Saturday, August 18, 2012

VPD Officer Assaults Handcuffed Man on Video

This video from CBC News is disturbing:  Vancouver police officer filmed kicking handcuffed man

The VPD officer who kicked that man should be fired, no question about it. If this is how he behaves in public in the company of other officers, what brutality is he capable of when there are no witnesses present?

And what of the other officers who stood by and appeared to do nothing after witnessing an assault? Business as usual? Look the other way and maintain the code of silence? For shame.

The VPD is behooved to do the right thing now or wallow even deeper into the mucky quagmire of credibility only matched by the RCMP. Fire that officer.

As a civilized society, we deserve better. We deserve police officers that are not violent goons, and we deserve police officers who will not turn a blind eye to obvious crimes committed by those unfit to wear the badge.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Anonymous RCMP Members Speak Out as the Re-Sergeance

Some RCMP officers are "Mad as hell, not going to take this anymore!"

After reading the National Post article Dissident Mounties threaten to expose force’s ‘orchards of Bad Apples’ I found the following post online, which sounds very authentic:
"You start your day by signing into work via a 30 year old radio that doesn't work and doesn't provide coverage for 1/2 of your patrol area. (The RCMP radios in Alberta are on display at the LAPD police museum)"

"Your car has A/C only because the RCMP was sued by it's members in the 1990's for removing the A/C from the patrol cars and selling them (You can look it up)"

"Your uniform is old because the force refuses to supply it's members with proper kit. Your bulletproof vest is expired, but you can't prove it because the RCMP cut off the expiry tag (This isn't a joke). You also can't ask for new kit because it requires the approval of a supervisor who receives a bonus if he comes in under budget for the year. (Inspectors and above, look it up) You also can't get training, promotional opportunities, or transfers unless the boss likes. (Detachment commanders are considered line officers and have a say in all of the above). Sure, you can't exactly get sent to a gulag in Siberia, but your entire family can get sent to nunavut for "operational necessity" (Also actually happens)"

"You spend your shift responding to calls that you are unable to investigate because you don't have the time. This is because a large portion of your detachment is on stress leave. Don't worry though, the RCMP is working hard to have the medical license of the Doctor who diagnosed it, removed. (See previous RCMP article) Also, the force is unwilling to pay overtime to provide sufficient coverage because they get a bonus (See above). Luckily you're in B.C. and not a rural area where you likely have no backup for night shifts. (RCMP recently changed the backup policy after several lawsuits from the families of slain RCMP members)"

"If you go back to the office, you're bullied by supervisors that you can't file a grievance against them because you have no independent grievance process. The SRR members (your representation) is comprised of RCMP members (supervisors and above) who represent you. It's like complaining to one guard in a prison about being abused by another guard." "If you happen to die in the line of duty, the force will however send an SRR to provide emotional support for your widow and small child. Hopefully he can keep his dick out of your widow in the days after your death (Also happened)"

"If you're capable at your job, you get more work piled onto you to help avoid public complaints and mismanaged investigations. If you're terrible, you get put in a cushy job without any responsibility because you can't be fired (See RCMP members at your local airport). If you boss is mad at you, he'll forward public complaints against you that are without merit, to make you look bad ,which in turn saps resources away from investigating real misconduct."

"You also rely on your boss for any hope of promotion, and the RCMP relies on a opaque promotional scheme that relies on seniority rather than merit. Policy also prohibits you from appealing all promotions inside an RCMP Detachment. You also can't complain to anyone outside the organization because the RCMP act forbids it and your CAN be fired for insubordination or bringing disrepute to the RCMP. (It's written in the policies)"

"Thankfully, the RCMP has brought in a saviour, Elliot...err...Paulson. He's going to save the organization. So far, he's sent out three emails style telling the RCMP to work harder and told people that he is seeking more powers to have people fired if they don't get in line behind him."

"You remember that RCMP member who was sent to BC from Alberta for drinking on the job and having sex with his subordinate? Well, the guy who gave him the slap on the wrist just got appointed by Paulson as his "Professionalism Czar""

"I could go on, but..well..what's the point."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares Motivational Wisdom

"The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jeopardy!.

Tyson is also known for his generous participation in Q&A's on the popular website Reddit where users are allowed to "ask anything" (Tyson's answers are highlighted in blue username "neiltyson".

Friday, February 17, 2012

Scouts Canada: My Experience with Creepy Scout Leader

I was a preteen member of Scouts Canada for about a year. I left because it was too religious for me, and I recognized other warning signs that made me feel very uncomfortable.

On my first camping trip, our Scout leader had impeccable timing when it came to catching boys in a state of undress. Without warning, our tent door would quickly unzip and he would crawl halfway into our tent.

"How are you boys making out?" he would leer at us with wandering eyes, savoring our nervous little boy arms and legs sticking out from under the sleeping bags we were hiding underneath. He was creepy and my gut feeling said he was a child molester.

Later, I told my father I didn't want to go to Scouts anymore because it was too religious. He said OK and I never attended Scouts again.



CBC: Scouts Canada abuse allegations investigated by police

CBC The Fifth Estate video: The Lost Boys

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hitler reacts to SOPA


The Stop Online Piracy Act is evil by any standard:

"I can't understand why Congress can't seem to agree on anything that really matters... but when Hollywood pays lobbyists $94 million to get a bill passed, both Republicans and Democrats line up to co-sponsor it."

- Reddit's Alexis Ohanion

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Something for Everyone

Merry Christmas from the BulletproofCourier Team! We all chipped in and got something for everyone:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bigger Privacy Concerns About BC Hydro Smart Meters?

Reporter Andrew Duffy writes about British Columbia privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham's criticism of BC Hydro's smart meter privacy policy in today's Times Colonist:
...According to Denham, while Hydro is complying with privacy regulations with regard to the collection, use and protection of customer information, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

“We found Hydro did not meet the legal requirements for notifying customers about the smart meter project, and I think that is a serious contravention, especially when dealing with a new technology,” Denham said...

...Denham said Hydro is required by law to tell its customers the purpose of collecting personal information for the project, explain its legal authority to do so and provide contact information for reaching a B.C. Hydro employee who can answer questions...

Great article by Duffy, but now it begs the question:

What about government and law enforcement access to BC Hydro smart meter information?

A police force given access to BC Hydro's Wi-Fi data would be granted extraordinary Orwellian ability to collect and use information about citizens based on their power-usage patterns.

Police Scenario 1

VPD Officer #1: "Hey partner, our arrest warrant has been approved on that fraud case from last week."

VPD Officer #2: "That's great, let's go pick him up. Do we have a location?"

VPD Officer #1: "Let's check the BC Hydro smart-meter database... Negligible power usage at his home right now, he's not there. However his power consumption peaks around 11:30pm every night. Lights go on, oven goes on, computer and TV power up."

VPD Officer #2: "OK let's wait for tonight. I love these new smart meters."

VPD Officer #1: "Me too. It makes our job so much easier."