Wry & Dry

Miscellany

Last words...

“I believe in the rule of law where the law’s fair and when the law is right, but when it’s unjust I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.”

- Sally McManus, new Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

W&D believes that not being able to cull plague-proportion possums in his garden is unjust. So, on Ms McManus' view, W&D will..oh, never mind.

First Samuel client events calendar

Date 
Event
Description
Venue

Tue-9-May-17

Charity Event

Eat Street

This is Melbourne's most amazing food and wine fest.  All the proceeds of the event go to a charity.

Sofitel, Collins Street.

Invitations upcoming.

Tue-30-May-17

Art Series

NGV Winter Exhibition - First Samuel Private Viewing

Van Gogh and the Seasons

This will be a cocktail party followed by a private viewing.  Strictly clients only. 

(We are not sure if Van Gogh's 'Wheat Field with Cypress' - above - will be exhibited)

NGV, St Kilda Road.

Invitations upcoming.

?-August-17

Education Series

Annual Forum

This is our annual 'food for the brain' event.  Guest speaker to be confirmed.

Leonda, Hawthorn

Invitations upcoming.

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

Wells Fargo Bank famously admitted last year that employees (pressured by a bank incentive program) had fraudulently opened new accounts for about two million existing customers by forging their signatures.

In an early lawsuit by a victim of the fraud (who had seven fraudulent accounts opened), the Bank argued (and a court agreed!) that the lawsuit had to be handled by arbitration instead of a court of law because the customer had, in its original Wells Fargo contract (that dense, fine-print one he actually signed), agreed to arbitration for "all" disputes.  A February Wells Fargo statement to Consumerist.com claimed that customers' forgoing legal rights was actually for their own benefit, in that "arbitration" is faster and less expensive.

(Consumerist)

And banks wonder why people hate them.

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

Consideration #1: Michigan, USA is an 'open carry' state, and any adult not otherwise disqualified under state law may carry a weapon in public (except in a few designated zones). 

Consideration #2: James Baker, 24, was stopped by police earlier in a day, for a minor traffic breach.

James got grumpy.  So James got himself fully decked out in military body armour, strapped an automatic pistol to his hip and slung a short-barreled rifle over his shoulder. He pulled a black ski mask over his face.  And walked into the local police station, with a view to 'test' the state's 'open carry' laws.  And his constitutional rights.  

The police didn't quite see it that way.  They thought: terrorist attack.  

(Detroit Free Press)

James was arrested.  And faces X charges, where X is a large number.  Bonus: James' buddy videoed the whole incident. 

Compelling explanation

After the North Dakota House of Representatives voted yet again in January to retain the state's Sunday-closing laws, representative Bernie Satrom explained to a reporter the reasoning.

"Spending time with your husband," he said, "making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed is better than going shopping".

(Valley News Live - Fargo, North Dakota)

Yee Ha! 

Have a wry and dry weekend

Anthony