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image The case Warren v. District of Columbia involves three women who shared a house. Two men broke into the house and began raping one of the women. Her two roommates heard their roomate’s screams and called the police. The police officers that were dispatched drove around the house, knocked on the door, and then left after there was no answer. The two girls continued to hear their roommates screams from the floor below and again called police begging for help. This time, despite promises of help from the dispatcher, no officers were even dispatched to help the girls. The two men then found the two other girls hiding upstairs, abducted all three at knife-point, and took them to one of the attackers’ apartment. For the next 14 hours the girls were raped, beaten and tortured by the two men. Read more…

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Police Not Guilty in Kelly Thomas Death

↳ Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Ben Spera
Via latimes.com:
Police not guilty in Kelly Thomas death; DA won't try 3rd officer
An Orange County jury Monday found two former Fullerton police officers accused of killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas, not guilty. 

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anony14largepopupWhen the federal government didn’t like the information that the non-profit Wikileaks was releasing, they leaned on PayPal with all the weight of the federal government. Almost instantly, PayPal caved to the pressure and joined Visa and MasterCard in refusing to process donations for Wikileaks. Wikileaks did little to deserve this other than to embarrass politicians in Washington. However there are few crimes which are taken more seriously than that. 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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Pope Francis Speaking for Christians in Middle East

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Ben Spera

Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General AudienceThe more I read about the new Pope Francis, the more I like him. He seems to be the complete opposite of the image that the Roman Catholic Church has purveyed for so long. He seems genuine, compassionate, honest and human. With all the supposed power and influence the Catholic Church wields, all I’ve seen Pope’s speak up about is petty political nonsense. But this Pope Francis is different, very different. If the church wants people to follow, they need to lead. That’s exactly what Pope Francis seems to be doing, and doing well. Read more…

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