Links For September 4, 2015

Who Won Science Fiction's Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

The evening began with an appearance by a fan cosplaying as the Grim Reaper, and it turned out he was there for the Puppies. Not a single Puppy-endorsed candidate took home a rocket. In the five categories that had only Puppy-provided nominees on the ballot—Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Related Work, and Best Editor for Short and for Long Form—voters instead preferred “No Award.”


Brewers minor-leaguer makes baseball history by coming out publicly as gay

A first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers’ rookie affiliate in Helena, Mont., [David] Denson had just entered the clubhouse a month or so ago when a teammate jokingly referred to him using a derogatory term for a gay male.... That teammate had no way of knowing Denson actually is gay, but the 20-year-old slugger of African-American and Hispanic descent quickly seized the opportunity.


Cree Woman Wins Beauty Pageant, Immediately Turns Spotlight to Stephen “Missing and Murdered Women Not a Priority” Harper

After first striking a blow for representation of Indigenous women in the mainstream media, the newly crowned Mrs. Universe, from Cree Enoch First Nations in Alberta, made politics her first order of business. Canada’ s new crush – the first First Nations and Canadian woman to ever win the Mrs. Universe pageant – set the political sphere ablaze when she called on Indigenous people to vote out Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


Yick Wo: How A Racist Laundry Law In Early San Francisco Helped Civil Rights

Lee Yick, a Chinese laundry store owner, took the city all the way to the Supreme Court over discriminatory enforcement of a fire-safety ordinance—and won—in 1886. The Yick Wo case, as it came to be known, was the first time the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause was used strike down a law that is seemingly written to apply to everyone, but ends up being unequally enforced.


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