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[repost img=”http://blog.benspera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/atf-with-contraband-from-squid.jpg” title=”Unbelievable: ATF Using Mentally Disabled Teens to Run Drug-and-Gun Stings” desc=”If you thought the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) couldn’t stoop any lower, you’d be wrong. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the agency responsible for setting off the events that led to Waco and were at the center of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal are using mentally disabled teenagers to advertise businessess that are actually fronts for ATF sting operations.” url=”http://reason.com/blog/2013/12/09/unbelievable-atf-using-mentally-disabled”]

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Fedora 20 Officially Released

↳ Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

fedoraFedora finally released the latest version of its operating system yesterday. I’m a day late because I’ve already been running the beta version, so I didn’t get the usual upgrade notice.

If you don’t know what Fedora is, it’s a flavor of the Linux operating system. My preferred flavor. Why? Well, that’s a whole new conversation there, but I’ll graze over the basics. Read more…

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Public Enemy No 1: Fear

↳ Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

windowblindsAmerica’s number one enemy? Fear. Not an exclusive fear of terrorism, crime or anything inherently scary. Just fear of everything. Fear of going outside, fear of traveling, fear of exploring and learning new things. Fear of simple fundamentals like communicating with your neighbors. Fear of making decisions. Fear of believing in something, and more importantly: fear of standing up for that belief. This culture of fear has soaked through the fabric of our country and has become a more frequent trait Americans find in-common than liberty and freedom.

I’ve watched the recent news coverage of this “knockout game” that some teens are playing. I can’t believe this is really news! Adults in America are living in fear of children. That is how weak our nation has become. The subject here is not Russia, communism or even an alien invasion. Our country is now living in fear of its own children. It’s an undeniable testament to just how weak Americans, as individuals, have become.

We are America. The land of freedom fear. Read more…

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How To: Help Veterans and Other Americans

↳ Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Here is a simple system I’ve developed to help people. I’m sharing this secret because sometimes it seems as if it hides from most in plain sight. Read it, and apply it to your daily routine. Results are guaranteed.

If you want to help veterans, THEN GO HELP VETERANS. You don’t need a Legion or VFW to help someone. In fact, you’ll be much more effective without one.

If you want to help Americans, HELP THEM. They’re all around you. You don’t need a church, civic organization or government to help the people you live among and talk to every day.

All you need to do is step up and do something.

A simple pearl of wisdom brought to you by Ben Spera.

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hqdefaultSomething this Christmas season reminded me of this kid’s movie series I always watched when I was young called McGee and Me. My parents and grandma got me all the videos and I watched them a lot. Now I wanted to rewatch the old movies again in the worst way. But there was a problem: my old videos were long gone and I had absolutely no idea where they went.

In an apparent inspiration by McGee and Me’s moral themes, I detoured from my normal move of heading straight to The Pirate Bay. I tried Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers’ websites and couldn’t find anything on the series. This was a pretty popular series so I don’t understand why it just faded into the darkness like this, but I couldn’t find anywhere to buy them on DVD. 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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Vietnam Pow Mutilated Himself to Prevent Propaganda

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Ben Spera

420px-James_Stockdale_Formal_PortraitJames Stockdale, then a Commander with the US Navy, was captured by communist forces after ejecting from his disabled jet over North Vietnam. To prevent his captors from using him as propaganda he cut his scalp with razors and beat his face with a stool until he was unrecognizable. During his entire 7 1/2 year captivity he never lost faith, he continued to be a leader and primary organizer of resistance among his fellow POWs. When he was captured with information that could implicate his fellow American POWs, he slit he own wrists so he couldn’t be tortured into revealing his brothers. Read more…

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