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Friday Five (delusional states edition)

We have reached the third Friday in November. Our long national nightmare isn’t quite over, but we can see the ending from here.

There are so many fights we still have to win, but I am convinced we can do it. Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance—a day to remember our trans siblings who are no longer with us, and to pledge ourselves to fight for a world where we no longer need to memorialize those who have been taken from us.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I’m not breaking rules, but I’m breaking traditions. This week I bring you: five stories about the transgender day of remembrance, the top five stories of the week, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about sore losers, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

This Week in the Transgender Day of Remembrance:

Deadly year for trans community as Transgender Day of Remembrance marked.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Murdered, Suffocated And Burned Alive: 350 Transgender People Killed In 2020.

Between Two Worlds: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020.

Faith: It’s time once again to celebrate the diversity of humanity.

Stories of the Week:

PTSD expert explains how America can heal from Trump’s abuse: There need to be ‘consequences for the horrible things that happened’.

Out MSNBC analyst Steve Kornacki makes “Sexiest Men of 2020” list & it is about damn time.

Lil Nas X shut down a failed Republican candidate that came for him on Twitter with just seven words.

‘This isn’t a game’: Michelle Obama urges smooth transition – On Instagram, Obama recounted how she and her husband invited Donald Trump to the White House days after his shock 2016 win.

Trans teen gets pregnant after finding she has ovaries, uterus, cervix .

This Week in the Pandemic:

Was April 7, 2020 the day that sealed the fate of America?

The Coronavirus Has Now Killed 250,000 People in the U.S..

Damage to multiple organs recorded in ‘long Covid’ cases – Exclusive: study of low-risk individuals finds impairments four months after infection.

Everything You Need to Know About Covid-19 Testing Before the Holidays.

This young ER doctor had to tell Covid-19 patients when it was time to say goodbye to their families. Then the virus knocked him down.

This Week in Sore Losers:

Could GOP states ignore voters and send Trump delegates to the Electoral College? – It’s unlikely. Here’s how the byzantine body really works.

President Donald Trump’s election campaign on Wednesday asked a judge to declare him the winner in Pennsylvania, saying the state’s Republican-controlled legislature should select the electors that will cast votes in the U.S. Electoral College system.

‘Just ridiculous’: CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely claimed was dead.

‘Karen Was Upset’: Trump Suit Cites Mostly Trivial Complaints By GOP Poll-Watchers .

In abrupt reversal, Michigan’s largest county certifies election results – Allies of President Donald Trump had celebrated the initial deadlock in Wayne County, even though the dispute was highly unlikely to alter the outcome of the election.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer reveal their Plan B was to takeover the Michigan capitol building with 200 combatants, who would stage a week-long series of televised executions of public officials.

Trump makes one last effort to cut Social Security, maximize hurt to the disabled.

Georgia’s secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude legal ballots.

Two terrifyingly anti-LGBT+ candidates running for Virginia governor want to make queer people ‘second class’ citizens.

2019 Was The Deadliest Year For Hate Crimes On Record, New FBI Data Shows – The overall number of hate crimes also rose to a 10-year high, even as fewer law enforcement agencies bothered to report their statistics.

In Memoriam:

Seattle Aquarium’s oldest sea otter, Lootas, dies at 23.

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Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/15/2020: Sore Losers and Suckers.

And the BS lawsuits continue….

A bit of this, a bit of that, and I think I need more coffee….

Topical Videos!

Michigan Republicans Disgrace The GOP With Failed Attempt To Block Certification Of Election Results:

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Trump & Election Results: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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Trump Bullies Election Officials & Giuliani’s Hair Has A Meltdown | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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President Obama is Scared of Sasha and Roasts Donald Trump:

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Don’t Tell Donald He’s NOT RE-ELECTED TODAY! – Randy Rainbow Parody:

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And the BS lawsuits continue…

“Trump is filling bullshit lawsuits to generate headlines. None of them will flip a single state.”

“Trump is filling bullshit lawsuits to generate headlines. None of them will flip a single state.”

I’m still spending most of my energy on NaNoWriMo, so you get another news link post:

Trump’s election ‘legal challenges’ won’t change 2020 results. Can he win by losing?

‘I have never seen this before’: Legal expert stunned by argument in latest Trump voter fraud lawsuit. And not because it’s brilliant.

Weekend Update 11/15/2020: Sore Losers and Suckers

Taking a short break from NaNoWriMo to share some more news links.

“There have been more Trump aides who have tested positive for coronavirus since the election than documented cases of voter fraud.”

“There have been more Trump aides who have tested positive for coronavirus since the election than documented cases of voter fraud.”

At least 40 in Trump inner circle have contracted Covid – who are the newest cases? – Another cluster was identified this week – and several infected people had attended the White House’s election night party.

More than 130 Secret Service officers are said to be infected with coronavirus or quarantining in wake of Trump’s campaign travel.

The Confederate flag and the MAGA brand have something in common — they both represent lost causes that lasted only four years.

Where Trump’s recount fundraising dollars are really going — Money raised to pay for recounts goes to covering campaign debts, funding future political activities and boosting like-minded figure.

Lost causes, from the Confederacy to Trump.

The Lost Cause of the Trumpocracy.

“The Million MAGA March is mostly men because they're not very good at getting women to come.”

“The Million MAGA March is mostly men because they’re not very good at getting women to come.”

‘Million MAGA March’ Falls More Than 900,000 Short of a Full Deck.

Donald Trump’s “Million MAGA March” Draws 5K People In DC.

White supremacists, far-right groups behind most US domestic terror incidents in 2020.

Roy Den Hollander was entrenched in ‘anti-feminist’ male supremacy movement – The suspect in an ambush on a judge’s family was a member of Men Going Their Own Way, who seek to avoid “the negative influence of women entirely.”.

Friday Five (daily double edition)

New York Times front page…

We have reached the second Friday in November. Half of my brain says that surely that can’t be right because it is obciously many, many, many months past that date–while the other half of my brain keeps hoping that it is much earlier in the year.

I wish I had some words of wisdom, but most days I feel as if I am barely hanging on to any semblance of reality by by fingernails. The fragileness of it all ought to have been alleviated by Trump being trounced in the election, but the evil narcissist is still officially president for nearly 70 more days, so no, it hasn’t.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I an breaking a few rules. But since the rules I am breaking don’t imperil the republic, I dont feel guilty about them. So, the week I bring you: the top five stories that have nothing to do with either presidential campaign of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about the possible future of our fragile republic, five stories about the evil forces trying to destroy our republic, five stories about the sore loser, five stories about haters and other deplorables, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

Squid-like creature that looked like a giant paperclip lived 200 years.

The Problem with Honey Bees – They’re important for agriculture, but they’re not so good for the environment.

That ‘murder hornet’ nest scientists found and destroyed had nearly 200 queens. They say they got there ‘just in the nick of time’.

Newly discovered primate ‘already facing extinction’.

Two-million-year-old skull of human ‘cousin’ unearthed.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws Will Move to States, With Trump Judges to Defend Them.

New ‘blueprint’ lights way for Biden to reverse Trump policies on LGBTQ rights.

Wentworth Miller Says He’s Done With ‘Prison Break’ And Playing Straight Men – The “Legends of Tomorrow” actor, who is gay, said he’s eager to focus on queer representation on-screen moving forward.

Biden-Harris Transition Team Includes Trans Veteran, LGBTQ+ Notables.

Gay man adopts five siblings because family is forever (even if it changes slightly) – A former foster kid, he knew how hard it could be in the system. After all, he was separated from his eight siblings when he entered the system himself.

This Week in the Pandemic:

Everything you need to know about the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. “Many vaccines which require cold storage need to be kept at around 4°C or lower but it has been suggested that the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at -70°C. This could pose problems for transport and storage of the vaccine.” That is a really big logistical nightmare that very few are talking about… How will a COVID vaccine be distributed once it’s approved by FDA?

Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing. Here’s what it will take to gain control – Experts continue to emphasize the importance of masks, social distancing and other public health measures.

U.S. sets another record with over 153,000 new coronavirus cases as states threaten lockdowns.

‘You Can See The Regret’: ICU Nurse On Patients Who Failed To Take COVID Precautions.

Pelosi, Schumer renew push for $3.4T coronavirus relief bill, teeing up battle with McConnell.

This Week in the Future of Democracy:

Big John Fetterman Can Save the Democratic Party — if the Democrats Let Him – Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor on why Democrats must embrace legal weed, what he thinks about fracking, and why Trump has a clear lane to running in 2024.

What ‘Centrists’ Don’t Understand About Liberalism – Equality is the root of Democratic politics and policies. “Centrist” republicans are just bog-standard republicans who are too dim to realize they are using dog-whistles when they use them.

‘We’re not some demonic cult’: Democrats fume over faulty messaging – Rank-and-file lawmakers are anxious, but major leadership changes are unlikely.

Sen. Angus King Says Republican Silence Is Putting National Defense In Danger.

Tlaib lashes out at centrist Dems over election debacle: ‘I can’t be silent’ – In a scathing memo, progressives say centrists are playing into Republicans “divide-and-conquer racism.”.

This Week in Failing to Prove Election Fraud:

Coalition of election officials, stakeholders says there is ‘no evidence’ votes were compromised.

USPS ‘Whistleblower’ Told Agents Project Veritas Penned His Ballot-Tampering Claim = Audio of Richard Hopkins’ interview with investigators shows him walking back his claim of ballot-tampering and admitting he wasn’t fully aware of what was in the affidavit.

In poll watcher affidavits, Trump campaign offers no evidence of fraud in Detroit ballot-counting.

Single Nevada case shows futility of Trump effort to reverse election result.

Former WA Republican Attorney General: ‘Irresponsible’ to try forcing electoral college to defy state voters.

This Week in Sore Losers:

Donations under $8K to Trump ‘election defense’ instead go to president, RNC.

Team Biden sees Trump’s post-election fight as comedy of errors.

Trump Reportedly Screamed at Rupert Murdoch Over Fox News’ Arizona Call for Biden.

Four Seasons Total Landscaping Is a Perfect Trump Backdrop.

Trump’s temper tantrum shows why we must stop praising those who don’t accept defeat.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Michigan governor kidnap mastermind wanted to execute her on live TV and burn the state capitol: report.

Militia leader Stewart Rhodes says he has men stationed outside of D.C. ready to engage in violence on Trump’s order.

‘Embrace Your Bullsh!t’ – The Top Five Times the Religious Right practically swooned over Donald Trump.

Meet Dean Browning, the politician busted for likely posing as gay, Black, Trump-lover on Twitter.

Democratic Officials Lied About Role in Alex Morse Smear, Internal Report Finds – A Democratic attorney urged students to leak vague allegations against Morse to Politico, the students told an internal party investigator.

In Memoriam:

Legendary Trans Performer Bambi Lake Passes Away at Age 70.

Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80.

Remembering Alex Trebek, The Man With All The Answers.

‘Jeopardy!’ producer talks Alex Trebek’s ‘nice final day’ before his death – “He was coherent. He wasn’t in pain, and the fact that he had a nice final day, I think makes all of us in the ‘Jeopardy!’ family feel much better,” one of the show’s executive producers told TODAY.

Opinion: Alex Trebek left us a tremendous gift.

Tributes Pour Out for Alex Trebek After ‘Jeopardy’ Icon Loses Cancer Battle; Producers Reveal Final Show Date.

A Wake for Alex Trebek – Jeopardy! contestants, past and present, mourn the loss of their legendary host.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 11/7/2020: Biden-Harris for the win.

Sunday Update 11/8/2020: Sore loser.

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You tried to destroy my Republic. Prepare to lose the election!”.

So it ends in a scruffy parking lot between a dildo store and a crematorium.

Random Noun Syndrome, or, if a white-bearded queer can’t laugh at himself, who can?

Dragged kicking and screaming….

Topical Videos!

Republicans Are 0 For 10 In Lawsuits Seeking To Overturn Biden’s Election Win:

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Trump Lost the 2020 Election, So Republicans Are Attacking Democracy: A Closer Look:

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Trump Has Yet To Show Real Evidence Of Fraud, But Getting Him Out Of Office May Be A Bumpy Ride:

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McEnany’s answer stuns Cooper: That’s next level stuff “Soon, as many 282,000 Americans will have died”:

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – I Lost On Jeopardy (Official Video)
This video needs some context. Weird Al wrote this parody just a bit over a year before the first episode of the rebooted Jeopardy hosted by Alex Trebek was recored. The set shown in this music video is based on the way Jeopardy looked during its initial run during the ’60s and ’70s. Art Fleming, who was the host for it’s entire first run until 1979 appears in the video. Don Pardoe, who was the announcer on this and dozens of other NBC show during the 50s, 60s, and 70s has a vocal appearance. Those you not old enough to remember to old version of Jeopardy by recognize Pardo as the man who was the announcer for more than 25 seasons of Saturday Night Live. This Weird Al song is a parody of the pop song “(Our Love’s in) Jeopardy” recorded by the the Greg Kihn band and reached the Top Ten in 1983. Greg Kihn makes a cameo at the very end in an appearance that evokes the official music video of his band’s song. While technically this Weird Al song has nothing to do with the Trebek Era of Jeopardy I still think it is a tribute to the deep cultural impact the show has had on us all:

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So it ends in a scruffy parking lot between a dildo store and a crematorium

Still trying to put most of my energy into NaNoWrMo, so once more, not much in the way of a substantive blog post.

“I'm sorry I can't let this go: the same people who can't find the right Four Seasons want you to believe they uncovered 40,000 fraudulent ballots in Philadelphia?”

“I’m sorry I can’t let this go: the same people who can’t find the right Four Seasons want you to believe they uncovered 40,000 fraudulent ballots in Philadelphia?”

The Best Four Seasons Total Landscaping Memes For Your Viewing Pleasure.

“Witness” Featured At Rudy Giuliani’s PA Dildo Shop Adjacent Press Conference Is Convicted Sex Offender.

Moving on?

How to reuse or recycle political signs instead of adding to landfills.

Fox News Did The Bare Minimum And Finally Stopped Showing The Trump Team’s Latest Election Lies.

Rupert Murdoch ‘told Trump he had lost’ after he whinged about Fox coverage.

Elseweb, people asked how my NaNoWriMo word count was going. As you can see in the above image, not badly at all, thank you.

Finally, let’s let the great Kate McKinnon finish things off:

SNL’s Kate McKinnon and Colin Jost Totally Lose It Ridiculing Rudy Giuliani Over His ‘Four Seasons’ Trump Lawsuit Press Conference:

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Weekend Update 11/7/2020: Biden-Harris for the win

That’s the headline I’ve been waiting for… (click for the article)

You’ve certainly seen the news everywhere else, by now, but I have a few comments…

The total is up to 279 as I’m assembling this post… (click to see the story)

So, President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris. What a wonderful thing to wake up to!

AP, major networks call presidential race for Biden.

“It’s just the networks,” a certain barely animate ghoul said in another news conference… except for weeks the pussy-grabber-in-chief the ghoul works for has been insisting that whoever is called the official winner on Election Night was the true winner. And who calls it all election night? The networks! Not one state in the union certifies their final vote until weeks after. That’s how it’s always been, because counting millions of votes and auditing the counts takes time.

But it isn’t just the networks, because yesterday Reports: Secret Service ramping up Joe Biden protection. On the news late last night (I’ve been listening while working on NaNoWriMo), a reporter outside Biden headquarters in Delaware commented that when he and the comeraman arrived earlier in the day, the amount of Secret Service security they had to go through to get to their spot was siginificantly more complicated than it had been the day before.

But let’s move on a bit…

Biden Celebrations Erupt On Streets Of USA.

Obama Congratulates Biden On “Decisive Victory”.

World Leaders Congratulate Biden And Harris.

I laughed last night when, in a segment discussing how every other losing president before the current person has graciously conceded and started the process of working with the new candidate’s transition team when the news anchor said, “…but this is undoubtably the most incompetent, corrupt administration in the history of the nation, so even if they were so inclined, are they even capable of managing a transition?”

And proving the point this morning:

Trump lawyers hold presser at landscape company; vow fight is not over in Philly and pledge new lawsuits. Let me lead with this quote, and then explain:

Trump announced his lawyers’ news conference on Twitter just hours earlier — first saying it would take place at Center City’s posh Four Seasons Hotel, only later to delete his tweet and name the correct venue: outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Holmesburg, in Philadelphia’s 65th Ward.

What seems to have happened is that in a rush to get people in front of the cameras to denounce what networks calling Pennsylvania for Biden, someone in the campaign was tasked with booking a conference room or something at the Four Seasons Hotel… but apparently they called the wrong business.

I am informed by my husband that people are posting screen grabs online where you can see the adult bookstore that is next to the landscaping business behind Giuliani’s head.

I mean some of it is just so stupid: they asked Supreme Court Justice Alito to stop the vote counting in Philadelphia (after lower courts had refused to do so), on the grounds that ballots which came in after the normal deadline should be segregated until the lower courts decided what to do about that fact that the governor and state supreme court had worked out a deal to had three days for the mail-in ballots to arrive because between the pandemic and all of the effort’s of tRump’s post master general to hobble the postal service, there was reason to believe ballots that should have arrived on time wouldn’t. The state responded that they had already segregated the ballots and were not counting them, yet. Alito’s ordered them to keep the ballots segregated and continue counting the others.

tRump’s team thought that was a win. But if you understand judge-speak and look at the order, Alito (who is very conservative and prone to be in favor of the administration) essentially said, “Why are you bothering me with this? They’re already doing what they ought.”

And I want to point out: they were asking for the vote counting to stop at a point where Biden was winning. The only way, at that point, for Trump to win, was not if they stopped counting, but rather if they kept counting and by some miracle nearly every single uncounting ballot was for Trump, and virtually none were for Biden.

I recognize that the narcissistic grifter in charge is screaming at people to file lawsuits and do something about it, but there isn’t anything to do. He’s lost.

EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for Biden.

Trump Can Try, but the Courts Won’t Decide the Election.

Trump’s last-ditch US election lawsuits not going well for president, experts say.

Of course, he’s mostly trying to stir up his base in some delusional belief that a civil war will break out and that he will win. And so far his gun-nut supporters have been more bluster (with some tragic exceptions) than bite.

Let’s move on…

Earlier in the week I was getting irritated at tRump-supporters who were throwing around the word “statistics” when they clearly didn’t actually understand any of the mathematical subjects they were trying to invoke (Because I majored in math at university and statistics/game theory is almost certainly what I would have studied if I’d gone to grad school). But I’m supposed to be doing NaNoWriMo, not write long blog posts, so I didn’t. Fortunately, Camestros Felapton came to my rescue:

The GoP War on the word “statistically”.

I Guess I’m Talking About Benford’s Law.

He has some really pretty graphs in the second one…

Anyway, I think I’m going to go out for a celebratory latte… which I hope to get in a Starbucks Christmas cup!

Friday Five (farewell Mr Bond edition)

Now that’s what a Double-oh agent should look like!

We have reached the first Friday in November.

It’s been a really tough four years, and this week has not been the spectacular knock out many were hoping for, but we’re nearly at the end of the beginning, I’m quite sure. Because everyone is suffering from outrage fatigue and anxiety exhaustion and existential debility, I think we need a break. So I have organized this week’s Friday Five to minimize the angst. Yes, politics is mentioned, but more headlines about the good things that you probably missed because all of the oxygen has been sucked up by the liar in chief.

So let’s get to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories that have nothing to do with either presidential campaign of the week, five stories related to the election but again only cool things, five stories of mostly uplifting interest to queer people and our allies, five stories about science and science fiction, five stories about the tops of the tickets, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:

It’s (After) Nov. 4 and COVID-19 isn’t just still with us, it’s actually worse than ever.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of DeRay Mckesson in Cop Lawsuit.

Activist Destroys Kansas City Police Commissioners One By One At Community Meeting.

‘This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon .

Stirring up a hornet nest – safely. Two more murder hornet queens captured in my state…

This Week in Non-outrageous Election News:

Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize hard drugs.

With Election Day sweep across four states, recreational pot sales will soon reach one-third of Americans.

Florida votes to raise state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

14 Victorious LGBTQ Candidates Who Made History in the 2020 Election.

America agrees: Nate Silver is the absolute worst & Steve Kornacki is the best.

This Week in Science Fact and Science Fiction:

The Milky Way makes little galaxies bloom, then snuffs them out.

Great Scott! This Custom BACK TO THE FUTURE Bass Guitar Rocks.

Not aliens: Mysterious burst of radio waves traced to a magnetar.

In A Pandemic World, We’re All Engaging In Speculative Fiction.

NASA’s new rocket would be the most powerful ever. But it’s the software that has some officials worried.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Meet the 2020 ‘Rainbow Wave’ of LGBTQ+ Election Victories.

Nevada voters turn same-sex marriage ban into legal protections for gay couples – Nevada voters approved the only LGBTQ rights ballot initiative in the country this year.

Awesome dad asks the internet for advice after seeing his teenage son kissing another guy in public.

The sheriff fired her because she’s a lesbian so she ran against him. She’ll be the new sheriff now.

Editorial: Wake-up call on LGBTQ rights.

This Week in the Fight For Democracy:

Biden breaks Obama record for most votes.

Why the Post Office’s Last-Minute Ballot Crisis Isn’t as Dire as It Seems.

Surprise, surprise: Gay Republicans really are self-loathing, study finds.

Jake Tapper Decries Trump’s Unhinged Speech As ‘Feast Of Falsehoods’ And ‘Pathetic’.

Stay Tuned: It’ll Take A Little Longer To Find Out Who Won The 2020 Election.

In Memoriam:

Oh, Mr Connery, how we miss you!

Sean Connery: James Bond actor dies aged 90.

Sean Connery, Who Embodied James Bond and More, Dies at 90 – To legions of fans who have watched a parade of actors play Agent 007, none played the part as magnetically or as indelibly as Mr. Connery.

Sean Connery and His Son Jason Smile Together in One of Late Actor’s Last Family Photos.

This is Sean Connery’s best James Bond movie.

How Sean Connery Turned a Regular Rolex Into “The Bond” – In Connery’s hands, the standard Submariner became an icon.

Alan Cumming reveals adorable dad/son vibes he shared with the late Sean Connery.

John Sessions, British Actor-Comedian Who Appeared On ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ And ‘Doctor Who’, Dies At Age 67.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 10/31/2020: Scarier than any Halloween costume.

I hope you’re having a spooktacular Halloween!

Sunday Update 11/1/2020 – Words and Images.

The Election Doesn’t End Until Every Vote Is Counted!

Cumulative realities, or the night before the world changes….

Get out there and vote!

When the real world becomes too stressful, write a better world.

Topical Videos!

Biden Urges Patience And Trump Claims Victory As Battleground States Count Their Ballots:

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Trump Cries Fraud and Calls Dibs on the Presidency | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Trump Is Losing the Election, So He’s Trying to Destroy Democracy: A Closer Look:

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LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special | Official Trailer | Disney+:

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Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious Graphic Novel Trailer:

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The Election Doesn’t End Until Every Vote Is Counted!

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Edited to Add: Reuters: Record-Shattering 95 Million Early Voted By Today.

Edited to Add 2: Since it was asked elseweb, yes, I’ve already voted. We filled out and dropped off our ballots well more than a week ago. I have verified that my ballot was received and my signature verified.

Weekend Update 10/31/2020: Scarier than any Halloween costume

“These are the headlines... God, I wish they weren't!”

“These are the headlines… God, I wish they weren’t!”

I’d rather just be posting a bunch of Happy Halloween images, but here we are:

Biden Team Cancels Texas Event After Highway ‘Ambush’ by MAGA Cavalry – Dozens of pickup trucks, many with Trump flags, surrounded a Biden campaign bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin. The trump supporters, many heavily armed, outnumber police 50-to-1.

Very fine people, I’m sure. And so brave to confront a bus full of “libruhl snowflakes” like that…

Stanford study estimates that 18 crowded Trump rallies ultimately resulted in 30,000 coronarvius cases, 700 Deaths.

“Proud Boy” Charged In Polling Station Bomb Threat.

Woman accused of impersonating prosecutor, dropping criminal charges against herself.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty University: You Damaged My Reputation And The Lincoln Project Is Behind It All. I don’t know what to say about this. It’s there a point where the judge can say (looking at the mountain of news covered that came out over the course of years ranging from the two pool boys to the sketchy real estate deals, to his own posting of the questionable drunken picture on his own Instagram account), “You had no reputation left to destroy”?

Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study – Swedish university finds ‘dramatic shift’ in GOP under Trump, shunning democratic norms and encouraging violence.

I’m not sure it’s so much a shift, as simply stopping hard on the accelerator in the direct the party steered toward first under Nixon, but what do I know? I’ve just spent the last 50 years reading the news and debating Republican supporters in real time…

I can’t deal with any more of this depressing news. Let’s move on.

It’s Halloween! Here’s a spooky song:

Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good (with an assist from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark):

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Friday Five (time for an exorcism edition)

You can't have it both ways...We have reached the fifth and final Friday of October.

Usually I would be loading this post with lots of Halloween links, but there’s just too much serious, frightening, and potentially deadly stuff going on in the world (don’t worry, Halloween does appear a few times!). I’m not just talking about the ongoing problem of people testing positive for COCID at my husband’s workplace (his first test came back negative; keep your fingers crossed for us, if you will).

So, let’s jump to this week’s Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story that deserved its own topic, the top five stories of the week, five stories about haters and deplorables, five stories about the moronic thug occupying the Oval Office, five stories about those trying to suppress the vote and those fighting the suppression, five topical videos, and five music videos (plus some things I wrote).

Science Visualization You Must See of the Week:

A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air – The risk of contagion is highest in indoor spaces but can be reduced by applying all available measures to combat infection via aerosols. Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure.

Stories of the Week:

Historical photos of men in love: They were born 120 years too early.

Billy Porter: America Is Not ‘Better Than This.’ But It Can Be.

Death Rates Have Dropped for Seriously Ill Covid Patients – Survival rates have improved with medical advances and less crowded hospitals, studies say. But the latest record-breaking surge in infections could reverse the gains.

Two ‘murder hornet’ queens captured from tree in Blaine.

Bruce Springsteen calls on fans to vote against President Trump – “It’s Time For An Exorcism” In DC.

This Week in Haters and Other Deplorable People:

Dueling protests in Pittsboro feature fisticuffs, taunts.

FBI Collars Two More Alleged Neo-Nazis In Michigan.

Burkman, Wohl ordered to send corrective message to victims of US voter-intimidation robocall – Jack Burkman, Jacob Wohl face felony charges in Michigan for alleged voter-intimidation scheme. I’ve seen other people think that this is all the punishment they are getting. This is still pre-trial stuff. I mean, it indicates that the judge thinks the evidence is so overwhelming that they will not prevail. If they don’t do this, they will be guilty of contempt of court while still facing charges in at least two states and federal court.

‘We Merely Need to Dampen Turnout’: Leaked Docs Show Top Trump Allies’ 2016 Plan to Suppress Black Voters.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Sues Liberty University: You Damaged My Reputation And The Lincoln Project Is Behind It All.

This Week in the Fight Over Democracy:

Duval County judge resigns from vote-counting board after Trump donations uncovered.

Report Warns that 5 States At High Risk For Election Violence By Militias.

Democrats in Pennsylvania, North Carolina claim key wins at Supreme Court ahead of election.

Brett Kavanaugh’s defense of voter suppression is riddled with errors.

The White Extremist Group Patriot Front Is Preparing For A World After Donald Trump.

This Week in the Moronavirus Occupying the White House:

Trump supporters hospitalized after being stranded in freezing cold at late-night rally.

White House science office falsely claims Trump ended COVID-19 pandemic as US hits record cases.

‘Helping the president’: HHS official sought to rebrand coronavirus campaign – Documents reveal how political considerations shaped planning for a taxpayer-funded ad blitz to ‘defeat despair’ over Covid-19.

Trump is averaging more than 50 false or misleading claims a day.

Trump makes unhinged threats against Miles Taylor at Florida rally: ‘Bad things are going to happen to him’.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 10/24/2019: Invasive problems.

Being kind is too much to ask—or, yet more confessions of a queer ex-evangelical.

I put a spell on you! Or, more of why I love spooky sf/f.

Topical Videos!

Would You Still Hookup With Someone After They Said This?:

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Kamala Harris – Coronavirus, Police Reform, And Unifying America | The Daily Social Distancing Show:

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Weekend Update: The Village People on Donald Trump Using Their Music – SNL:

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Cher – Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe (Live at the 2020 I Will Vote Concert):

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Tenacious D – Rocky Horror the Vote – “Time Warp” (with special guest appearances by Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete, and more):

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Music Videos!

Dolly Parton’s Mom Used To Sing Songs That Told Great Stories:

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Vinnie Vincent Invasion – “Love Kills” From A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 movie:

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I Put A Spell On You – Bette Midler – Hocus Pocus 1993 – HD edited:

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I can make you a man (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show):

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Panic! At The Disco: Emperor’s New Clothes [OFFICIAL VIDEO]:

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