The Monday Catchup

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Good morning folks! Here’s what you missed this weekend:

The lead story: In Libya, members of the Islamic State beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians, in a show of force that could indicate an intention to expand operations beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq.

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Do It Tonight: Dr. Ben Wittes Talks Drones

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In honor of Constitution Day, Dr. Ben Wittes, a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, is giving a presentation on some challenges to how we view contemporary democracy in America, especially the development of drones and their implementation. At the Brookings Institution, he is the Research Director in Public Law, and Co-Director of the Harvard Law School – Brookings Project on Law and Security [according to the Kenyon Calendar].

Having seen drones at the Fall Out Boy/Paramore concert I went to this summer, I can tell you that this concern is all too real.

  • What: Dr. Ben Wittes, “Constitution Day: Drones, Surveillance, Detention, Interrogation, and the Rule of Law.”
  • When: 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery.

 

The Monday Catchup

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US intelligence agencies have expressed concern over the impact of troop withdrawals on our drone program.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: The drone program, a defining feature of President Obama’s foreign policy approach, could face new difficulties taking on Al Qaeda and its affiliates if US troops are forced to withdraw from Afghanistan this year. Reports the New York Times:

If Mr. Obama ultimately withdrew all American troops from Afghanistan, the C.I.A.’s drone bases in the country would have to be closed, according to administration officials, because it could no longer be protected.

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The Monday Catchup

This drone could arrive at your doorstep any day now (not really), so long as you live near an Amazon fulfillment center.

This drone could arrive at your doorstep any day now (not really), so long as you live near an Amazon fulfillment center.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes that the company was experimenting with same-day delivery by drone. Ideally, according to Bezos, the service would deliver products under 5lbs to consumers within 10 miles of one of the company’s distribution centers. If you live near one of these blue or red dots, you could theoretically receive an Amazon package by drone if the service existed today. FYI, the closest distribution center (they’re actually called “fulfillment centers,” oddly) to Kenyon is in Cincinnati, so we’re out of luck for now. Oh, and the FAA hasn’t approved drones for commercial use yet.

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Overheard at Kenyon: Campus Safety doesn’t have the budget to surround us

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Welcome to the special Reading Days edition of Overheard. Remember, we have ears everywhere. Enjoy!

Conspiracy Theorist: “What if the Sheriff had a drone? A lot of small towns are getting robots.”

Junior Guy: “Wow, your heart.”

  • Junior Girl: “It beats for you.”
  • Junior Guy: “Really? I feel like most of the time it beats for you.”

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The Monday Catchup

(The Putin campaign's "Have Dinner with Vladimir Putin!" events are more somber than their American counterparts. Guests are asked not to smile and only bread is served. via CNN.com)

(The Putin campaign’s “Have Dinner with Vladimir Putin!” events are more somber than their American counterparts. Guests are asked not to smile and only bread is served. via CNN.com)

Good morning! Here’s the news you may have missed:

The Lead Story: 

It’s a slow news week. Congress is — inching would be too fast of a word — towards compromise in the debt talks. So instead of zooming in on political gridlock again, check out CNN’s Year in Pictures. When you’re finished with the gallery, you’ll feel like you’ve just landed after an international trip.

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