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SgtmajDespite the fact that it’s a fundamental principle of leadership, taught in NCO and SNCO schools alike, it’s becoming very rare to see senior NCOs and officers stand up for their Marines. The few leaders in possession of a certain level of “testicular fortitude” (e.g. Gen. Mattis) seem to be being shown the door en masse recently. That’s why I needed to give a nod of respect to Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett, who spoke his mind to Congress at a recent congressional hearing focused on cutting funding to military commissaries. The senior enlisted of three other U.S. military branches were also present at the hearing, however, the Coast Gaurd’s was not present. Read more…

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Troops Fed Up with Ridiculous Rules of Engagement

↳ Posted on February 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

U.s. Marines Continue Suppression of InsurgentsI experienced escalating ridiculousness of the rules of engagement between my two deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2006. I can only imagine how asinine they have become at this point. When the inanimate property of foreign individuals is of more importance to our government than the lives of our servicemen, we have a serious corruption of priorities. When calls for artillery from our men are denied due to the possibility of collateral damage to civilian property, we have a problem. Read more…

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Rep Joe Barton on Wind Power

↳ Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

It’s important to be aware of the fact that not only do people this stupid exist, but they also run our country.


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Two Smart Men on Family Feud

↳ Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

This Family Feud clip is priceless. The question was “Which of the seven dwarves describes your wife in bed?” Initially both of the guys just stood there in silence, refusing to answer, but the Marine thought of a dwarf’s name that wasn’t too bad and ended up taking it with ‘bashful.’

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A Chemist’s Final Experiment

↳ Posted on February 24th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Antoine-lavoisierFrench chemist Antoine Lavoisier was sentenced to death by guillotine in 1794 France. This was a time when the French were very partial to their bladed contraption of death. Lavoisier is credited in part with creation of the Metric system and the periodic table. As his last contribution to science, he promised to attempt to blink his eyes for as long as consciously possible after being beheaded by the guillotine. Different sources put his postmortem blinking to as long as 30 seconds. A record that very few will attempt to challenge.

Source: Beachcombing’s Bizarre History

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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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Map of Us Showing Spread of Races

Posted on October 25th, 2013 by Ben Spera

enhanced-buzz-wide-7420-1376856657-19Demographic researcher Dustin Cable plotted race and ethnicity data from the 2010 census, creating this interactive map of ethnicities across the U.S. Pretty amazing.

Source: University of Virginia


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