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Stephen Harper and #cpc are running scared from the debates. #elxn42 #cdnpoli 
With an election just months away, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to abandon the traditional all-broadcasters debate hosted by the nation's major broadcasters and for the first time will be streamed on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
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Hilarious. Simply hilarious.
 
I think I woke up the neighbours I'm laughing so loud. :) Thanks. 
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The BGO at Saint Mary's University is going to be taking requests from Facebook and Twitter in the near future.  Thanks to a year's worth of effort from the observatory's director, Dave Lane, the telescope will be fully automated and remotely operated soon, and thanks to natural language processing will be able to take quests such as "take a picture of Jupiter" or "I want to see the moon".

It's a really neat project, and a fine observatory in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Saint Mary's University is hoping to partially outsource its exploration of the stars using social media and the collective eyes of people around the globe — and get kids interested in space in the process.
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I came for the story about baboons, and I stayed... for the story about baboons.  Absolutely fascinating stuff.
Light from the monitors cast lurid shadows upon their pallid, staring faces as their right hands pumped rhythmically up and down over the F5 key to reload their screens. “I can’t refresh fast enough,” one commenter typed ecstatically, while another announced, “This is the best night of my life!” Many...
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Hmm, I didn't read the article that way, but I can see how you can interpret it as such.  I read the entire thing as illustrating how these behaviours are socially reinforced, and how they can be socially deemphasized. They're social in the baboons, and they're social in humans.

I don't think social implies unnatural. At least, that's not how I read it.
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Group demands Canada Revenue Agency stop think-tank audit #canpoli
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More than 400 academics say the CRA is targeting the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for its criticisms of the Conservative government.
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Neowin's giving away a new Surface 3 to some lucky reader.
The Surface 3 Giveaway - Performance Meets Portability In Microsoft's Extraordinary New Tablet/Laptop Hybrid
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Moral of the story:  Force feeding people tea is wrong.
 
This so much. A big hat tip to +Matias Duarte​ for first posting this.

You say “hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they go “omg fuck yes, I would fucking LOVE a cup of tea! Thank you!*” then you know they want a cup of tea.

If you say “hey, would you like a cup of tea?” and they um and ahh and say, “I’m not really sure…” then you can make them a cup of tea or not, but be aware that they might not drink it, and if they don’t drink it then – this is the important bit –  don’t make them drink it. You can’t blame them for you going to the effort of making the tea on the off-chance they wanted it; you just have to deal with them not drinking it. Just because you made it doesn’t mean you are entitled to watch them drink it.

If they say “No thank you” then don’t make them tea. At all. Don’t make them tea, don’t make them drink tea, don’t get annoyed at them for not wanting tea. They just don’t want tea, ok?

They might say “Yes please, that’s kind of you” and then when the tea arrives they actually don’t want the tea at all. Sure, that’s kind of annoying as you’ve gone to the effort of making the tea, but they remain under no obligation to drink the tea. They did want tea, now they don’t. Sometimes people change their mind in the time it takes to boil that kettle, brew the tea and add the milk. And it’s ok for people to change their mind, and you are still not entitled to watch them drink it even though you went to the trouble of making it.

If they are unconscious, don’t make them tea. Unconscious people don’t want tea and can’t answer the question “do you want tea” because they are unconscious.

Ok, maybe they were conscious when you asked them if they wanted tea, and they said yes, but in the time it took you to boil that kettle, brew the tea and add the milk they are now unconscious. You should just put the tea down, make sure the unconscious person is safe, and  – this is the important bit – don’t make them drink the tea. They said yes then, sure, but unconscious people don’t want tea.

If someone said yes to tea, started drinking it, and then passed out before they’d finished it, don’t keep on pouring it down their throat. Take the tea away and make sure they are safe.  Because unconscious people don’t want tea. Trust me on this.

If someone said “yes” to tea around your  house last saturday, that doesn’t mean that they want you to make them tea all the time. They don’t want you to come around unexpectedly to their place and make them tea and force them to drink it going “BUT YOU WANTED TEA LAST WEEK”, or to wake up to find you pouring tea down their throat going “BUT YOU WANTED TEA LAST NIGHT”.

Do you think this is a stupid analogy? Yes, you all know this already  – of course you wouldn’t force feed someone tea because they said yes to a cup last week. Of COURSE you wouldn’t pour tea down the throat of an unconcious person because they said yes to tea 5 minutes ago when they were conscious. But if you can understand how completely ludicrous it is to force people to have tea when they don’t want tea, and you are able to understand when people don’t want tea, then how is so hard is it to understand when it comes to sex?

Whether it’s tea or sex, Consent Is Everything.
A short one today as my life is currently very complicated and conspiring against my preference to spend all of my days working out what to blog. But do you know what isn't complicated? Consent. It...
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To the asshole who knocked the driver's side mirror off of my car today and didn't even leave a note, I hope you wake up every morning to bikini waxings and fire ants gnawing on your face.

Same to whoever stole my shoes last night. 
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3 magazines that should exist: great photoshoppery by our Rob Beschizza. http://boingboing.net/2014/09/11/3-magazines-that-should-exist.html
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Because we could all use a Monday morning laugh.
 
"Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas." ~ Michelle Bachmann
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