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February 19th, 2021

Friday Five (rickrolling upgrade edition)

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Welcome to the third Friday in February!

The snow here in the Seattle area started melting on Monday. Unfortunately most of the rest of the country is still experiencing much colder temperatures than usual, and then there is the disaster going on in Texas. So I'm feeling fortunate that right now we're not worried about keeping warm or having safe drinking water.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories related to science fiction, five stories about the future of democracy, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



NASA's Perseverance rover nails Mars landing, sends first images of Jezero Crater.

Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from catastrophic monthslong blackouts, officials say - Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said that grid operators implemented blackouts to avoid a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months.

General Unstructured Thoughts On “Being Cancelled”.

Pentagon report reveals inroads white supremacists have made in military.

COVID shaving years off American life expectancies: - US life expectancy drops in pandemic, most since WWII.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Reintroduce LGBTQ Equality Act.

State anti-transgender bills represent coordinated attack, advocates say - Many proposed bans on trans athletes and transition care for minors share identical language.

Hallmark to homophobes: More gay is on the way.

Chasten Buttigieg had the shadiest reaction to Rush Limbaugh’s death - Rush Limbaugh was obsessed with Chasten & Pete showing any affection for one another in public. So Chasten acknowledged that homophobia one last time.

Texas lawmakers are trying to pass pro-LGBTQ proposals. Do they have a chance?

This Week in Science Fiction:



Baen Books Forum Being Used to Advocate for Political Violence.

Opinion: On Baen Books, Moderating Discussion Boards, & Political Expression.

More bad Baen’s Bar defences.

Masks and Magic 2021 – A Round-up of Indie Mardi Gras Speculative Fiction.

2020 Locus Recommended Reading List.

This Week in the Future of Democracy:



Investigation finds Latino ballots in WA more likely to be rejected - Latino signatures are more likely to be questioned and less likely to be fixed during Washington state elections..

A GOP donor gave $2.5 million for a voter fraud investigation. Now he wants his money back.

After Weeks Of Being Offline, Parler Finds A New Web Host.

FBI Informant Panic Is Ruining Friendships All Over the Far Right.

Trump left them to die. 43 Senate Republicans still licked his boots.

In Memoriam:



Remembering Charlie Brydon, an Early LGBTQ Rights Leader and father of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement in Washington State.

Pioneering Out Recording Artist Ari Gold Dies at 47.

‘Extraordinary, trailblazing and inspiring’ trans writer and historian Jan Morris has died, aged 94.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 2/13/2021: The truth eventually comes out.

Happy Day Before Discount Chocolate Day.

In which I pedantically remind you that today is NOT President’s Day....

With great satisfaction.

WandaVision Brings Tricks, Treats, and a Growing Menace.

Videos!



The Next Pandemic: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):



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Ted Cruz Jets To Cancun While Texans Freeze | The Daily Social Distancing Show:



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‘Brazen Lie’: Chris Hayes Calls Out Gov. Abbott, Fox News For Texas Power Grid Lies | All In | MSNBC:



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Reporters WILL NOT STOP Humiliating Themselves with Jen Psaki:



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Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ Video Was Remastered in 4K and It’s So Damn Crisp Fans are Flipping Out:



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February 18th, 2021

WandaVision Brings Tricks, Treats, and a Growing Menace

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Last week brought us the 6th episode out of 9 of WandaVisiom, entitled “All-New Halloween Spooktacular!” I’m still enjoying the series a lot. But I realized after I finished my review last week, that if the answers to the various mysteries they are aiming to aren’t close to my guesses, the series may have gone completely off the rails. Two of my favorite fan writers have commented that it’s nearly impossible to review this series because you can’t tell whether things make sense if you don’t know the ending. So maybe it’s okay that I’m somewhat conflicted. This review is so late because I kept trying to write it without it being a long recap of the episode...


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February 17th, 2021

With great satisfaction

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Lots of people misquote an old Latin proverb and admonish us that we are never to speak ill of the dead. The actual proverb is more properly translated into modern English as, “Of the dead, speak nothing but truth.”
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In which I pedantically remind you that today is NOT President’s Day…

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I know I start to sound like Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory when I say this sort of thing, but the holiday we’re celebrating today is not named “Presidents’ Day,” it is “Washington’s Birthday Observance.” I’ve written before about how the myth that the holiday is President’s Day got started and why it is so persistent. I’ve also written about the reasons why there has never been a federal holiday dedicated to Lincoln....

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Happy Day Before Discount Chocolate Day

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We’re snowed it, which seems to have made us more busy rather than less. I have not finished my WandaVision review. I started to write a post about the impeachment BS, but I’m just not in the mood...


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February 11th, 2021

Friday Five (needs more dinosaurs edition)

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We've already reached the second Friday in February! Wow!

It has been getting colder and colder all week. We started getting snow Thursday. Overnight lows significantly below freezing, and much most snow is expected Saturday. And I live on a hillside with very steep hills the only way out of the neighborhood, so I probably won't be leaving the house until next week when the temps are predicted to come back up.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one story about why snow is such a catastrophe here, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about threats traitos, five stories about bad people getting their due, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week In News Local to Me:



“To all the people who moved here in the last few years, and think you’re a great driver in the snow, you’re not,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan declared. “Seattle hills are notoriously difficult, in particular when the snow melts and then freezes.”

Stories of the Week:



8-Year-Old Calls Out NPR For Lack Of Dinosaur Stories.

They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them. This story is not really about the murder mob, rather it is a fascinating and chilling example of what can be learned by aggregating anonymized ad network data. The graphics alone are worth the click.

KUOW - The last youth jail in the country moves to end contract with ICE.

Dozens of states see new voter suppression proposals after baseless fraud claims.

Essex academic's imposter 'copied work and tattoos'.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Arkansas senate passes bill to allow pharmacists & nursing home staff to turn away LGBTQ patients - The bill lists protected health care professionals, including doctors and nurses and any "individual who furnishes or assists in the provision of a healthcare service." Employers could demand their health insurance refuse to provide LGBTQ health care.

Federal agency to crack down on LGBTQ housing discrimination.

Activists gathered 500,000 signatures to force Michigan’s legislature to vote on LGBTQ civil rights - The state legislature will have to vote to accept the petition for LGBTQ protections and make it immediate law or put it on the ballot in 2022.

C.D.C. Report: Gay and Bi People at Greater Risk for Severe COVID-19.

Transgender activists in the South are battling homelessness with tiny homes and private shelters amid COVID-19.

This Week in the Pandemic:



US could have averted 40% of Covid deaths, says panel examining Trump's policies - The country began the pandemic with a degraded public health infrastructure, leading to more deaths than other high-income countries.

Biden just purchased 200 million additional doses of coronavirus vaccines — and we now have enough shots coming to immunize most Americans.

Drugmakers Look for New Ways to Test Covid-19 Vaccines - Researchers aim to measure how much immune response a shot triggers—potentially useful for assessing new shots and new uses.

Vaccinated workers at Massachusetts hospital volunteer to sit with Covid-19 patients.

GOP Rep. Ron Wright dies after Covid diagnosis - Dozens of members have also tested positive for the disease over the past year and one representive-elect died from it less than two months ago, but Wright is the first sitting lawmaker to do so.

This Week in Seditious Traitors:



No, the Trump Era Was Not a ‘Thrill’ - White political journalists distanced themselves from the horrors of the Trump administration in a way many of us couldn’t.

Trump-supporting evangelicals should share blame for January 6 insurrection.

Justice Department says an Oath Keepers leader waited for Trump's direction before Capitol attack.

A majority of the people arrested for Capitol riot had a history of financial trouble - Trail of bankruptcies, tax problems and bad debts raises questions for researchers trying to understand motivations for attack.

At Trump Impeachment II, the Republican Party Is Also on Trial .

This Week in Deplorable People Facing Consequences:



Twitter Suspends Right-Wing Activist Group Project Veritas, James O’Keefe.

Judge Orders Dan Bongino to Pay The Daily Beast $31,000 in Attorneys’ Fees for Filing Defamation Lawsuit ‘Without Merit’.

Judge Orders OAN to Pay Rachel Maddow and MSNBC $250,000 in Attorney Fees For Filing Frivolous Defamation Lawsuit.

Tim Eyman violated campaign finance law, judge rules, is barred from controlling political committees Eyman is a horse's ass, a grifter, and man who has devastated local government budgets.

Trump could be fined $12 million after an Illinois judge ruled his Chicago hotel violated an environmental protection law for 3 years.

In Memoriam:



Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, dies at 76 - "She was a trailblazer, a diva, and will be deeply missed," Motown founder Berry Gordy said.

Mary Wilson, longest-reigning original Supreme, dies at 76.

Christopher Plummer, actor of 'The Sound of Music' fame, dies at 9 - Plummer died at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side.

Remembering Christopher Plummer for so much more than ‘The Sound of Music’.

Porn Mogul Larry Flynt, ‘Hustler’ founder and 1st Amendment champion, dies at 78.

Things I wrote:



WandaVision Goes Even More Meta in “A Very Special Episode…”.

Monday Update 2/8/2021: Infamy, Defamation… but also a bit of good news.

Ask the Next Question, or how SF/F has always been confronting social issue.

Bullying, gender, and the importance of horses – or, more of why I love sf/f.

Always re-blog.

Videos!



One Billion Years of Earth's Evolution in 45 Seconds:



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Dolly Parton on Funding Coronavirus Vaccine and Teaming up With Barry Gibb:



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Reality Sets In After A Weirdly Normal Super Bowl Sunday:



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Trump's Impeachment Lawyers Are Very Bad: A Closer Look:



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Never-Before-Seen Capitol Riot Videos Provide Damning Evidence Against Trump:



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Always re-blog

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Here I am, trying to finish tomorrow morning's Friday Five, and a good friend sent me this link because her hubby was watching Lip Synch Battle and we both adhere to the sacred tradition...


Lip Sync Battle - Tom Holland:



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Bullying, gender, and the importance of horses – or, more of why I love sf/f

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I read the sixth book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire a bit over a week ago. While I tried for several days to write a review, I realized that I couldn’t really talk about it without talking about the fifth book in the series, and how that left me feeling. But for some reason I didn’t write a review of the fifth book last year. My draft of the review of the sixth book wound up having more than a thousand words about the fifth book, so I decided to separate them and publish that review last week. And now I think I can tackle the sixth book.


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February 10th, 2021

Ask the Next Question, or how SF/F has always been confronting social issues

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I need to get my other hosting issues sorted out and get a couple of my other sites back up on the web. But a conversation elseweb made me dig out this essay I wrote and first published 22 years ago and resurrect it on this blog. Homophobia is not a recent development in the sci fi community. But also neither is allyship, so...

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February 8th, 2021

Monday Update 2/8/2021: Infamy, Defamation… but also a bit of good news

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I put all my blogging time over the weekend into finishing my WandaVision episode review and a book review that will publish later in the week. There were a number of news stories that broke or had new developments after I composed this week’s Friday Five, So here are a few of those stories that I want to share and comment upon before next Friday...



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February 7th, 2021

WandaVision Goes Even More Meta in “A Very Special Episode…”

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Time for a review of the latest episode of WandaVision: “A Very Special Episode…” Since I keep taking too long to finish these, I’m going to try to do a bit less verbose in my recapping and focus on reviewing. And before we get into that, I want to mention up front that while I thus far love this show playing on Disney+, it is still unfortunate that the Disney corporation is refusing to pay Alan Dean Foster and other authors money they are owned for media tie-in novels....

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February 4th, 2021

Friday Five (baseless lies edition)

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We've already reached the first Friday in February! Wow!

It's been very rainy, but the temps have been just a bit higher than average, and it is starting to look as if this might be the third winter in the last 100 years were where the daytime high never fell below 40ºF... Meanwhile, both my husband and I have been having extra bad allergy symptom all week.

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one special story to bring a smile, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about threats to the future of democracy, five stories about the seditious traitors, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week In News to Lighten Your Day:



Trans lesbian destroys transphobic trope in viral video - She responded to "You know, wearing a dress doesn't make you a woman" by showing off butch fashion.

Stories of the Week:



Can shortage leaves Chicago breweries scrambling, adding yet another COVID-19 hurdle — and spelling the demise of at least 1 brand. This article focuses on the Chicago area, but the aluminum can shortage is effecting beverage producers everywhere.

Seanan McGuire, award-winning fantasy author, talks new novel and her Marvel Comics dream.

‘Meme stock’ rally rescues AMC theaters from $600M debt.

Has science solved the Dyatlov Pass incident, one of history’s greatest adventure mysteries?

Media Literacy 101: 5 Steps to Help You Avoid Fake News.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



TJ Osborne, One Half of ‘Brothers Osborne’ Country Duo, Comes Out as Gay.

Markey, Lowenthal to reintroduce bill requiring US to promote LGBTQ rights abroad.

Biden issues presidential memo protecting rights of LGBTQ people internationally - The United States will welcome and protect LGBTQ asylum-seekers and refugees again.

Federal court nixes Alabama’s ban on trans people correcting driver licenses without surgery - The judge said the state couldn't even say why it required both top and bottom surgery to correct the gender marker on a driver license.

For First Time Ever, Three National LGBTQ Orgs Have Black Leaders.

This Week in the Pandemic:



Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be even more effective than previously thought, new data suggests - Data from large-scale Israeli trials indicates high levels of protection against COVID-19.

Biden administration weighs plan to directly send masks to all Americans - The Trump administration scrapped a plan last year to deliver cloth masks to every U.S. household.

COVID deaths are starting to drop in every part of the US - Covid-19 deaths have begun to decline in every section of the U.S., the latest sign of relief as cases continue to drop and the vaccination push accelerates.

The mystery of the missing vaccines.

Race and ethnicity data missing for nearly half of coronavirus vaccine recipients, federal study finds.

This Week in the Future of Democracy:



Senate approves power-sharing agreement, allowing Democrats to take control of committees. By dragging his feet, Moscow Mitch managed to steal a whole month from the Democrats...

From banging on doors to hiding on the floor, congresswoman describes moment pro-Trump rioters stormed Capitol .

Facebook Knew Calls for Violence Plagued ‘Groups,’ Now Plans Overhaul - The giant struggled to balance Mark Zuckerberg’s free-expression mantra against findings that rabid partisanship had overrun a feature central to its future.

Exclusive: Dozens of former Bush officials leave Republican Party, calling it 'Trump cult'.

Republicans outraged by Dems' willingness to govern without them - Republicans genuinely seem to believe Biden has a responsibility to give the GOP the power to veto his own COVID relief bill.

This Week in Seditious Traitors:



DOJ debating use of RICO law to charge insurrectionists involved in Capitol coup: report .

Men who are anxious about their masculinity are more likely to support aggressive politics and to have voted for Trump.

Arizona GOP lawmaker introduces bill to give Legislature power to toss out election results - One section grants the Legislature the ability to revoke the secretary of state's certification at any time before the presidential inauguration.

Brian Williams Roasts Kevin McCarthy with ‘Exclusive Video’ of Mar-a-Lago Meeting with Trump.

Madison Cawthorn is a Republican creation and North Carolina embarrassment.


In Memoriam:



Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in Rotunda.

Remembering Officer Brian Sicknick, an American hero.

Former Tarzan Actor and NFL Player Mike Henry Died Aged 84.

Hal Holbrook, prolific actor who played "Deep Throat" in "All the President's Men," has died at 95.

Ex-Pirates pitcher, World Series champion Grant Jackson dies at 78.

Paul Crutzen, Nobel Laureate Who Fought Climate Change, Dies at 87 - He named our age the “Anthropocene” and warned the world of threats that certain chemicals posed to the ozone layer.

Andrew Brooks, who led development of the first FDA-approved Covid-19 saliva test, dies at 51.

John Chaney, Temple's towering Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies aged 89.

Joseph Sonnabend, pioneering AIDS physician, dies at 88.

Things I wrote:



WandaVision Interrupts the Program to Give Some Answers, and Raise More Questions.

When the lightning burns, the wolfsbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright – or, more of why I love sf/f/a>.

Videos!



House Votes to Remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from Committees: A Closer Look:



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My Pillow Guy Spouts The Same Election Fraud Lies The Ex-President Plans To Use At Impeachment Trial:



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'These are her words, her lies': Cooper calls out Rep. Greene:



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Boyfriend D vs Vacation D (NSFW):



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MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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When the lightning burns, the wolfsbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright – or, more of why I lo

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I have been trying to write a review of the sixth book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, and realized that I couldn’t really talk about it without talking about the rest of the series, and I had somehow neglected to write about the previous book when I read it last year, so I need to talk about it before I jump into the latest. So, this will be a review of the fifth book. For reference, I wrote about the first three novellas in this series here. And then I wrote about the fourth book (which left me sobbing uncontrollably), here...


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February 2nd, 2021

WandaVision Interrupts the Program to Give Some Answers, and Raise More Questions

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This week’s episode, entitled “We Interrupt This Program” gave us a lot of answers while raising many more questions. It is also chock-full of connections to and characters from other parts of the Marvel universe. Which is cool for nerds such as myself. But I want to stress that you don’t have to be familiar with all of those other things to understand. The show is still doing a fairly good job of framing this story in a way that people who aren’t familiar with the other properties can follow and be just as perplexed about what’s going on as the rest of us. There is one bit at the beginning of this episode that might need a bit of extra explaining for someone who isn’t Marvel obsessed, but even then they gave some explanation that I think might have been enough for those not familiar...

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January 29th, 2021

Friday Five (the cycle continues edition)

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And here we are at the final Friday in January. It seems as if it was only 10 days ago that we were still shaking off the vestages of 2020... oh, wait, we were!

It has been cold and damp all week. Sometimes so cold that there was the possibility of snow in the forecast. So far we have been spared a snowpocalypse, but it could still happen!

Meanwhile, we have the Friday Five. This week I bring you: one special story to bring a smile, the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to queers and our allies, five stories about the pandemic, five stories about the seditious traitors, five stories about deplorable people, and five videas (plus things I wrote and some notable obituaries).

This Week In News to Lighten Your Day:



Remember when Dolly Parton fully subverted the 'dumb blonde' cliché with her '80s excess styling?.

Stories of the Week:



The Advocate, Plus Among 2021 GLAAD Media Award Nominees.

Charles Payne Furious That Wall Street Is Now 'Whining' Over GameStop Short - "They want to change the rules of the game now because the general public is making money after decades of the shorts crushing thousands of stocks into the dirt," the Fox Business host said.

Dogs likely migrated to the Americas with humans over 15,000 years ago, study says.

The War on Professionalism.

Burial ground reveals Stone Age people wore clothing covered in elk teeth.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Biden’s pro-LGBTQ executive order is his most popular according to new polling - Even most Republicans say they support Biden extending discrimination protections to LGBTQ people.

Trans student goes viral with amazing response to teacher who refused to use correct pronouns - The professor said her "convictions" prevent her from using trans people's pronouns. Not even the school's gay-straight alliance will help.

State of emergency declared in Puerto Rico after killings targeting women, transgender people.

Joe Biden Repeals Donald Trump’s Transgender Military Ban - The new president is also expected to reinstate a rule protecting transgender students’ right to use the bathroom that best aligns with their gender identity.

They lived a 'double life' for decades. Now, these gay elders are telling their stories - In a new exhibit, LGBTQ elders share what it was like to spend most of their lives in the closet.

This Week in the Pandemic:



The reason I qualify for a Covid-19 vaccine has nothing to do with the fact that I'm immunocompromised. That needs to change.

January has been the deadliest month for Covid-19 with nearly 80,000 lives lost so far in the US.

Oklahoma trying to return its $2m stockpile of hydroxychloroquine, Trump’s Malaria Drug.

Everyday activities are more dangerous now that new Covid-19 variants are circulating, expert says.

10 Covid-19 vaccine dos and don'ts - It's an all-out sprint to get Americans vaccinated against the deadly novel coronavirus. As you prepare to get your shot, here are 10 actions experts suggest doing -- and avoiding.

This Week in Seditious Traitors:



The Resistance hasn’t won yet. The war isn’t over - To keep and to ever improve our democracy takes constant work, constant resistance, and constant vigilance. But the work pays perpetual dividends.

Trumpism isn't 'history': But our blindness to history could lead to its comeback.

It's Time to Talk About Madison Cawthorn.

Dominion Files $1.3B Defamation Suit Against Giuliani.

Parkland Dad: Taylor Greene ‘Needs To Be Out’ Of Congress ‘Today’ - Fred Guttenberg is fed up with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denying his daughter’s murder in the Parkland shooting but that’s only one of many reasons he’s demanding her immediate expulsion from Congress.

This Week in Deplorable People:



DHS Issues Nationwide Alert For Real Terrorist Threat - Homegrown Right Wing Extremists - How long did it take for Republicans to (falsely) label Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization? Let's see how they like it from the DHS.

Fired Fox News political editor calls out 'hype men in the media' who helped Trump attempt to 'steal an election'.

A few miles from Mar-a-Lago, white supremacists set up headquarters.

Here's how right-wing media will lie about the Equality Act .

Man arrested with gun and 20 rounds of ammunition near US Capitol.

In Memoriam:



Joanne Rogers, Widow Of Fred Rogers, Dies At Age 92.

Mira Furlan Dead: 'Babylon 5,' 'Lost' Actress Dies at 65 .

Babylon 5 And Lost Star Mira Furlan Is Dead At 65.

Braves legend Hank Aaron dies at age 86, daughter says.

Hank Aaron remembered at funeral by Bill Clinton, Bud Selig, others.

Gregory Sierra, ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘Sanford and Son’ Actor, Dies at 83.

Larry King, Veteran TV and Radio Host, Dead at 87 - Award-winning TV and radio host who became a household name on CNN show Larry King Live.

Walter Bernstein, Celebrated Screenwriter, Is Dead at 101 - His movies included “Fail Safe,” “Paris Blues” and, perhaps most notably, “The Front,” based on his own experience of being blacklisted.

Cloris Leachman, Emmy and Oscar Winner, Dies at 94.

Remembering Cloris Leachman, an Oscar- and Emmy-Winning Actor of Stunning Range.

Cloris Leachman, Emmy and Oscar-Winning Actress, Dies at 94 .

Remembering Cloris Leachman, LGBTQ+ Icon and Ally.

Cicely Tyson, Iconic 'Sounder' and 'The Help' Actress, Dies at 96.

Cicely Tyson: An Actress and Civil-Rights Icon for the Ages.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 1/23/2021: Lord of the Rings isn’t a legal document, and other revelations.

Catching myself being a jerk in a dream.

That song isn’t the one I think it is, or catching up from December.

Tuesday Tidbits 1/26/2021: Let’s worry about the pandemic for a change.

A bit of rock (sugar), a lot of rye, some sliced citrus, and a bunch of spice.

What do you call a fourth wall that’s entirely inside the production, or, Let’s talk about WandaVision.

Videos!



Returning To Norms: Biden Rips Putin In Tough Phone Call, Immediately Releases Details:



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Reddit’s GameStop Stock Boost & MLB’s Hall of Fame Drought | The Daily Social Distancing Show:



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Republicans Try to Dismiss Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial: A Closer Look:



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Can We Do a Monologue Without Mentioning You-Know-Who?:



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"We Seem To Not Get Tired Of Each Other" Colin Firth & Stanley Tucci On Co-Starring In "Supernova":



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January 28th, 2021

What do you call a fourth wall that’s entirely inside the production, or...

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... Let’s talk about WandaVision

The new series from Marvel, WandaVision dropped on Disney+ a couple of weeks ago, and I was thinking of doing an episode-by-episode set of reviews, as I’d previously done for Star Trek: Picard, but I didn’t get the first one done within a week. Anyway, we’ve now had three episodes (“Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience”, “Don’t Touch That Dial”, and “Now in Color”) which gets us far enough along that I feel I can comment on what I suspected the main themes of the show will be as well as just talk about how those episodes work...



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January 27th, 2021

A bit of rock (sugar), a lot of rye, some sliced citrus, and a bunch of spice

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Throughout December I started several blog posts without finishing them. There were more distractions than usual this holiday season. I decided that even though several of the unfinished post are seasonal, I should finish and post a few. So, here’s one:

For a number of years I ran a Steampunk-based roleplaying game. We got together about once a month for an afternoon game. And people brought food to share, it that it was also a potluck. My husband would frequently look for period recipes that could be adapted into a good potluck dish. In the course of this research he happened upon the origin of the liqueur known as Rock and Rye. It was invented in the 1800s by a guy who was trying to figure out how to turn a large quantity of bad-tasting bourbon into a sellable product...


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Tuesday Tidbits 1/26/2021: Let’s worry about the pandemic for a change

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Now that we aren’t worried about an illegal overthrow of the government (or at least less worried for now), it’s easier to both find and pay attention to news about the other existential crisis, the pandemic. So much so that these eight can’t wait until Friday...


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That song isn’t the one I think it is, or catching up from December

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I started, but never finished, several blog posts during December. Between finishing the Christmas shopping, fretting about the coup that seemed in the works, writing five different versions of the Christmas Ghost Story before I was happy, and the stressful deadlines at work where everyone was trying to finish everything before everyone else went on holiday, I just kept not coming back to them. I decided that even though several of them are seasonal, I’m going to just go ahead, finish them, and post.

Every year during Thanksgiving weekend I pull whichever iPod has been living in the car the last several months, and replace with with the iPod that is loaded with Christmas music...

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Catching myself being a jerk in a dream

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I was dreaming that I had to talk to my boss about my schedule. In the dream some sort of family emergency had come up and I was doing to have to take some time off, but we had deadlines, so we were strategizing on what I could squeeze in before leaving and how many hours I could reasonably try to work while dealing with the issue. And in the dream a woman — not anyone I’ve ever known or worked with, so far as I could tell — was explaining to someone else with a whiteboard how the reason that teachers and nurses and such don’t get paid as much as they deserve is because Hollywood is leeching all of the money out of the economy by overpaying actors. And dream me interrupted to explain that was merely a case of pitting one kind of working against another, because while some actors make incredible salaries, most of the people working both in front of and behind cameras are paid significantly less, and that the real problem is the diversion of vast amounts of capital into things like stock buybacks and so forth. When the woman in the dream told me I was interrupting a private conversation, I started to argue…

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