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James Halls
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I listen to the flare ups in various countries about Muslim women wearing the niqab (or burqa, or whatever form of full body covering), and certainly the positions staked out by the politicians tend to be strongly for or against.  My own position is somewhat more nuanced. 

Don't get me wrong, I personally find the niqab, etc. to be reprehensible.  Too often it is used as a way to oppress women.  On the other hand I do live in a democracy, and people should be allowed to do what they want on as long as it does not adversely affect those around them.  Certainly in Canada if a woman is forced to wear a niqab and does not want to she does have options.  There are both private and public organizations that are there to support her, even if it comes to needing to leave her husband.  On the other hand, if she does choose to wear it, then it is her choice, and I just have to tolerate it.

The bigger point I am trying to make is that it is not what a woman wears that makes her oppressed, it is how she feels about herself.  There are many women who are from families that have been in Canada for generations, and they are exploited, or in abusive relationships and do not leave, or whatever situation.  They look and dress like any other woman you would see on the street.  They hide the abuse from friends and family, and often believe they deserve it.  

They wear the niqab on their souls.

Maybe, just maybe, the politicians (and the rest of us) should worry about supporting methods for an oppressed or exploited woman to escape her situation, regardless of her religion or culture, rather than worrying about the clothes a woman chooses to wear.
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It was only a matter of time before a government came up with this.  I can see some (many?) countries requiring their citizens to install government controlled botware on their PC's to help in cyber-warfare.
Researchers identify new tool in Chinese internet censorship, first used in late March against free-speech activists GreatFire.org
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No, it's not photo shopped. This CF-18 really has been painted in RAF colours from 1940. Kinda cool I think. You can see more at http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/news-template-standard.page?doc=this-year-s-cf-18-demonstration-hornet-pays-tribute-to-the-few/i89a1tnu
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Just because we all get a little peckish every now and then.
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I missed last week so here is the first of two.  Osiris the Broken Cat.

#caturday #brokencat  
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Osiris the broken cat.

#Caturday
#BrokenCat  
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Steampunk computer

This historical barber chair from the end of the 19th century fits perfect to my computer workstation. Remembers me to Sweeney Todd. I think, Tim Burton would have joy with this...

What do you think?

www.steampunker.de
www.facebook.com/steampunkartwork
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Now that looks cool.
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50 years from now we'll be wondering why this future didn't come true.  At least this one is (mostly) realistic.

More seriously, it is good stuff.
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I've seen this before, but I could've sworn there was a voice-over by Carl Sagan. Still sends a chill down my back anyway.

Spaaaacceee.....
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Osiris, but not broken for this shot.  He is a Maine Coon just over a year old.

#Caturday  
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Geekscape of the Day: Dawn in Tesla City
Artist: Eddie Mendoza   Source: http://bit.ly/1Mrt3nu .

Just another shockingly normal day...

Download Over 400 Geekscapes From 2014!
Click Here: http://bit.ly/2014gsotd .
#scifi #tesla #dawn #city #steampunk #victorian
#gsotd #gsotd2015
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Quite safe.... As long as the voltage is high enough. Tesla often demonstrated 100,000+ volt currents running through his body during the War of the Currents.
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The BBC series Restoration Home.  An excellent series, but some of the houses are just plain scarey.  You can find the episodes on YouTube
Following owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin by restoring them into 21st-century dream houses
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Roddenberry, Scotty, McCoy, and now Spock.  The ranks are thinning, but the future they helped inspire lives on.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor, author and director best known for his portrayal of the ultra-logical character Spock in the TV series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83.
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Worked on a Priceline commercial with Shatner (who played a Biker with a Duck Dynasty beard)... The guy is a true gentleman and joked around with the Crew.  When he "flubbed" his lines once, he said, "Damn it, where's Spock when you need him?" The crew erupted in laughter.  LLAP!
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Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Peterborough, Ottawa.  If you knew me in one of those cities, then you've probably got the right James.  There aren't too many people with my name running around.
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