Signs of the times.

Today has been odd. Difficult: at times challenging. But it has not been as bad here as it has been elsewhere. Things are getting more violent and random: no one really expects people to take out anime studios, but that was the news I woke to.


A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.
Thirty-six others were injured in the attack on Thursday (Friday NZ time), some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate – and futile – attempt to escape what proved to be Japan’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades.
Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.
The suspect, identified only a 41-year-old man who did not work for the studio, was injured and taken to a hospital. Police gave no details on the motive.

Most of the victims were employees of Kyoto Animation, which does work on movies and TV productions but is best known for its mega-hit stories featuring high school girls. The tales are so popular that fans make pilgrimages to some of the places depicted.

AAP, Stuff.

In the meantime, the USA seems to have a meth problem with wildlife. Not here yet — though we do have a meth problem…

Police in Tennessee are warning residents to stop flushing methamphetamine, the drug more commonly known as “meth”, down the toilet for fear that alligators in the sewage system could ingest the drug to create hyped-up “meth-gators”.
In a roundup of recent drug seizures, the Loretto police department in the state recently reported on Facebook that it had served a search warrant at a home only to find suspect Andy Perry “attempting to flush methamphetamine along with several items of paraphernalia”.
They reported that Perry was unsuccessful, arrested and charged with schedule two drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and tampering with evidence.
“On a more or less serious note, folks … please don’t flush your drugs, m’kay,” the police added, warning that “our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the creek, but they are not really prepared for meth”.

The notice continued: “Ducks, geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do. Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama.
“They’ve had enough methed-up animals the past few weeks without our help. So, if you need to dispose of your drugs just give us a call and we will make sure they are disposed of in the proper way.”

The Guardian.

… and the cause of this explosion is unknown. Please note that the ford pickup (the most popular car in NZ this year) was unscathed. The speculation is a gas fire, but wait 48 hours for a decent investigation, even though a gas technician who worked on the house has dobbed himself in.

A devastating gas blast in a Christchurch suburban street.
An awful body count could be expected.
But although six people were injured, one critically, in the Northwood blast at 10.14am on Friday, no-one was killed.
Nearby resident, Brad Culver, was astounded the five occupants of the obliterated Marble Court house survived.


Watch this space. Do not be where the crowds are. The elite are doubling down. Do not be them, and do not be like them.