Japan launches first rocket in 12 years — A new rocket from Japan lifts off, 600 miles south of Tokyo, its makers hope it will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space.
San Antonio Passes Far-Reaching Antidiscrimination Measure — In San Antonio, a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity turned into a divisive political battle this summer, the likes of which this liberal-leaning city of 1.4 million has rarely seen in recent decades. The City Council passed the measure, 8 to 3, on Thursday, capping weeks of heated debate that exposed racial, religious and gay-and-straight divisions and drew the scorn of Republican leaders and candidates around the state who are just starting to position themselves for next spring’s primary elections. Nothing shows off conservative family values and Christian love better than efforts at wholesale denial of basic civil and human rights to your fellow citizens. (Via Dad.)
Largest Gun Study Ever: More Guns, More Murder — Wow. Ya think? Next thing you know, they’ll prove water is wet. After all, the deaths of 30,000 other people every year is a small price to pay for your illusion of safety, right? (Via
In America, not isolationism but skepticism — Americans have often been reluctant to go to war. But on Syria, they may look and sound more anti-interventionist than they really are.
Qotd?: How often do you wave?
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