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Friday, 20 July

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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12:30

When cows go bad Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Cows are fighting back.  They have wised up.  They know plans are afoot, to clean up farms and to remove them from our fields.  They are breaking free from their paddocks, and are making a pre-emptive strike against tyranny. In the last week alone, there have been three attacks on vehicles. Sadly on all three [] The post When cows go bad appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:06

An offensive and provocative poster that Phil Goff is okay with Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This poster is currently outside and on the Auckland Town Hall building where Phil Goff has his offices. Doesnt this provocative and offensive poster and the political play it is advertising incite hatred against politicians? Is this a good look for liberal lefties who support Auckland Mayor Phil Goff denying a public venue to conservative [] The post An offensive and provocative poster that Phil Goff is okay with appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Every UK Countys Top Rated Tourist Attraction According to the Public Click on image for a high-res view The map above shows every UK Countys Top Rated Tourist Attraction as voted on by members of the public. It was created by the Principal Hotel Company and there are likely a few surprises. You can see the full [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Fuel for old fossils Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

With the current government in power I have been champing at the bit to bandy about some thoughts on the flotsam and jetsam that have been elected. I dont wish to make much ado about nothing, but I am not prepared to let bygones be bygones, I have decided to examine the whole shebang with great vim [] The post Fuel for old fossils appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

This week RNZ has disappointed Adam The Inquiring Mind

Adam is a fan of RNZ, but this week it has not performed. Like many, Adam has called it Radio Pravda and Red Radio, but in recent times it has been very much better. Not because its viewpoint has changed, but because it has become more focused.

Yet this week, for some reason it has failed.

Morning Report has been reasonable, but Nine to Noon has been rather lacklustere and since Campbell announced his departure Checkpoint has been a shadow of what it was. Campbell for all his many faults had an ability to identify and when he was engaged zero in on an issue.

RNZ needs to up their game. BIGLY

11:00

Pensioners whine about missing out on Winter Energy Payment Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jan and Marcus McKeogh dont receive the Winter Energy Payments due to their New Zealand pensions being deducted down to zero.  Quote: A 71-year-old teacher whose pension is deducted under a controversial piece of legislation says she dreads the day she can no longer work. Jan and Marcus McKeogh are both denied the newly introduced [] The post Pensioners whine about missing out on Winter Energy Payment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Another dud judge: And this one thinks hes funny Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Labour partys catch and release policy seems to be going great guns. Apparently, these two winners just arent bad enough for jail! Two Waitara brothers, Matthew and Regan Coxhead, appeared before Judge Chris Sygrove in the New Plymouth District Court back in May 2018 each facing a raft of charges relating to a 79 kilometre [] The post Another dud judge: And this one thinks hes funny appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Jacqueline du Pre & Daniel Barenboim Elgar Cello Concerto The Inquiring Mind

Edward Elgars Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgars earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac. The first performance was a debacle because Elgar and the performers had been deprived of adequate rehearsal time. The work did not achieve wide popularity until the 1960s, when a recording by Jacqueline du Pr caught the public imagination and became a classical best-seller.

10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Admiralty, from the M Bar, top floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. A mojito in front, Hong Kong Club on the left, Bank of China on the right and the Court of Final Appeal below. This photo was the competition photo yesterday and the person [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:41

Rural round-up The Inquiring Mind

Another in this great series of posts which inform us every day on key drivers of our economy

Homepaddock

Free trade trumps protectionism, we hope Allan Barber:

Its ironical the same week the CPTPP agreement was signed President Trump proudly announced new tariffs on steel and aluminium which threaten to undermine the World Trade Organisations function as the global regulator of international trade. The jury is still out on whether Trump can get the tariffs signed off by Congress and he has already created exemptions, at the time of writing for Australia, Canada and Mexico. But its an uneasy period, particularly for a country as dependent on trade for its economic survival as New Zealand, because we might well get caught in the crossfire from a trade war.

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09:30

Hes not supposed to do that Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In the female prison There are seventy women I wish it was with them That I did dwell Brendan Behan, The Auld Triangle In news that should surprise absolutely no-one, a male crim turned loose in a womens prison immediately started monstering the female inmates. Colour me shocked. Of course, this was not just [] The post Hes not supposed to do that appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

BBC: Soldiers Part 1 The Face of Battle The Inquiring Mind

A 13 part series from 1985, only 7 episodes located so far, but of interest for all that

Soldiers: A History of Men in Battle is a 1985 BBC television documentary series about the history of warfare from antiquity to the Falklands War. Each episode looks at warfare from the perspective of different participants: infantryman, artillerist, cavalryman, tanker, airman, guerrilla, surgeon, logistician and commander. The series and a companion book were written by John Keegan and Richard Holmes, and the series was presented by Frederick Forsyth.

1 The Face of Battle (18 September 1985)

2 Cavalry (25 September 1985)

3 Gunner (2 October 1985)

4 Fighting Spirit (9 October 1985)

5 Infantry (23 October 1985)

6 Tank (30 October 1985)

7 Air Power (6 November 1985)

8 Sapper (13 November 1985)

9 Casualty (20 November 1985)

10 Sinews of War (27 November 1985)

11 Commander (4 December 1985)

12 Irregular (11 December 1985)

13 Experience of War (18 December 1985)

09:00

Digital image of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:30

Some good news at last from this government Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Finally we get some good news from the government. They are postponing the increase in refugee quota a broken promise we wont mind the government breaking: Quote. The Government has stalled on plans to double New Zealands refugee quota and its because of the housing crisis. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says Aotearoa need [] The post Some good news at last from this government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Lets all be nice Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Stuff has published this absurd little piece on free speech. As the writer, Glenn McConnell, is barely into his twenties, it is an interesting insight into how the mind of the millennial works  and it shows that they think the world is a lovely place, where no one wants to hurt anyone else and we [] The post Lets all be nice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:57

Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux granted 10-day visas to New Zealand Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Conservative Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have been granted 10-day visas to New Zealand. Now all they need at short notice is a venue. Will they be able to pull it together in time? We will let you know as soon as we know. Fingers crossed. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said his decision did [] The post Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux granted 10-day visas to New Zealand appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

The governments lies over Waikeria are getting bigger and bigger Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The government, in announcing their down-sized prison at Waikeria, have variously blamed the previous government for costs associated with the contracts, that the plans were too huge, and there was no need for such a prison. All those were lies. And yesterday we found out that Kelvin Davis, despite his big talking on prisons before [] The post The governments lies over Waikeria are getting bigger and bigger appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Ben Jennings on Trump-Putin The Inquiring Mind

 

07:15

Most-read Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Our Whats hot and Must read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most-read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post [] The post Most-read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:10

George Melly with John Chiltons Feetwarmers Frankie and Johnny The Inquiring Mind

Saw George Melly perform this live on several occasions in the 1970s and 1980s

07:04

CRATS AND SNOWFLAKES COLLIDE, CONFUSION REIGNS. No Minister



Some moron seeing a need to appear relevant brings in another rule that a dog on the tray of a ute must be restrained, failure to comply, a fine of three hundred dollars. Thanks a bunch  Andy Knapsack.

Some parents wanting to make their child safe, place a harness and leash on the wild child to effect a similar outcome and snowflakes emerge from everywhere screaming  charges of child abuse.

A friend at Field Days this year noted the previously popular  child restraint making a comeback to emulate what for our rural raised children made so much more sense than removing all possible dangers in an immediate environment that could attract attention from an inquisitive mind

Back to the canine nonsense, I fear the only enforcement will  arise from an already tragic outcome when things go bad, as did prosecutions from an equally moronic Law somewhere around the three quarter mark of last century that made it an offense for a child to ride on a "tractor" back in the day when such practice arose from necessity to have the child in relatively safety on the machine as opposed to under a bloody wheel.
Many hours of my formative years were spent on the footplate of a Caterpillar 'Fifteen', often asleep nestled in a secured wooden box that arrived on the farm with two containers of "Coopers Dip".

So much of the NZ rural livestock activity  occurs adjacent to a road and the well trained canine will not leave their commanding position on the deck until  a need for action arises and often when that happens, a quick response will need to be initiated. Valuable time taken to stop vehicle, release seatbelt, open door, emerge, and then unclip the bloody dog, the two mobs that could have been kept apart so  easily will have turned to custard requiring a serious time consuming rearrangement.
Equally there are many children running free in Malls and restraining them before they crash into some little old lady seems a  humane system.

07:00

Tim Watkin on freedom of speech Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Tim Watkin is a lefty. It seems he will now be on the black list of those wanting to silence differing opinions after his post at Pundit: Quote: I argued in my previous post that a free speech debate played into the hands of the numpties Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux  who wanted to [] The post Tim Watkin on freedom of speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Matthew Hooton thinks we have now arrived at communism by stealth Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Matthew Hooton writes about the damage that Working for Families is doing to our economy: Quote: The Government, district health boards and any nurses organisation officials primarily concerned with Labours re-election know they have to stand firm against the rebellious nurses in the wards. Each of these powerful groups know ordinary nurses getting the pay [] The post Matthew Hooton thinks we have now arrived at communism by stealth appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

CNN: Madeleine Albright discusses the Helsinki Summit The Inquiring Mind

As the days go by, it seems more and more likely that Trump was comprehensively outplayed by Putin as Albright seems to be saying

06:00

C4: Jacob Rees-Mogg Ways To Change The World The Inquiring Mind

This is a long form report in C4s podcast series

06:00

Government gives more money to bludgers at the expense of hard-working Kiwis Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The government are pleased to announce that they are giving more of your hard-earned cash to bludgers and neer-do-wells. The NZ Herald reports: Quote The number of beneficiaries having their welfare payments cut has plummeted as the Government encourages a less punitive approach by Work and Income. At the same time, the number of hardship [] The post Government gives more money to bludgers at the expense of hard-working Kiwis appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:30

Social media stars and their cultural impact The Inquiring Mind

Jesse Mulligan at RNZ

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/aft-20180718-1509-jonny_sun_how_social_media_stars_influence_culture-128.mp3

Jonathan Sun is a Ph.D candidate at one of Americas most prestigious universities, MIT. Hes an engineer, a designer and a star on Twitter, at least a comedy subculture on Twitter that revels in his  clever, absurd jokes that are funny and profound at the same time. 

While his alter ego on Twitter, Jonny Sun, piles on the followers, he is studying how social media stars influence culture

This was rather interesting

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription 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 because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Faces of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

*Research by Sally Todays face of the day is no longer a mystery. He was described by a Whaleoiler at the rally as a hairy guy who was the chief shouter downer. Not sure what his brief is. Just opposing people talking it seems. Today we can reveal who he actually is. He is Gem [] The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is turophile (noun) A lover of cheese. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Turophile a rare word not only in meaning but also in its spelling. The combining form -phile is very common in English, but the combining form turo- is unique: it comes from the Greek noun trs, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 20 23 The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Friday's Fulminations No Minister

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Thursday, 19 July

23:55

The Late, Late Movie: Hidden City (1987) with Charles Dance written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff The Inquiring Mind

Political thriller from Stephen Poliakoff with an excellent cast including Bill Paterson and Richard E. Grant

23:50

Brexit Sharks are circling The Inquiring Mind

Blower Daily Telegraph

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Note:

Sharks spotted around Cornish coast due to heatwave

21:55

Midnight Movie: Screen Two presents The McGuffin with Charles Dance The Inquiring Mind

An homage to Hitchcock,recalling the classic Rear Window with a great British cast

21:45

10CC Dreadlock Holiday The Inquiring Mind

Classic song from a great band

20:30

MSNBC: McFaul strikes back The Inquiring Mind

For some background see this post as well as the introduction to this video clip

19:00

Thursday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Dr David Mackereth was fired after 30 years working as a doctor for refusing to acknowledge peoples preferred gender. He explains that scientifically and medically he believes that gender is determined at birth and cannot change. He was not prepared to lie in order to protect his job. David says his right to say what he [] The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Donald Trump versus Sadiq Khan Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

Tech Thursday Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Google understands how much millennials hate making phone calls. The solution: Get artificial intelligence to book appointments for them. Click on the photo above to see the video. The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Why free speech is all that matters Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why free speech is all that matters appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S07 E02 Strong Stuff, This Insurance The Inquiring Mind

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

17:00

Imam Tawhidi The left are the real racist bigots Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S04 1/08 A Nose for Trouble The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. No its not [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:30

Tweets of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Building Product Approvals The Inquiring Mind

RNZ Morning Report

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180719-0718-building_products_approval_certificates_might_be_flawed-128.mp3

A review has found the Governments own gold-standard scheme to approve building products is badly flawed. It questions the competency and expertise of those issuing the powerful Codemark certificates. Phil Pennington has been looking into this.

Later Adam came across this:-

Highly pertinent.
Our building products are not unique in many cases. Does the approval regime do anything in many cases, other than add cost?

15:00

Auckland peace action need a new logo: Eight Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action need a new logo: Eight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Analyse Arderns art Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

She is drawing in circles which means? Could it be a plan for a new cycle track? The post Analyse Arderns art appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Advice from Auntie Roger Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Brian Rogers Sunlive.co.nz Newsie.co.nz Readers may recall that a few weeks ago The Sun received letters asking for wise and sage advice. More letters have been flowing in ever since (though none yet written on the requested $20 note but I sit by the letterbox in eager anticipation. If you dont have change, a $50 [] The post Advice from Auntie Roger appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

The mouse that roared: Valerie Morse Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Valerie Morse, as spokesperson for the misnamed activist group Auckland Peace Action has used threats of harassment and confrontation to de platform a voluntary (paid) event at an Auckland council venue where none of the speech will be breaking the law. Neither Lauren Southern or Stefan Molyneux has ever incited violence or harm to [] The post The mouse that roared: Valerie Morse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

George Will: Trump, this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man The Inquiring Mind

George Will writes at Washington Post in a scathing column Will minces no words in his condemnation of Trump meeting with Putin in Helsinki

He started with:-

Americas child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care

He uses the example of Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat and Reagans UN Ambassador and her speech to the 1984 Republican Convention to set the scene for this withering comment:-

In Helsinki, the president who bandies the phrase America First put himself first, as always, and America last, behind President Vladimir Putins regime.

Later he was especially acerbic about Trumps use of language. This was telling because as some may remember this clip:-

And then this as well:-

 

Not surprisingly Mr Will wrote:-

Precision is not part of Trumps repertoire: He speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week. 

Later Mr will looks at he issue of collusion with Russia, but makes the point that whatever the outcome of Robert Muellers investigation

The world, however, saw in Helsinki something more grave ongoing collusion between Trump, now in power, and Russia. The collusion is in what Trump says (refusing to back the United States intelligence agencies) and in what evidently went unsaid

George Will then looks at why that might be and points to a number of reasons.

However, in his last paragraph he has this to say:-

But just as astronomers inferred, from anomalies in the orbits of the planet Uranus, the existence of Neptune before actually seeing it, Mueller might infer, and then find, still-hidden sources of the behavior of this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man.

Adam suspects that this will be.

13:30

Daily sudoku Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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12:30

Sajid Javid a reluctant hero as faith in Britains law deteriorates Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It may sometimes seem as if the horror of the industrial-scale rape of non-Muslim girls by gangs of British Pakistani Muslim men is somehow a historic crime, like the past sexual abuse of children within the churches. The truth is that not only were many of these crimes very recent (in the last decade) but [] The post Sajid Javid a reluctant hero as faith in Britains law deteriorates appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:15

Tweet for Today another Trump lie and what it reveals The Inquiring Mind

Trump just cannot help himself.

The idea that Queen Elizabeth had never reviewed a Guard of Honour is manifestly absurd. He is pathetic.

He is a pathological liar. Indeed, given his behaviour as President, it might well be that he lives in a bubble of his own reality, where what is a fact one minute, is a lie the next.

Unfortunately he is POTUS and the world just cannot afford this idiot. Anybody who regularly claims he is a stable genius and a master of language, yet demonstrates that he is not hourly, is just not suited to fulfil that role.

Furthermore, he has not met in any way the requirements of his Oath of Office. In that respect the Republican leadership must be held to account.

12:11

HAPPY BUT .... No Minister

Banks are Banks.   They are there to provide a return to their shareholders (except for Kiwibank which requires regular injections of capital from the taxpayer ... I digress).   I understand that imperative and don't expect too much from my Bank which probably has me red flagged on their computer as a 'freeloader' because I religiously pay off my credit-card debt in full every month.

Last week I had occasion to query an item on my credit-card statement.   After successfully navigating myself through the bank's 0800 query line I found myself speaking to a real person who very quickly resolved the problem.   She then said 'hold on, you may be eligible to receive a 50% reduction on the annual card fee' (of $125).    I said 'tell me more'.   She said that if my Veterans Pension (NZ Superannuation) was being paid directly into my account then I would qualify for the 50% waiver.   I said 'it is and look up my account on your screen for confirmation'.   She said 'You're right and you qualify and there, it's all done'.

Half happy but Grrrrrrrrrrr ... why didn't the Bank tell me that seven years ago when I first qualified for the VP?


12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Click on image for a slightly better resolution A Map Showing How the Ancient Romans Envisioned the World in 40 AD Weve all seen that famous New Yorker cover satirizing a New Yorkers distorted, self-centered view of the world: Manhattan occupies a good half of the image, relegating the rest of America (and indeed the world) to the status [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Maybe the Canadians failed to read the fine print? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:22

Update on Tommy Robinson: There is hope that he will be released Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

[] Tommy didnt just appeal his 13-month sentence. He appealed the fact that he was convicted at all. Not just in the Leeds case from May, but he even appealed his conviction last year in Canterbury! Second, Tommys lawyers outlined in shocking detail the abuse that he has been subjected to in prison. His lawyers meetings have been [] The post Update on Tommy Robinson: There is hope that he will be released appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:15

If you have them The Inquiring Mind

Whenever Adam thinks about Trump and his deference to Putin the following quote comes to mind :

If you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow 

Theodore Roosevelt 

Though the quote in various forms has been attributed to John Wayne and to Richard Nixon. Certainly sounds Nixonian.

11:00

Your job is to create heroes *Updated Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I grew up in the Thames Valley (New Zealand version) in the 1970s. Saturday was for playing midget rugby barefoot and in teams creatively named Red, Blue,  Green or Gold. The bags of jerseys smelt divine and in those days we certainly kept the score. I went home for lunch and then returned to [] The post Your job is to create heroes *Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Complicit silence after a public accusation of racism Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

On Monday Stuffs resident race-baiter applied his considerable ignorance to the Southern-Molyneaux venue-withholding debate. The dish-water dullness of his writing failed to reward readers with any fresh idea or new perspective of the important principles at stake in the debate. It was instead a tawdry example of intellectual dishonesty, not that Mr Joel Maxwell is [] The post Complicit silence after a public accusation of racism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:23

Stephen Berry on the topic of Free speech: Radio RDU Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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10:15

Tweet for Today The Inquiring Mind

Pence has a problem with reality again.

10:00

View from your window: The coffee or the bag? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Todays view from your window is the competition photo for the month where the person who can provide the most correct details wins a choice between a wonderful prize of 1 kg of high-quality coffee beans or a Cooler bag that will keep ice frozen for up to 24 hours in up to 36c and [] The post View from your window: The coffee or the bag? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Bad news for sugar taxers Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There is a merry band of sugar taxers out there who tell us, loudly, that we need taxes on soft drinks and sugar and it will cure, supposedly, our so-called obesity epidemic. If you dare to challenge them then they sue you. But there are some inconvenient facts emerging, like fat consumption is the only [] The post Bad news for sugar taxers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Digital image of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:30

Max Whitehead employment-law stories: This one involves drugs, honey, an interrogation using a baseball bat and cross bow Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:00

Labour bring in gender intelligence consultants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been elevated to a feminist icon since giving birth in office. Did you read that? So, no one else has ever given birth in their lives? Stuff reports: quote: The Labour Party is polishing its image once again, with what it is calling a brand check-up. End quote. A feminist brand check-up. Quote: The [] The post Labour bring in gender intelligence consultants appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:45

Trump betraying Americas diplomats The Inquiring Mind

The Daily Beast has a report on Trumps willingness to allow Russia to question US diplomats about their supposed actions.

As one current diplomat said:-

The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the governments. Thats very clear over the past week and a half, between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putins ass, the diplomat said. He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.

The diplomat continued: Either hes compromised by Putin or hes a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.

This report is corroborated by this:-

 

07:30

Grossest Market owner liable for debts, High Court rules Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Regular readers will know that weve taken an interest in the shonky business dealings of Aaron Drever. Aaron Drevers world is collapsing in on itself as hes just lost a recent High Court case where it was held he is personally responsible for the outstanding debts of The Grocers Market. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: [] The post Grossest Market owner liable for debts, High Court rules appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:16

TRUMP #3 No Minister

and just when you thought you had seen and heard it all 'he' does it again.   Asked by a reporter at the Wednesday afternoon Cabinet meeting whether Russia 'is still targeting the United States' the President said 'No'.

Later the White House Press Secretary said that when the President said 'No' he didn't mean 'No' to the question but rather it was 'No' as in 'No more questions'.       The gymnastic contortions of language his aides are having to employ in order to paper over his continuing faux pas are worthy of an Olympic gold medal.

I've said enough about this idiot masquerading as POTUS.    Taking a break from Trumpland to blog about honest reality.


07:15

A playbook for holding marginal seats Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good MPs hold marginal seats. No matter what their personality type, party, reputation in parliament or political leanings they keep winning because they work hard and connect with the community. Hard work is the common factor that a good local MP shares. All good local MPs work hard in their electorate, and are well known for working hard. This means they are out and about in their community constantly, and constantly visible and available to their voters. Ruth Dyson holds Port Hills by a substantial margin. She wins votes from people who are right wingers because they know she works hard in their community. She will be at the Saturday market. Or at community events and they can go and talk to her. She had some luck in her timing, and her long time opponent in David Carter, but she held her seat in 2005 and 2008 when there was a huge swing against Labour. The post A playbook for holding marginal seats appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

What makes a good local MP? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Even in the MMP environment a good local MP makes a difference. Electorate MPs have twice the budget of list MPs working the same area, and list MPs have way less credibility than electorate MPs. It seems reasonable to assume that a good local MP and a good local campaign increase the all-important party vote  [] The post What makes a good local MP? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Four Day week? The Inquiring Mind

RNZ Nine to Noon

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Financial services firm Perpetual Guardian is reporting happier staff and no drop in productivity after its landmark trial of a four day week. More At Link

Not certain about this at all.

06:28

Listen to a live stream with Stephen Berry right now on the topic of free speech * Updated Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

ACTs Stephen Berry is on Christchurch student radio station right now to discuss controversial Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Laura Southern as well as the importance of free speech. The station is live-streamed here   Update: **If you missed the live stream you can listen to it  here  The post Listen to a live stream with Stephen Berry right now on the topic of free speech * Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Most-read Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Our Whats hot and Must read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most-read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post [] The post Most-read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Scope of blog posts question everything TVHE

Proper posting starts next week but before we start I just want to outline the broad scope, but narrow method, of the posting that will occur here and hopefully the critical comments of other people will follow the same idea when discussing these things.  Essentially lets cover all sorts of social and economic issues based on two factors: questioning and understanding the context of the received wisdom that underlies them.  In this way, each post should start with an idea that some group accepts as true, and needs to both critique that but also understand the underlying concern or situation that led to that idea gaining traction.

Coming back to reading the news of the day Im struck by how much received wisdom there is out there.  I know I used to complain about it and state that economists should be careful about how their simplifications could be taken as received wisdom, but to be honest Id forgotten quite how extreme it is.

Now this may be all well and good but it isnt how I like to think about economic and social issues.  Instead I like the idea that a good way to look at these questions is to be a bit of a child:

A good economist is like a petulant child.  They always ask why, never fully accept an answer, and rarely fully reject one.

All of us sitting here on our computers intend to be good economists, and this blog is a space where we can practice the art asking ourselves whether the received wisdom we rely on to reach our conclusions about certain social and economic policies is really defensible.  But critique alone isnt as useful as I used to think we also need to ask why the received wisdom is accepted in order to understand where legitimate concerns regarding trade-offs exist.

I have noticed discussion of New Zealands poor productivity performance (among other things) here.

I have noticed the statement that people now are worse off than their parents (here and here).

I keep hearing that wages arent going up in New Zealand a statement I find particularly surprisingly given that I have been sitting around in a dark room with the evidence of rising wages for several years.

Now each of these statements comes from something.  Productivity, the progress of generations, and wage growth are all short hand things...

06:00

Rodney Hide on optics and heartlessness Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rodney Hide writes about the poor optics and apparent heartlessness of the government: Quote: One of the many things Stephen Joyce did for the previous government was to manage the optics. To have a proposal deemed bad optics was its death knell. The optics are how the public perceives a policy or decision. Its the [] The post Rodney Hide on optics and heartlessness appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Morning Joe: Discussion with George Will about Helsinki and the future for GOP The Inquiring Mind

Interesting segment starting with a look at Wills most recent column which has scathing remarks about Trump.Augmented with comments from James Fallows of The Atlantic,

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription 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 because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

RNZ Morning Report: A NZ perspective on the issues from Helsinki The Inquiring Mind

Morning Report

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Security analyst Paul Buchanan discusses the latest developments from Donald Trumps meeting with Vladimir Putin, and his return to Washington. They talk about New Zealands part in the changes in global relations. As part of Five Eyes we would have received intelligence from the US, UK, on Russian interference in US elections, Mr Buchanan says. He believes Mr Peters would have been briefed as Foreign Minister. He suggests Mr Peters has own reasons for equivocating on US intels findings

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05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Face of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Todays face of the day is an award-winning comedian who bases much of her comedy on her experiences. I hope she can turn this tale into a joke because it wasnt at all funny for her at the time. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is plantigrade (adj) Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective plantigrade comes from the Latin noun planta sole (of the foot) and the verb grad to take steps, step, walk. [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 19 23 Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Wednesday, 18 July

19:00

Wednesday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Chinas Leftover Men: Desperately Seeking Wives  As a result of the one-child policy, leading to the preference for sons has led to a gender imbalance between men and women, and women in China becoming picky (as you would expect where supply is plentiful) I dread to think of what this means in India, as families [] The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Jordan Peterson sits down for an in depth discussion Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

Wednesday Weapons Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:30

Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz ferrata  is a protected climbing/walking route -using a steel rope which climbers can attach to with rope and karabiner while wearing body harness. Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille Yep this one is a family [] The post Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

On detention: Lauren Southern Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz  A new interview with a great interviewer asking lots of challenging probing questions, covering free speech, and how multiculturalism could be the downfall of the West. Lots of details about her arrest, NZ, Aus etc.   Ive been following Lauren for [] The post On detention: Lauren Southern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 6/06 Alarums and Excursion The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. Actually, I think [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:38

Oh, dear factually challenged again The Inquiring Mind

What makes this even more concerning is that Ms Golriz Ghahramen is a lawyer, but seem remarkably deficient in knowledge of the law. especially as she is Justice spokesperson for NZ Greens. This calls into question the degree to which anybody vetted Ms Ghahramen, thus raising questions about whether the Greens really have a place in NZ politics.

15:30

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:46

Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff and Auckland Council under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. This came after the Coalition presented the Mayor with an open letter suggesting he avoid the cost of litigation by reopening discussions with the promoters of the event in question. The open letter outlined: The [] The post Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Adolf reference to Hitler. Bazi means loveable crook. Pronounced baht-see Boche short for alcaboche or cabbage-head. Blockhead  (My Dad who had German grandparents heard the insult boof head a lot in his family) Bosch Boxhead Chleuh From the name of the Chleuh, a North African ethnicity a term with racial connotations. Fischkopf Fish-head used by southern Germans for northern [] The post Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A reader e-mailed me yesterday morning to tell me that they had read on a New Zealand media site that Israel had struck at Gaza but failed to mention that it was in response to TWO HUNDRED rockets sent into Israel over the last weekend by Hamas! Over only 24 hours, over 200 rockets and [] The post NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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13:29

Where does profit come from? FightBack

This article is part of Fightbacks What is Capitalism series, to be collected in our next magazine issue. To subscribe to our e-publication ($20 annually) or physical magazine ($60 annually) please click here.

Take a KFC store, rented from the corporation by a franchisee. How does the store produce profit? Its just a building.

For Marxists, the material elements of capital are man [people] and Nature.1 Take the window of a KFC drive-through, an element of the capital that is the KFC store. The windows glass began as sand; miners extracted the sand from an open pit; transport workers moved the sand into massive silos; through a complex scientific process in a factory, workers heated the sand, transformed it into liquid glass, flattened it with tin, cooled and solidified it, resulting in glass as we know it; workers cut, transported and installed the glass in the store window; a KFC worker now slides the window open, and hands over a delicious Zinger Burger. At every step of the way, workers transformed and re-transformed natural elements for human need. This is what the capitalists profits from; the transformation of natural elements by workers.

So, there is no productive capital without labour (or Nature). By contrast, labour (not to mention Nature!) without a capitalist is possible. In the Argentinian occupied factory movement, workers took over factories and ran them democratically, instead of accepting redundancies. While these factories still operate within a capitalist market, their victory demonstrates how workers can operate without capitalists whereas the opposite is not true.

But if workers are not reliant on capitalists, where do wages come from? Let us return to KFC. Max Caulfield makes 50 burgers in one hour. Each burger is sold for $5. She is paid $15 an hour. In other words, her first 3 burgers have already covered an hours wages in the first 10 minutes. 7 more burgers cover the price of ingredients, and a share of the stores fixed costs. The remaining 40 burgers in the hour make $200. Stretch that out to 8 hours, and she will be paid $120, while the company will make $1,600 out of her labour. Max was not paid out of profits: rather, the profits were the surplus of the value of produced by her work. (Of course, other steps in the supply chain the slaughter of chickens, the sale of the burger also cost and reproduce capital, but the worker is essential at each step).

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13:00

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12:30

France celebrates World Cup win Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Weve been having a few discussions on this blog recently about the benefits of multiculturalism. Winston says he is against it. Chris Bishop is apparently all for it. Some of the comments at the time of the win showed that people thought that multiculturalism was a significant factor in Frances victory and that if the [] The post France celebrates World Cup win appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Small asteroids that hit the Earth between 1994-2013 Chelyabinsk-sized impacts (500 kilotons TNT) every few decades Tunguska-sized impacts (5 megatons TNT) every few centuries An event such as depicted below would affect the entire globe not just a city. NASA is building a defense system to alter the path of dangerous asteroids ensuring they miss [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

What has Iceland got that we dont have? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do. What has Iceland got that we dont have? We dont have: A team in the world cup A [] The post What has Iceland got that we dont have? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Are you an Islamophobe? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they are likely to ask you if you are an Islamophobe. A good all-purpose response to any objection you get is to ask them how they learned about Islam as that question is likely to reveal to both of you how little the other knows about Islam which is [] The post Are you an Islamophobe? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum -S04 S01 Monsoon Madness The Inquiring Mind

Truncated video, but only copy I could find

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

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