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  1. Gezza

     /  1st June 2020

    No doubt PG will post on the Queen’s Birthday honours.

    “MIKE BUSH
    After spending 42 years in the New Zealand Police force, Bush’s hard work has been recognised with the prestigious honour. Noted for his service to the police and the community, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).


    Former Police Commissioner Mike Bush

    After moving up the ranks from deputy commissioner, Bush held the role of police commissioner for six years and retired in April during the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, he became a regular fixture at the near-daily press conferences during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

    Throughout his career, Bush worked on and spearheaded a number of strategies and responses – namely the Police response to the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings. In 2006, he was made an Additional Member of the New Zealand order of Merit during the New Year Honours.”
    … … … … …

    I guess there WAS a reason Mike Bush was so keen to get up on the podium, talk tuff & threaten Kiwis with harsh treatment if they broke the lockdown rules. Even though he doesn’t seem to have had a clue how shambolic the initial police enforcement was.

    I hope the two cops who actually put their lives in danger to stop & capture Tarrant received similar honours too.

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    • David

       /  1st June 2020

      Good to see Ros Noonan getting a gong for services to batshit craziness and to the union movement. A nod to the donation industry for services to NZ First Foundation.
      Interesting to see the priorities of different administrations, Key slanted towards business and sports to a degree and Ardern is almost exclusively arts, mental health, Maori, Pacifica and social justice. They both heavily, and rightly, recognize local efforts in local communities which is pleasing rather than being overtly political.
      Its a nice list in an increasingly shitty world.

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    • Duker

       /  1st June 2020

      They arent just ‘2 cops’ they have names – Senior Constable Jim Manning and Senior Constable Scott Carmody
      Its more than a year ago now so were honoured last year which was presented by Prince William

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      Bush, to me, will forever be the Police Commissioner who went to Tame Iti’s house & made the most embarrassing, craven & unnecessary apology on behalf of the New Zealand Police for their busting up his half-witted little band of incompetent, would-be, armed revolutionaries.

      They owed an apology to the local community for terrorising innocents when making the arrests, but not to Tame, who was up to no good & did need shutting down before some stupid young buck amongst them blew up a gas station or something equally daft.

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    • I think that there were more than two who risked their lives, cops and civilians..

      What about the Muslim man who took him on and diverted him enough to send him on his way?

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  1st June 2020

    After the rioting over the last 5 days will be a surge in covid-19,cases,and China crowing about not deploying their troops in Hong Kong.Trump with his stupid race baiting comments is a national disgrace but admired from the right

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    • David

       /  1st June 2020

      You may have missed it but Trump called the killing a disgrace, called in the FBI and the Attorney General to oversee which is pretty much what Obama did in Ferguson but done quicker.
      Sadly there have been decades of black men being killed by white cops.

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      • Duker

         /  1st June 2020

        FBI and federal government can only be invited in to these sorts of things , as the crimes are state matters. The Minnesota Governor, who is commander in chief of the Minnesota National Guard has already activated them. The I in FBI stands for investigation.
        Trump is his usual foam comments of no substance

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    • artcroft

       /  1st June 2020

      Ha ha. Talk about irony. (which Americans apparently don’t get)

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    • Pink David

       /  1st June 2020

      “After the rioting over the last 5 days will be a surge in covid-19,case”

      There won’t be. Check in in 14 days shall we?

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  1st June 2020

    New York finest

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      Stupid thing to do. They don’t show what happens next but you can hear the windows being smashed to start with. There’ll be some expensive panel beating & other repair work needed on those cars – maybe they’re now even write-offs.

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    • Corky

       /  1st June 2020

      ”New Yorks finest.”

      You mean the protesters who thought they could defy physics? The ones who smashed their
      own tax dollars up?

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      • Gezza

         /  1st June 2020

        1News at 6 reported thar an investigation has been launched by NYPD into why those cops drove their cars into protesters. I am mindful that we haven’t seen enough footage to understand that question – but it sure looks like a bloody stupid thing to do.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  1st June 2020

    If you have nothing on today,rightwingers and white supremacists possibly welcome
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2020/05/31/the-liberal-agenda-black-lives-matter-march-for-solidarity-3-30pm-aotea-square/

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  5. artcroft

     /  1st June 2020

    I get the feeling this is no longer about George Floyd, rather its about a very f**ked up social system where Wall Street demands ordinary citizens spend their lives in debtor servitude. People know it and have finally broken out.

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      For some, it’s pretty obviously just the opportunity to loot.

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      • artcroft

         /  1st June 2020

        Sure. But there is a whole lot of anger out there as well. Not just greed.

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      • I think that it’s horribly easy to get caught up in that sort of thing. I know that after the Rodney King riots and looting, a lot of people brought the things back, horrified at themselves for doing it.

        Remember the English riots some years ago and the Gilet Jaunes ? It’s not just in America, but they have many more people to do it.

        I also wonder whether the lockdowns and resulting stress have anything to do with the boiling over of rage.

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        • duperez

           /  1st June 2020

          No doubt the incident happened with tension and emotions at high levels through the Covid-19 events.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  1st June 2020

      I doubt ordinary citizens are smashing up their shops. Some will be political nutters, some will be crooks, some will just be stupid youngsters caught up in adrenaline. All of them are opportunists. The decent folk of outraged protesters gave them the chance and the cover and will have now gone home and be watching in horror.

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      • artcroft

         /  1st June 2020

        If I was young and living in the states I’d not be impressed with the options that society has laid out for me. The options seems to be live in huge debt or live in huge debt. And you know this system was designed to suit the suits in Wall Street who spend their days repackaging the debt and skimming billion here or there in the process.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  1st June 2020

          I doubt many want to go and live in Africa with no debt.

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          • Gezza

             /  1st June 2020

            There’s plenty of debt in Africa. A lot of it to China, the US, & Europe too I imagine.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  1st June 2020

              Not for the average joe.

            • Gezza

               /  1st June 2020

              Depends where you look. The average joe is often a worker, miner, or subsistence farmer indebted to foreign corporates for the cost of the seeds they’re cropping.

            • Gezza

               /  1st June 2020

              Al Jazeera looked at some tobacco farmers in this situation once.

              They’re indebted for seeds & fertilizer to Big Tobacco, & getting lung-damaged through being required to smoke-dry the crops as well.

              Btw – did you note this one amongst The Thoughts Of Chairman Bob?

              “RATING THE INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION CHANNELS
              Sir Bob Jones · May 8, 2020 · Uncategorized · 26 Comments

              THE BEST: By a country mile, Al Jazeera. It alone presents full international news. A Zambian or Honduras Presidential election result will be advised, even if in an announcement running along the bottom of the screen. An added bonus is their flock of stunning female news presenters.”

              https://nopunchespulled.com/2020/05/08/rating-the-international-television-channels/

          • artcroft

             /  1st June 2020

            Great. If you don’t like it here go live somewhere else. Lame!

            Maybe these kids are trying to change the society they live in to their benefit. For sure the ballot box in the US doesn’t work. So what’s left.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  1st June 2020

              The point is that doing stuff requires an investment of effort and often money. If there is no money, nothing gets done. Complaining about debt is complaining about doing things.

            • artcroft

               /  1st June 2020

              I’m not complaining about debt. I think debt is a great tool that has lifted us from subsistence farming to walking on the moon. But nor is it utterly benign. Most of Wall St exists to grift and offers nothing of real value. It repackages debt until the system collapses (2008) and then demands the Fed print more money to keep they game going. Meanwhile the plebs are kept in servitude towards the money men.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  1st June 2020

              I suspect most of the plebs throwing rocks and looting stores are not in servitude to anyone or anything other than a welfare cheque.

            • They are now, just as tens of thousands more are here now.

  6. Steady rain is falling. There was more in the gauge than I thought, but it hadn’t been emptied for ages. It’s not exactly heavy as was forecast.

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    • Gezza

       /  1st June 2020

      It’s raining steadily at Tawa too. Since about 2 pm. Quite mild temp wise tho.

      I drove down to ma’s & sorted thru her effects retrieved from the Rest Home last week for a couple of hours. Did a mini-shop at the supermarket on the way back. It’s pretty rare to find a queue there now. Got some coleslaw from their deli. They pass it to you on a tray.

      People still stand on the big red 2m spacer dots if there’s a wait for a free auto checkout or staffed checkout, but otherwise nobody’s fussed about social distancing in the aisles etc.

      The checkouts & trolleys are still being wiped down all the time. Our supermarket staff have been great – real troopers – throughout this whole Covid-19 journey. It’s nice to hear people telling them they’re appreciated. Before now they mostly only heard complaints.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  1st June 2020

        Just went out and checked the gauge – a good 100mm from this storm. Paddocks on the way to the cabins still under water tonight though there has been no rain today.

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        • Gezza

           /  1st June 2020

          Temperature’s now dropping like a streamlined brick. It’s not windy but you can feel that Southerly chill. Heater needed soon, I imagine.

          I called out to the pooks on their individual sleeping nests in the darkness somewhere over on the far parenga, by name, again. And seeing Bluey did, they all answered, from their different locations. Makes me smile. They’re being very cute lately.

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  7. Gezza

     /  1st June 2020

    One sure sees a lot more videos of violent events & noteworthy incidents (like tornados, volcanos erupting & gangs making the police look impotent) since the advent of the cellcam.

    “A video has emerged showing a man being pepper-sprayed and tasered in central Auckland during a fight with a police officer.

    Auckland Central Area Commander Inspector Gary Davey said about 5pm on Saturday, two members of the public approached an officer on Lorne St, advising they’d been assaulted by a man nearby. When the officer approached the alleged offender, the man became aggressive.

    The officer used pepper spray, however he was unable to control the man who, as can be seen on the video, got up and attacked the officer, punching him several times in the head. The officer then tasered the man before arresting him.

    The 47-year-old man was due to appear in Auckland District Court today on charges including assault, resisting police, and assaulting a police officer.”

    This dude looks like The Hulk’s brother.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12336343

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    • Corky

       /  1st June 2020

      Here’s how the situation should have been handled. That police officer should be put on desk duty for endangering his life; and that of the public. On the street, it’s play for keeps. The sooner our police force get that through their PC skulls, the better off we all will be.

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      • Gezza

         /  1st June 2020

        How did he get a knife in there?

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        • Corky

           /  1st June 2020

          Poor police work. I would say he wasn’t checked properly before being interviewed. That’s all I can think of.

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