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Marine Corps to Retry Sergeant in Iraq War Case

↳ Posted on January 30th, 2014 by Ben Spera

bildeMarine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins was a squad leader deployed to Hamdania, Iraq in 2006. The Marine Corps has accused him and his squad of killing a retired Iraqi policeman in a case of “mistaken identity.” Hutchins was originally tried by a military court martial along with 6 of his fellow Marines and a Navy corpsman. They were all found guilty and sentenced to less than 18 months, except for Hutchins, who received a sentence of 11 years. Higher military courts later overturned his conviction twice due to serious violations during the investigation. Read more…

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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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Scientists Finally Record Ball Lightning

↳ Posted on January 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via Medium:
Ball Lightning – Looking Up – Medium
Chinese scientists have recorded the rare phenomenon in nature for the first time

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how-google-fiber-stacks-up-against-verizon-fios-25a06bc913In 1994, Verizon made an agreement with the state of Pennsylvania that it would deploy infrastructure, giving every home in the state access to fiber-optic internet. In exchange, the state would give Verizon over $2 billion in tax breaks. The deal required Verizon to be done by 2015 and to hit the 50% threshold by 2004. In 2004, Verizon was providing fiber optic internet service to 0% of Pennsylvanians. And here it’s 2014 and they haven’t made much more progress. Verizon doesn’t seem too worried about it either. Read more…

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rtr31qsgWithin days of his acquittal, Jay Cicinelli is demanding his position as a police officer back. Him and another officer were charged with the murder of a homeless man, Kelly Thomas. Despite the video footage of Cicinelli repeatedly hitting Thomas, a jury acquitted him and his co-defendant of all charges. The video footage and pictures of Kelly taken afterwards are very graphic and hard to stomach. Kelly repeatedly apologizes and screams in pain, yelling for his father as he’s beaten. Read more…

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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.
Read more…


Miss Pennsylvania Reveals She is a Child of Rape

Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Article-2650027-1e81d0b000000578-785_634x477Valerie Gatto, the current Miss Pennsylvania, revealed to Philadelphia Daily News writer Jenice Armstrong that she is a child of rape. Gatto said her mother first hinted of this to her when she was just 6 years old, telling her “Something bad happened to me. A very bad man hurt me, but God gave me you.” Because of this, Valerie has made it her life mission to try and teach women how to protect themselves from sexual assault. Read more…

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