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Friday Five (riling the base edition)

“Racism is so American that when you protest it, people think you are protesting America.”

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Here we are at the third Friday of July.

It’s been a weird week. Started out trying to convince myself that it was just hay fever. Instead, I’ve been unwell all week.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about haters and their ilk, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame? – The French super-rich promised to dig deep, but such philanthropy comes at a steep price.

All 104 James Bond Villains, Ranked – From masterminds to henchmen, the final word on 007’s furious foes.

Will Typewriters Become Popular Again?

Man shouting ‘You die!’ kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire.

Abigail Disney, an heiress of the Walt Disney empire, has become a champion for better working conditions in her family’s parks after she went undercover in one of them and found a grim reality beneath the facade of the “Happiest Place on Earth.”.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:

Voyager – A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going.

Hayabusa-2: Japanese spacecraft makes final touchdown on asteroid.

The Evolution of the Disc.

Five SFF Works Reminiscent of Andre Norton.

Harvard exhibit charts history of Apollo 11 moon mission.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:

Editorial: Congressional Republicans shame themselves with their silence on Trump’s racism.

Netflix Legal Warns Straight Pride: Stop Using Our Logo As We’re Here, We’re Queer, And You Better Steer Clear.

Religious author says evangelical silence about Trump’s racism proves they made ‘a deal with the devil’.

Founder of Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Ordered to Pay $14 Million to Target of Racist ‘Troll Storm’.

Trump Needs His Base to Burn With Anger.

In Memoriam:

After 71 years of marriage, a husband and wife die on the same day.

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99 .

John Paul Stevens, long-serving Supreme Court justice, dies at 99.

John Paul Stevens Leaves Legacy of LGBTQ Rights Advocacy. “It borders on the absurd to assume that the word ‘liberty’ does not include one’s right to choose a spouse, but does include a right to possess a firearm in one’s home.”

John Paul Stevens Evolved into the Supreme Court’s Unlikely Liberal Champion.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/13/2019: Powerful men sometimes face consequences, but what happened at New Republic?

SF-adjacent: the inherent fuzziness of human enthusiasms.

Why I hate hay fever reason #6508.

Stop claiming that being called a bigot is worse than the actual bigotry.

Divine prophecies and muscular men in very short skirts, or more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

What Scarlett Johansson’s Missing in the Representation Debate – Between the Scenes | The Daily Show:

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The GOP Reacts (And Doesn’t) To Trump’s Racist Tweets:

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Trump’s Racist Attacks on Democratic Congresswomen: A Closer Look:

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Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them:

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‘Batman’ DVD Robin storyboard sequence – The sequence introducing the Boy Wonder – ultimately cut before filming began – was taken from an early draft of the 1989 ‘Batman’ movie, put together using original pre-production storyboards and voiced by B:TAS’s Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (the Joker):

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Friday Five (frauds and furor edition)

And now it’s Friday. The second Friday in July.

The weather has been interesting. Overnight lows that seem more in keeping with April or May. The daytime highs are at least above 70, but so much of every day is overcast, that it looks like it should be colder than it is.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top two stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about haters and their crimes, five stories about why someone should be impeached, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:

Amazon says ‘Bye, Felicia’ to books pushing fraudulent ‘ex-gay therapy’.

When Being a Tall Girl was a Medical Condition: DES and the Tall Girls- Hormones Matter.

NRA Implosion Has Trump 2020 Team Panicking – Republicans worry that the NRA and two other groups that have long formed the core of their electoral infrastructure will be effectively on the sidelines.

Louisiana Braces for First Possible Hurricane Landfall of the Season.

Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Trump To Release Taxes To Appear On 2020 Ballot, Gov To Sign.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:

Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost .

Another Word: Being James Tiptree, Jr. by Kelly Robson .

Remembering Artur Brauner and Dr. Mabuse.

Scientists Use CRISPR and Antiviral Therapy to Eliminate HIV-1 DNA from Genomes of Mice.

Heinlein’s Juveniles vs. Andre Norton’s Young Adult Novels.

Haters and Hate Crimes:

NYPD Arrest Man Who Burned Rainbow Flags Outside Harlem Gay Bar.

Teen hate crime: Swatiskas, racist graffiti divide a Maryland high school .

Proud Boys Rally Rocked by Sex, Cocaine Allegations – Top speakers are fleeing and one-time allies are feuding as the gathering of MAGA faithful teeters.

Man accused of killing black teen in Arizona said he felt threatened by victim’s rap music, police say.

Hate crime on the rise in Seattle and Washington state, study finds.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Trump once hosted an exclusive party with Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago estate, a new report says. It was just the 2 of them and ’28 girls.’.

McConnell Blocking Plans to Prevent Russian Election Attack.

Inside Trump’s concentration camps: Attorney Hope Frye saw “cruel,” “inhumane,” “sadistic” treatment .

A Fifth Teen Beauty Queen Says Trump Visited Dressing Room.

Trump’s “Natural Law” Commission Members Are All Anti-LGBT, One Calls Legalizing Gay Sex “Dangerous”.

In Memoriam:

Eva Kor, Survivor of Twin Experiments at Auschwitz, Dies at 85 .

Rip Torn, star of ‘The Larry Sanders Show,’ dies at 88.

Denise Nickerson, Violet in ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,’ Dies at 62.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 7/6/2019: Miss Major, still leading the trans revolutio.

Strangely, bigots aren’t interested in protecting children from the actual predators….

Three cheers for the Red, White & Blue — or why I’m more patriotic than any MAGA-hat wearer you will ever meet….

Videos!

Another Life – Katee Sackhoff | Official Trailer | Netflix:

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Moose Stays Hydrated During Heatwave:

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Twin Temple – “Satan’s a Woman”:

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JUDY | Official Trailer | Roadside Attractions:

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MIKA – Ice Cream:

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Friday Five (fifth of July edition)

“Not ALL Trump supporters are overtly racist, or ableist, or misogynist, but everyone of them decided hating people with brown skin, disabilities, or women wasn't a deal-breaker. Own the decision.”

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It’s the first Friday in July, the day after a big holiday here in the U.S. and I’ve been a slacker at blogging all week.

Last weekend we attended Locus Awards Weekeend plus watched part of the Seattle Pride parade and spent a couple hours are the Pride Festival. I used vacation time to make it a four day weekend so I would have Monday as a cool-down/unpack/do laundry/etc day. Then had two days at the office, most of which were filled with me fixing things people didn’t know how to do or didn’t have permissions for during the two days I was gone (which happened to coincide with a release date). And now, between the holiday and another vacation day, I’m in the middle of another four-day weekend.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top two stories of the week, five stories about sf/f and science, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Holocaust Survivor Tells Heartwrenching Story of the Day He Was Freed. It’s a good story, though if I had been the editor, I would have refrained from using the word “heartwarming” in the headline.

Death in Life.

I’m Trans. The 2020 Candidates Don’t Know How to Pander to Me.

Here are all the celebrities who’ve come out as LGBTQ in 2019 (so far). For some reason the photo at the top of the article shows only three people, a very odd editorial choice when there are at least a dozen in the list…

HR Isn’t Stopping Workplace Sexual Harassment –.

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Science:

Ten Favorite Flawed Books That Are Always Worth Rereading.

I Was Born To Be A Fake Fan.

This AI Gives Other AIs Names Like “Ass Federation” And “Hot Pie” Because Robots Can Be Weird Too.

Why you should not dismiss “Münchhausen” out of hand.

Pregnancy and Biology 101. “I originally titled this “Pregnancy 101 for Guys,” but given the state of sex education in the U.S., I suspect many of us need some additional learning regardless of gender. But I’m mostly looking at my fellow guys with this thing, especially with all of the recent debate and discussion. Some of this is information I wish I’d learned sooner. Hopefully it will be helpful to others.”

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:

Straight Pride organizers alert police after receiving glitter-filled letters. A glitter-filled letter that also contained Bible verses. These neo-Nazis are either more cowardly than we thought, or just really good at getting in the news.

Once Again, a Christian Health Insurance Company Won’t Cover a Couple’s Bills .

So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend.

Ted Cruz gets roasted for boycotting Nike over Betsy Ross shoes: ‘No one wants your business!’ .

Portland Police Offer No Proof That Protesters Had Milkshakes with “Quick-Dry Cement”.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/29/2019.

It’s Pride Day, 2019 — Happy Pride!

Sunday Funnies, part 38: Goodbye to Halos.

Oppressed Oppressors: getting non-fatal blowback to your genocidal policies isn’t oppression.

Videos!

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL – Official Trailer:

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Lil Nas X: ‘I am Gay’ and ‘I’m Already Getting’ Backlash :

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Pete Buttigieg Blasts Racist Attendee at Iowa Campaign Stop:

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The First Democratic Presidential Primary Debate: A Closer Look:

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I LIKE BOYS by Todrick:

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Friday Bonus Five (critters and pride edition)

Since I’m on vaction and trying not to stress too much about the housework and packing I need to do before leaving for our mini trip, and because I did a fairly basic Friday Five last night after working later and because I saw several interesting animal stories when checking the news this morning, here is a bonus Friday Five!

So, here are five stories and five videos to add some cuteness and fun to your Friday:

This Week in the Animal Kingdom:

Oregon Zoo reveals names of rescued otter pups.

Writer spots that lions in Noah’s Ark kids’ books are nearly always ‘gay’.

Denver Zoo says male flamingos have been together for several years, could raise chick.

The London Zoo is celebrating Pride month in honor of its gay penguins.

Flying goats! Olympic Range mountain goats are being relocated by helicopter and ferry.

Videos!

Sea otters use tools, too. Now scientists look at their ‘archaeology’:

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Our Planet | Otters | Clip:

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The 10-month-old baby panda was named “Qiqi” at Shanghai Wild Animal Park:

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‘I’m being chased by an otter!’: Hilarious man versus beast:

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Penguin Chicks’ Stand Off Against Predator | Spy In The Snow | BBC Earth – Penguin chicks rescued by unlikely hero:

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Friday Five (love is love edition)

It’s the final Friday of Pride Month, and my husband and I are going on a small vacation.

It’s once again time for Locus Awards Weekend, a small sci-fi event we’ve been going to for a few years that is on the same weekend as Pride and whose hotel is conveniently really close to the end of the parade route and the location of the festival. So, Happy Pride!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of interest to queer folks, the top two stories of the week, and five videos (plus things I wrote).

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Gay teen couple leading new telenovela makes history in Mexico.

Report: Just One Accepting Adult Can Save an LGBTQ Young Person’s Life.

The Older Generation to Young Gay Men: “Why the Fuck Are You Complaining?”. I would say some of the older generation, not all of us.

The Religious Roots of Pride.

These rainbow flag-waving corporations donated millions to anti-gay members of Congress.

Stories of the Week:

Selfies now more deadly than shark attacks – report.

I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People .

Fit or Fitted – What’s the Difference? .

114 Times Trump Threw the LGBTQ Community Under the Bus.

German Locals Purchase Town’s Entire Beer Supply Ahead of Far-right Music Festival: ‘We Wanted to Dry the Nazis Out’.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Supplement 6/22/19: the spectrum from unreasonable to wonderful.

Sunday Funnies, part 37: What QQ.

Bone China Teacups, or more confessions of a sentimental fool.

You only gave us rights because we gave you riots: thoughts on Pride.

When did you know you were queer, or more confessions of an ex-evangelical homo devi.

Videos!

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

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Stranger Things 3 | Official Final Trailer | Netflix:

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LGBTQ+ Pride Month FYI: Larry Kramer | The View:

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21 Songs Every Gay Knows 🏳️‍🌈:

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Adam Lambert – Comin In Hot (Official Video):

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Weekend Supplement 6/22/19: the spectrum from unreasonable to wonderful

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This is not a usual Weekend Update. I changed the format of my Friday posts a few years ago for several reasons, one being that to include all of the links I gathered in a week took a much longer time to assemble the post than if I limited myself to a smaller number. This week was the first time since 2017 that I had significantly more than five videos I wanted to include, for instance. Plus a larger number of links than usual. Since I am running an online roleplaying game today, I know I won’t have time to do a typical Weekend Update on Saturday morning, so I’m assembling this post from links that almost, but didn’t quite, make it to the Friday Five.

Unreasonable People

Oregon governor sends police to find missing Republicans, bring them to Capitol. It gets weirder. Militia nutjobs have vowed to protect the senators. The senators are believed to be out of state so the state troopers can’t get them.

New Zealand Jails Nazi For Sharing Terror Attack Video.

Miami Herald: We Saw Naked Photos Of Falwell’s Wife. Seems as if Cohen’s claim that the blackmailer destroyed all the photos is wrong. Also: How cut-rate South Beach hostel launched Jerry Falwell Jr. ‘pool boy’ saga, naked picture hunt, and why it matters: Details emerging about behind-the-scenes maneuvering before Falwell’s 2016 endorsement of Trump.

Sandy Hook Father Wins Lawsuit Against Book Authors.

Alex Jones hit with sanctions by judge in Sandy Hook lawsuit.

MSNBC bashes ‘disorganized’ Trump for failing to ask about casualties until warplanes were launched against Iran. Given that the alleged president’s tweets about aborting the attack were grammatically correct, I’m assuming that Vladimir Putin dictated them after telling him to call off the strike.

Good News

How a Seattle skyscraper became a refuge for falcons – A once-endangered bird of prey thrives in a downtown high-rise.

Jon Hamm on ‘Good Omens’ and the Archangel Gabriel.

Videos

Good Omens [Bohemian Rhapsody]:

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Billy Porter “Love Yourself”:

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Dining at the Ritz:

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I’m Gay – Eugene Lee Yang – Eugene comes out as gay in his original, deeply personal music video, featuring music by ODESZA:

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Friday Five (awesome church sign edition)

Franklin Graham is wrong — real Christians aren't offended by the pride flag.

Franklin Graham is wrong — real Christians aren’t offended by the pride flag. Also, on a personal note, I want to point out that my Great-grandmother, who is mentioned in my recent Father’s Day post, was a United Church of Christ member. Represent! (click to embiggen)

It’s the third Friday of Pride Month, and rainbows are bursting out all over.

The weather has been a bit milder this week. Unfortunately, I, my husband, and a bunch of my co-workers have been experiencing symptoms of some sort of cold-like thing. No fun. OTOH, my adventures with trying to squirrel-proof my bird feeder since the squirrel I named Crazy Ivan last fall is no longer content to forage through the spillage under the feeder have been interesting.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of interest to queer folks, the top two stories of the week, five stories about homophobes and hater, five stories about bad religion, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus things I wrote).

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Dads Offer Hundreds Of Free Hugs At Pride Parade For Kids Whose Parents Rejected Them.

How to spot Real vs. Fake corporate support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

These awesome & inspiring church signs have doubled the congregation’s size – With all the hate in the world right now, we need a little love.

NEW YORK: Lawmakers Ban Gay/Trans Panic Defense.

Pride Comes to White Center – The neighborhood’s first-ever queer festival was a big gay success.

Stories of the Week:

Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s Good Omens – US Christian group condemns Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s story as ‘making satanism appear normal’ – but petition wrong company. Besides petitioning the wrong company, the series is already at an end, Neil has said there will be no sequel (he adapted the novel and made the show because of the dying request of his co-author, remember?)

Scotland’s crannogs are older than Stonehenge.

Japanese fishing trawler sunk by giant jellyfish.

Alabama man denies feeding meth to ‘attack squirrel’.

George Jedenoff: A 101-year-old TidBITS Reader.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Haters:

More hate vandalism on Seattle’s Capitol Hill: City says AIDS Memorial Pathway installations torn down.

FBI investigating more vandalism at Renton LGBTQ-friendly church.

“Embarrassed” High School Football Coach Suspends Players For Pride flag Burning, ‘all gays die’ Snapchat Video.

Missouri man arrested after threatening to ‘kill every gay person’ at pride parade has been charged.

More than 70 Philadelphia police officers on desk duty over racist, violent Facebook posts.

This Week in Bad Religion:

Defending a Lie With More Lies Has Become Essential Doctrine.

Throughline’ Traces Evangelicals’ History On The Abortion Issue. As I’ve said many times, I’m old enough to remember when evangelical Christians were pro-choice, and claimed that the Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stand was anti-Biblical.

‘Children are being hurt’: Rally calls on Southern Baptists to do more to prevent sexual abuse.

Parents Are Pulling Their Kids from a Christian Camp That Fired a Gay Counselo.

Religious Right Leaders Join Trump Re-election Rally, Warn Defeat Would be Win for ‘Spiritual Enemy’.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Billionaire Tom Steyer airing impeachment ad on ‘Fox & Friends’ .

Trump and the Rhetoric of Fascism. This op-ed tries to make the case that Trump isn’t actually a fascist, but the contradictions in his argument are… laughable.

Yes, the man who has said Islam “is incompatible with the Constitution” is now the head of the government commission tasked with investigating violations of religious freedom.

US Justice Dept. Tells Court Migrant Children in Federal Concentration Camps Don’t Need Soap or Toothbrushes.

Trump Super PAC Illegally Hid Donor’s Identity, Watchdog Says – Records released this week indicate the contribution came from an entirely different company, which may have knowingly violated federal campaign-finance laws.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/15/19: He didn’t stutter, they just don’t care.

Don’t let the revenuers rain on your parade, or lessons learned from my great-grandfather.

Sunday Funnies, part 36: Kyle’s B&B.

Colorful, dramatic, and large-scale: riffing on several sf/f topics.

Misleading notions my teachers taught, Part 2: Protestors were small, unconnected groups.

Videos!

A Message to Democratic Presidential Candidates: Run For Senate, Goddammit! | Full Frontal on TBS:

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2 gay veterans on their 25 years of love:

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Good Omens [Hallelujah]:

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

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For the first time ever, after four decades buried deep in the vaults, a previously unreleased version of ‘Time’, recorded in 1986 by Freddie Mercury for the concept album of the hit musical:

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Friday Five (mass anomaly edition)

A flock of sheep tells Jesus, "He isn't lost, we kicked him out." Jesus, who is carrying the sheep whose wool is the color of the transgender flag, replies, "I know. I found her."

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It’s only the second Friday of Pride Month, and yet this weekend is the third Saturday. Wow.

We had record-breaking heat on Wednesday. The official National Weather Service temperature for Seattle was 90 degrees, which may not seem like too hot, until you find out that the previous record for June 12 was 78 degrees. That’s quite a jump!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of interest to queer folks, the top two stories of the week, five fantasy and science stories, five stories about homophobes and hate, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Americans’ perception of LGBT+ rights under federal law largely incorrect: poll. For instance, 45% Wrongly Believe LGBT Americans Already Have Federal Anti-Discrimination Protections.

Not All Queer People Feel Like They Were “Born This Way”.

In ‘Love Calls Back,’ LGBTQ People Find Acceptance Doesn’t Come Easy.

It will take more than apologies to ease the tension between LGBTQ people & the police.

Embassies worldwide are defying Trump & flying the Pride flag without permission.

Stories of the Week:

The FBI Lost Track Of 62 Foreign Cooperators In The US, According To An Inspector General Report.

Vancouver grocery store shames customers with embarrassing plastic bags.

U.S. firearms distributor files bankruptcy as gun sales fall under Trump. As on old friend used to say, “My heart bleeds purple peanut butter for them.”

Opinion: Why do rich people lie, cheat and steal more than those on low incomes?

YouTube continues screwing up its own policies on racist content & anti-gay harassment.

This Week in Fantasy and Science:

A very modern divine comedy.

Good Omens’ Production Designer Reveals a Hidden Message He Built Into the Set.

‘Lucifer’ Renewed for Fifth and Final Season at Netflix.

It doesn’t take the end of the world to kill you – Even if some of us survive climate change, it won’t be pretty.

Mass anomaly detected under the moon’s largest crater.

This Week in Homophobes and Hate:

Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Death Threats, Vandalized Home Over Rainbow Porch.

Chicago White Sox To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Homophobic And Racist “Disco Demolition”.

Franklin Graham Goes on Anti-Gay Rant, Says ‘Gay Pride Flag Is Offensive to Christians’.

Preachers are having a ‘Make America Straight Again’ event in Orlando & they’re praying for violence, but it isn’t call bad news: Florida Cops Refuse To Provide Security For “Death To Gays” Christian Conference Celebrating Pulse Massacre.

TENNESSEE: Sheriff’s Deputy On Leave After Sermon Calling For Police To Execute LGBT People For Jesus.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

How Trump Snookered His Cultist Base On Mexico.

Trump’s Current Average: 12 Lies Every Single Day. I’m frankly surprised it’s this low…

Democrats need to get past impeachment jitters. It’s not 1998 and Trump is no Clinton. – If Democrats think Trump committed impeachable acts, launch the process and stop assuming it will be a political loser. That misreads history.

Impeach Trump and don’t worry (much) about President Mike Pence. We already have him.

Republicans lash Trump for being open to foreign oppo.

In Memoriam:

Dr. John, Legend of New Orleans, Dead At 77.

Sylvia Miles, flamboyant scene-stealer with two Oscar nominations, dies at 94.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/8/2019: Hate is an ugly look.

Sunday Funnies, part 35: Casey at the Bat.

Confessions of a packrat-haunted packrat.

Competing narratives, or, how can we tell the good guys from the bad guys?

Reminder: colors don’t have gender.

Videos!

Frozen 2 Official Trailer:

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Elton John & Taron Egerton – Your Song (Brighton & Hove 2019):

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Kevin McHale – James Dean (Official Video):

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Legion | Season 3: Official Trailer:

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Alfie Arcuri – Same:

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Friday Five (homophobes self-own edition)

“The Alliance Defending Freedom is once again misleading people about the financial impacts of our case. They claim the state’s lawsuit is ‘putting all her personal assets, including her life savings, at risk.’ That’s false. The sum total financial impact of the state’s lawsuit: A $1,000 court-ordered penalty, and $1 in attorney fees. We asked for no costs before either the state or U.S. Supreme Court. None. My office presented Mrs. Stutzman with multiple options, including delegating responsibilities for same-sex weddings to her employees, or simply declining to provide flowers for weddings aside from friends and family.”
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It’s Friday! Not only that, it is the first Friday of Pride Month! Happy Pride Month!

I’ve had sinus headaches and bad to awful hay fever for about three weeks, now. Not great. On the other hand, I’ve been getting many more birds at the bird feeder, so the local small bird population seems to be recovering from last fall’s obliteration at the talons of the young Cooper’s Hawk that was hanging out in the area. New species spotted this week at the feeder: a Savannah Sparrow!

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top two stories of the week, the top five stories of interest to queer folks, and five stories about homophobes and hate, five science stories, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Veteran, 97, parachutes into Normandy.

Former Parkland school deputy arrested on 11 charges tied to shooting.

How the ‘&’ Came by its Name.

I Didn’t Want to Go to Hell .

Half of LGBTQ employees say they have experienced verbal discrimination at work.

Queer stories of the Week:

Editorial: My Stonewall Is Black – It wasn’t just a queer rights movement, but a civil rights movement.

Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut Is Changing The Game For Queer Teen Movies.

17 Pictures That Changed The Course Of LGBT History.

Gay dads adopt six siblings to stop them being separated – The children had been in foster care for five years.

50 years later, NYPD finally apologizes for raiding Stonewall Inn. If ever a headline deserved the word finally… also, I’d be happier about this if there weren’t also frequently stories about current NYPD cops harassing trans people, you know?

This Week in Homophobes and Hate:

WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Upholds Previous Ruling Against Anti-LGBT Florist Barronelle Stutzman.

AG Ferguson statement on misleading claims about the financial impact of Arlene’s Flowers case. More on today’s ruling here.

An HIV+ man was refused service at a barbershop. He just won $75,000 in damages.

Brad Pitt Warns the Alt-Right Homophobes Behind Straight Pride: Stop Using My Image.

Transgender woman’s body pulled from Texas lake is latest in string of deaths.

This Week in Science:

Dinosaur Bones Shimmering With Opal Reveal a New Species in Australia.

Researchers solve mystery of the galaxy with no dark matter.

See the funky double asteroid that zipped by Earth.

There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written.

The Weird Science of Homophobes Who Turn Out to Be Gay – There is some research suggesting a link between being closeted and being anti-gay. But while the notion feeds many jokes, it also obscures very real homophobia.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Trump is angry he can’t watch Fox News in the UK. Fox News was de-licensed in the UK because it was ruled to be propoganda, not news.

Kushner’s Peace Plan Is Racist .

LISTEN: Here’s Trump’s Lawyer Telling Flynn if He ‘Implicates the President Then We’ve Got a National Security Issue’.

DOJ, Commerce reject Congressional subpoenas for census docs.

Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate..

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/1/2019: Love is an action, not a feeling.

Sunday Funnies, part 34: Murphy’s Manor & the 30-year Wedding.

If he talks like a bigot, acts like a bigot, is loved and supported by the other bigots….

It’s okay to like things that make you happy: my review of Good Omens.

Midweek Update 6/5/2019: Images of Words.

Oppressed Oppressors: Angry straight white men.

Videos!

A Mysterious Object Punched a Hole in the Milky Way:

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Teaser | Netflix:

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Stephen Colbert – Trump Praised for Behaving with Queen, Plus Meets Irish Prime Minister in Airport Lounge, Rather than Castle as Irish Gov Suggested:

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Trump Hits the U.K., Beefs with London’s Mayor & Gets Negged by Buckingham Palace:

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Manila Luzon – “Gay Man” Official Music Video:

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Friday Five (the end is nigh edition)

The end is nigh…

It’s Friday! We have five Fridays in May, which is cool, I suppose. Tomorrow is the beginning of Pride month!

The weather all week has been cool, overcast mornings (sometimes with some light rain), yielding to sunny and clear each afternoon, and the sunsets have been brilliant (though apparently that’s because of wildfires in Canada sending smoke into the upper atmosphere).

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I am breaking my rules. First, I bring you: the top two reviews of the week, then because it’s nearly Pride month the top five stories of interest to queer folks, and five generic stories of the week, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus some things I wrote).

Reviews of the Week:

Good Omens review: It’s what Sir Terry would have wanted – Good Omens is one of those classics that people who enjoy fantasy novels have to own. Written by Sir Terry Pratchett (The Discworld series) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Sandman), Good Omens is a witty, thought-provoking look at Armageddon.

5 reasons DOOM PATROL is the best superhero show of the decade. They are not wrong. And there are many more reasons!

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Hulu’s ‘Bravest Knight’ Will Be Cartoon Fairy Tale Featuring Gay Dads – Based on Daniel Errico’s book, the animated children’s series will follow a mixed-race couple and their 10-year-old daughter, and is slated to premiere in June.

You Probably Have a Lot More LGBTQ Co-Workers Than You Know: New Study Reveals Many Still Afraid to Come Out.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, pioneering transgender activists who were at the vanguard of the gay rights movement, will be immortalized in a monument that may be placed down the street from the Stonewall Inn.

Dad Teaches Transgender Son How To Shave In Emotional Gillette Ad. I cried. You may need a kleenex.

Bill signing makes Maine 17th state to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for minors. The new law will prohibit counselors, therapists and other licensed professionals in Maine from attempting to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

Generic stories of the Week:

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Suggests Company Could Leave Georgia Over Anti-Abortion Law.

Naomi Wolf’s Book Corrected by Host in BBC Interview. And what she got wrong is pretty awful…

Can This Naked Guy Change State Law?

How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years.

Awful, Deplorable People:

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un carrying out purge after Hanoi summit collapse. By ‘purge’ they mean he’s executing people… again.

Mike Pence Is a Terrifying Menace. Yes, he is. But we still need to impeach is m-f-ing boss.

Department Of Energy Press Release Rebrands Fossil Fuels As “Freedom Gas” And “Molecules Of Freedom”.

Texas Sec. of State David Whitley resigns after botched attempt to purge Hispanic voters.

Surgeon Who Stealth-Raped Fellow Doctor by Removing Condom Can Continue Practicing Medicine, Court Says.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Trump Deletes Tweet Admitting Russia Helped Him Get Elected.

‘Mindbogglingly stupid’: Conservative editor lists five reasons Trump’s new Mexico tariffs make no sense.

Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump.

Let’s Not Upset the President: The White House Tells the Navy to Hide the U.S.S. McCain — Navy Destroyer John McCain Hidden During Trump’s Japan Visit.

Federal prosecutors demand Cindy Yang records from Mar-a-Lago, Trump campaign.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/25/2019: Is irony officially dead?

Traditionally once known as Decoration Day, or Memorial for Grandma.

Shiny old toy: today, my Mac Pro Tower turns 10 years old, still going strong!

Confessions of a Coffee Maniac.

Dark barons and ultra-competent (conniving) wizards, or, more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!

Swamp Thing | Full Trailer | DC Universe:

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Todrick’s ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ Has More Fierce Men Dancing in Stilettos Than You’ve Ever Seen:

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Mathew V – Flashback (Official Music Video):

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Nakhane – Clairvoyant (Official Video):

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KAYTRANADA – YOU’RE THE ONE (feat. SYD):

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