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Friday Five (another white supremacist edition)

Samantha Bee's takedown of Carlson is in the Videos section below.

Samantha Bee’s takedown of Carlson is in the Videos section below.

It’s Friday! We’re already up to the third Friday in March!?

My husband informs me that he saw rain mixed with snow one morning this week (he leaves for work three hours before my alarm goes off on weekdays), but we’ve had daytime temperatures that have almost reached typical for this time of year. Enough of them that the pollen count has shot up high enough to trigger my first really awful hay fever day of the year. So I had to use some sick time this week. Given how much I was whining about the colder than usual temperatures, I guess I can’t complain.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: a few stories that each need a category all to themself, the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about science, top five stories of interest to my queer kindred, five stories about resisting the fascist regime, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries).

Sad Story of the Week:

Fantasy’s Widow: The Fight Over The Legacy Of Dungeons & Dragons.

Local Sports Story of the Week:

And Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Some Former Seahawks.

Evil F-ers Who Make Me Question Humanity:

Massacre at the mosques – gunmen kill multiple people, Christchurch under siege.

Stories of the Week:

On web’s 30th birthday, its inventor says we need to stop its ‘downward plunge’.

Metalheads with kazoos drown out Westboro Baptist Church at Capitol.

The findings speak to a bigger problem in the development of automated systems: algorithmic bias.

US Surgeon General visits Washington as measles outbreak spreads.

The College Admissions Scandal Should Remind Grads Of Color We Were Always Good Enough.

Queer stories of the Week:

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Nancy Pelosi and David Cicilline: The Equality Act Is Just the Beginning.

Why wasn’t anti-LGBTQ bias mentioned in the Congressional resolution denouncing bigotry?

Beefed-up hate crimes bill passes Utah House and appears headed for final approval after years of frustration and failure.

GERMANY: Compensation Payments Approved For Gay Men Persecuted Under Nazi Law After End Of WWII.

Massachusetts House Votes 147-8 to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors.

This Week in Setbacks for Fascists:

Senate Spectacularly Rebukes Trump’s ‘National Emergency’ as Republicans Join Democrats to Block Wall Funds.

The House Just Voted to Demand DOJ Publicly Release Mueller Report – No Democrat or Republican Voted Against It.

Court allows defamation suit against Trump to proceed.

CONNECTICUT: State Supreme Court Clears Way For Sandy Hook Parents To Sue Gun Maker And Sellers.

George Conway Calls Trump A “Pathological Liar” And Calls For “Serious Inquiry” Into His Mental Condition.

Awful, Deplorable People:

Jacob Wohl Faked Death Threats Against Himself – One came from a phony account the wingnut provocateur created and ran just before he was banned from Twitter.

Proud Boys Cite Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Attack Antifa.

How the Far Right Perverts Ancient History—And Why It Matters.

Instead of New Press Chief, What If Trump Tries Fewer Crimes.

House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Elijah Cummings COMING For Election Brian Kemp Stole From Stacey Abrams.

In Memoriam:

Former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh dies at 91.

Jan-Michael Vincent Dead: ‘Airwolf’ Star Dies at 73.

Stanley Donen Dead: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Co-Director Was 94.

How Director Stanley Donen Made Stars Like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn Shine Their Brightest.

RIP, Superstar Wrecking Crew Session Drummer Hal Blaine, Who Played on 150 Top 10 Songs.

Videos!

Is Tucker Carlson a White Supremacist? | Full Frontal on TBS:

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Robocalls: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Fake Melania, Tim Apple & Trump’s Six Degrees of Corruption | The Daily Show:

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Meet Stephanie Flowers, VOICE OF A RIGHTEOUS WRATHFUL GOD:

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Gay Church Janitor Stuns ‘American Idol’ Judges with Original Song About Whether Heaven Has a Place for Him:

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Friday Five (someone’s going to prison edition)

Picture of convicted conspirator, Paul Manafort captioned “Will not do well in prison”

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It’s Friday! The second Friday in March!

And it snowed again. Had a bit over an inch in our part of town. Snow turned to rain and washed it away by afternoon, but it snowed. Again. I’ve seen snow in March, yes. Much later than March, in fact. When I was a kid growing up in Colorado! I haven’t lived in Colorada in over 40 years. We’ve already had the snowiest winter ever. Can we please, please have a bit of normal?

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about science, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and the thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

How Much Wealthier Are White School Districts Than Nonwhite Ones? $23 Billion, Report Says.

In wake of protests, JPMorgan Chase breaks up with private prison industry.

A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance.

Sex outside of marriage could soon be legal in Utah.

North Korea Is Rebuilding Rocket Site It Dismantled After Nuclear Talks Last Year. Because of course they are…

This Week in Science:

Smithsonian | There is A Scientific Reason That Cold Weather Could Cause Colds. There are actually multiple reasons why cold and flu season happens during the cold part of the year.

Semi-Identical Twins Identified For Only The Second Time Ever .

Galaxy Simulations Offer a New Solution to the Fermi Paradox.

After 14-year search scientists think they have found a new type of killer whale off coast of Chile.

A 2,000-year-old tattoo tool is the oldest in western North Americ

Awful, Deplorable People:

Paul Manafort Sentenced To Only 47 Months.

The Truth in Trump’s Law-Enforcement Hypocrisy — As a public defender, I’m not mad at how well Manafort and Cohen have been treated. I just want that same treatment for my clients..

Mike Pence isn’t ‘decent.’ He’s insidious..

Two Dozen Republicans Refuse to Vote for Resolution Condemning Wide Range of Hate and Bigotry.

Indiana man had 2,000 ancient human bones in his house. Most illegally dug up out of various indigenous burial grounds.

In Memoriam:

Luke Perry Dead: ‘90210,’ ‘Riverdale’ Star Dies at 52.

Luke Perry, in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ Helped Redefine the Male Love Interest —the mediocre 1992 movie eventually led to some great TV — but it also created a first-rate example of a male feminist..

Things I wrote:

Disgraced former Congressman gets an out of jail free pass….

Haste to prepare the way, or an ex-evangelical explains christianist attitudes toward Israel and Israelie.

Videos!

Someone has created an animation of several Police Logs of Port Townsend:

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Good Omens – Official Trailer | Prime Video:

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Brian Justin Crum “CIRCLES”:

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Better — A Horse With A Horn (NSFW):

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HE’S IN LOVE (and we’re all gonna die) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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F/r/i/d/a/y/ Saturday Five (checkmate edition)

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It was Friday. I knew it was the first Friday in March. Yet, there was no Friday Five post on this blog yesterday.

We had two simultaneous product releases at work, and being the sole technical writer for the division, that turns into an extremely busy week. I put in more than eleven hours on Thursday alone, and it wasn’t the only day that I worked long hours. So, Thursday night, once I was done, I started working on this post. But I was literally dozing at the keyboard, so it didn’t happen.

Anyway, welcome to the Saturday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about our very impeachable alleged president, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and the thing I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Everyone loved me as Cosmo the Cougar, but would they love who I was behind the mask?.

Opinion | I Didn’t Kill My Baby.

World’s Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades.

The Brain That Remade Itself.

Apple, Google, Tumblr and more businesses lobby US court for trans student.

This Week in High Crimes:

Republican Questioning of Michael Cohen at Hearing Is Bad – Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows Don’t Ask About Trump.

What We Learned From Michael Cohen’s Historic Testimony.

Former Trump Aid: Mueller Report Will be a Conspiracy Roadmap for Impeachment .

Kompromat: Or, Revelations from the Unpublished Portions of Andrea Manafort’s Hacked Texts .

A prominent conservative just shredded Trump’s ‘deafening silence’ on an alleged white supremacist terror plot.

Awful, Deplorable People:

NORTH CAROLINA: Republican Operative Arrested On Seven Felony Charges Over 2018 House Election Fraud and Central figure in 9th District election probe indicted and Board Orders New Election in Fraud-Tainted NC-9 Race .

And one bit of good news out of the North Carolina mess: Anti-LGBTQ pastor Mark Harris won’t run again after election board called for new House election in ballot fraud case – The Republican cited health concerns to explain his decision to skip the upcoming North Carolina Ninth District election.

George Pell: cardinal found guilty of child sexual assault – Vatican treasurer, the third most senior Catholic in the world, convicted on five charges in Australian court case.

Right-wing media and think tanks are aligning with fake feminists who dehumanize trans people.

And here in my home state: Tim Eyman (serial initiative sponsor under investigation for election finance fraud) charged with misdemeanor theft; attorneys call chair’s removal from store an accident

In Memoriam:

Disability Rights Advocate Carrie Ann Lucas Dies After Insurance Company Denied Her Necessary Medication.

Katherine Helmond, the Man-Crazy Mother on ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Dies at 89.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update: Words and images worth checking out.

Videos!

Trevor Noah: Michael Cohen told Congress that Trump Is a Racist, a Con Man and a Cheat but Lynne Patton Says He’s Not, So…:

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Lanny Davis: Michael Cohen Gave ‘Game Changing’ Information To House Intel | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC:

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Ex-Trump campaign official calls him ‘un-American’ and says his supporters were ‘taken for fools’:

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Boys In Trouble – Sean Dorsey Dance:

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Ben Platt – Grow As We Go [Official Video]:

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Friday Five (sold them the rope edition)

“If you voted for Trump - I am tired of trying to see things your way while you sit in your holier-than-thou churches/white power meetups, refusing to see things mine. Did I just lump you in with white supremacists? No, you did that to yourselves. You voted for the same candidate as the KKK. You voted for a candidate endorsed by the KKK. For the rest of your life, you have to know that you voted the same way as the KKK. Does that feel good to you? Here’s a hint – it really shouldn’t, especially if you call yourself a Christian.  I’m tired of pussy footing around what offends your morals while couching what offends mine, because racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia offend mine.  Let me say it right here – if you voted for Trump, I do think you are a racist. I do think you’re homophobic. I do think you’re a misogynist. Racism, and homophobia, and misogyny are all a spectrum, and you’re on it. You might not be a ‘cheering while a black man gets lynched’ racist, but boy, did you just sell them the rope and look the other way.” — Tess Rafferty

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It’s finally Friday. It’s the final Friday of February!

I caught a cold or something last weekend. My work week has consisted of working and sleeping. I either take a couple of naps each day or go to sleep several hours earlier than usual then sleep like a log until the alarm goes of. Several co-workers have also either taken a few sick days or worked from home to keep from bringing their germs into the office. Fun.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: a disturbing story the crosses categories, the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the one thing I’ve written).

Some stories sum up so much of what is going on:

ADL Report: Right-Wingers Committed Every 2018 Extremist Murder In US.

Stories of the Week:

Is the Insect Apocalypse Really Upon Us? — Claims that insects will disappear within a century are absurd, but the reality isn’t reassuring either.

Brain-Eating Zombie Deer Disease Will Likely Spread To Humans.

Feminism 101: What is Emotional Labor?

Mother Upset After Son Kicked Out of Class Over Pledge.

500 people attend drag queen story hour at California library, wildly outnumber protesters.

Awful, Deplorable People:

Portland cop under fire for texts with right-wing leader and Oregon official: texts show police-extremist collusion. This is crazy, the cop allowed the neo-nazis to put their own snipers atop a building, he frequently refers to armed members of the neo-Nazi group as fellow cops (they weren’t), took the neo-Nazi’s advice about when to go after the counter-protesters… If you ever doubted the truth of the old saying, “Cops and Klan, Hand-in-hand” reading the series of articles the Oregonian has put out about this will change your mind.

Trump Never Directed Disaster Officials To Cut Off Aid To California Wildfire Victims. If ever a headline needed a “yet” given that he’s said several times that he did…

Chris Hasson, U.S. Coast Guard officer arrested on gun charges, had hit list of prominent Democrats, feds say .

Roger Stone Sics His Winger Brigade On Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Four Sentences: What the Legal System Has Said about the Suspect Loyalty of Trump’s Aides.

In Memoriam:

Peter Tork, beloved and offbeat member of the Monkees, dies at 77.

The Monkees’ Peter Tork Has Died.

Things I wrote:

One guy cried wolf—it doesn’t mean that wolves don’t exist.

Videos!

Rocketman (2019) – Official Trailer – Paramount Pictures:

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Kelly Clarkson Belts Cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ :

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The Sound of Silence – Pentatonix:

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Robyn – Send To Robin Immediately:

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Pinky And The Brain Theme – Postmodern Jukebox (ft. Emily Goglia, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche) – you won’t recognize the faces of the bartenders, but their voices may be familiar:

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Friday Five (failure to assimilate edition)

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It’s finally Friday. It’s the third Friday in February in a very cold and slushy February for Seattle.

We’ve been snowed in most of the week. We’re on track to have the one of the coldest Februaries on record. Our street is full of ice and slush that keeps refreezing every night.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: a special story of the week, the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about writing and reading, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the things I’ve written).

Some stories are so awesome they deserve a heading to themselves:

My Wife and I Didn’t Tell Our Children About Her Cancer . Have some kleenex handy…

Stories of the Week:

Unclaimed Bodies From the Opioid Epidemic Are Crowding Morgues – No One Really Knows What to Do With All of America’s Unclaimed Corpses.

The Opportunity Rover and the Pain of Giving Up .

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’ .

One Year After Parkland: First the Murder, Then the Robbery.

The Broken Hearts Club: Inside the making of the 2000 gay rom-com.

This week in Writing and Reading:

Charlie Jane Anders’ Ideas for Complex Characters of All Genders.

Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed.

‘Retcon’: How To Rewrite Details In An Ongoing Series.

An Easy Tip for Getting Unstuck in a Scene.

The Most Powerful Force – how John W. Campbell Jr. influenced and formed science fiction in the 1930s to 1950s and how the genre eventually grew beyond him.

Awful, Deplorable People:

The Wall Is in Their Hearts – “The wall is being built. It’ll continue. It’s going at a rapid pace.”.

20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms .

The most powerful moment of the Whitaker hearing had nothing to do with Mueller – Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled the acting attorney general about family separation — and he had no answers.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Would Just Like To Know Which Massacre Elliott Abrams Is Proudest Of.

Texas Sec. Of State Apologizes For Bogus Voter List Upon Confirmation Vote Delay.

In Memoriam:

John Dingell Jr.: A Wonkpreciation!.

You’re Living in the America John Dingell Made. “There’s really nobody in America who isn’t impacted—often in ways they don’t understand—by his work in Washington.”

Patricia Nell Warren, The Front Runner Author, Dies at 82.

Patricia Nell Warren, Author of the Groundbreaking Gay Novel ‘The Front Runner’, Has Died at 82.

Author & all around wonderful woman Patricia Nell Warren finishes her race.

Paperback Pioneer Betty Ballantine Dead at 99.

Legendary editor and publisher Betty Ballantine (1919-2019).

RIP, Oppy the Mars Rover – After 15 years, the adventurous spacecraft has finally bit the dust..

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/10/2019: Gruesome Killers and Unrepentant Ex-ex-gay Charlatans.

The unending struggle against thermal equilibrium, or, trying to get my coffee just right.

Definitely did not dodge the snow and ice.

Hate isn’t just a feeling: Attitudes and silence can cause as much harm as actions.

Videos!

Good Omens: Opening Title Sequence :

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The Real Black Panther – Black Leopard Spotted in Kenya:

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The Impossible Hugeness of Deep Time:

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Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow (Official Music Video):

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Ben Platt – “Ease My Mind” [Official Video]:

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Friday Five (enemy of the vote edition)

It’s finally Friday. It’s the second Friday in February in a very weird February for Seattle.

After two months of warmer than normal weather, we’re suddenly having much colder than normal plus a lot more snow than usual. It’s just weird.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the things I’ve written).

Stories of the Week:

This Holocaust Survivor Had No Family. So 150 Strangers Attended His Funeral.

Hiding Homosexuality on the Cover of America’s Magazines a Century Ago. I will never pass up an opportunity to link to Joe Christian Leyendecker’s artwork.

Democrats Have Had It With Allegations Of Voter Fraud .

How growing up on the road expanded my definition of travel.

Astronomers Accidentally Discover a Hidden Galaxy Right Next Door

Queer stories of the Week:

To Christian Parents of Gay Children.

Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces Bill to Allow Transgender Military Service.

Mike Pence will never allow Trump’s HIV pledge to become reality .

The lesbian ‘blood sisters’ who cared for gay men when doctors were too scared to.

Children of Gay Couples Do Better In School: New Study

Awful, Deplorable People:

‘Gamergate’ Advocate Arrested on Allegations of Molesting Child.

‘They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile – Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins and Steve King are on the sidelines after being stripped of their committee assignments.

Founder of Proud Boys sues over being labeled hate group.

Things go from bad to worse with new revelations in Virginia.

Mitch McConnell, Enemy of the Vote .

In Memoriam:

Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) .

Julie Adams Dead: ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’ Actress Was 92.

James Ingram, Grammy-winning R&B singer, dead at 66.

Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93

Kaye Ballard, Star of ‘The Mothers-in-Law,’ Dies at 93.

R.I.P. Dick Miller, character actor legend from Gremlins, The Terminator, nearly 200 other movies.

Dick Miller, ‘Gremlins’ and ‘Terminator’ Actor, Dies at 90.

RIP Rocket Raccoon’s Life Model, Mr. Oreo!

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 2/2/2019: Self-loathing always spills out as harm to others.

We couldn’t dodge the snow and ice forever, I guess.

The viaduct is being demolished at last — good riddance.

Rabbit Holes, Wardrobes, and Magical Doors—escaping into better worlds with sf/f.

Videos!

Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address: A Closer Look:

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Gay Asian Country Love Song:

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Sam Smith, Normani – Dancing With A Stranger:

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Ariana Grande “7 rings” | ASL VERSION with Nyle DiMarco:

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Pet Shop Boys – Give stupidity a chance (lyric video):

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Friday Five (fighting voter suppression edition)

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It’s finally Friday. The first Friday of February. While much of the country has been buried under super-frigid air, Seattle just had the warmest January on record. Though the forecast is that temps are going to drop significantly.

I essentially sleep through three days after coming down with the latest virus running around. Every day this week when I logged in at work there were multiple messages from co-workers who were out sick for the day. There was more than one conference call when it seemed as everyone had the sniffles. So, there are definitely colds going around.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about hate crimes, and five videos (plus a notable obituary and the things I’ve written).

Stories of the Week:

‘Not Going to Be Any Wall Money’: Nancy Pelosi Just Held an Epic Press Conference That Did Not Disappoint.

Makers of at-home DNA test kits seek to help customers cope with surprising, life-changing results .

The science behind the polar vortex.

The Right would rather men died than admit any flaws in masculinity.

The Real Wall Isn’t at the Border

Awful, Deplorable People:

Mitch McConnell Admits That Republicans Lose When More People Vote.

Why Rudy Giuliani’s Bar Registration Should Be Revoked.

Why Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Want To Make Election Day A Holiday.

Texas Officials Begin Walking Back Allegations About Noncitizen Voters.

Kim Davis Must Pay $222,000 in Couples’ Legal Fees Says Governor Citing ‘Conduct That Violates Civil Rights’

Crimes, Hateful and Worse:

5 dead in multi-parish shooting spree in Louisiana; suspect identified.

FBI Finds No Motive In Las Vegas Shooting, Closes Investigation .

Armed Man Disrupts Houston Library During Drag Queen Storytime.

Man arrested in Indianapolis bar shooting that wounded 5.

‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Beaten in Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters

In Memoriam:

Russell Baker, Pulitzer-Winning Times Columnist and Humorist, Dies at 93.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/26/2019: Trump’s losing streak continues.

Sunday Funnies Update: Mueller indicts a cartoon villain.

Get over it.

Lost Dreams and Wayward Worlds – or, more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

Stephen Colbert – Other Things Written On John Bolton’s Notepad:

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How tax brackets actually work:

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Weekend Update: Pete Davidson & John Mulaney Review Clint Eastwood’s The Mule – SNL:

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The Donald Trump CELL BLOCK TANGO (Part One) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody:

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The Umbrella Academy | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix:

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Friday Five (losing fight edition)

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Wow! Here we are. It’s the fourth Friday in 2019, (and in the month)!

It’s been another weird week. And I’m not just talking about the news. It’s more than a little worrying how many of my co-workers are sick, taking care of a sick kid at home, or (like me) still don’t feel fully recovered from being sick recently.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five science stories, five stories about the shutdown and the deplorable people causing it, and five videos (plus things I’ve written).

Stories of the Week:

‘Does Israel Have A Right To Exist’ Is A Trick Question.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Noah Webster, the Inventor of American English .

The government’s secret UFO program has just been revealed, and it’s something out of a sci-fi movie.

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent –.

Gizmodo: Trump’s Social Media Pictures Are Often Manipulated to Make His Body Thinner and Fingers Longer

Queer stories of the Week:

Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa: ‘Black, gay experience isn’t often told’.

Veteran teacher: Karen Pence’s school erases LGBTQ people; that damages children .

Gay couple hospitalized following attack by a group of men in Austin.

Trump gives South Carolina foster agency the right to discriminate against LGBTQ & Jewish people.

Vehmently Anit-gay Rev. Ernest Angley Admitted Sexual Encounter with Another Man. Because of course he’s a self-loathing closet case—like all the others!

This Week in Science:

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it.

See a rock smack the moon during the super blood wolf eclipse.

Did Supernovas Kill Off the Monster Shark Megalodon?

Warmest ever start for January in Seattle.

Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?- Current guidelines for sun exposure are unhealthy and unscientific, controversial new research suggests—and quite possibly even racist. How did we get it so wrong?

This Week in Government Shutdown News:

Dueling plans to reopen government both fail in Senate – Six Republicans Voted For Plan Offered By Democrats.

Aviation Unions Issue Dire Shutdown Warning: There’s No Telling When The Entire System Might Break Down.

Trump White House grows eager to escape losing shutdown fight – After a day of failed Senate action, Trump and his advisers realize they may never win over Democrats in a battle that is costing them dearly.

The Shutdown Is Not a Result of Partisan Bickering .

‘This is your fault’: Republican senators screamed at Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence about shutdown in closed-door meeting.

Things I wrote:

Weekend update 1/19/2019: is there a new Deep Throat?

What are you doing for others?

Carmeggeddon! Viadoom! (Or maybe not).

Videos!

Stephen Colbert – The State Of The State Of The Union:

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Seth Meyers – Cohen and Giuliani Cause Problems for Trump: A Closer Look:

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Stephen Colbert – Donald Trump Is On A Losing Streaking:

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SHAZAM! – In Theaters April 5:

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Spider-Man: Far From Home | Teaser Trailer:

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Friday Five (birthday girls edition)

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It’s the third Friday in 2019, (and in the month) and I am behind on all the things!

I freaked out just a little bit this week when I saw the Betty White was trending. Then I saw the actual tweets and posts and remembered it’s her birthday. Yay! She’s still with us!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: five stories about people celebrating birthdays this week, the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and things I’ve written).

This Week in Birthday Girls:

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

Betty White looks sprightly as ever on stroll ahead of 97th birthday.

Betty White says the secret to her living long is vodka and hot dogs

Barack Obama Posts an Adorable Throwback Photo for Michelle’s Birthday.

Michelle Obama’s Birthday: See Her Most Gorgeous Looks Ever.

Stories of the Week:

The Knitted Radio .

Public transportation is 10 times safer, analysis shows.

No, Evolution Did Not Make Us Into Selfish Capitalists.

One month after controversial adult-content purge, far-right pages are thriving on Tumblr .

Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter century

Queer stories of the Week:

LGBTQ-inclusive bullying laws associated with fewer teen suicide attempts, study says.

A pastor posted an anti-LGBTQ church sign so his congregation kicked him to the curb.

Colorado courthouse honored for issuing gay marriage licenses — in 1975.

Producers say ‘Family Guy’ to Phase Out Homophobic Jokes. Phase out? PHASE OUT? Why not just quit doing it? Is this a tacit admission that they are addicted to bigotry and so have to slowly wean themselves of it?

Leaked Emails Reveal Jesse Singal’s (Bigoted) Thoughts on Trans Issues

Awful, Deplorable People:

Referees Still Targeting Andrew Johnson.

Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four women last year pleads not guilty.

No notes from Trump-Putin meetings: not just unusual, unprecedented.

Mitch McConnell could end the shutdown. But he’s sitting this one out.

Trump Separated ‘Thousands’ More Migrant Families and Children Than It Previously Revealed: Federal Audit

In Memoriam:

Marriage Equality activist Diane Olson dies at 65.

Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97.

Carol Channing’s Colorful Life, In 47 Stunning Photos.

Carol Channing Is Dead.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/12/2019: The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but Alex Jones, they grind on you!

Sunday Update 1/13/2019: This is not a sci fi movie.

This isn’t a political post, but this image was too funny not to share.

Confessions of an information junkie.

Sometimes someone needs an explanation

Misleading notions my teachers taught, Part 1: Democracy’s Not What You Think.

Videos!

Grimace Puts Trump On The Hot Seat:

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Trump Is Losing the Shutdown Fight: A Closer Look:

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Now Apocalypse | Official Trailer:

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Steve Carell To Star in Netflix Comedy ‘Space Force’:

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Cub Sport – Party Pill (Official Video):

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Friday Five (its all about the tantrum edition)

It’s Friday! It’s the first Friday in 2019. I am typing the year correctly most of the time, now, so that’s an improvement.

I have reached the end of the anti-biotics and most of the related medications, and while I feel less sick, I don’t yet feel well. But no one is feeling great right now, so I’m in good company.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five (IMHO) stories of the week, five stories about things that should need proving or explaining, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about science, five stories about the government shutdown and five videos (plus notable obituaries and things I’ve written).

Stories of the Week:

Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency After 15 Years in Prison.

Black farmers were deliberately sold ‘fake seeds’ in scheme to steal their land.

Four Best Friends Were Buried Under ‘FRIENDS’ Tombstone.

The Daily Caller Bewildered to Learn Obama Has Secret Service Protection.

Gavin McInnes, Hate Group Founder, Writes Letters to Neighbors to Take Down Anti-Hate Signs.

This Week in Water is Wet and Other Revelations:

Fake news on Facebook is more likely to be spread by people over 65.

Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials. “The American system has thrown them into debt, depressed their wages, kept them from buying homes—and then blamed them for everything.”

American Psychological Association links ‘masculinity ideology’ to homophobia, misogyny. Yes, we’ve been calling this phenomenon toxic masculinity for years.

There Is No Crisis At The Border – And DHS Stats Prove It.

Samuel L. Jackson: ‘Calling that Muthafukkah a Motherfu**er is not an issue, calling that Muthaffuqah President Is’.

Queer stories of the Week:

Queer Films Won Big at the Globes — But Queer Representation Did Not.

This Transgender Woman Says a Message From Her Doctor’s Office Turned Into a Transphobic Tirade.

Evangelicals Think LGBT People Shouldn’t Be Protected From Lynching and just hours later: Liberty Counsel Tries To Backpedal On Lynching LGBTs.

“Death To Gays” Pastor Apologizes For Fucking Hookers But Wants You To Know He Still Hates Gays.

3 in 10 California youth have been mocked by family for being LGBTI – Half have been bullied at school.

This Week in Science:

Zero is just 1,500 years old. Before it, there was nothing.

This Professor Teaches Advance Mathematics Through Knitting.

Milky Way to face a one-two punch of galaxy collisions.

Edinburgh scientists discover mammoth secret in ivory DNA.

New Report On HIV Viral Load and Transmissibility of HIV Infection Supports Undetectable Equals Untransmittable.

This Week in Government Shutdown News:

Trump Walks Out of ‘Waste of Time’ Meeting with Democrats: Shutdown Update.

TSA union says airport screeners are quitting as government shutdown continues.

HUD instructed landlords to use reserve funds during shutdown – not knowing federal program had expired.

FBI Agents Warn Shutdown Hampers Anti-Terror Work.

Common Saw Easily Cuts Through Wall Prototype.

In Memoriam:

Norman Gimbel, Oscar-winning lyricist of ‘Happy Days’ theme, ‘Wonder Woman’ TV series theme, and ‘Girl From Ipanema,’ dies at 91 .

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 1/5/2019: It’s ugly, oh, so ugly….

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, or Undecorating on Three Kings’ Day.

Public Service Announcement: How to Delete Online Accounts You No Longer Need.

Truth.

Fighting toward the light at the end of the tunnel—or why hope is important in sf/f.

Sometimes Extinction Arrives on Wheels — more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel | Special Look:

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Stephen Colbert Trump Just Wants To Be On Primetime TV:

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – Trump: It’s My Right ‘To Do National Emergency’:

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Trump’s Wall Has Changed a Lot: A Closer Look:

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Troye Sivan – Lucky Strike:

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