Also.Also.Also: Reparations for the War On Drugs and Other Stories You Can’t Miss

A new week, a new chance to do something weird and hopefully free. I’m trying to keep a basil plant and a mint plant alive on my countertop near a west-facing window, which isn’t weird or free. What are the odds of my success? Not good, probably. I don’t know the jargon of odds, but anyway just not good. Accepting all hot tips re: keeping herbs alive indoors.

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Here’s How Many Trans People Serve In the US Military.

+ Why Do Transgender People Join the Military in Such High Numbers?

+ 8 Queer Muslim Women on the Power of The Bold Type.

+ Brittney Griner Donates $5,000 to Phoenix LGBT Youth Center Damaged by Fire. Also the arson suspect has been arrested.

+ Abstinence-Only, “No Promo Homo” Sex Ed Keeps Queer Teens In The Dark. That ol’ chestnut!

+ Lesbian Mom Asks Christian Judge to Recuse Himself From Divorce Case.

+ Homeless LGBT Youth ‘Allowed to be Kids’ at Promise House Shelter in Dallas.

+ Losing Trans Film Characters Devalues Them IRL.

+ ‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing.

+ The Turmeric Project: Queer South Asian Art & Healing.

+ Laverne Cox Educates After ‘Breakfast Club’ Guest Jokes About Killing Trans Women.

+ If We Want Queer and Trans People Involved in Society, We Should Tell History as It Really Was.

Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Top Trump Advisor Claims Military Ban Will Do Transgender People a Favor. Does anybody want to tell Trump’s top advisor where he can stick that favor?

+ Trump’s Battle Over LGBT Discrimination Is Just Beginning.

+ Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly.

+ What McCain Did Was Hard, What Murkowski and Collins Did Was Harder.

Doll Parts

+ Meet the 18 Year-Old Artist Now Showing In The Museum of Sex.

+ A Marvel Editor Is Being Harassed Because She Posted a Selfie With her Coworkers.

+ Siri Is Not ‘Genderless’.

+ How Do You Do Your Hair When You Only Have One Arm?

+ Living with Endometriosis, an Agonizing Disease with No Known Cause or Cure.

Keep Up

+ Oakland Gives Pot Convicts First Chance to Open Marijuana Businesses as Part of Reparations for War on Drugs

+ Facebook Worker Living In Garage to Zuckerberg: Challenges Are Right Outside Your Door.

+ Our Long, Troubling History of Sterilizing the Incarcerated.

+ Farmers and Ranchers Are Completely Screwed by American Healthcare.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ Why Was Kermit the Frog Actor Fired? Why indeed.

+ Arizona Targets Wrong-Way Drivers with Unique Tech Program. This seems really cool and promising??

+ An Animated Guide to Nature’s Best Wayfinding Secrets.

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  1. So I’m currently getting everything ready to teach history for the first time and that article about not learning queer history is really the whole reason I got into this. It’s super frustrating to see things get pushed to the sidelines, at best. That goes for the history of POC too. But I mean, like with everything else the field is dominated by cis straight white men. I don’t really know what to say about it, other than I’m nervous for the school year :/

  2. One of my former housemates kept a basil plant alive in our living room for a whole winter once, but she was one of those people with magic plant skills, so I don’t really know how she did it. All I know is they like a lot of heat and sunshine, but you probably already know that.

  3. > Laverne Cox Educates After ‘Breakfast Club’ Guest Jokes About Killing Trans Women.

    “Host Angela Yee told him he should be “politically correct,” but [POS] responded, saying that comedians shouldn’t have to be.

    “That’s the good thing I like about being me,” he said. “I can say what I want and do what I want and people understand where I’m coming from. They understand I’m not coming from a place of malice. They know I’m just speaking my mind.””

    It’s now “politically correct” to suggest murdering trans people might be a bad idea? And that’s a concept not born out of malice? Am I *missing* something?

  4. The “abstinence only sex ed” article just…

    If any of you have kids and want them to get a COMPREHENSIVE sex education, call your local Unitarian church and ask about the Our Whole Lives program. While it recommends abstinence as the safest form of sex (which like, duh) it also gives SCIENTIFIC AND USEFUL information about actual intercourse, gender, and sexual identity. I teach for grades 7-9 and 10-12 and we explain barrier methods, show how they work (INCLUDING INTERNAL CONDOMS AND DENTAL DAMS) and give non-scare tactic info.

  5. My mother advised me to always trim the flower buds off your basil, I guess so that it puts its energy into growing leaves? Or maybe it can’t complete its lifecycle, so it doesn’t die as soon? I don’t know, I just do it and I have two healthy basil plants (one Italian, one Thai).

    Thanks for the Kermit article. I have always loved the Muppets, but I agree the tv show version was too cynical. The Muppets are supposed to be inspiring and uplifting, not jaded and bitter. That said, the new Kermit never sounded quite right to me, and if all the Henson kids think you’re a pain to work with, you probably are.

  6. According to my gardeny gf, you want aerated soil (like where the water moves through it fast, maybe with those chunkies in it?) for the basil, and if it starts going too yellow it’s getting too much sun. Make sure it has drainage holes in the pot, cut the flowers. For mint, lots of sun. It’s basically a weed if you put it in some sun. ?‍♀️?

      • The mint LOVES water. If you have a leaky faucet or a dripping ac unit stick it under there. It is basically is a delicious weed. Maybe put it near the sink and water it daily.
        I’ve never had great luck with basil in a pot. In our garden we hide in between the tomatoes bc the leaves are deliciate and dry out in direct sun.
        I do have one basil trick, you want to pinch off the leaves carefully leaving a pair of baby leaves on the stalk. If you do this right the plant branches out and makes more leaves. If you don’t, it gets leggy. I’m guessing the internets will have some visuals to explain this more clearly.

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