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6a00d8341bf7f753ef01630172b8a8970d-500wiA nearby galaxy known as Messier 82, or colloquially called the “cigar galaxy,” is harboring an astronomical enigma that scientists have yet to explain. The galaxy is roughly 12 million light-years away, relatively close, located in the constellation Ursa Major. The radio emissions abruptly began within a few days of the object first appearing in May of 2009, and have been going ever since. Read more…

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25710McMinn County, Tennessee had a serious problem with political corruption and fraud for quite some time. While a good portion of the county’s men were overseas fighting in World War II, the county elected a new Sheriff, Paul Cantrell, and he recruited a small army of loyal deputies. The Sheriff’s bulletproof system came to an end with the surrender of the Axis, as 3,000 veterans (about 10% of the county’s population) returned to their home in McMinn County and soon formed the GI Non-Partisan League. Read more…

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Missing-marineTen years ago ex-U.S. Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun walked off Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Hassoun was a reservist from Utah and caused quite a stir in the earlier days of the Iraq War pretending to be a captured POW. It was later found out that he had close family in Fallujah and it was all a ruse. I personally remember this vividly as at the time I was also a Marine two months from deploying to the very base that Hassoun disappeared from. Read more…

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10 Space Objects That Are Impossible To Wrap Your Mind Around - Listverse
Space is pretty cool, and a lot of it is pretty weird. Planets orbit around stars, which die and are reborn, and everything in the galaxy orbits supermassi

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Explorers Zheng Vs Columbus

↳ Posted on April 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

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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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Worst Genocides of the Twentieth Century

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Absolute Astronomy:

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