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Friday Links (take a stand edition)

“I want my friends to understand that 'staying out of politics' or being 'sic of politics' is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence... if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, pliease know that peopled are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that's what privilege does.” —Kristen Tea, motherwiselige.org

“I want my friends to understand that ‘staying out of politics’ or being ‘sic of politics’ is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence… if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, pliease know that peopled are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does.” —Kristen Tea, motherwise.org

It’s the third Friday in August and I’m running late on getting this week’s round up of links for a variety of reasons.

I tried to assemble a post that didn’t focus on the bad stuff going on, but I can’t. And the reason is summed up in the graphic at the right. Horrible things happened in America: literal neo-nazis and white supremacists murdered someone, injured a bunch of others, and then our president not only failed to condemn them for days, but clearly signaled that he is one of them, and refused to disavow the KKK and Nazi leaders who were actively declaring on camera that they supported Trump and felt he supported them.

So, here are the links, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week

Last week the Independent newspaper published a list titled “30 mind-expanding experiences you should have before you’re 30.” “Entitled” would have been more apt, as the list was one that was so dripping with privilege that it was impossible to take it seriously. As a (not rich) parent of a (not rich) twenty-something this list made me so cross that I thought I would write my own..

Mother Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer: ‘I’m Proud Of What She Did.

Things We Saw Today: How You Can Help Charlottesville.

Some historical politicians knew how to respond to complaints from white supremecists: Letters of Note: Kiss my ass.

Science!

Dan Savage: Get ready for sex robots that look like Bigfoot.

‘Not a good idea:’ Why you shouldn’t try driving to the eclipse Monday morning.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Hugo awards 2017: NK Jemisin wins best novel for second year in a row.

Tired Puppies 2017 . “If you scratch the paint of libertarians you find frustrated authoritarianism trying to peek out…”

Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It’s Not About Censorship, But People “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”.

N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT.

he truth in fantasy: An interview with Hugo-winning Ottawa writer Amal El-Mohtar.

During Trump’s present, it’s gotten hard to write the future, says John Scalzi.

Jason Sanford — Measuring the slow Hugo Award death of the rabid puppies.

Locus Online News » Worldcon News.

Fixing the Dragon Awards isn’t my problem | Camestros Felapton.

Farewells:

BLANCHE BLACKWELL, IAN FLEMING’S MISTRESS AND THE INSPIRATION FOR PUSSY GALORE, DIES AT 104.

This Week in History

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee.

Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

‘A whole different relationship’: Mayor Murray and the man who says he abused him.

Fabulous, Darling!

Texas ‘bathroom bill’ dies in special legislative session.

Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill .

Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince .

This Week in Tech

THE EMAIL LARRY PAGE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN TO JAMES DAMORE. “Your interpretation is wrong. Your memo was a great example of what’s called “motivated reasoning” — seeking out only the information that supports what you already believe. It was derogatory to women in our industry and elsewhere. Despite your stated support for diversity and fairness, it demonstrated profound prejudice. Your chain of reasoning had so many missing links that it hardly mattered what your argument was based on. We try to hire people who are willing to follow where the facts lead, whatever their preconceptions. In your case we clearly made a mistake.”

GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after a derogatory story on the Charlottesville victim.

Google cancels Neo-Nazi site registration soon after it was dumped by GoDaddy.

Discord bans servers that promote Nazi ideology.

This Week in Misinformation

‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalism as ‘people who love the Constitution’.

Fox guest says LGBT rainbow flag is just as offensive as Confederate flag: They ‘represent the exact same thing’.
Excuse me? For the record, never in the history of the universe have gay people waged a bloody war in order to enslave straight people.

Burying the Lie of the “Alt-Left”.

AP FACT CHECK: Viral photo doesn’t show ‘antifa’ beating cop.

Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America.

This Week in Covering the News

AP Definitive Source | How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville. AP styleguide says stop calling them alt-right: ‘we have taken the position that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.’

Culture War and Hate Crimes

The persistent crime that connects mass shooters and terror suspects: Domestic violence.

Culture war news:

The Deadly Consequences Of Texas’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill.

N.C. House Votes to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters.

NEW TEXAS BILL WOULD MAKE RUNNING OVER PROTESTERS LEGAL.

Rauner Signs Law Removing Sex Crime Statutes of Limitation.

White Christians Who Voted for Trump: Fix This. Now.

“We Just Feel Like We Don’t Belong Here Anymore” -Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.

This week in the Resistance:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduces Resolution To Fire White Supremacists From White House.

Johnny Cash’s family tells white supremacists to get Johnny’s name out their mouth.

No, Mr Trump, we’re not the same as the neo-Nazis.

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Trump Files: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower.

Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.

Donald Trump Just Gave the Press Conference of the Alt-Right’s Dreams | National Review.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

Why Did Someone Have to Get Killed Before GoDaddy Severed Ties With The Daily Stormer?

WSU College Republican President attends ‘Unite The Right’ rally in Charlottesville.

Man Who Marched In Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally Disowned By Family .

Man arrested by FBI agents after allegedly planning to bomb building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Charlottesville: The Truth About Women and White Supremacy.

Watch Jason Kessler, Organizer Behind Disastrous White Supremacist Rally, Get Run Out of His Own Press Conference.

Watch the Vice Documentary on the Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally.

Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence.

Videos!

John Oliver – Charlottesville:

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Stephen Makes Condemning Nazis Look Easy (Because It Is):

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Friday Links (death defying edition)

“A gay christian is not an oxymoron. A hateful christian most certainly is.” - “When you get quoted on a church sign.” — John Pavlovitz

“A gay christian is not an oxymoron. A hateful christian most certainly is.” – “When you get quoted on a church sign.” — John Pavlovitz (click to embiggen)

It’s the second Friday in August, and we’re surviving a tamped down heat wave and smokezilla. Those are related. While the unhealthy air quality is not good for us, on the other had, it’s blocking enough sunlight that (depending on which part of the region you’re in) temperatures have been between 10-16 degrees farenheit cooler than they would have been without the smoke. Prevailing winds have finally shifted, bringing in cooler air, so the temps will go down a bit and the air quality is improving.

We’re both still very busy and have been feeling less than well which we’re attributing to the haze–we’ve both got red eyes and painful sinuses all the time, and despite sleeping in a room with an air purifier and an air conditioner, neither us seems to be getting nice deep sleepl

Anyway, on to links! I’m still trying to sort it so that the science and other, mostly happy news is at the top, and then we get to less pleasant topics before finishing with music videos. Enjoy!

Links of the Week

The supposition that NK will soon have missile-capable thermonuclear weapons is, at best, stupidly generous.

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal.

Science!

10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die.

How America Really Lost Its Mind to Pseudoscience: Hint, It Wasn’t Entirely the Fault of Hippie New Agers and Postmodern Academics.

City-dwelling sea snakes are changing colors for a strange reason.

Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close.

Study: The Milky Way is swarming with black holes.

The Largest Space Telescope Ever Could Study an Earth-Like Exoplanet Next Door.

Prehistoric Baby Skull Shows What Our Common Ancestor With Apes May Have Looked Like.

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it.

Rare Fossils Reveal New Species of Ancient Gliding Mammals.

Evolutionary psychology is the most obvious example of how “science” is flawed.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere

The Long Seattle Haze Shows How Climate Change Will Hit the Poor.

This Week in Typography

The Loveliest Living Fossil“Nº was the number sign before # became a number sign, and it refreshingly serves this one and only purpose.”

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Locus Online News » Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal.

The Story of the Bad Ugly Monster by May Peterson.

This Week in History

How Ice Cream Helped the U.S. Military at War.

Here’s Why the U.S. Hasn’t Brought ‘Fire and Fury’ to North Korea .

News for queers and our allies:

The Hero Who Saved His Gay Friends.

Conservatives Are Really Scared Of This Purple ‘Gender Unicorn’.

This Week in the Patriarchy

If Men Were “Just Polite” To Each Other – comic by Kasia Babis.

How a 19th century nude painting became a feminist meme.

This Week in Misogyny in Tech

I’M A GOOGLE MANUFACTURING ROBOT AND I BELIEVE HUMANS ARE BIOLOGICALLY UNFIT TO HAVE JOBS IN TECH.

Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”.

Culture war news:

Republicans and Democrats differ markedly in perception of discrimination.

Republicans and Democrats differ markedly in perception of discrimination. (click to embiggen

Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of California Pot Growers.

We Hold Sasha and Malia Obama to a Higher Standard Than the Trump Children, and That’s Ridiculous.

The Walls We Won’t Tear Down: “what used to be racial segregation now mirrors itself in class segregation.”.

Texas Transgender Bathroom Bill Falters Amid Mounting Opposition .

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

© Copyright Gary Markstein – http://www.gocomics.com/garymarkstein

Nearly Half of Donald Trump’s Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots.

How Twitter took on Trump’s bot army—and won.

‘I hate when people take credit for an election I won’: Trump blows his top over Bannon-praising book.

Twitter suspends army of fake accounts after Trump thanks propaganda ‘bot’ for supporting him.

News about the Fascist Regime:

What The Fuck Just Happened Today? Anyway, congratulations. So far you (and America) have survived Steve Bannon, Steve Miller, “alternative facts,” “Braggadocious,” Jeff Sessions, Anthony Scaramucci, Neil Gorsuch, and so many bad policies and apocalyptic pronouncements that a person needs a web archive like this to track them all.”>.

Video reveals how actions of US border officers led to tragedy: Investigation finds allegations of abuse (including sexual abuse of minors), impunity along U.S.-Mexico border.

This week in Politics:

Get Off Kamala Harris’s Back: Lately the Democratic senator has been criticized for being too establishment. But this discussion is much bigger than her.

Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn.

A Congressional Candidate Asked Men If They’d Be Willing To Give Up Their Civil Rights.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

White people should be more afraid of other whites than they are of people of color.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Minnesota mosque bombed during morning prayers.

On average, 9 mosques have been targeted every month this year.

Farewells:

Glen Campbell Is Dead at 81 from Alzheimer’s.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/5/2017: Let’s stick with happy stuff.

Getting a better perspective on threats to knowledgee — and us.

By their fruits you will know them — when people show you who they are, believe them.

Videos!

P!nk – What About Us (Lyric Video):

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Move Your Body – Sia ft Kazaky:

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Friday Links (where there’s smoke edition)

NASA satellite photo showing smoke clouds covering my home...

NASA satellite photo showing smoke clouds covering my home…

I’m trying not to freak out that it’s already August. So, it’s Friday, the first Friday in August. No big deal. The Senate has unanimously decided not to recess because no one on the planet, including Donald’s own party, trusts him with the power of recess appointments. Republicans actually had ethical limits. Who knew? Certainly not any of us who have been paying attention to them since 1980…

There are dozens of wild fires raging in the forest of British Columbia, some a thousand miles to the north of my location, but my city is currently blanketed by a layer of smoke from those fires so thick that they are telling us not to venture outdoors if we can avoid it, and certainly not to exercise outside. But we’re also experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, so on Thursday night, many hours before you can read this, I’m sitting outside with my laptop because it is somewhat cooler out here than inside.

Usually the third paragraph of these weekly round ups says simply that here are the links sorted into categories. But I think I need to change things a bit. I’m a news junkie and I approach the weekly roundup from my perspective as a queer man concerned with the future of the american republic and the world at large. But some people take some of those links differently. So I’m going to lead off with Science and other topics that are non-political this time. I’m going to finish off with music videos as I usually do. The things some people classify as politics/proof how awful the world is/etc will still be here, but you can skip down to the music once you hit those if you are so inclined.

Science!

Evidence mounts that the first cities are much older than we thought.

Kepler Spots the First Exomoon Candidate 4000 Light Years From Earth.

Eat, Pray, Fossilize? Praying Mantis Fossil Is 110 Million Years Old.

Death Valley just experienced the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S..

Bee Extinction Is Threatening the World’s Food Supply, UN Warns.

A lot of people were sharing this link: Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder. Please note that the “bounce back” has caveats, and the original site publishing the link is a marketing group for the manufacturers of pesticides. So the real take away is that beekeepers are trying to help the bees bounce back, but…

Scientists Reversed Glaucoma in Mice With the Help of a Single Gene.

Spiny Worm Beast Haunted the Seas 500 Million Years Ago.

Scientists Just Discovered the Oldest Asteroid Family Ever.

Physicists Capture the Elusive Neutrino Smacking Into an Atom’s Core. Wow!

Hubble Telescope Detects Stratosphere on Huge Alien Planet.

Apollo Astronaut Penlight Shines Again as Nautical Lantern Maker Replica.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere

Hot and hazy: Smoke from B.C. fires will hang around Seattle.

Giant Canadian Smoke Cloud Covers Puget Sound: NASA Photo.

Blistering Heat Wave Threatens Seattle, Where Only a Third Have Air-Conditioning.

Where’s the AC? Heat grips Portland, Seattle.

Seattle’s heat wave, wildfire haze could linger into next week, weather service says.

Western Heat Wave Breaks Record Highs in Oregon and Washington.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Book Review: Dinosaur Empire!

WHEN SHE WAS CAMP: BUFFY TURNS 25.

David gerrold on franchises.

Maybe the A.I. dystopia is already here .

THE BEST AND WORST TIME TO BE AN X-FAN.

This Week in Tech

Two Sides to Apple’s China Story.

How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes.

Culture war news:

NAACP issues its first statewide travel advisory, for Missouri.

Christians are more than twice as likely to blame a person’s poverty on lack of effort.

Of Course Abortion Should Be a Litmus Test for Democrats.

There’s no evidence that immigrants hurt any American workers.

Texas Republican warns religious right getting “out of hand” with bigoted bathroom bill.

This Week in This Guy is So Gay it’s Painful to Watch Him Pretend Otherwise:

Do straight congressmen post hundreds of pictures of themselves like this on line? Of course not...

Do straight congressmen post hundreds of pictures of themselves like this on line? Of course not…

Self-loathing closet cases who bilk taxpayers to lavish international trips on their boy toys must be outed.

Court docs reveal Aaron Schock’s aides urged him to stop acting so ‘gay’.

Aaron Schock gay rumors: More than just snarky jokes.

Aaron Schock Outed As Gay By Itay Hod, Journalist, On Facebook in 2014.

The 7 gayest Aaron Schock Instagram posts.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking: Week 8.

CNN’s Jake Tapper destroys Trump: Russia seems like the only one that can control the president.

Trump Cabinet Secretaries Attend Bible Study Led by Extremist Pastor ‘Not Biblically Qualified for Spiritual Leadership’. This pastor’s own church and ministry decided he isn’t qualified to lead Bible studies, so of course the Trumpites are pretending to listen to him.

Lawsuit Alleges Fox News And Trump Supporter Created Fake News Story. The lawsuit includes enough evidence to drop the word ‘alledged’ from that headline.

Brinkley: Trump is ‘unfit for command.

CBO says Trump budget plan doesn’t come close to balance. We’ve known this for weeks…

Trump’s Dangerous Incitement of Police Violence.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Read the Full Text of Bill Browder’s Testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee .

This week in Politics:

Democrats Aren’t In Lockstep Over Abortion — That’s Why They’re Fighting.

Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion . This is a really bad idea. I should write a blog post on why, for a legal and logic point of view this is a supremely bad idea.

Why are Rand Paul and Kamala Harris teaming up on a bill? Because the whole point of the U.S. Republic is that sometimes we find alliances in unlikely places?

Sen. Mazie Hirono Holds Back Tears During Impassioned Health Care Plea.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

William Shatner Attacks Snowflakes, Social Justice Warriors, and Misandrists.

xJesse Lee Peterson Claims African Americans Were ‘Better Off’ Under Jim Crow.

Maybe Taking the Arguments of Nazis At Face Value Is Bad.

GUILTY: Judge rules in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt case

This Week in Hate Crimes

Two more men have gone missing from Toronto’s gay village, rekindling old fears in the queer community.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/29/2017: More Words and Pictures.

Settling in to the new place.

You never know where you’re goin’ ’til you get there! (or, Revising my goals).

It’s not a food allergy & other misconceptions about diabetes.

Everybody was kung fu fighting, even mighty whitey — more of why I love sf/f.

Self-loathing closet cases who bilk taxpayers to lavish international trips on their boy toys must be outed.

Videos!

Adam Lambert – Two Fux [Lyric Video] (NSFW, but this is my new anthem):

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Public Service Broadcasting – They Gave Me A Lamp:

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Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]:

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Charli XCX – Boys [Official Video]:

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Adam Lambert – Welcome to the Show feat. Laleh [Official Music Video]:

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Friday Links (nobody’s perfect edition)

"I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate. I'm a woman. I'll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I'm an immigrant. I'm a Buddhist. When I said this at a gathering, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?' I said, ‘Nobody's perfect."' —Senator Mazie Hiromo

“I bring quadruple diversity to the Senate. I’m a woman. I’ll be the first Asian woman ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I’m an immigrant. I’m a Buddhist. When I said this at a gathering, they said, ‘Yes, but are you gay?’ I said, ‘Nobody’s perfect.”‘
—Senator Mazie Hiromo

It’s the final Friday of July. Yesterday we got a teensy bit of drizzle in Seattle. If wasn’t enough to qualify as measurable rain, so we might still match or beat the record for consecutive days without measurable rain (we’re at day 40, only 11 more to go!). In one sense I want us to break the record, but in another I would really like a good rain. At least Thursday was a bit cooler than it has been lately.

Work isn’t quite as grueling this week, but I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed, and trying to spend what time and energy I have outside work on writing, rather than reading the news. So, again, not a really long collection of links this time.

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

Links of the Week

“Bipartisanship” Means “I Don’t Understand What Politics Is”. “Civility seems like a pressing matter when you already have everything else you require.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono Holds Back Tears During Impassioned Health Care Plea. She has Stage 4 cancer and flew back to D.C. after undergoing treatment to fight to save the Affordable Care Act – why isn’t this hero being recognized?

News for queers and our allies:

Domestic Violence Law Unfair to Gay South Carolina Couples, Court Rules.

Germany’s President Signs Gay Marriage Bill into Law; Will Come into Force October 1 at Earliest.

Science!

Robots to Livestream Washington’s Deep Sea Nightmares.

England Will Ban Prescriptions for Homeopathy and Other “Low Value” Treatments.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Best footnote ever in the Specfic Diversity Report (click to embiggen)

Best footnote ever in the Specfic Diversity Report (click to embiggen)

RANKING THE 40 TRAILERS OF SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2017.

SPIDER-MAN, CIVIL WAR, AND THE POWER OF LOWERED STAKES IN MARVEL MOVIES.

The 2016 #BlackSpecFic Report.

A response to the #BlackSpecFic Report.

Midnight, Texas Is Magical Trash. But sometimes junk food is just what you need…

Doctor Who star John Barrowman undergoes emergency surgery after ‘collapsing in agony’. He had his appendix removed, and hours later was posting on Instagram.

Culture war news:

Alabama lawyers say a 12-year-old rape victim shouldn’t be allowed to have an abortion.

Gay-beating church accused of running horrific underground slave operation.

Trump’s Transgender Ban Is a Legal Land Mine.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Pentagon Thought Trump Was Announcing a Military Strike On North Korea.

Trump says it’s too pricey to have transgender troops. Here’s the truth.

The military spends more than five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troop medical expenses.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers’ health care.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Trump administration moves closer to undoing overtime pay rule.

A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out.

In Court Brief, Trump Administration Says Anti-Gay Discrimination OK Under Federal Law.

This week in Politics:

Obamacare repeal fails again in the Senate in 49-51 vote.

The Democratic Party Has a New Slogan and Elites Think It’s Stupid. Could That Mean It Just Might Work?.

Former Republican Majority Leader Admits Obamacare Repeal Was a Long Con.

More than 7,000 Sisters Sign NETWORK Lobby ‘Nuns’ Letter’ Against ACA Repeal.

Growing GOP backlash to transgender troop ban underscores Trump’s political miscalculation.

Congress sends Russia sanctions to Trump’s desk, daring a veto.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

“It looks like you're trying to defend Trump policies. Would you like to turn on Caps Lock and disable spell check?”

“It looks like you’re trying to defend Trump policies. Would you like to turn on Caps Lock and disable spell check?”

Two Notorious ‘Alt-Right’ Figures May Play Key Roles in Russia Investigation.

Before Trump banned transgender people from serving in military, here’s who praised him as pro-LGBTQ.

Oregon National Socialist Movement leader wants white separatism, repeal of sanctuary status, also “We’re actively volunteering for ICE “We are white separatists, I believe people have a right to exist to a point, I just prefer to exist separately. I live by the 14 words: ‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,’” Dutton said. “That’s all it’s about.”

Farewells:

June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99.

Things I wrote:

Holding the reader’s attention—and keeping it.

Videos!

‘L-G-B-T’ – James Corden Sings for Transgender Troops:

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Stephen Colbert Rips Draft Dodger Trump for His Lies About Fighting for the LGBT Community:

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John Barrowman Singing “Copacabana” at San Diego Comic Con Dressed in Sparkly Tardis Dress:

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Eli Lieb – Shangri La:

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Friday Links (keep it in the family edition)

“Gangsters don't hire family members because they're qualified. Gangsters hire family members because they're less likely to talk to the FBI.”

“Gangsters don’t hire family members because they’re qualified. Gangsters hire family members because they’re less likely to talk to the FBI.” (Click to embiggen)

It’s Friday. July is flying by. We’ve had 34 consecutive days without rain, which isn’t a record, but would surprise some people about Seattle. We have to go at least 18 more days before we’ll tie the existing record. After the wettest winter in the recorded weather history, it would be appropriate if we broke the rainless summer record, too.

This week has been another of very long hours at work, so the links round-up may be small.

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

Links of the Week

Creation and consumption.

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy.

This Week in Economic News

The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis.

This week in awful people

Fact Check: Does Oregon CPS “Err” On Believing Kids Who Allege Abuse?

Parents Who “Gifted” Underage Daughters to “Prophet of God” Will Go To Prison.

News for queers and our allies:

“American Gods” Super-Producer Bryan Fuller Reveals How TV Studios Kept De-Gaying His Characters.

Queer Geek News Roundup: July 16, 2017.

Bosom Friends: The Gay Anne of Green Gables Scandal.

5 Canadian Queer Beach Reads.

Science!

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years.

Dinosaur that looked like a massive bird discovered in Canada.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online.

Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF .

Before ‘Valerian,’ ‘The Fifth Element’ Subverted Sci-Fi Movies.

This Week in History

Local Japanese Americans remember their imprisonment during WWII.

This Week in Tech

Apple previews new emoji coming later this year.

Apple’s risky balancing act with the next iPhone.

Culture war news:

Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention .

Rev. Barber: An open letter to clergy who prayed with Donald Trump – The Scripture cautions us to lay hands on no man suddenly, lest we become a party to his sins.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Late, Great Jimmy Breslin’s columns on Donald Trump.

A breakdown of the latest New York Times Trump interview.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Pope’s Confidantes Pen Blistering Critique Of Steve Bannon’s View of Christianity.

Why did Don Jr.’s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington’s lying ways.

The GOP failure on health care is just a hint of what’s to come.

Vulnerable Republicans Just Showed Why Fighting For Trans Rights Is A Political Winner.

This week in Politics:

Colorado to require advanced post-election audits.

Why isn’t voter suppression considered political corruption?

Farewells:

Martin Landau Dead at 89: Oscar-Winning Actor in Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible.

George Romero, ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Director, Dies At 77.

Things I wrote:

Being reactionary – bad rules and good expectations.

Definitions matter, except when they don’t — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Christopher Marlowe was a Gay Atheist Spy (Yes, really.):

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Caught On Video: Bison On The Loose In Gilford, New Hampshire:

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Friday Links (other people feel the pain edition)

“When you are dead you do not know you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE STUPID.”

“When you are dead you do not know you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE STUPID.” (click to embiggen)

It’s Friday. It’s the second Friday in July!

This week’s round up is a bit smaller than usual. Still trying to figure out how much time I should put into these posts, and still being way busier than usual at work and such.

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

Links of the Week

How This Year’s Pride Gave Me Hope .

Digging in the Trash — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER.

Education: The Great Leveler and the Great Divider.

Happy News!

Disneyland’s Captain America talking to a guest in sign-language will make you happy cry.

This week in awful people

‘Valuable’ Clues Uncovered in Case of 4 Young Men Missing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Person of Interest Arrested.

Captain Awkward #992: “My husband is dating my mom.”.

Minuteman co-founder gets 19½ years for sexually abusing 5-year-old. All 3 of his daughters say they’re also victims.

Fate of disgraced Joe Arpaio, who once said ‘nobody’s higher than me,’ now in judge’s hands.

News for queers and our allies:

Fraternity Brothers Say ‘I Do’ After 10-Year Romance.

The church’s trans epiphany will ease the way for others like me.

Rugby player at Pride parade sends crowds into frenzy with marriage proposal.

Small town, big pride: Erie, Pennsylvania.

This hero dad has become an advocate for his trans son.

Scott Frantz, offensive lineman for Kansas State, comes out as gay.

Science!

Super Gonorrhea Is About to Get the Trump Bump.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Seattle Review of Books – Future Alternative Past: Dividing past the dividing lines.

Ship’s Log: 12 Queer SFF Books with Upcoming Sequels .

Franchise Addiction, Movie Studio Dealers, Series Re-Visits, and Why We Need New (better) Drugs.

Friday Five: 5 SF/F Books that Ace the Bechdel Test.

This Week in Love Conquers…

A Widow’s Rage Defense of Patton Oswalt’s Engagement.

This Week in Tech

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time .

This Week in Covering the News

After obtaining his contact information through its accidental exposure by the Washington Post, a high school reporter contacted Secretary of Defense James Mattis for an interview – and it’s a good, solid interview:.

This Week in Police Problems

Lawsuit Accuses Baton Rouge Police Of Excessive Force During Protests Over Alton Sterling’s Death.

Culture war news:

A massive pilot study demonstrates the subtle ways LGBTQ people are disadvantaged when seeking housing.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

For the Second Year in a Row, Anti-Trans Activists Fail to Turn in Signatures for Their Ballot Measure.

This Week in the Resistance:

LGBTQ Rights Group Launches Massive Anti-Trump Effort For 2018.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Now Very Simple.

U.S., Russia Offer Conflicting Accounts of Trump-Putin Meeting .

News about the Fascist Regime:

The GOP health bill would cut benefits for very poor households by an average of $2,500 a year, economists say.

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward.

This week in Politics:

In Defense of Talking About Misogyny In a City That Hasn’t Had a Female Mayor in 92 Years.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/8/2017: Scandals and Schadenfreude.

We need to take the victories when we get them.

We’re living in the future, but a lot of people don’t get it.

Confessions of a gift-guilty packrat.

Zen, Bradbury, and the Hugo Awards – more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

Kesha – Woman (Official Video) ft. The Dap-Kings Horns:

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Selena Gomez – Fetish (Audio) ft. Gucci Mane:

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HAIM – Want You Back (Official Video):

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Friday Links (father-in-law in the news edition)

Some Republicans are finding their conscience... (click to embiggen)

Some Republicans are finding their conscience… (click to embiggen)

It’s Friday. It’s the first Friday in July, though this will be the second weekend of July. That concept seems to really bug some people.

I didn’t get a weekly round up of links posted last week. The following list is both last week’s and this week’s. I’m doing some serious thinking about how much time I devote to assembling these posts when as far as I can tell only a fraction of my readers ever click on any of the links.

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

Links of the Week

Letters and Liquor illustrates the history of lettering associated with cocktails.

Man bring cyclists together mobile rest stop with Oklahoma Freewheel bike tour. The man profiled in the story is none other than my father-in-law. I think it’s a cool article, but I may be biased.

This Week in Economic News

A machine that lets you experience the minimum wage (click to embiggen)

A machine that lets you experience the minimum wage (click to embiggen)

Berkeley Study: Minimum Wage Increase Hasn’t Killed Jobs in Seattle.

This week in awful people

A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’.

Gun Sales Are Plummeting – The NRA’s new playbook includes guns for kids and open carry in every state.

Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq.

Hobby Lobby Funds ISIS, But Not Birth Control.

Why Is Hobby Lobby Buying Biblical Artifacts?

News for queers and our allies:

7 LGBTQ GEEK CONVENTIONS YOU CAN ATTEND ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

Texas Republican Blocks State’s Bathroom Bill: “I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands”.

How the Supreme Court could overturn Obergefell v. Hodges.

Science!

How Americans Order Their Steak.
A couple flaws: 1) the big steakhouse chain they picked to use as the sample skews things more than a bit, survey left out Very Rare and Blue Rare (though that might be because the steakhouse doesn’t offer those)–aka, my choices.

Smelling Your Food Makes You Fat: UC Berkeley Study.

First Ever Cable-Free Elevator Can Move Horizontally and Vertically.

2nd Pack Of Gray Wolves Spotted In Northern California.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

How to write pulp fiction that celebrates humanity’s essential goodness.

This week in Words

Merriam-Webster: Buses vs. Busses.

This Week in History

New book on killing of Jews in Poland exposes raw nerve.

This Week in Tech

DICKBARS DON’T WORK: NO SHARE BUTTONS ON MOBILE SITES (EXCEPT THIS ONE WEIRD CASE).

Kill sticky headers (aka Dickbars).

Comment: Some techies in the ‘iPad as laptop’ debate are forgetting how atypical we are.

Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad?
(Brilliant. And the original title of the post is: “If Journalists Reviewed Macs Like iPads”)

The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking.

Culture war news:

Watch John Oliver’s Take on Sinclair Broadcast Group, Conservative Overlord of Local TV.

Private Religious School Admits They Lied When They Said They Didn’t Force Student To Watch Ex-Gay Video.

How Hostile School Climate Perpetuates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBT Youth.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

NBC exec: ‘Beneath my dignity’ to respond to Trump attacks on Mika Brzezinski.

Trump’s CNN Tweet Appears to Have Originated From Racist, Islamophobic, Misogynist Reddit Troll.

Trump’s team forgot to book a hotel, so they’re crashing on Hamburg’s couch for the G20.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Sean Spicer reveals how stupid he thinks you are in one tweet.

Who Is Running the US? Is It the Generals?
One of the few times that the usual rule about questions in headlines is not correct…

As Trump’s Tactics Fall Short, Pence Takes Lead on Health Care Bill.

This week in Politics:

How many people will die from the Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bills? Tens of thousands per year.

Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country.

The GOP tried to troll Hillary Clinton. It backfired spectacularly.

‘Why waste time and money’: Maryland attorney general calls BS on Republican voter fraud commission.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

‘Gays for Trump’ Holds Rally in D.C. After Trump Ignores Entirety of Pride Month.

Gay-organized Trump rally draws just 18 attendees.

Benham Brothers Freak Out Over Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Reading to Children at the Library.

New Jersey man accused of threats that closed Evergreen State College in Washington state last month.

NPR tweets Declaration of Independence, enrages Trump supporters.

Farewells:

Joan Lee Dead: Wife of Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Was 93.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/24/2017: Genders, Agendas, and so much more.

Stock characters exist for many reasons.

Portrait of the nerdy queer loudmouth as a child.

It’s the task that matters: catching up and assessing.

Finding a new equilibrium: writing, life, and more.

Videos!

Beastie Boys | Sabotage | Sesame Street Mashup:

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Kesha – Praying (Official Video):

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IMAGINARY PARTIES by SUPERFRUIT:

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Come Home (Cardinal Pell) – Tim Minchin:

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Friday Links (no one right way to do Pride edition)

It’s Friday. The fourth Friday in Pride Month. That means this weekend is when a lot of Seattle’s Pride Events are happening! Happy Pride!

We have a full schedule with Locus Awards Weekend, some Pride events, and fun things with friends.

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

Links of the Week

[Comic] Robot Hugs: There is no one right way to Pride.

It’s a joy to watch this guy’s Hot Wheels restoration YouTube channel .

This week in international hate crimes

European Court Condemns Russia’s Gay Propaganda Law.

Happy News!

From Oval Office, teacher of the year delivers a message on transgender rights.

Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy.

This week in awful news

“Black Live Matter. Love is Love. Climate Change is Real. Religious Freedom for All. Immigrants Make America Great. Women's Rights Are Human Rights.”

“Black Live Matter. Love is Love. Climate Change is Real. Religious Freedom for All. Immigrants Make America Great. Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.” (Click to embiggen)

Funeral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl’s death.

Killing of Muslim teen stirs questions about hate crime prosecutions.

Manchester attack: Islamophobic hate crime reports increase by 500%.

Portland police investigate menacing letter sent to Islamic center as hate crime.

A Muslim Teen Was Kidnapped And Murdered Outside A Virginia Mosque.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

‘Hero’ imam praises group that saved Finsbury Park suspect from angry crowd.

News for queers and our allies:

“Smile if you're gay”

“Smile if you’re gay” (Click to embiggen)

Boomer Banks On Why We Shouldn’t Say ‘No Blacks, No Asians, No Fats or Fems’.

Being Offended by Black and Brown Stripes on the Pride Flag Proves Why They’re Necessary.

Controversy Over Philadelphia’s Racially Inclusive Pride Flag Highlights LGBTQ Community’s Problem with Racism.

A wave of states consider legislation recognizing the nuances within gender.

This gay coach and his gay son marched together in Pride for Father’s Day.

Bathroom bill another way to ‘bully’ transgender kids, mothers say.

Standing Up for Our Communities.

After outcry, an LGBT survey question is restored by HHS.

Ryan O’Callaghan and Finding Life Beyond the Closet.

Openly Gay Skateboarder Brian Anderson Bares All in His First Zine.

“Love is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love!”

“Love is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love!” (click to embiggen)

Apple Confirms Sales of Apple Watch Pride Edition Band Will Support LGBTQ Groups.

LGBTQ teens share what Pride Month means to them in powerful campaign.

‘Strands For Trans’ Supports Transgender Community.

What LGBTQ Teens Wish Their School Knew About Them.

The Beauty and Terror of Passing as a Woman.

Chadwick Moore: LGBTQ People “Don’t Know What The Second Amendment Is”. Actually, it’s Moore who doesn’t know what the Second Amendment is, it’s history, it’s original intent, and so on.

“Equality”

“Equality” (Click to embiggen)

Are You The Husband Or The Wife?

KKK members protest LGBTQ pride march in Florence: Hate ‘reared its ugly head’ .

See how the world celebrates Pride .

Philadelphia Mayor Will Sign Bill Prompted by Gayborhood Racism Complaints Into Law.

‘Babadook’ Is Returning to Theaters, And Proceeds Are Going to LGBTQ Groups.

This Gay Couple Re-Created Their Pride Photo 24 Years Later And It Has People Emotional.

Three Men Become First ‘Polyamorous Family’ Legally Recognized in Colombia.

AMA approves resolution against anti-trans bathroom bills.

This week in cool information

Why didn’t great painters of the past reach the level of realism achieved today by many artists? .

National Martini Day: The 10 Most Famous Martini Lovers.

7 gorgeous photos of redheads that challenge the way we see race.

Science!

“If God took Adam's rib to create his partner, then genotype will be 44XY. This means that Adam's partner was a male... Hence, ADAM & STEVE P.S. We don't know then, how females happened P.PS. Religion didn't see THAT coming.”

“If God took Adam’s rib to create his partner, then genotype will be 44XY. This means that Adam’s partner was a male… Hence, ADAM & STEVE P.S. We don’t know then, how females happened P.PS. Religion didn’t see THAT coming.” (Click to embiggen)

A PASSEL OF NEW PLANETS SHOWS OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS VERY WEIRD, AND WE DON’T KNOW WHY.

What Is Space? – Issue 49: The Absurd.

Goodbye Planet Nine, Hello Planet Ten.

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide.

Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

GEEKS OUT EMPOWERS LGBTQ+ GEEKS AT FLAME CON AND BEYOND.

And other news:

Amazon’s move into groceries could squeeze Costco.

Idaho sequoia in way of expansion to be moved 2 blocks away.

This week in Words

“If god hates gays, why are we so cute?”

“If god hates gays, why are we so cute?” (Click to embiggen)

A Word History of ‘Pineapple’.

Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your need. Go try this site! You click on a few options, and it gives you a bunch of suggestions. It’s like a video game for book nerds!

This Week in History

Juneteenth: The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t.

This Week in Tech

Apple accuses Qualcomm of double-dipping, wants end to pay-per-iPhone deal.

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For.

Did you get letter? WSU sends warning to 1 million people after hard drive with personal info is stolen.

‘Internet’ or ‘internet’? The Supreme Court Weighs in.

This Week in Misogyny in Tech

The myth of the ‘cool tech girl’ .

This Week in Covering the News

Lesson in bias: Columbia City, I hear you loud and clear – Sometimes being called a racist is just the jolt you need.

This Week in Inclusion

Movies Featuring Male Action Stars Faltering at Box Office This Season.

This Week in Police Problems

Seattle Police Officers Fatally Shoot 30-Year-Old Mother Near Magnuson Park.

Culture war news:

“Hey, Haters, Bite the Rainbow"

“Hey, Haters, Bite the Rainbow” (Click to embiggen)

Men Legally Allowed to Finish Sex Even If Woman Revokes Consent, NC Law States.

No Religious Majority Backs Anti-Gay Discrimination by Business Owners Anymore.

Missouri Lawmakers Are Trying To Roll Back An Anti-Discrimination Law That Protects Reproductive Health Choices.

Jesse Lee Peterson Says Democrats At Congressional Baseball Game Were Praying To Satan.

The Hoarding of the American Dream .

This week in rape culture

I believe Bill Cosby. He said he drugged women for sex. So why the mistrial?

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trump’s Carrier deal is not living up to the hype — jobs still going to Mexico.

The Fact Checker’s tally of Trump’s false claims since becoming president .

News about the Fascist Regime:

Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight.

The ACLU is suing the Washington, D.C., police for violating the rights of Trump inaugural detainees.

This week in Politics:

GOP Unveils Health Care Bill While Protesters Bleed and Scream: ‘The Government Wants to Kill Me!’.

Senate health care bill: watch Elizabeth Warren school lawmakers on Planned Parenthood.

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse .

Andrea Mitchell: ‘A Brutal Image For Republicans And Supporters Of This Bill, Frankly’: Disabled protesters forcibly carried out by Capitol police.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, explained.

Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm. And this surprised who?

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:

Trump supporters and the empathy gap.

Trolls, hypocrites and performance artists are trying to hack our lives. Don’t let them.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Funnies, part 24.

The long, lonely death spiral of the anti-gay defenders of “traditional” marriage.

Gay it forward.

Gay It Forward, part 2.

Queer Plus, or Intersectionality Isn’t Just a Noun — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Beth Ditto – Fire (Official Video):

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Cazwell – Loose Wrists (Official Music Video):

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Really!?! with Seth and Amy: Julius Caesar Protests:

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Gay pride || Fight song:

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Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me (Gay Version):

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Matt Fishel – “Finally” (Official Music Video):

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Benny – Boys Will Be Boys (Official Video):

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Steve Grand – We Are the Night (Dave Aude Remix) (Official Music Video):

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Show Me Your Pride – By Miss Coco Peru – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO:

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Friday Links (all the colors edition)

Let’s stop talking about inclusion and just do it…

It’s Friday. The third Friday in Pride Month. And both my husband and I came down sick this week, but I still have impossible deadlines at work, so you’ll notice a lot fewer links this week.

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

Links of the Week

The Surprising Controversy Surrounding A More Inclusive Pride Flag.

The Pulse “Kids,” and the Caretaker Who Watches Over Them in Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery.

Awful Anniversary

Commentary: Pulse, and the Beautiful, Sad, Joyful Tradition of Queer Grief

I Couldn’t Write About The Pulse Attack Until Today

A Letter to My Queer Family After Orlando

This week in what the Frak?

Man Suspected of Drunk Driving Crashes Into Patrol Car of Cops Investigating Another Suspected Drunk Driver.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

‘That’s our word, and you can’t have it back’: Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher for using the n-word.

News for queers and our allies:

Caelan Conrad On Obvious Queers and Missing Points.

Just A Bunch Of Really Good Parents Supporting Their Kids For Pride Month.

The Babadook as an LGBT icon makes sense. No, really .

‘Gay marriage’ bill will also see progress in rights for heterosexual couples.

Science!

Found: Never-Developed Photos of Mount St. Helens Erupting.

Endangered beluga rescued from N.B. river, returned to St. Lawrence Estuary.

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it.

This Colossal Gas Filament in the Orion Nebula Is Some Kinda Cosmic Dragon.

Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it.

Baby Star’s ‘Crying’ Solves a Stellar Mystery.

Insect Walking Dead: How a Fungus Turns Beetles into Killer Zombies.

This week in Wonder Woman

Some Asian Superwomen Films For After You’ve Seen WONDER WOMAN Several Times.

Wonder Woman’s Second Weekend Breaks Box Office Records.

This week in Writing

There Is No Secret, There Is No Con.

Five Things about Writing Fictional Cultures.

This week in Words

Yes, You Can Use ‘Is’ Twice in a Row in a Sentence.

This Week in Tech

How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store: It’s far easier than you think. No luck or perseverance necessary — just a scam.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

“Under oath? Sure. I can lie under oath, too.”

Twitter’s backend is breaking under Trump’s tweets.

The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army.

My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath.

PP Polling: Voters Think Trump Lies, Want Him Impeached.

Trump’s lies and Russian propaganda become a potent and inseparable weapon.

President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs.

This week in Politics:

Republicans are about to make Medicare-for-all much more likely.

I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Yes, There Was a “March Against Sharia” In Downtown Seattle Today and It Was Incredibly Dumb.

Megyn Kelly turned to Alex Jones because her struggling show needs a viral moment.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/10/2017: Holy Wensleydale, Batman!

Sunday Update 6/11/2017: More words and pictures.

One year later, Pulse nightclub massacre is still a punch in the gut.

Why do I keep having to explain why we need Pride?

Seriously, it’s all Greek — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Black Panther Teaser Trailer:

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Ice Cube Confronts Bill Maher Over Racial Slur. #IceCube #BillMaher @icecube ‏@SymoneDSanders:

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Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s (Official Video):

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Eli Lieb – Hollywood:

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Doug Locke – #ThisCouldBeUs:

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Lyon Hart – Falling for You:

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Friday Links (Wonder Woman’s the hero we need edition)

“Clark, my country is all women. To us, it's not 'gay marriage,' it's just marriage.”

“Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay marriage,’ it’s just marriage.”

It’s Friday. The second Friday in Pride Month. And the news in the real world continues to be both depressing and frightening. So, if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you go see Wonder Woman, because no matter who you are, it should make you feel empowered (well, unless you’re an alt-right/neo-nazi/MRA jerk with enough self awareness to recognize what the bad guys believe). Seriously.

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

Links of the Week

Why I cried through the fight scenes in ‘Wonder Woman’.

Man who mowed lawn with tornado behind him says he ‘was keeping an eye on it’.

Mary Poppins sequel: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Dick Van Dyke connection.

This week in awful news

We Have Already Forgotten Yesterday’s Mass Shooting in Orlando.

Orlando Awning Factory Shooting Left 2 Teens Parentless.

Friend: Orlando victim feared workplace shooter would seek revenge over firing.

News for queers and our allies:

Philly Unveils New Pride Flag with Black and Brown Stripes.

Families of Pulse Victims Urge Churches to Toll Bells.

Scissor Sisters and MNDR Release New Track ‘Swerlk’ as Pulse Shooting Anniversary Approaches. (Video below)

Remembering the History of the UpStairs Lounge.

For Pride Month Shameless Fancies made these flags.

Sometimes You Just Outlast It .

Being Gay vs. Being Southern: A False Choice.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Why there is still a need for Black LGBTQ Pride events.

This week in Wonder Woman

How ‘Wonder Woman’ Brought Colors to the DC Universe.

Is David Edelstein’s Wonder Woman Review Just Asking For It?
 
Wonder Woman Review: Gal Gadot Did Not Give Me a Hard Enough Boner.
Great satire of the horrible Edielstein review…

Blood Tribe actor from Alberta speaks Blackfoot language in Wonder Woman movie.

Why It Matters That DC Comics Confirmed Wonder Woman’s Bisexuality.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

John Scalzi and Annalee Newitz Say Sci-Fi is Always Political.

Why Doctor Who Season 10 is the perfect palate cleanser for the current political climate.

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species.

VHS Tapes: How Archivists Are Working To Save Them.

Scientists discover plants have ‘brains’ that decide when to sprout.

Ravens Remember People Who Have Wronged Them, Study Says.

Fossil mushroom discovered from the era of the dinosaurs.

This week in Writing

A Simple Trick for Better Self-Editing .

This week in Words

The order of the definitions may not mean what you think – Dictionary Facts and Trivia.

Culture war news:

Scott Lively Celebrates After Judge Condemns His ‘Crackpot Bigotry’.

North Carolina woman admits leading 30 parishioners in beating of gay church member to expel his ‘demons’.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Is Trump’s blocking of some Twitter users unconstitutional? A lot of people think the first amendment is only about personal expression and the press, but the first amendment also guarantees citizens the right to petition their government; Trump has turned his personal twitter account into an official policy communication conduit and some would argue a public forum.

Making Ignorance Great Again.

The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news.

How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business.

Trump campaign’s ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally draws ‘dozens’.

This week in Politics:

John McCain’s questions to James Comey did not make sense.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/3/2017: Heroes come in all genders.

Dancing my plot with a playlist.

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or an oncoming train?

The meaning of everything—more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

MNDR, Scissor Sisters – SWERLK [OFFICIAL LYRICS]:

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Robbie Williams – Angels (One Love Manchester):

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