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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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When veterans steps into a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan they are stepping into uncharted territory. Upon returning from combat many times they find they are different. Often it is difficult to understand how they are different, but they know that they have changed. These lasting effects many times lead to self medication with alcohol and drugs, as well as violent outbursts and flashbacks which land the veteran in hot water with authorities. There are many judges and lawmakers, themselves veterans, who have seen this problem and are initiating a new program which institutes a separate court system for these cases. Recognizing that these brave men and women should not be lumped in with the rest of our country’s criminals, they have developed what they call Veterans Court. These courts give a presumption of leniency to these veterans in an effort to get them the help they need and return them to the productive, proud members of society they once were. These courts aim to prevent the alienation and out casting of combat veterans the United States saw during and after the Vietnam war, resulting in staggering amounts of veteran homelessness and suicide, forming of outlaw motorcycle gangs and illicit drug use. 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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Muhammad’s Protection of Christian Monastery

Posted on May 1st, 2013 by Ben Spera

1024px-Katharinenkloster_Sinai_BW_2Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Mount Sinai, Egypt is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in a heavily Muslim area. You would think that this monastery would have some serious security concerns, but that’s not the case. The monastery was granted it’s right to be there by Muhammad himself in the Achtiname of Muhammad. He not only granted the Christians the right to remain there, but ordered all Muslims not to interfere in practicing their Christian customs and to protect the Christians militarily.

This is exceptionally hospitable. Muhammad actually calls the Christians his allies, going as far as granting protection to anyone who converts to Christianity “far and near,” and declaring that this covenant only expires at the end of the world. Seeing how much respect and love Islam’s most revered prophet showed to Christians, it makes you wonder where these radical Muslims get their justification for their violent attacks from.

Source: Wikipedia

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