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How Much is One Trillion?

↳ Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here’s a comparison that puts our national debt into perspective.

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The IRS employees’ union’s political contributions to Democrats.

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Most Alien-looking Place on Earth

↳ Posted on March 2nd, 2014 by Ben Spera

Socotra_treeSocotra island is an isolated freak show of biodiversity located 220 miles off of the coast of Yemen and 150 miles from the Horn of Africa. One third of the plant life found on Socotra is exclusive to remote island and many of the animals also can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. Bat’s are the only mammal native to the island. The island is believed by many to be the location of the fabled Garden of Eden due to it’s location and similarities to the ancient Sumerian tales of the paradise of Dilmun. Read more…

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image While our country’s self-appointed American monarchs “were on their 23rd vacation or so, the heir to the throne of [Great] Britain and his little brother Harry spent the day on the southwestern coast of England sandbagging a burst wall to protect the property of lowly British citizens. Read more…

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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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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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Founding Father Freed Slave

Posted on April 27th, 2013 by Ben Spera

William_Whipple_by_Walter_Gilman_Page,_1897An interesting piece of history I read today: William Whipple, a New Hampshire representative in the Continental Congress, freed his slave, Prince Whipple, after signing the Declaration of Independence. He did not believe he could fight for liberty while owning a slave.

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