30 Nov 2012

Bradley Manning Was Ordered to Sign ‘Voluntary Statements’ at Quantico

Pfc. Bradley Manning, during proceedings in an “unlawful pretrial punishment” hearing on November 30, was cross-examined by the government. During the cross-examination, the government had Manning address “voluntary statements” he signed, which were “equivalent to sworn statements.” Maj. Ashden Fein said they were mostly used when there was an “exception”

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30 Nov 2012

Military Law Is to Law as Military Music Is to Music

Jeh Charles Johnson, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense, on Friday admitted that murder by drone is not a form of law enforcement: “Some legal scholars and commentators in our country brand the detention by the military of members of al Qaeda as ‘indefinite detention without charges.’ Some

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30 Nov 2012

Amidst Arctic Drilling Lies, Shell VP Tells Truth – “There’s no sugar-coating this, I imagine there would be spills”

Two news articles came out on Thursday and Friday that should concern anyone worried about Shell Oil’s plans to drill for oil offshore in northern Alaska waters. On Thursday, BBC published a feature article on the status of Shell’s Alaska drilling project, which just concluded what many consider to have

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30 Nov 2012

The Emperor’s (Or At Least the Villagers’) New Talking Points

I suspect Grunwald is about to find out what actually happened to that little boy who called out the naked emperor in that old fairy tale. (You didn’t think the courtiers who invested so much effort in fooling the public really just shrugged and let the kid get away with it, did you?)

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30 Nov 2012

Senator Vitter says that Carbon Tax Discussions Should be Done Openly

Vitter: Carbon Tax Discussions Should Be Done Openly Metamars has recently expressed his conviction that Republicans will eventually support a carbon tax. Oh, not ALL Republicans, but rather ENOUGH Republicans. And, of course, I’m talking about Republicans in Congress, not rank-and-file Republicans, who (wisely) show no sign of supporting a

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30 Nov 2012

Bradley Manning’s ‘Unlawful Pretrial Punishment’ Hearing, Day 4

Less media here today than yesterday. Manning took the stand so some fair weather reporters, who only have covered Manning during the most sensational parts of his pretrial, are not here.

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30 Nov 2012

Friday Watercooler

Hi, y’all. Here’s some classic 80s Leonard Cohen for your listening pleasure. How has your week been? Mine has been enjoyable except for the fact that I can hardly breathe. I’m in that in-between state where you aren’t sure if there’s something in bloom and your allergies are kicking up

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30 Nov 2012

Couples Can Check ‘Bride’, ‘Groom’ or ‘Spouse’ on Washington State’s New Certificate of Marriage

In advance of same-sex weddings beginning in Washington state on December 9th, the state’s Department of Health has revised the marriage certificate to allow spouses to choose the terms that best apply to them.

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30 Nov 2012

How North Korea Fell Behind South Korea, Part 1

After the Korean War, it wasn’t as if South Korea immediately began pulling ahead. For a long time it wasn’t obvious which Korea was doing better.

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