Somos máquinas de supervivencia …

“Somos máquinas de supervivencia, vehículos programados a ciegas con el fin de preservar las egoístas moléculas conocidas con el nombre de genes.”

-Richard Dawkins, El Gen Egoísta

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Pro-Life demonstrations are porn producers

Now that I have your attention with two very touchy subjects, Pro-Life / Pro-Choice and Porn, please allow me to try to make the following point across.

I completely support your right to protest against something, and for you to have your religious beliefs. Fine.

But where does your right to protest interferes with my right of not feel violated, or the right of my (young school age) daughters of not being assaulted by the very graphical images (sorry about this) of dismembered fetuses after an abortion?

Which brings me to the second point. Pornography, in general is not exhibited in the public space, even a sex-shop has to be very careful on what they can show in their showcases or even in their store. Some here, like Venus Envy, had to end distributing DVDs and magazines because some costumers were offended by the content. Now they have to stick to what is considered Educational Material.

Anyhow, at the end, we don’t show porn or sexual acts openly in the street? To “protect the children.”

Wouldn’t the same principle apply to the very graphical imagery that the pro-life protesters use to make their point?

Also, why does the pro-life movement engages high school students to push their protest?

I think its a very dangerous combination of High School Students and Pro-Life Protest.

From my point of view, no minor (under 18?) should be involved in a protest. They lack the criteria of what entitles to be in a protest, nor what they are protesting for, they just do what they are told to do. And now days, with the climate of violence around the world, its simply unsafe. A protest can turn ugly at any minute, and no one wants any children there.

Please do it for my children, all of the children, to protect their innocence as long as we can, independently of our religious beliefs.

Astrophotography, level 0

Just starting to play with taking pictures with a telescope and DSLR.

Setup: Nikon D40X, Dobsonian SkyWatcher 5″ (150mm), T-Adapter, Seymour Solar Filter SF750P1 .

Pictures were taken on RAW with minimal editing, just some cropping, level balancing, and exported to jpeg using Darktable on OpenSuse Linux.

Camera on manual settings to control aperture, white balance on automatic.

The f number of the telescope is 8 (1200 mm focal length / 150 mm aperture)

SuperMoon

ISO 200, Shutter Speed 1/500.

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ISO 100, 1/40

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ISO 100, 1/40

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ISO 100 1/10

Census 2016 demographic shift

The results from the 206 Census (the first full results one, after the years of obscurantism of the Harper government) have uncovered an interesting demographic shift in Canada.

Here is a good analysis from The Globe an Mail.

Percentage of Canadian Households per occupancy:

28%  people live alone.

26% couple with children

26% couple without children.

And 42 of the top 50 places where people live alone are in Quebec.

And multiculturalism is reflected in the languages spoken at home; where 49.6% of households speak English, French, and a third non-official language.