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Saturday, 17 February

21:00

19:00

Saturday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hilarious! Readers will love the opening scenes of Christchurch at 38 seconds, complete with its Sky Tower. Apparently NZs second largest city Lots more stupid mistakes. Great New Plymouth low-cost housing at 3:55 and Wgtn housing at 4:43 Hilarious name pronunciations from a yank who has obviously never been here

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18:30

Einstein on the NRA and insanity The Inquiring Mind

The Tagline in the cartoon is Albert Einsteins famous quote.

17:30

Banana Republic? The ABSOLUTE STATE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good analysis I think of the Nunes / FISA Memo. Gives big picture background and lead up to election noting Hillarys form in use of the system against enemies like Bernie Sanders. As assisted by Obama. Is it just me or is the local MSM very quiet on the whole Nunes / FISA Memo release? []

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16:33

Peggy Lee Sorts Out Mueller No Minister

Today when I read the reports of Robert Mueller's indictments of thirteen Russians, the first thing to cross my mind was this opening line by the wonderful Peggy Lee

"Is That All There Is?



The most extraordinary thing about these so-called indictments is that nobody seems to know whether the trolls were ever in the USA.   It is clear that if they ever were, they are no longer, so the whole farrago is meaningless.

The Keystone Cops even gave them a hand.  The Russkis organised a couple of pro-Trump rallies which were well attended but, just to show they are even handed, they then put on a couple of pro-Hillary events, also well attended.

Mueller and Co have spent gazzillions of dollars to establish that Russia tries to undermine western countries.  Just ask any of the hairy old lefties from NZ's "Peace" Movement of the 60s and 70s.  They would never admit it at the time but they were financed by Moscow.

Funny thing is, Mueller had nothing to say about Obama's blatant and illegal interference in the elections of Israel, were he attempted to bring about the defeat of Netanyahu.

So, all in all, this Mueller circus is the Mother of all Nothingburgers.

Due to the 'dossier' revelations it now appears likely Mike Flynn will never be taken to court as the evidence against him is tainted.  So, one wonders what is really going on here?

I'm inclined to think Mr Mueller has a pretty good idea what is heading for him over coming weeks and today's phony indictments will give him an excuse to wrap up and disappear, while the going is good.


16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Whaleoil world MSM news quiz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you think that you would enjoy making this quiz on a weekly basis for Whaleoil. Contact SB at whaleoil.co.nz

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14:31

When You Make Rules........ No Minister

.........you have to police them.

That is why, when I managed a sales team for nine year, I made as few rules as possible.  I got rid of a rule which said 'you cannot authorize discounts.'   I was being inundated with requests for discounts so I introduced a revolutionary discretion for the sale people.

'You can authorize any discount you like.  For every two dollars of discount you authorize, your commission will reduce by one dollar.'

The commission was set at a level where, if all of it was used to offset discount, the company still broke even.

Fast forward to Australian federal politics in 2018.

Australia's Prime Blunderer has ruled that henceforth Ministers must not bonk members of their staff.

I kid you not.


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14:30

Which is our PMs real Twitter account or are all three a joke? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  I expect the Prime Minister of New Zealand to have a professional social media presence and to not treat their office as a joke. I have three Twitter screenshots of three Jacinda Ardern twitter accounts. They could all be parodies or one of them could be real. Are all three a joke? Have a look []

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14:00

Paper road Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Well theres a one thing a Kiwi Cockey hates and thats missing his alarm bell and waking up late cause the cows cant milk themselves you know and those Townies they wont wait, So I ran out the back to the shed one day as Im hopping on the tractor to pick up all []

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13:45

History: Thatcher on Socialism The Inquiring Mind

Clip from her last speech as leader to the Commons in 1990.

13:30

Recognition of enemies Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: As a child in England during WW2, like everyone else, I was aware of the threat of our enemy. As they over-ran Europe, the Germans were but 22 miles away from us, across the English Channel. So, apart from the always threatened invasion, and of course air-raids, our fears were absent. Why? Because []

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12:47

NO SEX PLEASE ... I SAID SO No Minister

One suspects that St Jacinda won't be in too much of a rush to reprocate the directive from Malcolm Turnbull forbidding sex between government ministers and parliamentary employees. 

Were she to do so the actions of a certain high ranking married minister and his ongoing pursuit of members of the parliamentary stenography pool  might cause some embarrassment.

If Turnbull thinks that a directive from on high is sufficient to shut the gate on such behavior then he is more out of touch with the real world than I thought he was.

Oppositions don't win elections; governments lose them.   A government in disarray with the PM and his Deputy at loggerheads and that's a triple whammy.    They will be breaking out the chardonnay at 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT (Labor Party Headquarters) as I write this. 


12:30

Emperor Mals Sharri law bans office bonking Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

From Utegate on, it seems that there is never a political scandal that Malcolm Turnbulls arrogant ineptitude cant blow up into full-scale crisis. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has been shellacked for the past week, after journalist Sharri Markson broke the news that Joyce had knocked up a staffer, and dumped his wife []

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11:30

How not to help tenants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Im going to bore you all to death again with another article about taxation although it may make a change from the discussions about the National Partys leaders race. But this is something that, with all the noise about possible leaders for National and the Prime Ministers Vogue photo shoot, seems to have slipped []

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10:30

What happens when you cant trust the media? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Well for starters, you stop watching national TV and reading the NZ Herald for news.  They cant even give that thing away.  This I know from turning down free subscriptions on a regular basis over the last few years. Most of what is passed off as news in mainstream media are facts buried so deep []

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10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? We asked the reader who sent us yesterdays competition photo who provided the most accurate answer in her opinion and she awarded the prize to Rantykiwi. Congratulations Ranty. Please send your delivery address to window@whaleoil.co.nz. and put Competition Winner in the subject line. We will pass it on to Bluburd so he can []

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09:30

Sue Bradford on the Greens coalition cock-up Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Sue Bradford is on the money: A former Green Party MP turned party critic says the Greens negotiating team was inept and the party should take a deep look at itself and its leadership. Sue Bradford became a vocal critic of the party despite spending a whole decade as a list Green Party MP. She []

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09:15

A thought for National MPs as they consider the contenders for Leader The Inquiring Mind

UK journalist Hunter Davies interviewed Willie Whitelaw in 1992 after his retirement from politics. The interview was published in The Independent. It is well worth reading.

I think I would have been a fatal choice if I had won the leadership election in Opposition. Im not a rabble-rouser or inspirational. Im not good at always being against things, which you have to be in Opposition. And the right wing of our party would have made it hard for me, picking on my weak points, such as economics. In power, with a strong Chancellor I could trust, who knows, I could have done it. But I have no regrets.

In the context of the contest for Nationals Leadership the above quote is very pertinent. It would repay National to think carefully about their choices and to consider where they are now and the task ahead. Plus they will need to consider the deputy role very carefully. The appointment of Kelvin Davis, no doubt for balance and placating Maori has not been a success for Labour.

National needs to learn from history and not emulate the Bourbon Kings of France, of whom Talleyrand said, it is believed:

They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

The quote is attributed to Talleyrand in speaking about the restored Bourbon dynasty after the abdication of Napoleon, and subsequently used against the French socialists and others. It comes close to Einsteins definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

09:08

It has to be Judith No Minister

For the simple reason

If Jacinda is stardust

Judith is concrete


08:30

Trotter on Judith Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Have a heart for the hobbit National party MP in Dunedin, Michael Woodhouse. Hes a loyal Amy Adams supporter and the photo above shows what he would have woken up to yesterday. Chris Trotter explains why it has to be Judith Collins and neither of the other two: ITS GOT TO BE JUDITH COLLINS. There will be []

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08:00

Reactions to New Zealands first Muslim terrorist are not original Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New Zealand, in 2018, had the dubious distinction of having its first publicly acknowledged Islamic terrorist or Muslim jihadist (whichever term you prefer.) His plans to massacre New Zealand citizens on this occasion have been thwarted but the reactions to his evil plans and his malevolent intentions towards non-Muslims have been met with bog-standard reactions from our []

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07:53

RNZ Morning Report: Amy Adams tells Susie Ferguson why shes the one! The Inquiring Mind

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/mnr-20180215-0814-amy_adams_throws_hat_in_the_ring_for_national_leadership-128.mp3

Amy Adams respected, competent but speaks in jargon, says a lot, but much of it is waffle and fluff, she will not cut against Ardern in the only race that matters, the 2020 election based on what Adam has seen so far. More directness would help.

07:45

RNZ Morning Report: Simon Bridges on why he is the right person to be Nationals leader The Inquiring Mind

Interviewed the other day by Guyon Espiner

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/mnr-20180215-0837-national_leader_race_bridges_claims_generational_change-1281.mp3

Frankly did not do it for Adam. Talking about himself in the third person is ridiculous. He may be bright, but PM at this time Not for Adam.

07:34

Technical Note The Inquiring Mind

Adam has enable the Reblog function on this blog. Presently this is not working the fault has been reported. It appears to be affecting other blogs as well. Apologies for any inconvenience.

07:30

Pull your head in Theresa before someone lops it off Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I note with some amusement Theresa Gattungs comments regarding the Fletcher Building debacle in which she is alleged to have said, If a woman had been chairing Fletchers, that wouldnt have happened. Fletcher Building wouldnt have hit its recent bout of trouble, had it had a woman in charge, one of New Zealands highest-profile businesswomen []

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07:15

Shouldve kept it in your pants, Barnaby Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A week may a long time in politics, but for the Turnbull government, a week is just the time from one crisis to the next.

A week ago, Malcolm Turnbull was riding a high on the back of an unexpected opinion poll bounce. A week later, the Coalition is mired in a new scandal, and Turnbulls leadership and judgement are under a dark cloud again.

This weeks millstone for Turnbull is his Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader and briefly-Kiwi Barnaby Joyce.

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07:00

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Funniest phone call to the Papakura Office today from a good Labour supporter. Shed like me to stop backstabbing Jacinda. No problem. I stab from the front #Stronganddecisive Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) February 15, 2018 That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a National party should be doingattacking the government, not virtue-signalling over Maori and []

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06:30

Newshub now acting as bad as CNN Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Newshub are fast emulating the fake news outlets from the US and have launched a fake news attack on Judith Collins based on her awesome tweet yesterday. National MP and party leader hopeful Judith Collins claims she told a Labour supporter she stabs people from the front. Ms Collins says she made the comment over []

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06:00

Fake news attack by Newshub and Lloyd Burr Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yesterday Lloyd Burr put up an article at Newshub that purported to outline who was in which camp in the leadership challenge of the National party. Anyone who knows anything about National party politics could see that it was simply a case of activism on the part of Lloyd Burr and that his sources were []

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05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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05:15

Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is enfant terrible (noun) One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In French enfant terrible means terrible child, one whose language and behavior are embarrassing to adults. From the beginning of the appearance of enfant terrible in English []

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04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 17 19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

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03:30

10 Years Ago The Inquiring Mind was established The Inquiring Mind

17 February 2008 marked Adams first post and the inception of The Inquiring Mind.

As of today some 9,150+ posts have been published.

The blog has changed over the years. Features have come and gone. At times posting has been infrequent, reflecting both Adams mood and circumstances at the time.

Hopefully, it will go on for a while yet.

Thanks to all those who read the blog, mark their appreciation of posts and comment. It is much appreciated.

It has been fun and a learning experience.

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Friday, 16 February

21:23

Government at sea over fisheries The Inquiring Mind

The governing coalition is all at sea over fisheries monitoring: Evidence given to the Environment Select Committee from the Department of Conservation (DOC) today just goes to show the deeply divided factions occurring within the Coalition Government, Nationals Fisheries spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. Speaking at DOCs annual review, the Director General Lou Sanson was asked []

via If only thered been a teal deal Homepaddock

20:00

Bye,bye Marco Rubio The Inquiring Mind

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Thoughts and prayers are not enough

16:59

Something must be done, this is something, therefore this must be done No Minister


Otherwise known as "The National Party's approach to drug testing, in a nutshell." National, being a party of stuffed shirts, likes nothing better than sticking it to people who use drugs other than alcohol or tobacco.

 Yesterday saw them playing to the dumbass market (nothing new there) by demanding that a stuffed shirt's bill to implement roadside saliva testing be introduced. Fortunately, the excellent Julie-Ann Genter was having none of it, and the sight of a minister of the crown telling the braying Tory jackasses that her government prefers evidence-based policy to knee-jerk virtue-signalling was a glory to behold:




I ask all our right-wing readers out there this question:  if random roadside breath-testing by the Police only indicated whether you'd drunk alcohol within the last couple of days, and the cops could confiscate your keys and charge you if it gave a positive result, how enthusiastic would you be about a bill to introduce that testing, and how keen would you be to vote for the party that pushed for it?  If the answer is "Not very,"  do some thinking about whether you'd vote for a party with Chris Bishop and Alistair Scott as MPs.

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:30

Lets Talk Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

How would you describe your personality? How would other people describe your personality, the same or different? What is the best aspect of your personality? How about the worst aspect? Discuss:

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14:30

A forum with decorum Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: Its times like these that we can and should appreciate Whale Oil. This blog represents a community of a diverse range of people with largely similar but at times somewhat divergent opinions. It is here that we can express our opinions freely in a considerate manner. A forum with decorum if you like. []

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14:00

Ooops she did it again: Three requirements only for Charter schools says PM Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I cant help but wonder if the left-hand knows what the left hand is doing in the Labour party. This is at least the second public announcement from Jacinda Ardern that contradicts her Education Ministers stated intention in a press release to terminate Charter schools. Apparently, all they have to do to avoid being assigned []

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14:00

Driver drug testing some questions The Inquiring Mind

NZTA is running ads on the dangers of driving whilst under influence of drugs . So NZTA believes this is an issue.

The AA seems to concur.

Stuart Nash, Police Minister, seems to agree, but Green Julie Ann Genter, Associate Transport Minister responsible for Road Safety disagrees over the tests proposed, citing amongst other issues costs.

Chris Bishop, National Hutt South, questioned this in Parliament. Interestingly Gareth Hughes felt it necessary to run interference for Genter.

RNZ said Bishop was seeking to drive a wedge between Greens and Labour. Of course he was, that is what functioning oppositions do. Indeed, Nash and Genter are clearly not on same page. Genters opposition to saliva testing for drugs needs more explanation.

13:30

If his Charter school is not making a difference then why is he guaranteeing its future? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Did Willie Jackson just admit that his own Charter school is making no difference? Watch the video and decide for yourself.   At 2:05 following a question from Goldsmith. If he doesnt think that his Charter school is making a difference then why is he guaranteeing the future of it but not others? All the Mori side []

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12:30

Jerking to music no one else can hear Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In 1374, dozens of villages along the Rhine River were in the grips of a dancing plague called choreomania. By the hundreds, villagers took to the streets leaping, jerking, and hopping to music no one else could hear. They barely ate or slept, and just danced, sometimes for days on end, until their bloodied feet []

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12:00

Map of the day: Countries Where The Capital Is Not The Largest City Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  While London is by far the largest city in the UK, the former British Dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan all have other cities that are bigger than their respective capitals -brilliantmaps.com

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12:00

Gwynn Compton looks at National The Inquiring Mind

Some thoughts from a former National media manager.

Overall they make quite a lot of sense but details can be quibbled with.

this is the flavour, but take the time to read the whole piece

A few thoughts on Nationals future direction

 
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Im not endorsing any of the candidates for National Party leader. Im sorry to disappoint, but Ive been very fortunate to work with all of those who are either in or are thinking about contesting, and I dont think itd be appropriate for me to declare a preference one way or the other. While I have my preferences on who Id like to see, and I have my reckons on who I think will win, what is ultimately more important to me is to see an change in the direction and tone that the National Party takes in the two and a half years leading up to the 2020 election.

11:30

Learn to make shoes day #5 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Day 5 last day of shoe school and the day we get to see the final results of our work.  I started the day by applying the rand to the second shoe.  We had all joked that one shoe would always be better than the other, as we had generally learnt from scratch []

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11:00

Nationals Leadership Preliminary Thoughts 5 Amy Adams The Inquiring Mind

Amy Adams, the last to declare of the three declared contenders. She has held senior posts and is seen by many as a competent minister. Seems to have a tendency to speak in management speak. Like Collins and Bridges she is a lawyer.

Adam questions whether she has the necessary cut-through. Interestingly at her launch she was supported by Nikki Kaye, Chris Bishop both seen as on the socially liberal wing of the party and proven vote getters and Tim McIndoe former Chief Whip and from the more socially conservative element within National.

At present do not see her as the winner with the party at large nor the broader electorate.

11:00

A column to fill? Make stuff up. Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jo Moir conjures up conjecture with Nationals ten first-term MPs could decide the next leader. Ten virtual unknowns in the National Party could decide the next leader. Lawrence Yule is hardly a virtual unknown after the Hawkes Bay water issue. The first-term MPs, who have only been at Parliament for about two months since they were []

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10:30

Save Us Judith Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Maybe Im getting old but I needed to look up what in fact a Mimosa is: A Mimosa cocktail is composed of one part champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one part chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, or []

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10:00

View from your window ** COMPETITION photo Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Once a month I select one of the photos submitted to View From Your Window and make it the competition photo. The first person to correctly guess where the photo was taken with the most accuracy will win a 1 kg bag of Blueburds famous Coffee Vice coffee. We want not just the area shown in the competition photo identified, we want []

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09:30

Simon Bridges own electorate doesnt support him Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Sun Live is a local news outlet based in Tauranga. Theyve been running a poll for the leadership contenders and the news is not good for Simon Bridges, in his own electorate: That has got to be pretty devastating. Now theyve added in their other local boy, Todd Muller. He doesnt do so well either. []

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09:00

NZ political cartoon roundup: Who is completely ignored and who is seen as the biggest threat? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Political cartoons reveal a lot about what the Media party are thinking. Amy Adams didnt even rate her own cartoon. Of the ones left, ask yourself which candidate the Media party are dedicating the most time to and why?    

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09:00

Food, Glorious Food: Beggars Pudding 1773 recipe for Bread Pudding The Inquiring Mind

This recipe is very similar to one my grandmother and my mother used, though used milk not sherry and dark sugar and sultanas as well as currants. However, the virtue of many of theses old recipes, especially ones such as Bread Pudding is their adaptability. Will try this soon.

08:30

Nationals Leadership Preliminary Thoughts 4 Mark Mitchell The Inquiring Mind

Mark Mitchell is seen as the dark horse candidate. He has an excellent track record, having served in the police , as an international hostage negotiator and has run his own business. Furthermore, some reports suggest he has a positive relationship with Winston Peters. In addition he is seen as having good relationships across parties, an important consideration in an MMP environment. A key question will he be able to counter Ardern and push back on the weak links in the coalition.

Should he choose to enter the race than he could well be a late finisher as he is likely to appeal across the party and the aisle.

08:30

Soper eviscerates some contenders Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Barry Soper had a brilliant column yesterday. Sometimes he is well off the boil but he seems to have a good grasp of the issues in this case: There was no need for the rounded vowels of Simon Bridges to front up to the media with a flashy support party like the showy Amy Adams []

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08:00

Islamic terrorism in New Zealand 2018 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

We always said that it was not a matter of if but when. All the warning signs were there. We had seen it happen in Western country after Western country, including our neighbour Australia, but did our politicians do anything differently? No, they did not. Now New Zealand is paying the price because of weak []

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07:41

DOGWHISTLE POLITICS AT ITS WORST No Minister

Winston First MP Clayton Noname is looking to make a name for himself by seeking to introduce into parliament a Bill making English one of our official languages.

Wot a friggin waster of time.   Te Reo and sign language are official languages but nothing can change the fact that English is 'our' language of choice; of government; of the law; of commence; of education and of everything else except perhaps on the Marae; in kura kaupapa Maori schools and on a couple of TV/radio stations.

Nothing is going to change that ever.   This Bill is dogwhistle politics at its worst designed to fill a gap that doesn't exist and pander to the prejudices of Winston First's ever evaporating voter demographic.  

A fatally flawed Electoral Integrity Bill; support for Labour's destruction of Charter Schools and now this piece of crap legislation.    All from a Party destined for the dustbin of history.

 

07:30

Mike Hosking on the National party leadership race Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Mike Hosking shared his view of the race so far: So lets deal with what weve got so far. Simon Bridges, Amy Adams and Judith Collins. Aged 41, 46 and 58 if age is an issue for all those gripped by this generational change bollocks. Generational change is fine but not if thats []

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07:15

Thoughts from Bob: More vile racism Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Theres a lefty Wellington lightweight called Dave Armstrong who Im told is a potboiler playwright, thus self-employed and good on him for that. What fascinates me though is that the dying Dominion Post allots him a half page on their all-important Saturday edition, doubtless a contributing factor to its circa 12% annual circulation collapse.

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07:00

Cronywatch: Fat Tony scores a job in Christchurch despite living in Hawkes Bay Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The crony jobs are flowing for Labour people. Mike Fat Tony Williams is the latest to score a crony job: Three new trustees have been appointed to the Christ Church Cathedral fundraising trust. Jenny May, Jo Scott and Mike Williams have joined chairman Peter Guthrey, Te Maire Tau, Sarah Sinclair, Ian Lochhead and Tim Carter on []

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06:30

The Save Joyce campaign and Amy Adams Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Far from being the claimed generational change Amy Adams has garnered support from the old guard who are seeking to preserve the McCully/Boag/English dynasty by using her as a proxy. She is now seen by caucus as the status quo campaign, endorsed by the wets and the old guard. Amy Adams, yesterday, again reiterated her []

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06:00

Bridges mauled by Guyon Espiner on Red Radio Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yesterday Simon Bridges went on Red Radio to talk with Guyon Espiner and what happened next was a disaster. Espiner openly mocked him, laughing in his face and calling him out on his virtue signalling. Bridges is showing that he is ill prepared for this leadership challenge and clearly has not prepared a plan, much []

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05:30

Florida School Shooting Trump speaks The Inquiring Mind

Trump addresses nation, utterly meaningless

Listen to the sanctimonious hypocrite spouting biblical quotes, but failing to address need for tough gun laws. Furthermore, he talks about mental illness, but his budget proposals are to massively cut federal funding in this area. Thoughts and prayers and a proposed visit to Parkland are just posturing. They are no substitute for strong actions to stop this rot in US society.

05:30

Daily Crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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05:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. 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 []

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04:30

Face of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As the wheeling and dealing within the National Party kicks into action, interest.co.nz talks to political insiders about who will replace Bill English as Leader, and where they see the party going. Former Reserve Bank Governor, National Party Leader and ACT Party Leader, Don Brash, has his money on Judith Collins. He has confidence in []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is epistemic (adj) Of, relating to, or involving knowledge; cognitive. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The Greek noun epistm skill, knowledge, scientific knowledge, science is a derivative of the verb epistnai to know how (to do), believe (that), be acquainted with, know, know as a fact. The verb []

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04:00

Friday's Fulminations No Minister

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 16 19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

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Thursday, 15 February

23:00

The Late Movie: Things To Come 1936 The Inquiring Mind

Classic film by Korda from H G Wells famous novel. Marvelous cast Ralph Richardon, Cedric Hardwicke, Raymond Massey

21:50

RNZ Nine To Noon: More on the Fletcher debacle The Inquiring Mind

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/ntn/ntn-20180214-0905-fletcher_building_outlines_major_losses-128.mp3

More on the Fletcher debacle from RNZ Nine To Noon. Something seems to have gone very awry at Fletchers, but the real facts have yet to emerge.

21:00

Stepford Wife The Inquiring Mind

Stepford Wife, Vogue super model, mistress of the selfie and part-time PM. In her spare time Ms Ardern is developing a plan for World Peace. World hunger was solved last week when she conjured up an endless supply of loaves and fishes. Just like that!

jacinda-ardern-vogue-march-2018

19:00

The multiple roots of Emiratiness: the cosmopolitan history of Emirati society "IndyWatch Feed Politics.eu"

The UAE, like many other Arabian Gulf States, claims to be home to a homogenous Arab population. In doing so it assimilates rather than acknowledges the regions slave past.

'The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's design and construction "unites the world", using artisans and materials from many countries including Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque.' Andrew Moore/flickr. (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

A quick glance at the faces of Emirati citizens as I walked down in a busy shopping mall made me think I could easily be back in London. The only major outward difference was that all the locals were wearing the national dress, or rather what has become the national uniform: abaya and dishdasha. A more important but less obvious difference, however, was that despite Dubais creole past and the ethnic, linguistic and racial diversities within the Dubaian Emiratis, Emirati national identity has been officially and popularly racialised as Arab since the founding of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.

With the aim of cultivating this presumed collective identity, the regions and its inhabitants links to, and origins from, various parts of the Indian Ocean, Yemen, Baluchistan, Southern Persia, the Arabian Gulf, Zanzibar and other parts of Africa has been elided. Yet for Emirati citizens, there are many clues to determine an Emiratis ethnic, sectarian, cultural, linguistic, and geographical origins. These range from surname, accent, and dexterity in spoken Arabic to physical characteristics, such as skin colour and even shape of eyebrows, as I was told. For example, Emiratis associate white skin with Persian origin, and darker skin with those with Baloch or Zanzibari origin, even though there are great phenotypical differences within these groups (i.e. Afro-Iranians).

However, one particular group, the Dubaians with slave ancestry, is surrounded by silence. Awareness of the regions involvement in Indian Ocean slave trad...

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