Tag Archive | friday links

Friday Five (collapsing moral facade edition)

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It’s Friday! It’s the third Friday in December, which means our holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m not ready!!

My husband, Michael, baked a Solstice Cake and a Figgy Pudding last night. I may back a pie for the party; or may punt and just pick up goodies at the store. I’m close to finished with my ghost story and have cleaning and cooking and other prep still to do!

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

Stories of the Week:

Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology.

Scientists Believe They’ve Finally Found The Genetic Link To Homosexuality.

Alabama is only the latest: Special Elections So Far Point To A Democratic Wave In 2018.

Contemporary American white evangelicalism is patriarchal and fundamentalist, with its roots found among Southern slave owners.

Why I Can No Longer Call Myself an Evangelical Republican.

In Memoriam:

Ed Lee, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, dies at 65. Lee was a Seattle native and much admired here, too.

The historical legacy of Mayor Ed Lee.

The Legacy of Simeon Booker, a Pioneer of Civil Rights Journalism.

JoAnna McKee, longtime Washington state medical-pot activist, dies at 74.

Things I wrote:

My husband, I say, Mah huuuzzzband!

Holidays are stressful enough, don’t make it worse than you have to.

You fight it on the ground: register, remind people to vote, help them get to the polls, and be ready to challenge voter suppression.

Jingling, plotting, wrapping, rushing….

Videos!

Medford Township Pastor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Minors For More Than A Decade:

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(And let me repeat: if children were raped in Dennys as often as children are raped at churches, it would be illegal to take your children to Dennys…)

Stephen Colbert celebrates Roy Moore’s loss with a special cowboy ballad:

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Million Reasons – Lady Gaga MashUp (Cover by Morgan Reynolds):

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Eli Lieb – Next To You:

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Up on The Housetop – Pentatonix (360 Version):

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Friday Five (asymmetrical justice edition)

The most Russian headline ever: “Pregnant Russion Woman Gives Birth in Forest While Officers Fight Off Bears”

The most Russian headline ever: “Pregnant Russion Woman Gives Birth in Forest While Officers Fight Off Bears”

It’s Friday! It’s the second Friday in December, which means when you read this (if all goes according to plan) I should be driving down to the small town where my mom lives to drop off presents and do some update work on Mom’s computer.

It’s been a weird week, and for the first time since I switched from the old format, I had a bit of a struggle trimming this week’s list of links to just five.

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

Stories of the Week:

Now That Al Franken Is Gone, Democrats Need to Hold Hearings on Trump.

Former cop found guilty of second-degree murder in shooting of unarmed black man.

The Desirability of Storytellers – Among Filipino hunter-gatherers, storytelling is valued more than any other skill, and the best storytellers have the most children.

Gun-worshipping, anti-abortion, anti-gay rights state senator (& father of four homeschooled daughters) found in motel room with 17-year-old boy that he hired for sex while wearing misogynist “Make me a Sandwich” t-shirt with “Wives, submit to your husbands” scripture reference on it.

A New Swimming Dinosaur Was Like Velociraptor, But With a Swan’s Neck.

In Memoriam:

Ex-presidential candidate, congressman John Anderson dies.

Mitch Margo, Singer on The Tokens’ Hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight,’ Dies at 70.

Things I wrote:

Some people are difficult to shop for, then there’s my mom.

Managing light.

Five years ago….

Videos!

Love, Simon | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX:

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Paddington 2 Official Trailer #3 (2018):

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Gregory Porter – The Christmas Song:

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Sia – Candy Cane Lane:

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Lindsey Stirling – Carol of the Bells:

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Friday Five (plus one)

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It’s the fourth Friday of November. Yesterday we had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving with just the two of us here (while keeping in touch with a number of distant friends through the day).

My hubby found a 10-pound turkey, which is a good size for a small group and still lets us have lots of leftovers. I used a recipe from The Science of Good Cooking as a guide. Short version: put turkey breast side down, drape bacon over the back, bake at 325º until meat thermometer reads 165 in the thigh; pull out and turn oven to 425º, remove stuffing and bacon, flip turkey over, drizzle with olive oil, put thermometer in breast, return to oven and cook until temp is 185. It came out delicious. We also had green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes (as I continue my quest to replicate my Great-grandma S.J.’s heavy cream and molassis laden delicacy), giblet gravy, sweet potato pie, cranberry sauce, and a sinful collection of olives, pickles, pickled veggies, nuts…

It was a nice, laid back holiday. And I suspect all my conservative relatives heaved a big sigh of relief when Mom told them we weren’t coming. But enough about that.

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

Stories of the Week:

John Crace on Milton’s contribution to the english language .

At This Point, Evangelical Christians Are Persecuting Themselves.

Right Wing Group Blasts “Stalwarts Of Christian Morality” For Covering Up Sex Assault By Former Rep.

11 lives were lost in 11 days. For the LGBTQ community in Utah, enough was enough.

FCC looks to destroy the internet as we know it.

In Memoriam:

Gifted Singer and Actress Della Reese Dead at 86.

Della Reese, Singer and ‘Touched by an Angel’ Star, Dies at 86.

Remembering Della Reese, the tough angel.

David Cassidy, ’70s teen heartthrob, dies at age 67.

David Cassidy was the biggest star in the world — for about two years.

Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/18/2017: More pictures, more words.

Tea and books and maintaining an even keel.

Assault, harassment, and cluelessnes.

Trying to remember to be thankful.

Day of Mourning.

Videos!

open heart open mind:

open heart open mind from Jared Crowelle on Vimeo.

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Incredibles 2 Official Teaser Trailer:

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DEADPOOL 2 Official Teaser Trailer #2 (2018) :

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A Wrinkle in Time Official Second US Trailer:

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Steve Grand – Walking – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO:

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P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (Official Video):


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Friday Five (hold tight)

“Strangle facists with the chains they would have you wear.”

“Strangle facists with the chains they would have you wear.”

It’s the third Friday of November. That means it’s NaNoWriMo time and I’m frantically writing every day.

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

Stories of the Week:

THE 50 BEST SUPERHERO MOVIES OF ALL TIME.

95% of corporate earnings go to dividends and stock buybacks ($1 trillion a year). That is money that used to go into R&D, wages, pension programs etc. Now it goes to Wall street and the top echelons of the income ladder.

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met.

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized.

America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning. It’s not really Amazon and other online shopping, it’s the mountains of debt all the retail chains amassed buying one another.

In Memoriam:

The Strange, Sudden Death (65 years ago) of the Author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

Vincent Warren, love of poet Frank O’Hara’s life, passes away at 79.

Things I wrote:

Straightsplaining and ‘No homo’ are still very much things.

It’s been twenty years, but it still hurts.

Videos!

John Oliver signs off for the season with these three warnings about Trump:

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Roy Moore & Jeff Sessions Cold Open – Saturday Night Live:

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Fall Out Boy – HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T:

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The moment the YES dropped. Marriage Equality result release Melbourne:

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Alfie Arcuri Love Is Love:

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Friday Five (flipping)

Graphic depiction from Rachel ‪@maddow‬ that shows exactly what the Persisterhood did in Virginia (click to embiggen)

Graphic depiction from Rachel ‪@maddow‬ that shows exactly what the Persisterhood did in Virginia (click to embiggen)

It’s the second Friday of November. That means it’s NaNoWriMo time and I’m frantically writing every day.

As I explained a couple of weeks ago, my long-running weekly round up of all the links I thought worth sharing has been retired, replaced by this, my Friday Five. Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and five videos and a recap of my posts.

Stories of the Week:

No Matter How You Measure Them, Mass Shooting Deaths Are Up.

At Indigenous Comic Con, Native American geeks have a con to call their own.

Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist. I understand what the author is trying to say: a lot of dyslexic people find Comic Sans’ irregularities helpful for reading. But the fant is ugly and poorly designed. I reserve the right to dislike poorly designed things, sorry. And everyone else is allowed to disagree. Doesn’t make any of us any -ist…

America Is Not a ‘Center-Right Nation’.

This fungus has 20,000 genders and can mate with almost every individual in its species just by bumping into them.

In Memoriam:

I will continue to share links to obituaries of people I think ought to be remembered, and they won’t count against the Five.

Dick Gordon, NASA Astronaut and Apollo 12 Pilot, Dead at 88: Retired space flyer was one of only two dozen people ever to have journeyed to the moon.

Astronaut Richard Gordon, who circled the moon on Apollo 12, dies at 88.

Things I wrote:

The closet is a toxic place, and anything toxic can be weaponized.

It isn’t unfathomable at all!

Videos!

Close the Boyfriend Loophole | November 1, 2017 Act 2 | Full Frontal on TBS:

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Danica Roem On Historic Victory: Inclusion And Equality Won:

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Democrats Get Their First Big Electoral Wins of the Trump Era: A Closer Look:

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The ‘Stranger Things’ Kids Were Nearly a Motown Super Group:

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Pussy Riot – Police State:

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Friday Five (scientific serendipity)

It’s the first Friday of November. That means it’s NaNoWriMo time and I’m frantically writing every day.

As I mentioned last week, my long-running weekly round up of all the links I thought worth sharing has been retired, replaced by this, my Friday Five. Only the top five (IMHO) stories of the week and five videos and a recap of my posts.

Stories of the Week:

‘Scientific Serendipity’ Spurs Discovery of New Orangutan Species.

Twitter Suspended Me for Trolling White Supremacists.

‘Kids are gross’: on feminists and agency.

‘Higgs Bison’ Is The Missing Link In European Bison Ancestral Tree.

Arizona court: Religious beliefs don’t justify refusing calligraphy to same-sex couples .

In Memoriam:

I will continue to share links to obituaries of people I think ought to be remembered, and they won’t count against the Five.

Yvonne Burney, SOE agent and concentration camp survivor – obituary

Jane Juska, author of best-selling memoir, ‘A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance’, dies at 84.

Things I wrote:

For the birds.

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year!

NaNoWriMo 2017: there will be sentences, so many sentences….

Don’t let anyone go hungry.

You’re a storyteller, so tell me a story….

Videos!

And here are five videos for you Friday:

Jake Shears – Creep City (Official Audio):

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Fan-made Trailer Gives Arrowverse a Bang, Pow-tastic ’66-Style Intro:

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Black Panther is Coming to America:

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THOR RAGNAROK Final Trailer (Marvel 2017):

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PHILLIP K. DICK’S ELECTRIC DREAMS Official Trailer (HD) Amazon Exclusive Series:

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Friday Links (is anyone reading edition)

“Otter get out of here, put my party pants on and my sparkly shoes, it's Friday baby!”

“Otter get out of here, put my party pants on and my sparkly shoes, it’s Friday baby!”

The second Friday in October already. Where is the year going?

This week we have what is probably one of the shortest collections of Friday Links I’ve ever done (unless you count the few times I’ve missed the day). One reason is that I’ve been very busy and a little bit under the weather this week. So I just didn’t collection many. But another reason is that I’ve been thinking about how much time I spend on various activities and considering making some changes. There was a time, not that long ago, where the weekly round up of links was one of my most clicked on posts every week. And that’s just on my personal blog. I can’t get stats from the places where I cross-post the full text, so always assumed the actual numbers were higher. But now Friday Links is one of the least click posts on the blog, consistently.

This isn’t just about click. I’ve always rationalized the weekly round up based on the fact that every day I spend some time reading news and such on the net, and collecting the links of the stories I think worth sharing isn’t a big effort. However, assembling the post takes several hours every Thursday. Even those time when I try to limit how much time I spend, it always takes longer because I’ll reach the time limit and think, “But there was that one story about…” and go looking for the link. Sort of, “Just one more, oh, and that one! And we can’t forget this one!”

It took much less than an hour to assemble this one, and I still spent more time arguing with myself about whether I should go looking for more links so it wouldn’t be so short.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Story of the Week

Rose McGowan’s Temporary Twitter Lock-Out Inspires #WomenBoycottTwitter Movement.

Science!

Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music? The answer is subjective, but the underlying math is not.

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

WHERE I THINK THEY ARE NOW: HOCUS POCUS EDITION.

This week in awful people

Las Vegas Shooter had ‘No Political Affiliation’.

News for queers and our allies:

Experts confirm gender identity is biological and say insurers should cover trans health needs.

This week in Writing

New Hire: Talking with DW about moving to Seattle, publishing his sketchbooks, and finding cartoonists from every continent on Earth.

This Week in Covering the News

ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Two Weeks For No Good Reason.

News about the Fascist Regime:

GOP embarrasses Trump, accidentally admits Obamacare was a huge success.

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Could we reverse a hacked presidential election?

Things I wrote:

Celebrate Indeginenous Peoples Day.

What’s not to love about Halloween?

No one deserves to live in a closet.

The Night Was Sultry, part 3 — finding the emotional hook.

F/r/i/d/a/y/ Saturday Links (inconvenient blisters edition)

So, yesterday was Friday, the day that usually this post should go up. It’s already October! Where is the year going?

I didn’t get this post finished Thursday night primarily because I am sometimes very absent-minded. It’s not that I forgot, though. When I got home from work I started cooking dinner, and that involved roasted a couple of pork loin chops in marinara sauce, while the veggies cooked in the microwave. Once everything was done I called my hubby in to eat, and got out a couple of plate because I wanted to smother each pork loin in cheese, so I was going to plate them up. And even though just three minutes earlier I had used oven mitts to pull the pan from the oven, I roached over with my bare hand and firmly took hold of the handle of the lid of the pan…

So, once we had doused my hand in cold water, we determined it wasn’t serious enough burn to require medical attention, but the only way I got through dinner was I spend most of the time clutch my cold drink with the burnt hand, and only letting go when I need both hands to cut the meat. One of the blisters is right on the joint of the index finger, and any attempt I made to type, use the mouse, or touchpad that night was just not fun. So, I tried for a while, but eventually spend the evening reading. Things were better by morning, but I had to work, so, here we are, a day late!

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week

Two strangers bond over country music and beer. Then the gunshots started.

Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A.

Whitewashing the Second Amendment.

Story of the Week

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter .

Headline of the Year?

Group sex during Hurricane Irma ended in gruesome murder, Hollywood police say.

Science!

There are so many butterflies in Denver that they showed up on radar.

Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain.

Ancient Tomb of Santa Claus Discovered Beneath Turkish Church.

Pterostichus neilgaimani sp. nov., a new species of ground beetles.

INVERTEBRATE FOSSILS FROM THE LOWER MUSCHELKALK (TRIASSIC, ANISIAN) OF WINTERSWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS.

Prehistoric squid was last meal of newborn ichthyosaur 200 million years ago.

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined.

This Week in Natural Disasters

In one Puerto Rican nursing home, a struggle to get power and keep patients alive.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

To Get Down with ‘The Gifted’ or Naa?.

Fan Fiction – The New Inquiry.

Peter LaBarbera Is Outraged At Gay Couple On Star Trek, Wonders Where The Ex-Gay Characters Are .

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Ginsburg Slaps Gorsuch in Gerrymandering Case.

This week in awful news

Police say Las Vegas gunman planned ‘extensively,’ used cameras to monitor officers as they approached.

At his local Starbucks, Las Vegas shooter remembered for berating his girlfriend .

Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend ‘sent away’ before his massacre.

Gay man was killed in the Las Vegas massacre while his boyfriend watched.

Las Vegas Horror Drives All-Too-Predictable Gun Stock Rally.

No Worries, Washington Post, I Fixed Your Headline For You!.
“People who choose to end their lives as a tool of mass violence do not get to have a public eulogy in which they are memorialized fondly for whatever the fuck they did before they decided to aim indiscriminately into the crowd.”

Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Las Vegas.

This week in the environment

Some Property Insurers Pulling Back From Highest Wildfire Risk Areas.

News for queers and our allies:

Read with Pride Northwest | The LGBTQIA Romance Fiction Conference of the Pacific Northwest.

New Releases: October 2017 | LGBTQ Reads.

Straight guys keep covertly gushing about “Magic Mike” to Matt Bomer.

35 People Who Transitioned On How It Impacted Their Mental Health.

First ‘Bisexual Representation Award’ Winners Announced.

This Texas church has stopped marrying straight people until it can hold same-sex weddings .

Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents .

This week in Words

The Language of White Supremacy: Narrow definitions of the term actually help continue the work of the architects of the post-Jim Crow racial hierarchy.

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet.

This Week in Tech

On the face of it: Misunderstanding the point of Face ID.
“Apple created Touch ID and Face ID not as the best ways to secure your iPhone but as better ways than you were probably using. These are conveniences, not foolproof security systems. When Apple shipped Touch ID, it knew that most people weren’t using a 128-character alphanumeric passcode, they were using 4-digit numeric passcodes (if anything). Why? Because they wanted to unlock their phones quickly. MY SANDWICH MUST BE INSTAGRAMMED AS FAST AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. 4-digit numeric passcodes are terrible security. They are easy to guess, hack or simply jack by watching someone type it in. Fingerprints and faces are not perfect, but they are considerably better for most security situations.”

Redesigning history: Apple was never perfect.
“Apple’s flaws are usually real but generally exaggerated and people tend to draw the wrong conclusions from them.”

KGI: Despite production delays, TrueDepth camera puts iPhone X 2.5 years ahead of Android competition.

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

Top conservative calls for ban on device used by Vegas shooter.

Republicans Open to Banning ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Massacre.

THINGS MORE HEAVILY REGULATED THAN BUYING A GUN IN THE UNITED STATES.

Culture war news:

Republican Anti-Choice “Family Values” Member of Congress Allegedly (Allegedly!) Urged His Mistress To Get an Abortion.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

‘Out Of Whack’: The Most Jaw-Dropping Remarks From Trump’s Puerto Rico Trip.

Donald Trump’s Disgusting Remark On Puerto Rico Is More Revealing Than He Knows.

Poll: Public confidence in media rises as trust in Trump falls.

News about the Fascist Regime:

This headline is factually true: Trump Admin Votes Against U.N. Plan Condemning Death Penalty for Gays .

This one is not: No, the U.S. Didn’t Vote at the UN for the Death Penalty for Homosexuality. When you split hairs this finely, it’s called “being delusional.”

Sessions releases guidance memos on ‘religious freedom’ & it targets rights of gays.

Jeff Sessions reverses DOJ policy protecting transgender workers from discrimination.

This week in Politics:

Governor Jay Inslee Calls For Ban on “Bump Stocks” Used to Make Guns Shoot Faster.

9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire.

GA Supreme Court: Giving the Pastor the Finger in Church is Protected Speech.

They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants.

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

We Snuck into Seattle’s Super Secret White Nationalist Convention.
“Despite usually agreeing with everything the Nazis did and believing the Holocaust is just “anti-white propaganda,” they always claim a technical reason for why they aren’t “National Socialists.” None of these reasons would ever make sense to anybody outside the community and “I’m not a Nazi, but” is one of the most common white nationalist recruitment tricks to have people hear them out.”

Queen Anne Freemasons To Donate White Nationalist Money to Anti-Hate Organization.

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream.

Alt-Right’ comic book meant to ‘trigger’ progressives is as awful as you’d expect.

Farewells:

Lady Lucan, Last Witness to a Murder Most Lurid, Dies at 80.

Tom Petty, a Mainstay of Rock With the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66.

Tom Petty: How a Complicated Good Ol’ Boy Reinvented Himself in L.A..

We Never Needed Tom Petty Cover Bands.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Stuff 9/30/2017: Every unhappy family….

Welcome October!

Thoughts & Prayers, again.

What the heck does it mean when someone writes “coffee-colored skin”.

Normal is overrated — more adventures in dictionaries.

The Night Was Sultry, part 2 — more adventures in opening lines.

Videos!

Pacific Rim Uprising – Official Trailer (HD):

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Star Wars Episode 8: The Last Jedi – FINAL Trailer (2017) Episode 8 Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill:

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Friday Links (lessons from history edition)

Kim Davis protested at work, refusing to do her job as county clerk and denied her fellow citizens their right to marry. And she was a conservative here. But let some football players protest the murders of unarmed people of color by police (who are never held to account) and that's unconscionable!

Kim Davis protested at work, refusing to do her job as county clerk and denied her fellow citizens their right to marry. And she was a conservative here. But let some football players protest the murders of unarmed people of color by police (who are never held to account) and that’s unconscionable!

It’s the fifth Friday in September. We are fast running out of the superior month that his the home of superior babies.

This has been a really weird week in part for reasons I can’t go into here. But the weather turned hotter than I like for a few days, and that seems to send plants into another frenzy of pollenating, so we both had nasty sinus symptoms. On the other hand, I’ve been getting a lot of writing done.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week

A historian explains why the founding fathers would be baffled by conservatives’ obsession with flag worship.

The Economist – If tech firms were utilities.

Science!

Science Fiction & Fantasy’s Most Delightful Government Agencies.

Secret Documents Rewrite the Discovery of Neptune.

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia.

Scientists Have Just Created a ‘Super-Antibody’ That Can Kill 99 Percent of HIV Strains.

This Week in Natural Disaster

In Battered Puerto Rico, Governor Warns of a Humanitarian Crisis.

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Ricans Plead for More Federal Aid to Devastated Island.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

The Submissions Men Don’t See .

This week in Seattle

FBI: Violent crime up in Seattle and Washington in 2016, but murders specifically down.
“While violent crime increased in Seattle and Washington state last year compared to 2015, the city and state both saw double-digit decreases in the number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters committed during the same time period… criminologists warned the new numbers may not indicate the start of a long-term trend because violent crime remains well below rates seen in the 1980s and early 1990s. And even compared to a decade ago, violent crime in 2016 is 18 percent lower than it was in 2007, and the murder rate is 6 percent lower than it was then…”

The Sorriest Bus Stop Championship: Seattle vs. Munhall.

And “winner” is: Congrats, Seattle — You Have the Sorriest Bus Stop in America.

The Origami Butterflies Around Seattle Parks Appear to Be an Anti-Choice Campaign.

This week in awful people

Four People Charged In Relation To Death And Mutilation Of Transgender Teen.

News for queers and our allies:

Andrew Garfield thinks it’s ‘outrageous’ we still have to fight for LGBT rights.

This week in Writing

Self-Editing Tips: Because No One’s Perfect.

Making Your Characters Want Something ~ It’s Important.

This Week in Tech

This Web Service Banned The Daily Stormer. Why Won’t It Drop Another Neo-Nazi Recruitment Forum?.
“In this country, you’re allowed to be as hateful as you and want that is protected. But that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to use every private company’s service to promote that hatred.”

Culture war news:

A very interesting letter from another team owner back in the days when Donald was a sports team owner. (Click to embiggen)

A very interesting letter from another team owner back in the days when Donald was a sports team owner. (Click to embiggen)

Why the Overrepresentation of Black Americans in Professional Sports Is Not a Good Thing.
“…anyone who has taught in a US high-school system knows that this balance is strictly imposed on black males. Intellectuality is not just discouraged but not even recognized. When you reinforce this attitude by underfunding education, the remaining opportunities for black success are not found in the classroom but in the gym.”

Nearly a quarter of Americans think homosexuality should still be illegal.

ACLU sues Michigan over gay adoption screening.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

“A billionaire makes up pay for his gold weekends and tells us we can't have food, health, science, or art.”

“A billionaire makes up pay for his gold weekends and tells us we can’t have food, health, science, or art.”

George Clooney just slammed President Trump in a very NSFW fashion.

Trump’s failed Puerto Rico golf course has cost the territory’s taxpayers more than $32 million.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Joke’s over: Sean Spicer hires a defense lawyer with a particularly interesting set of skills.

This week in Politics:

Dine and Dash: Santa Fe restaurant manager says Gov. Susana Martinez skipped out on bill.

For Mitch McConnell, it’s the beginning of the end.

Senators prepare subpoena Manafort to appear at hearing.

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

FBI: White nationalism is as much of a threat as ISIS.

Farewells:

Hugh Hefner, Who Built Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91.

What Is Playboy Without Hugh Hefner?.

How Hugh Hefner’s Incredibly Complicated Legacy Got Cast as Female Sexual Liberation.
“He published features that supported abortion rights years before Roe v. Wade, and his Playboy Foundation made gifts to rape crisis centers, abortion support services, and the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. Hefner also fought for First Amendment protections—a predictable cause for the publisher of a nudie magazine—ran some brilliant interviews, and gave money to civil-rights causes… At the same time, Hef’s magazine explicitly trashed women who stepped outside his feminine ideal.”

Hugh Hefner Championed Gay Rights And Racial Equality When Few Others Would.

Things I wrote:

Happy Fall to All of Y’all!.

If he talks like a racist, tweets like a racist, defends other racists….

Confessions of an aging homo devil.

Confessions of a sentimental fool.

The Night Was Sultry, part 1—adventures in opening lines.

Videos!

Stranger Things | Love in the Upside Down:

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“Toys” Official Video (Parody of “Boys” by Charli XCX) (very, very NFSW):

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Seth Meyers Mocks Trump’s Lie That There Wasn’t A Trumpcare Vote Because A Senator Is Hospitalized:

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Friday Links (making things visible edition)

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It’s the fourth Friday in September. The last Friday that I will be my current age. September, that blesséd month, which brings us extraordinary babies.

I’m not sure whether we haven’t quite recovered from last week’s illnesses, or if all the rain has made plants go extra crazy with the pollen and just making my hay fever worse, but we have both been a bit out of it all week.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week

Jimmy Kimmel vs. Graham-Cassidy, Lying Liars, and the “Death to America” Crowd (That Would Be Today’s GOP. And Yesterday’s GOP. And Tomorrow’s GOP.).

MY YEAR INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL ALT-RIGHT.

This Teenager Saved Numerous People During Hurricane Harvey Using An Air Mattress.

The Week in Bisexual Awareness

7 Ridiculous Things NOT to Say to Bisexual Folks.

Science!

Celebrating and Mourning Cassini in Its Finale at Saturn.

Cassini’s own discoveries were its demise.

Glowing Red Eye: Cosmic Bubble Surrounds Odd ‘Carbon Star’.

Archaeologists Discover Something Truly Bizarre in an Isolated Medieval Graveyard.

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System.

Glowing slinky-like ‘creature’ is actually a mass of eggs.

This Extinct Frog Probably Ate Crocodiles and Dinosaurs.

Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children.

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses .

This Week in Natural Disaster

Mexico Earthquake: More Than 200 Dead as Buildings Collapse.

Nancy Reagan Visited Mexico After the Earthquake of 1985, and She Brought a Check.

Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island with force not seen in ‘modern history’.

Death toll climbs as volunteers join search for Mexico earthquake survivors.

Maria kills 15 in Dominica, leaves Puerto Rico dark for months.

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico powerless, at least 15 dead on Dominica.

This week in awful news

Male entitlement in action: Why the Texas shooting is a gender issue: Our culture still teaches men that women owe them affection — and that can have deadly consequences.

This week in awful people

White Campus Security Guard Shoots Himself, Then Blames Black Man Who Doesn’t Exist to Cover It Up.

News for queers and our allies:

Students Stage Mass Protest After High School Fails to Punish Transphobic Football Players.

This week in Writing

A Writing Punch List Can Keep You Focused as You Edit Your Manuscript.

This Week in Tech

World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns.

YouTube has “no idea” why queer gaming videos are being barred from monetisation.

Culture war news:

Episode of an Animated Children’s Show Gets Pulled From Netflix For Dick Drawing.

This week in the Resistance:

Pepe the Frog’s Creator Goes Legally Nuclear Against the Alt-Right.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Angry Right-Wingers Turn On Trump, Burn Their ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats.

Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Trump wants crude anti-LGBTQ activist as pick for federal judge.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Border Patrol Arrests Near Safe Zones Worry Immigrant Advocates.

This week in Politics:

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Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal.

Republicans’ new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest.

Democrats’ Unsolvable Media Problem.

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

Undercover With the Alt-Right.

‘It’s gonna end with concentration camps’: Alt-right executive boasts of a future Europe with Hitler on their money.

Milo Yiannopoulos’ “censored” Berkeley event smells like a massive troll .

KUOW Interviewed That Nazi Who Got Punched and People Hate It.

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Facebook’s Heading Toward a Bruising Run-In With the Russia Probe.

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’: After being contacted by ProPublica, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring.

Facebook to Share 3,000+ Russian-linked Ads with Congress.

Farewells:

The Tao of Harry Dean Stanton: Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Knowing “You’re Nothing”.

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91.

Bernie Casey (1939 – 2017), artist, actor, and athlete.

Boxing Legend Jake LaMotta, Real-Life ‘Raging Bull,’ Dead At 95.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/17/2017: Juggalos, Hillary book signing both outnumber Trump “mother of all rallies”.

A writer writes!

Angry men on buses — not all violence is equal.

Don’t try to obscure hate and violence with your false equivalence.

Defining one’s self vs being defined — adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Wonder Woman – Etta Candy Reminisces About Diana:

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White Wedding (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli):

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Toto – Africa (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli feat. Rabea & Hannah):

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Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (Official Video):

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