I’m Boring, Ignore Me: Supreme Court Ruins Privacy

I think people who say they are too ordinary, law abiding, and boring for police to violate them, are more wishing that were true than stating a fact.

Will the police keep the phone as it keeps generating evidence? For how long? Can you refuse to provide your password or will the police IT department bypass it?

In Gary Shteyngart’s 2010 novelSuper Sad True Love Story of a terrible future, everyone walks around with an “apparati,” a data-collection rating device on their chest. It’s like wearing an open cellphone. This court ruling takes us one step closer to this.

And it is very easy to be arrested. It just happened to a friend’s teenage son, the victim of two 30-year-old men following him around filming him and harassing him. The boy, wrongly accused of aggression, was strip-searched. He’s too young to have any secrets on his cell, but I thought he was too gentle a kid to be arrested in the first place. I was wrong.

He was vulnerable to lazily vicious cops. You think it cannot happen to you. Maybe it will.

Harper’s “crazy” Comments

Here’s an impressive takedown of the Prime Minister’s “crazy” comments in the House the other day. Since 2006 he’s promised to regulate oil and gas. Now he admits that would be “crazy”. Harper is nuts, and a liar, and he’s our Prime Minister for another year.

CIA Tortured For Bad Info

Canada is implicated.

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“People are going to die”

First Nations Financial Transparency Act:
Watch Pam Palmater put the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in its place. “We don’t even have enough money to have websites, how the heck are we supposed to post it online?”

“What’s non-essential on a First Nation?” Palmater asks Evan who is quoting the Conservative government. “We have suicides every day, contaminated water, we have a major housing crisis, food and security in the North that Minister A. (#LyingLeona) could[n’t] care less about. What’s non-essential in a First Nation? People are going to die, if there is not enough funding for health, for insulin, if there’s not enough food for kids, or heat in the North right now!”

Palmater explains the problem is the government is trying to embarass Chiefs who make 3rd-party income from non-federal funding sources, while Wudrick was on the defensive claiming the Conservatives’ law isn’t racist because they just want more financial data. Why don’t Paul Martin and Stephen Harper share their full private/personal income information then, asked Palmater.

You may remember the CTF talking head Wudrick from Blogging Tory blunders of the past decade.

#BlackFriday Is So Very Offensive

A few years ago when the media started buying into the spindoctors’ PR BS about “Black Friday”, in the USA, I was severely disappointed. I’ve let that grow into a healthy disgust for what’s now an extra week of consumer manipulation perpetrated even on the supposedly “ad free” CBC Radio.

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#BlackoutBlackFriday is a counter effort, possibly coordinated by AdBusters, to both fight racism, and redefine consumerism as an unacceptable, and immoral economic strategy. While our planet’s resources dwindle, the grab we’re collectively making at things we know are making the planet uninhabitable, is unethical. Yet 2/3rds of Canadians don’t really accept that our country is a laggard on the Climate Change problem, and consumer debt has never been higher, so how could we possibly change minds about sexy consumerism? I just feel bad about destroying the future, sorry. I think that’s a much more Canadian attitude.

If you’re going to shop anyway, at least disrupt the US$ and C$ a little.

Check out Taneal’s rant against Black Friday also, she makes great points.

ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon

“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”

Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.

– See also this blog

Meanwhile the convicted Pierre Poutine, Michael Sona, is seeking to appeal his conviction.