Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions


Another excellent talk from the 2010 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference:



James Cameron on Sci-Fi, Terminator, Ocean Exploration, Titanic, Film Tech, Avatar


From the 2010 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference comes this thought-provoking talk by James Cameron:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Funnies While it Rains Cats and Dogs in Vancouver




This first clip is from a British TV comedy show, can you guess the premise?



Next, a dog imprisoned in empty pop cans:



Finally, the finest canine escape artist achieves an impossible mission:



Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bulletproofcourier Spanks Anti-Vaxxer Parents with Facts



Whack, whack! Stop being a paranoid and ignorant anti-vaxx mother!

Responding to my recent Measles Outbreak in Vancouver article, an anonymous commenter said:

Anonymous said...
You are correct, however the next sentence in the WHO report addresses the extent of the threat in North America:

"More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures."

Before becoming alarmed by media reports, it's a good idea for folks to do their research!


Bulletproofcourier said:
@Anonymous - Yes, North America has very few measles deaths - precisely because we vaccinate our children.

The measles deaths that do occur here are primarily due to anti-vaxx parents.

Indeed many research trials have been done, but still no link exists between MMR vaccination and autism, etc.

And the final coffin nail: Andrew Wakefield's original 1998 paper linking MMR to autism has been totally discredited by the entire medical community, citing unethical, dishonest conduct; his paper has been withdrawn from the Lancet where it was originally published.

Denying a child lifesaving medicine is child abuse, and our society should stop tolerating such parental neglect.


Q.E.D. MF

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Missing Library Books Lead FBI (and me) to James "Whitey" Bulger in Vancouver


BulletproofCourier Scoop! Reported here first.


Photo array of FBI fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger (Bulletproofcourier)

April 21, 2010, Vancouver BC.

The FBI is offering a $2 million reward for information leading to the capture of a Most Wanted fugitive who might be hiding out in western Canada, frequenting libraries and bookstores.

Several books about fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger have recently gone missing from public libraries in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, possibly arousing suspicion of FBI agents.

While the FBI remains tight-lipped about evidence, my investigation discovered a trail of missing library books about James "Whitey" Bulger that leads directly to Vancouver Island:

Dec. 15, 2008: Rat Bastards: The life and times of South Boston's most honorable Irish mobster goes missing from Vancouver Central Branch.

June 10, 2009: Brutal: the untold story of my life inside Whitey Bulger's Irish mob goes missing from Vancouver Central Branch.

Dec. 11, 2009: Two copies of Brutal: the untold story of my life inside Whitey Bulger's Irish mob are missing from libraries in Courtenay and Nanaimo, both on Vancouver Island.

Is Bulger a common thief, unable to resist stealing books critical and unflattering about himself? That could be what the FBI is here to find out.

Of course, a trail of missing library books could mean nothing. Or it might be an elaborate ruse by Bulger to throw off authorities while he makes his next move.

Equally likely is that Bulger is an 80-year old fugitive growing weak and tired after being on the run for 15 years, money running out, soon to be caught stuffing books down the front of his old-man pants.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4/20 Day Video: Thousands gather, smoke pot at Vancouver Art Gallery




Thick clouds of marijuana smoke filled the airspace above the Vancouver Art Gallery today as thousands gathered to celebrate 4/20 day by openly imbibing and rallying for legalization. Two young females in the crowd requested emergency medical assistance after eating potent potables (cookies, brownies etc.) and "getting too high."

Click below for my tower cam crowd photo in high resolution. If you were there, can you spot yourself, or someone you know?



Monday, April 19, 2010

New Human Right: the right to Vacation?



"I'm Jennifer Lynch's travel agent."

Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) chief Jennifer Lynch may have been a woman ahead of her time when she enjoyed a taxpayer-funded $8200 trip to Vienna in 2008. It's now clear she wasn't wasting public funds - Lynch was just an early adopter of the new human right to go on vacation.

Vacationing a human right, EU chief says
Katherine Laidlaw, National Post:

"The European Union has declared traveling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers' dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips"...
Human rights take a trip to la-la land
Tasha Kheiriddin, blogging for the Post:

"This announcement makes a complete mockery of the term “human rights”, which is already so abused as to have completely lost its meaning..."
(ahem, ahem, BCHRT re Guy Earle Trial)

It's true that a vacation has health benefits - stress-relief, family bonding, cultural-consciousness-raising, uptake in citizen morale and productivity upon return - so it's indeed a worthwhile activity for community and government to encourage.

But why create a new human right? A human rights insider explains:
"The human rights industry is growing increasingly more desperate for conditions and causes that justify their existence going forward. But really, it's the government jobs, government office space and taxpayer-paid expense credit cards they truly aim to preserve."

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Measles Outbreak in Vancouver


Children of misguided anti-vaxx parents are getting sick and missing school.


In 2008, there were 164 000 measles deaths globally – nearly 450 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour. (WHO report)


They Love the Press in Lafayette, Indiana


"White woman trash-talks to press" or "White-trash woman talks to press"



Note the defendant in handcuffs is carrying six packs of cigarettes. It would have been ten - a full carton - but for his four family members attending the trial.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter


One of my favorite holiday videos:



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Blogging the Guy Earle Trial


I've been busy the last few days reporting on my other blog, the Guy Earle Trial, please check it out and stay tuned.