Sunday, June 10, 2012

Judge refuses to drop charges in Manning case - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Judge refuses to drop charges in Manning case - Americas - Al Jazeera English

A military judge has denied a motion to drop some of the charges against WikiLeaks suspect Private Bradley Manning, and said his trial would is likely to be delayed until November.
The judge, Denise Lind, on Friday rejected defence motions to dismiss 10 of 22 charges against Manning for allegedly spilling a trove of US intelligence secrets to WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website.
The judge rejected the claim that eight charges of unauthorised possession and disclosure of classified information were "unconstitutionally vague," noting that the Supreme Court had rejected similar claims and had concluded there was no uncertainty in the law. "The court finds there's no uncertainty in the statute," she said.
On the third and final day of preliminary hearings, Lind also denied the defence's bid to drop two additional charges that Manning exceeded his authorisation to use the US Defence Department intranet.
She did, though, ask the government to provide more details on the charges.
The ruling "raises the burden on the government to prove more things," a military official told the AP news agency. "The government could dismiss [the two charges] or change them to make them survive."

Monday, June 4, 2012

The MIlitary Budget versus NASA's Budget

You always hear how we "wasted" all that money on going into Space. Here's the facts:

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!. It was announced on August 5, 2011, that Tyson will be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day quiz: Test yourself - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Memorial Day quiz: Test yourself - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Here’s a quiz to test yourself on how much you know about Memorial Day and the wars in which U.S. soldiers have fought and died.
Answers, with a bit of history, follow the questions.

Scouts light more than 17,000 candles at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Virginia. (Peter Cihelka/AP) 

  1. Memorial Day was a response to the loss of American lives in which war?
a) Revolutionary War
b) Civil War
c) World War I
d) World War II
See the rest of the quiz at the link above:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Why are we still in 'Vietghanistan?' -

Why are we still in 'Vietghanistan?' -
Scot has an article on the CNN Opinion pages addressing the same issue of "Body Parts" that he spoke so eloquently on their televised forum 

 Scott Camil   Da Loc   Vietnam1967

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gainesville Celebrates Mayday in style!

Occupy Gainesville Florida 
Gainesville had a mellow Occupy Mayday event cosponsored by the Labor Council with Free eats from Food not Bombs, the famous Gainesville Radical Cheerleaders and tabling by groups such as Move to Amend.  A number of VFP members were there as well as you will see from the slide show below: