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Article-2650027-1e81d0b000000578-785_634x477Valerie Gatto, the current Miss Pennsylvania, revealed to Philadelphia Daily News writer Jenice Armstrong that she is a child of rape. Gatto said her mother first hinted of this to her when she was just 6 years old, telling her “Something bad happened to me. A very bad man hurt me, but God gave me you.” Because of this, Valerie has made it her life mission to try and teach women how to protect themselves from sexual assault. Read more…

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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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dornershootingDuring the manhunt for former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, eight police officers unloaded over one hundred rounds into a truck containing two innocent women driving their paper route. Both LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and the department’s civilian oversight board admit that the officers violated their ‘official policy.’ Such a violation would justify Chief Beck firing the officers, but instead, he is returning the officers back to street duty. He said that he “appreciate[d] that the officers involved in the incident took action with intent of protecting the ‘target’ and his family; however, the chain of events which unfolded and the extent to which the use of lethal force occurred did not meet my expectations, consequently there were innocent victims wounded.” 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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What Vets Miss Most is What Most Civilians Fear

Posted on December 5th, 2013 by Ben Spera

Via Business Insider:

[repost img=”http://blog.benspera.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/soldiers-173rd-airborne-brigade.jpg” title=”What Vets Miss Most Is What Most Civilians Fear: A Regimented, Cohesive Network That Always Checks On You” desc=”When I joined the Army as a 17-year-old, I expected to face many challenges and hardships as an individual — whether that meant getting yelled at or shot at or made to jump out of airplanes. What I didn’t yet understand was how much I’d put aside my individual concerns and focus on my fellow service members — or how much they’d do the same for me.” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com/what-veterans-miss-most-2013-11″]

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