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Reagan-salutesNow days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…

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Dwight-d-eisenhower-lgIn 1952, General Dwight D. Eisenhower stepped down as the Commander of NATO and resigned his commission in the United States Army in order to run for the office of President of the United States. He was elected, and then re-elected as the country’s President, but after leaving Washington he regretted giving up his position for politics. He was a soldier at heart, not a politician. Fortunately, there was no one that was going to say no to General Eisenhower, so the country’s new President and Congress made an exception for the General. Read more…

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Liam Neeson Rubbing It in

↳ Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Yes, everyone knows you’re a bad ass Liam, but now you’re just rubbing it in. You really didn’t need to drag Olivia Wilde into it.

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The Only Photo of a Revolutionary War Veteran

↳ Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Dxs32qoTo the right is a daguerreotype photograph of Conrad Heyer, a Revolutionary War veteran who crossed the Delaware alongside our nation’s first President, George Washington. The daguerreotype was the first type of photograph used, and Heyer was the oldest American to be photographed. This picture was taken in 1852, when Heyer was 103 years old. According to the Maine Historical Society, Heyer was a New England man born in 1749 and the first white child to born in his hometown of Waldoboro, Maine, a German immigrant community. Read more…

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Madd Struggles to Stay Alive

↳ Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Stock_maddWhen I was a kid Mother Against Drunk Driving was huge. You saw their logo and name everywhere. Now despite all the DUI legislation they have passed, they refuse to quit and continue to push for more. The original founder, Candy Lightner, left the organization because it was becoming too “neo-prohibitionist”, later lobbying on behalf of the American Beverage Institute to fight legislation lowering the legal DUI limit to .08% BAC. 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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Reading Minds Through Eyes

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via increasebrainpower.com:

Reading Minds Through Eyes
What tricks can you do with your eyes? We’ll have more about that in a moment. But first let’s look at what you can determine from watching a person’s eyes. We start with obvious yet under-utilized clues…Read more…
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