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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Donald Trump deliberately losing a Trumpwreck continues unabated


It is election year in the United States of America, and the Republican nominee Donald Trump (who was originally considered a longshot when he entered the Republican primaries) has done the unthinkable. He has managed to win the primary and now appears to be deliberately trying to lose the presidential election to Hillary Clinton.

He has done so by voicing out loud what Republicans have been saying for decades behind closed doors, but never willing to admit publicly. That is, espousing the kind of racist and sexist bigotry that the Republicans have become known for, but they usually tried to do it in a secretive manner so that they weren't blatantly racist or sexist.

But Trump doesn't do implied vagueness. He just says crazy things that are sometimes vague in their meaning.

Take for example earlier this week when Donald Trump suggested that the NRA should assassinate Hillary Clinton and/or members of the Supreme Court. When asked about his outrageous statements, he doubled down on them and continued to enforce that idea. Only days later when he realized it was hurting him in the polls did he claim that he was being sarcastic. Except he wasn't being sarcastic. Or facetious. He meant what he said when he said it.

Also earlier this week Donald Trump espoused the wild claim that Barack Obama founded ISIS. The next day he would then say that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are the MVP (Most Valuable Players) for ISIS. Again, he doubled down on these statements and days later claimed he had been joking.

That kind of nonsensical gaffes is nothing new to the Trump campaign however. Trump does this sort of crazy stuff on an almost daily basis. There isn't a week that goes by that Donald Trump doesn't say at least one or two crazy things.

But here is the weird thing. Donald Trump, prior to joining the Republican Party, was a life long Democrat.

He voted for the Democratic Party in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.

This means he also voted for Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996. Socially, he is friends with the Clinton family. He hangs out with them quite a bit.




Prior to seeking the Republican nomination, Donald Trump even phoned Bill Clinton seeking his advice. The details of their conversation are unknown, but it is widely reported the conversation took place and concerned Trump's possible run for the Republican nomination.

As such it is starting to feel more and more like the 2016 election is going to be rigged. Even Donald Trump said it.

"And I'm telling you, November 8, we'd better be careful, because that election is going to be rigged." - Donald Trump.

He has since repeated that statement in various ways many times - feeding into Republican conspiracy theorists who eat up his words like it is bacon at Denny's.

And we agree, the 2016 election probably will be rigged. But it will be rigged in the sense that Donald Trump is deliberately losing. Let us go down the checklist of WHY Donald Trump is deliberately losing.

#1. Donald Trump has deliberately alienated the latino vote, which represents approx. 10% of American voters, by calling them rapists and murderers.

#2. Donald Trump has deliberately alienated the black vote, by making statements about Black Lives Matter in support of empowering police to shoot more black people. That represents 13% of American voters.

#3. Trump's statements about women has frequently alienated women voters, representing 51% of all American voters.

#4. Trump's remarks about veterans and the family's of veterans has hurt him significantly from members of the military and their families. His comments about want wanting to use nuclear weapons also shows a lack of knowledge about military matters and is worrying members of the military and intelligence communities. Continuing to attack veterans and the families of veterans could lose Trump millions of votes.

#5. Trump is also losing big time in polls of college educated white voters. He scores points with uneducated white people, especially men, but is losing big with white women and white people with a college education. His core supporters are uneducated white males.

#6. Trump keeps ignoring his opponent, Hillary Clinton. He rarely attacks her. When he makes the news it is usually because of something stupid or racist that he said about someone entirely unrelated.

#7. Donald Trump is losing educated Republican voters. Even his own party members won't endorse him. Many of them are avoiding him and have gone so far as to distance themselves monetarily because they have their own elections to worry about, and they want to keep the presidential election at arm's bay so voters don't associate the candidates with Trump.

#8. Trump's campaign finances are in fiscal disarray. He managed to win the primary nomination by saying crazy things that drew him attention, and that tactic allowed him to campaign by spending almost no money. Indeed, Trump actually MADE money by taking in donations, and then using those donations for renting his own real estate properties for his events. He has also refused to release his income tax returns so that Americans don't know how much money he has been secretly socking away from donations revenue. That lack of fiscal honesty makes him look bad and will cost him votes.

#9. The lower Trump sinks in the polls, the crazier things he says. Normally when a politician is down in the polls they are more careful about what they say. Trump's philosophy is the opposite, the lower he goes in the polls the more crazy things he says - in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to make his poll results sink even lower.

#10. Trump isn't even bothering to campaign in "battleground states". Instead he keeps visiting states like Maine (which he has recently visited 3 times), where Hillary is polling at 89% of voters. He is completely wasting his time in Maine, as that state hasn't voted for a Republican since 1988. Also Maine only has 4 electoral votes. It is worth peanuts. So why waste three campaigning trips to Maine, a state worth almost nothing, and is guaranteed to vote for Hillary?! It would make more sense for him to use those 3 trips to visit battleground states like Arizona, Georgia and South Carolina - states in which Hillary is currently barely beating Trump in the polls.

Fivethirtyeight.com is currently predicting Hillary has a 87.8% chance of winning and Donald Trump a mere 12.2% chance.

Williamhill.com is currently giving betting odds for Trump of 11 to 4, and Hillary's odds are 2 to 7. Anyone who has ever bet on a horserace knows that 11 to 4 is horrible odds and 2 to 7 is amazing.

Betfair.com, which has successfully predicted the winner of every American election since they first started allowing people to bet on elections, is predicting Hillary has a 78% chance of winning and Donald Trump a mere 20% - and that was their prediction BEFORE Trump made the idiotic comments claiming that Obama founded ISIS and suggesting that the NRA shoot Hillary and/or Supreme Court Judges. Within a few weeks they will likely update their odds, predicting an even bigger landslide for Hillary.

Even the Republican Party is betting against Trump.

Internal Republican polling has shown that Trump is going to lose. So instead Republicans have pulled all of their finances away from Donald Trump and are focusing their efforts on the House of Representatives and the Senate. However even that might be useless, as Trump may end up depressing Republican voter turnout. If Republicans realize Trump won't win and is guaranteed to lose, many of them won't even bother to turn up to vote. What would result instead could be a landslide victory for Hillary, as Clinton's voters will be motivated to show up and vote in an effort to "Stop Trump".

Thus if there is any conspiracy to rig the 2016 election, it is Donald Trump who has conspired to deliberately lose it.

And our sympathies go out to Republican voters who are upset with what they are seeing happen to their party. In which case we have a recommendation for Republicans: Don't vote for him. Vote for the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson instead. You might not like his social stance, but his economic stance is right up the alley for mainstream Republicans. So if you are going to lose, you might as well lose by voting for Johnson instead.

#AbandonedElmo, local blogger/photographer chronicles a lost Elmo toy on Twitter

FUNNY - A Toronto blogger/photographer has chronicled the misadventures and existential thoughts of a lost Elmo doll, referred to as #AbandonedElmo on Twitter. Below are some of the photos and captions that accompanied the photos. The photographer reportedly found the abandoned toy at High Park in Toronto while playing Pokemon Go and decided to have some photography fun with the lost Elmo.

From a tourism perspective, the series of photographs also accidentally ends up being like a guided tour of Toronto's High Park. If you have been there, see if you can recognize the locations.

Abandoned found in . Proof that just don't love Elmo no more.

Abandoned contemplates the meaning of his existence.

explores the dark crevices of nature, having an crisis.

meets in . Machoke caught by a Poketrainer. contemplates .

Cold, wet + surrounded by the of , finds small solace in his surroundings.

looks on at a symbol of patriotism set askew. confused.

watches the at . feels trapped.

is twisted thinks . As twisted as the trees at . lonely.

getting soaked in the rain at . miserable.

feels as though he has hit rock bottom. no like this.

Later the photographer went home and took Elmo with him, introducing the toy to his cat Victoria, who apparently has her own YouTube channel: Victoria Has Claws.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Atlantica Party wants to sell the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (NSLC)

Earlier today we received a press release from the Atlantica Party (a little known political party in the eastern maritime provinces which has never won any MP seats). The party is primarily based in Nova Scotia and doesn't have much support in PEI, Newfoundland or New Brunswick.

To highlight how few votes the party gets, the most they have ever got for any of their candidates is a mere 104 votes, for the party leader in 2013. One year (2010) he only got 19 votes. As political parties go they are truly unpopular.

Sometimes the Atlantica Party has good ideas, and other times they have moronic ideas. Below is the moronic idea they sent out today:

"Atlantica Party will sell the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission (the NSLC)

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Atlantica Party will bring the Nova Scotia liquor industry into the 21st Century by having government vacate both the retail and wholesale liquor business and turn it over to the private market. This means any individual, family, entrepreneur, startup, company can sell and/or import and/or make liquor provided appropriate standards are adhered to. An Atlantica Party government will sell off the assets of the NSLC to the highest bidder. Many benefits will accrue to Nova Scotians:
Greater choice due to competition.
  • More convenience for the consumer such as beer at the corner store.
  • Lower prices (much lower in some cases!) since the cash grab by the government will be eliminated.
  • Opportunity for many new businesses (retailers, wholesalers and producers) and jobs.
  • Greater flexibility in pricing and marketing for Nova Scotia brewers, distillers and vineyards since the NSLC restrictions will be eliminated.
  • Make Nova Scotia a more attractive destination.
  • Higher standard of living for Nova Scotians.

"There is no reason for the government to be monopolizing an economic sector. Monopolies always create high prices and lower selection,” said Jonathan G Dean Leader of the Atlantica Party. “It is simple; the NSLC is good for government but bad for Nova Scotians. We will fix that.”

The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia’s newest registered political party. The Atlantica Party is Nova Scotia's only political alternative committed to fixing Nova Scotia’s democracy and making Nova Scotia a have province.

For further information about The Atlantica Party:
http://www.atlanticaparty.ca
info@atlanticaparty.ca
https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticaPartyNS
@AtlanticaParty"

Okay...

That sounds like a really stupid idea. The NSLC is profitable for the province and is a necessary tool for controlling the distribution of alcohol (and preventing it being sold to minors).
All it would do is:
  • Contribute to higher rates of alcoholism.
  • Increase drunk driving fatalities.
  • Encourage black market sales of booze, including to minors.
  • Increase rates of teenage alcoholism.
  • Cause NSLC workers to lose their jobs.
  • Take away a cash source for Nova Scotia, which isn't known to be cash rich in the first place, which in turn will hurt education, the health care system, pensions and the economy.

You won't get any support from Canadians for the Atlantica Party if they continue to spout such stupid ideas.
And now you understand why the Atlantica Party isn't popular. They have terrible ideas. A few good ideas, but some of their ideas are downright braindead and sound like the sort of political ideas you expect to hear from your grade 7 class presidential candidates:

"We're going to get rid of all the teachers, and use their salaries to buy alcohol instead. No more homework! No more homework!"

Which is really similar to the Atlantica Party's proposal to get rid of NSLC and get rid of a cash cow which has been propping up the Nova Scotia education system and health care.

From a political science standpoint it is the sort of capitalist neo-liberal (I hate that word) nonsense that comes when school boards talk about "privatizing education", or when provinces talk about "privatizing the electricity grid", on the false assumption that private schools and a capitalist owned electrical grid will somehow be cheaper. (For reference, Ontario partially privatized their electricity years ago back under Premier Mike Harris, and has since seen their electricity rates skyrocket under privatized price gouging. Privatization does not make things cheaper, they make them "for profit" and more expensive.)

Privatizing the NSLC is a fundamentally stupid idea that ignores what some of that money is used for and represents a misunderstanding by the Atlantica Party which is apparently so naive that they don't know privatization means more expensive because of the inherent "for profit" nature of it.

*mic drop*

Monday, April 21, 2014

Men, Don't be Afraid of Colour when it comes to Fashion

By D. Eze

Men have an abject fear of using colour in their wardrobe.  Their fashion landscape is often really bleak, only consisting of grays, whites, navys and blacks - and high fashion menswear is often the forefront when it comes to a smart use of colour.  Now don't get me wrong. grays, whites, navys and blacks are important for anyone's wardrobe.  They help to balance out an outfit and allow the colours you do include to pop and become extra special.  But they should not be the only colours you choose. 

So deprived are men that I imagine that they eye their wifes and girlfriends enviously.  The women sport every shade in the rainbow well the men wish they could just sport 1.  They see their partners swathed with bright purples and turquoise polka dots, shirts in the neon pink and scarfs in psychedelic blues and think to themselves  "Why can't I wear those colours too? It's just not fair."

Well, I'm hear to tell you that you can.  You can wear those colours too and look damn good in them as well.

Colour is finally here guys so there is no need to yearn any longer.  They come in bright blues and reds and they come in various types of clothing including shoes, pants and jackets.  You don't have to relegate yourself to using colour in your socks and ties, you can be swathed in it and have everyone see your wonderful sense of style.

Yes men, colour is the trend and it is calling your name.

Here is just a small sample of the options available to you if you want to dare to be bold and take advantage of this hot new trend.


Imagine stepping out in these Burgundy Incotex Slim Fit Trousers. They add the exact amount of colour you need to make you stand out in the crowd without making a fool of yourself. You could wear these to the office, on a date or to the pub to watch the game. They provide just the right amount of fashion without being too pretentious. It also fits in with the trend of the last few season to add a splash of colour to your trouser game. The colours have been omnipresent on the runways, though of a high wattage (super bright colour pants are not for everyone), and these Burgundy Incotex Slim Fit Trousers allow you to take advantage of a hot trend in a really cool way.


This Italian Wool-Blend Turquoise Hoodie is also a great choice if you want to add some colour to your casual wear wardrobe. This hoodie is versatile and wearable for many different occasions. If it is coupled with a dark pair of pants it can really make you pop and stand out.

Same goes for this Burgundy Roll-Neck Sweater. It is very casual and comfortable and can be worn in many different situations. The colour complements many different skin tones and provides you with the ability look sharp with little effort.

Colour is your friend guys. There no need to run and hide from it. Embrace it and it can yield many wonderful benefits for you. It will make you look smarter for thinking to include something in your wardrobe that makes you look good unlike your slovenly friends. It will make you look like you care about your appearance which we all do and it will make you stand out from the crowd which we all hope to do.

Why not take advantage of the trend and add a little colour to your pallet.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Toronto city manager says city needs new taxes

In a Friday morning speech, city manager Joe Pennachetti spoke bluntly about Toronto's revenue problem and the city's housing crisis, and even made an obvious swipe at delinquent Mayor Rob Ford.

"If you hear anyone — I won’t say who — say we’re broke, it’s incorrect," says Pennachetti.

He also said that while the city’s financial footing is strong, if Torontonians truly want to be world-class, the city needs to take in more money — his preference being a sales tax or a slice of the HST.

“We are the sixth largest government in Canada,” Pennachetti said. “We do not have the revenue tools that we should have.”

This, he continued, is the only way Toronto can both grow and deal with issues such as affordable housing and congestion.

Tacking on 1 per cent to the price of locally purchased goods would bring in $500 million, which would “fix everything,” he said. But even half a percent would be enough to pay for transit expansion.

He pointed to the example of American cities, which often collect sales tax and parking taxes, among others, to expand and invest in infrastructure.

Pennachetti also defended the unpopular land transfer tax — “from my perspective, I needed it” — and praised environmental advancements the city has made — “It’s been an amazing story that often goes unnoticed.”

He also gave credit to his former boss, ex-mayor David Miller. It was during Miller’s tenure at the helm of city government that the city launched many of its fiscal reforms, including long-term financial planning - planning that will benefit Toronto for many decades to come.

Unless of course Mayor Rob Ford manages to claw back some of his power and destroys much of what Miller fought to give Toronto.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Essay Writing Services Vs Academic Dishonesty at the University of Toronto

By J. D. Noland - February 2014.

Do you know what the #1 reason why many university students at the University of Toronto hire someone else to write their essay for them using an essay writing service?

It is actually NOT because they are lazy. Or rich. Although those two factors are certainly a contributing factor.

The number one reason why University of Toronto students plagiarize essays is because they don't know how to write an essay.

In writing this I have spoken to a number of university professors and determined that there are two types of students in university.

#1. Those who know how to write an essay properly.

#2. Those that don't know how to write an essay, and quite possibly have NEVER written an essay in their entire lives.

So when a professor assigns an essay in class, say 2000 words (10 pages, double spaced) students who have never written an essay before, who have difficulty writing anything, who were never taught essay writing in high school - well, they panic.

And they turn to essay writing companies like MastersEssay.com, a Toronto based company which provides editing and proofreading services, but also can write research papers for students who are too busy to write it themselves or simply don't even know how to write an essay.

What is interesting is how plagiarism is not illegal, but academic dishonesty at Canadian universities is a cause for expulsion. So if they get caught students face expulsion if the professor can prove the student did not write the actual essay.

The problem however is that essay writing companies are getting very good at writing these essays and that students are getting better at faking that they wrote it themselves.

Basically if the student reads the essay before submitting it, has their name/etc all on it, possibly even modifies the essay a bit to add some personal touches - then they can pull off an A+ quality essay with barely doing any real work.

Part of the problem is that high schools have been dumbing down the quality of education in Ontario.

Students in Ontario high schools don't write essays that often any more and as such many Ontario high school graduates leave the school and enter university or college life without ever writing a single essay. The curriculum is now mostly multiple choice / true or false quizzes, tests (with very few essay questions), and a large chunk of each class grade is participation (typically 10%) and attendance (10%). That means students can basically skip writing essays during the essay questions on tests and it will effect less than 5% of the grade.

When I was in university (1992 to 1997) we wrote essays regularly, at least once per month, and I now write blog posts and ezine articles for a living.

When I went to university I quickly learned that essay writing was a much desired skill in university and that if you didn't know how, you weren't going to do that well in class. Fortunately I was one of those people who know how to write essays.

Another factor these days is texting on cellphones and chatting online using text lingo. eg. "Hey wazzup m8?" Basically it is kids that have been raised texting on their cellphones all the time and when asked to write essays (or write anything) they are resort to using text lingo during their writing because it is the only way they know how to write. (Spellcheck, what is that?)

I remember seeing the ads posted all over the University of Toronto St George campus too, offering essay writing services. Being good at essay writing it didn't really bother me at the time.

However I have since rethought my position, and let me explain why.

University professors often mark students on a bell curve. Meaning the vast majority of students will get Bs, a bunch will get B+s or C+s, even less will get As or Cs and the rare few will get A+s, Ds or Fs.

Which means that my essays which got B+s or As might have gotten As or A+s if all the students who were plagiarizing their work had been disqualified somehow.

Which makes me rather annoyed. I should have gotten better marks than what I received.

But at the same time I also realize something. The universities are basically powerless to stop academic dishonesty. Oh sure, they offer free programs on "how to write an essay", but the programs are not mandatory and they are rarely used by students.

I also found out an interesting factoid.

80% of students who commit academic dishonesty are female. (This might explain why women are getting higher marks in the social sciences and humanities programs, but not in the science fields where they are tied with men.)

Basically what it is is that 80% of the people that hire a company that offers essay writing services are young women, typically between the ages of 18 and 24.

Often they have a lot of money and keep coming back for more essays. It is rarely a single case of cheating on essay homework. It is multiple essays per year, often all for the same class.

Thus an university professor won't notice the changes in their writing style because all the essays might still be written by the same person working for the essay writing company.

The only way they might notice is if they compared essay questions on tests to essays handed in for assignments. But essay questions on tests are often really short and take up less than 5 paragraphs.

The University of Toronto apparently has one of the highest rates of academic dishonesty in Canada. The proof? There are multiple essay writing companies with offices smack dab near the St George campus.

And what is the university doing about essay writing companies in Toronto? Well, basically nothing.

And Ontario high schools? What are they doing to make certain students learn how to write an essay? They keep dumbing down the education so that

I think they should start forcing kids to write essays every September about what they did during the summer. Maybe then kids would actually learn how to write an essay before they reach university.




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Heavy Metal isn't that loud

Call it a pet peeve if you want, but I really get annoyed when people express ignorant stereotyped opinions on the musical genre "Heavy Metal".

And what it really comes down to is complete ignorance of the genre - suggesting that they have never - EVER! - even listened to a single piece of Heavy Metal music.

Part of this stereotype that Heavy Metal is super loud and promotes anarchy / devil worship / etc is the result of the Christian right wing spreading misinformation for decades.

Which is really no surprise. Right wing Christians have hated every musical genre since Elvis. According to them rock and roll, disco, rap, heavy metal, goth music, electronica, and many other musical genres were all the work of the devil.

And it didn't matter what genre it was, it was all "too loud" and "probably causes hearing damage".

Let face it, if it is not gospel music then they were doomed to hate it. You just cannot make religious fanatics happy if you play anything less or more than what they deem acceptable.

And so instead, for decades, the Christian right wing has been spreading horrible lies about various musical genres - not just Heavy Metal - claiming that it is too loud, that you cannot understand the words, that it "sounds like devil's music", and similar such nonsense - all of which shows a complete lack of knowledge of the genre.

What is more, what they are basing such sentiments on is often stereotypes of the genre shown in movies and TV shows, stereotypes which are not accurate depictions of a musical genres in question.

For example in the clip below Spock (from Star Trek - The Voyage Home) incapictates a man on a bus listening to loud punk music (it is not Heavy Metal, it is clearly punk music. The problem however is that many people cannot tell the difference between Heavy Metal and punk.



What it really comes down to is the problem that most people don't know what Heavy Metal is. They have confused Heavy Metal with more extreme examples of punk or even electronica music, not knowing what the differences are.

To prove my point I am going to show you some YouTube clips from the animated TV show "Metalocalypse" - which includes many different examples of Heavy Metal music.







What is more, is the number of times I have had to explained to ignorant people that Heavy Metal often goes alongside / imitates classical music. Pieces like "Moonlight Sonata" on guitar.

To which the typical response is "What? That is ridiculous!"

Complete lack of knowledge on their behalf.

Sometimes it is also the reverse - classical musicians who love and imitate Heavy Metal.

Just see the musical playlists below to see what I mean.







Conclusions???

Honestly I just hope this blog post has been educational, so people can realize that Heavy Metal isn't going to give them hearing damage (although loud music can still do that to you if you play it too loud).

Incidentally most hearing damage is actually caused by occupational work and not wearing adequate ear protection around machinery. (Although if you are suffering hearing damage from your workplace I strongly recommend getting a hearing test from a local audiologist.)

After all, if Heavy Metal (or loud music in general) caused hearing damage, why are there not a lot more musicians who have hearing damage?


Monday, June 10, 2013

Perjury trial for Mounties connected to Dziekanski Taser case

The first of four RCMP officers who tasered to death Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski was brought to trial today on charges of perjury. Dziekanski died after he was repeatedly stunned with multiple Tasers at Vancouver’s airport. The trial beginning today (Monday June 10th 2013) comes almost 6 years after the death of the Polish immigrant.

Const. Bill Bentley was among four officers who confronted Dziekanski in October 2007, stunning him multiple times with a Taser within seconds of arriving to a call about a man throwing furniture. Dziekanski died on the airport floor without even putting up a struggle.

The fatal confrontation fuelled a national debate about the safety of Tasers and police brutality, prompting a public inquiry in B.C. that forced Bentley and the other three officers to account for why they used so much force so quickly on a man who, on an amateur video of the incident, appeared calm when police arrived.

Instead of waiting for a translator to help speak to the immigrant the officers instead decided to shoot him multiple times with tasers. Only 1 is necessary to incapacitate a grown man. Multiple tasers, used repeatedly, is deadly.

Commissioner Thomas Braidwood’s final report concluded the officers used too much force and had no justification for using the Taser.

The report prompted the province to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case. In May 2011, the prosecutor approved perjury charges against Bentley, Const. Kwesi Millington, Const. Gerry Rundell and Cpl. Benjamin Robinson.

The officers all pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court. Bentley’s lawyer, David Butcher, said at the time the charges were approved that there was “no substance to the allegations at all.”

But the video doesn't lie.

Police officers on trial for murder and police brutality do lie. Lies galore. Or utter silence.

Butcher did not respond to a request for comment ahead of Bentley’s trial. A receptionist at Butcher’s law firm directed calls about the case to his colleague, Peter Wilson, who also did not respond.

Bentley, who started working as an RCMP officer since the spring of 2006, is the first to stand trial. Separate trials are scheduled for the others this coming November and February of next year.

Dziekanski arrived in Vancouver on Oct. 13, 2007, as he moved to Canada to live with his mother in Kamloops. He was in the airport for nearly 10 hours, unable to communicate with anyone because he did not speak English.

In the early morning of Oct. 14, Dziekanski became distraught and began throwing furniture. Several bystanders called 911.

The four officers arrived several minutes later and immediately approached Dziekanski.

In the video, Bentley can be seen hopping over a railing and walking through a sliding security door as he and the other officers approached Dziekanski, who stood with his hands by his sides.

Within seconds, the officers surrounded Dziekanski and one of them fired his Taser multiple times, causing Dziekanski to scream and writhe on the floor.

The video, captured by a traveller at the airport, was played countless times at the inquiry, with Bentley and the other officers narrating the clip with their versions of what happened.

Bentley testified that, based on the 911 call and Dziekanski’s appearance, he approached Dziekanski prepared for a possible fight.

He said at first Dziekanski was calm, but then he became “unco-operative” when he threw his hands up and walked away.

Bentley testified Dziekanski picked up a stapler, turned toward the officers and swung it in their direction, with the stapler coming within a foot of him.

The video does not show Dziekanski swinging the stapler, but his back is to the camera — a limitation the officers’ lawyers focused on during the inquiry.

Bentley was also confronted at the inquiry with his own notes from that night and his subsequent statement to homicide investigators.

He included the following account in his notes: “Subject grabbed stapler and came at members screaming.”

But in the video Dziekanski did no such thing. Indicating that that part of the report was a complete fabrication.

At the inquiry, Bentley conceded the note was wrong, but said he was confused about a fast-moving situation. He later insisted the note was “somewhat accurate” because Dziekanski did start screaming once he was stunned with the Taser.

“If we didn’t have a video of this matter, would you be here today telling us that the subject grabbed a stapler and came at the members screaming? Would that be your evidence?” asked commission lawyer Patrick McGowan.

“I don’t know,” replied Bentley, evidently uncomfortable at his own lies being caught.

Several lawyers at the inquiry, including a lawyer for Dziekanski’s mother and a lawyer representing the Polish government, accused Bentley and the other officers outright lying — an accusation they all denied.

In the end, the commissioner did not believe Bentley’s testimony about why Dziekanski was stunned with a Taser.

Braidwood alleged Bentley’s attempts to explain his inaccurate police notes were “after-the-fact rationalizations” that were “patently unbelievable,” and he contended Bentley’s notes and his statements to homicide investigators contained “deliberate misrepresentations made for the purpose of justifying” his actions.

Braidwood also alleged Bentley displayed a “willingness to repeatedly misrepresent what happened at the airport for self-serving purposes,” including at the inquiry.

Braidwood was appointed to investigate the circumstances of Dziekanski’s death and make recommendations to prevent something similar from happening in the future. He did not have the authority to assign legal blame - that would have to wait for a criminal trial.

Under cross-examination by his own lawyer, Bentley was asked if he had anything to say to Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, who was in the hearing room.

“That I’m sorry for her loss and that my heart goes out to her and her family,” replied Bentley.

Cisowski later told reporters she did not accept the apology.

After all, if the police murdered your child for kicks, would you accept their lies and less-than-earnest apology?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Calgary's Mysterious Arrow Shot Bunnies

Every year around the time that the snow melts and Calgary’s plentiful jackrabbit population begins to lose its white winter coat the police and local humane society start getting some funny phone calls.

Residents around the suburban edges of Calgary will sometimes peek outside to see a rabbit nibbling on new grass — a common enough sight. But then they will spot something that doesn’t seem quite right: The rabbit is hopping along, healthy as anything, but what’s weird is the arrow — complete with neon tail feathers — piercing the creature clean through.

A spokesperson for the Calgary Humane Society said the organization gets about 10 calls like this per year. Police, fish and wildlife or humane officers are dispatched, but more often than not, the bunny is gone before they get to the scene. So far this spring, two targeted rabbits have been caught alive. One survived surgery. The other died. Numerous sightings of frolicking arrow-shot bunnies have been reported in local media for the past several years.

The mystery endures; the culprits have eluded all detection, much less capture. Officials have been left to puzzle why anyone would shoot rabbits and leave them to suffer before dying.

“I think what it comes down to is that people are just tired of the bunnies. That’s probably what we’re finding, that in certain areas they certainly are a nuisance.

“But to take care of it in this type of a manner is definitely not right,” said Steve Adair, a detective with the Calgary Police Service.

Police have taken fingerprints from the recovered arrows from the two rabbits caught so far this year. They were two different kinds of arrows, shot from different types of bows, Det. Adair said — indicating more than one person is responsible.

Bylaws prohibit shooting arrows in city limits, but it’s not illegal to hunt the animals. Bunnies are so plentiful in the region that it’s open season year round, said Ed Pirogowicz, a fish and wildlife officer with the province.

The only time police would lay charges in the case is if there were signs of animal cruelty. That’s why police officers are keen to find out who shot the rabbits, and why.

“Basically, you can hunt rabbits throughout the year and you can hunt them with a bow and arrow and a firearm where it’s legal to to do so. Unfortunately if it does not hit them right, [the arrow] can just pass through and it doesn’t do any damage to the internal organs. The animal can survive,” says Pirogowicz.

In other words, it’s entirely possible that legal hunters hit the rabbits, but missed the internal organs. The animals could have then just hopped away into nearby suburban yards.

The only laws that may have been broken are bylaws prohibiting discharge of a weapon; police would need to show the bunny shooters had no intention of consuming the creature in order to prove it was an act of cruelty.

“The problem with rabbits, and the two we’ve located this year, is that we don’t know where they were shot, we don’t know what the intent of the shooter was and so there would be no way anybody could proceed criminally,” says Detective Adair.

Police haven’t ruled out the possibility that the bunnies are being shot on nearby farms or reserves.

Needless to say, police are keen to know whether too avid hunters are taking their sport inside Calgary limits. But Det. Adair said they hadn’t even received reports of someone carrying a bow and arrow in Calgary. The case of Calgary’s arrowed bunnies remains a mystery.

“It’s [a problem] that is probably never going to go away, but with these two bunnies being found so close together, and the fact that they were found alive has certainly brought them to the media’s attention.”

Although the bunnies may have been shot legally, fish and wildlife officers likewise say they prefer to hear about wayward injured rabbits. If they can catch the critters, they can help them or put them out of their misery.

“If people do see them, we wouldn’t mind a call. Sometimes we can react. Other times they are gone and it’s hard to do anything. Last summer there was a rabbit with an arrow through its jaw and we had to put the rabbit down,” says Pirogowicz. “We don’t mind getting calls like that, we can deal with it to ensure the animal isn’t suffering.”

"Being able to kill a large jackrabbit with a single arrow can be tricky," says Toronto archery instructor Charles Moffat. "You really do need to hit in a vital location. Otherwise they will just hop away so fast you won't get a second shot at them. That is why it is so important for a hunter to have really good aim and kill the animal on the first shot so they don't leave the poor creature in pain."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bizarre Examples of Cosmetic Surgery

Guest Post by Zara.

Before I go on to curious cases of cosmetic surgery going haywire, let us just say that this obsession with personal beauty often leads people down a dangerous road - where they often lose more than they bargained for.

Well, here’s a low-down on what happens when we think too high of our finesse to manipulate nature and
cross the line, making it even worse than what nature intended. Use of cosmetic surgery? Yes. But not “Abuse of cosmetic surgery”.

Hang Mioku - The classic case of trying too hard against nature.

A 48-year old woman from South Korea, became so compulsive to cosmetic surgery that she was left
unidentifiable after her mania caused her to self- inject edible oil into her face. Her face turned grotesquely
large.

Hang Mioku had her first cosmetic surgery when she was 28. Being obsessed to plastic surgery, she had cosmetic operation after cosmetic operation. Her face was, subsequently left enlarged and deformed.

Surgeons she consulted declined to take up any more procedures on her and one even exhorted that her
compulsion could be indicative of psychological disorder.

Michael Jackson – The case of overdoing it.

It’s difficult to forget how downright normal Jack looked way back in the 70’s and 80’s, in fact attractive before cosmetically altering himself into a sideshow freak. He is reputed to have had 10 cosmetic procedures on his nose.

Jocelyn Wildenstein: a $4 million monster.

In the late 70’s there lived a beautiful woman called Jocelyn Wildenstein. She truly had it made. She was a
young mother of two married to a very rich art dealer. That’s until she found out her husband in bed with a 21-yr Russian model. Now, any normal person would simply leave her husband and take off all his monies with her. Not this woman. She resolved to win her husband back and turn more beautiful by way of going under the knife.

Well, anyway her husband deserted her. But she will always have her cosmetic surgeon.



Donatella Versace – The case of getting caught in a maze.

It definitely did go wrong with Donatella Versace. She made a cartoon of herself. She underwent a facelift, a nose job, lips surgery, and even Botox to erase wrinkles off her face.

Amanda Lepore – The grass is greener on the other side.

The most eccentric of the cosmetic surgeries. The well- known transsexual. She (or is it he) had her first
surgery at 15.



Pete Burns – Another case of over-doing it

He had a string of reconstructive surgeries. He had nose-reshaping, cheek implants. It was due to heavy
polyacrylamide injections into his lips that made things horrifyingly wrong.

Jackie Stallone – Yet another case of over-doing it.

Mother of popular star Sylvester Stallone, she was well-known for claiming that she can converse with dogs about the future, she even started a psychic hotline that would charge callers for advice. She tried everything: brow lift, facelift, nose job, cheek implants, and lip jobs. Now she’s relatively popular for what appears like a bit too much of plastic surgery.



Michaela Romanini – Abusing cosmetic surgery.

A woman in her 40s – Famous Italian socialite. She ended up looking terrible after a string of lip collagen
abuse!!!



About Zara

Zara is a blogger who writes on various subjects like health-related issues to reviews on latest gadgets and apps. Right now she is working on articles related to instant ppi claims.

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