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Friday Links (fair share edition)

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

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

Links of the Week

fascists ruin everything (volume 2).

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

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

A Comic About Granny the Orca.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity


Threadcycle: Where to give.

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

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

This Week in Difficult to Classify

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

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

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

This week in awful news

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

This week in awful people

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

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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


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

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

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

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

Portions of Earth’s earliest crust found in Canada.


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

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

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

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

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

When helium behaves like a black hole.

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

Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles.

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

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

How Dung Beetles Are Illuminating Our Understanding of Gender.

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

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

Renewal – QSF’s 2017 Flash Fiction Contest.

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

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

This week in Words

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

This week in Health

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

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

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

This Week in Inclusion

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

Culture war news:

YouTube Blocks LGBTQ Videos Under Restricted Mode.

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

Trump’s budget betrays the voters who elected him.

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

Trump’s Approval Rating Hits New Record Low.

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

White House Official May Have Violated Campaign Finance Laws.

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

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

This week in Politics:

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

This Week in Misogyny

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

Important things to remember.

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

Once more, with footnotes!

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

Getting the words down.

You mean the world to someone.


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

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Sara Benincasa Reviews Weird Beauty Products:

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Friday Links (better things to ban edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

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

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

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

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

This Week in the Economy

A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

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

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

This week in awful news

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

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

This week in awful people

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Announces It Will Accept Transgender Women.

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

Father and Daughter Come Out as Transgender.

RuPaul marries rancher boyfriend after 23 years together.

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

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

Most Americans support LGBTQ rights across the board.


Atheist parents are better at raising children.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

The Year in Slush: 2016 – Neil Clarke.

This week in Writing

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

This Week in Tech

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

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

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


This Week in Misogyny in Tech

Why Is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?

Thinx Promised a Feminist Utopia to Everyone But Its Employees.

This Week in Enablers

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

Ivanka Trump’s Bitter Scent.

Culture war news:

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

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

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

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:


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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week in Politics:

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

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

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

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

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

Republicans dismiss Trump’s ambitious budget blueprint.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Hate Crimes

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

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

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

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

Federal authorities investigating Jewish center threats as hate crimes.

What It Feels Like When a Mosque Is Threatened.

Proposal would increase hate-crime penalties.

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

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


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

Amy Rosenthal’s Lively, Personal ‘Encyclopedia’.

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

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

Sleep disturbances.

Let’s talk about (fictional) talking!


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

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

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Chubby Siberian Tigers Hunt Electronic Bird of Prey:

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

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Friday Links (what would Buffy do edition)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

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

This Week in the Economy

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

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

This week in awful people

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

Fabulous, Darling!

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival.

Safe as Houses.

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


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

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

The Most Important Idea about the Universe.

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

Mosul offensive: Assyrian artifacts discovered in abandoned ISIS tunnels.

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week in Writing

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

This week in Words

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

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

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

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

This Week in History

An Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Has Been Discovered.

This Week in Tech

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t Fall for the Area Code Scam.

This Week in Covering the News

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

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

This Week in Inclusion

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

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

Culture war news:

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

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

Why Is Franklin Graham So Obsessed With LGBTQ People?

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

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

Stop Using Women And Girls To Justify Transphobia.

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

This Week in the Resistance:

Introducing the enemies of the American people: George Rodrigue.

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

Nordstrom, Warby Parker and Etsy Pull Ads from Breitbart.

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trumpism is now getting exposed as a monumental fraud.

Stephen King mocks Trump wiretap allegations with short story.

When One President Smears Another.

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

This week in Politics:

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

Time to talk Trump impeachment: Jason Sattler.

House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law.

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

The dark psychology of dehumanization, explained.

This Week in Hate Crimes

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

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

Man charged with threatening Jewish centers to frame his ex.

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

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

Things I wrote:

It’s the day to March Forth!

Game over, man!

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

Confessions of a public restroom avoider.

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


FDR “Let Me Warn You”:

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Discovery Channel Song:

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

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Friday Links (nevertheless he perjured edition)

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

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

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

Muslim veterans offer to guard Jewish sites across US.

This Week in the Economy

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

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

This week in what the Frak?

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

This week in awful news

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

Fabulous, Darling!

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

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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

This week in cool information

America divided into states with the population of England.


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

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

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

Cool NASA video shows dust devils whirling on Mars.

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age.

New Imaging Method Helps Scientists Look Beyond Dinosaur Bones.

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

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

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

It turns out methane CAN simply walk into Mordor.

Wolf Spiders Have Threesomes to Avoid Getting Eaten.

Why exactly are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

World’s oldest microfossils found, researchers claim.

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

Mind Meld: Fresh Perspectives on Common Tropes.

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

Defying analysis: Sherlock S3-4..

Remembering Dad… by Adam Nimoy.

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

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

Flash Fic Challenge – Construction Zone.

Hugo Award Nominee Recommendations

2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

Rocket Stack Rank’s 2017 Hugo Awards

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

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

This week in Writing

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

Scrivener vs Word for Writers.

This Week in Tech

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Covering the News

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

Tom Hanks buys new coffee maker for White House reporters.

This week in Health

Record STD rates drive syphilis in newborns.

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

This Week in Inclusion

Published in 2016: Books by/about Native peoples.

Culture war news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Issa: Trump-Russia probe requires a special prosecutor.

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

Yemen SEAL raid yielded no significant intel: report.

Donald Trump’s Call For Millions To Rally Fizzles.

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

New Commerce Secretary at nexus of lucrative Trump Russian deal.

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

Sergey Kislyak, the least memorable man in the world.

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

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

This week in Politics:

Arizona leader kills protest bill after widespread criticism.

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

This Week in Hate Crimes

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

Bomb Threats Made Against Jewish Community Centers In 11 States.

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

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

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


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

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

Things I wrote:

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

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

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

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

Goal-darn age….

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


Otter Enjoys Lettuce!:

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Explosm Presents: Channelate – The Talk:

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

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The Big Deal – #EqualLove:

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Friday Links (pervert men edition)

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry”

“Bigotry wrapped in prayer is still bigotry”

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers.

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

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery.

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

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

This week in the war on trans people

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

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

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

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

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

Happy News!

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

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

Another Word: Peacetalk, Hate Speech.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

We’re Not Doing the Garter Thing.

Rounding Up Monsters, Ignoring Victims.

This week in stupid

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

This week in awful news

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

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

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

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

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

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

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

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

The Sad Truth About Milo Yiannopoulos.

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

Playing the Pawn in PewDiePie’s Blame Game.

News for queers and our allies:

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

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

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


Collective narcissism predicts hypersensitivity to insult, study finds.

Science: CEOs Are Such Bullshit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solid foam’s clever shape makes it really strong.

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

Why T. Rex Had Such Puny Arms.

Unlocking the healing secrets of Komodo dragon blood.

What is the crater-dome illusion?

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

Thoughts on the Nebula Nominees.

Camestros Felapton: SFWA announces the Nebulas.

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

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

The 2016 Nebula Award Nominees Show Us Diverse New Worlds.

2017 Hugo Nomination Recommendations.

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


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

2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist announcement.

My grandfather helped create Captain America for times like these.

This week in Writing

Finding The Plot: A Crash Course in Narrative.

Scrivener Binder Icons ~ What the Tiny Variations Mean.

This Week in Covering the News

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

This Week in Inclusion

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

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

Aromantic Headcanons and Making Room for Friend-shipping.

Culture war news:

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

When Transphobia Trumps Statistics.

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

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

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

When Did Christians Become Comfortable with the Loss of Truth?

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

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Law Protecting LGBT Community.

This week in the deplorables

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

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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

Border Patrol Agents Stop Domestic Travelers at New York Airport.

This Week in People Who Usually Oppose Us

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

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


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

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

This week in Politics:

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

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

Editorial: Congress shouldn’t duck the public.

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

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

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

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants.

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

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Kicked Out Of CPAC.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Jewish Community Center was twice evacuated in recent week.

Speak Their Names.

Another Wave Of Bomb Threats Targets Jewish Community Centers.

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

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

Devils in very poor disguises.

The Secrets of the Universe.

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


Depeche Mode – Where’s the Revolution:

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Seth Meyers: Hey! Transgender Kids:

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Jamiroquai – Cloud 9:

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Friday Links (lunatic fringe edition)

“The story here is the smoke alarm.”

“The story here is the smoke alarm.”

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

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

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

Links of the Week

How the lunatic fringe conquered world politics.

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

This Week in Difficult to Classify

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

If Kids Ran Juvie.

This week in awful people

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

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

Fabulous, Darling!

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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


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

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

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

Elusive triangulene created by moving atoms one at a time.

How NASA is planning to touch the sun.

Astronomers open massive database of stars to the public.

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

These tiny beetles have evolved to ride ants like horses.

6 Possible Explanations for Gray Hair.

Extinct tortoise yields oldest tropical DNA.

India sets record launching 104 satellites aboard a single rocket.

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

Early Mammal Relative Was the Oldest Venomous Animal on Earth.

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

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

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

Hugo 2017 Eligible Works.

Worldcon 75 Hugo Recommendation Spreadsheet.

Rocket Stack Rank: 2017 Hugo Awards.

This week in Words

Thagomizer and Four Other Invented Words.

Where Does the Word ‘Trivia’ Come From?

This Week in History

Europe’s Hypocritical History of Cannibalism.

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

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

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

This Week in Covering the News

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

This Week in Inclusion

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

Yet another TERFy oversimplification of reality.

This Week in Police Problems

The NYPD Tasered A Pregnant Teenager, Video Footage Shows.

Culture war news:

Deluge of new state bills would curtail LGBT rights.

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

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

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

Anti-LGBT legal organization designated a hate group.

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

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

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


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

This Week in the Resistance:

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

This week in so-called Christians

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

The Laws of Gravity Catch Up to Trump.

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

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

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

Mexican ‘DREAMer’ nabbed in immigrant crackdown.

This week in Politics:

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

Obamacare and Why Socialism Is Good For Business.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

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

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

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


Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76.

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

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

Sunday Funnies, part 22.

Mugging around, hanging on, and letting go.

Not your typical romantic comedy storyline.

Remembering Doug.


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

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

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PWR BTTM – Big Beautiful Day:

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Blondie – Fun:

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Friday Links (astronaut on the runway editions)

c4f9ml1ucaal-ooWell, it’s Friday.

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

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

Happy News!

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

This week in Where Do We Go From Here?

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

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

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

This week in awful news

‘Shocking’ scale of Catholic Church sex crimes revealed.

Some notes on the worst-case scenario.

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

Fabulous, Darling!

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

14 Times The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Was Shady AF.

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

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

Surfing helped gay athlete come to terms with his sexuality.

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

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

James Baldwin’s Queerness Was Inseparable from His Blackness.

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


Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness.

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

Tornado damages NASA facility in New Orleans.

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

Hugo Award “Finalists” and “Nominees”.

What REALLY Sold in 2016?

This week in Writing

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

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

This week in Words

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

This Week in Tech

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

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

Culture war news:

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump.

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

Hypocrisy isn’t the problem. Nihilism is.

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

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

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

Rabbis arrested outside Trump tower for protesting the Muslim ban.

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

Pink ‘Pussyhat’ Creator Addresses Criticism Over Name.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

Donald Trump: the making of a narcissist.

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

Trump Administration Orders Clearing of Protesters at Standing Rock.

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

Inauguration Protesters Targeted for Facebook Searches.

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

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

The Muslim Ban: Everything You Need to Know.

This week in Politics:

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

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

Betsy DeVos and a Pay-to-Play Nomination.

Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow.

Fight Over Congressional Redistricting Begins With Key Gubernatorial Contests.

The Republicans Are Off to a Pitiful Start.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables

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

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

6 things Steve Bannon has declared war on.

Republican congressman says white terrorists are different.


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

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

Richard Hatch’s 10 best Battlestar Galactica moments.

Things I wrote:

Supplemental Links (again) a Day After a Friday.

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

Why is it always my job to justify my existence?


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

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Oval Office Cold Open – SNL:

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Friday Links (cute dogs edition)

Retired astronaut Leland Melvin brought his rescue dogs, Jake and Scout to be in his official portrait. © 2009 NASA

Retired astronaut Leland Melvin brought his rescue dogs, Jake and Scout to be in his official portrait. © 2009 NASA

Well, it’s Friday.

It’s been another week of dreading to look at anything each morning for fear of what new horror will be reported. I really am trying to read other news, and I’m trying to limit how many links about the troompa loompa I collect. It’s still a crazy amount!

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

Links of the Week

Woodland Park Zoo’s gift to the Internet: tiny otter pups. There’s video!

The Story Behind This Astronaut’s Viral Photo Is Even Cuter Than His Dogs.

Don’t Fuck with Librarians

Librarian tweets epic story of justice after student trolls framed a girl and got her grounded..

This week in Food

Northwest Farmers Say They Can’t Find Enough Workers to Pick Fruit. And the farmworkers who are here are afraid of being deported.

This week in awful news

Family of 4-month-old set to have surgery at OHSU impacted by Trump’s executive order.

This Week in Our Budding Dystopia.

Trump’s disastrous first military strike had previously been rejected by Obama.

News for queers and our allies:

Don’t believe the spin: Donald Trump will absolutely use the White House to attack LGBT rights.

LGBTQ Reads – New Releases: February 2017.


First African-American Crewmember To Join The International Space Station.

This Prehistoric Human Ancestor Was All Mouth.

Watch 4 Exoplanets Dance Around An Alien Star Not So Far Away.

Giant fossil found in Transylvania was a ferocious flying predator that could devour horse-sized dinosaurs.

Earth is sending oxygen to the moonv.

Nature Is Full Of Amazing Hermaphrodites.

The resurgent ritual of mocking people for crying is a suboptimal source of social validation.

The Unlikely Comeback of New Zealand’s Weirdest ‘Living Fossil’.

Reality Is Not What We Can See.


Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?

Heisenberg’s Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Thursday Comics Hangover: The soul of Snagglepuss. reimagining the Hanna Barbera cartoon character Snagglepuss as “a gay Southern Gothic playwright.”

What Peter Pan teaches us about memory and consciousness.

Arrival director Denis Villeneuve will tackle Dune adaptation.

It’s Time for Doctor Who to Change Television History for the Better.

JOHN SCALZI: In Which a Cover Strapline Does Not, Alas, Reveal a Vast Conspiracy For My Benefit.

2017 Nerds of a Feather Hugo Award Longlist, Part 1: Fiction Categories. Also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List.

This week in Words

What’s a ‘Tweetstorm’?

This Week in Tech

Silicon Valley’s responses to Trump’s immigration executive orders, from strongest to weakest. How CEOs are reacting to the immigration ban

It’s time to admit Apple Watch is a success. 25 million sales is nothing to sneeze at. Or, as John Gruder also observed: “In September, Apple claimed watch revenues second only to Rolex. How can it not be considered a hit at this point?”

Six Colors: Apple’s record quarter by the numbers. What always amazes me about Six Colors is they start posted the awesome graphs while the analyst call is still in progress. And the graphs are just cool!

Watch: Comcast employees walk out to protest Trump’s immigration order. Not quite fair of the headline to call in a walk-out. The company okayed the thousands leaving and gave them paid time off. It’s becoming a very strange world when I find myself applauding Comcast…

Even Without A Headphone Jack, iPhone 7 Boosts Apple’s Sales. (boosted them through the roof, in fact…)

This Week in Inclusion

26 fantastic authors of Muslim descent to read right now.

Culture war news:

Conservative Christian leader expects Trump to advance ‘religious liberties’ on gay rights through executive order.

Neil Gorsuch’s Disturbing Record on LGBTQ Rights.

House Moves To Preserve Right of Mentally Ill To Buy Guns.

The Democrats Can Solve Their “Religion” Problem Without Pandering or Forgetting Their Values.

This Week in the Resistance:

The Nervous Civil Servant’s Guide to Defying an Illegal Order.

Bremerton councilwoman arrested in D.C..

This week in so-called Christians

Florida Pastor Flees Naked From Home of Mistress After Her Husband Comes After Him with Gun.

News about the Fascist:

A Clarifying Moment in American History. There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.

President Trump’s Muslim ban excludes countries linked to his sprawling business empire.

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

The man behind Trump? Still Steve Bannon.


How to Build an Autocracy.

A Reality Check of Trump’s first week in office. Warning: auto-playing video

How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions. I kept trying to explain to some people, he was never a businessman. He’s a con artist…

Paul Krugman Warns Either Trump or the Republic Will Be Gone Within a Year.

San Francisco Plans to Sue Donald Trump for Sanctuary City Policies.

Jon Stewart Rips Apart President Trump: ‘The New Official Language of the United States Is Bullshit’.

‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader.

Plausible theory on why Trump rage-dialed Australia’s PM .

Exclusive: Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam – sources.

A Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Was Leaked.

This week in Politics:

Poll: After 2 Weeks, Voters Yearn For Obama. Lots of interesting things in this…

Paul Ryan Gets Added to Wikipedia Page on Invertebrates. Well, he is spineless!

Democrats unanimously reject Trump’s racist pick for attorney general.

How many fatal terror attacks have refugees carried out in the US? None.

Confronted with talking to constituents about health care, these GOP lawmakers chose to hide.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/28/2017 – A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.

Card-carrying member of the ACLU, and proud of it!

A writer writes, always.

Goals, damn goals, and resolutions.

Crime Does Not Pay (but the hours are good)!


Max Canada Lynx – I’m a Big Baby
Max Lynx, the educational animal ambassador takes a moment to get some good scratchin’ before he sits down for his meal. He was born at a zoo in May 2011. He’s not completely domesticated but not wild either. He educates the public on the endangered Canada Lynx in hopes that people will be driven to conserve our environment and protect our wildlife. He is NOT declawed. During the winter he weighs 40 pounds and summer about 34. He has about 4 inches of fur in this video which makes him look fat….I mean fluffy! This video is not taken in my house. Max has his own indoor and outdoor housing.:

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Friday Links (first they came for edition)

c3dxzz-xaae-gby-jpg-largeWell, it’s Friday. The first Friday since a white-supremacist appointing authoritarian ignoramous was sworn in as the (illegitimate) president of the United States, and the number of assaults on my rights has been rather overwhelming.

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

Links of the Week

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2017. Scroll down to 86 and see how you ought to handle describing a movie made by a director who is also a convicted child molester…

To Everyone Who Just Had Their Heart Broken For the First Time. Time to repost this…

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind.

Doomsday Clock: Humanity might be edging closer to its end.

News for queers and our allies:

How we overcame Aids against all the odds.

Place a tribute fan bench for George Michael in Hampstead Heath. A place where he loved.

The Trojan Horse of Pop. “Pop music, for me, became intellectual foreplay, the only current I heard on a daily basis running counter to the message from the pulpit.”

Coming Out, I Thought I’d Never Get To Be A Dad.

Coming out to your kids.

N. Carolina women gymnasts wear pro-LGBT shirts at meet.


A radical new hypothesis claims to have a simple explanation for dark energy.

This awesome periodic table shows the origins of every atom in your body.

1000-year old windmills still in use.

Fecal transplant improves autism symptoms.

Wolf-sized otters prowled prehistoric China.

100-million-year-old ‘alien’ insect discovered trapped in amber.

Humans Killed Australia’s Megafauna.

Trump slams the author of a report he hasn’t read, doesn’t understand. I’ve heard more sophisticated arguments on playgrounds from children…

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

3 Reasons It’s Okay to Stop Reading That Boo.

The Death Star and the Final Trench Run.

This week in Writing

Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill wins Newbery Medal.

This week in Words

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words?

This Week in Tech

Putting teeth into enforcing Internet of Things security, but for how long?

Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing.

This Week in Covering the News

Google bans 200 publishers in crackdown on fake news. Too little, too late, IMHO

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest.

This Week in Inclusion

Maybe Consider Not Being an Asshole.

Culture war news:

White fear of demographic change is a powerful psychological force.

Compromise does not work with our political opponents. When will we learn?

The religious right have been using ‘alternative facts’ against the lgbt community for years.

Voter fraud suspect arrested in Des Moines. Caught, it was the first case in years, and it’s a trump voter



These are the states most at risk for anti-LGBTQ policies in 2017.

Politician Wants To Make It A Crime To Call Pat McCrory Out As A Bigot.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

Apple, Samsung, IBM and More Will Protest Texas ‘Bathroom Bill’.

This Week in the Resistance:

Voices from Friday’s Student Walkout in Seattle.

The Women’s March on Washington, and Around the World.

Photos and Video: The Womxn’s March on Seattle.

‘Pussyhat’ knitters join long tradition of crafty activism.

Thousands of Alaskans join Women’s March in solidarity with national events.

Uplifting, Heartbreaking, Enormous Crowds at Women’s Marches Around The World.

Impeach the Mofo Already. Raise money for ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project by buying buttons, hats, t-shirts that spread the message.

Women’s March Street Style: See the Photos.

News about the Fascist

Trump immediately revokes price break for mortgages.

White House press secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds.

Trump’s inaugural cake was commissioned to look exactly like Obama’s, baker says.

Trump Brought Personal Cheerleading Squad to CIA Meeting.

Iraqis Are Pissed That Trump Said The US Might Try To Seize Their Oil, Again.

How Trump’s perverted populism could translate into a second term.

American carnage: Donald Trump becomes America’s 45th president, delivers bleak inaugural address. “But there was nothing for those hoping to see a more pragmatic, moderate President Trump take office, or to hear him admit that the world is complex and less pliable than he pretended on the campaign trail. All populists are at heart conspiracy theorists, who pretend that easy solutions exist to society’s woes and have only not been tried to date because elites are wicked and deaf to the sturdy common-sense of decent, ordinary folk. That was the Trump approach.”

ON THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP: PRESERVE, PROTECT, AND DEFEND. “…while we go on waiting for such miracles of personal and intellectual evolution, there is every reason to be on guard against a President whose attachment to constitutional norms seems episodic at best.”

The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a rebootv.

Congratulations, America — you did it! An actual fascist is now your official president.

Trump’s Voter Fraud Example? A Troubled Tale .

America could build over 500 elementary schools for the price of Trump’s wall. or hire 16,500 elementary school teachers and pay them for a decade

This week in Politics:

Voting in 2016 US Presidential Election — Visualizing Economics.

Marco Rubio Caves on Rex Tillerson. Asshole

Two Former Press Secretaries Slam Sean Spicer For Telling Massive Lie .


Democrats delay vote on Sessions nomination.

The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned. Note: we don’t know if this was voluntary or if they were pushed out.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and the deplorables


What Really Happened at the Milo Yiannopoulos Protest at UW on Friday Night.

Shooter sent Facebook message to Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos before gunfire at UW protest, policey.

Trump’s federal hiring freeze will kneecap veterans more than perhaps any other group.

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/21/2017: Kind is the new sexy.

Uplifting, heartbreaking, and enormous.

Punching villains.

Why I hate hay fever reason #6481.

One person’s fave is another’s wtf – more of why I love sf/f.


Russian President Vladimir Putin (Beck Bennett) and Olya Povlatsky (Kate McKinnon) assure Americans that everything will be fine under President Donald Trump.:

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Jimmy Kimmel Presents The Troompa Loompas!:

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Trump’s Devious Plan to Destroy the White House Press Corps | The Resistance with Keith Olberman:

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Edited to Add: I had bookmarked links to obituaries for Mary Tyler Moore and Mike Connors but somehow left them out of the original post. Check out the Supplemental Links.

Friday Links (sad day edition)

c2bhidgxeaasmxdWell, it’s Friday. Yep, Friday.

I’m already exhausted, and the corrupt reality TV star hasn’t even been sworn in, yet! I’ve decided to separate my usually Friday Links into two posts: a regular Friday Links posts with most of the usual topics, and a second Resistance Report post where I’ll put most of the links related to the corrupt one.

I don’t think I’ll do this every week, because assembling the Friday Links post is already a lot of work. But at least for now, below you will find many of the links I found interesting this week, with less outrage-inducing news.

Links of the Week

Millions in his firing squad. The Chicago Daily News published this column April 5, 1968, after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seattle, Island of Blue: The next four years will challenge Seattle. Are we up to the task?

The Obama Administration Digital Transition: Moving Forward. Here’s the latest on how you can continue to follow and engage with President Obama, the First Lady, and other Obama White House officials moving forward.

This week in privilege

Why Poor People Make Expensive Financial Decisions: Often, the banking options available for low-income Americans are all fundamentally flawed.

This week in what the Frak?

Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. But that’s not the surprising par.

This week in awful news

Pulse Shooter’s Wife Arrested by FBI.

Trade school fires president after he let homeless student stay in library during sub-zero weather.

This week in awful people

Dennis Hastert demands hush money back from alleged sex abuse victim. I never wanted to link to another story about this child molester and Republican politician again, unless it was a story about his death from a painful lingering disease…

News for queers and our allies:

CMT’s Cody Alan Comes Out As Gay.

The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World’s First Out-And-Proud Dol.

We don’t need more out pro athletes to advance the cause, but they sure would help.

“We were heard for the first time”: President Obama leaves an incredible legacy on LGBTQ rights.

‘Love is love’: Birmingham business apologizes for sign LGBTQ group described as ‘anti-trans’.

When straight men kiss, is it good for LGBT equality or a step back?

LGBTQ-owned businesses add $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy.

Home of LGBTQ activist becomes historic landmark in North Carolina.

The LGBT Rights Miniseries ‘When We Rise’ Has An Unfortunate Timeliness.


Ancient Recipe in Edwin Smith Papyrus Yields Surprise.

Where Have All the Giants Gone? How Animals Deal with the Problem of Size.

Why Hell Can’t Freeze Over: Quantum Physics And Absolute Zero.

Newly-discovered protein keeps your biological clock running.

Why 4.5 billion years of fluctuating global temperatures can’t explain climate change today.

Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation.

Milky Way Weighs in Light, Using a Well-Worn Technique.

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Is Examining What Could Be Cracks In Mud Over 3 Billion Years Old.

Shark study reveals taste buds were key to evolution of teeth.

First Pictures of Earth and Moon Taken from Mars and Saturn.

Odd Football-Size Armored Creatures Solve Ancient Footprint Mystery.

Conditions right for complex life may have come and gone in Earth’s distant past.

2016 Warmest Year Ever – Largely Due To Human Emissions | Video.

Mystery Object in Cygnus A Galaxy.

We can’t directly see black holes. But this time lapse shows the awesome power of their gravity.

The moon is older than scientists thought, UCLA-led research team reports.

Physicists say they’ve manipulated ‘pure nothingness’ and observed the fallout.

This is the closest-ever photo of a ‘wavemaker moon’ that hides out in Saturn’s rings.


Scientists discover that white rhino dung has a lot in common with a Facebook post.

Mysterious fossils find place on the tree of life.

Palaeontologists reveal 350m-year-old tropical Scotland bursting with life.

Researchers Uncover Fossils of 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatillos.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!


Tropes, trolls and Trump: the fantasy writer who inspired George RR Martin.

All I really need to know I learned from science fiction and fantasy stories.

Hugo Nominees 2017 Wikia.

This week in Writing

The criminal neglect of detective fiction. I’m a bit skeptical when a review of academic papers looks at nothing published more recently than 40 years ago and claims to make conclusions about how academic look at the genre now.

This week in Words

Literally Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know About Semantic Bleaching.

This Week in Tech

Wide Impact: Highly Effective Gmail Phishing Technique Being Exploited. Yes, I posted this last weekend. Worth repeating!

How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking.

The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your security with WhatsApp.

This Week in Covering the News

STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All. An oldie, but worth remembering!

This Guy Tricked Infowars Into Publishing A Completely Fake Report On Trump.

This Week in Inclusion

Goodreads M/M Romance Member’s Choice Awards Best of 2016.

Culture war news:

I Call Bulls**t On HGTV Star Chip Gaines’ Blog About Anti-Gay Controversy.

No Middle Ground: Evangelical Leaders Reject Compromise on LGBT and Religious Rights.


Lone Rabbi at Center of Montana’s Neo-Nazi Storm.

Being Gay Doesn’t Make My Family Dysfunctional.

Christians Denounce Footwear Ad Featuring Frolicking Nude and Gay Models.

Religious Right Leaders Are Furious at Right Wing Watch for Quoting Them Verbatim.

Virginia kills anti-trans bathroom bill without debate.

This week in the Planned Parenthood end of the Culture War:

U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade.

The Abortion Rate Is Falling Because Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant. “the data shows that better contraception — combined with a bad economy and a falling teen pregnancy rate — is largely responsible.”

Study Shows Free Birth Control Reduces Abortions.

Abstinence-only education programs are not effective at delaying the initiation of sexual activity or in reducing teen pregnancy.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:

LGBT Activists Had a Dance Party Protest in Mike Pence’s Neighborhood.

Hope and Resistance in Seattle: We might not all be happy with who’s running the country for the next four years. But those years don’t have to be hopeless.

This week in Politics:

Things I’m Going to Miss About President Barack Obama.

House bill introduced to block government from forcing tech companies to build Muslim registry.

Chelsea Manning’s win not necessarily a big win for trans rights.

‘School choice’ undermines public system.

Killing ObamaCare will literally kill people.

‘The Boss’ Gives a Show to Obama Staffers.

This Week in Hate Crimes

Some 30 Jewish institutions across US targeted in second wave of bomb threats.


Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82.

‘An Outstanding Crewmate’: Gene Cernan, Last Man on the Moon, Remembered.

Gene Cernan’s Drive To Inspire Recalled By NASA Chief.

Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71.

In Unmourned Departures:

Eddie Long, Megachurch Pastor Embroiled in Scandal, Dies.

Bishop Eddie Long Is Not the Only One Who’s Dead.

In case you don’t know why Long’s death shouldn’t be mourned: No Forgiveness For Megachurch Leader In Sexual Abuse Case.

Things I wrote:

Hacking and phishing and spying, oh my!

Sunday Funnies, part 21.

Myths about bigotry: respectful disagreement.

Maybe just a little bit of schadenfreude.

Shiny new toy: my new Macbook Pro.

If you want thousands, you have to fight for one — more of why I love sf/f.


NSFW: Andrew Christian – Freshman Car Wash / Wow – Kylie Minogue:

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We Didn’t Start The Fire parody – Billy Joel – Sherry Vine:

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Troye Sivan – HEAVEN ft. Betty Who:

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Ellen Degeneres breaks the record for most People’s Choice Awards!:

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Bright Light Bright Light feat. Elton John ‘Running Back To You’:

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Ellen’s Tribute to the Obamas:

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Cage The Elephant – Cold Cold Cold:

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