Some friends and I ended up discussing the issue of allowing gays in the military, specifically because "between 1998 and 2004, 20 relatively rare Arabic speakers and six Farsi speakers were forcibly discharged after they were found to be gay." The quote is from an Economist article I found when trying to cite the statistic. The discussion was prompted by this Fred Kaplan Slate article bemoaning the bureacratic slowness with which the pentagon is deciding how to make sure more soldiers know Arabic. The quote that's interesting to me, from the Economist: "According to a recent poll of enlisted men, more than half thought gays should be allowed in the armed forces."
Saheli Datta started this when she was a journalism student at Columbia in New York. Now she lives in the Bay Area.
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A note on permalinks
I find that a lot of people don't know about permalinks. When you want to have someone read a
specific blog entry, then you should find that blog entry's permalink, click on that, and send
them the resulting browser address. Otherwise they will just be sent to the blog in general, and
between your reading the blog entry and your correspondent's or audience's getting to it, a whole
slew of material may have pushed the entry off the front page. In this blog, the permalinks are
the timestamp at the end of the entry. (Feel free to frequently send your friends and
family permalinks from my blog!)