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Archive for December 1st, 2008

Dear Governor General

December 01, 2008 @ 17:20 By: gordon Category: Current affairs

Fill in the blanks

As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the ___A___ minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the ___B___ Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government’s program.

We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority.

Your attention to this matter is appreciated.

For bonus points, who signed it and when?


Shoplifters bragging on YouTube

December 01, 2008 @ 08:10 By: gordon Category: Seen on the 'net

Repeat after me:

The Internet never forgets.

In other words, if you’re going to do something illegal like steal custom license plates, you shouldn’t post pictures of you and your friends holding them on the Internet. Similarly, if you’re going to shoplift things from stores and you don’t want to get caught then you shouldn’t post pictures and videos of yourself bragging about it to YouTube.

This lesson seems to have been missed by thieves in Cape Breton. Retailers there are banding together and using Facebook and YouTube to identify shoplifters caught by their security cameras. In some cases, they have found videos like these (though not these ones specifically) with the people bragging about it:

Part 1: Hmm… so many choices…

Part 2: And she’ll probably never wear it!

Once they identify someone, they share that information with other retailers who will probably ban the thieves from their establishments.