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Monday, December 11 2017 @ 04:18 MST

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Sometimes Science is Pretty.

AstronomyAs part of the data collection process for my current school project, I've had to image various objects through various filters. The purpose is to see if elements can be detected using narrow band filters. Now as a byproduct I do have some astrophotos of these objects. The photos aren't the best as they were taken for scientific purposes and aren't necessarily cosmetically the best (not to mention the C-14 needs some collimation). So here we go.
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What the one percent and business think of democracy.

PoliticsThe CBC in Calgary employ Debora Yedlin (as does the Calgary Herald) as a business reporter. Today her report was on the Greek referendum on the European bail out package. In a polemic that can only be described as down on democracy she called the Greek action "unconscionable". She went on to state that voters are too uninformed about important issues that affect them and thus shouldn't be allowed to vote on those issues. Her screed can be heard here.
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Flaherty sees no recession for Canada

Canadian PoliticsThe federal finance minister sees no recession on the horizon for Canada. Given that last time he said this we got hit hard by recession I doubt many feel that what he says is true.
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NDP Leadership Hopeful Suggests Higher Taxes...

Canadian Politics...Harper Tories losing control of the message. With the Globe and Mail discussing the matter in a less than negative light, it would seem that the not-so-carefully crafted neo-con message of "all taxes bad" isn't resonating as well with Canadians as they would like. Especially if that message comes with the message "massive cuts to social programs".
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Harper Screws Veterans...

Canadian Politics...doesn't want anyone to know about it. Shortly after getting caught with their pants down in a committee, the Harper Tories cut short public committee inquiry into the quarter billion in cuts they're meting out to Veterans Affairs. Harper wouldn't know support for the troops if it bit him in the posterior.
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Big US banks so insolvent....

US Politics...customers can't close their accounts.
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You know Harper's offside on an issue when...

Canadian Politics.. the Calgary Herald is taking him to task. Now for those of you outside of Cowtown who don't regularly read the Herald, the editorial board there isn't known for it's progressive views on the world. That being said, even uber-right Herald editors are saying that the Harper government is going to far in meddling with the Air Canada labour dispute.
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Yet more Conservative Corruption.

Alberta PoliticsCBC has broken a story about local municipalities donating money to the Alberta Progressive Conservative Pary. There are several aspects of this story that are truly depressing and scary.
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Swan in the sky

AstronomyInstead of doing my school observations this weekend, I and the Evil clan nipped off to the Alberta Star Party. The first night I had to borrow Mrs. Evil's telescope since, by tradition now apparently, I forgot the tripod for mine. A quick trip back to cowtown and I had my tripod and could use my 'scope for some astrophotography.
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One more small step to police state.

Canadian PoliticsFor people who thinks that the census and gun registry are invasions of privacy, it's amazing that Harper and his government have no problem spying on everone's email and texts.