While I am somewhat conflicted on property damage and burning police cars - who's to say what's right and what's wrong in this crazy world? - it's clear enough that the day and the evening were entirely idiot-driven, from looting targets to, um, visibility in photos, to bragging about loot on Facebook... And I don't want people to get hurt or their stuff destroyed unless of course I have one of my many thousands of petty and irrational grudges against them. Anyway, Shaming On The Internet is an interesting manifestation of this new intertubes stuff the young folks are fooling with.
Read the comments of the posts that identify individuals to find justified monsters who really want addresses and phone numbers. Opposing them are just excruciating concern trolls.
The riot's not over, it's just gone digital.
Below is a really slick video put together by the Vancouver Police Department:
Let me be clear here: I fucking hate the Vancouver Police Department. Cool video though, and I must say that their restraint was commendable during this hockey riot as opposed to, um, that last hockey riot. Boy, you could smell the tear gas in the air wherever you were downtown for that one. And you know, since that first hockey riot there's been a large push to have an "entertainment district" which is, I guess, the ideal way to make sure there's one place in town where everyone can gather to form a nice drunken mob. Extend the entertainment opportunities outwards, powers-that-be!
Some more interesting technology:
The Insurance Corporation of B.C. is offering its facial-recognition technology to help match up photos of suspects with their driver license pictures.