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A California Redwood’s Lifetime

↳ Posted on November 11th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Here is a photo taken of a California Redwood tree cut down in the late 1800s. Superimposed over the trunk, a graphic compares the timeline of the tree’s rings as they coincide with events in human history.

This single tree was alive for the majority of recorded history.

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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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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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Reagan140610At the beginning of his 2nd term, President Ronald Reagan sifted through throngs of previously issued executive orders and found hundreds of them from as far back as 1907 that were no longer needed or were no longer applicable. This novel concept for some reason has yet to be realized again since the Gipper last cleaned that closet back in 1986, almost 30 years ago. 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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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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