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‘Everything’s fine,’ says Gerald Butts, as flames engulf the PMO

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“Gerald Butts Out” is a hard headline to resist. But he didn’t extinguish all smoking material as he left. Not even his boss.

It feels like you’re Cory Feldman’s character in The Burbs watching an irresistible spectacle from his porch that just keeps getting wilder and funnier. It starts with this big shiny building across the street full of self-important people and bags of money and suddenly there’s a loud muffled bang from inside.

So you’re looking up wondering if you imagined it because buildings don’t go “Boom!” much. Then you see a few wisps of smoke from various cracks and the boss leans out and says “Everything’s fine. No problem here.” Suspicious.

It calms down briefly until there’s some sort of weird scuffling noise and a woman runs out the door while various occupants cheer or jeer her from the windows. Then more people shout that nothing is going on. That woman was just difficult, they loudly insist, but not — as the French say — difficile. Then someone hastily yanks those people back inside.

At this point the burning smell gets stronger. You think you spot flames. The people inside keep shouting that there’s nothing to worry about. Also, that they’re calling the fire department to investigate. But the investigators can’t come into the building........

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