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Herman Cain Supported 2008 Bank Bailout

↳ Posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Ben Spera

I have to admit, even I got caught up in the excitement over GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain. He is a strong candidate and has given a lot of attention to basic conservative principles so far. One flag that has concerned me is his support of the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP. This program is more commonly known as the 2008 bank bailouts. This was first referred to in an article by Robert Costa on the National Review. Costa quotes Cain as “chiding the “free-market purists” who criticized the legislation. “Wake up people!” he wrote. “Owning a part of the major banks in America is not a bad thing. We could make a profit while solving a problem.” Read more…

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My Second Wind

↳ Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Ben Spera

If I still have any regular readers left I want to apologize for the two month hiatus I’ve been on. My obligations at work, school and other commitments haven’t left me a whole lot of time left for blogging. Now school is winding down and I will have a month or so off. I hope to get some quality material up on here during that time. I will also make an extra effort to put an update up more regularly even when I’m bogged down with other things. Stay tuned…

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When veterans steps into a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan they are stepping into uncharted territory. Upon returning from combat many times they find they are different. Often it is difficult to understand how they are different, but they know that they have changed. These lasting effects many times lead to self medication with alcohol and drugs, as well as violent outbursts and flashbacks which land the veteran in hot water with authorities. There are many judges and lawmakers, themselves veterans, who have seen this problem and are initiating a new program which institutes a separate court system for these cases. Recognizing that these brave men and women should not be lumped in with the rest of our country’s criminals, they have developed what they call Veterans Court. These courts give a presumption of leniency to these veterans in an effort to get them the help they need and return them to the productive, proud members of society they once were. These courts aim to prevent the alienation and out casting of combat veterans the United States saw during and after the Vietnam war, resulting in staggering amounts of veteran homelessness and suicide, forming of outlaw motorcycle gangs and illicit drug use. Read more…

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Jeopardy Episode to Feature Man Vs Computer

↳ Posted on February 9th, 2011 by Ben Spera

I just watched an awesome episode of NOVA about IBM’s Watson, an impressive piece of artificial intelligence software that can answer and respond to questions vocally. According to the documentary IBM has been developing this app for over 4 years and it will finally be debuting on a Jeopardy episode on Monday. The document showed the preliminary rounds of Jeopardy it went through before producers green lighted the official episode. Maybe as a programmer I understand the enormity of this, but I think anyone can appreciate being able to just talk to your computer in normal, natural language. If you’re free on Monday evening I suggest you check it out.

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After getting hammered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has withdrawn her proposal to cut more than $4.5 billion in benefits for disabled veterans. “The problem of government spending must be solved, but not on the backs of our nation’s war heroes,” Bachmann wrote after removing the benefit cuts from her proposal. Why the change of heart? Bachmann’s spokeswoman, Becky Rogness, said Bachmann’s office didn’t study how a cap on VA health spending would affect local VA centers.

I’m not going to harp on the fact that the Congresswoman even considered this idea, but instead just thank her for her quick response to the concerns of our country’s veterans. Thank you Rep. Bachmann.

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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This is a 1 Gb Hard Drive That Was Available in 1981

Posted on March 14th, 2013 by Ben Spera

1gbhd This is a 1 gigabyte hard drive by IBM that was available in 1981. It weighed a hefty 75 lbs. and cost a whopping $81,000 retail. Now days you can get the same storage capacity on a flash drive for less than $5. Times have really changed.

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