Monday, May 31, 2010
Paintball marker takes dead aim at bike thief caught in the act.
From my friends comes this great video of a bike thief getting shot and pepper sprayed after a vigilante stakeout. It's very satisfying to watch:
Video: Bike theft? - Bait, wait and punish!
A good meal isn't complete without dessert:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Uneducated religious buffoons assault and threaten women in Saudi Arabia every day
From the Times Online comes the story of a brave Saudi woman who beat up a cowardly morality cop:
...incensed at the intrusion, [she] started hitting the morality policeman in the face so hard that he had to be taken to hospital.Go Saudi women! Rise up and thrash them all, and the world will love you for it.
Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio lost his death-match versus a bull today when the bull's right horn drove upwards through his jawbone and exited out of his mouth! (warning: graphic)
Gruesome pictures of the toro'd affair can be viewed at Huffington Post. Here's the video - complete with slow motion throat goring - if you dare to watch:
Although he obviously won the match, the bull was executed in the ring. If courage and honour are a virtue of bullfighting, isn't it cowardly and dishonorable to slay the victor?
Julio Aparicio isn't the first matador to be gored spectacularly through an orifice. Check out this bum:
"A los hermanos de mi matador: behold the glory of bullfighting, spending months in the hospital getting your ass and face surgically reconstructed. Mis amigos estúpidos!"
Friday, May 21, 2010
Last week I commented wryly about seeing "LOOSE" written on the Canada Line tracks at City Centre station. Obviously just routine maintenance notation, but not exactly safety-endearing for passengers waiting on the platform.
Today I observed LOOSE has been scrubbed away to a bare trace, leaving a partially-erased Star of David on the track: its a miracle!
Photos taken previously on May 15:
This reminds me of when I was covering the Guy Earle Trial and the BC Human Rights Tribunal redesigned Hearing Room #4 based on what I posted:
March 30:They had indeed. The layout of Hearing Room #4 changed the day after I published a fair critical analysis about it's design.
What's very odd is the placement of the observers' gallery, on the opposite side of the room from the door. Visitors arriving and leaving must walk behind the respondents, witness and complainants table while the hearing is underway. It's awkward and distracting, especially for the witness, who has people brushing by behind them while they're testifying.
The Hearing Room design has improved since last Friday: tables have been moved closer together and the gallery now has one centre access aisle instead of one at either end. I wonder if they read my post "Inside the Hearing Room" and acted on the feedback?
I hope other bloggers find inspiration here: you can indeed right wrongs by writing about wrongs. From trivial things, to matters of great public interest.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
YouTube video screen capture of Royal Bank in Ottawa firebombing explosion
Online news articles are annoying when they don't provide a link to the Internet source that the story is based on.
So here's the video of the Royal Bank Ottawa firebombing that the mainstream media is neglecting to link to (it's no wonder so many newspapers are facing bankruptcy):
The video is from ottawa.indymedia.org.
It's official: Marc Emery has been sold down the river by Canada to become a political prisoner in the United States.
Emery's prosecution and extradition are indeed politically motivated, as DEA boss Karen Tandy admits in this 2005 press release:
Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.Vancouver Sun: Prince of Pot Marc Emery extradited to U.S.
His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets -- one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.
CBC News: Pot activist Marc Emery on way to U.S. prison
Seattle Times: 'Prince of Pot' to plead guilty to federal charge
Canada has extradition treaties with 50 other countries. Who will be next up to bat?
Wenlock and Mandeville: cyclops mascots for the 2012 London Olympics
And we thought ours were bad!
Full story at CTV News.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
All your YouTubes are belong to us
Vancouver residents are known for graciously tolerating Hollywood North film crews blocking our streets and sidewalks.
Inconveniences such as road closures, street detours, parking restrictions and the occasional late night car chase, shoot-out or building explosion seem an acceptable trade-off for living in the best place on earth.
Movie film crews customarily reciprocate by being excellent guests of the community they film in. They try to minimize disruption to residents and spread a lot of cash among local businesses and location stakeholders.
It's normally a win-win situation.
But Paramount Pictures recently put it's community relationship in jeopardy by making false copyright violation allegations against a man who posted to YouTube a video of the Transformers 3 movie being filmed on the public street below his office.
In a classic twist of internet perspective, there's actually a video of the video in question being filmed:
Paramount Pictures needs to realize that when filming on public property, the public has the right to film their activities and post them to YouTube. They should publicly apologize for betraying the hospitality of a community who agreed to rent them a public street for the day.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The start of the Basi-Virk trial makes this video relevant again. Bonus prize if you can tell me why!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Today I saw the word "loose" written in thick felt pen on the Canada Line tracks at City Centre station. It didn't exactly inspire my confidence in the safety of our transit system.
Imagine boarding an airplane and seeing the same thing written on the wing...
Canada Line maintenance personnel are behooved to design a different maintenance notation system going forward. One that is less alarming to passengers waiting for a train.
First it was marijuana, now it's gambling: Another Canadian man faces extradition to the United States for violating prohibition-era laws from outside the American border.
Douglas Rennick, a 34 year old Vancouver man who profited by aiding offshore Internet companies to pay U.S. gamblers, faces two years in a U.S. prison if extradited.
Like Marc Emery, Rennick's original list of charges was reduced to only one after agreeing to a guilty plea with U.S. prosecutors.
Canada has extradition treaties with 50 countries.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Other countries' laws trump Canadian sovereignty?
Province reporter Courtland Sandover-Sly wisely sums up the repugnance of the Marc Emery extradition:
...How can we feel comfortable as Canadians when we know that any other nation's government can order us arrested and sent there for imprisonment?(read full article)
Canada has extradition treaties with 50 countries.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Marc Emery, Canadian citizen betrayed by Canadian police and government
Federal justice minister Robert Nicholson (email: NichoR@parl.gc.ca) has signed an order to extradite Canada's political leader of marijuana legalization, Marc Emery, to a United States prison for five years.
CBC News: [Political] extradition order issued for pot activist Emery
Emery remains in Canadian custody at the max-security North Fraser pretrial prison until transfer details are arranged with the US
Meantime, two Members of Parliament have shown enough courage to speak out against Emery's extraordinary rendition and imminent threat to Canad's sovereignty. From the Straight.com:
Libby Davies (Vancouver East):Canada has extradition treaties with 50 countries.
“It’s about Canadian sovereignty. Why would we cart off a Canadian to serve time in America for something he wouldn’t have been charged with in Canada? Now what we’re left with is trying to press that he at least be allowed to serve his time in Canada."
Ujjal Dosanjh (Vancouver South):
"Emery faces a [massive, profoundly] disproportionate sentence that he wouldn’t have received in Canada. I believe in that case we as a country should ensure that he’s at least able to serve his sentence in a Canadian prison. He’s not a dangerous offender."
Monday, May 3, 2010
The Province: Baby Dropoff offers hope to frantic moms
National Post: Canada’s first baby drop-off program to launch at Vancouver hospital