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Friday Links (100 days of scandal and lies edition)

It’s Friday!

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

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

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

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

This week in the war on trans people

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

This week in international hate crimes

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

This week in bi erasure

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

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

This week in abusive people

10 Things I wish I’d known About Gaslighting.

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

This week in awful people

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

Indiana transgender man named high school prom king.

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

Science!

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

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

Earliest Fungus-Like Fossils Date Back 2.4 Billion Years.

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

What happens when you get a crayfish drunk.

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

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Fix the Slating Problem Forever.

John Scalzi Ventures into The Collapsing Empire.

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

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

This Week in History

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

Culture war news:

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

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

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

Benny Hinn’s Texas headquarters raided by feds.

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

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

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

Department Of The Interior Scrubs ‘Climate Change’ Page.

This week in Politics:

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

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

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

GOP Leaders Weigh Saturday Health Bill Vote Amid New Support.

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

Farewells:

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

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

Videos!

Cell Block Tango – Broadway Backwards 2015:

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CHAINSMOKERS – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS PARODY 🦇:

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

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Blondie – Long Time (Official Video):

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Big Spender – Twisted Broadway Melbourne 2013:

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Hurts – Beautiful Ones:

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

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

It’s Friday!

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

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

This Week in Seattle Area News

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

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

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

This week in the war on trans people

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

This week in what the Frak?

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

This Week in Difficult to Classify

More Dangerous Myths About Child Abuse.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

The problem with problematic.

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

New Font Honors Rainbow Flag Creator Gilbert Baker.

Science!

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

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

Researchers use frog mucus to fight the flu.

Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines.

This 17 Year Old May Have Revolutionized Brain Injury Treatment.

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

Scientists Genetically Engineer Luminescent Bacteria to Detect Landmines.

Antarctic Scientists Go Chasing Waterfalls.

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

How Wondercon Failed Disabled Attendees.

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

This Week in Tech

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

HOW GOOGLE ATE CELEBRITYNETWORTH.COM.

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

Climbing Out Of Facebook’s Reality Hole.

Culture war news:

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

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

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

Words Which by Their Very Utterance Inflict Injury.

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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

Trump getting hot and bothered by protesters.

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

This week in Politics:

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

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

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump.

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

Personal update: We’re moving to Shorelin.

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

Videos!

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

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Broadway Bares 2017: Strip U:

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

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

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Friday Links (we’re not at NorWesCon edition)

“Hands up if you love Fridays.”

“Hands up if you love Fridays.”

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

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

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

Links of the Week

Get Out Perfectly Captures the Terrifying Truth About White Women.

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

Crucified man had prior run-in with authorities.

Say no to Christian seders.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

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

This week in the war on trans people

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

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

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

This week in international hate crimes

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

Chechnya has opened concentration camps for gay men.

CHECHNYA: STOP ABDUCTING AND KILLING GAY MEN.

This week in the World

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

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

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

This week in awful news

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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

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

Science!

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

The Art of Plasma at Museum of Neon Art.

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

Science Proves Trans People Aren’t Making It Up.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Creatyvebooks: 7 THINGS I HATE ABOUT FANTASY.

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

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

Why You Should Read Romance.

FRESHLY REMEMBER’D: KIRK DRIFT.

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

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

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

OdysseyCon and Why Serial Harassers Are Safe In Our Community.

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

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

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

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

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

And even more reactions to the 2017 Hugo Finalists.

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

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

Culture war news:

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

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

Kevin Swanson: Pastors Who Have Gay Children Must Resign.

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

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

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

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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

This week in so-called Christians

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

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

Bigoted Christians Are the Most Special Snowflakes.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

One Missile Strike Does Not a Syria Strategy Make.

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

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

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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Is Trump gonna ax Bannon and Priebus?

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

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

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

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

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page.

This week in Politics:

Mitch McConnell, the man who broke America.

Alabama governor resigns after pleading guilty to campaign finance charges.

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

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

This Week in Hate Crimes

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

Farewells:

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

Confessions of a guy who cries….

Confessions of a guy who likes the rain.

Videos!

The Try Guys Wear Boob Weights For A Day:

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THOR RAGNAROK Trailer (2017) Marvel:

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Bohemian Rhapsody – Pentatonix [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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Trey Pearson – Silver Horizon (Official Video):

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Friday Links (denial and deflection edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

About ‘Black-on-Black Crime’.

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

Happy News!

Seattle Dreamer released after more than six weeks in custody.

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

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

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

This Week in Difficult to Classify

Seattle toasts the tunnel. Lawyers prepare for war.

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

This week in awful people

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

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

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

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal judge rules fair housing law protects Colorado LGBT couple.

Science!

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

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

GERMAN RESEARCHERS SEQUENCE RYE GENOME FOR FIRST TIME.

We might have just tracked down the mysterious Planet Nine.

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

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

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

First fluorescent frogs might see each others’ glow.

Let Science Be Science Again.

Myopic Political Bubbles Apply to Science Books, Too.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

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

Measuring the Rabid Puppies Effect on the 2017 Hugo Ballot.

THE HUGO REPORT: FINALISTS 2017.

2017 Hugo Award Finalists.

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

NOMMO Nominations for 2017.

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

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

And other news:

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

This week in Words

singular they in the news.

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

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

This Week in Tech

Justice in the age of big data.

The Mac Pro Lives.

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

This Week in Misinformation

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

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

Culture war news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boy Butter TV commercial banned in Chicago.

Activists Chase NOM’s Hate Bus Out Of Connecticut.

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

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

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

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

This Week in the Resistance:

Kirsten Gillibrand Is an Enthusiastic NO.

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

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

Donald Trump Approval Rating Declines Among White Men: Polls.

Trump Syria attack raises questions about whether it was authorized.

Can the President Attack Another Country Without Congress?

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

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

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

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

One week, three more Trump-Russia connections.

Why the Trump-Russia investigation may continue for years.

This week in Politics:

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The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Gorsuch Hearings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Hate Crimes

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

This Week in Sexism

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

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

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

Farewells:

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

Key West remembers Gilbert Baker, creator of rainbow flag.

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

Gilbert Baker, rainbow flag creator, dies.

Things I wrote:

Not fooling around with my goals this year!

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

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

More adventures in straightsplaining—bless your heart.

Confessions of an unrepentant rationalist.

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

Time to say bye-bye to LiveJournal.

Confessions of a pink and purple flaunting dandy.

Videos!

Get Churned!:

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Expiration Date – Brett Gleason (Official Video):

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Lana Del Rey – Love:

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2CELLOS – Moon River:

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Friday Links (questions that aren’t really questions edition)

It’s Friday! We’re at the very end of March. Wow. The year is whizzing by and we’re behind on everything!

We’re still packing like crazy and looking for a new place to live. My husband is recovering from his surgery. The doctor is happy with how things are going. My hubby is getting a bit impatient. I’m not sure I’m doing a good job of convincing him not to push himself too hard. Camp Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and usually I’m the one nagging friends to do it, but I don’t think I’ll have much time for writing this next month.

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

Links of the Week

Gender Analysis: No More Rachel Dolezals.

Baby otter’s first time in the water.

Happy News!

Seattle Dreamer released after more than six weeks in custody.

This week in what the Frak?

CNY students upset after being asked to defend Nazis, Holocaust for homework.

This week in the World

Merkel party wins state vote as election year starts.

Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren’t Applying to American Colleges.

This week in Fonts

60 fonts you should never use on your book cover design. I understand where they are coming from, but 1) Never say never, and 2) a couple of these are perfectly good if you know what you’re doing.

Science!

Expanding super bubble of gas detected around massive black holes in the early universe.

Why Aren’t All Members of a Species the Same? Exploring the Pangenome.

Backwards asteroid shares an orbit with Jupiter without crashing.

Largest-Ever Dinosaur Footprint Found in Australia’s Jurassic Park.

‘Sightings’ of extinct Tasmanian tiger prompt search in Queensland.

Spiders are everywhere. And they could eat all of us in under a year.

The World’s Rarest and Most Ancient Dog Has Just Been Re-Discovered in the Wild.

Australia Just Experienced Some Stunning Southern Lights.

How Mars lost its atmosphere, and why Earth didn’t.

The Mysterious Origin of Our Galaxy’s Gold.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Neil Gaiman Has Been Thinking a Lot About the End of the World Lately.

This week in crooks who used to be politicians

Angela Rye Calls Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh A Bigot To His Face.

Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock Alleges FBI Had His Staffer Wear A Wire, Steal Docs.

Culture war news:

YouTube Restricts LGBTQ+ Content to “Protect Children” and Pisses Me the F*ck Off.

Felony Charges for 2 Who Secretly Filmed Planned Parenthood.

Anti-LGBT Activists Launch Complaint Campaign Against Vimeo Over Reported Ban On Ex-Gay Torture Videos.

LGBTQ Rights Groups Slam Discriminatory Late Night Deal to Repeal HB2 Ahead of NCAA Deadline.

This Week in the Resistance:

Dear Republican Members of Congress….

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Hate Crimes: Where Is The Response?

Trump steps in to keep 30-year-old NSC aide.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Sean Spicer Tells Journalist April Ryan to ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’ During Press Briefing.

2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports.

Pence Breaks Tie in Senate on Planned Parenthood Funding Vote, Because Of Course He Does.

This week in Politics:

For sale: Your private browsing history.

This Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account.

Chuck Todd: GOP alliances ‘dramatically breaking down’ despite being majority in Congress.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

It’s 2017 and American Nazis Are Still Cowards.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Possible Terror Plot Against 2016 West Hollywood Pride Parade.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 3/25/2017: Fake healthcare, fake dealmaker.

Sunday Funnies, part 23.

Everything I need to know about responding to reviews of my books I learned from my choral directors.

What if someone says my book is racist/ sexist/ homophobic/ et cetera?

Handling feedback, critique, and suggestions for your book.

“YOU must be oppressed because WE are terrible people”.

Videos!

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Official Trailer #2 (HD):

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 Extended TV Spot #6 – Fate (2017):

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Friday Links (fair share edition)

It’s Friday! We’re four weeks into March already. I find myself a bit cranky at the end of the week. My husband’s surgery went well last week and he seems to be recovering well, but I’m just tried and really would like a long nap.

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

Links of the Week

fascists ruin everything (volume 2).

‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter.

Michigan man – still very much alive – publishes his own obituary.

A Comic About Granny the Orca.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

PSA: DON’T THROW AWAY YOUR OLD CLOTHES (EVEN IF THEY’RE PRETTY HAGGARD).

Threadcycle: Where to give.

Four-year-old treks miles of wolf-packed snowfield to save grandma.

Colin Kaepernick makes another $50,000 donation, this time to Meals on Wheels .

This Week in Difficult to Classify

‘Missing Richard Simmons’ And The Nature Of Being Known. “… speaking metaphorically, not every expression of gratitude arrives on paper, which you can keep with you, pinned to your life indefinitely. Some thank-you’s arrive written on rocks, and if you feel obligated to carry all of those rocks everywhere you go for the rest of your life, if you can’t learn to look at them, be grateful for them, and set them down, even they become a lot to carry.”

The Problematic Run And Odd, Apologetic Conclusion Of The Hit Podcast ‘Missing Richard Simmons’.

Far-Fetched As They Might Seem, Secession Movements Are Thriving In The NW.

This week in awful news

Gutting the Meals on Wheels program would devastate millions, including 500,000 vets who rely on it.

This week in awful people

Texas Teacher Arrested for Improper Relationship with Student Smiles For Mugshot.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

Meet the Trump voters who want more government health care, not less.

News for queers and our allies:

When We Rise Is a Mess. But Maybe It’s the Mess We Need?

‘Billions’ Star Tells Ellen What It Means To Identify As Gender Non-Binary.

Science!

The First Spacewalker Cheated Death And Crash-Landed In a Forest Full of Wolves.

Humans may have turned the Sahara from a thriving ecosystem into a barren desert.

A tissue-box-size lab is circling the Earth conducting tiny experimentv.

Physicists Have Created a Tape That Is 100 Times More Conductive Than Copper.

Portions of Earth’s earliest crust found in Canada.

HOW REDHEADS ENDED UP WITH RED HAIR.

Thousands of worlds may lurk beyond Pluto — and a stunning new animation shows the ones we’ve found.

Astronomers Spot A Dark Radio ‘Hole’ Around A Distant Galaxy Cluster.

Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British countryside.

This Black Hole Ripped Up a Star Then Pummelled It With Its Own Remains.

Trump just signed a law that maps out NASA’s long-term future — but a critical element is missing.

When helium behaves like a black hole.

Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps.

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles.

99-million-year-old mushrooms found perfectly preserved in Burmese amber.

World’s oldest fossil plants could rewrite life’s early history.

How Dung Beetles Are Illuminating Our Understanding of Gender.

Mars May Once Have Had Rings, And It Will Again … Eventually.

Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change.

Is Anyone Going to Save the Endangered Killer Whales in Puget Sound Before It’s Too Late?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Author Ahmed Khaled Towfik on the Outlook for Arabic Sci-Fi.

John Barrowman’s massive garage sale is PACKED with Doctor Who items.

Renewal – QSF’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest.

Of course the old trope that technology that is sufficiently advanced starts to look like magic is where Star Wars gets confused.

‘Power Rangers’ Breaks Ground With First Queer Big-Screen Superhero.

This week in Words

Marginalia: When you’re intrigued but simultaneously despise it.

This week in Health

Massive Movement Launched to Strip Congress of Their Healthcare, Over 400,000 Join.

G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest.

Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college kegger.

This Week in Inclusion

23 LGBTQ Books With A POC Protagonist, Because It’s Time To Diversify Your Reading List.

Culture war news:

YouTube Blocks LGBTQ Videos Under Restricted Mode.

A Major New Study Shows That Political Polarization Is Mainly A Right-Wing Phenomenon. Yes. Stop saying that both sides are the same. We aren’t!

Hate group: Pro-lgbtq ordinances means automatic anti-religious discrimination.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Petulant man-child Trump refuses to shake German Chancellor Merkel’s hand.

Trump’s budget betrays the voters who elected him.

Trump’s travel and security estimated to cost half a billion dollars for 1 term.

Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Record Low.

56 days into his presidency, Trump’s approval rating sank to 13 points above Nixon’s nadir.

How Trump transformed the religious right into lapdogs of the alt-right’ & other Tue. midday news briefs.

Trump Russia Dossier Decoded: Yes, There Really Was A Massive Oil Deal (UPDATED).

News about the Fascist Regime:

White House Official May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws.

North Korean soldiers had better access to Tillerson than every U.S. media outlet except Fox News.

Report confirms Fox News’ Napolitano got his British Intelligence conspiracy theory from Russian state media.

This week in Politics:

Forgery and voter fraud charges filed against the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

Republicans delay vote on ‘Trumpcare’ after struggling to reach an agreement on the bill.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

Did Gorka Really Wear A Medal Linked To Nazi Ally To Trump Inaugural Ball?

Anti-immigrant ringleader sad his hate group has been labeled a ‘hate group’ by SPLC.

Man Arrested For Deadly Midtown Stabbing Reportedly Came To NYC To Kill Black People. A white man who subscribes to white nationalist views when to New York City for the explicit purpose of killing a homeless black person. And it was so, so, so difficult to find a news story covering the white supremacist hate crime that didn’t begin by describing how fashionably dressed the knifer was, or focusing on the police record of the victim,

This Week in Misogyny

Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time.

Farewells:

RIP: Bernie Wrightson – Renowned Horror Artist Passes Away at 68.

Bernie Wrightson, Comic Book Artist and Swamp Thing Co-Creator, Dies at 68.

Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, elevated the art of horror in comics.

Comic Book Fans Honor Bernie Wrightson by Posting His Finest Artwork.

Legendary musician, rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry dies at 90.

Legendary Rock’n’roll pioneer Chuck Berry dead at 90.

Things I wrote:

Important things to remember.

Weekend Update 3/19/2017: Support trans kids.

Once more, with footnotes!

Defining my existence as inappropriate; why should that worry me?

Getting the words down.

You mean the world to someone.

Videos!

Main Title Sequence | FEUD: Bette and Joan Season 1 | FX (This is awesome, trust me!):

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Sara Benincasa Reviews Weird Beauty Products:

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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.

Science!

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.

SYSTEMS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW WHEN THEY’RE NOT SMART ENOUGH.

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:

THE LADY WHO FENDED OFF AN ASSAULT IN GOLDEN GARDENS WOULD LIKE JWP TO STOP USING HER STORY TO FUNDRAISE.

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.

Farewells:

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!

Videos!

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.

Science!

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.

Videos!

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.

Science!

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.

Farewells

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.

Videos!

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?

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