An MH-60S Seahawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, lowers a rescue swimmer into the water as part of a simulated combat search and rescue water extraction, Agat Bay, Guam, during Exercise Forager Fury II (FF II), 11 December, 2013. Exercise FF II improves the aviation combat readiness of Marine Aircraft Group 12 and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and simulates operations in a deployed environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/Released)
Many times pictures speak louder than stories: by creating a time-lapse portrait series of soldiers before, during and after the war, Lalage Snow reveals more about their psychological drama then their own words could. Titled “We are the not dead”, the portraits show an 8 month span in the lives of the British soldiers that were deployed in Afghanistan, and the changes in their eventually weary faces are striking.The British journalist, photographer and film maker, Currently based in Afghanistan, explains that this project was aimed at drawing the attention away from the politics of war and from the growing body count of British soldiers that were killed or wounded. Besides acknowledging their bravery, Lalage also wanted to give them a chance to make themselves heard: “‘We Are The Not Dead’ is an attempt at giving the brave young men and women the chance to explain how it really is.
This article always gets me. The biggest change/difference for me is seen in their eyes. There are things they experienced that can never, ever be “un-experienced.” My heart goes out to all of our veterans and allied vets, as well as my humble gratitude.
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This starts off slow but give it time; the rest of the world soon joins the US in the Arms Race.
On this day in 1787, Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the Constitution, by a vote of 46 to 23. Pennsylvania was the first large state to ratify, as well as the first state to endure a serious Anti-Federalist challenge to ratification.
Pennsylvania was the most ethnically and religiously diverse state in the new nation. One-third of Pennsylvania’s population was German-speaking, and the Constitution was printed in German for the purposes of involving that population in the debate. The chairman of the Pennsylvania ratifying convention, Reverend Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg, was the son of the leading German Lutheran minister and grandson to Conrad Weiser 1696-1760, who had been a leading colonial Indian interpreter and German-speaking political leader. The leader of the Anti-Federalist opposition was the Delaware-born Scots-Irishman Thomas McKean. Future Supreme Court Justice and Scottish immigrant James Wilson was the most articulate defender of the Federalist cause. Read more