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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Linkee-poo Thursday June 17

Want to know what a SF/F/H convention is like, but don't want to spend the money first? Okay, well supposedly Tor Con 2021 is offering recordings of their panels. Unfortunately Tor:Con is a branded tornado prediction tool for the Weather Channel, so Googling is a PIA.

"(Tor) Nightfire will be open to (unaccented) novel and novella submissions from June 15, 2021 (9AM EST) to June 22, 2021 (9AM EST)."

"Wednesday was forecast to get only hotter, with Death Valley predicted to soar to a blistering 128 degrees… With temperatures rising to 10 to 30 degrees above average, dozens of records were demolished Tuesday across Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, Nevada, Arizona and Southern California." And it's only June.

War, huh, yeah, what is it good for? "But he also expressed deep rage and sorrow over the scars left by the nation's 50-year-long War on Drugs. 'What good is it doing for us?' Hinton asked… As the United States' harsh approach to drug use and addiction hits the half-century milestone, this question is being asked by a growing number of lawmakers, public health experts and community leaders." Absolutely nothing.

"Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week despite an ongoing recovery in the U.S. employment market, the Labor Department reported Thursday… First-time filings for unemployment insurance for the week ended June 12 totaled 412,000, compared with the previous week’s 375,000. That was the highest number since May 15."

"Members of the Ohio House expelled Rep. Larry Householder, the federally indicted Republican ex-speaker, Wednesday in a bipartisan vote that invoked their powers to remove a member for the first time in 150 years."

"The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Wednesday easily approved legislation to commemorate Juneteenth, the national remembrance of the end of chattel slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday."

"You may be used to seeing your calendar punctuated by the various holidays that occur throughout the year… But on one New Jersey school district's calendar, each one of these days will be listed, simply, as 'day off.'"

"The House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for war in Iraq as Congress moves to rein in presidential discretion on using military force." Well that only took :: checks watch :: 19 years.

"The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the third time on Thursday, leaving in place the broad provisions of the law enacted by Congress in 201o. The vote was 7 to 2… The decision threw out the challenge to the law on the grounds that Texas and other objecting GOP-dominated states were not required to pay anything under the mandate provision and thus had no standing to bring the challenge to court." That's interesting, as since the mandate has been zeroed out, then nobody can claim harm (unless they have an ACA plan, which they could have not bought and have paid no penalty, so no harm again). The attempt was specious at best (if you have one hello grain of salt to go with it), and it's good to see at least logic still holds sway.

And then it fails… "The Supreme Court on Thursday said that Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it froze the contract of a Catholic foster care agency that refused to work with same-sex couples as potential foster parents because the agency believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman." Say, what religion do most of the members of the Supreme Court belong to?

And then this asshole is back again… "A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a trans woman, a state judge has ruled."

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