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December 5th, 2019

Friday Five (false idol edition)

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It's the first week in December. Wait! December!? Already? But there's so much to do!

I managed to get the Christmas tree up and decorated last weekend, but I haven't gotten the outdoor lights up, nor have I set up Pendleton the Christmas Otter. I also need to put lights in the front windows (the outdoor lights are on the veranda, which is on the back side of the apartment). If all goes well, I'll get that done and finish most of the Christmas shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!

Meanwhile, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of the week, five stories about sciecne, five stories about deplorable people, and five videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



Billy Dee Williams identifies as gender fluid, reveals acceptance of multiple pronouns - Everything you're about to read is true - the 'Star Wars' actor describes gender and his role in a 70s male 'love story' film.

Why the LDS Church Joined LGBTQ Advocates in Supporting Utah's Conversion Therapy Ban. The article doesn't give the actual answer: Public Relations. But it does show that the support isn't exactly enthusiastic.

NY Lawmakers Want to Ban Virginity Checks After T.I. Interview.

NBA player Dwyane Wade defends his preteen son from anti-LGBTQ trolls.

The best science fiction and fantasy of 2019.

This Week in Science:



Great auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird.

Scientists have discovered a 'monster' black hole that's so big it shouldn't exist.

Found Frozen and Almost Perfectly Preserved in Permafrost, this 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Could Be a Huge Deal.

Extinction: Humans played big role in demise of the cave bear.

Dabous Giraffes - These ancient giraffes are the largest known animal petroglyphs in the world.

This Week in Deplorable People:



Red-Caped Catholic Loons Petition Theater To Cancel Drag Queen Xmas Show As “Insult To Birth Of Christ”.

A Harlem School That Former Students Say Is Run Like ‘A Cult’ Faces New Scrutiny.

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump.

I Was Harassed After Being Outed By My Students. Then Something Amazing Happened.

Liberty Counsel Had A Bad Year and is Begging for Money so They can Promote More Hate.

In Memoriam:



‘Star Trek’ Writer D.C. Fontana Dies at 80.

D. C. Fontana (1939-2019).

Joan Staley, Actress in 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' Dies at 79 - She also slapped Elvis Presley in 'Roustabout,' sang to Audie Murphy in 'Gunpoint' and played Shame sidekick Okie Annie on 'Batman'.

Things I wrote:



To absent friends… 2019.

NaNoWriMo ’19 Retrospective.

Undying fiancées, melodramatic lab assistants, and monsters in the closet—more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Nancy Pelosi Asks For Articles of Impeachment for President Donald Trump:



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NO TIME TO DIE Trailer:



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A Holiday Reunion – Xfinity 2019:



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Adam Roberts - Glue:



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Darlene Love 2014 Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) The Late Show David Letterman [2014] {I pray that I look one-tenth as good and can sing a quarter as well when I'm 73...}:



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Undying fiancées, melodramatic lab assistants, and monsters in the closet—more of why I love sf/f

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I don’t know exactly how old I was the first time I watched The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, but since I’m pretty sure that it was on the Saturday afternoon Science Fiction Theatre on Channel 2 out of Denver (long the home of “Blinky the Clown”). Which means that I couldn’t have been more the 10 years old. I know the second time I saw it was a late Friday night Nightmare Theatre offering during a time I was allowed to stay up after midnight on Fridays, so that means I was between 12 and 14 years old. The third time was many, many years later as an Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episode… and it was one of the times I really wanted a means to mute the commenters. Because as campy and awful as The Brain That Wouldn’t Die is, I’m actually very fond of it...

(The rest of this Throwback Thursday post about an old fave sci fi movie is at FontFolly.Net.

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December 4th, 2019

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[info]stargrove is a new game set on a 700 acre ranch in the fictional town of Stargrove, Texas. Centering around the lives of staff, mental health/rehab patients, and reformed convicts. We open with ten apps.

December 1st, 2019

To absent friends... 2019

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Today is World AIDS Day. Each year, I spend part of the day remembering people I have known who left this world too soon because of that disease.

So: Frank, Mike, Tim, David, Todd, Chet, Jim, Steve, Brian, Rick, Stacy, Phil, Mark, Michael, Jerry, Walt, Charles, Thomas, Mike, Richard, Bob, Mikey, James, Lisa, Todd, Kerry, Glen, Brad, and Jack. Some of you I didn’t know for very long. Two of you were relatives. One of you was one of my best friends in high school and college.

I miss you all. It was a privilege to know you.

The themes of 2019 for the World Aids Day campaign are “Rock the Ribbon Together (#ROCKTHERIBBON)” and “Communities make the difference

“Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV... That’s why we’re asking you to Rock the Ribbon Together in 2019 – to stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.”

“Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many different ways. Their leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the centre and leaving no one behind.”

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November 29th, 2019

Friday Five (debunking lies edition)

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We've reached the fifth Friday of November! The year is winding down!

I really needed this holiday break. It was nice having just a few quiet days at work to focus on thing and then jump into pie making.

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 certain types of deplorable people, five stories about politics, five videos, and the five MORE videos (plus notable obituaries and a some things I wrote).

Stories of the Week:



United Nations to Honor Cyndi Lauper for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy - Award Recognizes Lauper's Work to End Teen Homelessness and Promote Human Rights, Kesha to Present.

Le Guin’s Subversive Imagination.

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories - Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit. *Ahem* for 24 years I have been writing a new ghost story for Christmas and reading it at our annual Christmas party... the practice is not dead!

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Around the World.

You Can Join the Effort to Expose Twitter Bots.

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:



Anglican church elects gay, black, immigrant man in a same-sex marriage as bishop.

Meet the LGBTQ Bloggers Debunking Right-Wing Lies.

UTAH: Activists and Mormon Church Leadership Agree On Ex-Gay Torture Ban.

There are approximately a million same-sex households in America...That the government knows about.

Dolly Parton has an unreleased ‘uplifting and fun’ dance song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay’, and we need it right now.

This Week in Deplorables of the Particular Type:



Eric Dudley, St. Peter's founder and outspoken LGBT critic, subjected men to sexual misconduct.

Donald Trump Jr. insinuates HIV+ people offer nothing but death - The son of the President went out of his way to promote stigma around HIV-positive people which has long been false.

Devin Nunes blasted as ‘total traitor garbage’ by victim of his ‘illegal’ lawsuits against critics.

Penn State child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky to seek reduced sentence.

Trump Goes To Fantasyland, Claims He Beat Barack Obama In Mystery Election.

This Week in Politics:



Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF - Pete Buttigieg Lies About Education Disparities. Almost didn't include this since it was viral earlier this week... but then I kept running into otherwise informed people who missed it, so...

Queer Like Pete - Buttigieg is getting slammed for being a type of gay man America doesn’t understand. I understand where the author thinks he's coming from, but speaking as a queer person myself, no, we aren't questioning these aspects of Mayor Pete's personality because we don't understand it; we're challenging them because we very much DO understand that nearly every single type-A "best little boy in the world" we've ever known, both gay and straight, have been the same empathy-deficient libertarians hiding their lack of understanding of (or caring about) their own privilege behind that carefully constructed mask of affability. Also, speaking to the final paragraph: there are tens of thousands of queer men who don't have his problems equally capable and eager to talk about those political issues. Like me, for instance.

Behind Trump’s secret war-zone trip: A Mar-a-Lago escape, a twin Air Force One and a Twitter plan - The president gave his thanks to the troops in a visit to Afghanistan shrouded in secrecy and packed with the displays of military strength Trump loves.

GOP Lies Are 'Morally Treasonable' To The American Public, Berman Suggests.

‘Snowflake’ Conservatives Have White-Hot Meltdown Over Getting ‘Betrayed’ by Chick-fil-A.

In Memoriam:



Founder of Integrity and LGBT+ advocate Louie Crew Clay has died. Many, many years ago, before I ever owned my own domain and when I was posting my essays (I didn't think of them as blog posts back then) on Geocities, I got this very nice comment on an entry I wrote called "Pansies!" where I talked about my love for flowers, my struggles with accepting myself as a queer man, and related thoughts. Over the next couple of weeks, I got a LOT more comments from people who had never commented on my posts before, and that post got many more clicks than most of mine had before. And I found out it was because Louie had posted a link to it. And so I had to figure out who this guy was. Over the years since, I have always felt an extra warm fuzzy if I got a comment from Louie or saw there were clicks on my blog that were referred from his. Rise in glory, Louie.

LOUIE CREW CLAY.

Groundbreaking Cartoonist Howard Cruse, 75, has Died.

William Ruckelshaus, first EPA chief, dies at 87 - He twice served as the EPA chief - quit Justice Department job rather than obey President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor.

Gahan Wilson, Macabre Cartoonist, Dead at 89.

Things I wrote:



They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense.

Let’s think about what we’re putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise.

Being thankful for a peaceful day and other thing.

Videos!



How Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys got into character for Mister Rogers movie:



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Daniel Craig And Rami Malek Shared A Kiss After A Long "James Bond" Writing Session:



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Dolly Parton Didn’t Let Elvis Sing “I Will Always Love You” (bonus, new Jolene verse):



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Alternative John Lewis Christmas Advert 2019:



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Fascinating Aïda's Christmas Message (warning: naughty language):



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More Videos!



All The Doctor's Regenerations (UPDATED) | Doctor Who:



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BD - gay - comic book - Howard Cruse interview - Stuck Rubber Baby - Wendel - gay comicsber baby:



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He's Just a GURL Who'll QUID PRO QUO! - Randy Rainbow Song Parody:



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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “Fate” TV Spot:



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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Official Trailer (HD):



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November 27th, 2019

Let's think about what we're putting on the holiday menu, metaphorical or otherwise

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For several years while blogging on LiveJournal I would post a survey asking about food people were making for Thanksgiving dinner. Half the fun in these polls were the conversations that would happen in the comments about the differences in what we thought of as traditional holiday foods. The first few Thanksgivings after this became my primary blog I constructed similar polls... but no one responded (there were occasionally be a couple of comments, but not many votes). So it hasn't seemed worth it to construct a poll here.

I do think talking about the foods we loved as kids can be a great way to share memories and get to know each other better. But sometimes I have to remember that not everyone has great memories of holidays spent with family. And even some of us who do cherish a lot of those memories have a lot of bad memories associated with the holidays...

(The rest of this post about troublemaking, intentional and otherwise, is at FontFolly.Net.)

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November 25th, 2019

They aren’t even going to let us cook the turkey before they trot out more War on Christmas nonsense

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I wasn’t going to write about the so-called War on Christmas until after Thanksgiving. But some people just cannot let a day go by without claiming that they are the victims of wholly fictitious campaigns. I actually entertained the notion that these stories might go away...

(The rest of this post about oppressors who think they are being oppressed, with a historical digression involving 17th Century Puritans is a FontFolly.Net.)

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