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Lawsuit reveals teen was groomed as personal sex slave in the Duggar family's movement http://ow.ly/2FHsio
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Canada Is Considering an Internet Bill That's Like CISPA on Steroids

“An organization may disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual... if the disclosure is made to another organization and is reasonable for the purposes of investigating a breach of an agreement or a contravention of the laws of Canada or a province that has been, is being or is about to be committed and it is reasonable to expect that disclosure with the knowledge or consent of the individual would compromise the investigation.”

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The Digital Privacy Act would allow customer data to be shared without a warrant and with legal impunity.
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Blood moon eclipse: Night of April 14-15 - Photographers and astronomy fans in North America are gearing up for a rare meteorological event the night of April 14-15. According to Sky and Telescope magazine, on April 15th, the lunar eclipse will begin around 1:20am ET. While astronomers race to observatories, many photographers will take to the outdoors to capture this unique event. Here are a few tips for those looking to capture a good image of the moon. Lear... http://ow.ly/2FCE1E
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Holy Bible clears first hurdle to becoming Louisiana's official state book
Legislation that would make the Holy Bible the official state book of Louisiana cleared the House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs with a vote of 8-5 Thursday afternoon. It will now head to the full House of Representatives...
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Heartbleed Breach: Canada Revenue agency Says 900 Social Insurance Numbers Stolen The revenue agency said it suffered "a malicious breach of taxpayer data that occurred over a six-hour period."
OTTAWA - The fallout from the Heartbleed bug could go far beyond just 900 social insurance numbers compromised at the Canada Revenue agency.Alberta computer security expert John Zabiuk suspects there's a wave of problems coming."Right now, we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg," he said. "This is probably the largest flaw that's hit the Internet in history."Zabiuk is with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where, as an e...
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This episode of Mohr stories with Mick Betancourt is as crazy as it is funny! He shares his crazy childhood. His mom robbed a bank...enough said. Great use of an hour. Give it a listen.
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Sony A7s: Low Light Demonstration (ISO 1600 to 409600) 

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Star Dates

Determining the age of a star poses a bit of a challenge for astronomers. After all, stars exist over a timescale of billions of years, and they are light years away.  We can’t use radiometric dating like we do for rocks and other objects on Earth.  So just how do we determine the age of a star? It turns out that there are several ways, and it’s getting easier to do.

One of the ways is to compare a star’s mass with its brightness (absolute magnitude).  We can determine the mass of a star if it is part of a binary system, and if we have a good measure of its distance (say, through its parallax) then we can observe its apparent magnitude and use its distance to determine its absolute magnitude.  The way we determine its age is by recognizing that main sequence stars grow hotter and brighter over time.  Stars produce light and heat through nuclear fusion in their core.  As more hydrogen fuses into helium, the fusion rates gradually increase, producing more heat and light.  So for stars of a particular mass, brighter stars are older than dimmer stars.  By observing stars that are newly formed and stars at the end of their life we have an idea of the rate at which stars brighten over time, so we can get a measure of a star’s age.

Another way is to measure a star’s rate of rotation.  For stars around a solar mass or less, the rate of rotation of a star gradually decreases.  So the rotation rate of a star depends upon its mass and age.  By measuring the rotation of a star and comparing it to the rotation of the Sun (for which we know its age very well), we can determine its age.

There are a few downsides with these age measurements.  For one, they only work with main sequence stars, so very young and very old stars need to be studied with different measures.  For another, they depend upon measurements that have traditionally been challenging to do well.  But a new method presented in the Astrophysical Journal could provide an easier and more effective way to determine stellar ages.

The method uses what is known as helioseismology, which is the study of sonic oscillations within a star.  Helioseismology has long been used to study the interior structure of the Sun, but more recently it can also be used with stars.  Since the frequency of sound oscillations depends upon the mass and density of a star, helioseismology can be used to determine the mass and radius of a star pretty effectively.  Knowing that, one can use observations of a star’s spectrum to determine its temperature.  The mass, radius and temperature of a star can then be used to determine its age.

What makes this new method potentially powerful is that it depends upon the type of observational data gathered by sky surveys.  This initial study looked at about a thousand stars.  A larger project known as the Stroemgren survey for Asteroseismology and Galactic Archaeology (SAGA) is analyzing data gathered by the Kepler telescope.  Future observations by telescopes such as GAIA could provide a large survey of stellar ages within our galaxy.

The reason why this is important is that knowing the age of a large number of stars allows us to study the history of our galaxy.  By analyzing stellar ages, we can determine when star production was common, and when it was rare.  We might even be able to determine past collisions with our galaxy, which tend to drive star production.  This new method is still young, so it will take time to determine if it lives up to its potential.  But if it does we may soon gain deeper understanding of the history of our galaxy.

Paper:  L. Casagrande, et al. Stroemgren survey for Asteroseismology and Galactic Archaeology: let the SAGA begin.  L. Casagrande, et al. arXiv:1403.2754 (2014)
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To support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and human suffering.

AC Grayling, philosopher, speaking on 'Humanism' 

An intelligent, compassionate video in response to religion 

BBC Produced Interviews with Arthur Miller, Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins About Religion and Unbelief http://www.openculture.com/2013/07/the-atheism-tapes.html



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SECULAR PARENTING

Raising children in a non-religious household offers a number of unique challenges.

What should we teach our children about religion?
How do we teach our children to interact with religious peers and relatives?
How do we instil secular ethics?
What do we tell our kids about death?

Here's some resources to help.



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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION

I am also an strong advocate on educating adults and children about how to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 

Statistically, in Canada & USA, 40% of abusers are family members. 95% of of abusers are known and trusted by the child and family, not "stranger danger". Coaches, teachers, babysitters. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been/will be sexually abused. We need prevention and intervention Sexual Abuse classes throughout the entire education system, members of our communities & globally. It should be mandatory that all males take women studies courses as well.

Pedophiles always use fear tactics on children to keep them quite. Most survivors never tell, it is up to adults to open the lines of communication to assure them safety, support and services to recover. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to talk to your children about sexual abuse. Start off by acknowledging the existence of pedophiles to your child.  I know it seems like a daunting task, but there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about when it comes to teaching your children about their human rights and understanding of pedophiles. Emphasizing your UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT for your children, no matter what happens, they can tell you anything.

Please pass along these educational links to parents and children at any opportunity you get.

http://www.littlewarriors.ca  (Canada)
http://www.darknesstolight.org (USA)

These organizations are in their infancy, there is still much to be developed in the education and direction of preventing sexual abuse, but it is a great start.