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Gay Eagle Scout Urges Amazon to Drop Boy Scouts from Charity List

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Gay Eagle Scout Pascal Tessier has launched a campaign protesting Amazon's support of the Boy Scouts, the Washington Post reports:

Pascal Tessier, a 17-year-old from Chevy Chase, Md., who made history when he received the Boy Scouts’ highest ranking earlier this year, held a news conference Monday in front of Amazon.com’s office in Northwest Washington. At the event, he announced his intent to deliver more than 120,000 signatures to the company’s Seattle office in an effort to encourage the online retailer to drop the Boy Scouts from the list of organizations that can benefit from its charitable program, AmazonSmile.

Amazon spokesman Ty Togers told the WaPo that it's the Southern Poverty Law Center's responsibility that the charity is on Amazon's list: "We rely on lists published by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to determine if certain organizations are ineligible to participate."

Tessier plans to travel to Seattle on Wednesday to petition the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the WaPo.


Jeff Bezos Shows Off the Future of Amazon: Drone Delivery - VIDEO

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On last night's 60 Minutes, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showed off a "surprise" for the first time, delivery drones the company is developing that will make their service even snappier.

Maybe Bezos fot the idea from...Dominos?

Watch the videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jeff Bezos Describes How He'll change the 'Washington Post'

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who bought the Washington Post earlier last month, says he's eager to start "conducting experiments" and says his strategy will be that of an internet start-up, the paper reports:

2_bezos“We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient,” he said. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.”

Bezos, 49, spoke via phone from Seattle on Friday, four days before he was scheduled to visit The Post for the first time since the announcement of its purchase from The Washington Post Co. and the controlling Graham family. The sale, which shocked the news industry, is expected to close in October.

Bezos says his main contributions will be his "point of view" and financial support over a lengthy period:

“If we figure out a new golden era at The Post . . . that will be due to the ingenuity and inventiveness and experimentation of the team at The Post,” he said. “I’ll be there with advice from a distance. If we solve that problem, I won’t deserve credit for it.”


'Washington Post' Sold to Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos

The Washington Post and its assets have been sold to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (pictured, with his wife Mackenzie), ending four generations of ownership under the Graham family, the paper reports:

BezosBezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses.

Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.

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150 Game Changing Wins that Made 2012 the Gayest Year Ever

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A remarkably short four decades ago, the Stonewall Revolt of 1969 opened the flood gates for LGBT rights. The closet, so sturdy for so long, started being swept away in a rush of pride. Still, LGBT Americans lived in a culture of "tolerance," a popular euphemism for enduring.

There have been momentous years since then — both Barney Frank's 1987 coming out and the 2003 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-sodomy laws come to mind — but when we look back in twenty years time or ten or even five, 2012 will be remembered as quantum leap for LGBT rights in the United States of America. It's the year that equality went from being a far-off dream to becoming an inevitable, immutable and irreversible reality. Even Newt Gingrich agrees!

This was the year of equality, the year the American dream came into sharper focus and the nation crossed from begrudgingly tolerating gays, and sometimes even acknowledging their relationships, to demanding our inclusion in the greater American family. Coming out is for the large part no longer a big deal, which is a big deal in and of itself.

There have never been as many out and proud elected officials; never before has Wall Street embraced us with such force; never before have so many conservatives admitted they need to shift gears on marriage equality and embrace change. This was a year of "never before" and "never again."

AFTER THE JUMP, 150 reasons why 2012 was a year of permanence for LGBT Americans, a year that the next wave of rights began its swoop across the purple mountain majesty and above the fruited plain.

And for more of our 2012 Year in Review, be sure to read "I'm Gay: 50 Most Powerful Comings Outs of 2012" HERE.

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Jeff Bezos' Space Company Just Tested This Extremely Cool Vertical Launch and Land Rocket: VIDEO

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Check out the 50ft. prototype New Shepard rocket Amazon founder and marriage equality advocate Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin launched successfully using Vertical Take-off and Vertical Landing (VTVL) technology, a test the company calls  a long-term effort, which we're pursuing incrementally, step by step."

That's some Jetsons kind of stuff.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via reddit)

And this isn't easy stuff. Here's Space Xs's attempt at it. And you may remember NASA's, which exploded.

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