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Weekend link dump for February 26

Egregious, intelligence-insulting lying by public officials is still a bad thing even if it isn’t illegal.

“You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food”.

Fourteen TV shows that blazed a path of inclusion for LGBT characters.

“Brillian parody Twitter account/depressing vision of our global future President Supervillain—created by D.M. Higgins, creator of the excellent Jill Trent, Science Sleuth—takes classic Silver Age panels from Marvel comics featuring the Red Skull, erases the text, and then puts in honest-to-god quotes from Trump.”

Our tiny little president. Hilarious and deeply, deeply disturbing.

Solving the poop problem for astronauts.

You are being morally judged for this decision. We believe that you will come to learn that you made a mistake, but what we’re really interested in is making sure you understand where we’re coming from.”

RIP, Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s “funky drummer”.

“Donald Trump’s election was merely an accelerant for a change that was already sweeping across sportswriting. On issues that divided the big columnists for years, there’s now something like a consensus.”

The morality and economics of pirated scientific papers.

“The shameful sound bite inspired a new, 30-foot long mural titled, We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident, now on view at New York Live Arts, that makes art out of quotes from nearly 40 politicians who have, for decades, made odious public remarks about women’s bodies and rights.”

RIP, Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion”.

How to be a successful game show host, in four easy lessons.

“We have friends who have kids who are just a little bit older, and they remember feeling like they had to choose between medical care and bankruptcy. We never had to do that, thankfully.” Thanks, Obamacare.

“State legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be linked to a decrease in adolescent suicide, based on a new analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics.”

“Now my head hurts and also I wasted half of my psych session discussing vagina glue. And that’s how my whole day has gone.”

“If Trump became a full-fledged autocrat, it will not be because he succeeds in running the state. It’s not going to be like Julius Caesar, where we thank him and here’s a crown. It’ll be that he fails, and he has to find a narrative for that failure. And it will not be a narrative of self-criticism. It will not be that he let you down. He will figure out who the villains are, and he will focus the public’s anger at them.”

“Once you embrace that narrative of decline, then the white male backlash of the Trump administration is your logical conclusion.”

“The truth, though, is that this is an issue not so much about one hateful writer, but about conservatives’ tolerance and support of hateful ideology more generally.”

RIP, Alan Colmes, longtime token liberal on Fox News.

“Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.”

This is how you punk people.

RIP, Bill Paxton, actor behind iconic roles in Aliens, Titanic, and Apollo 13, among many others.

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