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October 10th, 2019

A conspiracy of muses, or, the myth of writer’s block

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I have been far less productive at fiction writing this year than I have for decades. It has been frustrating. It has been distressing. It has been exhausting. That last bit is rather bizarre because one of the things that has been interfering with my personal writing productivity is that I am often physically exhausted because of long hours at work. I’ve been emotionally exhausted because of the stress of work when every department I interact with is short-handed, the stress of worrying about the health of many people I love, the stress of the constant existential threat from the people currently running the government wanting people like me (and many other kinds of people) gone, and the stress of being sick this year so much more often than I have usually been...

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October 4th, 2019

Friday Five (bonespur meltdown edition)

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Oh, my goodness! It's the first Friday in October.

So, I thought I was over the cold, then it appeared I had a relapse or had caught a different cold. But this time the symptoms just got worse and worse such that I was up all night Monday coughing horribly and unable to sleep. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis and a sinus infection. Prescription cough syrup and antibiotics were given, and now I know that I'm not yet well, but I've managed to sleep and all the symptoms are slowing declining.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stores about science fiction-y things, five stories about deplorable people, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice.

How White Liberals Became Woke, Changing Their Outlook On Race .

Bay Area woman dies at 102, DirecTV charges early termination fee.

'At What Point Does Malfeasance Become Fraud?’: NYU Biz-School Professor Scott Galloway on WeWork.

Covington man arrested for 1991 cold case murder of 16-year-old Federal Way girl - The body of Sarah Yarborough, 16, was found on the Federal Way High School campus in December 1991.

This Week in Science Fiction and Related:



The NYPD Will Be Stationed At All NY City Theaters Screening ‘Joker’ This Weekend

Joker Review: When Just Looking the Part Isn’t Good Enough - this is what a stupid film thinks an artsy one looks like.

Real-Life 'Terminator': Major Studios Face Sweeping Loss of Iconic '80s Film Franchise Rights.

Yes, We’re in the Wrong Timeline - How time-travel stories explain our uncanny era.

LGBTQ Superheroes, Pro Wrestlers, Immigrants and Teens Hit Screens This Week on TV.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Calgary Preacher: A Rainbow With Six Colors is “a Lie from the Pit of Hell” .

Sixth-Grade Boys Allegedly Attack, Cut Girl’s ‘Ugly’ Dreadlocks at Private Christian Schoo.

“It’s Management Bedlam”: Madness at Fox News as Trump Faces Impeachment. My favorite bit: “Among the powerful voices advising Lachlan that Fox should decisively break with the president is former House speaker Paul Ryan, who joined the Fox board in March. “Paul is embarrassed about Trump and now he has the power to do something about it,” an executive who’s spoken with Ryan told me.” That's right, when Paul Ryan was the f-ing Speaker of the House of Representatives he didn't think he had the power to do anything about Trump...

NRA Was 'Foreign Asset' To Russia Ahead of 2016, New Senate Report Reveals.

TEXAS: Ex-Cop Gets 10 Years In Murder Of Neighbor - The victim's mother said Guyger's sentence would give the former officer time to reflect and "change her life.".

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



The President Is a Corrupt, Bloodthirsty Tyrant, Reports Suggest. “So, Congress pretends that it needs an inquiry to determine whether Trump is upholding his oath of office, the political press pretends that the Republican Party isn’t a greater threat to American democracy than Vladimir Putin, and we all collectively pretend that the people of Hong Kong don’t put us to shame, as we watch the president’s bribery-intake facilities operate in peace.”

More than 300 former officials call Trump’s actions concerning Ukraine ‘profound national security concern’.

Pence: I Participated in the Ukraine Plot But Only As a Patsy.

Trump and Week Two of the Impeachment Crisis. “This isn’t a presidential administration so much as it is a band of snot-nosed kindergarten criminals who like to eat paste and urinate in their pull-ups.”

‘Felony Violation of Law’: Experts Respond to Trump Openly Calling on China to Dig Up Dirt on Biden.

In Memoriam:



The harmless-looking girl who executed Nazis after seducing them in bars: WWII heroine dies aged 92.

Things I wrote:



Wanting a better world, or, confessions of a queer nerdy survivor.

After summer comes the… cold and flu season already?.

Videos!



Octopus Dreaming:



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Trump Is Having an Impeachment Meltdown: A Closer Look:



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As The Walls Close In, Donald Trump Is Clearly Losing It:



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Rami Malek, After Kissing Daniel Craig: "Does This Make Me A Bond Girl?":



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Sam Smith and Renee Zellweger Cover Judy Garland’s ‘Get Happy’ :



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September 30th, 2019

Wanting a better world, or, confessions of a queer nerdy survivor

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It’s really hard to remain respectful in some arguments. For instance, I fully support the proposals of several progressive politicians that we make university education free. Every other industrialized country in the world does it, so why can’t we? Well, one argument that comes up again and again is, “But won’t that make all the people who had to pay off huge college debts angry?” My first response is, speaking as someone who spent many years trying to pay off his education loans, and only managed it because he was lucky enough to be an early employee of a tech start up that succeeded (so guess where 90% of my stock option earnings went?), “No, I would not be the slightest bit angry if no one else had to go through what I went through!”

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September 26th, 2019

Friday Five (quid pro quo edition)

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Here we are at the fourth and final Friday of Septemper.

I've continue to be crazy busy at work. The weather service is predicting a bit of a cold snap for the weekend. And some members of Congress seem to have come to their senses, at last.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories of interest to the queer community, five stores about science, five stories about the Impeachable One and related deplorables, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Saints and people who do not think like us (Fantasticon 2019).

Why Are So Many Democrats Considering Ending The Filibuster?

Jesus Wades Into Seattle Politics. “Jesus H. Christ, in full robes and a staff, strode up in flip flops and urged the city council to pass legislation establishing an oversight board for the Green New Deal, a resolution to implement greener policies in Seattle. He did so by reading a letter from his dad...”

U.S. Military Warns Troops About Violence at Joker Screenings. The actual warning comes from the FBI and the joint terrorism task force which has monitored a lot of disturbing discussions on InCel and Neo-Nazi chat rooms. These following two stories are related: Joaquin Phoenix Stops Joker Interview Over Violence Questions and Batman shooting victim's family 'horrified' by Joker film's violence.

Long-lost Italian painting could fetch $6 million at French auction.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Challenge to Maryland gay conversion therapy ban dismissed.

Billy Porter Is First Openly Gay Black Man To Win Emmy For Lead Actor In A Drama .

An origin story for the queer community.

Angelica Ross Leaves Twitter After Abuse by Trump, Sanders Supporters. Such fine people...

Mattel Introduces World’s First Gender-Neutral Doll.

This Week in Science:



Submerged for Decades, Spanish ‘Stonehenge’ Reemerges After Drought.

Face of long-lost human relative unveiled.

Most massive neutron star ever detected strains the limits of physics.

North America Has Lost More Than 1 in 4 Birds in Last 50 Years, New Study Says.

Charts showing gender analysis of SF&F award finalists.

This Week in the Impeachable One and Other Deplorable People:



Trump's $28B Bailout Of US Farmers (With More To Come) Is Over Twice Obama's 2009 Bailout Of Detroit .

Trump's Ukraine gambit could be another campaign finance crime.

Whistleblower says many other national security officials can confirm details on Ukraine call.

Evangelical right-wing groups show themselves to be hypocrites about impeachment.

Trump’s Latest Threat Called Witness Intimidation.

In Memoriam:



'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' actor Aron Eisenberg dies at age 50.

A life for space: Sigmund Jähn, Germany's first cosmonaut, dies aged 82.

Things I wrote:



Hey, y’all, it’s fall!

It’s good to be prime again—birthday thoughts from a homo devil.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert - Trump-Ukraine Call Log Clearly Demonstrates Quid Pro Quo Demand:



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Seth Meyers - Trump Releases Damning Ukraine Memo Amid Impeachment Inquiry: A Closer Look:



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1 Giant Monster Neodymium Magnet vs 1,000 Small Neodymium Magnets in Slow Motion:



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La Bufadora - Tom Goss (Starring Daniel Franzese) [Content Warning: Song is about domestic violence]:



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WIG by Todrick [NSFW lyrics]:



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It’s good to be prime again—birthday thoughts from a homo devil

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Wednesday was my birthday. If you want to know which birthday, let’s just say that I am the only prime number less than 60 and greater than 54, okay?

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It’s good to be prime again—birthday thoughts from a homo devil

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Today is my birthday. If you want to know which birthday, let’s just say that I am the only prime number less than 60 and greater than 54, okay? When I was a kid, my birthday was early enough in the school year that I often seemed to catch teachers by surprise. It was late enough in September that, under the rules of the school district we lived in when I turned five years old, I wasn’t allowed to be enrolled until the next year. So I was usually older than the rest of the kids in my class. There were some downsides to that, but also a few upsides.

The other thing that used to be more of an annoyance when I was younger was how crowded the birthdays were among my extended family...

(The rest of this post about my birthday and growing up is at FontFolly.Net.)

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Hey, y’all, it’s fall!

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Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, which means that in the northern hemisphere summer is over, and fall is here! I love fall. I sometimes have described fall as my favorite season...

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September 20th, 2019

Friday Five (double videos edition)

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Here we are at the third Friday of Septemper.

I'm still sick. My husband is still sick. When I told a good friend that I had more than ten videos that I was trying to choose from for this week's Friday Five (where I traditionally only post five videos), she suggested that I do a Vidoes section and then a Second Videos and make a Hobbit Second Breakfast joke... then I realized that I had five music videos and 7 non-music videos, and once split apart like that, it was much easier to pick only five of each kind, so...

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sf/f & fandom, five stories about deplorable people, five non-music videos, and five music videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



Why Don’t Police Catch Serial Rapists?

Newest Pterosaur Was Likely as Tall as a Giraffe - Ancient flying reptile dubbed Cryodrakon boreas, the "cold dragon of the north winds," may shed light on the evolution of these dinosaur relatives.

There’s a Lost Continent 1,000 Miles Under Europe - Scientists tracked down the last remnants of Greater Adria, an ancient Greenland-sized landmass.

I Went to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is What I Saw..

Piece of missing sculpture resurfaces in antiques store 50 years later .

This Week in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fandom:



Fantasy and Science Fiction - a collaboration by two of the genre’s founders that was largely unknown ‘til a couple of years ago: Flora Columbia: Goddess of a New Age, by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells.

LET'S FRIGHTEN CHILDREN! Vincent Price & Scooby-Doo.

Letting Go of Our “Heroes”: Ongoing Humanist Training and the (Ex-)James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

How Scooby Doo Revived Gothic Storytelling for Generations of Kids.

Truck Carrying Gaming Dice Spills Onto Highway, Rolls A Perfect 756,000.

Deplorables of the Week:



I’m a comedian. I know Shane Gillis’s words matter - Here are the problems with what Shane Gillis said: It wasn’t said on stage, it wasn’t said years ago, and it wasn’t a joke.

Republican state senator who blocked LGBTQ rights charged with sexual abuse of a minor - As a powerful committee chair, he had blocked LGBTQ rights legislation for years. For the umpteen-millionth time: if a politician is vehemently anti-gay, journalists should dig into their background! You will always find some scandal or crime. Always!

Kavanaugh 'should be impeached' just like Trump. He lied to the Senate under oath. Hell, yes, he should be impeached!

What Happens if Trump Won’t Step Down? - National security expert Josh Geltzer on why we should be prepared for the worst.

What happens when the administration won't tell Congress about a whistleblower complaint regarding the president - 'A deficiency in the law': How Trump accidentally exposed a whistleblower loophole?

In Memoriam:



Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies At 75.

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies at 70.

Ric Ocasek, frontman of new wave pioneers the Cars, dies at 75.

Things I wrote:



As mean as a cornered ocelot.

The Parable of the Speck and the Log, or, telling others how to love sf/f will never work.

Tuesday Tidbits 9/17/2017: On the taxonomy of devils….

All generalizations are dangerous* — especially about generations!

The importance of being seen.

Newsy Videos!



Out Celebs Have a #BiWeek Message for Bisexual+ Youth: You Matter:



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James Corden Responds to Bill Maher's Fat Shaming Take:



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Filibuster: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

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Trump Threatens War with Iran on Saudi Arabia’s Behalf: A Closer Look:



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Beto O'Rourke: Current approach to guns no longer works:



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Music Videos!



Charli XCX - 2099 [Official Video]:



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PJ Brennan- Bones:



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Keiynan Lonsdale - Rainbow Dragon (Official Music Video):



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Kezar - Don't Touch The Queen (Official Music Video):



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Cher Performs "Waterloo" LIVE On America's Got Talent! - America's Got Talent 2019:



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September 17th, 2019

The Parable of the Speck and the Log, or, telling others how to love sf/f will never work

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Imagine...

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September 12th, 2019

Friday Five (ungodly manner edition)

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It is the second Friday of September. Which is significant because Septemer is the month when superior babies are born.

I thought that the significant change in the weather last weekend had kicked up a new round of hay fever—plants throwing out more pollen cause they're soaking up all the water, and so forth. So when I felt more tired and braindead at the end of my workday Monday, I just attributed it to that. Tuesday it was clear that my sinuses had something else going wrong. Wednesday morning I had a soe throat and my voice kept giving out. More symptoms piled on over the course of the day, including a cough that became the Cough of Doom™ during the night. Which meant I didn't sleep well. And when I did drag myself out of bed my congestion was much worse and my whole body ached. So I took a partial sick day and worked from home again.

Anyway, welcome to 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 about deplorable people, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire.

Seattle man reunited with beloved bulldog that was stolen from him.

'We're told to be grateful we even have readers': pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series.

Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers.

Tina Turner Is Having the Time of Her Life .

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Homophobic hate crime charges fall despite soaring reports.

Elizabeth Warren Vows To Fight For LGBTQ Equality In Surprise DragCon Video - The 2020 presidential candidate’s virtual “appearance” also drew attention to violence against transgender people.

Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award - White, 79, is among the most influential gay writers of his time, known for works such as “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty” and for helping to create the market for openly gay literature.

Gay Maryland Couple Sues State Department for Denying Citizenship to ‘Out-of-Wedlock’ Daughter.

The sensational Candlestick Murder trial of 1958 struck fear in Charleston's gay community .

This Week in Science:



1.7-Million-Year-Old Rhino Tooth Provides Oldest DNA Data Ever Studied.

Astronomers just found an interstellar comet, the second visitor of its kind ever detected.

Moon rocks could help reveal how life evolved on Earth – and may enable us to resurrect extinct species.

Lovers of Modena skeletons holding hands were both men.

The day the dinosaurs' world fell apart.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Mike Pence To Meet With Anti-LGBT Group Days After White House Claimed He Can’t Possibly Be Anti-LGBT.

Teachers, Students Leave High School After Official Email Requires Them to Disavow Same-Sex Relationships.

On Tuesday, Jerry Falwell, Jr. learned the definition of the word 'receipts' . . . the hard way.

In Defending Falwell, Liberty U Approvingly Tweets Link to Column Calling Him 'A Greedy Hypocrite' .

Broke Homocon Milo "Can't Put Food On The Table".

In Memoriam:



Meredythe Glass, Mercer Island resident who was in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ dies at 98.

Things I wrote:



Here comes the rain again… and I couldn’t be happier!

The Dark Domain, or a queer ex-evangelical looks at an agent of intolerance and his scandalous heirs.

Serious topic: and one I still can’t write about.

Videos!



Dion Diamond remembers the risks he took as a young civil rights activist:



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Trump Faces Scrutiny Over Personal Properties, Hurricane Lies:



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"Jerry Falwell's God" by Roy Zimmerman:



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Ben Platt - RAIN [Official Video]:



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Pet Shop Boys (feat. Years & Years) - Dreamland (Official lyric video):



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September 11th, 2019

Serious topic: and one I still can’t write about

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I finished a post intended to publish on this day, and it was only when I was scheduling it that I remembered what Wednesday would be. So I decided to do something else....

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September 6th, 2019

Friday Five (hypocritical version edition)

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It's Friday! Friday! Friday! Friday! And it is the first Friday in September, the month in which superior babies are born!

We managed the impossible deadline... and much earlier than the previous two, which made the three-day weekend much more pleasant than I was afraid it would be. The weekend itself was very relaxing.

So, welcome to 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 about deplorable people, five stories about why we should impeach someone already, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Votes Unanimously To Declare NRA To Be “Domestic Terrorist Organization”.

Have You Seen Any Nazi Uranium? These Researchers Want To Know.

History of 'Cotemporary': The Archaic 'Contemporary' .

Rich people are hoarding cash, and wealth managers are getting frustrated.

America, the Gerontocracy - Our leaders, our electorate and our hallowed system of government itself are aging. And it shows.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



An overwhelming majority of young people think trans people should use whichever bathroom they want.

Kristen Stewart Was Told to Stay Closeted to Get a Marvel Movie.

CNN To Broadcast Human Rights Campaign Town Hall On LGBT Issues With 2020 Dem Presidential Candidates.

Lil Nas X Gave a Masterclass on Dealing With the Gaslighting LGBTQ People Face Every Day - In an episode of The Shop: Uninterrupted, the musician turned a comment from Kevin Hart into an important discussion.

What happens when a man gets pregnant? - The medical system has always categorized these men as woman, so there's no available date that shows just how many transgender men in America have given birth.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Deplorables:



Four High School Students Suspended After Crashing Gay/Straight Alliance Meeting With MAGA Flags.

Miriam Lord: How Mike Pence shat on the new carpet in Ireland’s spare room. Irish Times columnists don't pull their punches!

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Suit Appeal.

Jacob Wohl Charged With Felony in California.

GOP Congressman Blasted for Appearing to Suggest He Lends Guns to Friends Who Wouldn’t Pass Background Checks.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Trump May Have Broken Federal Law by Using Doctored Weather Map to Avoid Admitting He Lied About Dorian.

The Border Wall Is Trump’s High Crime.

Trump Admin Called Out For Colluding With Fox News In Violation Of Federal Law Against Covert Propaganda - Unearthed emails showed a Treasury official directing a Fox employee to use his preferred wording on a story. Democracy Forward wants the IG to see if that broke a federal law.

Trump’s Border Wall Funding To Come At Expense Of Military Hospital, Elementary Schools, Puerto Rico Aid.

House Panel Subpoenas Homeland Security For Docs Related To Promised Trump Pardons For Breaking Law.

In Memoriam:



Actress Valerie Harper Dead At Age 80 .

Valerie Harper: A Fighter Who Left a Complex Hollywood Legacy.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 8/31/2019: Dozens attend straight pride, and yet another ex-ex-gay.

Struggle against the darkness… or, an opening phrase isn’t the same as an opening sentence.

Videos!



Stephen Colbert - Colbert Questions Biden About Being a "Gaffe Machine":



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Adam Lambert - Superpower (Official Music Video) - NSFW:



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Lil Nas X - Panini (Official Video):



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Katy Perry - Small Talk (Official):



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Maluma - No Se Me Quita (Official Video) ft. Ricky Martin:



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September 5th, 2019

Struggle against the darkness… or, an opening phrase isn’t the same as an opening sentence

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So I’ve seen this one post on Tumblr many times where people are just outraged, really outraged, that the Bulwer-Lytton contest exists. And I keep refraining from chiming in to explain that they don’t understand, because 1) I am afraid it will just come across as Mansplaining, and 2) if they really don’t understand, they will never understand the truth. So I’m going to explain it on my blog. And since my blog cross-posts to tumblr, if any of them connect the dots, I can just block their comments on my blog...

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August 31st, 2019

Weekend Update 8/31/2019: Dozens attend straight pride, and yet another ex-ex-gay

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Was it really just this last Monday that I posted about the only one dozen people who turned out for the so-called Straight Pride parade in Modesto? That group (led by the guy who accidentally admitted that they were a racist group when arguing at a city council meeting) failed to get a permit, but the Patriot Front, American Guard, and Proud Boys (all neo-nazi groups) in Boston did get a permit… and boy, they had dozens show up! ...

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August 29th, 2019

Friday Five (save the planet edition)

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I really can't believe that it is Friday! The last Friday in August. So summer is winding down. And this weekend is a holiday. Yay!

But first, I have to get through another impossible deadline at work. One the plus side, while I was compiling this I was also watching the Seahawks win the final game of the pre-season. Which was fun. Even if the gane doesn't count.

So, welcome to 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 science stories, five stories about a hopeful future, five stories about why we should impeach someone already, and five videos (plus things I wrote and notable obituaries).

Stories of the Week:



In The Matter Of Diamond And Silk's Very Real Lawyer v. Wonkette: Bring It, Sh*thead. For the record: Diamond and Silk are black, but they also promote and defend white supremacists, so yes, they most definitely are black white supremacists. And should be deeply ashamed.

Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside.

Hurricane Dorian grazes Puerto Rico.

New Jersey woman won’t stop abandoning kittens at Whole Foods, shelter begs her to stop.

Now You Can Help Save the Environment by Watching a Bunch of Porn.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Superior, Wis., passes gay 'conversion therapy' ban - The city joins seven others in Wisconsin banning the practice.

‘We Don’t Promote That Here’: Kentucky School Administrators Force Students to Remove LGBTQ-Pride Tee Shirts - Student Says Principal Outed Several LGBTQ Students to Their Parents.

Former NFL Player: There Are Gay, Bisexual Players On Every Pro Football Team - Ryan O’Callaghan, who played for the New England Patriots and came out in 2017, said he regularly hears from closeted current athletes and as if on cue: Former NFL Player Comes Out As Bisexual.

Out candidate Pete Buttigieg would beat Donald Trump in presidential election - A new poll from Quinnipiac shows Mayor Pete winning the general election by 9 points.

Kentucky principal who tried to ban books over ‘homosexual content’ busted for child porn .

This Week in Science:



New landmark study finds that genetics influences sexual orientation - It turns out there isn't just one gay gene. There are several.

Stone tools may place some of the first Americans in Idaho 16,500 years ago - Artifacts add to evidence that North America’s early settlers predated an inland, ice-free path.

Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts: Radio, IR and optical observations show evolution of plumes and their impact on belts and zones.

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. It'll be the first aircraft to fly on another planet.

These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail.

This Week in the Next Blue Wave:



How Georgia could help Democrats win the Senate — but only if they play it perfectly.

Democrats’ Emerging Tax Idea: Look Beyond Income, Target Wealth - Lawmakers and 2020 candidates offer a range of options focused on capturing some of the trillions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation’s richest.

A goal for Democrats: Make the White House boring again.

Republicans grow anxious about the Trump economy - Trump's trade war with China could undermine GOP chances of holding the White House and Senate in 2020.

Is The NRA Financially Bleeding Out?

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:



Legal Experts: Trump’s Promise of Pardons to Aides for Breaking the Law to Build His Wall Is Impeachable.

Thank You for Your Service. Sorry, Your Kids Aren’t US Citizens: Trump Changes Rules on Military Families Overseas.

Trump sees all U.S. Jews as Israelis because his Christian Zionist allies do, too.

Trump Loots Millions From FEMA to Send Migrants Back to Mexico – Just as Hurricane Season Starts.

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis Rips Trump’s Policies In New Book: Storm Clouds Are Gathering, America’s At The Breaking Point.

In Memoriam:



Attorney Who Challenged Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Dies.

Gaming Legend Rick Loomis.

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Oppressed oppressors: A Dozen Peaceful Racists Show Up for “Straight Pride”.

Frogs and scorpions, or, he was never a journalist.

Late Tuesday Tidbit: The evangelical leader and the other pool boy.

Astounding Stories of Super-Science, or name changes are nothing new in sf/f.

Hard Times reap hard lessons, or when did cyberpunk really begin?

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Hard Times reap hard lessons, or when did cyberpunk really begin?

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If you search the web for the history and definition of cyberpunk, most places will tell you it is a dystopian sub-genre of science fiction which came into being in 1983 when Bruce Bethke published a short story by the name. Most definitions of the subgenre focus on a society controlled by computers and cybernetic technology. But I think a better definition is stories in which the main characters are marginalized and/or alienated, living on the edge of a generally dystopic society, where daily life has been transformed in invasive and sometimes grotesque ways by rapid technological change—a world where everyone’s access to information is controlled (usually by moneyed interests who in turn don’t realize the information and technology are controlling them) and information about individuals is used against them. These are the themes common across works that most people agree are cyberpunk...

(The rest of this post where I look at the historical roots or a sub-genre is at FontFolly.Net.)

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August 28th, 2019

Astounding Stories of Super-Science, or name changes are nothing new in sf/f

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Just last week I commented on the kerfuffle in sci fi fannish circles about how problematic some of us think it is to have one of our major awards named after an extremely racist (and misogynist, classist, xenophobic, anti-democracy advocating authoritarian) and long deceased editor. I only linked to a fraction of the commentaries and arguments posted online since the acceptance speech that kicked this off. And while the kerfuffle has raged on there has been a very significant development...

(The rest of this post about one slice of the history of science fiction is at FontFolly.Net.)

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August 27th, 2019

Late Tuesday Tidbit: The evangelical leader and the other pool boy

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Instead of finishing my binge watch of The Boys a glance at twitter is forcing me to update a previous post. Remember how Jerry Falwell, Jr. and is wife decided for some completely unfathomable reason to hand over $1.8 million dollars to be a gay-friendly flophouse in Miami as a gift to provide an income to a hunky pool boy they met at a very expensive hotel (and how they kept flying him around on their private jet)? Well, it turns out he isn’t the only one...

(The rest of this drive-by news post about an earlier topic is at FontFolly.Net.)

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Frogs and scorpions, or, he was never a journalist

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So, Andy Ngo is probably most famous for trying to claim that a milkshake someone threw at him while he was allegedly reporting on a Patriot Prayer rally actually contained quick-drying cement, and that led to him being hospitalized with (depending on which day he talked about it later while begging people to donate to his various crowdsource funds), a brain hemorrhage, a brain bleed, or traumatic brain injury. We’ll come back to the medical bit, but the quick-drying cement is not only a lie, but it is a lie that defies the laws of physics...

(The rest of this post about a self-delusional nazi-apologist is at FontFolly.Net.)

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Oppressed oppressors: A Dozen Peaceful Racists Show Up for “Straight Pride”

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Six years ago there was an ex-gay rally held in Washington, D.C. The organizers insisted that there would be thousands of participants. Several news blogs I followed at the time predicted that the rally would be attended by possibles tens of people. After the event, some of those sites issued a retraction—because the number of attendees was only nine people. And all nine of those attendees were employees of the ex-gay “ministry” that organized the event. When the various groups started applying for permits for straight pride events earlier this summer, I wasn’t quite so sure the crowds would be small—because the people organizing the events are groups associated with various violent white supremacist rallies over the last few years...


(The rest of this political news post is at FontFolly.Net.)

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