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Finding righteous currents in turbulent times

Once in a Lifetime Events

There are many events throughout human history that are tagged with the “once in a lifetime” moniker, most likely to never happen again. Among them was the last public execution in the United States. On August 14, 1936, black man Rainey Bethea was hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, before a throng of 20,000 for raping a white woman. Public outrage over the manner of execution, which included numerous errors and a media circus, led the U.S. to abandon public executions. Tune in to this edition of Top Tenz for nine other events that we’ll most likely never see again.

When Humans Disappear

Since the dawn of creation, humans have had a powerful impact on our planet. But what would happen if we suddenly disappeared? AsapSCIENCE details the chaotic first few weeks to the tumultuous future when animals will once again rule the Earth.

New Deal Wasn’t a Save All

The notion today is that President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal worked, ending the Great Depression and rolling back unemployment. Political commentator Dick Morris says the New Deal had some merit, but some of its accolades were unfounded. Morris explains in this week’s history lesson on Dick Morris Reports.

How to Upload Your Brain

SciShow’s Hank Green tells us that uploading our brains might one day let us cheat death. Create an expanded lifetime, so to speak. The technology is a long way off, but researchers continue to close the gap. Green explains.

The Planet X Cover-Up

In 1983, scientists discovered a mysterious, planet-sized object at the edge of the solar system, menacingly moving toward Earth. Shortly thereafter, NASA denied the claim, only saying that its powerful telescopes and satellites had not detected any such object. The prevailing notion is the since-tagged Planet X is the cataclysmic object that may well end humanity as we know it, thus the silence of the government. Are we experiencing a major cover-up, or were the scientists mistaken. Watch the presentation by Alltime Conspiracies and judge for yourself.

Rickles Roasts Reagan

The lighter side of life makes a return on LOL in this hilarious roast of then Governor Ronald Reagan. Doing the honors was the Merchant of Venom himself, Don Rickles, as part of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast series in September 1973.

A College Speech For the Ages

Most of us attend a small percentage of thousands of college commencement speeches given every year. But it’s certain they all have one theme in common, says nationally syndicated and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will. “They’re often collections of bromides and boring advice. Just once a commencement speaker should puncture the smug complacency and cloyne self-congratulation on campuses.” In this edition of Prager University, Will renders a funny, truthful and witty speech that every graduate should here.

Everything Has It’s Price

Donald Boudreux, professor of economics at George Mason University, tells us that the price of products on the market ensures that there is sufficient supply to our demands, even in times of scarcity. But who decides the price structure? Manufacturers and stores are a large part of the process, but Boudreux tells us in this edition of Learn Liberty that biggest factor in price determination is you, the consumer.

Court Ponder Major Decisions

Thursday should bring two major U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the future of Obamacare and gay rights. Rejection of either by the court may throw the country into chaos and bring legal pandemonium, says Ed Berliner, host of “The Hard Line” on Newsmax. George Mason University professor of law, F.H. Buckley, disagrees. “That’s just nonsense,” Buckley says. “I think that by defeat they mean turning it over to the states, that’s the best possible outcome. I think that’s an outcome that would dial back the culture wars and we really need that. We need to really lower the temperature a whole lot and that would do it.” Tune in as Buckley elaborates.

Regulation Nation

Regulations, regulations and more regulations. Consumer investigative reporter John Stossel says he tried to open a legal lemonade stand outside his studio office in New York City but failed because of the avalanche of regulations. He said it would have taken at least two months. First, the government required a 15-hour food protection class, followed by an exam and a wait of weeks to get the results. On top of that, you’re required to purchase a government-approved fire extinguisher. “And government keeps adding rules,” Stossel says. “This is why job growth is slow. There are 175,000 pages of regulations on the books today. Few people even understand these rules.” Stossel welcomes University of Virginia law professor Michael Livermore and Manhattan Institute Fellow Jared Meyer to debate the pros and cons of the issue in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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