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Friday Links (is anyone reading edition)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story of the Week

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

Science!

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

WHERE I THINK THEY ARE NOW: HOCUS POCUS EDITION.

This week in awful people

Las Vegas Shooter had ‘No Political Affiliation’.

News for queers and our allies:

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

This week in Writing

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

This Week in Covering the News

ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Two Weeks For No Good Reason.

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Could we reverse a hacked presidential election?

Things I wrote:

Celebrate Indeginenous Peoples Day.

What’s not to love about Halloween?

No one deserves to live in a closet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

Whitewashing the Second Amendment.

Story of the Week

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter .

Headline of the Year?

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

Science!

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

Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain.

Ancient Tomb of Santa Claus Discovered Beneath Turkish Church.

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

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

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

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

This Week in Natural Disasters

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

Fan Fiction – The New Inquiry.

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

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Ginsburg Slaps Gorsuch in Gerrymandering Case.

This week in awful news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week in the environment

Some Property Insurers Pulling Back From Highest Wildfire Risk Areas.

News for queers and our allies:

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

New Releases: October 2017 | LGBTQ Reads.

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

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

First ‘Bisexual Representation Award’ Winners Announced.

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

Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents .

This week in Words

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

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet.

This Week in Tech

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture war news:

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

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

Jeff Sessions reverses DOJ policy protecting transgender workers from discrimination.

This week in Politics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farewells:

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

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

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

We Never Needed Tom Petty Cover Bands.

Things I wrote:

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

Welcome October!

Thoughts & Prayers, again.

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

Normal is overrated — more adventures in dictionaries.

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

Videos!

Pacific Rim Uprising – Official Trailer (HD):

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

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Friday Links (lessons from history edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

The Economist – If tech firms were utilities.

Science!

Science Fiction & Fantasy’s Most Delightful Government Agencies.

Secret Documents Rewrite the Discovery of Neptune.

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

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

This Week in Natural Disaster

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

The Submissions Men Don’t See .

This week in Seattle

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

The Sorriest Bus Stop Championship: Seattle vs. Munhall.

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

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

This week in awful people

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

This week in Writing

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

Making Your Characters Want Something ~ It’s Important.

This Week in Tech

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

Culture war news:

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

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

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

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

ACLU sues Michigan over gay adoption screening.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

This week in Politics:

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

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

Senators prepare subpoena Manafort to appear at hearing.

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

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

Farewells:

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

What Is Playboy Without Hugh Hefner?.

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

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

Things I wrote:

Happy Fall to All of Y’all!.

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

Confessions of an aging homo devil.

Confessions of a sentimental fool.

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

Videos!

Stranger Things | Love in the Upside Down:

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

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

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Friday Links (making things visible edition)

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

MY YEAR INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL ALT-RIGHT.

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

The Week in Bisexual Awareness

7 Ridiculous Things NOT to Say to Bisexual Folks.

Science!

Celebrating and Mourning Cassini in Its Finale at Saturn.

Cassini’s own discoveries were its demise.

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

Archaeologists Discover Something Truly Bizarre in an Isolated Medieval Graveyard.

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

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

This Extinct Frog Probably Ate Crocodiles and Dinosaurs.

Narcissistic Parents Are Literally Incapable Of Loving Their Children.

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

This Week in Natural Disaster

Mexico Earthquake: More Than 200 Dead as Buildings Collapse.

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

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

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

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

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

This week in awful news

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

This week in awful people

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

News for queers and our allies:

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

This week in Writing

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

This Week in Tech

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

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

Culture war news:

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

This week in the Resistance:

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

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds.

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

Border Patrol Arrests Near Safe Zones Worry Immigrant Advocates.

This week in Politics:

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Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal.

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

Democrats’ Unsolvable Media Problem.

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

Undercover With the Alt-Right.

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

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

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

This Week in Foreign Enemies

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

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

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

Farewells:

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

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

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

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

Things I wrote:

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

A writer writes!

Angry men on buses — not all violence is equal.

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

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

Videos!

Wonder Woman – Etta Candy Reminisces About Diana:

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White Wedding (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli):

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

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

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Friday Links (something other than bad luck edition)

This week's Surviving the World Comic is spot on.

This week’s Surviving the World Comic is spot on. (click to embiggen) survivingtheworld.net

It’s Friday, the third Friday in September. I should be more happy about that than I am.

This week, my husband came down sick early in the week, and I have followed. So it hasn’t been a fabulous week for us. And you may notice that this week’s collection of links is a bit shorter, as once again I haven’t had as much time to read the news.

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

Links of the Week

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

One of the most common questions in American small talk is seen as rude in much of the world.

Study: Atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists.

Science!

Uranus is a ‘nightmare’ with a lopsided, tumbling magnetic shield that opens and closes every day like a light switch.

The Sun’s Energy Doesn’t Come From Fusing Hydrogen Into Helium (Mostly).

Climate-change deniers are the new Marlboro Men.

What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection: Some links are indisputable; others are more subtle, but the science is improving all the time.

Is climate change wreaking weather havoc? Evolving science seeks answers.

Why Extreme Deadly Hurricanes, Heat Waves and Wildfires Are Here to Stay.

The weather report is climate science, too.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Inspiration via meme.

Harrison Ford on ‘Star Wars’, ‘Blade Runner’, and Punching Ryan Gosling in the Face.

This Week in the Economy

Amazon Is Not Your Newly Cheating Lover, Seattle. It’s a Massive Business With a Low-Tax Agenda.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

Freelancers Sue Historic Black Magazine for $70,000 in Unpaid Invoices.

Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows.

This week in awful news

Multiple victims in shooting at Freeman High School; one student dead; suspect detained.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame

The ‘Handbook For Mortals’ Saga Continues As Lani Sarem Goes On The No Apologies Tour.

Liberal Celebrities Who Helped Elect Trump, Kindly STFU About DACA – You already proved that your ideology matters more than our safety.

News for queers and our allies:

Six Actors We Lost Prematurely To AIDS Who Are Worth Remembering.

This week in Writing

Let Me Tell You.

This Week in Tech

Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked.

An old link, but worth repeating: Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Guest Editorial: Enough About 9/11, Already.

This Week in Inclusion

I Was Made to Believe There’s Something Wrong With Me: Why #BlackLivesMatter in YA Lit.

This Week in Police Problems

The Detective Who Pulled a Gun on a Motorcyclist Had a History of Road Rage Complaints.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

“Oh hi Ivanka”: Finally, we know the least essential White House employee’s real role.

What it took for Republicans finally to feel betrayed by Trump.

This week in Politics:

Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After Fifth Man Accuses Him of Child Sex Abuse.

What You Need to Know About the Seattle Mayoral Succession.

“Prophetess” Opal Covey Comes in Last Place in Toledo Mayoral Race (Again).

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

Good Christian Boys: Jesus Worse Than Hitler.“We executed Nazis after World War 2 for engaging in collective punishment and ordering reprisal killings—rounding up and shooting innocent villagers after resistance fighters staged attacks. Kevin would have us believe that Jesus—the Prince of Peace, the Friend of the Poor, the Lamb of God, etc.—will happily drown little old straight ladies in nursing homes because He’s angry at gay men cavorting in bars on the other side of town.”

Study: A Picture of a Black Person Can Anger Trump Supporters and Change Their Politics.

Vox Day thinks lying is great “persuasion.” Unless people are lying about him..

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote.

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan.

China is getting tougher on North Korea—to stop the US from getting tougher on it.

This Week in Sexism

Amber Tamblyn Pens Open Letter to James Woods.

Emma, J.Law, and Scarlett’s Older-Man Problem.

Farewells:

Edith Windsor, Lesbian Trailblazer Who Changed Your Life, Has Died.

Edith Windsor, gay rights pioneer, dies at 88.

Postscript: Edith Windsor, 1929-2017.

How Edith Windsor Became a ‘Matriarch of the Gay-Rights Movement’.

Jerry Pournellle (1933-2017).

Things I wrote:

Sunday Funnies, part 25.

Confessions of a writing tool addict—good intentions paving the way.

Worry about you and other revelations for a Wednesday.

How people use a word can tell you more about them than they wish — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Alfie Arcuri – If They Only Knew:

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Propellerheads feat: Miss Shirley Bassey – History Repeating:

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The Hound – Can’t Let You Go (Official Video):

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Friday Links (apocalyptic weather edition)

A group of men calmly golf while a giant wildfire engulfs a hill behind them.

This photo of the Eagle Creek Fire, taken by Kristi McCluer of Vancouver, Washington, went viral this week, though few who shared the photo gave her credit.

It’s Friday, the second Friday in September. Usually at this point I will wax poetic about the blessédness of this month and the superiority of people burn during it, but right now with all the insane weather and earthquakes and wildfires and tsunamis… I’m not sure it’s really appropriate

All week long locally they’ve been promising us that the hellish smoke layer (seriously, ashes were falling from the sky like snowflakes on Tuesday, and the sun has been blood red for days) would start to clear out and be all gone before the end of the week. And then each day the forecast has revised and moved that day back. As I right this Thursday night we are still under a layer of smoke, air quality has only improved to Moderately Bad, and there has been no sign of the promised rain.

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

Links of the Week

Donald Trump Is the First White President. This essay is incredible and devastatingly honest and should be read even if you think you’ve heard enough about Donald.

Life is All the Negative Space Surrounding Orgasms and Belly Laughs.

The Week in Credit Where Credit is Due

We found the photographer who took these dramatic pictures of golfers in front of a hill on fire in Oregon.

Even Mister Rogers Knew What to Do with Haters

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In 1990 Mister Rogers Sued The KKK For Impersonating Him (and won!). In 1990, Mr. Rogers sued the KKK for impersonating his voice in prerecorded messages. These messages said “AIDS was divine retribution” and included radio skits simulating lynchings of black children on a playground. The messages were spread to elementary and middle school children by passing out misleading fliers with a phone number to call for a special message from a friendly neighbor.

Science!

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here’s how you can tell.

Bad Astronomy | UPDATE: Supertyphoons and Global Warming.

Swiss confectioners invent a new kind of chocolate for the first time in 80 years.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere

Tsunami warning issued for ‘hazardous’ waves after huge earthquake hits Mexico.

Tropical triple threat: Hurricanes Jose and Katia could join Irma striking land this weekend.

Hurricane Irma: storm batters Bahamas and Haiti while Florida evacuates – latest updates.

Floridians jam highways to flee wrath of Hurricane Irma.

Wildfires, poor air quality to plague western US as extreme heat persists.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

John Barrowman dressed up as Wonder Woman because John Barrowman.

Doctor Who Writer Gareth Roberts Talks Vile, Ignorant Trash About Trans Women.

An Open Letter to Gareth Roberts .

Sexual Harassment in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Communities Survey Results.

This Week in History

No, Your Ancestors Probably Didn’t Come Here Legally.

The Search For ‘The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong’.

Don’t Fuck with Librarians

One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books.

News for queers and our allies:

Christians Give Your Tithe Towards Trans Surgeries.

The Identity Asymptote.

Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Bi Stigma Is Real.

This week in Writing

Silvia Moreno-Garcia | When a YA writer ‘tanks’.

This Week in Tech

Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Was Revealed.

Nearly half of U.S. population has data affected by Equifax breach.

Culture war news:

Robert E. Lee descendent forced out of church after speaking against white supremacy.

Manslamming Street Experiment Take Up Space Experience.

Married Oklahoma GOP state Senator Ralph Shortey, who resigned in March after being caught with a male teen in a motel room, has been hit with four federal child porn and sex trafficking charges.

This week in so-called Christians

Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Doubles Down: Resisting Him Is Resisting “the Hand of God”.

This week in the Resistance:

Washington Among 15 States Suing Trump to Protect DACA Recipients.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

When Trump denounces the ‘fake media’ his anti-Semitic fans hear ‘Jewish media’.

5 times Trump made life miserable for Republicans (including this week).

Why Trump’s Immigration Gambit Will Likely Backfire.

Appeals Court Rejects Family Limits In Trump Travel Ban.

News about the Fascist Regime:

DOJ to retry woman who laughed during Sessions’ confirmation hearing.

Sheriff Clarke Was In Talks for a Trump White House Job.

This week in Politics:

Hillary Breaks Silence on Bernie — and She’s Not Wrong.

Hillary Clinton is right about Bernie Sanders.

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules.

Nancy Pelosi Actually Dictated Trump’s Last Tweet to Him.

House Conservatives Angry at Trump’s Debt-Ceiling Deal, Threaten Paul Ryan.

Senate passes debt-limit deal Trump struck with Democrats.

Trump bucked his own Treasury secretary and every top Republican by agreeing to a deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling.

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

Uh-oh. Genealogist goes back through Tomi Lahren’s family tree and it looks like she needs DACA.

The Alt-Right View of ‘Free Speech’ isn’t Even Simplistic.

This Week in Foreign Enemies

The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security.

Farewells:

Kate Millett, 1934-2017.

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on Walter Becker: ‘Hysterically Funny, a Great Songwriter’.

The Great Poet John Ashbery Is Dead.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 9/2/2017: More words and pictures.

If you don’t know labor history, you’re doomed to repeat the bad parts.

But it made perfect sense when I was reading it to myself….

Where is the missing generation of rabbit drag queens? — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

A New George Michael Single Has Been Released, and It’s a Nile Rodgers-Produced ‘Fantasy’:

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FUTURE FRIENDS by SUPERFRUIT:

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Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft [Official Video]:

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Friday Links (hot messes edition)

It’s September. How did that happen?

Ah, September, the most blessed of months. The month in which superior people are born! Perhaps, now that it has arrived, are long horrible hot and dry nightmare of a summer will end?

It’s also Friday, so, here are the links, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week

Man born and raised in UK told he is not a British citizen.

The Earl Grey Addict.

There is no such thing as western civilisation .

Science!

Raiders of the Lost Nova.

Rain-Swollen Addicks Dam in Houston Overflows for First Time.

Intelligent people are more likely to swear study says.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

IN WONDER WOMAN 2, ETTA CANDY DESERVES TO BE FRONT AND CENTER.

Emotional Labour in SFF – The Work Of Caring.

The Dynamic Queer Characters of Bone Street Rumba.

The Hubris of Icarus: Women Who Fly Into the Sun.

Too Long for Twitter: I don’t like fantasy maps. I understand the point she’s trying to make, but I think she intentionally gave this blog post a click-baity title.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Judge Says Richard Simmons Can’t Sue Tabloids Because Calling Someone Transgender Isn’t Defamatory.

This week in scams recently thwarted

Novel removed from independent stores’ best-seller list.

Handbook for Mortals: How an actress pretending to be an author exposed the house of card of bestseller lists.

This week in awful people

Chicago Public School Teacher Charged With Dealing Ammo, Gun Accessories In Federal Sting.

News for queers and our allies:

Hundreds Of Christian Leaders Denounce Anti-LGBTQ ‘Nashville Statement’.

Public library denies request to remove gay book from children’s section.

This Week in Tech

PSA: Now’s a good time to check which of your apps won’t open in iOS 11 as 32-bit support dropped.

Tweetment Effects on the Tweeted: Experimentally Reducing Racist Harassment.

Net Neutrality 101: Why It Matters |.

This Week in Inclusion

LGBT representation on television is tokenistic and de-sexualised.

Why I don’t use #ownvoices, and why readers should stop demanding writers’ personal credentials.

Culture war news:

The Nashville Statement Is Anti-LGBTQ Christian Bigotry Written in Stone.

This week in so-called Christians

Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch opens to Harvey victims after backlash.

Was Joel Osteen’s Houston ‘Megachurch’ Affected By Hurricane Harvey?.

Evangelical Pastor: Harvey Is God’s Judgment On Houston For Having A ‘Very Aggressively Pro-Homosexual Mayor’. If God is punishing us queers, how come he destroyed thousands of homes owned by straight people?

The Slowly Boiled Frog: Your daily dose of Liberty Counsel bat guano.

Survey Shows Most Christians Don’t Understand the Fundamentals of Their Faith.

Solarbird: The Nashville Statement.

Bigoted evangelicals comically think LGBTQs give a damn about their opinions.

The Christians Who Blamed Hurricane Katrina on Sinners Are Very Quiet Right Now.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses.

Trump relishes role as chief executive of Harvey response.

Finnish president denies Trump claim of fighter jets sale.

Malicious! See What Trump Did to Former President Jimmy Carter. Petty. He’s so petty.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Hurricane Harvey Spotlights Trump’s Planned Cuts to the National Weather Service.

White House Nazi Sebastian Gorka Worked Hard to Make it Sound Like His Firing Was a Resignation.

Mattis did not freeze Trump’s transgender troops ban.

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody. This is full-blown fascist dictatorship stuff!

This week in Politics:

Congressional Staffer Tells Young Activist His Lack of Religion is a “Problem”.

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

Trump’s bigoted base, by the numbers.

In chat rooms, Unite the Right organizers planned to obscure their racism .

Man arrested for firing gun at Charlottesville rally.

Sheridan police arrest man for fake story about being stabbed by an anti-fascist.

‘We only kill black people’: Georgia Cop Tells White Woman During DUI Stop.

Oklahoma police chief outed as owner of racist website and white supremacist record label.

This Week in Hate Crimes

KIRO Makes No Mention of Race in Story About Murdered Sikh.

Farewells:

Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens, Valiant World War II Spy, Dies at 98.

Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ actor, dead at 91.

He played Oscar Goldman in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘The Bionic Woman’ spinoff as well after working in such films as ‘Paths of Glory,’ ‘Seven Days in May’ and ‘Seconds’.

Things I wrote:

“Oh, it’s not that bad!” and other adventures in being human.

Confessions of a recovering evangelical, part 2.

Doubling down on the same-old hate, or drawing a new battle line?

Videos!

JUSTICE LEAGUE SDCC RETRO Trailer 2017 (Lucy Lawless would have been an awesome Wonder Woman in the 90s…):

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St. Vincent – New York (Official Video):

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LUIS FONSI – DESPACITO PARODY FT. DADDY YANKEE:

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4 The 2000’s by Todrick Hall:

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The War on Drugs – Pain [Official Video]:

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Friday Saturday Links (appalling statistics edition)

9% of the respondents to an ABC News poll say that it's acceptable for someone to hold White Sutpremacist/neo-Nazi views.

9% of the respondents to an ABC News poll say that it’s acceptable for someone to hold White Sutpremacist/neo-Nazi views.

I’m running so late on Friday Links that here I am posting them on Saturday.

Besides being another busy week for me at work plus a small medical thing and a vacation day that I really, really needed, there were just so many things I bookmarked. This week was just insane, news wise! And so much of what I’d bookmarked was just terrible news. Seriously, this week’s list of 80-some links is only a subset of what I bookmarked. So part of what took so long is me deciding which 50-some links not to include this time!

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

Link of the Week

#NotAllTShirts.

Story of the Week

Hurricane Harvey douses Texas as coastal residents find ‘devastation’.

Hurricane Harvey to drop “torrential rains” on Texas for days — live updates.

Hurricane Harvey: Beautiful but terrifying images of a monster storm.

Science!

Hell and High Water: Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

New Purple Pig-Nose Frog Found in Remote Mountains.

How Did The Chicken Safely Cross The Road?

What’s Making These Dogs In Mumbai Turn Blue?

Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix.

Here’s a better vision for the US-Mexico border: Make the Rio Grande grand again.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

THE DEFENDERS ACTUALLY MANAGED TO REDEEM IRON FIST.

OPINION: STAR TREK NEEDS TO LOOK FORWARD AGAIN, NOT KEEP REVISITING THE PAST.

Colton Haynes Kisses Charlie Carver and a ‘Teen Wolf’ Character Comes Out.

What it’s like to lose a Hugo Award.

This sassy, ‘Drag Race’-quoting sex unicorn is an ugly step backward for LGBT inclusion in games.

This Week in Publishing

Village Voice Goes Non-Weekly.

Meet John Smelcer, Native American Literature’s “Living Con Job”.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Federal judge rules Arizona’s Mexican-American studies ban was ‘motivated by racial animus’.

Don’t Fuck with YA Authors on Twitter

Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List? tl;dr: Yes, yes it did!

The YA Book That Has the YA Community Crying Foul.

Handbook for Mortals pulled from New York Times YA best-seller list.

Delve into the mystery of whether this YA novel is buying its way onto the NYT bestseller list.

Spotting Fakery?

How YA Twitter Is Trying To Dismantle White Supremacy, One Book At A Time.

Blues Traveler’s John Popper on the New York Times best-seller scam: ‘Justice was done’- A book by the band’s former manager Lani Sarem came under fire Thursday.

News for queers and our allies:

AUSTRALIA: Marriage Plebiscite May Backfire On Right Wing As Millennials Swarm To Vote For Their First Time.

This week in Words

Underwhelm | Merriam-Webster.

‘Chaise Lounge’ or ‘Chaise Longue’?

Patriot Word History.

This Week in Tech

AccuWeather caught sending user location data, even when location sharing is off.

Culture war news:

The Dangerous ‘Gay Men Are Misogynists’ Movement. This old myth rearing it’s head again…

When Local Officials Want to Tear Down Confederate Monuments but Can’t.

‘This Is Not Hazing. This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town’s Football Nightmare.

Ministry files lawsuit against Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group.

The nutjob seen holding a “Blacks for Trump” sign many times: Maurice Symonette, a man of many names and corporations.

A Clown Shares What Face Painting Taught Her About Male Violence In An Alarming Twitter Thread.

Pride Uganda has been crushed. Please don’t look away.

2017 a mixed bag for state legislatures on LGBT-related bills.

‘Anti-LGBTQ religious leaders provided ‘prayers’ before Trump provided the madness in Phoenix’ & other Wed midday news briefs.

Police Raid On Anti-LGBT Christian Hate Group Results In 100 Felony Counts Of Child Rape.

This week in the Resistance:

Medal of Honor recipient blasts Trump’s fiery Phoenix rally.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trump Is the Ultimate Republican.

Don Lemon on Trump’s Phoenix Speech: Total Eclipse of the Facts.

As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned.

Phoenix police deploy tear gas on protesters as Trump rally ends.

Trump officially bans transgender people from military.

Why Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio isn’t like most presidential pardons.

Trump Tells Texas “Good Luck” with Hurricane Harvey.

Trump’s trade policy on China won’t win its help on North Korea.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Hurricane Harvey Spotlights Trump’s Planned Cuts to the National Weather Service.

White House Nazi Sebastian Gorka Worked Hard to Make it Sound Like His Firing Was a Resignation.

This week in Politics:

Trump under fire over epic Friday news dump.

Japan says no direct threat following North Korea’s short-range missile launch.

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

Driver pushes into protesters in St. Louis street; 3 people sustain minor injuries.

Virginia judge denies bail to crying neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell.

German magazine’s new cover shows Trump giving ‘Sieg heil’ Nazi salute.

Two Texans Face Life in Prison for Federal Hate Crime Assault of Gay Men They ID’d via a Dating App.

This Man Used His Inherited Fortune To Fund The Racist Right.

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’.

The Legacy of White Supremacy: Why Confederate Monuments Should Come Down.

Durham’s Confederate Statue and the Backlash to the Backlash .

Driver pushes into protesters in St. Louis street; 3 people sustain minor injuries.

Emails: Breitbart editor pledges to do ‘dirty work’ for Bannon, smears Ivanka.

This Week in Foreign Enemies

Pro-Russian bots busily amplifying right-wing extremism surrounding Charlottesville.

Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon.

Russia’s Attacks on Democracy Aren’t Only a Problem for America.

Farewells:

Jay Thomas Dies: ‘Cheers’ & ‘Ray Donovan’ Actor Was 69.

Brian Aldiss, science-fiction writer, dies aged 92.

Brian Aldiss: the pre-eminent science-fiction writer – and always a gentleman.

Brian Aldiss, Author of Science Fiction and Much More, Dies at 92.

John Abercrombie, Wry And Exploratory Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72.

Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84.

The weekend that laughter died.

Dick Gregory understood the political power of comedy.

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91.

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91.

Jerry Lewis outlasted his critics.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 8/19/2017: Superheroes of all kinds.

Obstacles in our way—trying not to get mired while writing.

That statue doesn’t mean what you think it means—bless your heart.

I Didn’t Vote for Trump Because He Was Clearly Unfit for Office—and Still Is.

It means what it means and exactly the opposite at the same time—more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Jay Thomas on Letterman.2009.12.23 – The ‘Lone Ranger’ Story (Jay used to tell this story once a year on the Late Show):

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The deepest fish ever recorded on video at a depth of 8,178 meters (26,830 ft) in the Mariana Trench.:

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Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ Video Features the Wackiest All-Star B-Ball Game of the Season:

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – Gay Disney Fairy Tale – Shirtless Violinist:

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Friday Links (take a stand edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

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

Things We Saw Today: How You Can Help Charlottesville.

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

Science!

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

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Locus Online News » Worldcon News.

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

Farewells:

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

This Week in History

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee.

Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments.

This Week in Difficult to Classify

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

Fabulous, Darling!

Texas ‘bathroom bill’ dies in special legislative session.

Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill .

Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince .

This Week in Tech

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

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

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

Discord bans servers that promote Nazi ideology.

This Week in Misinformation

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

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

Burying the Lie of the “Alt-Left”.

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

Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America.

This Week in Covering the News

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

Culture War and Hate Crimes

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

Culture war news:

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

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

NEW TEXAS BILL WOULD MAKE RUNNING OVER PROTESTERS LEGAL.

Rauner Signs Law Removing Sex Crime Statutes of Limitation.

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

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

This week in the Resistance:

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

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

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

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlottesville: The Truth About Women and White Supremacy.

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

Watch the Vice Documentary on the Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally.

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

Videos!

John Oliver – Charlottesville:

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

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Friday Links (death defying edition)

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

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

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

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

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

Links of the Week

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

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal.

Science!

10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die.

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

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

Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close.

Study: The Milky Way is swarming with black holes.

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

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

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

Rare Fossils Reveal New Species of Ancient Gliding Mammals.

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

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere

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

This Week in Typography

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

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Locus Online News » Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal.

The Story of the Bad Ugly Monster by May Peterson.

This Week in History

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

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

News for queers and our allies:

The Hero Who Saved His Gay Friends.

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

This Week in the Patriarchy

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

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

This Week in Misogyny in Tech

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

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

Culture war news:

Republicans and Democrats differ markedly in perception of discrimination.

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

Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of California Pot Growers.

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

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

Texas Transgender Bathroom Bill Falters Amid Mounting Opposition .

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

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

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

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

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

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

News about the Fascist Regime:

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

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

This week in Politics:

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

Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn.

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

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

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

This Week in Hate Crimes

Minnesota mosque bombed during morning prayers.

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

Farewells:

Glen Campbell Is Dead at 81 from Alzheimer’s.

Things I wrote:

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

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

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

Videos!

P!nk – What About Us (Lyric Video):

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Move Your Body – Sia ft Kazaky:

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