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."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

False DMCA Claim Made Against Bulletproofcourier Over Eda Ertan, Lorna Pardy Picture

Lorna Pardy (right) exits the BCHRT Hearing with partner Eda Ertan while Salam and Sam Ismail look on from the upper-right background.
Photograph by: Bulletproofcourier, copyright 2010

Someone is trying to suppress this photo, and they're willing to lie and break the law to do it. Whoever it is, they should be aware that making a false DMCA copyright claim is a criminal offense.

Timeline of events:

March 31, 2010 at 10:45am - I took the above picture of Eda Ertan and Lorna Pardy leaving the Pardy vs. Earle BC Human Rights Tribunal and published it on my Guy Earle Trial Blog that night at 8pm.

Nov. 22, 2011 - Youtube member Metteya11 sends me the following message (view image):

Hi there

Good evening,

This is Eda. You have a picture of mine in your blog from a Lorna Pardy Human Rights Tribunal. I would like to let you know that, I respect your art and creativity in your work. However I've recently lost my Mom, it has been very painful for me, it effected me so drastically that I have started changing and eliminating the worldly things in my life.
I was just wondering, if it is possible for you, could you please remove my picture from your blog?

Thank you for your understanding.

Eda Ertan

Dec. 7, 2011 - Blogger/Google sends me a DMCA takedown notice explaining that someone else is asserting copyright over my picture, and demanding it's removal from the internet.

Dec. 15, 2011 - The material in question is reinstated.

We don't yet know who is responsible for the Dec. 7 false DMCA claim because the "complainant" provided false contact information. Was it really Eda Ertan trying to rub out her internet presence? Was it Lorna Pardy diddling things behind the scenes? Was it a mystery imposter attempting internet censorship but got licked in the end?

Whoever it was should keep in mind the Streisand Effect:
The Streisand effect is a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the perverse effect of publicizing the information more widely. It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence inadvertently generated further publicity.

Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters, to suppress numbers, files and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos & spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Occupy Vancouver: Fake Protesters Block Intersection

This video shows a few rogue protesters blocking the intersection of Robson & Howe in downtown Vancouver during evening rush hour.

As seen in the video, the actions of these few are not supported by the Occupy Vancouver movement.

And that screaming young skinny woman seen at 0:55 of the video? She looks a lot like the skinny female black bloc member caught on film smashing windows with a chain during the 2010 Olympic "mini-riot" along Georgia street. Notice how she just disappears into the crowd after passionately telling everyone to "occupy this intersection!"

Does anyone know her name? I'd like to interview this woman.

Occupy Vancouver: Man Arrested, Tense Situation Between Police and Protesters

I was there today and witnessed all of this:

A man was arrested today at the Occupy Vancouver cleanup and relocation to BC provincial law court property.

The video begins with a fireman leaving the site with a police escort after protesters became angry about his alleged insensitive remarks regarding a sacred fire that was doused by the fire department early last week.

Three angry protesters follow the retreating group, demanding accountability for the fireman's allegedly offensive comments. One man fights with an Occupy Vancouver peace keeper (wearing a high-visibility vest) who was trying to hold him back. Police intervene and arrest him.

A tense situation develops between some of the protesters and VPD officers while they wait for a police van. Re-enforcements arrive from the motorcycle squad and the man is taken into custody.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupy UC Davis: Point Blank Pepper Spray into Protesters' Faces

Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper-spraying seated protesters are being placed on administrative leave as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into this incident:

What has become of American law enforcement? Their police riot gear and pepper spray were probably purchased with Homeland Security and Patriot Act funds, supposedly earmarked for fighting terrorism, but are now being used to brutalize and oppress their own citizens.

Read more at Google News.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Occupy Vancouver: Monday 2pm Injunction and Extreme Rain

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has granted an injunction order to the City of Vancouver allowing it to clear out the Occupy Vancouver tent city by Monday afternoon at 2pm.

Will city employees and the VPD move in and start removing tents at the 2pm deadline? Will any occupier hold-outs resist and grapple with authorities?

I'll be there with my cameras on Monday... when up to 45mm of rain is expected in Vancouver! Whatever happens, it's going to be a cold, wet, muddy day at Occupy Vancouver:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Occupy Oakland: "Shot by police with rubber bullet at Occupy Oakland"

The Oakland Police have a serious discipline problem within their ranks, and it's not just the rogue cop who fires the illegal shot in this video. It's also his fellow officers who allow a bad apple to commit blatant police brutality, including assault with a weapon:

Two days later, the Oakland Police Department still has no comment on this latest example of out-of-control officers engaging in gratuitous violence.

More in the news:

San Francisco Chronicle: Occupy videographer shot with police projectile

Latest Google News results: Occupy Oakland protester shot by police

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Occupy Vancouver: Woman Found Dead in Tent, Volatile Situation Erupts

This afternoon I visited the Occupy Vancouver tent city to observe the scene for a few minutes when suddenly several authority figures ran past me, converging on a single location. Moments later, a kind of pandemonium broke out and this is what I saw:

At the end of the video, a protest camp volunteer wearing an orange high-visibility vest asks the Global BC news camera "Let's see what your news is."

Here is the Global BC news report on the event.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Family Law Judge William Adams Exposed as Child Abuser

Hillary Adams is finally telling her story after seven years, and provides shocking video evidence that her father - a family court judge in Arkansas - is in fact a vicious child abuser:

Hillary published the video to YouTube with the following description:
2004: Arkansas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father's backwards views. The judge's wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge's wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can't even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His "judgement" is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter.
Hillary is now 23 and living on her own, feeling safe and empowered enough to expose the violent nature of her father and the true hypocrisy of his standing within a family court.

"I was holding onto the video until the right time," she told users of the popular news-discussion website Reddit, "and after a barrage of harassment from my father over the phone, I snapped and finally uploaded it. Now I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner."

Internet users responded with a wave of support for miss Adams, and a storm of fury directed at judge William Adams. His office telephone (1-361-790-0138) has been ringing busy for several hours, Child Protective Services has been informed, the local Sheriff's office has opened a file, men have offered to beat the judge senseless, residents of the local community have been alerted and are already shunning "judge" William Adams. His career and reputation are soon likely to collapse.

Here's Hillary, living well and having fun this Halloween:

Stay tuned for more on this story soon.

UPDATE: Story has been picked up by news site Gawker. Expect to see it on CNN soon?

UPDATE 2: CNN: Video purports to show Texas judge beating daughter

Daily mail: Revenge of the disabled daughter

NBC South Texas affiliate: Judge Videotaped Beating Daughter - Full Coverage

UPDATE 3: The story has now gone viral around the world. Police are investigating, judge Adams has been suspended from the bench and has gone into hiding.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Speaking of Awsome Helmet Cams, Here's F1

Go full screen and enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Vancouver: "Give Stephen Harper Battery Acid"

I e-mailed the Prime Minister's office asking for a response:

Stay tuned!!/bulletproofcour

Occupy Vancouver: Some for all, not all for some?

Occupy Vancouver protest day one: protester holds sign at the Vancouver Art Gallery during open mic session, 7pm Saturday

Occupy Vancouver: VPD Rapid Response Team

What interests me almost as much as the Occupy Vancouver protest is the cat and mouse game played by police, waiting in the wings to pounce on unruly behavior.

Tonight while riding through the alley behind Hotel Vancouver, I spotted an ominous black van with tinted windows, parked in front of a Budget rent-a-van. Police officers wearing high-visibility vests filled both vehicles (Note the flash reflecting off the vests and VPD insignia of the officers inside the front vehicle):

When I snapped the photo and the flash went off, I was impressed to see the doors did not fly open and officers didn't come pouring out after me. I'm glad to see they're saving it for real troublemakers, and not photographers. Good job so far, VPD!

Stay tuned for more Occupy Vancouver coverage going forward. I plan to keep scouting around the city and reporting what I see.!/bulletproofcour

Friday, September 30, 2011

Clifford Olsen's death provides closure for many British Columbians

I was ten years old when my grade-school classmate Glenn told me about Clifford Olsen. Glenn explained to me that Olsen had hammered nails into childrens' heads and recorded their screams on a tape recorder.

That moment marked my first awareness that there are truly monstrous people in the world.

Clifford Olsen's death gives victims' family relief, and also provides closure to everyone in British Columbia who was alive during his reign of terror.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chuck Testa Taxidermy

"Oh no there's a bear in my bed!"

"NOPE. It's Chuck Testa."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rupert Murdoch is the Devil?

Look, he has horns!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cheeky Photo of Princess Kate

Cheeky thrills today from the royal family visit!

It is my mother's theory that Kate goes commando as a naughty rebellion to the otherwise strict rules forced upon her by dint of royalty.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Public Shaming the Vancouver Rioters: Chinese "Human Flesh Search" phenomenon is here?

Human Flesh Search (Chinese: 人肉搜索; pinyin: Rénròu Sōusuǒ) is a primarily Chinese internet phenomenon of massive researching using Internet media such as blogs and forums. It has generally been stigmatized as being for the purpose of identifying and exposing individuals to public humiliation...
Individuals caught on film, camera and Facebook during the June 17 "Vancouver hockey riot" are being publicly shamed by Vancouver blogger Captain Vancouver.

Internet detectives have helped Captain Vancouver identify and shame a number of alleged riot criminals, including a young Olympic water polo hopeful from Maple Ridge (lighting a police car on fire!), two UBC students who looted, one "wanna-be gangster" assaulting a fireman and much much more.

Captain Vancouver declared his/her motivation in a post titled The Case For Public Shaming of Vancouver Rioters:
...Traditionally, before the advent of modern-day prison systems, public shaming was the norm in society. There are failures in our court system especially when dealing with hard to win trials. This shall occur when these rioter’s themselves go on trial and it is why I am moving to publically [sic] shame those involved...
Public shaming can sometimes work, but it can really go sideways if done wrong.

Argument for: Seeing others suffer severe social consequences for public misbehavior will deter others from doing the same thing.

Argument against: Sometimes the wrong person is accused and targeted, the social network pitchforks stab in all the wrong directions and an innocent person is harmed.

More soon.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Vancouver Rioters are Dicks

See what I mean?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Deconstructing a Hero: Chuck Norris, I Am Disappoint!

Chuck Norris fans everywhere might be disappointed to find out their favorite Texas Ranger karate-cop is an advocate for bible lessons in public schools:

Sorry to any Chuck Norris fans that now regret their misplaced hero worship.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Canadians: Why Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are Bad for You, Your Friends, Your Family and Your Loved Ones

MONSTER MASH: Pedophile Protector Pope Ratzinger and PM Stephen Harper agree: Marriage is only between a man and a woman, and "the distribution of condoms in Africa is increasing the problem of AIDS."

Harper Conservatism, to a large extent, is based on notions of sin and punishment:
Sinners should go to jail for punishment, not rehabilitation. Removing them from society is only a start; they should also be denied anything that ameliorates hardship as the public whim demands.

Sinners are lazy, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and mentally ill. They should feel ashamed about collecting welfare. They could easily cure themselves and improve their lives if only they believed in a higher power.

Sinners are sexually perverted - gay, lesbian, transgendered, bisexual, queer - and therefore undeserving of equal consideration under laws concerning marriage, partner health care benefits, spousal insurance, wills and probate, even hospital visiting rules.

Sinners get pregnant by accident on purpose from having sex outside of marriage, so they should be denied abortions, especially government-funded abortions.
Being moral and good as defined by Stephen Harper is the only path to prosperity and freedom for citizens of Canada. All others go directly to jail, do not pass G20, do not collect a settlement for false arrest by the RCMP.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Burglary Backpack Mystery: What does it all mean?

A geography teacher at the University of Hawaii recently interrupted an office "burglary" and managed to grab the intruder's backpack as he fled the scene, which contained these items:

The mystery here is the burglar's intent, given the combination of tools he was carrying:

1. Metal Hacksaw handle and various blades.

2. Paint can opener, also works as small pry tool.

3. Can of air cleaner missing nozzle. May have been used to blow air or cool if used upside-down.

4. Pick of some sort, probably sharp due to tape over ends. Possible a diddle-stick or spudger.

5. Basic slip-joint pliers.

6. Compound or double-fulcrum cutters, for cutting thick or hard objects. Basically small bolt-cutters. Picture quality is poor, this may be a crimper, however it looks like it has cutting blades and not a die.

7. Fire extinguisher with plastic bottle attached to the bottom. This may be so that the device can be adjusted in height to be able to effectively wedge between two objects of unknown spacing creating a physically-activated booby-trap or distraction.

8. Seems to be black plastic bags wrapped up with tape, or possibly a black plastic drop-cloth to help contain a mess.

9. Long-shank straight-slot screwdriver. Useful for turning screws as well as prying and poking.

10. Crescent-brand slip-joint (or "Water Pump") pliers wrapped in electrical tape. Also, roll of black electrical tape.

11. Stanly brand 6-in-1 screwdriver.

12. Bag containing: Basic right-handed scissors, generic 11-in-1 screwdriver (possibly containing hollow torx [star point] security bits), various precision or jeweler's screwdrivers.

13. Looks like a Radio Shack brand motion detector receiver paired with #15 below.

14. Latex finger protectors, possibly to prevent fingerprints without requiring full gloves.

15. Wire-mold brand surface-mount electrical box containing various electronic components. Most likely contains motion detection components and is probably the guts from a Radio Shack wireless motion detector transmitter paired with #13 above which would be the receiver.

I think the most curious objects are #7 (Fire extinguisher with "adjustable-length" plastic bottle and hose-clamp girdle) and #14, the latex finger protectors.

What the heck is going on here?

Friday, May 6, 2011

RCMP Arrest Canadian Man "As a Personal Favor" for Corporate Executive


On the heels of the RCMP Dziekanski killers' perjury charges, more corruption within Canada's national Royal Canadian Mounted Police force has been exposed by a leaked message from the American embassy in Montreal detailing the arrest of a Canadian man "as a personal favor" to a corporate executive from the movie industry.

This RCMP corruption victim also died; yet another body covered in RCMP fingerprints.
"RCMP officers stated that they arrested the individual "as a personal favor" to a CMPDA [Canadian Motion Pictures Distributors Association] official"
Read the entire communication here. In sections 9 and 10, it clearly implicates the RCMP members responsible for this scheme of corruption:
"A superintendent and a staff sergeant combating intellectual property crimes at the RCMP's Montreal headquarters"
Learn more about Geremi Adam, deceased RCMP corruption victim.

More in the news:

Canadian Movie Pirate Arrest Was “Personal Favor” for Studio Exec

Wikileaks Document Describes Arrest Of Movie Pirate

Important questions that the RCMP and Canadians should be asking:

1. Who in the RCMP authorized this "personal favor" to arrest Geremi Adam?

2. Who is the CMPDA executive who requested Geremi Adam be arrested?

3. Would Mr. Adam be alive today if this favor had not been granted?

4. To what extent does the RCMP use state resources to protect corporate profits?

5. If a Canadian citizen learned that the police were coming to arrest them at the request of a corporation - "as a personal favor" - would the citizen be justified in using deadly force to defend themselves? (correct answer = yes)

Canadians need to have a real conversation about RCMP corruption and the growing corporatism of law & order in our country. We need civilian oversight on the RCMP - and every other police force in Canada - and we need it now.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mission Accomplished

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy...”

- Martin Luther King Jr. (?)

"I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure."

- Mark Twain

See you in 2012!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lolcat Image Spotted on Iceberg!

Lots more fun than Jesus or Mary on toast!

Friday, April 15, 2011

APTN Spooky Message to Movie Viewers: "Be good because someone is always watching!"

Chantelle and Kernel to APTN viewers: "Be good, because someone is always watching!"

Tonight's APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network) "Friday Night Flick" was the 2002 movie Insomnia starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank.

It was a great show, interspersed with campy commentary from APTN program hosts Chantelle and (dog puppet) Kernel before every commercial break. However, the moral lesson they pushed during the final part of the movie was certainly strange:

"Be good, because someone is always watching!"

Really, this dialogue was repeated (with a serious and sincere tone) several times during the video clips of Chantelle and Kernel discussing the most dramatic events of the movie. Example:
Chantelle: "So what did you learn from watching that, Kernel?"
Kernel: "Be good, because someone is always watching!"
Am I missing something? Because I find it hard to believe anyone would send such an wrong message to their television viewers.

Or is there some esoteric aboriginal irony I'm not getting here?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor's Long-Lost Nude Photo

It might appear pretty tame by modern standards, but older gentlemen will appreciate this long-lost nude photo of actress Elizabeth Taylor from 1955:

Click here for the uncensored version. You're welcome, Grandpa!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Here We Go Again

This is Canada's fourth federal election during the past 7 years. The cost to Canadian taxpayers is really adding up, at the tune of $300 million a pop:

$300 million * 4 / 7 years = $171 million/year.

That's right. Over the past seven years, Canadian taxpayers have paid an average of 171 million dollars per year just to determine who should be in charge.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nazi Police Force Destroy Basketball Hoops in Delaware, USA

Apparently, the Delaware State Police have nothing better to do than spend thousands of taxpayers' dollars playing Nazi party-pooper to neighborhood basketball enthusiasts. Here's the shameful video:

Friday, March 25, 2011

Earth Hour 2011: Saturday March 26, 8:30-9:30pm

This year's Earth Hour "lights out event" happens on Saturday night, March 26, 2011.

While there might be some truth to the bellyaching and criticism about the practical value of Earth Hour 2011, it will no doubt provide another opportunity for city photographers and video buffs to capture unique and interesting images that are possible only once a year. Here's my video from Earth Hour 2009 in Vancouver (I recently moved to Kirchberg, Luxembourg to teach cryptography at the University of Luxembourg. Everyone here thinks "Earth Hour" is quite humorous):

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Interview Gone Wrong is Rightly Funny, I Guarantee

I'll send you ten internet dollars if you aren't laughing by the end of this one minute video:

Interview Gone Wrong

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to Disappear and Start a New Life in a New Country with a New Name

DISCLAIMER: The following dramatization is for entertainment purposes only. While it's fun to imagine changing identities and starting a new life in another country, the practicalities of pulling off a truly successful disappearing act are fraught with illegalities.

So you want to disappear and start a new life in another country with a new name and bona-fide authentic new documents, picture ID and passport?

I'm going to tell you how it could be done.

It takes awhile - the explanation and the execution - but in a nutshell, it's a lot of work and is fairly expensive, not to mention illegal. I'd expect no less than four months of constant daily effort with a budget of at least $5000.

You'll also need to be intelligent and quick-witted to succeed in keeping track of all the different details and lies you'll be telling as you disappear from one country and appear in another with a fresh new identity.

First you create an alias that provides a service to people in your age demographic. Create an imaginary new business or borrow the credibility of one that already exists and pretend the business is hiring. You're going to "represent" that business under the guise of a recruiter or company executive etc (or whatever works best in your particular situation).

You'll be using a fake name. Get a new cell phone number prepaid - 90% of sales kiosks don't ask for ID - just scribble in fake info and get that number going. Choose a cheap phone because you're going to send it swimming when you're done with it. And I suggest a calling plan that provides free incoming calls, because that's mostly how you'll be using it. Cheap cheap.

I'd suggest using the credibility of a business overseas rather than someone locally, for a number of reasons. Businesses overseas are understood to be exotic and can be talked up and made to be more attractive to prospective candidates. You can say the salary will be $X and absurd figures are more believable because "oh that's just how much people get paid there". Also, people applying for jobs overseas are going to have a passport - that's necessary for your plan. And that necessity makes it more understandable when you say you'll need a photocopy of their passport and driver's license (to apply for the work visa etc. so they'll be able to work legally in this country and run all the paperwork associated with that etc.)

Create business cards, adverts, flyers, put job ads in newspapers for the "career opportunities" being offered by "your company". Find people who want the job and interview them. Group interviews are more efficient; I suggest renting a conference room at a hotel and doing a slideshow presentation of some kind. Flashy and corporate enough to convince people that you're legit. Hand out your cards. Explain the preconstructed "hiring process" to your eager applicants.

The only qualifier you're actually looking for is candidates that match your own physical specifications. People that look like you. Everyone who attends the group interview is going to get an application (make them yourself or download and photoshop the real application form used by the business who's front you are borrowing) and everyone who attends will fill it out but only those who look like yourself, at least on paper (same hair color, eye color, build etc.) will get a callback for a one on one interview.

During each interview you'll small-talk the candidates about where they're from, how they got to where they are now, details about their family and whatever. Somewhere in there, say that you recognized their name and are they perhaps related to (insert false name here) and with enough chatter they'll tell you their birth city and parents' names (mother's maiden name is a must!)

Following that you'll proceed with "interview" number 2. You'll be impressed with their resume and their qualifications and their grades in college and other flattering things. Staging a second interview might seem superfluous, but it's really needed to cement applicants' investment and belief in the possible job, which is required for the next step.

You'll leave it at that and let the ideal applicants hang for another day or two. Then you call them back, say that you're interested in hiring them, but you need to do a background check first.

Create a legit-looking form or borrow one which requests their compliance to a background check and has them sign and scribble down their social security number (make them date it, it's the best kind of subversion for some reason, people will write down every personal piece of info they have so long as you make a bigger fuss about having the date at the bottom for some reason).

You take that information and let them know you'll get back to them within a week. And you do, but you tell them the company has changed direction and cancelled the project you were championing - damn them! - but you'll keep their resume on file and recommend them after all this corporate shenanignas gets reshuffled.

By now you'll have almost every basic form of identification they use for any practical purposes. Now you order a copy of their birth certificate. You do this in person or online. You'll want to specify an AUTHORIZED STAMPED AND SEALED birth certificate with applicant's information on it. This is why you gathered all his personal identity information.

Now you call the police from a parking lot to report your wallet was stolen out of your vehicle while you were out buying groceries and you want to file a police report. You had your driver's license, a hundred dollars, your social security card etc… Basically you're generating a "stolen wallet" police report based on the applicant's information - name, address, driver's license, social security card - but you give the police YOUR prepaid phone number. In case they follow up, you want them calling you. But of course they won't find any wallet anywhere and no one will turn anything in because there is not actually lost a wallet.

Calling the police might seem counter-intuitive, but it's important to make sure that specific police report exists, for reasons that will soon become clear...

Part 2 coming soon, stay tuned!

Monday, March 14, 2011

School Bullying Victim Fights Back Against Attacker, Gets Suspended from Dunheved Campus

When Casey Heynes was assaulted by Ritchard Gale the school bully at Dunheved Campus grade 7-10 school in New South Wales Australia, he defended himself from further harm while another bully stood by filming the attack:

Ritchard the little bully was suspended from Dunheved, but so was Casey - for fighting back against Ritchard's unprovoked, in-progress physical assault.

Dunheved Campus administrators should be doubly ashamed of themselves. Not only does the video show how they failed to provide Casey with the safe learning environment they promise every student, but now they're faulting Casey - the victim here - for defending himself from an unprovoked brutal physical assault.

Dunheved student Casey Heynes deserves much better than being thrown under the bus by school administration under the lie "all students caught fighting on school grounds will be suspended..." That's pure BS and everyone knows it, the video shows it; Casey was forced to defend himself against a bully the only way he knew how. If the school had any understanding of bullying whatsoever, they would understand what happened here. But they don't.

Feel free to send a message of support for Casey Heynes to Dunheved school administrators at the e-mail address below:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ontario High School Under Fire for Ejecting Students Based on Abortion Opinion

Publicly Funded St. Patrick High School Suspends Students For Expressing Opinion About Abortion

St. Thomas High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario: STUDENTS MUST NOT SPEAK THEIR MINDS!
A Catholic High School in Ontario Canada has come under fire for sending students home after they expressed dissenting opinions during a school-sponsored abortion protest:
"The Grade 10 student wore the green tape in response to a pro-life event at the school, where some students wore a red piece of tape with “life” written on it and didn’t talk for the day to display their belief in the injustice of abortion."
While St. Thomas High School is definitely in the wrong, does this come as much of a surprise to students and parents? I mean really, what else would you expect from a so-called "teaching" institution that specializes in illogical back-flips in order to maintain a harmful 2000-year-old system of superstition and misogyny?

To the parents of St. Thomas High School students: Your children deserve better. Take your kids out of that evil school and send them to a proper one.

UPDATE Alexandria Szeglet's Aunt Kerri comments about the situation:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Usefulness of the WolframAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine

Tonight I watched a TV show in which a character warned others about a possible explosion that will "destroy everything within a one-hundred-square kilometer area."

Silly V scriptwriters, bomb damage is round, not square! (But in all fairness, saying "area of 100 square kilometers" is much more dramatic than using the phrase "blast radius of almost six kilometers" in a TV sci-fi script.)

It's actually a radius of 5.642km, as calculated by feeding the WolframAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine the query "calculate circle radius area 100km^2". No need for pencil/paper/calculator or remembering formulas, it took only 10 seconds on the internet:

Very useful, WolframAlpha is! The back of my envelopes remain mostly blank these days.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Get Off the Table

Did you know the Internet was invented so we could laugh at cat pictures?

Monday, February 21, 2011

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihan Apology: Many Days Late and Many Dollars Short

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihian to Buddy Tavares: "Sorry my subordinate viciously assaulted you!"

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihian has apologized to police brutality victim Buddy Tavares for being viciously assaulted by Kelowna RCMP constable Geoff Mantler.
"RCMP Deputy Commissioner Peter Hourihan paid a visit to Tavares at his Kelowna home to apologize..."

(BPC comments: What is wrong with you, Houriham? What makes you think you're actually welcome in Tavares' home?
Afterward, the trumped-up charges that the Kelowna RCMP tried to smear Tavares with were dismissed by Crown counsel.

The YouTube video of the event clearly shows RCMP constable Mantler kicking Tavares in the face needlessly and without provocation - an absolute violation of his RCMP training and Tavares' Charter rights - but still this bad cop remains on the payroll, collecting taxpayer dollars!

We need change. We need civilian oversight to kick brutal and crooked cops off of Canadian police forces. The RCMP, the VPD and the TPS are obviously not willing to do it themselves.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

God vs. $20

Filmmaker offers homeless man $20 to remove the word "god" from his sign asking for money. Results are entertaining, conclusions are tragic:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Toronto Police Officer Chris Hominuk Ducks Torture Charges

Christopher Hominuk: The Next Russell Williams?

Toronto police officer Christopher Hominuk has gone unpunished for committing the crime of torture.

Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture is:
"...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession... when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity."

In spite of damning video evidence that clearly shows he tortured Canadian citizens, Hominuk was allowed to plead guilty to a farcically minimized charge that insults the Canadian justice system and puts innocent Canadian citizens in danger going forward.

In light of the Col. Russell Williams psychopath infiltration fiasco, the question begs: how many other psychopaths are active within our army and police forces?

The Hominuk case - and every other case of documented police brutality - should remain open until the following issues are addressed by independent investigators:

1. How often has Toronto Police Service officer Chris Hominuk been abusing and torturing prisoners during his 13 year career? Any warning signs of previous psychopathic behavior?

2. Back in 1998 while he was a rookie in training, did senior Toronto cops train Hominuk to abuse and torture prisoners? Is criminal brutality a decades-old tradition in the Toronto Police Service? How prevalent is psychopathy among the ranks?

3. Is Chris Hominuk the next Col. Russell Williams? A psychopath who gains a trusted position of authority, complete with gun and badge and uniform, only to leave a trail of bad acts and destroyed lives in his wake?

It's time for change. It's time for civilian oversight of all Canadian police forces so we can weed out officers like Chris Hominuk as early as possible - not 13 years too late.

But don't expect answers or change anytime soon. Corruption is rampant within the Toronto Police - how many of them took off their name tags and beat unarmed citizens in a designated protest area during the G20?

RCMP Casts Illegal DNA Dragnet on Prince George Taxi Drivers in Project E-PANA

Here are some excerpts from Cooper's article:
The RCMP obtained DNA samples from almost every taxi driver in Prince George in an effort to solve the Highway of Tears murders, industry sources say.

In some cases, drivers reported the RCMP said: “We have no right to do this, but will you submit a DNA [sample]?”

...drivers also reported aggressive police tactics on occasion, with officers asking: “Would you submit a voluntary sample? If not, you will be a suspect.”

“One guy told me they questioned him and tried to bluff him out. He said ‘they tried to say we know you did it,’ and pressured a DNA sample from him.

“Of course, it didn’t match anything... He was pretty offended.”

The RCMP indicated the sample drive occurred, but hasn’t responded to media questions.
The reason Tim Shields and the RCMP haven't responded to media questions is because they have something to hide. They're hiding the fact that the RCMP is violating Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Years ago, Canadian citizens trusted the RCMP enough to give them miles of rope to round up lawbreakers.

But recently, the RCMP have hanged themselves with that rope.

It's time for change. It's time for civilian oversight. The RCMP is an out-of-control paramilitary organization with a dirty habit of violating Canadians' Charter Rights, and that must be stopped.

American TV Aliens Blow Up Vancouver's Historic Marine Building

Vancouver's venerable Marine Building was blown up by aliens yesterday in the latest episode of ABC's mini series "V":

Here's the same view from a Google Earth street car in 2008:

Hopefully the production company cleaned up better than the film crew of Fantastic Four, who left town without repairing a burnt, melted circle of pavement in the centre of Burrard & Hastings back in 2006.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

CIA World Factbook: A Surprisingly Good Source of Information

The democratic revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and quite possibly Algeria, Jordan and Yemen could possibly be the biggest world-changing events of our burgeoning 21st century.

For those wishing to learn more, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) publishes online The World Factbook which is an excellent source of information on almost every country in the world.

Case in point: Check out Egypt and expand the People tab; you'll indeed see how young the average Egyptian really is. It's no wonder they're adept at using Facebook and Twitter to organize peaceful protests to demand a democratic government:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bill Gates: Andrew Wakefield's Autism-Vaccine Fraud is "Absolute Lie That Has Killed Thousands of Kids"

"And so the people who go and engage in these anti-vaccine efforts, they kill children."

- Bill Gates, speaking the truth in this CNN interview with Sanjay Gupta:
"Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again

So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.
Yes it's a very sad thing. So how can we educate parents and families who believe and perpetuate these killer anti-vaccination ideas despite all evidence against?

It really needs to be done, because unvaccinated children put other peoples' children at risk.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

RCMP Training Video, Texas Style

RCMP training video, Texas style! Video is on a loop - reload page or click post title to start fresh at the beginning.

This RCMP training video shows trainees how not to behave at the conclusion of an exciting police chase:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Changing of the Egyptian Guard

Clay Bennett penned this ingenious "Egpyt" cartoon today in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

What I think Bennett is saying in the above cartoon* is that the young people of Egypt who rallied for democracy should be wary of those with ulterior motives who might try hijack the freedom they fought for.

The young men in the white shirts certainly look concerned when they see a couple of old bearded guys wearing turbans and robes, trying to heft their own capstone onto the pyramid's peak.

On a more universal note, I think the comic reminds people all over the world what is and what is not a true revolution for the betterment of people in the Middle East.

Learn more: Watch the best street-level raw video footage of the Egyptian protests at Al Jazeera English. Includes live streaming video.

*reproduced in accordance with DMCA Fair Use Exemption for non-commercial commentary.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

What Stupid Looks Like: A Creationist Argument Against Evolution

Creationist kook Thomas J. Ritter has filed a nutbar lawsuit against the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania, USA because - Oh My God! - they're teaching evolution instead of creationism in school classrooms there.

Here's the astoundingly stupid chicken-scratch Mr. Ritter filed with the court (what's really sad is that millions of Americans agree with this stupidity):

There are not always two equal sides to every issue. Some ideas are indeed better than others. Some ideas are just plain stupid and wrong. This is certainly the case regarding Mr. Ritter and his ridiculous crayon-style rantings in the great state of Pennsylvania, where the state fossil is the 400-million-year-old trilobite Phacops rana.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell on Bill Maher Show

Kim Campbell was the first and only female Prime Minister of Canada for 132 days during 1993. Since then, she's pursued a highly impressive post-political career.

Here she is on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, supporting science, reason and critical thinking about climate change and evolution:

UPDATE HBO has pulled the clip. Stay tuned for a new one soon.

I can't believe how dumb the Republican is. Bullshit comes out of his mouth every time he speaks. And people really elected this ass?

Friday, January 28, 2011

People of Egypt Revolt En Masse to Demand Revolution

30 years of brutal oppression under Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak might hopefully be coming to an end for Egypt's 83 million citizens.

In a last ditch effort to cling to power, Mubarak cut off Egypt's internet and text-messaging services and ordered protesters to be shot.

The people of Egypt are making their voices heard:

Learn more about this story and follow live coverage and news:

Al Jazeera English: Live Stream
CNN Press Room News Blog
Vancouver residents are encouraged to eschew The Province and The Vancouver Sun newspaper in favor of the more professional news sources listed above.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

GEEKS/GENIUSES ONLY: Bad Ideas Nth Annual Python Bee

A computer programming contest where the contestant must orally dictate flawless code:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Note to Anonymous Commenters

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your disclosure … you are, after all, anonymous.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sarah Palin's Breaths of Inanity on YouTube

There's a creepy viral video making it's rounds on the internet, featuring Sarah Palin's every breath during her "blood libel" video edited into one clip:

Stay tuned for the ridiculous Republican response soon. It will be a video of Obama breathing, with a Tea Party racist twist!

Sarah Palin will never be elected to any public office, ever.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nailin' Sarah Palin Over Claims of Jewish Blood Libel

On June 4, 2010, Sarah Palin said this:

On Jan. 12, 2011, Sarah Palin demonstrated her own misunderstanding of Jewish history by comparing herself to a victim of Blood libel:
"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred that they purport to condemn." (@3:25 in video below)
Did Palin know that Rep. Giffords is Jewish, and what blood libel really means? Apparently not.

Witness Sarah Palin's latest self-inflicted gunshot wound via wooden teleprompter narration and fake emotional response:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jordan Bower is Walking to Mexico and Loving It

Vancouver man Jordan Bower left his home on September 1st, 2009 to begin a 2900km (1800 mile) walk down the west coast of North America from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border.

"I'm walking to get away from the need for speed."

I ran into Bower two days before he embarked on his journey while he was buying sunglasses and last-minute supplies at Mountain Equipment Co-op on Broadway in Vancouver. Later, over e-mail, we tried but failed to arrange a last-minute on camera interview before he had to leave. Ever since, I've been following Bower's Walking to Mexico blog.

"When I walk, I feel connected to the world around me – and to myself"

As Bower slowly walked,
his blog slowly grew.
With pictures and narrative,
of places passed through.

From WA to CA,
down the west coast by shoe.
A quick stop in Eureka,
for a beautiful girl.

"How can it be playful?"

Bower's Dec. 7, 2010 blog post from Eureka, California

For some reason, Bower stayed in Eureka for a few more days before moving on.  He is now past the halfway point of his journey; you can follow his ongoing adventures at

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sarah Palin Hit List Really Kills

Last year, Sarah Palin published a political hit list featuring a US map with gun sights indicating the locations of her political enemies underneath a signed statement telling supporters "It's time to take a stand.":

Palin also published a message on Twitter featuring a similarly veiled metaphor advocating that citizens should use firearms to solve political differences:

Today, after an Arizona man obeyed Palin's marching orders - killing 6 and wounding 12 - Palin's "" hit list website was taken offline:

(Same result in Google Chrome)

Political rhetoric with violent overtones is inflaming the American public to dangerous levels.

Stay tuned for more.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Night Cat Bike

There is no charge for this service. Please enjoy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Andrew Wakefield's Severed Head Keeps Talking After Death

Medical fraudster Andrew Wakefield was rightly and justly beheaded by the British Medical Journal yesterday. As his chopped noggin rolled around in the guillotine bucket, it remained alive long enough to tell a few more lies to the news media and cause more harm to his vulnerable victims:

Following Wakefield's public execution, it remains clear that he purposefully falsified data and lied in his discredited and retracted 1998 "study" linking vaccines to autism. No such link exists, despite doctors and scientists around the world trying to duplicate Wakefield's research using larger populations.

According to the BMJ article linked above, Wakefield was paid almost a million dollars by a law firm engaged in suing health authorities for imaginary vaccine injuries at the same time he published his fraudulent paper.

The final nail in Wakefield's coffin is this: why isn't he suing for libel or defamation of character - in England of all places, the easiest place in the world to do that? Because he can't. The allegations are 100% true. Andrew Wakefield is a liar, a fraud, a proxy murderer of children and babies.

Vaccines do not cause autism. Autism is not caused by vaccines. There is no such link. To believe otherwise is to wear a tinfoil hat.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What Happened to Discovery Channel?

Earthlings Fight ABC's Alien V Invasion Using 17" Macbook Pro

The ABC science fiction TV series V continues this year, and as the people of Earth conspire to foil the space invaders' plan, they're using Apple computers!

V Episode 1 screen cap: Chad Decker (Scott Wolf) shows Father Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch) computer video evidence of Visitors' bad acts using his 17" MacBook Pro.

V Fifth Column Computer Close-Up: MacBook Pro indeed. Apple logo stickered over.

Perhaps it's easy for the Visitors to track and trace Windows programs and users, so the rebellion has turned to Apple and Mac products to save the world?