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Friday Links (no one right way to do Pride edition)

It’s Friday. The fourth Friday in Pride Month. That means this weekend is when a lot of Seattle’s Pride Events are happening! Happy Pride!

We have a full schedule with Locus Awards Weekend, some Pride events, and fun things with friends.

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

Links of the Week

[Comic] Robot Hugs: There is no one right way to Pride.

It’s a joy to watch this guy’s Hot Wheels restoration YouTube channel .

This week in international hate crimes

European Court Condemns Russia’s Gay Propaganda Law.

Happy News!

From Oval Office, teacher of the year delivers a message on transgender rights.

Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy.

This week in awful news

“Black Live Matter. Love is Love. Climate Change is Real. Religious Freedom for All. Immigrants Make America Great. Women's Rights Are Human Rights.”

“Black Live Matter. Love is Love. Climate Change is Real. Religious Freedom for All. Immigrants Make America Great. Women’s Rights Are Human Rights.” (Click to embiggen)

Funeral, vigil reveal depth of sorrow at Muslim girl’s death.

Killing of Muslim teen stirs questions about hate crime prosecutions.

Manchester attack: Islamophobic hate crime reports increase by 500%.

Portland police investigate menacing letter sent to Islamic center as hate crime.

A Muslim Teen Was Kidnapped And Murdered Outside A Virginia Mosque.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

‘Hero’ imam praises group that saved Finsbury Park suspect from angry crowd.

News for queers and our allies:

“Smile if you're gay”

“Smile if you’re gay” (Click to embiggen)

Boomer Banks On Why We Shouldn’t Say ‘No Blacks, No Asians, No Fats or Fems’.

Being Offended by Black and Brown Stripes on the Pride Flag Proves Why They’re Necessary.

Controversy Over Philadelphia’s Racially Inclusive Pride Flag Highlights LGBTQ Community’s Problem with Racism.

A wave of states consider legislation recognizing the nuances within gender.

This gay coach and his gay son marched together in Pride for Father’s Day.

Bathroom bill another way to ‘bully’ transgender kids, mothers say.

Standing Up for Our Communities.

After outcry, an LGBT survey question is restored by HHS.

Ryan O’Callaghan and Finding Life Beyond the Closet.

Openly Gay Skateboarder Brian Anderson Bares All in His First Zine.

“Love is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love!”

“Love is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love, is Love!” (click to embiggen)

Apple Confirms Sales of Apple Watch Pride Edition Band Will Support LGBTQ Groups.

LGBTQ teens share what Pride Month means to them in powerful campaign.

‘Strands For Trans’ Supports Transgender Community.

What LGBTQ Teens Wish Their School Knew About Them.

The Beauty and Terror of Passing as a Woman.

Chadwick Moore: LGBTQ People “Don’t Know What The Second Amendment Is”. Actually, it’s Moore who doesn’t know what the Second Amendment is, it’s history, it’s original intent, and so on.

“Equality”

“Equality” (Click to embiggen)

Are You The Husband Or The Wife?

KKK members protest LGBTQ pride march in Florence: Hate ‘reared its ugly head’ .

See how the world celebrates Pride .

Philadelphia Mayor Will Sign Bill Prompted by Gayborhood Racism Complaints Into Law.

‘Babadook’ Is Returning to Theaters, And Proceeds Are Going to LGBTQ Groups.

This Gay Couple Re-Created Their Pride Photo 24 Years Later And It Has People Emotional.

Three Men Become First ‘Polyamorous Family’ Legally Recognized in Colombia.

AMA approves resolution against anti-trans bathroom bills.

This week in cool information

Why didn’t great painters of the past reach the level of realism achieved today by many artists? .

National Martini Day: The 10 Most Famous Martini Lovers.

7 gorgeous photos of redheads that challenge the way we see race.

Science!

“If God took Adam's rib to create his partner, then genotype will be 44XY. This means that Adam's partner was a male... Hence, ADAM & STEVE P.S. We don't know then, how females happened P.PS. Religion didn't see THAT coming.”

“If God took Adam’s rib to create his partner, then genotype will be 44XY. This means that Adam’s partner was a male… Hence, ADAM & STEVE P.S. We don’t know then, how females happened P.PS. Religion didn’t see THAT coming.” (Click to embiggen)

A PASSEL OF NEW PLANETS SHOWS OUR SOLAR SYSTEM IS VERY WEIRD, AND WE DON’T KNOW WHY.

What Is Space? – Issue 49: The Absurd.

Goodbye Planet Nine, Hello Planet Ten.

Researchers Are Using Viruses to Make Superbugs Commit Suicide.

Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

GEEKS OUT EMPOWERS LGBTQ+ GEEKS AT FLAME CON AND BEYOND.

And other news:

Amazon’s move into groceries could squeeze Costco.

Idaho sequoia in way of expansion to be moved 2 blocks away.

This week in Words

“If god hates gays, why are we so cute?”

“If god hates gays, why are we so cute?” (Click to embiggen)

A Word History of ‘Pineapple’.

Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your need. Go try this site! You click on a few options, and it gives you a bunch of suggestions. It’s like a video game for book nerds!

This Week in History

Juneteenth: The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t.

This Week in Tech

Apple accuses Qualcomm of double-dipping, wants end to pay-per-iPhone deal.

A Cyberattack ‘the World Isn’t Ready For.

Did you get letter? WSU sends warning to 1 million people after hard drive with personal info is stolen.

‘Internet’ or ‘internet’? The Supreme Court Weighs in.

This Week in Misogyny in Tech

The myth of the ‘cool tech girl’ .

This Week in Covering the News

Lesson in bias: Columbia City, I hear you loud and clear – Sometimes being called a racist is just the jolt you need.

This Week in Inclusion

Movies Featuring Male Action Stars Faltering at Box Office This Season.

This Week in Police Problems

Seattle Police Officers Fatally Shoot 30-Year-Old Mother Near Magnuson Park.

Culture war news:

“Hey, Haters, Bite the Rainbow"

“Hey, Haters, Bite the Rainbow” (Click to embiggen)

Men Legally Allowed to Finish Sex Even If Woman Revokes Consent, NC Law States.

No Religious Majority Backs Anti-Gay Discrimination by Business Owners Anymore.

Missouri Lawmakers Are Trying To Roll Back An Anti-Discrimination Law That Protects Reproductive Health Choices.

Jesse Lee Peterson Says Democrats At Congressional Baseball Game Were Praying To Satan.

The Hoarding of the American Dream .

This week in rape culture

I believe Bill Cosby. He said he drugged women for sex. So why the mistrial?

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Trump’s Carrier deal is not living up to the hype — jobs still going to Mexico.

The Fact Checker’s tally of Trump’s false claims since becoming president .

News about the Fascist Regime:

Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight.

The ACLU is suing the Washington, D.C., police for violating the rights of Trump inaugural detainees.

This week in Politics:

GOP Unveils Health Care Bill While Protesters Bleed and Scream: ‘The Government Wants to Kill Me!’.

Senate health care bill: watch Elizabeth Warren school lawmakers on Planned Parenthood.

The Senate health bill takes what Americans hate about Obamacare and makes it worse .

Andrea Mitchell: ‘A Brutal Image For Republicans And Supporters Of This Bill, Frankly’: Disabled protesters forcibly carried out by Capitol police.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, explained.

Secret Government Report: Chelsea Manning Leaks Caused No Real Harm. And this surprised who?

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

Trump supporters and the empathy gap.

Trolls, hypocrites and performance artists are trying to hack our lives. Don’t let them.

Things I wrote:

Sunday Funnies, part 24.

The long, lonely death spiral of the anti-gay defenders of “traditional” marriage.

Gay it forward.

Gay It Forward, part 2.

Queer Plus, or Intersectionality Isn’t Just a Noun — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Beth Ditto – Fire (Official Video):

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Cazwell – Loose Wrists (Official Music Video):

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Really!?! with Seth and Amy: Julius Caesar Protests:

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Gay pride || Fight song:

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Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me (Gay Version):

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Matt Fishel – “Finally” (Official Music Video):

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Benny – Boys Will Be Boys (Official Video):

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Steve Grand – We Are the Night (Dave Aude Remix) (Official Music Video):

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Show Me Your Pride – By Miss Coco Peru – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO:

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Friday Links (all the colors edition)

Let’s stop talking about inclusion and just do it…

It’s Friday. The third Friday in Pride Month. And both my husband and I came down sick this week, but I still have impossible deadlines at work, so you’ll notice a lot fewer links this week.

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

Links of the Week

The Surprising Controversy Surrounding A More Inclusive Pride Flag.

The Pulse “Kids,” and the Caretaker Who Watches Over Them in Orlando’s Greenwood Cemetery.

Awful Anniversary

Commentary: Pulse, and the Beautiful, Sad, Joyful Tradition of Queer Grief

I Couldn’t Write About The Pulse Attack Until Today

A Letter to My Queer Family After Orlando

This week in what the Frak?

Man Suspected of Drunk Driving Crashes Into Patrol Car of Cops Investigating Another Suspected Drunk Driver.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

‘That’s our word, and you can’t have it back’: Ice Cube confronts Bill Maher for using the n-word.

News for queers and our allies:

Caelan Conrad On Obvious Queers and Missing Points.

Just A Bunch Of Really Good Parents Supporting Their Kids For Pride Month.

The Babadook as an LGBT icon makes sense. No, really .

‘Gay marriage’ bill will also see progress in rights for heterosexual couples.

Science!

Found: Never-Developed Photos of Mount St. Helens Erupting.

Endangered beluga rescued from N.B. river, returned to St. Lawrence Estuary.

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it.

This Colossal Gas Filament in the Orion Nebula Is Some Kinda Cosmic Dragon.

Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it.

Baby Star’s ‘Crying’ Solves a Stellar Mystery.

Insect Walking Dead: How a Fungus Turns Beetles into Killer Zombies.

This week in Wonder Woman

Some Asian Superwomen Films For After You’ve Seen WONDER WOMAN Several Times.

Wonder Woman’s Second Weekend Breaks Box Office Records.

This week in Writing

There Is No Secret, There Is No Con.

Five Things about Writing Fictional Cultures.

This week in Words

Yes, You Can Use ‘Is’ Twice in a Row in a Sentence.

This Week in Tech

How to Make $80,000 Per Month on the Apple App Store: It’s far easier than you think. No luck or perseverance necessary — just a scam.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

“Under oath? Sure. I can lie under oath, too.”

Twitter’s backend is breaking under Trump’s tweets.

The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army.

My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath.

PP Polling: Voters Think Trump Lies, Want Him Impeached.

Trump’s lies and Russian propaganda become a potent and inseparable weapon.

President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric’s wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs.

This week in Politics:

Republicans are about to make Medicare-for-all much more likely.

I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Yes, There Was a “March Against Sharia” In Downtown Seattle Today and It Was Incredibly Dumb.

Megyn Kelly turned to Alex Jones because her struggling show needs a viral moment.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/10/2017: Holy Wensleydale, Batman!

Sunday Update 6/11/2017: More words and pictures.

One year later, Pulse nightclub massacre is still a punch in the gut.

Why do I keep having to explain why we need Pride?

Seriously, it’s all Greek — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Black Panther Teaser Trailer:

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Ice Cube Confronts Bill Maher Over Racial Slur. #IceCube #BillMaher @icecube ‏@SymoneDSanders:

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Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s (Official Video):

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Eli Lieb – Hollywood:

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Doug Locke – #ThisCouldBeUs:

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Lyon Hart – Falling for You:

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Sunday Update 6/11/2017: More words and pictures

I’ve mentioned before that I collect images and memes and such as potential illustrations for Friday Links posts or political commentary, and I’m always collecting more than I wind up using. So every now and then I’m going to do a post like this where I just publish a bunch.

“The Stonewall Riots were started by trans women of colour and no one is allowed to forget that.”

“The Stonewall Riots were started by trans women of colour and no one is allowed to forget that.” (Click to embiggen)

“Love is a terrible thing to hate.”

“Love is a terrible thing to hate.”

“Who lies more?” Please stop repeating the lies that all of them do it. One end of the political spectrum fails fact checks far more often than the other.

“Who lies more?” Please stop repeating the lies that all of them do it. One end of the political spectrum fails fact checks far more often than the other.(Click to embiggen)

“Percentage of Death-Row Exonerations by Contributing Factor.” Gee, several of those categories constitute official malfeasance.

“Percentage of Death-Row Exonerations by Contributing Factor.” Gee, several of those categories constitute official malfeasance. (Click to embiggen)

This is what “Make America Great Again” meant to far too many of Donald's supporters (and staff, and Donald himself, to be honest).

This is what “Make America Great Again” meant to far too many of Donald’s supporters (and staff, and Donald himself, to be honest). (Click to embiggen)

“When I find myself in tweets of trouble, Mother Russia comes to me, speaking words of wisdom... covfefe!”

“When I find myself in tweets of trouble, Mother Russia comes to me, speaking words of wisdom… covfefe!”

“You only gave us rights because we gave you riots. Queer Power”

“You only gave us rights because we gave you riots. Queer Power” (Click to embiggen)

“We kept fighting after Stonewall. We're still fighting the AIDS Crisis. We kept fighting after Anita Bryant. We kept fighting after Jesse Helms. The struggle is far from over. I'll keep fighting. Will you?”

“We kept fighting after Stonewall. We’re still fighting the AIDS Crisis. We kept fighting after Anita Bryant. We kept fighting after Jesse Helms. The struggle is far from over. I’ll keep fighting. Will you?”

“Pride 2017”

“Pride 2017”

Weekend Update 6/10/2017: Holy Wensleydale, Batman!

Gromit and Wallace © Aardman Animations

Yesterday’s weekly round up of links did not include a Farewells section, and it should have. With this morning’s news, I have to include another farewell.

Farewells

Peter Sallis, Who Voiced Wallace From ‘Wallace And Gromit,’ Dead At 96

Peter Sallis, Voice of ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Cartoons, Dies at 96

Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88

Adam West, beloved actor and star of Batman TV series, dies at 88

Adam West as Batman from the TV series © Greenway Productions and 20th Century Fox Television

Adam West as Batman from the TV series © Greenway Productions and 20th Century Fox Television

When Batman the tv series came on the air in January 1966 I was immediately hooked! What 5 year old wouldn’t be? Sure, the show was campy to the point of ludicrousness, but there was Batman played with a droll unflappability by Adam West. He was smart, brave, and always ready to stop the bad guy. The fact that he and Robin were running around in tights all the time added to their appeal, as well, though I didn’t really understand my fascination with their costumes until I was older, watching it in re-runs.

It has been said in many interviews, including by West himself, that the reason why he got the role among the actors who were screen tested for it was because he was the only one who could deliver the dialog with a straight face. The series’ incredible blockbuster success typecast West, making it difficult for him to get work, but he eventually embraced the role, eventually calling his version of the Caped Crusader the Bright Knight (as opposed to the Dark Knight of later incarnations).

And while I appreciate some of the other versions of Batman, five-year-old me looked up to West’s Batman as a hero who stood for justice and compassion, who was willing to risk everything for others, and always ready to answer the call. It was West’s commitment to the role that made that version of Batman real. You’ve answered your final bat-signal, Adam West. Rest in peace, and thank you.

Friday Links (Wonder Woman’s the hero we need edition)

“Clark, my country is all women. To us, it's not 'gay marriage,' it's just marriage.”

“Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay marriage,’ it’s just marriage.”

It’s Friday. The second Friday in Pride Month. And the news in the real world continues to be both depressing and frightening. So, if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you go see Wonder Woman, because no matter who you are, it should make you feel empowered (well, unless you’re an alt-right/neo-nazi/MRA jerk with enough self awareness to recognize what the bad guys believe). Seriously.

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

Links of the Week

Why I cried through the fight scenes in ‘Wonder Woman’.

Man who mowed lawn with tornado behind him says he ‘was keeping an eye on it’.

Mary Poppins sequel: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Dick Van Dyke connection.

This week in awful news

We Have Already Forgotten Yesterday’s Mass Shooting in Orlando.

Orlando Awning Factory Shooting Left 2 Teens Parentless.

Friend: Orlando victim feared workplace shooter would seek revenge over firing.

News for queers and our allies:

Philly Unveils New Pride Flag with Black and Brown Stripes.

Families of Pulse Victims Urge Churches to Toll Bells.

Scissor Sisters and MNDR Release New Track ‘Swerlk’ as Pulse Shooting Anniversary Approaches. (Video below)

Remembering the History of the UpStairs Lounge.

For Pride Month Shameless Fancies made these flags.

Sometimes You Just Outlast It .

Being Gay vs. Being Southern: A False Choice.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Why there is still a need for Black LGBTQ Pride events.

This week in Wonder Woman

How ‘Wonder Woman’ Brought Colors to the DC Universe.

Is David Edelstein’s Wonder Woman Review Just Asking For It?
 
Wonder Woman Review: Gal Gadot Did Not Give Me a Hard Enough Boner.
Great satire of the horrible Edielstein review…

Blood Tribe actor from Alberta speaks Blackfoot language in Wonder Woman movie.

Why It Matters That DC Comics Confirmed Wonder Woman’s Bisexuality.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

John Scalzi and Annalee Newitz Say Sci-Fi is Always Political.

Why Doctor Who Season 10 is the perfect palate cleanser for the current political climate.

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species.

VHS Tapes: How Archivists Are Working To Save Them.

Scientists discover plants have ‘brains’ that decide when to sprout.

Ravens Remember People Who Have Wronged Them, Study Says.

Fossil mushroom discovered from the era of the dinosaurs.

This week in Writing

A Simple Trick for Better Self-Editing .

This week in Words

The order of the definitions may not mean what you think – Dictionary Facts and Trivia.

Culture war news:

Scott Lively Celebrates After Judge Condemns His ‘Crackpot Bigotry’.

North Carolina woman admits leading 30 parishioners in beating of gay church member to expel his ‘demons’.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Is Trump’s blocking of some Twitter users unconstitutional? A lot of people think the first amendment is only about personal expression and the press, but the first amendment also guarantees citizens the right to petition their government; Trump has turned his personal twitter account into an official policy communication conduit and some would argue a public forum.

Making Ignorance Great Again.

The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news.

How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business.

Trump campaign’s ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally draws ‘dozens’.

This week in Politics:

John McCain’s questions to James Comey did not make sense.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

Kids Are Quoting Trump To Bully Their Classmates And Teachers Don’t Know What To Do About It.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/3/2017: Heroes come in all genders.

Dancing my plot with a playlist.

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or an oncoming train?

The meaning of everything—more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

MNDR, Scissor Sisters – SWERLK [OFFICIAL LYRICS]:

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Robbie Williams – Angels (One Love Manchester):

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Weekend Update 6/3/2017: Heroes come in all genders

Jane Curtin anchoring Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.

Jane Curtin anchoring Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.

Yesterday’s weekly round up of links had only one story on Wonder Woman: the fact that is had an extremely positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes (among all superhero movies of all time, second only to The Incredibles.) I didn’t include any stories about the man-babies who are complaining: Conservatives Cry Misogynist Tears Over All-Female “Wonder Woman” Show. So Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas announced a couple of “No Guys Allowed” showings at two of it’s theatres, one in Austin, one in Brooklyn. And a bunch of entitled douches got upset. This kicked of a string of responses. My favorite is: Austin Mayor Responds To Man Angry About ‘Wonder Woman’ Screening. I love that the mayor’s response begins, “I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!”

Michael and I saw the movie last night at a theatre near our new place and the movie is very good. It’s a lot of fun. Wonder Woman is heroic and human and uplifting and… it’s really good. Go see it! You don’t have to just take my word for it: ‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Gal Gadot Lights Up The Screen In Comic-Book Gem That’s Funny But Not Campy. And it looks like audiences are happy: ‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Glass Ceiling For Female Directors With $97M+ Debut; Earns ‘A’ CinemaScore.


And let’s talk about some real-life heroes. I had a bunch of stories yesterday about last week’s hate crime/white nationalist terror attack on a Portland train. The quick sum-up, an angry man started yelling at two teen-age women of color on the train, three guys tried to intervene, the angry man stabbed all three guys, two of whom died at the scene. Angry man is in custody and at his arraignment was screaming white nationalist slogans. People have donated a lot of money to funds to help the families of the two men who died and help cover the medical expense of the survivor. I covered all of that, yesterday.

Today we have: Portland stabbing victim Micah Fletcher calls out “white savior complex” in response to attack. Fletcher doesn’t want us to forget that the victims in these crimes are not the guys who try to stand up for the targets of hatred, but the people initially targeted:

“We need to remember that this is about those little girls. I want you to imagine that for a second, being a little girl on that MAX.This man is screaming at you. His face is a pile of knives. His body is a gun. Everything about him is cocked, loaded and ready to kill you. There is a history here with this. You can feel that this has happened before, and the only thing that was different was the names and faces. And then a stranger, two strangers, three strangers come to your aid. They try to help you. And that pile of knives just throws itself at them. Kills them.”
—Micah Fletcher

And while people like Micah are standing up, others are not: Trump misses opportunity to reassure U.S. Muslims after Portland attack and Will Donald Trump Ever Say the Words ‘White Supremacist Terrorism’?


The Google Doodle honoring Gilbert Baker, creator of the Pride Flag.

The Google Doodle honoring Gilbert Baker, creator of the Pride Flag.

It’s June! Queer Pride Month. Did you see yesterday’s Google Doodle: Google honors Gilbert Baker, late rainbow flag designer. And you really should go here and watch how the artist made the doodle. It’s cool! Gilbert Baker’s 66th Birthday.

Speaking of Pride Month: Netflix And FilmRise Separately Acquire Transgender-Themed Documentary Films. One of the documentaries is The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson; Johnson was one of the trans heroes at the original Stonewall Riots, and is often credited with being the actual person who threw the first brick that night.

Friday Links (crayons of all kinds editions)

“We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.”

“We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still color the same.”

We had an extremely productive holiday weekend, getting a lot of errands and unpacking done. There’s still a lot to do. I hoped to continue the work weeknights this week, but we had another impossible deadline at work this week, which meant I worked really long hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and a bit of Thursday. That also means that this week’s collections of links may be a bit smaller than usual.

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

Links of the Week

The stolen childhoods of Kashmir in pencil and crayon.

Cat is summoned for jury duty in Boston; court rejects owners’ appeal to disqualify him.

Barack Obama beats Donald Trump as Gallup’s ‘Most Admired Man of 2016’.

Let’s talk about crayons!

In case you missed it a couple of months ago: Color us sad: Crayola is retiring the dandelion crayon.

Retiring Crayola Crayon makes farewell stop in Little Rock.

And now the replacement: Discovered in a Lab, a New Superblue Will Be Unleashed Upon the World as a Crayola Crayon.

This week in hate crimes

Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist.

Portland mayor says MAX attack an act of terrorism. Yes: white, christian terrorism inspired by the Deplorable One

Young father run down, killed in Grays Harbor County campground confrontation. Let me correct that headline: it was not a confrontation, it was a hate crime

Suspect in hit-and-run that killed Quinault tribal member charged with manslaughter, vehicular assault.

The Portland Heroes Who Stood Up To Hate.

Portland MAX hero’s last words: ‘Tell everyone on this train I love them’.

‘Never seen anything like this’: Inside Indonesia’s LGBT crackdown.

White Calif. Man Charged With Hate Crime After Stabbing Black Man With Machete: Report.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Muslim groups raise nearly $500,000 for families of ‘Portland heroes’ – It only took 5 hours to shatter their initial $60,000 goal.

News for queers and our allies:

Mom of genderqueer teen writes touching email to college student about photo shoot.

Gay Pride Celebrations Worldwide to Honor Orlando, One Year After Pulse Nightclub Attack.

Rainbow Playbills Take Over Broadway as Fourth Annual Playbill Pride Kicks Off.

What Not To Do, When Calling Yourself a Transgender Ally.

THE RIGHT TO BE REMARKABLY UNREMARKABLE – BEING FREE TO BE LGBTQ AND BE EXCEPTIONAL, OR PERFECTLY ORDINARY, IS A TREMENDOUS GIFT.

‘Boy Erased’ is a heartbreaking memoir about the journey of self-acceptance.

Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student.

Science!

BEST JUPITER IMAGES FROM JUNO … SO FAR.

Bright spots on our moon could be frost, says NASA.

Video: Astronaut shows the proper way to eat pudding in space.

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus Will All Be on Display in June.

Dinosaur embryo returned to China, but many fossils fall victim to illegal trade and poor protection.

It turns out that we may have more than five basic tastes.

Draper’s Genetically Modified Cyborg DragonflEye Takes Flight.

‘Scrappy’ skeleton hints earliest primates hung out in trees.

One of Crispr’s Creators Faces Her Fears.

Scientists Created Artificial Nanoparticles That Can Communicate With Each Other.

Complex Brain Evolution In Vertebrates Likely Began With Two Simple Parts, Not Three.

A third detection of gravitational waves is changing our understanding of black holes.

Scientists Have Discovered a Brand New Type of Neuron.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Queer Fantasy Roots: The Changing Role of Amazons.

Us Versus Them, or What Happens When SF Fandom Can’t See Past Its Own Blinders.

‘Wonder Woman’ Lassos Best Rotten Tomatoes Score of Any DC or Marvel Movie.

This Week in Tech

Why I can’t/won’t point to Facebook blog posts.

John Gruber agrees and gives more points: F–k Facebook.

Culture war news:

Washington State Blocked a Black Woman From Selling Legal Pot Because Her Spouse Is in Priso.

House Overwhelmingly Supports Bill Subjecting Teen Sexters to 15 Years in Federal Prison.

Let’s talk about Native American Voter Suppression.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Hacks, Leaks, and Tweets: Everything We Now Know About the Attack on the 2016 Election.

HOW STEPHEN MILLER RODE WHITE RAGE FROM DUKE’S CAMPUS TO TRUMP’S WEST WING.

No, the “grown-ups” won’t save us: A favorite Beltway fantasy bites the dust again.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

“March Against Sharia” Intended for Portland Is Headed for Seattle Instead.

A Few Things Got Left Out of The Daily Caller’s Report on Confederate Monument Rally – Daily Caller hired white supremacist to cover demonstration by white supremacists.

I Met the White Nationalist Who Says Trump Made Him Rough Up a Protester.

More Than An Occasional Crank: 2,012 Times the Center for Immigration Studies Circulated White Nationalist Content.

Farewells:

Frank Deford, NPR’s Longtime Philosopher Of Sports, Dies At 78.

Frank Deford’s Wicked Grace.

Pierce Brosnan Writes Tribute to Roger Moore: ‘We Fell in Love With a Magnificent Actor’.

In Unmourned Departures:

In Panama, many indifferent to former dictator Noriega’s death; relatives of Noriega’s victims many will never know what happened to the presumed dead.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/27/2012: Elected bullies behaving badly.

It used to be called Decoration Day… (or, Memorial for Grandma).

While we’re on the subject of Memorial Day….

Achievement unlocked: No Shuttling Weekend! (And we can haz library?).

Weather shifts, linguistic relativity, and the search for the perfect writing beverage.

Odd, strange, eccentric — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Mary Lambert – Know Your Name “Yes, I did make the nerdy queer version of “Bad Blood”.”:

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Martin Garrix & Troye Sivan – There For You (Official Video):

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Weekend Update 5/27/2012: Elected bullies behaving badly

Gary Owens from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Gary Owens from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

So, on the eve of a special election a congressional candidate body slammed a reporter for the temerity of asking him a question about the health care bill currently in congress. He assaulted the reporter in front of witnesses. There is audio of the assault. And yet, he won the election: Body slam a journalist, win an election: Readers see ominous signs in Gianforte’s victory By the way, I refuse to say “alleged assault” because in a subsequent speech the candidate has admitted that he did it. But we shouldn’t be surprised, I mean, after all: Montana Congressional Candidate Greg Gianforte Has Close Ties with Extremist White Supremacist Pastor because of course he does!

There are so many things I could say about this, but I think this tweet sums it up:

“Here's what I know about people: You don't grab someone by the throat and throw them to the ground for the first time at age 56.” —@todgoldberg

“Here’s what I know about people: You don’t grab someone by the throat and throw them to the ground for the first time at age 56.” —@todgoldberg

Let’s move on to someone who may finally be facing justice. Back in 2012 a high school student in Rhode Island sued to have a religious banner removed from her public school. Shortly after a court ordered the school to remove the mural, state legislator Peter Palumbo said in a radio interview that the student was an “evil little thing.” So a government official, an adult, was bashing a teen-age girl because she had the audacity to stand up for the Constitution. Classic bullying behavior. Well, Palumbo apparently does know a thing or two about evil: RI State Rep. Who Called Teen Atheist “Evil Little Thing” Indicted for Embezzlement.

He lost re-election recently. Not for bullying a teen-age girl, of course, no that didn’t cost him any votes. He was revealed to be involved in a financial scandal. This week, he was indicted on charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from his campaign funds. This has nothing to do with the contract scandal that cost him his office. This is another illegal not-so-little thing he was doing.

I wish the Rhode Island citizens would have tossed this guy out on his ear back then, but they seemed to have been too busy making death threats and bullying the teen-ager who stood up for the Constitution. At least, now, karma has caught up with one of her bullies.

Friday Links (what would Yoda do edition)

“Do or do not. There is no try!”

“Do or do not. There is no try!”

We finished clearing out the old place. I went to bed early two nights in a row. I haven’t really worked on any unpacking at the new place the last few days. We have a lot to do in that regard, but we’ve been spending every spare moment dealing with the move for about six weeks, and we’ve both been exhausted and sore the whole time, so a couple of days of just going to work has been an incredible rest.

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

Links of the Week

Proof Chris Evans Really Is Captain America.

15 Acts Of Heroism By Everyday People.

Restoring Our Faith in the Rule of Law

Supreme Court strikes down North Carolina gerrymandering.

This week in Comments, Trolls, and Wankers

Take Your Platitude And Shove It Up Your…….

This week in awful news

Manchester attack: government ‘furious’ at US leaks of forensic photographs.

U.S. House Reps Introduce Resolution Condemning Anti-Gay Violence in Chechnya.

Manchester was an attack on girls.

This week in awful people

Miami ‘Joker’ Bonds Out of Jail, Speaks About Gun Charges.

News for queers and our allies:

Taiwan’s High Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal, In A First For Asia.

Nevada governor signs bill to ban conversion therapy.

Four facts reporters should include in stories about Texas’ pending attack on the transgender community.

Dear straight allies, please don’t come to pride until you’ve understood these 6 things.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Remembering Carrie Fisher on Stars Wars 40th Anniversary.

Cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Takes Over Vanity Fair and It’s Glorious.

Where’s the Queer Representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy Media?

Why the 40th Anniversary of ‘Star Wars’ Matters.

Looking Back at Moonraker’s Insane Attempt to Turn James Bond Into Star Wars.

Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards.

Star Wars 40th anniversary: That’s no moon … but what if it were?

The Nebulas Do Diversity.

NEBULA AWARDS WEEKEND PATREON PANEL. Interesting advice on how to use Patreon…

Star Wars’ Head-Banging Stormtrooper Explains the Classic Blunder.

40th Anniversary Of Star Wars: An Ode To Action Figures, Both Past And Present.

‘Star Wars’ Opened 40 Years Ago: Background Actors Recount How Movie Changed Their Lives.

And other news:

Twitter Founder “Sorry” If He Helped Put Trump in Office.

As crime dries up, Japan’s police hunt for things to do.

This Week in History

Gendering The Past.

This Week in Tech

Safari vs. Chrome on the Mac.

This Week in Covering the News

The Seth Rich lie, and how the corrosion of reality should worry every American.

The life and death of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

As Trump unravels, so do Fox’s ratings.

Donald Trump, Our A.I. President.

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Could Have A ‘Chilling Effect’ On Voting Rights.

Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change?

The Pentagon Can’t Believe Trump Told Another President About Nuclear Subs Near North Korea.

News about the Fascist Regime:

Nope. No and Also No Way.

The Questions About Obstruction Now Spread to White House Staff.

Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error.

This week in Politics:

Here’s what the ‘glowing orb’ Trump touched in Saudi Arabia actually was.

Jeremy Corbyn has defied his critics to become Labour’s best hope of survival: His anti-austerity manifesto has been therapeutic, renewing his party’s identity and sense of moral purpose.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables

White supremacist converts to Islam — then kills neo-Nazi pals for disrespecting his new faith: police.

How the Swastika Became a Confederate Flag.

Donald Trump’s Base Is Shrinking.

FBI Investigating If Killing on University of Maryland Campus Is Hate Crime.

Farewells:

Roger Moore, beloved James Bond actor, dead at 89 after short cancer battle.

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89.

The story everyone’s sharing about Roger Moore.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 5/20/2017: More words and pictures.

Confessions of a penny pinching packrat.

And we’re out!

Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls – more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!

Roger Moore Back as Bond! What if… Spectre Trailer:

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NY Library Brings Drag Queens to Kids Story Hour:

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Is Atheism Prideful?:

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Queen – Frankie Grande (Official Music Video):

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BABY STRANGE – Pure Evil:

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Weekend Update 5/20/2017: More words and pictures

“Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his own staffers. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.”

“Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his own staffers. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.”

The Associated Press article being quoted in the above is available here: FIRESTORM OVER COMEY’S DISMISSAL ADDS TO TRUMP FRUSTRATIONS.

But her emails…

“Tell him is fake news. Work of moose and squirrel.” Cartoon by Pat Byrnes from the New Yorker.

“Tell him is fake news. Work of moose and squirrel.” Cartoon by Pat Byrnes from the New Yorker.

The Pat Byrnes cartoon originally published here: DAILY CARTOON: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29TH

“Jesus regularly ate dinner with thieves and prostitutes, but you're telling me it's against your religion to bake a cake for a gay person?”

“Jesus regularly ate dinner with thieves and prostitutes, but you’re telling me it’s against your religion to bake a cake for a gay person?”

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