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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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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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