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Killer Whales are the apex predator of the sea. They can kill any other sea creature, including the Great White Shark, with a technique of flipping the shark upside down until it suffocates. Killer whales have minds of their own, high intelligence, and have no competition in the sea. (Source)

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And not a single thanks to Newton

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Munich attack summary: “Motive completely unclear”

This is the current official situation as presented by the authorities.

Munich police said the shooter in a deadly shopping mall rampage was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man whose motive was “completely unclear”.

“The perpetrator was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich,” police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters after the massacre on Friday that left 10 people dead including the gunman.

“The motive or explanation for this crime is completely unclear.”

Mr Andrae said the shooter – who opened fire at a busy shopping centre near the southern German city’s Olympic stadium before turning the gun on himself – had dual citizenship and “no criminal record”.

His body was found less than a mile from the mall.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also said the motive for the attack was not yet clear.

“The motives for this abhorrent act have not yet been completely clarified – we still have contradictory clues,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement.

  • Gunman in Munich opens fire at a McDonald’s by Olympia shopping centre
  • Children targeted in attack
  • Gunman killed himself after fleeing scene
  • Gunman ‘probably’ acted alone
  • He was 18-year-old with German and Iranian citizenship

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The missing million are clearly disinterested and busy

source: Auckland Council

source: Auckland Council

The council has commissioned research into voting patterns which highlights the need to make inroads into some ethnic communities.

One paper found the turnout among Asians, the second-largest ethnic group in Auckland, was nearly 10 percent lower than the population average in 2010. Read more »

Rodney Hide on lack of justice for John Banks

The prosecution of a warranted minister of the Crown is a good kick on the tyres of the justice system. Sadly, in the case of John Banks, the old jalopy just rattled and shook, coughed and spluttered, choked and died.

It’s important ministers aren’t above the law but equally the justice system must not allow itself to be weaponised for political purpose.

That’s precisely what happened.  Mr Banks was a political target with the justice system deployed to knock him off his perch, rob the government of a support partner, deny the people of Epsom their MP and cost the ACT Party its democratically elected representation.

It was a constitutional outrage from go to whoa. The police first up didn’t prosecute. Then the courts gave Graham McCready’s private prosecution the go-ahead and the Solicitor-General took over the case to do what it looked like he should have done all along.

That was a bad look.

It appeared but for the plucky efforts of a public-spirited private citizen the old boys club was looking after its own and that Mr Banks was indeed above the law.

The case should have been back on track. Instead it went completely off the rails.

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