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November 26, 2012


Some confetti at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday in New York appears to have been made out of confidential police documents, a US media report says.

(Thanks to Sarah J)


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When you go with the lowest bidder, sometimes you don't get the best results.

Kind of a shame about the undercover officers who were listed on the documents that were found.

I'd just like to point out that if you follow a couple of links there on the BBC news website, you can find an aggregate page called BBC Future; links there include an item on the sweet smell of poo, one that asks if the internet will develop consciousness, (it didn't already?) and one on learning from psychopaths. As well as one that apparently tells us how to die; I didn't know I needed instructions.

Whatever the future is, I sincerely hope it isn't a BBC one.

On a more pertinent note, it's hard to believe that the Nassau County PD doesn't have a crosscut shredder. As someone who spent some time employed by a different branch of government (*cough* Army *cough*,) I can tell you that a good crosscut shredder turns out great confetti, turning the most confidential document you can possibly imagine into pieces so tiny that not even an individual Social Security Number number would ever be likely to be able to be harvested by any person or persons inimical to our way of life. Then, once the urge for confetti has passed, those tiny pieces are further soaked in water (it's called mulching) until they're rendered back into their constituent fibers. Which don't make good confetti at all, at all. Unless you like being pelted with dusty blobs of wood fiber. There! Now, don't you feel better about the document disposal security of of your branches of government? Unless you're a Nassau County detective, of course.

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