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John Green, writer and vlogger, gets stopped every time he tries to enter Canada for reasons explained in this video: http://dft.ba/-2Wu4
We would like him to be able to go there more easily so he can tour the country! I don't live there, but it would be nice for the Canadians.
This is quite obviously a very First World Problem, but it's one we might actually be able to solve with just a petition. It's a tiny piece of worldsuck we can decrease for the Canadians, and for John too.
Thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh discovered by customs officials in South Korea
More than 17,000 pills smuggled into country have been intercepted since last August. Pills viewed as a “miracle cure” for all ailments – but unsurprisingly they are harmful.
Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.
The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal “cure-all”.
The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.
Dead baby pills: This is ground baby powder which tests discovered is 99.7 per cent human last year. South Korean officials have stopped 17,000 dead baby pills being imported since last August
The tiny corpses are then bought, storedin household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.
Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummelled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.
The discoveries since last August has shocked even hardened customs agents who have pledged to strengthen inspections.
Chinese officials are understood to have been aware of the trade and have tried to stop the capsules being exported but thousands of packets of them have been smuggled through to South Korea.
The Australian Sex Party is demanding the new question that has appeared on Incoming Passenger Cards at the Customs point of entry into Australia be removed. The new question asks if they are carrying any ‘pornography’.
Sex Party President, Fiona Patten, said that this development now gave Government officials an unfettered right to examine someone’s laptop or mobile phone as they re-entered the country. A senior Customs official, Richard Janeczko, has been quoted as saying that materials “stored on electronic media devices such as laptops, thumb drives and iPhones” are on their target list.
“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer ‘Yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law”, she said. Travellers must now also declare perfectly legal materials such as Category 1 and 2 Restricted magazines, X18+ films and quite probably a large section of R18+ films which have explicit sex in them. Ms Patten said the change marked the beginning of a new era of official investigation into people’s private lives – being investigated or searched on the basis that you might have legal material in your possession.
She said that by answering YES to the new Question One on the declarations, people would then be asked whether they are declaring a weapon, illicit drugs or pornography. When they answered ‘pornography’ their materials would then be examined by one and possibly a number of Customs Officers. If people were at all embarrassed by the question, often surrounded by family and friends, they could be taken into a private room and even have their person searched.
“Is it fair that Customs officers rummage through someone’s luggage and pull out a legal men’s magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law”, she said?
Customs’ official reasoning behind the changes states that ‘No consultation was undertaken under section 17 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 before this instrument was made as it is of a minor or machinery nature and does not substantially alter existing arrangements.’
“The term ‘pornography’ is not referred to at all in the federal Classification Act which Customs rely on to classify their material .
We believe that the decision by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Executive Committee EXCOM to slash the jobs carried out by its former Estates & Support Services directorate will have catastrophic implications for HMRC staff and the public. We believe the job cuts will:
*put the health & safety of all HMRC staff at major risk;
*put the nation’s data security at major risk;
*bring about additional cost to the taxpayer because all grades from Senior management downwards will carry out jobs currently undertaken by AA grades;
*make hundreds pre-surplus with little chance to find alternative employment within HMRC;
*force staff in other businesses to take on additional work with no extra pay when national levels of stress are at an all time high.
This petition is started to give Mr. Robert Dziekanski justice, and also justice to his mother and family. It is started as well to protect all of us that live in Canada. If this incident is allowed to "disappear" and be quietly "resolved", then it WILL happen again.
It is high time that the R.C.M.P. be held truly accountable for their actions this time. The R.C.M.P. have demonstrated that they have no respect for either the weapon (Taser Gun) or the people of whom they inflict it upon.
This gentleman had died at the R.C.M.P.'s hands in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee and they made ABSOLUTELY NO ATTEMPT to help him. Please see the video link below for the tragedy that unfolded.
Please see video here.
The above video courtesy of CTV News, with appreciation.
This man was dead in minutes.
If they (R.C.M.P.) are allowed to continue onwards WITHOUT any reprimand whatsoever, what does that say for our quality of life in Canada, and how we as Canadians regard it? More importantly, what does that say about how we that live in Canada will be treated by the R.C.M.P. in the future?
If it happened to him, it can happen to anyone. That has been shown now, as the latest incident at the Vancouver International Airport clearly demonstrates.
**RCMP arrived shortly after 1:30 a.m. and Dziekanski was dead within minutes.**
** Above Excerpt** from the CTV website, article: With a report from CTV British Columbia's Peter Grainger in Vancouver.
**The incident is being investigated by the RCMP's civilian oversight body.**
** Above Excerpt** from the CTV website, article: With a report from CTV British Columbia's Peter Grainger in Vancouver.
How can any justice be served when the R.C.M.P are being investigated by their "civilian Body"???
The answer is simple. It can't. Period.
Before someone else's father, son, brother, or even sister, daughter, mother dies this way again, we MUST ban Taser guns. 17 people to this date have died in Canada since 2003.
The following is courtesy of A. Cameron Ward & Company
BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS, Vancouver, BC.
**2006 Taser-related death toll: 65
January 3, 2007
Sixty-five more people died in North America after being Tasered by police in 2006, bringing the total number of such fatalities to 232. The Taser is a controversial "less than lethal" weapon that is designed to inflict excruciating pain and incapacitate subjects with 50,000 volts of electricity. Despite the number of Taser-related deaths, and the deaths of a number of animals as well, the manufacturer and law enforcement officials maintain the weapon is safe.**
This is also courtesy with thanks from A. Cameron Ward & Company, BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS, Vancouver, BC.
**An unidentified man died after he was Tasered by RCMP at the Vancouver International Airport early this morning. He is at least the 283rd person to die in North America after being shocked with the Taser's 50,000 volt electrical output. Sixteen of those deaths have occurred in Canada since 2003, and the latest is the sixth BC fatality. The RCMP has been involved in eight of the Canadian deaths.
The police will investigate this incident themselves and clear the Taser of any responsibility, perhaps blaming the unfortunate man's death on "excited delerium", which is not a recognised medical condition.
The Taser was quietly introduced into Canada in 2000, without any public debate or prior independent safety testing. Although electric fences and cattle prods must undergo rigorous tests before being sold, the Taser is subject to no such control.**
For the latest list in Canadian Fatalities, please click the link below:
The following is courtesy of AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, at the following link:
AI Index: AMR 20/003/2007 (Public)
News Service No: 110
14 June 2007
**In a recently released report, Amnesty International outlines how the use of tasers by law enforcement officers in Canada raises a number of concerns. The first is the more serious, but less widespread incidence of death following taser use, while the second is the pervasive inappropriate use of the weapon.**
Need I say more?
We must serve the proper justice to his Mother and to Robert Dziekanski himself. Most importantly, we must use the freedom of speech that we value and cherish to ensure that this never happens again, and speak up NOW!
After all, if we don't, then who will?
Airsoft is a sport that is fun and legal.
Although it can cause severe injuries, Singaporeans should be sensible - play with protective gear like vests. The new generation of Singapore is changing.
The fundamental difference in airsoft and normal shooting ranges is that we all want to have a weapon to call it our own and play against each other.
Hence it is pointless to go to a range, spend money to shoot targets and go home.
The Singapore Government should make protective gear a necessary equipment for airsoft. And airsoft matches should have referees to supervise and ensure no foul play.
I believe the Singapore government can allocate several places for airsoft.
It has to be spacious. Abandoned buildings need not be demolished, it can re-converted into an airsoft facility. Warehouses are a good place as they are far from the public, so as to prevent any accidents between players and the public.
All airsoft weapons would have a ORANGE BARREL TIP as some countries have done. The ORANGE TIP is to acknowledge authorities upon Customs that this is not a real weapon.
After clearing Customs, all weapons would have to be transported from the Customs to the armory under armed guard, so as to ensure the weapon was not tampered by the owner until delivery at the airsoft facility.
All items related to airsoft should be transferred this way. Owners should NOT be allowed to increase their firing velocity, but allowed to upgrade things like a laser scope or a better handgrip. They should order through either the Airsoft Facility staff or online purchasing. Custom officers can check the address of the item, to ensure the address is that of the airsoft facility and not their home address. They should also be allowed to confiscate any upgrades which will increase the firing velocity.
Owners should be allowed to take home the weapon WITHOUT some part of the firing mechanism or the plastic pellets.
All weapons will be checked for the removal of the firing mechanism before exiting and owners should be checked to confirm that they do not conceal it or pellets. The parts should be sealed and labelled with the owner's name, and safely secured at the airsoft facility lockers.
Foreigners who have their own rifles in their own countries would probably like to bring them over if they have to work in Singapore.
They should send their rifles to Singapore, and have it checked at the Singapore Customs. The firing velocity must be between a range of 100 FPS - 280 FPS, the usual for stock rifles. After clearing customs. Their weapons must be delivered to the designated airsoft facilities.
It has already been confirmed that airsoft rifles CANNOT be changed to a real firearm. Even if robbers try to use these airsoft weapons to rob banks, they would have to consider the high probability of getting shot and killed.
Since airsoft is quite popular in other countries, i believe many foreigners would consider coming to Singapore to try out the new airsoft facilities. Economically speaking, if Singapore managed to have superb facilities, it would most certainly be a place to visit for airsofters, hence it would benefit both Singaporeans and foreigners.
Banning things like chewing gum are ok. They cause trouble. But Airsoft does not, with strict rules and regulations, i don't see why airsoft should be banned in Singapore.
Please make airsoft legal.
Some people say that sports require a natural skill and that anyone can learn how to drive. Well its not just anyone who can drive 200mph for 4 hours with no breaks ever while driving 3 inches away from 43 other cars and trying to get to the finish line before the rest of them.
1. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively
* Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sport
I reference the Dictionary.com definition of SPORT above. If you base your opinion solely on this definition then NASCAR is a sport. NASCAR Racing is governed by a set of rules, a set that seems to grow with each race. There is no question NASCAR Racing is very competitive, it requires a certain amount of physical exertion and skill. When you see a driver in need of assistance to simply climb out of his car after a 4hr 500 mile race in the heat of Martinsville, Va. that will leave no doubt in your mind that those drivers have physically exerted themselves over the course of that race.
The idea of America being a multicultural community --- which has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. We have to stop worrying about whether we are offending some individual or his culture. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the majority of Americans came together bound by patriotism. However, it wasn't long before the "politically correct" group began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending "others" -- our own enemies!
I am not against immigration. Our population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants. However, there are some things those who have recently come to our country both legally and illegally, and some born here, need to understand. As Americans, we have our OWN culture, our OWN society, our OWN language and our OWN lifestyle -- developed over centuries of struggles, trials and errors and victories of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, Learn the Language! If you don't like our customs, our lifestyle, why did you come here?
Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But, once you're done complaining, whining, griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, our way of life, God as a part of our Culture, Christian principles which founded this nation, I highly encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom: The right to leave!
The stopping of people bringing goods such as tobacco and alcohol into UK from another member state of the European Union is contrary to European law but the government are refusing to comply. As a result thousands of people are having goods and vehicles unlawfully ceased at ports and airports throughout UK every year, and if any of them try to appeal against the decision customs and excise, as an act of revenge are prosecuting them even though they have broken no laws. The result of this is that many people end up paying heavy fines or even end up in prison.