Along the Foss(e) way.
Along the Foss(e) way.
The modern day people who use the Roman Road. The Foss(e) Way.
All in East Devon, More to follow in the coming months.
Yesterdaya US court martial sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years’ imprisonment (less time served and time credited for his abusive pretrial detention) for giving confidential US documents to Wikileaks, and thereby to the global public. That’s a good deal less than the prosecution’s ask – initially, 136 years, revised down to 60 years after the military judge consolidated charges– but this is still bad news for Manning, for journalists and their sources, and for anyone who thinks that democracy requires an accountable government.
Let’s not forget that Manning confessed to 10 charges that carried cumulative penalties of 20 years. That apparently wasn’t enough deterrence or retribution for the government, so it refused a plea bargain and pressed forward. While Manning was acquitted of “aiding the enemy,” he was convicted of other charges under the Espionage Act, which allow no defense for those who try to alert the public of official wrongdoing. Manning’s lawyer argued at the sentencing hearing that Manning was trying to reveal wrongdoing, such as attacks on civilians and abuse of prisoners; his argument evidently had little effect on the judge.
Thirty-five years is an appalling sentence for a young man who thought he was bringing war crimes and unethical policies to light. The government’s zeal in prosecuting Manning stands in stark contrast to its reluctance to hold US officials to account for torture and soldiers for attacks on civilians. Even compared to cases of mass killing, it pales – Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the sole individual to be sentenced for the deaths of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005, received a demotion in rank but no prison time.
Manning’s aggressive prosecution and lengthy sentence are also severely disproportionate to how US allies punish national security leaks. This prosecution, and its crushing result, was aimed not at those who genuinely seek to harm the national security by passing secrets to enemies, but at those whose intent is to provide information to the world.
Photo: U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (center) departs the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland on July 30, 2013. © 2013 Reuters
It’s back once again everyone. Pig House Pictures Presents II. Come over to the Fish Factory on Monday the 3rd of June for the private view. The night will include some really interesting photography by myself and also other fellow Pig House Pictures photographers, along with live music and a bar. Come ave a gander!
Daily News (Series)
Winner: Ben Wormald
Runner-up: Josie Wooderson
A big thank you to Josh Lustig from Panos Pictures for judging this years Press Awards and congratulations to the winners and runners-up! Some really impressive work as always! Keep the good work up people !
Real proud to have won this award. Thanks press + ed for another great year.
A four year investigation by leading scientists a journal has been published, accusing the Royal Navy’s war games excise for the cause of the mass stranding of a pod of Common Dolphins on June 9th 2008, in which 26 of them died in the shallow waters of Porth Creek in Cornwall (Pictured)
The Royal Navy strongly reject these findings, but from some findings of my own I have learnt that a couple of days after the mass stranding the Royal Navy paused exercises when a distressed pod was spotted near the coast, which raises questions about the Navy’s understanding of its own situation.
The issue about wether or not Dolphins are effected by the sonor capabilities that humans have created has been a difficult one to prove. We humans at present dont have the technology to fully understand the complex and high intelligence level of Cetacean (Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises) language.
The US Navy is the biggest conductor of Cetacean research around the globe and has never conducted a study into the effect from military sonor on these sea dwelling mammals.
Due to dolphins high level of intelligence and levels of emotions which is comparable to that of us humans, pressure from the scientific community has been pushing for a bill of rights being drawn up for the protection of this species listing them as “non-human persons” making this report a game changer in proving that humans do interfere with the communication and navigation of Cetceans.
Daily Mail article: http://goo.gl/fiFbN
Photo © Ben Wormald
On Monday the 15th of April at high tide at 11am, a 13ft Pilot Whale swam onto the shallow rocks of Castle Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Rescue attempts were made by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and trained volunteers. But a vet deemed the whale too sick to be returned back to sea so very publicly it was euthanised.
After that the logistics of moving the 1.5 ton deceased whale were discussed as procedure dictates that a post-mortem needs to be carried out for research purposes.
It was secured until the morning as the tide was coming in fast, and at 5.30am the next day the post-mortem was carried out by Veterinary Pathologist James Barnett.
During the post-mortem members of the county council and coastguard aided James Barnett in the Physically draining two hour bloody task of collecting evidence in finding out why the whale was sick in the first place.
Due to its size, the whale had to be cut up for it to be moved, James Barnett used bolt croppers and a saw to do this. The councils staff stretched these sections away to be incinerated in Liskeard.
The Pilot Whale was thought to have an infection on the brain, after extensive laboratory analysis.
© Ben Wormald 2013
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