Boy Scouts’ President Says Allow Gay Leaders

Boy Scouts at summer camp (Relvse, 2002)

The president of the Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) said the organization should accept gay leaders for its own survival.  “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” said BSA President Robert Gates, who formerly headed the CIA and the Pentagon.

Gates said with social and political changes and court decisions in favor of homosexual rights during the past year, holding on to the no-homosexual leaders policy could get the scouts challenged in the courts.

The president said a court challenge could have far-reaching effects that could threaten the very nature of scouting. “Waiting for the courts is a gamble with huge stakes,” said Gates. “If we wait for the courts to act, we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard, including our foundational belief in our duty to God and our focus on serving the specific needs of boys.”

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Read more here.

Image is in the public domain and is from here

PeTA Wiki Begins

The PETA Wiki (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has sat virtually empty and idle for years. But now it’s growing!

I, Miley Spears, recently adopted and rebooted the site at peta.wikia.com. There’s not much there yet, so you can get in on the ground floor!

It isn’t a site for rants (except on your talk page). It’s for spreading and sharing information about PETA and other animal rights organizations, animals and animals rights, activists and causes.

If you want to help create a new Wiki for animals rights, sign up! If you’re already a wiki editor, you probably already have an account (uncylopedia.wikia.com and a few other wikis use a different system). If you don’t have a wikia account, get one for free!

Any opinion of a member or associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family. image used is PETA’s symbol and used here for illustration.

Stop Mattel’s Eavesdropping Hello Barbie

Say “goodbye” to Hello Barbie.

“I want strangers spying on and talking to little girls.”

If you agree with the above, there’s no need for concern. If you do not, then know that Mattel has announced “Hello Barbie.” The doll has a transmitter to pick up whatever a child or anyone near the doll says, then send that out. Someone–or a computer–listens in, analyzes it, then sends a response. They plan to release the doll in a few months.

Is this primarily being used for marketing? To prevent children from creating their own responses and from using their developing imaginations? Or is it for some other purpose?

According to Mattel, parents will have to sign a waiver to allow their child’s voice to be recorded. But what happens if that child has friends whose parents did not agree? What happens if those parents have friends who don’t know they’re being recorded? To sign a petition against this doll’s release, go here.

If you don’t believe such a bizarre idea could be true, see this.

World Leaders Secrets Leaked: What About Yours?

United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to the G8 Summit dinner following their bilateral meeting in Ireland on 17 June 2013. (Pete Souza)

An autofill error led to personal information of 31 world leaders, including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, being leaked.  While it happened last year, the information is just now being released.

“The personal details of 31 of the world’s leading political figures were leaked to the organisers of a soccer tournament late last year, in a major data breach caused by an email autofill error.

“The breach was caused by a staff member at Australia’s Department of Immigration and related to world leaders attending the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Australia last year.”

There’s an age old conflict between convenience and security. An unlocked door is more convenient than a locked one; an open doorway is more convenient than a door.

Such convenient features as autofill and linking accounts (“you can sign in easily using your Facebook account”) do make it more convenient.  More convenient for you, and for anyone trying to access your personal information and to steal your identity.

G20 world leaders’ personal information leaked in ‘email error’

Image by Pete Souza is in the public domain.

Liberals and Conservatives Agree: Fix America’s Criminal Justice System

Sometimes the astonishing happens. It has now.

“Only one issue in Washington right now could bring together the Koch brothers’ top lawyer, an environmental activist, the former head of the NRA and Sen. Al Franken.

“Criminal justice reform.”

The United States locks up a higher percentage of its citizens than any other nation on Earth. It’s time for a change.

Learn more at http://news.yahoo.com/unlikely-bedfellows-unite-on-criminal-justice-reform-230726294.html

Discordian Wikia Revival

Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, and more.

For quite a while, a known Discordian wiki hasn’t been edited much–until now. In just a month, Miley Spears has made over 600 edits to the Discordian wiki at discordia.wikia.com.

Recently, Pope Hilde joined in. There are new articles on R. Crumb, Alan Moore, Shamlicht Kids Club, Jake Day, our own Reverend Loveshade and Princess Unicornia (Lorien Loveshade), and much more.

You can join in too! Check out the Discordian wiki.

In addition, the Seti23 Wiki at s23.org is back up, so check it out and maybe join in there too!

Image by Fimb from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alan_Moore_(2).jpg licensed under a CC-Attribution 2.0 license.

Net Neutrality Could End February 26–FCC Chair Speaks

Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The American Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on net neutrality on 26 Februrary, 2015. This decision could affect every single person who uses the Internet in America, and possibly beyond.

What is net neutrality? It’s the idea that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, regardless of whose it is or what equipment they use. For example, it would mean that Google couldn’t decide to block Yahoo from its search engines, or that AOL couldn’t decide to let Walmart’s website come up quickly because they paid a large fee while it slows down the website of a small business or individual who cannot afford it.  (Note these companies are used as examples; we are not implying these particular companies are doing this.  But a few companies are.)

There’s been a push on Congress by large corporations and special interest groups to get favored treatment at the expense of others.  Fortunately, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler just announced he wants a “fast, fair and open” Internet for Americans. A decision by the FCC and Congress backing this could get the Internet classified as a public utility.

While over 4 million signatures have been gained in support of net neutrality, some large corporations and special interest groups are still pushing for control over what has become the largest public communication system in the world. Congress is considering the Thune-Upton bill which could strip away Internet freedom in a manner that could actually threaten freedom of speech.

President Barack Obama wrote about net neutrality that “an entrepreneur’s fledgling company should have the same chance to succeed as established corporations, and that access to a high school student’s blog shouldn’t be unfairly slowed down to make way for advertisers with more money.”

Read Tom Wheelter’s statement.

To send a message to congress in support of net neutrality (through the ACLU website), go HERE.

To sign a petition, do an Internet search for “net neutrality petition.” There is more than one available for your support.

What’s THE Ideal Woman’s Body Type?

Photo linked from Dailymail.co.uk

What is the one body type for women that everybody agrees on? You may have guessed there isn’t one. So why try being something you aren’t?

See the Buzzfeed video Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History.

See The Evolution of the Perfect Female Body.

And for men and women, can you guess the sport by the shape of the Olympian’s body?

An opinion of a guest commenter on The Loveshade Family Blog does not necessarily reflect the views of The Loveshade Family.

 

Is Same Sex Marriage Legal in Alabama?

Photo by Kurt Löwenstein Educational Center International Team from Germany. This file is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

“Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.”

Judges can’t seen to agree. While there’s a debate in Alabama the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a major case that could change everything one way or the other.

But it’s still a major development that Alabama which is as Bible Belt as you can get has allowed same-sex marriage.

Things are changing fast! I would tell the court “Don’t make laws against love!”

The quote is from Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don’t Hold Sway On Marriage

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

Order of the Pineapple Winners 2015

Pat Pineapple as perceived by Ek-sen-triks Cluborguild founding member Toby Bruno (1982).

The envelop for the Order of the Pineapple for 2015, please. The pineapples go to:

Rev. Timothy Edward Bowen and Pope Hilde.

Pope Hilde: Journalist and Discordian writer for the s23.org wiki, Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia, and Intermittens Magazine; interviewer for KerryThornley.com, and leader and founding member of the Discordian Shamlicht Kids Club.

Timothy Bowen (Old Boy Floats): Editor and interviewer for Voices of Chaos, author/compiler of Jonesboro Discordia; and guest appearing on The Jerry Springer Show as a (fake) brony for My Little Pony. http://timbowencomedy.blogspot.com/

The Order of the Pineapple (aka The DisOrder of the Pineapple) honors those who contribute to discord and ek-sen-trik tendencies above and beyond the call of duty. It was first given in 1982 and is given each year on January 18 which is Pat Pineapple Day. Last year’s winners were Miley Spears and Rev. DrJon Swabey (who cited the St. Groucho Principle). To see a list of all winners, visit op.loveshade.org.

Remember to eat something having to with pineapple on January 18! Unless of course you don’t.