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A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

In One of the Most Unusual Ransom Schemes in Nevada history, A Mad Bomber Held an Entire Casino Captive with One Devilishly Mysterious Machine

In the early morning hours of Aug. 26, 1980, three men wheeled what looked like a piece of office equipment into the second floor offices of the 11-story Harvey’s Resort Hotel at Stateline, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

An employee of Harvey’s Wagon Wheel Casino in Lake Tahoe, discovered the two stacked metallic grey boxes on the casino’s second floor. Unbeknownst to the employee, the boxes had just been delivered to the building by two men posing as delivery guys for IBM.

The “machine” – as the men sometimes called it – was actually a homemade bomb filled with 907 pounds of explosives.
The bomb, designed with a dizzying array of triggering devices, could never be rendered safe, the bombers said in a letter they left behind that morning. The only thing authorities would be able to do is find out how to move it out of the casino to a safe place in the desert, where it could be detonated without destroying any buildings or killing any people.
But the only way to get that information, the bombers said, was to pay them $3 million in unmarked $100 bills. Harvey’s had 24 hours to act. “Any deviation from these conditions will leave your casino in shambles,” the bombers warned.
For the next three days, the normally bustling casino district of Lake Tahoe was shut down as bomb experts from around the country tried to disable the device and authorities tried to meet the extortionists’ demands. The bomb squad would later say that they had never seen a homemade bomb so complex and so powerful, and to this day it remains the most bewildering improvised explosive device the FBI has ever encountered.

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The bigotry of low expectations hurts all of us

A propaganda video is being shown inside American high schools. It is an  animated white privilege video. Its purpose is to  encourage “racial discourse”  but it has led to a backlash from  people who  do not like the references to so-called white privilege.

“They are sitting there watching a video that is dividing them up from a racial standpoint. It’s a White guilt kind of video,” Don Blake, whose granddaughter attended the assembly where the video was shown, told told WWBT. “I think somebody should be held accountable for this.”

The key premise of the video is cringeworthy.  It portrays white people, specifically white men as the winner of all things while showing black people to be losers and unable to overcome any obstacles in their way. I don’t understand why the people who created this video can’t see how incredibly racist, belittling and patronising it is.  The video uses the analogy of a running race which is quite ironic considering that when it comes to real running races black people usually dominate.

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Credit: SonovaMin

Tourists won’t have to prove they can drive safely

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File / not this specific accident

Forcing tourists to take driving tests would risk retaliatory action from other countries, Prime Minister John Key says.

Questioned by media on Tuesday about tourists causing road accidents , he said the situation had improved.

“They still represent a very small number of those involved in serious accidents,” he said.

“A lot of work has gone on, airlines are running safety videos, car rental companies are doing a lot around trying to educate people, there is a great deal more information.”

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What is the difference between #blacklivesmatter and #whitelivesmatter?

The difference is simple. One is a very large national organisation that is given lots of positive coverage in the media and the other is a small pseudo organisation made up of a number of even smaller groups that is given only negative coverage in the media.  One is promoted as a liberation movement  while the other is painted as a supremacist movement.One has been responsible for serious and widespread violence and vandalism and the other has been declared a race hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

I did some research to find out more about both groups and discovered that only Black Lives Matter was a genuine movement. It is a National movement organised into chapters. White Lives Matter is made up of groups that already existed rather than groups that came into existence because of a new movement. They do not seem to be united or organised and unlike Black Lives Matter have achieved nothing of any significance. It appears that they are using the hashtag #Whitelivesmatter as a rallying cry to try to grow and bring together their different groups.

Unlike Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter do not have a website that can be easily found on google and Rebecca Barnette who is claimed by media to be a White Lives Matter activist, is the head of the women’s division of the American white supremacist National Socialist Movement’s according to their website.It seems to me that the media are actively promoting white supremacist groups as representing a movement that doesn’t actually exist in order to discredit anyone who has a problem with the racism and lies spread by the Black Lives Matter movement.

In a nutshell, the White Lives Matter hashtag was a reaction to Black Lives Matter activism on social media but it is not really a genuine organisation. Black Lives Matter, on the other hand, has evolved into a well organised America wide movement.

Here is a selection of some of the things that each movement have achieved.

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Little Watch: he’s half way there

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It seems he’s found his confidence again and he’s out and about a little more:  Read more »

Bugger it… agreeing with Winston… again

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NZ First leader Winston Peters says a move to set up a new ethnicity-based political party for Asian and Indian immigrants is a “an extraordinary demand” which will harm New Zealand.

The People’s Party has been set up and acting leader Rohan Nauhria told RNZ it would campaign on issues such as crime and was aiming to get into Parliament by focusing on the Indian and other Asian communities.

The announcement of the People’s Party got a frosty reception from NZ First leader Winston Peters who said race-based parties were bad news. Read more »

So, how’d that Game Changer work out for you?

Whaleoil Bin Loading

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Not sure if you caught the story yesterday, but Cam’s rubbish bin had been taken from the street, full, while all his neighbours’ bins were still there.  Also full.

If you are Cameron Slater, your reaction is “I’m not sure I should be paranoid,  but….”

I am happy to report that it turned out to be a clerical error.  They were meant to collect a neighbour’s bin instead.

So, no dumpster diving.  No surprise revelations at court (Cam Slater DOES eat green vegetables m’lord!).  And no Dirty Politics II – the Dirtiest yet.

We’re both relieved and disappointed.

Those Maori girls dodged a bullet, so to speak

December 2015

Chris Brown has cancelled his New Zealand concert just over two weeks before it was due to take place.

He has also scrapped four Australian tour dates.

Brown caused a stir when he announced plans to visit New Zealand, with anti-violence groups speaking out against his trip because of his conviction for assaulting a former partner. But he gained the support of several high-profile Maori women.

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