The first was the dire warning, that the gov's is spying on us. Well, yes they are but tell me Binky, what revelation do you have for us? That the Samsung phone battery has a secret hidden circuit wrapped around it under the label and it is used by the gov't to read everything you have in your phone, and here is a video explaining how to disable it.
Um... I wrote my Alberta friend back. The guy in the video demonstrated how to destroy the Near Field Communications antennae on his phone, and now he will be unable to share contact info, links, photos or whatev with other close at hand Samsung phones. It's not a secret, Samsung ads and instructions all explain their NFC and how great it is. Except video conspiracy dude's -his is now broken. BTW, I am not saying that NFC can't be used by someone to spy on you, depending on your settings it could happen. But the g-man would need to be hanging out pretty close to you. There are much better (read: more efficient) ways to spy on you.
Then there was the RCMP alert, please pass this on if you care about the children! There are gangs wielding guns kidnapping teenage girls off the streets in Grande Prairie and forcing the girls into prostitution. Odd I thought. For those not in the know, GP is north of Edmonton, has a population in the mid 50k and while fast growing and know for some spectacular bar fights (at least back when I was younger) is not know for gun toting gangs. A quick check revealed that a couple years back a 6 year old girl claimed that a car pulled up to the curb with a couple in it that asked her some questions like, do you live alone?, do you want some candy?, does the East Witch live nearby?, and 'implied' that they were going to steal her and sell her to Gypsies or that is what the girl 'inferred'. The RCMP are still looking for the light grey coupe. The girl is now 8 and has her own reality TV show.
And then there was the Petition. Sigh. Okay, this one is just dumb. Before I reveal the nature of the petition I will provide some back data. China has 1.34 billion people, give or take a few hundred. Canada is about 1/38th of the population and with Djibouti having less than a million people is about 1/38 the population of Canada.
in China there is a celebration of the summer solstice aka the dog-eating festival. During this festival there is perhaps 10-15,000 dogs eaten, mostly nureongi (yellow animal) along with lychees (soapberry) and grain alcohol. The latter tastes a lot like diesel fuel thinned with acetone. It hits you like a ball peen hammer in the forehead, but strangely you do desire more almost immediately.