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Machine Gun Molly

“If Al Capone had had a daughter, he would have wanted her to be Monique Proietti.”

– La Petit Journal

One day in 1967, a petite housewife-turned-bank-robber was shot by police in a Montreal street, a bullet entering her chest just above her frilly push-up bra. Machine Gun Molly, Montreal’s most famous female gangster, was dead.

Monica Proietti, was a notorious Quebec bank robber, was only 27 when she planned her last big score. Wanting to retire to Florida with her children, Proietti set out on September 19, 1967, with two accomplices to rob a Montreal credit union. But the $3,082 score set off a high-speed police chase, which ended for Proietti when she was shot through the heart.

Monica Proietti was the mother of two children and old twenty seven years old when she died. This young mother was killed in a gun battle with the law.

I know that sounds like a story from the Wild West but this took place in Montreal in 1967. Monica came from a poor Montreal family, many of whom were involved in crime in some way; her grandmother served time in jail for receiving stolen goods, and reportedly ran a school for crime for the neighbourhood children.

Monica was known as Machine Gun Molly and was a known criminal – with a curious background. She was also known as “Machine Gun Molly”, “Mrs. Anthony Smith”, “Molly the Gun”, “Molly the Machine Gun”, “Monica the Gun”, “Monique Smith” and “Monique Tessier”.

She’d been married when she was only seventeen, probably hoping to escape from he impoverished family life. She was one of eight children and most of her family were involved in crime – even her grandmother had been in jail.

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Local community tells bludger to stop moaning and to try and fit in

In a refreshing article on Stuff they have provided balance by doing an article that gives the other side of the story other than the story of an embittered bludger.

Western Community Centre manager Neil Tolan says the Nawton community has plenty of positives after it was branded a “hellhole” by a disgruntled resident.

A Nawton community advocate is sticking up for his suburb after it was described by an disgruntled Aucklander as a hellhole.

…Auckland beneficiary Teri Standen went public on Thursday to say she had been living in Nawton for five months after accepting a $3510.50 Housing New Zealand relocation grant, but would rather live in a caravan in Auckland.

Standen said there are gangs in the area, her 12-year-old son has been bullied at school and she won’t let her 19-year-old daughter walk home from the bus stop.

“Unfortunately, the good things in communities don’t get the spotlight they deserve,” Tolan said in reply.

“Elliot Park is pumping every night with sports teams training and families down here watching. Our local shopping centre, our custodian there does a massive job polishing bins and making sure car parks are there for disability people. Teachers are working late at night. There is a real pride.”

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Fatty’s latest scheme flops at launch

Fatty Boomsticks has run to his favourite tame reporter to spin the failure of his latest venture.

David “Anal” Fisher tries his best but the stench of failure is emanating from Dotcom’s fat arse.

Kim Dotcom’s launch of his latest venture has hit a last-minute problem, aborting its launch on the fifth anniversary of the FBI-inspired raid which saw the entrepreneur arrested.

The reason for the stall is unknown but it came with less than 90 minutes before it was due to launch.

Dotcom had forecast the new online storage and payment system would be worth billions of dollars.

But after forecasting the imminent launch about 5am today, Dotcom posted to Twitter: ‘Sorry but there has been an expected hiccup. Will tell you all about it later today. Let this play out and give me some time to update you.’

…When the Herald asked early afternoon, Dotcom emailed to say: ‘We hit a roadblock today…

‘We are working on it and I can’t comment on what happened yet.

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The woman with two fathers has a crack at Donald Trump

Despite the fact that the myth about Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter has been widely and comprehensively debunked, that didn’t stop Bernie Two-Fathers from having a nasty crack at him. What makes her tirade particularly special is the extremely ambiguous headline chosen to go with it.

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: The affluent target who talks effluent

I don’t know how affluent Olive-Kerby is but she was certainly talking effluent in this article.

He lies too: “I didn’t mock that disabled reporter”. (Yes you did, Donald.)

No, Bernadine, it is you who is the liar. You’d think someone working in media would be better informed.

I can’t stand Donald Trump. I can take or leave some of his policy, but I cannot stomach the man. And I just can’t ignore the chance to take aim at a walking “free-shot”: the affluent target who talks effluent.He evokes the same feeling I get when I use a public restroom and the toilet seat is already warm.  It grosses me out.

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Yawn, it was 36 years ago get over yourselves already

PM Bill English

Lizzie Marvelly doesn’t even recognise who the then Prime minister was in the eighties so who really gives a shit about how Bill English felt back then except for the stupid media?

What’s with the sudden interest in the eighties and the Springbok Tour?

Don’t they have more current pressing issues to discuss in the present like I don’t know….how the Israeli ambassador has been recalled from New Zealand perhaps and how Bill English has made no comment whatsoever about it?

Does the New Zealand public really want to know about something that happened more than thirty years ago? Has Newshub become the history channel?

Families and friendships were divided and the country became a two nation state – those that were for the tour versus those against. Now, Prime Minister Bill English admits he was “probably for it”.

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Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is enduring Paula Bennett’s hospital pass

Paula Bennett’s old job was done so well, she got promoted to Deputy PM.  Except in reality it was done so poorly, Amy Adams is now having to face the music.

The official waiting list for social housing has risen again to nearly 4800 households, nearly half of whom are in Auckland.

The waiting list is now at its highest level since it was transferred to Work and Income in mid-2014.

Figures released by new Social Housing Minister Amy Adams today show the number of people on the list jumped by 169 in the last three months of 2016 to 4771 – an increase of 3.7 per cent. Over the last year, the list grew by 37.3 per cent.

The increase was driven mostly by demand in Auckland, where the list grew by 153 people to 2060. The biggest increases were in South Auckland suburbs such as Mangere, Otara and Manurewa.

The waiting list also grew in Hamilton, but fell in other main centres such as Christchurch and Wellington.

John Key was quite keen to see this area sorted before the elections, but it remains to be seen if Bill English will empower Adams to do anything about it.   Paula Bennett became the minister of Announcing solutions, but all of these had 2-4 year realisation periods. Read more »

How to Destroy the Business Model of Breitbart and … Whaleoil

One day in late November, an earth and environmental science professor named Nathan Phillips visited Breitbart News for the first time. Mr. Phillips had heard about the hateful headlines on the site — like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” — and wondered what kind of companies would support such messages with their ad dollars. When he clicked on the site, he was shocked to discover ads for universities, including one for the graduate school where he’d received his own degree — Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “That was a punch in the stomach,” he said.

Why would an environmental science program want to be promoted on a site that denies the existence of climate change? Mr. Phillips figured — correctly — that Duke officials did not know where their ads were appearing, so he sent a tweet to Duke about its association with the “sexist racist” site. Eventually, after a flurry of communication with the environment department, he received a satisfying resolution — an assurance that its ads would no longer show up on Breitbart.

Mr. Phillips had just engaged in a new form of consumer activism, one that is rewriting the rules of online advertising. In the past month and a half, thousands of activists have started to push companies to take a stand on what you might call “hate news” — a toxic mix of lies, white-supremacist content and bullying that can inspire attacks on Muslims, gay people, women, African-Americans and others.

In mid-November, a Twitter group called Sleeping Giants became the hub of the new movement. The Giants and their followers have communicated with more than 1,000 companies and nonprofit groups whose ads appeared on Breitbart, and about 400 of those organizations have promised to remove the site from future ad buys.

“We’re focused on Breitbart News right now because they’re the biggest fish,” a founder of Sleeping Giants told me. (He requested anonymity because some members of the group work in the digital-media industry.) Eventually, Sleeping Giants would like to broaden its campaign to take on a menagerie of bad actors, but that would require a much bigger army of Giants, and “it has only been a month since we started doing this,” he told me when I talked to him in December. Then he added, “This has been the longest month of my life.”

One person’s consumer activism is another person’s blackmail.  Whaleoil has suffered the same attacks where our advertisers were threatened with commercial ostracism unless they stopped advertising on Whaleoil.   Read more »

Environment Court gives powers to councils, government wants them back

via Astrolabe Reef

 

A landmark court ruling which allows councils to place restrictions on fishing is being challenged by the Government.

The Environment Court ruled in December that councils were able to impose fishing rules in their regions for the purpose of protecting native species. It was hailed at the time as a “very important” decision by environmental group Forest and Bird, who said it could be applied by councils across the country. Read more »