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Posts Made By: K. Michael Malolepszy

March 10, 2003 06:40 PM Forum: Religion

something worth reading on coming war

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I don't agree with everything in this speech, but it does have points worth thinking about, especially when it comes to our alliances and the damage we may be doing to them.

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Reckless Administration May Reap Disastrous Consequences

Senate Floor Speech - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.

Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent -- ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing.

We stand passively mute in the United States Senate, paralyzed by our own uncertainty, seemingly stunned by the sheer turmoil of events. Only on the editorial pages of our newspapers is there much substantive discussion of the prudence or imprudence of engaging in this particular war.

Rest of this at

http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000165.html

I have to agree with Byrd that;

"Calling heads of state pygmies, labeling whole countries as evil, denigrating powerful European allies as irrelevant -- these types of crude insensitivities can do our great nation no good. We may have massive military might, but we cannot fight a global war on terrorism alone. We need the cooperation and friendship of our time-honored allies as well as the newer found friends whom we can attract with our wealth. Our awesome military machine will do us little good if we suffer another devastating attack on our homeland which severely damages our economy. Our military manpower is already stretched thin and we will need the augmenting support of those nations who can supply troop strength, not just sign letters cheering us on."



March 14, 2003 08:29 AM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Astronaut Sandra Magnus talk near St. Louis

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy


For those of you in the St. Louis, Missouri area...

Astronaut Sandra Magnus discusses her ISS assembly mission.

7 pm., Monday, March 17. Free.
800-222-5131, ext. 5258
Theater, Southwestern Illinois Collge
2500 Carlyle, Belleville, Ill.

Online Bio at:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/magnus.html

STS-112 info:

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-112/mission-sts-112.html

April 6, 2003 08:41 PM Forum: Religion

Iraqi WMD found?

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

"Troops, journalists undergo cleanup for nerve gas exposure

By TOM LASSETER
Knight Ridder Newspapers

ALBU MUHAWISH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army's 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapons decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of possible exposure to nerve agents.

The evacuation of dozens of soldiers Sunday night followed a day of tests for the nerve agent that came back positive, then negative. Additional tests Sunday night by an Army Fox mobile nuclear, biological and chemical detection laboratory confirmed the existence of sarin."

rest of story at

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/5573683.htm?



April 6, 2003 08:43 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Iraqi WMD found?

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

Troops, journalists undergo cleanup for nerve gas exposure
By TOM LASSETER
Knight Ridder Newspapers

ALBU MUHAWISH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army's 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapons decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of possible exposure to nerve agents.

The evacuation of dozens of soldiers Sunday night followed a day of tests for the nerve agent that came back positive, then negative. Additional tests Sunday night by an Army Fox mobile nuclear, biological and chemical detection laboratory confirmed the existence of sarin.

rest of story at

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/5573683.htm?

May 11, 2003 05:23 PM Forum: Deep Sky Observing

Response to the Time magazine article

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I sent a letter to the editors of Time in response to their article on amateur astronomy (the Time article link is below). Here it is. Now, don't get the impression from this that I am anti-gadget! Michael

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Your article on amateur astronomy stressed the high-tech / gadget-rich side of the hobby while making no mention of how easy it is to enjoy astronomy using simple, inexpensive equipment or no equipment at all. With a little knowledge and learning, even the unaided eye can reveal many fascinating phenomena in the universe around us.
Unfortunately, modern consumer culture has led many to believe that the latest, greatest microprocessor driven device is needed to experience celestial wonder when in fact a simple pair of binoculars or just a look in a truly dark sky at the right time and in the right direction is all that is needed.

But those kind of low-tech experiences of the night sky are getting harder to have as our cities expand and waste light by throwing it in all directions, including skyward, producing an all encompassing dome of artificial light above us that is destroying our view of the universe and wasting precious energy in the process. Poor, inefficient lighting costs about a billion dollars per year in the
United States. Fighting this light pollution is a win-win prospect. Night sky friendly lighting saves energy, is better for security and safety and preserves the beauty of a star filled sky, something that everyone should be able to see, not just those that can afford a multi-thousand dollar CCD rig or a cottage in the country.

For more information, see the web site of the International Dark-Sky Association at

http://www.darksky.org/

K. Michael Malolepszy
St. Louis Astronomical Society

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Original Time article at
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030512-
449492,00.html


May 11, 2003 05:25 PM Forum: Off Topic Discussions

Time magazine article on amateur astros...

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

I sent a letter to the editors of Time about their article on amateur astronomy (the Time article link is below). Here it is. Michael

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Your article on amateur astronomy stressed the high-tech / gadget-rich side of the hobby while making no mention of how easy it is to enjoy astronomy using simple, inexpensive equipment or no equipment at all. With a little knowledge and learning, even the unaided eye can reveal many fascinating phenomena in the universe around us.
Unfortunately, modern consumer culture has led many to believe that the latest, greatest microprocessor driven device is needed to experience celestial wonder when in fact a simple pair of binoculars or just a look in a truly dark sky at the right time and in the right direction is all that is needed.

But those kind of low-tech experiences of the night sky are getting harder to have as our cities expand and waste light by throwing it in all directions, including skyward, producing an all encompassing dome of artificial light above us that is destroying our view of the universe and wasting precious energy in the process. Poor, inefficient lighting costs about a billion dollars per year in the
United States. Fighting this light pollution is a win-win prospect. Night sky friendly lighting saves energy, is better for security and safety and preserves the beauty of a star filled sky, something that everyone should be able to see, not just those that can afford a multi-thousand dollar CCD rig or a cottage in the country.

For more information, see the web site of the International Dark-Sky Association at

http://www.darksky.org/

K. Michael Malolepszy
St. Louis Astronomical Society

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Original Time article at
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030512-
449492,00.html


May 31, 2003 02:54 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

shipping large, heavy items... recommendations?

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

Hey folks,

In shipping large, heavy items - such as a large sonotube 16" Meade dob & components - does one use UPS, or do you have to go to a trucking company?

June 4, 2003 08:41 PM Forum: Astro Binoculars

100mm binocs for $349 !??!

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

So, what's the deal on these 100mm binocs from Celestron !??!?! Anyone use these yet, or similiar ones - I'm assuming they might come from a chinese factory that other retailers sell...

http://www.buytelescopes.com/product.asp?t=&pid=5331&m=

June 21, 2003 04:54 PM Forum: Solar System Observing

Mars Previewer Freeware

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy


See

http://www.skynewsmagazine.com/pages/mars.html#Anchor-Mar-64199

For information on the upcoming Mars Opposition and a nice piece of freeware called "Mars Previewer" which generates a representation of what Mars features are in view for any given time in a variety of telescopes. You'll need winzip or something like that to unzip it.

"Mars Previewer II is a freeware program developed by Argentina amateur Leandro Rios made for users of Windows 95 and higher.This handy observing program will allow you to see which major surface features will be visible during any given time period.

Set the date (day/month/year) and the default time zone under "configuration" relative to UT (positive numbers for North America). After the time zone is selected, click on "default TZ" to have it set to your own. Users can then choose to view the image as to how your telescope presents it by using the other options available. Scrolling over the created image with your cursor will show names of the larger surface features."

June 28, 2003 06:19 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Excessive extension tube stickiness

Posted By K. Michael Malolepszy

Folks,
I have a 20" dob with a Starlight Feather Touch focuser. Nice piece of work. However, I bought a couple of extension tubes from Orion so I could get some of my oculars to come to focus, and they don't fit! I mean, they're the right size, but a shade too much in diameter. They would fit only if I want to really shove them into the focuser with ALOT of force - which I don't want to do!

Any advice or experience with Orion vs., say Lumicon extension tubes?

K. Michael M.