UK’s MI5 achieving a 64% islamic extremist terror attack foil rate

In last 6 months in UK alone: 4 Islamic extremist terror attacks got through against 7 stopped. The UK’s well-resourced MI5 is following >3000 extremists and is only succeeding in stopping 64% of planned attacks.

Would or should they be satisfied with their performance?

The UK’s intelligence services are facing an “intense” challenge from terrorism, the head of MI5 has warned.

Andrew Parker said there was currently “more terrorist activity coming at us, more quickly” and that it can also be “harder to detect“.

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Rotorua MP wades in late, triggers Streisand and even is “outraged”

I had to facepalm to see another grown-up being taken in by the Shit Towns of New Zealand Facebook page.

Rotorua MP Todd McClay says the idea that Rotorua is the second-worst town in the country is ridiculous and offensive.

The people behind the S**t towns of New Zealand Facebook page were idiots, the MP and caretaker Trade Minister said.

“In fact their comments are offensive and the authors should apologise.”

The anonymous creator of the page has received nearly 20 death threats since starting the page two years ago.

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How to stop a nagging woman

It is really tough stopping a woman skilled in the art of nagging and a man needs a few good excuses up his sleeve if he is to resist.

It is pretty mean really. It is like trying to escape the barmaid when you are visiting your favourite pub. You sit down with your mates to enjoy your favourite beer and up she pops with a smile.  ‘Would you like a subscription with that she asks cheerfully? ”


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This afternoon is when we will know what form our government takes, apparently

Apparently, we will know this afternoon just exactly what form our government will take:

New Zealand First says it will be in a position [this] afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations.

New Zealand First MPs have wrapped up an all-day caucus meeting at Parliament, as they decide whether to form a government with National or Labour.

The meeting started at 9.30am and continued all day.

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NZDF buys two new “sniper” rifle systems for $4M

The New Zealand Defence Force is buying two new weapons, the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle.

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons, the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle.

Forty M107A1 and 42 MRAD weapons will be bought, at a cost of NZ$4 million. This cost includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment to complement a total weapon system.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Faces of the Day

Today is the day.   Or not.

New Zealand First will be in a position [this] afternoon to make an announcement on the result of negotiations following the 2017 General Election.

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters said he had spoken to the leaders of the National Party and the Labour Party [yesterday] and, amongst other matters, advised them of that.

One way or the other, almost half of the country isn’t going to like the answer.  But at least we will have one, and the ridiculous political vacuum where everybody was guessing for three weeks will come to an end.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

polyhistor (noun) – A person with broad knowledge.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Very learned person,” 1580s, from Greek polyhistor “very learned,” from poly “much, many” (from PIE root *pele- “to fill”) + histor “knowing, learned”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 19

15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
but idleness leaves them hungry.

Wednesday nightCap