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[repost img=”http://blog.benspera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/googlebots.jpg” title=”All hail the GoogleBots: Here’s a look at the 7 robot companies Google just acquired” desc=”Somehow, Google acquired seven robotics companies without anyone noticing.” url=”http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/04/all-hail-the-googlebots-heres-a-look-at-the-7-robot-companies-google-just-acquired/”]

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anony14largepopupWhen the federal government didn’t like the information that the non-profit Wikileaks was releasing, they leaned on PayPal with all the weight of the federal government. Almost instantly, PayPal caved to the pressure and joined Visa and MasterCard in refusing to process donations for Wikileaks. Wikileaks did little to deserve this other than to embarrass politicians in Washington. However there are few crimes which are taken more seriously than that. Read more…

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Glorious Geek Tattoos

↳ Posted on December 6th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Inked Magazine:

[repost img=”http://blog.benspera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/periodic.jpg” title=”Glorious Geek Tattoos” desc=”Tattoos aren’t just for tough guys these days. This gallery shows that plenty of people who spent their high school years working on projects for the science fair and playing video games in their basements are getting inked. Check out these tattooed inspired by the nerdy side of life.” url=”http://www.inkedmag.com/glorious-geek-tattoos/”]

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Pa Cops Allegedly Tortured Teen While Handcuffed

↳ Posted on December 6th, 2013 by Ben Spera

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Via Filming Cops:

[repost img=”http://blog.benspera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/cops-march.jpg” title=”Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War” desc=”Cops have killed well over 5,000 Americans since 9/11. Many of these killings have occurred during no-knock raids, which have risen by 4000% since the 1980s.” url=”http://filmingcops.com/americans-killed-by-police/”]

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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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Prince Harry: I’ve Killed in Afghanistan but Dad Wants Me to Act Like a Prince

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Ben Spera

harry This article caught my eye earlier this year but I haven’t seen anything more about it since. It captures a rare instant where England’s Prince Harry vents about his father harping on him about acting more like royalty. He explains that he struggles with perceiving himself as royalty while coming to terms with his actions in Afghanistan. This is unscripted honesty from someone who is usually handled and filtered. It also does a good job of humanizing someone I’m used to seeing act like a spoiled yuppie.

Source: The Guardian

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