doug.


Trump vs. Truth: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

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OneRepublic – Let’s Hurt Tonight (Official Video):

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PWR BTTM – Big Beautiful Day:

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Blondie – Fun:

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Weekend Update 2/11/2017: Cookies and retail realities

“Remember, sex is like a Chinese dinner. It ain't over 'til you both get yours cookie.” —Alec Baldwin

“Remember, sex is like a Chinese dinner. It ain’t over ’til you both get yours cookie.” —Alec Baldwin

I’m not terribly happy with yesterday’s edition of Friday Links. The biggest problem is that once work’s craziness ramped up midweek, I had neither the time nor energy to do my usual news reading. The only reason there were as many links as there were is because I spent several hours in a couple of waiting rooms on Tuesday while my hubby was getting tests run and consulting for an upcoming medical procedure. I had planned to spend the time writing, but I couldn’t concentrate when I tried to write. Surfing and reading was a lot easier.

I have been trying, since Inauguration week, not to let all the bad news related to Republicans, the neo-Nazi regime, and so forth dominate the links. But since my time was unevenly distributed throughout the week (and I was exhausted after each of my 10+ hour work days), I didn’t devote my usual time to specifically looking for cool links on other topics. Unfortunately today’s update ain’t gonna completely make up for that.

But! We do start out with something funny: Jezebel Investigates: How Are These Cookies Fucking?. Some organization promoting safe sex sent out cookies that seem to depict a pair of people having sex. But the author of the blog noticed that the position doesn’t look possible, let along comfortable. There’s a series of pictures as she draws the possible pieces of furniture that might be involved to get the couple into the position. It’s silly, but fun!

Some hopeful or uplifting news I missed this week: North Carolina governor: Repeal HB2 or we lose NCAA events for six years. And in North Dakota: Anti-discrimination bill fails again. And from the NFL: NFL warns Texas over “bathroom bill”: No Super Bowl for you!. People who want to restrict gay rights will argue that actions by groups like the National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Football League are unfair, or are imposing some sort of correctness, and so forth. But the truth is, it’s simply good business. I can cite polls taken all throughout last year showing that more than 60% of the U.S. population supports marriage equality, and a higher percentage disapprove of discrimination against queer people. But it’s even better than that: Poll: Majority of Religious Americans Support Gay Marriage.

“According to the poll, 42 percent of white evangelicals said they oppose allowing business to refuse services. Fifty-two percent of Mormons, 53 percent of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 60 percent of Muslims, 63 percent of Hispanic Catholics, and 72 percent of Jews said they are against allowing small business the right to refuse services.”

So a majority of white evangelicals are still opposed to protecting our rights, but look at those other groups. Also, even among the white evangelicals, 42% oppose allowing businesses to discriminate against us! Groups and businesses such as the NFL are simply responding to the free market. They risk offending more customers and potential customers by remaining silent or supporting discrimination, than they do opposing it.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-3-21-31-pmUnderstanding retail realities fit into another story I didn’t link to this week: Donald got angry when the Nordstrom chain of stores decided to drop Ivanka Trumps line of apparel. Donald’s anger didn’t quite have its intended effect: After Donald Trump’s angry tweet, Nordstrom stock goes up. I’m going out on a limb here and thinking that stock investors aren’t doing this just to irritate Donald. And we’ll come back to that, but let’s look at what has come to light about the retail chain’s decision since the angry tweet: Wall Street Journal: Internal Nordstrom Data Show Sales Decline for Ivanka Trump Brand. The article says a 32% fall for the year, but other data indicates that it’s even worse, with a 63% drop year-over-year during the final three months of the year. And there’s more: Nordstrom Isn’t the Only Retailer Where Ivanka Trump Sales Are Tanking.

So it is clearly a business decision. Some of our allies are trying to take credit because there has been an organized #GrabYouWallet movement which started out as a few women angry about the “grab ’em by the pussy” tape last fall started asking people to boycott places that sold merchandise for Donald and his family. And it is certainly possible that the letters to the retailer influenced their decision. I think it is more likely that the information the #GrabYourWallet people shared, including about the shady business details involved in those clothing lines, contributed to the accelerated drop in sales (which had already been declining since at least the beginning of 2016).

And those sales were falling for non-political reasons: The Real Problem With Ivanka Trump’s Clothes, According to One Epic Tweetstorm. The tweet storm by Tribune Media Senior Editor Megan Carpentier, includes links to some business journal articles showing why several clothing lines, not just Ivanka’s, have been losing sales.

“This slate of mega-retailers has long been among the prime draws to the mall for middle-class women, offering apparel that they could easily mix and match into outfits for client meetings, kiddie birthday parties or date nights. But lately, they can’t seem to design clothes that women want to buy. In other words, people think their clothes are ugly.” —Washington Post article

And then Carpentier gives examples of how Ivanka Trump’s line has veered into even worse territory than the other brands. You need to go look just for some of the pictures!

Anyway, it’s hilarious that once again folks on the right are angry about businesses responding to the free market. I think Wall Street investors realize that a retail chain dropping an unprofitable line shows good business sense. And also, knowing how much positive publicity the chain is generating on social media for standing up to bullying can’t be bad for the store’s image!

A couple more things. The always clever and hard-worker Alvin McEwen over from Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters has a nice op-ed up: Your Religious Liberty Doesn’t Give You The Right To Steal My Queer Tax Dollars. And this looks like it may be an interesting book: How I escaped being a right-wing extremist.

And let’s close with a music video! Goldfrapp – Anymore (Official Video):

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Friday Links (astronaut on the runway editions)

c4f9ml1ucaal-ooWell, it’s Friday.

It’s been an extremely grueling week at work, with very long days scrambling as fast as we can to get an impossible amount of work done. Which means I’ve been doing less reading than usual. I was frankly surprised I had more one a few links saved this week!

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

Links of the Week

Anti-Semitic Graffiti on NYC Subway Scrubbed by Riders in Viral Act of Kindness.

Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the black woman who invented that rock and roll sound.

This dog has a guaranteed basic income, and look how eager he is to teach a yoga class anyway.

Happy News!

Kesha wins a legal battle over her producer, Dr. Luke, who she says sexually assaulted her. I’ll take any good news, no matter how small…

This week in Where Do We Go From Here?

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement.

How This Dictionary Became Twitter’s Favorite Burn Book In The Age Of Trump.

People Are Addressing ‘President Bannon’ on Postcards to White House.

This week in awful news

‘Shocking’ scale of Catholic Church sex crimes revealed.

Some notes on the worst-case scenario.

Trans Teen Takes Her Own Life Weeks After Giving Moving Speech on Acceptance.

Fabulous, Darling!

87-Year-Old Buzz Aldrin Slays The Runway At New York Fashion Week.

14 Times The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Was Shady AF.

Some say Hollywood is out of touch with America. 2017’s Best Picture nominees say otherwise.

News for queers and our allies:

The Gay Couple Who Adopted My Baby Are Exactly The Parents I Wanted Him To Have.

There was a rally for LGBT rights outside of Stonewall, and we’re so proud.

Surfing helped gay athlete come to terms with his sexuality.

Majority of Americans oppose religious-based service refusals to gay couples: Poll.

I Was Openly Gay On My High School Team And Heard Slurs All The Time.

James Baldwin’s Queerness Was Inseparable from His Blackness.

Vermont, D.C., Massachusetts have highest number of openly LGBTQ people.


Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness.

This Is What Would Happen If An Asteroid Hit New York.

Tornado damages NASA facility in New Orleans.

Witness Me! Hubble Catches Fiery Death Of Red Giant Star.

Astronomers Discover A White Dwarf-Red Dwarf Binary System That Behaves Like A Pulsar.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Ursula Le Guin on fiction vs. ‘alternative facts’: Letter to the editor.

Hugo Award “Finalists” and “Nominees”.

What REALLY Sold in 2016?

This week in Writing

The Key to Writing a Mystery Is Asking the Perfect Question.

As celebrity books boom, professional authors are driven out of full-time work.

This week in Words

Is it ‘I Could Care Less’ or ‘I Couldn’t Care Less’?

This Week in Tech

From Holocaust Denial To Hitler Admiration, Google’s Algorithm Is Dangerous.

Most smart TVs are tracking you — Vizio just got caught.

Culture war news:

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump.

It’s Not Foreigners Who are Plotting Here: What the Data Really Show.

Hypocrisy isn’t the problem. Nihilism is.

Fake Medical Organization Publishes Lie-Ridden Manifesto Attacking Transgender Kids.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Shaun King: What just happened in Seattle is about to spark a nationwide movement in America’s largest cities.

Rabbis arrested outside Trump tower for protesting the Muslim ban.

How I Escaped Christofascism and Other FAQs From You, Answered.

Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Videos Used To Claim Success Of Trump’s Yemen Raid Were Actually Posted To Internet Back In 2007.

Donald Trump: the making of a narcissist.

Yemen Raid Had Secret Target: Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi. And we didn’t get him…

Pro-LGBT adviser already axed from Trump’s White House.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles.
– White House staff still hasn’t figured out how to work the light switches in conference rooms,
– White House staff is woefully smaller than the job requires
– donald ends his work day every day at 6:30 NO MATTER WHAT
– donald had Not Read Any Executive Orders Before Signing Them
– when he went to Palm Springs for the weekend was the first time he heard from people he trusts that the protests and poll numbers are real, and now, only now, has he instructed his Chief of Staff to hire people to do admin jobs and said that he wants to read Executive Orders during the draft stage
… To quote donald from a few years ago, “Can we impeach someone for gross incompetence?”

Trump Administration Orders Clearing of Protesters at Standing Rock.

‘She is not a terrorist’: Iranian baby caught in travel ban is granted entry for heart surgery.

Inauguration Protesters Targeted for Facebook Searches.

Kellyanne Conway lashes out at ‘haters’ who won’t let ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ story die.

Bipartisan group of national security officials argue Trump’s Muslim ban makes America less safe.

The Muslim Ban: Everything You Need to Know.

This week in Politics:

Despite critics’ claims, Dodd-Frank hasn’t slowed lending to business or consumers.

‘Atheist Muslims’ could be the key to defeating Islamic terror.

Betsy DeVos and a Pay-to-Play Nomination.

Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow.

Fight Over Congressional Redistricting Begins With Key Gubernatorial Contests.

The Republicans Are Off to a Pitiful Start.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

c4k6_rrukaaqjixWhat Gamergate should have taught us about the ‘alt-right’ – The 2014 online hate-storm presaged the tactics of the Trump-loving far right movement. Prominent critics of the president elect should take note.

Nazi Leader Celebrates Win Of “NFL’s Whitest Team”.

6 things Steve Bannon has declared war on.

Republican congressman says white terrorists are different.


Richard Hatch, Star Of Battlestar Galactica, Dies At 71.

RIP Richard Hatch, the Original Apollo and a Tireless Battlestar Galactica Advocate.

Richard Hatch’s 10 best Battlestar Galactica moments.

Things I wrote:

Supplemental Links (again) a Day After a Friday.

This song is your song, this song is my song….

Why is it always my job to justify my existence?


FACT-CHECKER, FACT-CHECKER 🎳💚 Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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Oval Office Cold Open – SNL:

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Supplemental Links (again) a Day After a Friday

Things you can do that the same time... Substitute celebrity/pop culture/literature/media thing of your choice. Yes, we can be concerned about more than one thing at a time! (click to embiggen)

Things you can do that the same time… Substitute celebrity/pop culture/literature/media thing of your choice. Yes, we can be concerned about more than one thing at a time! (click to embiggen)

Several of these were things I had bookmarked and thought that I included when I finalized this week’s Friday link round up on Thursday night. But, once again, because of several long and mentally draining work days in a row, I was apparently more braindead than I realized on that night. A few of these are about the Not My President and related stuff, but I’m going to put them behind a “Read More” link, so you will only see them if you click that.

Famed science fiction writer (and have I mentioned she’s a taoist and did her own translation of the Tao Te Chi and released it as both a paper book and an audio book that I have found myself listening to a lot lately in an attempt to find some calm?) wrote a letter to the editor that I hope you will find amusing. Be sure to stay out of the comments! Ursula Le Guin on fiction vs. ‘alternative facts’: Letter to the editor.

I need to finish a blog post I promised a friend about ways to be an ally to any marginalized group. Though I don’t know if I can do better than this: 6 Activists On The Best Ways To Be An Ally To Trans & Nonbinary People Right Now.

This is an interesting one. Please read it all the way to the end before jumping to any judgments: Impartiality or diversity. Pick one.

Two different friends shared this scholarly take on the relationship of the Church of England, specifically, and sexual moralities. Except it’s more than that, and doesn’t just apply to that church. Good stuff that requires a bit more thinking than the usual news links, but worth it: Sexuality, gender and disrespect for scripture.

Then there are links about terrible people doing terrible things in our name. Don’t click if you’ve already had too much of that: Read More…

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