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Several years ago I witnessed an altercation on the bus. When I first got on, I noticed one guy with blond hair that was combed just so and his mustache was freshly trimmed, and he was dressed in what looked like a new suit and tie. He was sitting up super-straight, as if he had an iron rod up his backside. Everything about him radiated attitude. His smile was particularly smug.

I had already seen that one of my favorite seats near the back was open, so I headed back there and turned my attention back to the news radio I was listening to on my headphones...

(The rest of this post relating a personal anecdote from some time back to a news incident this week is at FontFolly.Net.)

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Sep. 19th, 2017 09:18 am
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In the old days, when reading usually meant you were holding a physical book or magazine or manuscript in your hand, if something you read so infuriated you or was simply awfully written, you could literally throw it against the wall (or into the trashcan) in disgust. On Sunday this last weekend I really, really wanted to do that after reading a particular blog post. I’m not going to link to it or identify the author, because that would just be harassment—even though the author of the blog post is a professional who uses their blog to give advice and has (self) published books offering advice on writing. Instead, I need to follow the advice I give all the time: if you want more good things in the world for people to read, don’t complain about what’s out there, make something yourself.

Over the years I’ve had many conversations with aspiring writers...

(The rest of this post about writing and gatekeeping is at: FontFolly.Net.)
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It's Friday, the third Friday in September. I should be more happy about that than I am.

This week, my husband came down sick early in the week, and I have followed. So it hasn't been a fabulous week for us. And you may notice that this week's collection of links is a bit shorter, as once again I haven't had as much time to read the news.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy.

One of the most common questions in American small talk is seen as rude in much of the world.

Study: Atheists behave more fairly toward Christians than Christians behave toward atheists.

Science!



Uranus is a 'nightmare' with a lopsided, tumbling magnetic shield that opens and closes every day like a light switch.

The Sun’s Energy Doesn’t Come From Fusing Hydrogen Into Helium (Mostly).

Climate-change deniers are the new Marlboro Men.

What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection: Some links are indisputable; others are more subtle, but the science is improving all the time.

Is climate change wreaking weather havoc? Evolving science seeks answers.

Why Extreme Deadly Hurricanes, Heat Waves and Wildfires Are Here to Stay.

The weather report is climate science, too.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Inspiration via meme.

Harrison Ford on ‘Star Wars’, ‘Blade Runner’, and Punching Ryan Gosling in the Face.

This Week in the Economy



Amazon Is Not Your Newly Cheating Lover, Seattle. It's a Massive Business With a Low-Tax Agenda.

This Week in Difficult to Classify



Freelancers Sue Historic Black Magazine for $70,000 in Unpaid Invoices.

Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows.

This week in awful news



Multiple victims in shooting at Freeman High School; one student dead; suspect detained.

This week in awful people who only have themselves to blame



The 'Handbook For Mortals' Saga Continues As Lani Sarem Goes On The No Apologies Tour.

Liberal Celebrities Who Helped Elect Trump, Kindly STFU About DACA - You already proved that your ideology matters more than our safety.

News for queers and our allies:



Six Actors We Lost Prematurely To AIDS Who Are Worth Remembering.

This week in Writing



Let Me Tell You.

This Week in Tech



Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked.

An old link, but worth repeating: Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists.

Where Do We Go from Here?



Guest Editorial: Enough About 9/11, Already.

This Week in Inclusion



I Was Made to Believe There’s Something Wrong With Me: Why #BlackLivesMatter in YA Lit.

This Week in Police Problems



The Detective Who Pulled a Gun on a Motorcyclist Had a History of Road Rage Complaints.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



“Oh hi Ivanka”: Finally, we know the least essential White House employee’s real role.

What it took for Republicans finally to feel betrayed by Trump.

This week in Politics:



Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After Fifth Man Accuses Him of Child Sex Abuse.

What You Need to Know About the Seattle Mayoral Succession.

“Prophetess” Opal Covey Comes in Last Place in Toledo Mayoral Race (Again).

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



Good Christian Boys: Jesus Worse Than Hitler.“We executed Nazis after World War 2 for engaging in collective punishment and ordering reprisal killings—rounding up and shooting innocent villagers after resistance fighters staged attacks. Kevin would have us believe that Jesus—the Prince of Peace, the Friend of the Poor, the Lamb of God, etc.—will happily drown little old straight ladies in nursing homes because He’s angry at gay men cavorting in bars on the other side of town.”

Study: A Picture of a Black Person Can Anger Trump Supporters and Change Their Politics.

Vox Day thinks lying is great “persuasion.” Unless people are lying about him..

This Week in Foreign Enemies



Pro-Russian Bots Sharpen Online Attacks for 2018 U.S. Vote.

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan.

China is getting tougher on North Korea—to stop the US from getting tougher on it.

This Week in Sexism



Amber Tamblyn Pens Open Letter to James Woods.

Emma, J.Law, and Scarlett’s Older-Man Problem.

Farewells:



Edith Windsor, Lesbian Trailblazer Who Changed Your Life, Has Died.

Edith Windsor, gay rights pioneer, dies at 88.

Postscript: Edith Windsor, 1929-2017.

How Edith Windsor Became a 'Matriarch of the Gay-Rights Movement'.

Jerry Pournellle (1933-2017).

Things I wrote:



Sunday Funnies, part 25.

Confessions of a writing tool addict—good intentions paving the way.

Worry about you and other revelations for a Wednesday.

How people use a word can tell you more about them than they wish — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Alfie Arcuri - If They Only Knew:



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Propellerheads feat: Miss Shirley Bassey - History Repeating:



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The Hound - Can't Let You Go (Official Video):



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I can’t count the number of times, as a child, that some adult (relatives, teachers, or people from church) would take me aside to suggest or insist that if I would just be more obedient or behave the way my dad expected, he wouldn’t have to be so strict with me. I know my younger siblings got similar admonishments: Dad wouldn’t be forced to use such strict punishments on us if only we could placate his moods. They never referred to his behavior as “abuse,” it was always said that he was “strict” and that he “had a temper.” And while they often implied that they thought his punishment was harsher than necessary, they never acknowledged that his behavior had crossed a line into being unacceptable or uncalled for. Which is quite amazing if I explain some of the specifics.

Content Warning: the following essay (which will also touch on dangerous misperceptions and myths about sexual orientation) includes some specifics about physical abuse of children and worse. Only click when you’re ready …

(The rest of this post about meanings, definitions, perceptions, and more is at FontFolly.Net.
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Apple announced more than one new phone yesterday, and like most years, a certain percentage of current iPhone owners are debating which one to upgrade to as our older iPhones are now more than two years old. More than one person I know is still hanging onto the same iPhone they’ve owned for three years and not sure that they will upgrade this year or wait a bit. But Apple haters all act as if all of us blindly rush out to buy the newest one every year. We don’t, but hey, if your life is so hollow that you need to make fun of other people’s choices of what goods and services to use, I guess that’s what you have to do.

But the really funny thing for me is how many of the haters are making fun of the cost of the high end Apply phone (not the shiny new iPhone 8 that the vast majority of us will buy, but the premium model that literally most of us can’t—not just because of the price, but because of manufacturing limits, but I’ll come back to that) are also comparing it to a particular Samsung Galaxy, about which others were asking just last month: Why does Samsung think you’d be willing to spend nearly $1,000 on a Galaxy Note 8?. Seriously, you can’t complain about price by comparing it to a phone that is just as expensive...

(The rest of this post about technology, posting, and other things is at FontFolly.Net.)
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’ve written a few times about some of the issues I face being a packrat who comes from a long line of packrats. One of the manifestations of the behavior is that I collect things, but not all of the things I collect are the sorts of things most people think of as collectable: keyboards, headphones, iPods, dictionaries, typewriters… and word processing programs....

(The rest of this post about the eccentricities of this writer are at FontFolly.Net.)
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It's Friday, the second Friday in September. Usually at this point I will wax poetic about the blessédness of this month and the superiority of people burn during it, but right now with all the insane weather and earthquakes and wildfires and tsunamis... I'm not sure it's really appropriate

All week long locally they've been promising us that the hellish smoke layer (seriously, ashes were falling from the sky like snowflakes on Tuesday, and the sun has been blood red for days) would start to clear out and be all gone before the end of the week. And then each day the forecast has revised and moved that day back. As I right this Thursday night we are still under a layer of smoke, air quality has only improved to Moderately Bad, and there has been no sign of the promised rain.

Anyway, here are the links I gathered this week, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



Donald Trump Is the First White President. This essay is incredible and devastatingly honest and should be read even if you think you've heard enough about Donald.

Life is All the Negative Space Surrounding Orgasms and Belly Laughs.

The Week in Credit Where Credit is Due



We found the photographer who took these dramatic pictures of golfers in front of a hill on fire in Oregon.

Even Mister Rogers Knew What to Do with Haters



In 1990 Mister Rogers Sued The KKK For Impersonating Him (and won!). In 1990, Mr. Rogers sued the KKK for impersonating his voice in prerecorded messages. These messages said "AIDS was divine retribution" and included radio skits simulating lynchings of black children on a playground. The messages were spread to elementary and middle school children by passing out misleading fliers with a phone number to call for a special message from a friendly neighbor.

Science!



Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Bad Astronomy | UPDATE: Supertyphoons and Global Warming.

Swiss confectioners invent a new kind of chocolate for the first time in 80 years.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere



Tsunami warning issued for 'hazardous' waves after huge earthquake hits Mexico.

Tropical triple threat: Hurricanes Jose and Katia could join Irma striking land this weekend.

Hurricane Irma: storm batters Bahamas and Haiti while Florida evacuates – latest updates.

Floridians jam highways to flee wrath of Hurricane Irma.

Wildfires, poor air quality to plague western US as extreme heat persists.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



John Barrowman dressed up as Wonder Woman because John Barrowman.

Doctor Who Writer Gareth Roberts Talks Vile, Ignorant Trash About Trans Women.

An Open Letter to Gareth Roberts .

Sexual Harassment in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Communities Survey Results.

This Week in History



No, Your Ancestors Probably Didn't Come Here Legally.

The Search For ‘The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong’.

Don't Fuck with Librarians



One woman’s story of how a bookmobile transported her away from a deadly life and toward her human potential.

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books.

News for queers and our allies:



Christians Give Your Tithe Towards Trans Surgeries.

The Identity Asymptote.

Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens: Bi Stigma Is Real.

This week in Writing



Silvia Moreno-Garcia | When a YA writer ‘tanks'.

This Week in Tech



Three Equifax Managers Sold Stock Before Cyber Hack Was Revealed.

Nearly half of U.S. population has data affected by Equifax breach.

Culture war news:



Robert E. Lee descendent forced out of church after speaking against white supremacy.

Manslamming Street Experiment Take Up Space Experience.

Married Oklahoma GOP state Senator Ralph Shortey, who resigned in March after being caught with a male teen in a motel room, has been hit with four federal child porn and sex trafficking charges.

This week in so-called Christians



Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Doubles Down: Resisting Him Is Resisting “the Hand of God”.

This week in the Resistance:



Washington Among 15 States Suing Trump to Protect DACA Recipients.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



When Trump denounces the ‘fake media’ his anti-Semitic fans hear ‘Jewish media’.

5 times Trump made life miserable for Republicans (including this week).

Why Trump's Immigration Gambit Will Likely Backfire.

Appeals Court Rejects Family Limits In Trump Travel Ban.

News about the Fascist Regime:



DOJ to retry woman who laughed during Sessions' confirmation hearing.

Sheriff Clarke Was In Talks for a Trump White House Job.

This week in Politics:



Hillary Breaks Silence on Bernie — and She's Not Wrong.

Hillary Clinton is right about Bernie Sanders.

Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules.

Nancy Pelosi Actually Dictated Trump's Last Tweet to Him.

House Conservatives Angry at Trump’s Debt-Ceiling Deal, Threaten Paul Ryan.

Senate passes debt-limit deal Trump struck with Democrats.

Trump bucked his own Treasury secretary and every top Republican by agreeing to a deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling.

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



Uh-oh. Genealogist goes back through Tomi Lahren's family tree and it looks like she needs DACA.

The Alt-Right View of ‘Free Speech’ isn’t Even Simplistic.

This Week in Foreign Enemies



The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security.

Farewells:



Kate Millett, 1934-2017.

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen on Walter Becker: ‘Hysterically Funny, a Great Songwriter’.

The Great Poet John Ashbery Is Dead.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 9/2/2017: More words and pictures.

If you don’t know labor history, you’re doomed to repeat the bad parts.

But it made perfect sense when I was reading it to myself….

Where is the missing generation of rabbit drag queens? — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



A New George Michael Single Has Been Released, and It’s a Nile Rodgers-Produced ‘Fantasy’:



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FUTURE FRIENDS by SUPERFRUIT:



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Kelly Clarkson - Love So Soft [Official Video]:



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my childhood people asserted the claim that what was “wrong” with me was caused by the movies/TV shows I watched or the books I read. At one point certain extended family members were trying to convince my parents that I shouldn’t be allowed to watch scary cartoons. At another point, a lot of church people were certain that my interest in science, particularly astronomy, was turning me into a satanist or even worse, an atheist! There were lots of times that various people asserted that either musicals, or fantasy/sci fi, or some other thing I was interested in was why I kept getting bullied by the other kids at school...

(The rest of this post about personal history, media, myths about queer people, and more is at FontFolly.Net.)
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tories I struggled with for years. There was this one story where I had this very interesting character whose voice just flowed from the fingertips at the speed of lightning when I wrote the opening scene for her story. I knew the trouble she was in and how she would eventually get out of it. She was a new character in an existing setting where I had a lot of great established character who could play the supporting roles. It just felt like magic every time I re-read the half dozen scenes I’d written. It was taking me longer to get to the resolution than I had originally thought when I had the story idea, but I figured that once I ironed a couple of plot issues out, I could probably trim a few of the scenes so far.

Then I read the story aloud to my monthly writers’ group...

(The rest of this post about the craft of writing is at FontFolly.Net.
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