By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The K-MAX unmanned drone helicopter is proving invaluable to U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, according to a report from McClatchy News on Tuesday.
Yale University is hosting a conference to debate the merits of granting personhood to animals, with input from one featured speaker who doesn't even consider human babies worthy of protection until they're a month old: ethicist Peter Singer.
Late last month, two bioethicists - Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva - published an outrageous "paper" in the Journal of Medical Ethics justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first days and weeks after birth.
Decades ago, when Roe v. Wade was decided, conservatives and many religious folks predicted the country had begun an inevitable slide toward a murderous future: a time when certain people — in addition to unprotected preborn children — would be declared less valuable than others, their killing justified.
Iran likely would turn to Russia or China for help in reverse engineering a U.S. drone that landed in its territory last year because the Islamic republic lacks the manufacturing capability to replicate the technology.
Amid the speculation regarding John McCain's choice to complete his presidential ticket, I offer my unsolicited suggestion for his vice president: the first woman — and youngest — governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, who is an unstereotypical and effective Republican.
"Everyone has framed discussion of drones as being about surveillance, and that's one of the models, but they won't be only that," said Mr. Singer, author of "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century."
Peter Singer, the director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, told McClatchy that the K-MAX is the face of the future for unmanned flight.