Attention has been drawn once again to the US' “don’t, ask don’t tell” policy regarding homosexuality in the armed forces after a lesbian solider was “outed” by police.
Attention has been drawn once again to the US’ "don’t, ask don’t tell" policy regarding homosexuality in the armed forces after a lesbian solider was "outed" by police. Jene Newsome, 28, had played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant and not disclosed her sexual orientation. But after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base, she was discharged from her duties. Newsome has since filed a complaint against the South Dakota police department claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her homosexuality. And the case highlights a fatal flaw in the 1993 "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy – the ability of third parties to step in and do the "outing." "I played by 'don't ask, don't tell,'" Newsome told press."I just don't agree with what the Rapid City police department did. ... They violated a lot of internal policies on their end, and I feel like my privacy was violated."
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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