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It's Friday. July is flying by. We've had 34 consecutive days without rain, which isn't a record, but would surprise some people about Seattle. We have to go at least 18 more days before we'll tie the existing record. After the wettest winter in the recorded weather history, it would be appropriate if we broke the rainless summer record, too.

This week has been another of very long hours at work, so the links round-up may be small.

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

Links of the Week



Creation and consumption.

Why every office should scrap its clean desk policy.

This Week in Economic News



The Cost of a Hot Economy in California: A Severe Housing Crisis.

This week in awful people



Fact Check: Does Oregon CPS "Err" On Believing Kids Who Allege Abuse?

Parents Who “Gifted” Underage Daughters to “Prophet of God” Will Go To Prison.

News for queers and our allies:



"American Gods" Super-Producer Bryan Fuller Reveals How TV Studios Kept De-Gaying His Characters.

Queer Geek News Roundup: July 16, 2017.

Bosom Friends: The Gay Anne of Green Gables Scandal.

5 Canadian Queer Beach Reads.

Science!



Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years.

Dinosaur that looked like a massive bird discovered in Canada.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online.

Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF .

Before 'Valerian,' 'The Fifth Element' Subverted Sci-Fi Movies.

This Week in History



Local Japanese Americans remember their imprisonment during WWII.

This Week in Tech



Apple previews new emoji coming later this year.

Apple’s risky balancing act with the next iPhone.

Culture war news:



Why I’m Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention .

Rev. Barber: An open letter to clergy who prayed with Donald Trump - The Scripture cautions us to lay hands on no man suddenly, lest we become a party to his sins.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



The Late, Great Jimmy Breslin's columns on Donald Trump.

A breakdown of the latest New York Times Trump interview.

News about the Fascist Regime:



Pope’s Confidantes Pen Blistering Critique Of Steve Bannon’s View of Christianity.

Why did Don Jr.'s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington's lying ways.

The GOP failure on health care is just a hint of what’s to come.

Vulnerable Republicans Just Showed Why Fighting For Trans Rights Is A Political Winner.

This week in Politics:



Colorado to require advanced post-election audits.

Why isn’t voter suppression considered political corruption?

Farewells:



Martin Landau Dead at 89: Oscar-Winning Actor in Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible.

George Romero, 'Night Of The Living Dead' Director, Dies At 77.

Things I wrote:



Being reactionary – bad rules and good expectations.

Definitions matter, except when they don’t — more adventures in dictionaries.

Videos!



Christopher Marlowe was a Gay Atheist Spy (Yes, really.):



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Caught On Video: Bison On The Loose In Gilford, New Hampshire:

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I’m a word nerd, obviously, and there have been many times that I have based an argument upon the definition of a word. Sometimes, though, that is a disingenuous tactic—the person citing the definition is choosing one that sidesteps or distracts from the main issue at hand, rather than to engage in a genuine discussion. The argument becomes a matter of nitpicking and source citing and burying your opponent in a flurry of trivialities. It is a way to appear to win when all you’ve really done is, in essence, shouted the other person down...

(This post that actually about a sex scandal, abusers, and similar topics is at FontFolly.Net.)
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I was reminded this week of the Dumbest Password Policy Ever™....

(The rest of this post about human nature among other things is at FontFolly.Net.)
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It's Friday. It's the second Friday in July!

This week's round up is a bit smaller than usual. Still trying to figure out how much time I should put into this.

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

Links of the Week



How This Year's Pride Gave Me Hope .

Digging in the Trash — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER.

Education: The Great Leveler and the Great Divider.

Happy News!



Disneyland’s Captain America talking to a guest in sign-language will make you happy cry.

This week in awful people



'Valuable' Clues Uncovered in Case of 4 Young Men Missing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Person of Interest Arrested.

Captain Awkward #992: “My husband is dating my mom.”.

Minuteman co-founder gets 19½ years for sexually abusing 5-year-old. All 3 of his daughters say they're also victims.

Fate of disgraced Joe Arpaio, who once said 'nobody's higher than me,' now in judge's hands.

News for queers and our allies:



Fraternity Brothers Say ‘I Do’ After 10-Year Romance.

The church’s trans epiphany will ease the way for others like me.

Rugby player at Pride parade sends crowds into frenzy with marriage proposal.

Small town, big pride: Erie, Pennsylvania.

This hero dad has become an advocate for his trans son.

Scott Frantz, offensive lineman for Kansas State, comes out as gay.

Science!



Super Gonorrhea Is About to Get the Trump Bump.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Seattle Review of Books - Future Alternative Past: Dividing past the dividing lines.

Ship's Log: 12 Queer SFF Books with Upcoming Sequels .

Franchise Addiction, Movie Studio Dealers, Series Re-Visits, and Why We Need New (better) Drugs.

Friday Five: 5 SF/F Books that Ace the Bechdel Test.

This Week in Love Conquers...



A Widow’s Rage Defense of Patton Oswalt’s Engagement.

This Week in Tech



SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time .

This Week in Covering the News



After obtaining his contact information through its accidental exposure by the Washington Post, a high school reporter contacted Secretary of Defense James Mattis for an interview - and it's a good, solid interview:.

This Week in Police Problems



Lawsuit Accuses Baton Rouge Police Of Excessive Force During Protests Over Alton Sterling’s Death.

Culture war news:



A massive pilot study demonstrates the subtle ways LGBTQ people are disadvantaged when seeking housing.

This Week in Fighting Back in the Culture War:



For the Second Year in a Row, Anti-Trans Activists Fail to Turn in Signatures for Their Ballot Measure.

This Week in the Resistance:



LGBTQ Rights Group Launches Massive Anti-Trump Effort For 2018.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Now Very Simple.

U.S., Russia Offer Conflicting Accounts of Trump-Putin Meeting .

News about the Fascist Regime:



The GOP health bill would cut benefits for very poor households by an average of $2,500 a year, economists say.

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward.

This week in Politics:



In Defense of Talking About Misogyny In a City That Hasn’t Had a Female Mayor in 92 Years.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 7/8/2017: Scandals and Schadenfreude.

We need to take the victories when we get them.

We’re living in the future, but a lot of people don’t get it.

Confessions of a gift-guilty packrat.

Zen, Bradbury, and the Hugo Awards – more of why I love sf/f.

Videos!



Kesha - Woman (Official Video) ft. The Dap-Kings Horns:



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Selena Gomez - Fetish (Audio) ft. Gucci Mane:



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HAIM - Want You Back (Official Video):



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Recently someone posted these images of a couple of paragraphs out of Ray Bradbury’s book Zen and the Art of Writing which is only one of the times he told this story. At the age of nine Bradbury fell in love with the Buck Rogers comic strip in his local newspaper, and began cutting out and saving the strips and so forth. His classmates at school teased him for loving such a ridiculous and unlikely story. The teasing eventually drove him to tear up with collection of carefully cut out comic strips. And he was miserable for some time afterward. The bit I found most profound in this version of the story was his realization that the classmates who made fun of the stories he loved weren’t his friends, they were his enemies. It was a realization that resonated deeply...

(The rest of this post, including my current Hugo ballot, is at FontFolly.Net.)

Confessions of a gift-guilty packrat

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I’ve written more than once about being a packrat, especially recently, as the process of packing, purging, moving, unpacking, purging some more has really driven home just how much stuff we had squirreled and stashed away all over the place. One aspect of the packrat I’ve only touched on briefly is the guilt over gifts...

(The rest of this post about gifts, guilt, and how they both relate to packrat tendencies is at FontFolly.Net.)
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Some years ago I was attending a meeting of the committee that ran one of the local science fiction conventions. I had just joined the staff, and it was my first full meeting. One of the topics debated that day was a proposal that the committee obtain an email address that several committee members could check, because people kept asking why they didn’t have an email address...

(The rest of this post about technology, change, social class, and other things is at FontFolly.Net.)
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Last Friday was the deadline for people filing initiatives to the people to turn in their signatures in order to attempt to qualify for the fall ballot. One of those I was worried about was I-1552, the second attempt at enacting an anti-transgender bathroom bill into law. The anti-trans group that has been collecting signatures had made an appointment at 3pm on Friday to turn in the petitions (the Secretary of State’s office asks groups to make these appointments in part because receiving & cataloging the boxes of petitions requires a lot of people), but 3pm came and went and there was no sign of the group...

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

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