Scout’s Honor: The Mormon church is threatening to disconnect from the Boy Scouts of America after the organization ended it ban on gay Scout leaders. The Scouts had left a loophole for religiously affiliated chapters to choose leaders according to their beliefs, but the Latter Day Saints still object. A church statement said that despite welcoming scouts of every sexual orientation, “The admission of openly gay leaders is inconsistent with the doctrines of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Permawar: The US, Turkey, and Syrian rebels plan military action to clear Islamic State fighters out of a 60-mile strip of Syria along Turkey’s southern border. The area would be established as a safe zone for Syrians escaping their country’s civil war. The US is expected to contribute mostly air
Mormon sponsored chapters account for 17 percent of Boy Scout and Cub Scout membership.
KillBots: A group of hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers has signed an open letter warning of the dangers of autonomous weapons, technological killing devices that can find and destroy their targets without a human operator. They were joined by such luminaries as Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and...Read more
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Out of Africa: President Obama delivered a flattering but tough speech in Nairobi today, telling Kenyans they’ve come a long way in the world but that they still need to clean out corruption, shore up their shaky democracy, and end …Read more
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It's Been Said
"There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer. That time is now, and I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged."
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul