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  •  Today's Featured Article Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Title:  Hubble oops....
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Friday, March 28 2014 @ 09:18 AM
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    Jason ramblingI got tagged on Twitter to explain an apparent Hubble tracking error image. Since the explanation will take more than 140 characters, I've put it here. Image after the cut.

     On Public Goods Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Saturday, March 15 2014 @ 04:58 PM
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    Jason ramblingI occasionally get what can best be described as evangelical libertarians following me or engaging with me on Twitter. Their fervour for their ideology borders on the same level as that of evangelical Christians to the point of denying any evidence to the contrary their beliefs. One case in point is the provision of public goods. In this case things get very strange indeed sometimes.

     Jon Lord – Absentee Candidate – Absentee Mayor? Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Friday, October 04 2013 @ 12:58 PM
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    Jason ramblingSo on my drive to work this morning I was listening to CBC's Calgary Eyeopener when they interviewed Calgary Mayoral candidate Jon Lord. Now Jon's a former alderman and MLA and has the dubious honour of being a Conservative candidate who's lost an election to a Liberal in Alberta. Now Jon's running for mayor since, based on his interview, the city is too busy spending money on services for citizens and not enough time lowering his taxes.

     Prorogue time again. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Monday, August 19 2013 @ 06:48 PM
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    Jason ramblingSo our Maximum Leader Stephen Harper had decided to hit the reset switch on parliament again. This time, despite the crowing on the internet, the timing is similar to prorogations done by other PM's in the past. Yes some scandals are brewing, but proroguing Parliament isn't really going to detract from them.

     IT'S GLORIOUS LEADER'S BIRTHDAY! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Tuesday, April 30 2013 @ 03:46 PM
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    Jason ramblingSomehow I ended up on the federal Conservative party's email list. I would consider this a massive fail of their vaunted CIMS system since I've been a card-carrying New Democrat for years, but it does provide insight into the party and they reek of desperation so what the heck. The emails started showing up shortly after the rather ham-fisted Trudeau attack ads started showing up and usually demand money to help keep Trudeau at bay. Yesterday I received a rather different one.

     On temporary foreign workers and the market. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Tuesday, April 30 2013 @ 02:58 PM
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    Jason ramblingThe Harper Conservatives have recently announced minor changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program in response to some very public abuses of the program by banks and other large corporations. It would seem the Tories have discovered that Canadians displaced by TFWs still get to vote in elections, whereas the 330,000+ TFWs in the country don't. Of course business screamed at the prospect of a reduction in the stream of developing world cheap labour, which is comical given the situation.

     Home builders try to buy themselves a city council. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Wednesday, April 24 2013 @ 09:03 PM
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    Jason ramblingA local television station acquired a video secretly taped at a meeting of some of Calgary's home builders. In it the builder speaking basically states how with the generous spread of campaign dollars, they have three councillors in their back pockets and are trying to get at least five more. Further, he states that 11 of them have ponied up $100000 each to "bring Preston onside" with his Manning Centre and its candidate school.

     The Conservative's Justin Problem Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Monday, April 22 2013 @ 07:02 PM
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    Jason ramblingIf you've been living under a rock for the past week, Justin Trudeau was elected leader of the federal Liberal Party. Not that big of a surprise really, but at least it wasn't the coronation that Ignatieff received. So far this has proven to be a nightmare for the ruling Harper Conservative for a couple of reasons.

     On randomness Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Sunday, March 10 2013 @ 10:54 AM
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    Jason ramblingIn my travels on the interwebs, I often come across creationists who like to use the "randomness" argument against, well, non-creationism. The reality is that these people are really just showing their ignorance of science.

     Some more astrophotos. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  evilscientist
     Dated:  Friday, January 04 2013 @ 12:24 PM
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    Jason ramblingOver the past month I've acquired a new mount for my telescope, and also a new telescope. Now in addition to my 127mm (5") Maksutov I also now have a 200mm (8") Newtonian. The Newtonian is photographically quite fast so it provides a wider field of view than the Maksutov. So after many nights of waiting for quasi-clear skies I was able to give both the new mount and 'scope a test run.

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