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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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50 Years Later: Still Bringing Our Vets Home

↳ Posted on February 5th, 2011 by Ben Spera

Many Americans may not know that throughout WWII, Korea, Vietnam and almost every military conflict, we aren’t always able to locate and identify our veterans’ remains. A promise commonly repeated in the Marines was  “we never leave a Marine behind,” this slogan is commonly repeated throughout the entire U.S. military. Every man and woman who gives their life defending their country deserves a proper funeral and to be buried in the country they so loved. That is why the Department of Defense established the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. With over 88,000 Americans missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War they have their work cut out for them.

I stumbled on their website: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/. Very interesting and sobering website which includes a list of those recently identified and brought home, as well as those still unidentified. I recommend everyone take a look.

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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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The Man Who Folded Himself

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

TheManWhoFoldedHimself2Not too long ago I read this article about the book The Man Who Folded Himself. The book was written in the 60’s and is about time travel. Now, this book is still relevant because it doesn’t try and explain the technology behind time travel, but delves into the problems and issues that arise as an individual participating in time travel. It sounded interesting.

So I opened up Google Books and got the book, read it and it was very interesting. Like most of the book’s reviews readily admit, the book does get weird at times but not enough so that it’s not worth reading. Check out the original article that piqued my interest and decide for yourself.

Source: Tor.com

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