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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…


Kansas City Police Officer Kills Firefighter

Posted on February 27th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Kc_police-firemanThis is a truly sad story. Not because of any criminal injustice, but because it’s one of the few cases where there isn’t a clear bad guy in this story. Better decisions could have been made by both parties, but neither were exceptionally malicious. A Kansas City firefighter named Anthony Bruno was out celebrating his cousin’s wedding, when he tried to get a taxi to take his inebriated cousin home the cab driver acted disrespectfully towards Bruno’s wife. Bruno then got physical with the cab driver, but it was soon broken up and the incident seemed to be over. Bruno than walked off and that’s when off-duty KC police officer Donald Hubbard walked up. Hubbard was moonlighting as security for the Hotel’s bar and walked up to see what was going on. Read more…

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