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  1. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2018

    Sir Bill of Dipton

    5:00 AM The architect of NZ’s rockstar economy has been made a knight.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104416895/queens-birthday-honours-former-prime-minister-bill-english-made-a-knight

    Lurch will be having a blimmin fit! :/

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

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      • Missing these two Knights.

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        • lurcher1948

           /  June 4, 2018

          Why

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        • Gezza

           /  June 4, 2018

          Get a gunsmith to check your sights.

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        • Blazer

           /  June 4, 2018

          not missing those dark knights,at…all.

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        • Blazer

           /  June 4, 2018

          easily found…working for their masters…’Both are now retired from politics and remain close friends. In life after politics, both have taken a similar approach to new business opportunities; building directorships with overseas companies and advising and consultancy work in the financial sector. ‘

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          • lurcher1948

             /  June 4, 2018

            Does that mean they are still selling New Zealand out to Australia,never saw that coming

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        • Corky

           /  June 4, 2018

          Geez, that photo brings back memories of better times. I’m afraid Simon and Jacinda don’t make the cut. You can’t beat ”white males” in charge of a nations affairs.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  June 4, 2018

            Helen got the ONZ …

            If Jacinda lasts more than one term she’s a shoe-in …

            Par for the course … perhaps provided you “stay the course”?

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      • NOEL

         /  June 4, 2018

        Always been perplexed that these awards appear at the top of the list and bravery awards at the bottom. Says something?

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      • lurcher1948

         /  June 4, 2018

        Another soft sentence under national the party soft on crime, 9 years of rubbish sentences under Sir Key
        https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/06/meet_a_second_striker_5.html

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        • lurcher1948

           /  June 4, 2018

          It seems all the criminals the NATIONAL attack poodle David Farrar pictures are going to post are MAORI 260+
          https://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2018/06/meet_a_second_striker_5.html
          wow the MAORI party supported NATIONAL,NATIONAL bribed the maori party as an uncle tom party.KIWIBLOG WILL POST YOUR PICTURE TO ELECT A MAORI PM what a joke a revolving HATE CIRCLE,untell CRUSHER makes her move and replaces MAORI with CHINESE

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    • lurcher1948

       /  June 4, 2018

      No I won’t but Sir Lurch for services like turning up to work and rescuring dogs sounds good

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      • Gezza

         /  June 4, 2018

        Gets my vote 👍🏼

        Workin on the email now for New Year’s List.

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      • Corky

         /  June 4, 2018

        I think I could nominate you, Lurchy… for services of pushing the boundaries of ‘Esperanto.’

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 4, 2018

          How about one for Gezza for services to pooks and other birds ?

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          • Corky

             /  June 4, 2018

            I dislike birds. The only pooks I like are fed to guests as a joke. The meat is terrible.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 4, 2018

              I expect your guests never return, and only suggest that any others accept dinner invitations to your compound if they absolutely detest them? o_O

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 4, 2018

              They probably won’t want to come again anyway, so why go to that trouble ?

  2. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2018

    Good one! ❤ 😎

    The rebels got their medals: Topp Twins Jools and Lynda made Dames

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    • lurcher1948

       /  June 4, 2018

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/104305805/the-mcdonalds-worker-who-became-a-hero-recognised-in-queens-birthday-honours
      Rather this person got the top gong than the topp twins, they only needed to fart and their fans would think it was pure comedy, no talent but a lot of embarrassment there,GONG NOT DESERVED

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 4, 2018

        I must confess that they leave me cold, either on screen or in reality. I was involved with an Amnesty concert with people like McPhail and Gadsby and other famous Kiwis, among them the Topps. I was backstage dogsbody and costume maker but was delighted to be even that) They were quite rude and arrogant, especially to a male friend who was another backstage worker.

        Someone who’s known them since they were little thinks that they make a little go a long way. She’s probably right !

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  3. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2018

    😮
    They’ve #@C%!&n missed me out again ! 😡

    Aren’t they getting my bloody emails! >:D

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  4. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2018

    YNZ POSTER SURVEY
    Please indicate in comments below any YNZ posters who should be nominated for the New Year’s Honours List, and for what services.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

      Damehood: Kitty Catkin
      For services to Literature, Correct Spelling & Grammar, and for keeping alive the memory of Shakers The Rude, playwright (RIP).

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

      NB: Forgot to mention: the Wilkinson System applies to voting. ALL Upticks and downticks will be aggregated for total votes of support.

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    • David

       /  June 4, 2018

      Gezza for services to pedantry, any mistakes made the ever vigilant Gezza will be on hand to point out to the recalcitrant the error.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 4, 2018

        All of David’s points will be deducted during tallying & any email nominations will be shredded on receipt so they can’t be requested under the OI Act. Just saying.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 4, 2018

        Try to be helpful and this is the thanks I get ! >:D

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 4, 2018

          Ok, I’ll add that Sir Gerald’s case was strengthened to irresistible levels by his unceasing devotion to bureaucratic nitpicking verbosity through inevitably grasping the wrong meaning whenever possible and rushing away chortling with it between his nicotine-stained teeth.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 4, 2018

            Really looking forward to seeing YOUR nomination now, buster!
            IF there even bloody IS one! >:D

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

      Pete George – for Services to Blogging, Good Naturedness, & not taking shit from anyone.

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      • PDB

         /  June 4, 2018

        Blazer – services to hypocrisy, Guyton – services to hypocrisy, Zedd (you get the picture)

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  June 4, 2018

          PDB – For persistent and relentless usage of Tu Quoque and Whataboutery, even in the face of ridicule. A true hero.

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  5. David

     /  June 4, 2018

    Blazer for services to the Alzheimers community and to the “multiple full stop”, you can guarantee if there is a post here about our new government Blazer will find a time the previous lot have done a similar thing but in a 100 times worse way, sometimes he will remember something that is about something else and totally unconnected. Blazer..helping people to never forget.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 4, 2018

      how’s that Indian motor of your’s David…broken down…yet?

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    • Griff

       /  June 4, 2018

      Self awareness in this one not.

      Honorable mention goes to all the trumpets for their persistent small furry animal hunting .
      But Obama/Hillary/ Democrats …..
      Helping in our effort to make NZ predator free.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 4, 2018

        Small furry animals ?

        Services to publicising the sort of wanker who shoots endangered species, more like, and has photos of themselves grinning all over their face as they stand by the bodies.

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  6. Gezza

     /  June 4, 2018

    Ok – this is not good …

    Dozens of Auckland Prison guards call in sick after ‘organised violence’ from gang member inmates
    A campaign of “organised violence” by gang member inmates against guards has led to dozens of staff at Auckland Prison calling in sick on Sunday.

    The Corrections Department confirmed it was forced to bring in guards from other prisons because of “a higher than usual number of staff calling in sick this weekend”.

    Alan Whitley, president of prison staff union the Corrections Association, said at least 30 staff did not turn up to work at the Paremoremo prison on Sunday, following an assault on a guard on Saturday.
    More…
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/104439499/dozens-of-auckland-prison-guards-call-in-sick-after-organised-violence-from-gang-member-inmates

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    • Corky

       /  June 4, 2018

      There’s an easy solution.. Pity we haven’t got the guts to implement it. These prisoners basically know they are untouchable. Liberalism doesn’t register with animals…pain does.

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    • PDB

       /  June 4, 2018

      ‘Let em out Little’ will be wanting this lot out into the community quick-smart.

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      • Corky

         /  June 4, 2018

        ‘Let em out Little.’ That’s a real cool moniker. Let’s hope it sticks. Unfortunately it won’t be so funny once someone is murdered .

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        • Blazer

           /  June 4, 2018

          where are your tears for those getting murdered in the middle east…every day?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 4, 2018

            You mean the ones burning tyres, firing mortars and throwing rocks? Or the very many more being killed by different sects and factions of their own mad religion.

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        • lurcher1948

           /  June 4, 2018

          Coming soon to a RICH leafy National voting suburb in a state house

          Rich stale whiteys meet Maori culture,what could go wrong, you are the man,Andy L

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          • Corky

             /  June 4, 2018

            Andy is a liability. Now he wants to explore abortion laws. The joke is on you, Lurchy. He may as well be a National plant. Everytime he opens his mouth voters desert to National. Roll on 2020.

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 4, 2018

    I nominate Griff and Lurch for their improving control over their volcanic eruptions so commenting without splattering the neighbours with molten invective.

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    • Griff

       /  June 4, 2018

      Owe Alans all snowflake.
      How cute.
      Wanna pat on the head Alan ?
      Have a free badge instead.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 4, 2018

        Now that’s ingratitude, Sir Gerald.

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        • Griff

           /  June 4, 2018

          What .
          You nominated me for an imaginary award .
          I gave you a badge you can print out and proudly wear.
          At lest you actually get something …..

          Space cadet.
          noun
          noun: space cadet; plural noun: space cadets

          1.
          a trainee astronaut.
          an enthusiast for space travel, typically a young person.
          2.
          informal
          a person regarded as being out of touch with reality.
          “it’s not surprising that the British rock press has her down as a major space cadet”

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 4, 2018

            I’ll have you know this is a very formal occasion, Griff. Informal doesn’t cut it.

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  8. lurcher1948

     /  June 4, 2018

    Some like it…hot

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    • lurcher1948

       /  June 4, 2018

      Don’t you like volcanoes PG,i love earth sciences,NO ONES HURT

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      • I’ve been back half an hour after a weekend break, it can take a while to catch up on things.

        Some of your comments are still not appropriate here.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 4, 2018

          Christ – if the ones you let through are the appropriate ones – can you post the others on the dark web & give us a link? They must be bloody rippers o_O

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        • lurcher1948

           /  June 4, 2018

          Sorry,getting old,

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    • phantom snowflake

       /  June 4, 2018

      Huh? I would have thought, given your concerns about Islamic extremism, that you would have supported the NZ Police strengthening their relationships with the Muslim community.

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  9. Corky

     /  June 4, 2018

    Kerre McIvor tries to shed her goodie two shoes image ahead of taking over from Leighton..
    Won’t work, Leighton is irreplaceable. Besides, does Kerre really want a taste of snowflake
    liberal hate? Apparently so.

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2018/06/kerre-mcivor-backs-hosking/

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    • Blazer

       /  June 4, 2018

      Smith is definately replaceable,but not by… her.Bruce is ..better.

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  10. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 4, 2018

    Looks like some forestry company might have some explaining to do:
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104443298/tolaga-bay-family-being-airlifted-off-roof

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    • Griff

       /  June 4, 2018

      The water-holding capacity of the atmosphere increases by about 7% for every 1 °C rise in temperature.
      Climate change .
      Extreme rainfall events are increasing.
      https://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/faq-3-2.html
      Who to blame?
      Go find a mirror.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 4, 2018

        I don’t think that accounts for all the logs in the pics.

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        • Griff

           /  June 4, 2018

          I dont think that something like six major flood events already this year in NZ is due only to logging Alan.
          The relationship of temperature to moisture is just….Physics ! you can experiment with by breathing on that mirror or drying clothes in the dryer.

          You do know what a standard distribution is ?
          What happens to the extremes when we shift the median of events ?

          They become more frequent.
          Rainfall and drought are opposite sides of the same coin. We will see more extremes in both.
          All weather is effected by global warming now.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 4, 2018

            It’s so confusing, Griff, whether weather is climate or not. Now it is, then it isn’t. When it rains it is, but when it is cold it isn’t.

            So being a simple fellow I was just wondering why so many logs had been left to clog up rivers and get swept away.

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            • Griff

               /  June 4, 2018

              ROFL
              That is sooo stupid Alan
              For a guy with your qualification you should be ashamed.
              Global Warming =The temperature of the globe as a whole will warm .

              Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades to millions of years).
              We will see statistically significant increase in extreme rainfall to become as apparent here as it has else where.
              Abstract

              In the last decade record-breaking rainfall events have occurred in many places around the world causing severe impacts to human society and the environment including agricultural losses and floodings. There is now medium confidence that human-induced greenhouse gases have contributed to changes in heavy precipitation events at the global scale. Here, we present the first analysis of record-breaking daily rainfall events using observational data. We show that over the last three decades the number of record-breaking events has significantly increased in the global mean. Globally, this increase has led to 12 % more record-breaking rainfall events over 1981–2010 compared to those expected in stationary time series. The number of record-breaking rainfall events peaked in 2010 with an estimated 26 % chance that a new rainfall record is due to long-term climate change. This increase in record-breaking rainfall is explained by a statistical model which accounts for the warming of air and associated increasing water holding capacity only. Our results suggest that whilst the number of rainfall record-breaking events can be related to natural multi-decadal variability over the period from 1901 to 1980, observed record-breaking rainfall events significantly increased afterwards consistent with rising temperatures.

              Increased record-breaking precipitation… (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280223472_Increased_record-breaking_precipitation_events_under_global_warming [accessed Jun 04 2018].

              Some of the changes due to our unfortunate experiment in atmospheric physics will be surprises,
              https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/global-warming-arctic-colder-winters-climate-change-spd/

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 5, 2018

              Well, what do you know. Other people are simple enough to be wondering about all the logs too now:
              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12064965

              And in case you were wondering, that wasn’t a record-breaking rain event – up here at least. Just normal weather.

    • Corky

       /  June 4, 2018

      Just saw the house and surrounding area on the news. Unbelievable , the amount of waste wood piled up. There must be thousands of cords of wood. Should open it up to the public and wood merchants.

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  11. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 4, 2018

    Nuisance spam, fraud and marketing robo phone calls wrecking the phone system:
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/ring-ring-ring-ring/561545/

    I’ve put blocks on unlisted numbers and some others which is kind of working for the moment but NZ is not immune to this disease. If the phone companies don’t get smarter at filtering them out they will lose their industry. Maybe they don’t care much as it is taken over by internet communications anyway.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

      I was really hacked off when I got a call early last week from a gentleman with a strong Indian accent in the Windows Technical Department who told me messages were coming up on their system showing my computer number that tells them my computer has been hacked.

      I enjoy these calls immensely. I tell them I don’t have a windows computer. All I have is an iPad. How come my iPad number is coming up on their Windows computer system? That I don’t know much about computers, but I thought Apple and Windows computers were totally different systems etc. It can be a lot of fun as they desperately try to suggest someone else in my house must have a Windows computer and I play along like Forrest Gump, being helpful.

      But the line was bloody terrible! I couldn’t even hear the beggar. I had to hang up – it was no bloody fun at all!

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 4, 2018

        I haven’t had one of those for ages, touch wood.

        Saying that I don’t have a computer usually stops the conversation. I once became really carried away and ranted about the evils of computers, expanding on this theme at length to explain why no computer would ever cross my threshold. It was great fun.

        It must have been even greater fun when the man said that he wasn’t very techno-savvy but would put his daughter on. He then had a good laugh at the infuriated person on the other end who was listening to the babbling two year old daughter who loved talking on the phone.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 4, 2018

          Has anyone seen Tom Mabe (well, heard, but it’s on YouTube taking on some unlucky telemarketer ? I think that few of us could keep it up, alas, but it’s really funny (except to the poor telemarketer who would never be the same again)

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        • Gezza

           /  June 4, 2018

          I only keep the landline phone on for ma’s sake. Try as I might I can’t get her to use just her mobile instead.

          She’s 92 – about half of her contemporaries (well ok, probably 10 years younger) use mobiles and iPad (my mum used a laptop and a mobile as well as a landline – mum’s weekly emails to friends and family were legendary – I learnt to tell her “mum, this is just between you and me”.) – but ma just won’t go there.

          There’s nothing I can do to persuade her, and I frankly dread the idea of trying to teach her how to use a computer. I gave up teaching her to text, month after month ….she won’t bloody practice. Voicemail is an alien concept to her. God knows how many people have left her messages with no idea they’re totally wasting their time. Her mobile’s off unless I tell her to leave it on – and then when I go to get in touch it’s battery’s flat!

          I think I’ve only had two or three robo-calls on my landline. I just hung up.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 4, 2018

            I have a landline because I don’t want to pay cellphone prices, don’t expect people to pay to talk to me and the cellphone coverage here is quite erratic so cellphone only is just not an option for me, anyway, even if I did expect people to be willing to pay to talk to me. I have a cellphone, but don’t use it except when I’m out for things like phoning a taxi.

            I have had an occasional robocall but like you, hang up.

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  12. Blazer

     /  June 4, 2018

    slap on the wrist for serial filthy,thieving parasites…parent bank of ASB..FBU flop Ralph Norris’ former gig.

    https://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/cba-s-700m-fine-an-acceptable-price-to-bury-austrac-issue-20180604-p4zjb5.html

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  13. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 4, 2018

    Dis anyone see the FBI agent who was showing off in a nightclub and dropped his gun, then shot someone when he picked it up ? Talk about a hair trigger.

    He then did that handraising gesture ( these things happen, my mistake) and walked away.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 4, 2018

      Yes. It was on 1ewes too. The police questioned him & then handed him over to a senior FBI person who will investigate apparently.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 4, 2018

        I should think so.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 4, 2018

          Well, that’s what happens when you wear a gun & break dance or whatever the heck he was doing, I guess. He fired it picking it up so either the safety catch wasn’t on or it jolted to the off position when it fell onto the floor. He shot someone I think they said.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 5, 2018

            He did, but only (!) in the leg.

            It’s a worry that it went off so easily, even with the safety catch off. It’s sheer luck that he didn’t kill someone !

            He wasn’t even very good at it. I wonder if people were standing back because they were nervous of this odd person 😀

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            • Gezza

               /  June 5, 2018

              He was just mentioned on 1ewes again. Sounds like he IS going to be in the gun with the fuzz.

              He should’ve been arrested for those dance moves alone.

              Did you see in the video clip the moron just had a loose gun tucked into his belt in the small of his back. And after shooting some poor bastard in the leg he just did a goofy smile and shoved it back into the same place it fell out of!

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