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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013
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    That'll be why they've reported so extensively on Prince Charles' various meetings with the government, then ...
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013
     (11025.2)
    Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Judge Colonel Lind also ruled that Manning would be dishonourably discharged. Prosecutors had argued for a 60-year sentence.

    Manning is expected to serve his sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, (home of the Military Corrections Center and the Department of Defence's only maximum security prison) less 3.5 years for time served "and 112 days in recompense for the harsh conditions of his initial confinement". He may be eligible for parole in 11 years.

    The verdict and sentence are subject to review and appeal.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013
     (11025.3)
    @256, that is SO MUCH LESS TIME than I was initially expecting them to give him. His max sentence could have been 90 years, but I was listening to NPR last night (National Public Radio for those of you non-Americans, public-funded, relatively liberal radio station) who thought he might be given 60 as a gesture of leniency.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013
     (11025.4)
    curb *applause*
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.5)
    @dorkmuffin - it definitely seems to be on the lower end of what was possible, (and I believe a spokesperson from Wikileaks called it a "tactical victory" or something) but I find the entire case so sad and depressing that it's hard to be cheered by that.

    DemocracyNow! have a transcription of Manning's prepared statement, as read by attorney David Combs, which I think is worth reading.

    [Also, the mention I made above of the maximum-security prison at Ft. Leavenworth is (I discover) probably irrelevant/misleading - Ft. Leavenworth is also home to the medium-security "Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility", where Manning was held before trial.]
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013 edited
     (11025.6)
    Plus I heard that Manning is up for parole in about 7 years, so if a pardon doesn't happen, she'll probably be out a lot sooner?

    Also, it seems Manning came out as trans earlier today, confirming, I guess what BoingBoing knew for a while.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013 edited
     (11025.7)
    Yeah, I heard that mentioned in the news a while back so I didn't realize she officially came out today. The inter webs was all, MANNING CAME OUT AS TRANS and I was all, ".... didn't (s)he do that already?"
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.8)
    Yeah, I thought that was already talked about and people moved on. I guess she didn't officially confirm it?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.9)
    Well, here's hoping she's able to serve minimal time and adjust as well as humanly possible to the horror that is the US prison system.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013 edited
     (11025.10)
    I'm actually kind of hoping that government spy steps in to let us know how prisons go about that kind of thing. I realize that military prison is different from civilian prison, but still.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.11)
    Am i being unreasonable here, or is the fun and games at Fukushima just a teensy bit COMPLETELY FUCKING TERRIFYING?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.12)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.13)
    "A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated. ">

    A government/regulatory body/company management understating the severity of a colossal fuck up? PERISH THE THOUGHT.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.14)
    Cops Plant Crack in Black Business to Arrest Owner

    Police officers in Schenectady County, New York had their eye on Donald Andrews Jr., an African-American local businessman and owner of a small smoke shop in town. And apparently, cops were willing to go above and beyond to insure his arrest, including planting crack cocaine in clear view of the store’s multiple security cameras.

    “[The officer] comes in, places the crack on the counter. Crack, which under federal sentencing guidelines, would get him 4 years in jail. Under New York State law would get him 2 to 7 years in jail,” attorney Kevin Luibrand said while narrating the video for an audience that was in stunned by what they saw.

    Andrews was initially arrested but released after the other investigating officers saw the video evidence. The Schenectady Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has taken up the matter.

    And the cop caught on video planting the evidence? He’s on the run.


    You have to wonder, for one cop who gets caught fabricating evidence, how many get away with it ?
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013
     (11025.15)
    @Wood

    Small factual correction - The "cop" on the run is actually an informant the cops were using, not a cop himself. Still, the whole thing reeks of shady shit and good for the shop owner for getting out of it.
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    "The Schenectady Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference"
    Why? I asked myself... then I remembered this is America we're talking about. Where there's an iron wall between church and state.

    (Google tells me they're a solidarity-for-Christian-African-Americans group with connections to Dr. ML King. OK, that sort of makes sense.)
  2.  (11025.17)
    Just when you thought you knew all the twists of global warming...

    Business dead as undertakers feel heat from a warm winter

    Wollongong mortician Warwick Hansen has been in the industry for 47 years. ''It's probably the slowest winter I've ever seen,'' he said. ''We've had a 10 to 15 per cent drop in the death rate. Talking to other people in the industry, suppliers and coffin makers, they are all saying they have been affected.''

    Yey! I guess...?
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2013
     (11025.18)
  3.  (11025.19)
    via Gibson: Creepy Christian Puppeteer Planned to Abduct, Eat Children

    1. Yes, he's from Florida
    2. Yes, you can watch his Christian puppet propaganda on YouTube. Here he is on the evils of porn:

    3. He's a fucking awful vent.
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    Victims of female genital mutilation are being surgically assisted by the Raëlians.

    Yep, the UFO cult whose founder claimed to have met Jesus, Moses and Buddha on a flying saucer; whose symbol is a swastika inside a star of David.