Friday, December 31, 2010

Air Farce New Year's Eve 2010 TV Special is Funny as Hell

Tonight's Air Farce New Year's Eve 2010 TV special delivered a ton of laughs. It should soon be available on the CBC website, until then here's this:

Funniest Sketch

Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton are trapped in a sinkhole below parliament, reminiscent of the Chilean mine disaster. Underground, they hold a vote for who should lead them to safety. Harper votes for himself, Ignatieff votes for himself, Layton sternly crosses his arms across his chest, lamenting "I don't have a damn of winning anyways."

Later, the rescue capsule arrives at the surface, but it's one man short. Harper and Ignatieff step out, cleaning their teeth with toothpicks, Ignatieff burps. They've eaten Jack Layton!

Second Funniest Sketch

I N C E P T I O N Gordon Campbell

Leonardo Dicaprio plants the idea of the HST into BC Premiere Gordon Campbell's mind to sabotage his leadership and force him to resign. Drums drums… HORNS!!!... unsettling HORNS!!!...

Monday, December 27, 2010

On This Day in 1836: Charles Darwin Sails on the HMS Beagle

Excellent! In a way, the sailing of the HMS Beagle sounded the death knell of creationism. Good riddance! Creationism is an imaginary circle-jerk of proudly ignorant religious idiots and fools lying to themselves and each other to defend their childish magical beliefs.

Fear and Loathing in Lost Cables: Julian Assange Wikileaks Update - MSNBC Interview

As the world goes crazy over the Wikileaks cables, Julian Assange remains the most rational one of the bunch, speaking simple truths about what's really going on. Those calling for his death are the real terrorists:

"When people call for deliberate kidnapping and assassination of others, they should be held to account. They should be charged for incitement to commit murder."
What Assange says is true, and should include Tom "I'm feeling very manly today" Flanigan, former adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and current professor of political science at the University of Calgary, who stated publicly on a national CBC television broadcast:
"I think that Assange should be assassinated, actually. I think Obama should put out a contract or maybe use a drone or something."
Here's the video, one of only a few to survive the Ministry of Truth's efforts to erase it from history:

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

B.C. Man Free After 27 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Merry Christmas Kary Henry!

Learn more about the wrongful conviction of a dozen more Canadians in this CBC report: Canada's Wrongful Convictions.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dealing Effectively With Ignorant Blog Trolls

Bulletproofcourier commenter Bob Devine rejects the study that proves Watching Fox News Makes You Stupid because
"The universities these days are probably the only places there are with a larger lefty bias than the [CBC]"
What a wonderfully stupid thing to say. Here's how I thoroughly spanked the ignorant Mr. Devine:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Watching Fox News Makes You Stupid

Fox News: USA Misinformation Machine

So says this study (PDF download) by the University of Maryland, summarized here:

91 percent of Fox News viewers believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
They are all wrong.

72 percent of Fox News viewers believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
They are all wrong.

72 percent of Fox News viewers believe the economy is getting worse
They are all wrong.

60 percent of Fox News viewers believe climate change is not occurring
They are all wrong.

49 percent of Fox News viewers believe income taxes have gone up
They are all wrong.

63 percent of Fox News viewers believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
They are all wrong.

56 percent of Fox News viewers believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
They are all wrong.

38 percent of Fox News viewers believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
They are all wrong.

63 percent of Fox News viewers believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)
They are all wrong.

If Fox News ever comes to Canada, I hope Canadians are equipped with a better Baloney Detection Kit (H/T Carl Sagan) than their American citizen counterparts.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tis the Season to... Threaten Children?

Really, Denman Place Mall in Vancouver, really?

This reminds me of religious nuts who abuse their children with nightmarish, threatening ideas about sin and Hell: "Follow the rules of our magical imaginary being or you will suffer!"

I'm planning to return soon and ride that sled for all it's worth. Stay tuned for pics. Meantime here's my favorite biology professor riding a dinosaur at a creation museum:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Two Dicks on the Beach

As the reality TV show Survivor: Nicaragua approaches it's season finale this week, some viewers are still doing a double-take at a scene from last week's episode, which prominently featured a driftwood log resembling male genitalia:

Screen capture from Survivor Nicaragua: two dicks in the same frame.

But surely it's a just a coincidence. Driftwood comes in all shapes and sizes, just like cloud formations, where everyone sees something different. Or like Jesus & Mary appearing on toast, waffles, walls and ashtrays (video!).

Friday, December 10, 2010

VPD now on Twitter @VancouverPD

Vancouver Police are now on Twitter:

LOL, the above is actually a gr8 parody based on this incident (video included).

The real VPD Twitter account is located at, read more about it at The Province.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bill Blair, Toronto’s chief of police, is a lying asshole

So says Mike Brock as he eviscerates G20 Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair at
Bill Blair’s attempts to keep talking about his interpretation of the rule as being “five meters” being a mistake, distracts from the broader story. That, the [illegal] searches occurred throughout the city.

Considering that Bill Blair must be aware of this, given the preponderance of evidence, in any rational world, I will publicly, and with all the legal implications that go with it: call him a liar, call him untrustworthily, call him incompetent. Not only that, but in a truly just world, he would be the one who is under arrest. For violation of the public trust, and violation of civil rights.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Remembering John Lennon. Assassinated 30 Years Ago Today

John Lennon and the Beatles contributed more to society than all the Popes combined*

*Broiling black/grey mass of evil tentacles that reach out to spread hate, homophobia, ignorance and HIV disease across planet Earth.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

CCTV Cameras, But No Traffic Control Lights?

Traffic lights might be a better investment than traffic cameras at these uncontrolled intersections:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wikileaks Canada Cables: CBC's Anti-American Plot Lines

The Border Pissed off the USA
Make some popcorn, sip a soda and be entertained at the wonderful detail and literary flourish contained in this 2008 brief about anti-American CBC TV shows produced by the American embassy in Ottawa and distributed to the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security, CIA, White House, DEA, US Customs and Border Protection...

Seriously, if you take the time and read the whole thing, I guarantee it will raise your consciousness:





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¶1. (SBU) Summary: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
has long gone to great pains to highlight the distinction
between Americans and Canadians in its programming, generally
at our expense. However, the level of anti-American melodrama
has been given a huge boost in the current television season
as a number of programs offer Canadian viewers their fill of
nefarious American officials carrying out equally nefarious
deeds in Canada while Canadian officials either oppose them
or fall trying. CIA rendition flights, schemes to steal
Canada's water, "the Guantanamo-Syria express," F-16's flying
in for bombing runs in Quebec to eliminate escaped
terrorists: in response to the onslaught, one media
commentator concluded, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that
"apparently, our immigration department's real enemies aren't
terrorists or smugglers -- they're Americans." While this
situation hardly constitutes a public diplomacy crisis per
se, the degree of comfort with which Canadian broadcast
entities, including those financed by Canadian tax dollars,
twist current events to feed long-standing negative images of
the U.S. -- and the extent to which the Canadian public seems
willing to indulge in the feast - is noteworthy as an
indication of the kind of insidious negative popular
stereotyping we are increasingly up against in Canada. End

--------------------------------------------- ---------------

¶2. (SBU) When American TV and movie producers want action,
the formula involves Middle Eastern terrorists, a ticking
nuclear device, and a (somewhat ironically, Canadian) guy
named Sutherland. Canadian producers don't need to look so
far -- they can find all the action they need right on the
U.S.-Canadian border. This piece of real estate, which most
Americans associate with snow blowing back and forth across
an imaginary line, has for the past three weeks been for
Canadian viewers the site of downed rendition flights, F-16
bombing runs, and terrorist suspects being whisked away to
Middle Eastern torture facilities. "The Border," which
state-owned CBC premiered on January 7, attracted an
impressive 710,000 viewers on its first showing -- not
exactly Hockey Night in Canada, but equivalent to an American
program drawing about eight million U.S. viewers. The show
depicts Canadian immigration and customs officers' efforts to
secure the U.S.-Canadian border and the litany of moral
dilemmas they face in doing so. The CBC bills the
high-budget program as depicting the "new war" on the border
and "the few who fight it." While the "war" is supposed to
be against criminals and terrorists trying to cross the
border, many of the immigration team's battles end up being
with U.S. government officials, often in tandem with the
CIA-colluding Canadian Security and Intelligence Service

¶3. (SBU) The clash between the Americans and Canadians got
started early in the season and has continued unabated. In
episode one a Syrian terrorist with a belt full of gel-based
explosives is removed from a plane in Canada while the
Canadian-Syrian man sitting next to him is rendered by the
CIA/CSIS team to Syria -- a fairly transparent reference to
QCIA/CSIS team to Syria -- a fairly transparent reference to
the Maher Arar case. Fortunately for the incarcerated
individual, the sympathetic Canadian Immigration and Customs
Security official recognizes the mistake and shrewdly causes
the government to rescue him from a Syrian jail through
organized media pressure. The episode ends with a preview of
things to come when one of the Canadian immigration officers
notes with disgust, "Homeland Security is sending in some hot
shot agent."

¶4. (SBU) Episode two expands on this theme, featuring the
arrival of an arrogant, albeit stunningly attractive female
DHS officer, sort of a cross between Salma Hayek and Cruella
De Vil. The show portrays the DHS official bossing around
her stereotypically more compassionate Canadian colleagues
while uttering such classic lines as, "Who do you think
provides the muscle to protect your fine ideals?" and "You
would have killed him. Let the American justice system do it
for you." Her fallback line in most situations is "it's a
matter of national security."

¶5. (SBU) But the one-liners and cross-border stereotypes
really take off in episode three, in which an American

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rendition aircraft with three terrorist suspects on the
"Guantanamo to Syria express" crashes in Quebec and the
terrorists escape -- however, not before killing a Quebec
police officer, whose sympathetic widow appears throughout
the show. The DHS officer's answer to everything is American
firepower, but in this episode even CSIS gets a chance at
redemption as the CSIS officer in charge challenges her. Ms.
DHS barks back, "You really want to talk territorial
sovereignty, or should we talk about getting the terrorists
back?" After being chased through the woods of Quebec by a
cross-culturally balanced CSIS-JTF2 team which kills a
15-year-old terrorist in a shootout, the bad guys are finally
cornered on the side of a pristine Canadian lake. Then,
after a conversation with Washington in which she asks "can
you bypass NSA and State?", our DHS official calls in an
air-strike on the terrorists without Canadian concurrence.
Canadian planes, another official has explained, are "already
deployed to Afghanistan, helping our neighbors fight their
war on terror." With only seconds to spare before the bombs
are dropped on the Quebec site, the planes are called off
when the CSIS-JTF team affirms positive control over the
terrorists. Finally, in a last-minute allowance for
redemption, the CSIS officer informs his DHS colleague that
the captured terrorists will not be turned over to the U.S.
but will stand trial for the death of the Quebec police
officer. She does get the final word, though, hissing the
classic phrase "you people are so nave," before the screen
goes blank.


¶6. (SBU) If that isn't enough, "the Border" is only one of
the CBC programs featuring cross-border relations.
"Intelligence," which depicts a Canadian intelligence unit
collaborating with a local drug lord-turned government
informant, is just as stinging in its portrayal of
U.S.-Canada law enforcement cooperation. Through its two
seasons, the program has followed plot lines including a DEA
attempt to frame the Canadian informant for murder, a CIA
plot to secretly divert Canadian water to the American
southwest, and a rogue DEA team that actually starts selling
drugs for a profit. A columnist in conservative Canadian
daily newspaper "The National Post" commented, "There's no
question that the CSIS heroes on 'Intelligence' consider the
Americans our most dangerous enemies."


¶7. (U) Even "Little Mosque on the Prairie," a popular
Canadian sitcom that depicts a Muslim community in a small
Saskatchewan town, has joined the trend of featuring
U.S.-Canada border relations. This time, however, the State
Department is the fall guy. A December 2007 episode
portrayed a Muslim economics professor trying to remove his
name from the No-Fly-List at a U.S. consulate. The show
depicts a rude and eccentric U.S. consular officer
stereotypically attempting to find any excuse to avoid being
helpful. Another episode depicted how an innocent trip
across the border became a jumble of frayed nerves as Grandpa
was scurried into secondary by U.S. border officials because
his name matched something on the watch list.
Qhis name matched something on the watch list.

--------------------------------------------- ----

¶8. (U) And it appears that the season is just warming up.
After CIA renditions, DEA murder plots, DHS missteps, and
unhelpful consular officers, a U.S. takeover of Canada may
have been the only theme left for the CBC "H20" mini-series.
The series was first broadcast in 2005, when it featured an
investigation into an American assassination of the Canadian
prime minister and a very broad-based (and wildly
implausible) U.S. scheme to steal Canadian water. A two-part
sequel, set to be broadcast in March and April 2008, will
portray the United States as manipulating innocent, trusting
Canadians into voting in favor of Canada's becoming part of
the United States. Then, after the United States completely
takes over Canada, one brave Canadian unites Canadians and
Europeans in an attempt to end America's hegemony. Another

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program could prove more benign but will certainly include
its share of digs against all things American: Global TV
reportedly is gearing up for a March 2008 debut of its own
border security drama, set to feature Canadian
search-and-rescue officers patrolling the U.S.-Canada border.


¶9. (SBU) EKOS pollster Frank Graves told Poloff he thought
that at this point such shows are reflective and not causal
in determining attitudes in Canada. They play on the
deep-seated caution most Canadians feel toward their large
neighbor to the south, a sort of zeitgeist that has been in
the background for decades. As one example, a December 2007
Strategic Counsel poll showed that nine percent of Canadians
thought U.S. foreign policy was the greatest threat to the
world -- twice as high as those who were concerned about
weapons of mass destruction. What Graves does find
disturbing -- and here he believes that the causal or
reflective question is not important -- is that support for a
less porous border is increasing in both Canada and the U.S.:
in the U.S. because of generalized fear of terrorism and in
Canada because of concern over guns, sovereignty, and the
impact that a terrorist attack on the U.S. would have on
trade. Graves has detected an increasingly wary attitude
over the border that he believes could lead to greater
distance between the two countries.

¶10. (SBU) While there is no single answer to this trend, it
does serve to demonstrate the importance of constant
creative, and adequately-funded public-diplomacy engagement
with Canadians, at all levels and in virtually all parts of
the country. We need to do everything we can to make it more
difficult for Canadians to fall into the trap of seeing all
U.S. policies as the result of nefarious faceless U.S.
bureaucrats anxious to squeeze their northern neighbor.
While there are those who may rate the need for USG
public-diplomacy programs as less vital in Canada than in
other nations because our societies are so much alike, we
clearly have real challenges here that simply must be
adequately addressed.

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Questions raised:

1. Did this Jan. 25, 2008 information ever gain traction/reaction in US Agency circles? Did Canadian citizens experience any US backlash from the CBC's alleged "anti-Americanism" after this Ottawa cable was released in 2008? [Ed.: Marc Emery?]

2. How do I get this job? Watching TV and writing reports about how TV writers use neighboring countries (is there any other kind?) as dramatic foils in their action scripts seems like a very easy job for very easy money. Where do I sign up, CIA?

3. Will Marc Emery be mentioned in the Canada cables yet to be released?

There are two thousand more leaked Canadian cables coming down the pipe, so we will see.

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Robert Latimer Released by Canadian Government Kidnappers

Robert Latimer

Every person that had a hand in sending and keeping Robert Latimer in jail deserves to serve time in jail themselves.

Wikileaks Diplomatic "CableGate" Exploding: First Canadian Document

Here's the first leaked cable concerning Canada. It details a July 2, 2008 meeting between CSIS director Jim Judd and US State Counselor Eliot Cohen. Analysis to follow.

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Classified By: PolMinCouns Scott Bellard, reasons, 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (S/NF) Summary. Canadian Security Intelligence Service
(CSIS) Director Judd discussed domestic and foreign terror
threats with Counselor of the State Department Cohen in
Ottawa on July 2. Judd admitted that CSIS was increasingly
distracted from its mission by legal challenges that could
endanger foreign intelligence-sharing with Canadian agencies.
He predicted that the upcoming release of a DVD of
Guantanamo detainee and Canadian citizen Omar Khadr's
interrogation by Canadian officials would lead to heightened
pressure on the government to press for his return to Canada,
which the government would continue to resist. Judd shared
Dr. Cohen's negative assessment of current political,
economic, and security trends in Pakistan, and was worried
about what it would mean for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
Canada has begun formulating an inter-agency Pakistan
strategy, and CSIS had agreed to open a channel to Iran's
intelligence service which Judd has not yet "figured out."
(Septel will cover Dr. Cohen's discussions regarding Pakistan
and the OEF and ISAF missions in Afghanistan.) End summary.

¶2. (S/NF) Counselor of the Department of State Eliot Cohen
and CSIS Director Jim Judd in Ottawa on July 2 discussed
threats posed by violent Islamist groups in Canada, and
recent developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (CSIS is
Canada's lead agency for national security intelligence.)
Director Judd ascribed an "Alice in Wonderland" worldview to
Canadians and their courts, whose judges have tied CSIS "in
knots," making it ever more difficult to detect and prevent
terror attacks in Canada and abroad. The situation, he
commented, left government security agencies on the defensive
and losing public support for their effort to protect Canada
and its allies.

Legal Wrangling Risks Chill Effect

¶3. (S/NF) Responding to Dr. Cohen's query, Judd said CSIS
had responded to recent, non-specific intelligence on
possible terror operations by "vigorously harassing" known
Hezbollah members in Canada. According to Judd, CSIS'
current assessment is that no attack is "in the offing" in
Canada. He noted, however, that Hezbollah members, and their
lawyers, were considering new avenues of litigation resulting
from recent court rulings that, Judd complained, had
inappropriately treated intelligence agencies like law
enforcement bodies (refs A and C). The Director observed
that CSIS was "sinking deeper and deeper into judicial
processes," making Legal Affairs the fastest growing division
of his organization. Indeed, he added, legal challenges were
becoming a "distraction" that could have a major "chill
effect" on intelligence officials.

¶4. (S/NF) Judd derided recent judgments in Canada's courts
that threaten to undermine foreign government intelligence-
Qthat threaten to undermine foreign government intelligence-
and information-sharing with Canada. These judgments posit
that Canadian authorities cannot use information that "may
have been" derived from torture, and that any Canadian public
official who conveys such information may be subject to
criminal prosecution. This, he commented, put the government
in a reverse-onus situation whereby it would have to "prove"
the innocence of partner nations in the face of assumed

¶5. (S/NF) Judd credited Prime Minister Stephen Harper's
minority Conservative government for "taking it on the chin
and pressing ahead" with common sense measures despite court
challenges and political knocks from the opposition and
interest groups. When asked to look to the future, Judd
predicted that Canada would soon implement UK-like legal
procedures that make intelligence available to "vetted
defense lawyers who see everything the judge sees."

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Terror Cases and Communities Present Mixed Pictures
--------------------------------------------- ------

¶6. (C/NF) Judd commented that cherry-picked sections of the
court-ordered release of a DVD of Guantanamo detainee and
Canadian citizen Omar Khadr (ref D) would likely show three
(Canadian) adults interrogating a kid who breaks down in
tears. He observed that the images would no doubt trigger
"knee-jerk anti-Americanism" and "paroxysms of moral outrage,
a Canadian specialty," as well as lead to a new round of
heightened pressure on the government to press for Khadr's
return to Canada. He predicted that PM Harper's government
would nonetheless continue to resist this pressure.
¶7. (C) The Director mentioned other major cases that also
presented CSIS with major legal headaches due to the use of
intelligence products in their development: Momin Khawaja has
been on trial for his role in an Al Qaeda UK bomb plot since
June 23 in the first major test of Canada's 2001
Anti-Terrorism Act, and Canada's ability to protect
intelligence supplied by foreign government sources (ref D);
the trial of the first of the home-grown Toronto 11 (down
from 18) terror plotters, which is also now underway; and,
the prosecution of Global Islamic Media Front propagandist
Said Namouh, who was arrested in Quebec in 2007 for
conspiring to conduct bombings in Austria and Germany.

¶8. (C) Judd said he viewed Khawaja and his "ilk" as
outliers, due in part to the fact that Canada's ethnic
Pakistani community is unlike its ghettoized and poorly
educated UK counterpart. It is largely made up of traders,
lawyers, doctors, engineers, and others who see promise for
themselves and their children in North America, he observed,
so its members are unlikely to engage in domestic terror
plots. He said that therefore CSIS main domestic focus is
instead on fundraising and procurement, as well as the
recruitment of a small number of Canadian "wannabes" of
Pakistani origin for mostly overseas operations.

Pakistan and Afghanistan

¶9. (C) Turning to Pakistan, Counselor Cohen briefed his
recent trip to Islamabad and Peshawar, noting his alarm at
the degrading economic, political, and security situation
there, and its implications for Pakistan, Afghan, and
regional stability. Judd responded that Dr. Cohen's sober
assessment tracked with CSIS' own view of Pakistan, and that
"it is hard to see a good outcome there" due to that
country's political, economic, and security failures, on top
of fast-rising oil and food prices. Canada does not have an
explicit strategy for Pakistan, Judd said, but Privy Council
Deputy Secretary David Mulroney (who leads the interagency on
Afghanistan) now has the lead on developing one (septel).
Dr. Cohen remarked, and Judd agreed, that it would be
necessary to avoid approaching Pakistan as simply an adjunct
to the ISAF and OEF missions in Afghanistan.

¶10. (S/NF) CSIS is far from being "high-five mode" on
Q10. (S/NF) CSIS is far from being "high-five mode" on
Afghanistan, Judd asserted, due in part to Karzai's weak
leadership, widespread corruption, the lack of will to press
ahead on counter-narcotics, limited Afghan security force
capability (particularly the police) and, most recently, the
Sarpoza prison break. He commented that CSIS had seen
Sarpoza coming, and its link to the Quetta Shura in Pakistan,
but could not get a handle on the timing.

Iranian Outreach

¶11. (S/NF) Judd added that he and his colleagues are "very,
very worried" about Iran. CSIS recently talked to Iran's
Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) after that
agency requested its own channel of communication to Canada,
he said. The Iranians agreed to "help" on Afghan issues,
including sharing information regarding potential attacks.
However, "we have not figured out what they are up to," Judd
confided, since it is clear that the "Iranians want ISAF to

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¶12. (U) Dr. Cohen has cleared this message.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

U-Lock Assault - Violent Cyclist Road Rage Attack

I remained calm in the face of danger and got some great video:

Two cyclists grapple after a road-rage incident in Vancouver BC. Minutes before and a mile back on Robson street, I witnessed the shorter man strike the tall man with his U-lock, causing him to violently crash into the sidewalk.

The short guy rode away and parked his bike at the Royal Bank bike rack at 945 Denman street - where he worked as a security guard - and the tall guy showed up for payback!

Make no mistake - the short guy swinging the U lock is the asshole, the aggressor, the criminal in this situation.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Groping People at the Airport Doesn't Solve our Problems

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) addresses the matter of TSA security theater violating civil rights:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Moby Dick

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.On this day in 1851, Herman Melville's literary classic Moby Dick (aka The Whale) was first published.
...As if to strike a quick terror into them, by this time being the first assailant himself, Moby Dick had turned, and was now coming for the three crews. Ahab's boat was central; and cheering his men, he told them he would take the whale head-and-head, -- that is, pull straight up to his forehead, -- a not uncommon thing; for when within a certain limit, such a course excludes the coming onset from the whale's sidelong vision. But ere that close limit was gained, and while yet all three boats were plain as the ship's three masts to his eye; the White Whale churning himself into furious speed, almost in an instant as it were, rushing among the boats with open jaws, and a lashing tail, offered appalling battle on every side; and heedless of the irons darted at him from every boat, seemed only intent on annihilating each separate plank of which those boats were made. But skilfully manoeuvred, incessantly wheeling like trained chargers in the field; the boats for a while eluded him; though, at times, but by a plank's breadth; while all the time, Ahab's unearthly slogan tore every other cry but his to shreds... - Chapter 134 (The Chase: Second Day)
Harper & Brothers 1851 Title: Moby Dick, or, The Whale.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BulletproofCourier's Weird or What?

William Shatner might like to investigate the hyperbolic Gordon Campbell critic site on his History Channel program and determine if it's weird or what?

Screen-cap: post by JOE SIX - PACK - CITIZEN AT LARGE

Are these claims weird? Or what?

Monday, November 8, 2010

In Photos: Randy Quaid's Immigration Appearance

Thanks to Sidekick for taking these front-page quality photos of today's media event!

Randy Quaid arrives for a Nov. 8 immigration hearing in Vancouver BC

Randy Quaid rides elevator crowded with media cameras

Quaid and lawyer face media following immigration hearing in Vancouver BC

Evi Quaid, talking to reporter

Randy Quaid in Limbo, Evi Quaid: "Santa Barbara is a bunch of murderers"

Here's my video of Evi and Randy Quaid after today's appearance before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tim Horton's Double Double Down: 22 Minutes Shames KFC

When ordering a double-double at Tim Hortons, Canadians must now specify "coffee" or "sandwich"?

22 Minutes makes a good point. In the face of a nation-wide obesity epidemic, fast food companies continue operating from a bottomless pit of shame. Wendy's Bacinator, KFC Double Down, McDonald's Double Big Mac... for shame, really!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Video: BC Premier Gordon Campbell Resigns In Disgrace

A media friend of mine provided audio of Gordon Campbell's resignation speech, I made the following video:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

BulletproofCourier in the News

My blog and YouTube channel have been featured in local newspapers, radio and TV shows before, but this marks the first time I've made the papers simply for being at the scene (of Randy Quaid's hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada):

Here I am in the background of this 24 Hours newspaper photo:

Left to right:  Bulletproofcourier, Randy Quaid

Here I am again on the Metro, same day:

Left to right: Randy Quaid, cameraman, BulletproofCourier, CNN...

That's me, centre shot above wearing the green cap! I'm really not that short; in the photo I'm crouching down to allow the big gun cameras to get their money shots over my shoulder.

The size of your camera doesn't matter however, it's what you do with your film. I uploaded all my Randy Quaid film clips to YouTube:

Randy Quaid Speaks to Vancouver Media pt.1
Randy Quaid Speaks to Vancouver Media pt.2 - "Star Whackers in Hollywood"
Randy Quaid Stuck in Elevator with Nosy Canadian Media

Saturday, October 30, 2010

C'est l'Halloween!

"...Oh, monsieur, oui oui oui oui!"

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Randy Quaid Stuck in Elevator with Reporters

(previously: Randy Quaid's Bizarre Statement to Vancouver Media)

I had a lot of fun filming this video, in which Randy Quaid arrives for his hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and rides the elevator while reporters and cameramen crowd in and hammer him with awkward questions:

Watch the pedestrian at the beginning of the video pressing a dollar coin into Quaid's hand. Priceless! Quaid handles it wonderfully: "Alright I appreciate it, thanks."

Randy Quaid's Bizarre Statement to Vancouver Media

(previously: Randy and Evi Quaid Update: Canadian Asylum Request)

Today's hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada was very brief. Randy Quaid has now retained a Canadian lawyer, who asked for time to become familiar with the case. Next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Here's video of his statement to the media after the hearing:

next: Randy Quaid Stuck in Elevator with Nosy Canadian Reporters

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Randy & Evi Quaid Update: Canadian Asylum Request

Randy and Evi Quaid: California mugshots

(previously: Randy Quaid: From Hollywood actor to Crazy Canuck Refugee in One Year)

Paula Faber, Vancouver media relations for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada talked to Bulletproofcourier and provided an interesting update on the Quaids' case status.

Both Quaids were freed today after an impromptu 5-minute appearance before the board. Evi Quaid was granted unconditional release because her father was born in Canada, while Randy Quaid posted a $10,000 bond and must reappear tomorrow at 1pm.

I'll be heading downtown tomorrow to join the media scrum. Stay tuned for more on this. Meantime, for your viewing pleasure:

CBC News has more.

Awesome Bike Video - Danny MacAskill

Utterly amazing!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Randy Quaid: From Hollywood Actor to Crazy Canuck Refugee in One Year

Randy and Evi Quaid: California mugshots

Previously I've profiled three public figures going "from X to Y", where Y equals a meteoric crash within a certain time frame: David Duchovny, Khuram Sher and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson...

Randy Quaid
just joined the list - From Hollywood actor to [crazy] Canadian refugee in one year:

Randy Quaid's note "Requesting Asylum From Hollywood STAR WHACKERS" in Candada

Randy & Evi Quaid are imprisoned in separate jail cells tonight after failing to raise a $20,000 release bond ordered by the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board.

A week ago, the couple drove their beat up car into Canada with their worldly possessions packed in the back seat, just like the Beverly Hillbillies:
"He didn't look like one of those (Hollywood) guys. He had lots of beard and his car had lots of junk in the back," said Hank Ew of Bill Chow Jewellers who described Quaid's car as a 10 year-old dark-coloured Toyota packed with personal belongings...
What's next, a reality TV show?

This Thursday Oct. 28, the Quaids will make their next appearance before the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board.

I plan to be there with my camera, stay tuned for video!

Meantime, enjoy the complete Vegas Vacation movie on YouTube.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mars Rover Construction Live Cam

Watch NASA engineers building the next Mars rover in real-time:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wikileaks Releases Iraq War Logs

Not anymore.

The entire leaked database of 391,832 military reports is now online at Wikileaks Iraq War Diaries.

Excellent analysis is available at The Guardian's special feature page Iraq: The war logs (U.S. ignored torture, surrendering soldiers shot, civilian deaths widespread, murders, kidnaps, bombings etc!)

Officer Bubbles Cartoon - The Kettle

Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs is suing the author of this parody cartoon lampooning police tactics at the G20 in Toronto:

Josephs' lawsuit is a bad joke. These cartoons are intelligent satire and they serve a valuable public interest. Josephs only flatters himself by believing this is all about him. Officer Bubbles probably looks at himself in the mirror a lot.

This cartoon is an accurate portrayal of what happened at the G20 when cops kettled and corralled protesters and moved in to arrest everyone - including a raid of the "designated protest area". For shame.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Col. Russell Williams Confession: Concerned About Wife

After receiving agreement from his interrogator about minimizing the impact on his wife, Williams asks for a map on which to identify the location of Jessica Lloyd, one of two women he murdered:

UPDATE - Col. Williams Photo Evidence

Officer Bubbles Cartoon - Touched by Love

This is one of the cartoons Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs is basing his bogus SLAPP lawsuit on:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Col. Russell Williams Confession Video: Silence Speaks Volumes

Shocking evidence: Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams' self-photo at crime scene

Folded arms, sudden deep breaths and long, thoughtful silent pauses precede Canadian Air Force Colonel Russell Williams' confession to murdering two women and burglarizing almost a hundred others in an escalating fetish-driven crime spree:

What's going through Williams' mind as he sits there silently, knowing he's been caught red-handed? His silence speaks volumes.

Stay tuned, check out National Post for more.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Officer Bubbles Defamation Lawsuit: Court Documents Revealed

Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs aka Officer Bubbles

UDATE: "Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love" cartoon now available.

The following is an excerpt from Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs' (aka Officer Bubbles) Statement of Claim against YouTube, YouTube user ThePMOCanada and 24 "John Doe" commenters (shown in bold below):
C. The Defamatory Statements Complained Of

16. The statements in the Officer Bubbles Cartoons and Posts about which Josephs complains are as follows:

(i) Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love

17. ThePMOCanada and Youtube published and/or republished a video entitled "Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love", which contained the following defamatory pictures and statements about Josephs:

(1) A cartoon likeness of Josephs;

(2) A depiction of a cartoon woman dancing, being confronted by Josephs, and being imprisoned;

(3) "A. Josephs is Officer Bubbles";

(4) [Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love Cartoon script]

(By Josephs): "If you don't stop that I will arrest you for breaching the peace";

(By woman): "But I'm just dancing";

(By Josephs): "Are you talking to me? I will arrest you for obstruction of justice too"

(By Josephs, with cartoon hearts appearing): "I'm touched by your expression of love. You are under arrest for assault"; and

(5) "Next week . . . Officer Bubbles shoots kitten in tree".

18. The following John Doe Defendants and Youtube published and/or republished the following Posts in response to the cartoon "Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love":

…"great video but that cop is an asshole shame on him for being a jerk off";

…"LMAO! thats some funny shit right there. I hope he gets convicted for being as asshole.";

…"hmm Officer A. Josephs . . . bet the "A" stands for Asshole";

…"What psychological test this did clown pass to become a cop? They must have been very comprehensive. This is the type of yoyo that give cops who do their work in a professional and respectful manner a bad name";

…"fuck officer bubbles";

…"true -- probably wears the sunglasses while looking at himself in the mirror!!!";

…"officer bubbles probably looks at himself in the mirror a lot";

…"What a sissy boy! I bet he cries himself to sleep every might!";

…"You really believe that the streets should have pig cops like "bubbles" full of aggressive rage, barely kept behind that "rule of law" and ready to pounce on anyone who does to question him. You want to give the bullies more guns and more money. And you tell the rest of us to "play nice"";

…"bubbles seems like a fuckin psychopath";

…"Remarkably, this is also the same sort of behavior displayed with great enthusiasm by another brand of jack-booted thugs who, some 60 years ago, between bites of bratwurst and steins of beer, tried to stuff an entire people headfirst into ovens. Officer Adam Josephs is an embarrassment to not only the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario and to all Canadian citizens but to decent, competent and professional law enforcement everywhere";

…"The thing is this cop is from 52 division (downtown TO). 52 division cops are involved in raketeering (shaking down club owners for protection). The 52 division drug squad is well know to have beat up drug dealers and stole their money and drugs… Lots of evidence but the proscuters took so long to bring it to trial it got thrown out (what a shock). 52 division cops are well known bullies beat up homelesspeople. If Officer Bubbles is just an asshole, he is the best cop in the division!";

…"It's a shame that the police are becoming uniformed bullies. It's bad when the local people tell them to leave their community.";

…"Nice going Offier Josephs, you are a real hero and a true testament to the sorry state of law enforcement here in Canada, and a fine example of the kind of policing people had to endure during the G20 farce";

…"That's what happens when a police force cares more about diversity than ability to do the job. This guy clearly does not have the temperament to be an officer of the law. I have been on the receiving end of more than a few cops hatred of white folks. This guy is a loser who will no doubt be promoted ahead of other cops based solely on the colour of his skin. Cry racism if you will but is most likely the truth";

…"If this steroid addicted Nazi has children, they must be sooooo embarassed";

…"officer bubbles your my NAZI hero!";

…"Good Work! Let's see as much of that asshole as possible.";

…"That's the idiot from Toronto G20. lol That dude had a serious attitude problem or a chip on his shoulder. He's the worst kind of cop. The female officer was calm and collected";

…"Awesome. Almost didn't recognize Human Garbage Collector Bubbles with long pants on instead of those nifty shorts he likes so much, but there was no doubt who I was looking at once he started flexing and threatening. And garbing. And being a general first-class douchebag. Are there more [Officer Bubbles cartoons]? I hope so!"

19. The pictures and statements contained in "Officer Bubbles - Touched by Love" and the associated Posts are false and devastatingly defamatory. These malicious pictures and statements impugn the reputation of Josephs, and were intended and understood to mean inter alia that:

(a) Josephs is a police officer who abuses his position of authority;

(b) Josephs is an unjust and unfair police officer;

(c) Josephs falsely arrests people;

(d) Josephs mistreats members of the public;

(e) Josephs is incompetent and unfit to be a police officer;

(f) Josephs would engage in animal cruelty;

(g) Josephs is a person of despicable character;

(h) Josephs has psychological problems;

(i) Josephs is a narcissist;

(j) Josephs presents a danger to public safety;

(k) Josephs engages in cruel and draconian conduct comparable to the Nazis under Adolph Hitler;

(l) Josephs is a corrupt police officer; and

(m) Josephs bullies members of the public.

Read the whole court document H/T National Post.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

G20 Blowback From Officer Bubbles

Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs aka Officer Bubbles

Josephs is now suing those who ridiculed his needless display of aggressive behavior caught on tape:

Bubbles seeks to suck $1.2 million from YouTube for defamation. Who's paying his legal bills? The Toronto Police Union? If so, some members might want that money back.

Wikileaks to Leak 400,000 Classified Iraq War Documents

The world's largest ever leak of classified information will occur this week if whistle-blowing site Wikileaks makes good on promises to release up to 400,000 documents produced during the US Military's Iraqi war effort between 2004 and 2009.

Spencer Ackerman speculates in what the documents might tell us about the evolution of roadside bombs, Abu Ghraib and secret jails, misappropriated military hardware, ethnic cleansing of Baghdad and the role drones are playing in the war.

Stay tuned.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Brett Favre's Cellphone Sexting Scandal: Uncensored Photo

If you heard about an NFL star quarterback experiencing a sex scandal involving a cellphone picture of his penis, would you want to see it? The mainstream press is reporting the story without it - of course - but I believe readers deserve access to unfiltered sources. So click if you want to see Favre's QB peepee:

Brett Favre's uncensored cellphone willy pic (screen grab from video at

As a super lucky bonus, here's the Taiwanese animation with English subtitles:

CNN has a video report.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Asteroid Fly-By Caught on Camera

The risk you face of dying as a result of an asteroid impact is about 1 in 20,000, the same risk you face of dying in a plane crash.

- Source: Spaceguard Survey (PDF download)
It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. This near-Earth asteroid was caught on camera as it streaked closely by the planet yesterday:

Animation of 2010 TD54 composed of subframes recorded during the approach on Oct. 12, 2010 with Paramount ME, Celestron C-14 operating at f/5.5, SBIG ST-10 binned 3x3 with clear filter. Field of view is about 18x26 arc minutes. Mount set to allow the target to pass through the field of view. 16 five second exposures shot between 08:51:51 and 08:54:04 UTC.- Credit: Patrick Wiggins (MPC Code 718)

But don't panic yet!  Underfunded astronomers are watching the sky for danger.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Man Rescued From Chilean Mine Collapse

Top priority: hug and kiss wife after surviving more than two months trapped underground: