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Monday, 19 February

17:30

Teens in Parkland call out adults for their hypocrisy and failure to curb gun violence The Inquiring Mind

From an article at The New Yorker on the Parkland massacre:

Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Douglas, had the most searing indictment:

The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S.

Companies, trying to make caricatures of the teen-agers nowadays, saying that all we are are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submissions when our message doesnt reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call B.S.

Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the N.R.A., telling us nothing could ever be done to prevent this: we call B.S.

They say that tougher gun laws do not prevent gun violence: we call B.S.

The crowd was now joining in.

They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun: we call B.S.

They say guns are just tools, like knives, and are as dangerous as cars: we call B.S.

They say that no laws would have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that occur: we call B.S.

That us kids dont know what were talking about, that were too young to understand how the government works.

16:29

Rubio, creature of the NRA, shape up or ship out look after the future and not gun nuts The Inquiring Mind

 

16:15

George Washington on Trump The Inquiring Mind

The NY Times ran this article on how George Washingtons farewell address can be interpreted as foreseeing the problems caused by a #POTUS such as Trump. Note it is an Op-Ed not a piece by staffers as such.
When you work your way through the text, reproduced below it is clear that Washington had a clear view of what dangers might come to pass as regards the state of the nation.
Washington foresaw and considered:-

In elaborate and thoughtful prose, Washington raised red flags about disunity, false patriotism, special interests, extreme partisanship, fake news, the national debt, foreign alliances and foreign hatreds. With uncanny foresight, he warned that the most serious threat to our democracy might come from disunity within the country rather than interference from outside. And he foresaw the possibility of foreign influence over our political system and the rise of a president whose ego and avarice would transcend the national interest, raising the threat of despotism.

Washington certainly had great confidence, but in his address he didnt brag about his accomplishments. On the contrary, he beseeched the Almighty to soften the impact of his errors and expressed hopes that the country would forgive them. He established a standard for presidential self-deprecation out of the fear that a president of grossly inflated ego could become a threat to democracy.

So familiar and this paragraph which is so relevant:-

Sooner or later, he concluded, the chief of some prevailing faction, more able and more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purpose of his own elevation on the ruins of public liberty.

Then in perhaps the most telling piece, Washington wrote of one of his greatest concerns:

The ways in which hyperpartisanship could open the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

As the authors of he Op-Ed write:-

Washingtons goal was to ensure that the young country became stable enough to withstand the threats to liberty and freedom he saw on the horizon a horizon that has now stretched 220 years into the future. We can never say he didnt warn us.

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:40

Mark Mitchell maiden speech to Parliament The Inquiring Mind

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Mark Mitchell

MARK MITCHELL (NationalRodney) : I stand before you today filled with pride at being given the opportunity by the people of Rodney to represent them in this, our 50th Parliament, and I am honoured to be addressing the House for the first time. Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your reappointment to the high office of Speaker. You have already been recognised across this House for your sound judgment and fairness, and I look forward to being under your guidance in this Chamber.

Mr Speaker, you have been Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Tourism, and Minister for International Trade during your career, and oversaw the producer board reform that ultimately led to the creation of Fonterra and Zespri Group Ltd. You launched our successful 100% Pure marketing campaign, which was a global success. But perhaps most important, you were the original instigator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You are also renowned for your singing voice, and your annual concert in Rodney is an event constituents look forward to every year. I have made a commitment to continue with this concert, and although I feel my own voice is pretty good I have been assured by those closest to me that I need to find another way of keeping that tradition alive.

I live in rewa, in the heart of the Rodney electorate. Rodney is a wonderful part of New Zealand, stretching from Albany Heights, Wainui, and Dairy Flat in the south, to Warkworth, Matakana, and Leigh in the north. We have been blessed with the beautiful Hibiscus and Kowhai coasts, stunning regional parks like Shakespear Regional Park, Wenderholm, and Mahurangi, and we are home to two marine reserves, one of which, Goat Island, was the first in New Zealand. The new Northern Motorway has brought Auckland closer to Rodney, and our towns in the south of the electorate are experiencing strong growth while still retaining their unique character. Further north, our communities are more rural. Some have become famous, like Phoi for its pub and cheese factory, or Waiwera for its geothermal hot pools. We have the charm and history of Warkworth, world-class wine trails, great schools, strong communities, and a real pride in our beautiful part of New Zealand.

However, there are challenges ahead and I am focused on finding solutions that will allow us to develop our infrastructure and services in step with our population growth. This includes the Phoi to Wellsford motorway extension and the Penlink development, and I will w...

15:39

Judith Collins maiden speech to Parliament The Inquiring Mind

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about t he issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Judith Collins

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mistake of telling me that I could not do it. The exact words were: You wont be a lawyer. Youre a nice girl; youll get married. Well, at university I met and later married my husband, David Wong Tung, who was then a police officer. David had come to New Zealand as a child from Sa...

15:38

Simon Bridges maiden speech to Parliament The Inquiring Mind

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Simon Bridges

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letters behind their names, without really understanding what that meant. The dysfunction my father grew up with, and the sacrificial example he saw fr...

15:36

Amy Adams maiden speech to Parliament The Inquiring Mind

Thanks to Homepaddock, who did the research and thought about the issue, Adam is able to bring you the maiden speeches of each of the known contenders for Nationals Leadership Amy Adams

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardness than on mere professions made on the hustings. He said: A clever ready-tongued political adventurer may cajole a set of dull-witted men, but if he has to pose before a number of wome...

15:30

Lets talk Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Discuss: If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?

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14:30

Labor and the Greens: Putting foreign criminals first. Again. Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The left and refugee advocates would have us believe that the detainees in processing centres are all poor, trembling waifs, brutally mistreated by the heartless Australian government. Yet for years, regular reports including from refugee advocates themselves have shown that the detention centres are rife with rape, sexual assault and child abuse among []

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14:00

Addressing the Heffalump in the room Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: Jim Bunny Rogers Rabbits SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz This week, Jim Bunny ventures out of the warren to share his thoughts on an issue that keeps on growing. It must be coming. Surely. I sense, because of all the fomenting over Rogers Rabbits two weeks ago, a cynical, insensitive assault by a skinny person on on []

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13:32

MORE ON THE 'PRESERVATION OF WINSTON PETERS' BAUBLES OF OFFICE' BILL No Minister

One of the reasons James Shaw gave for the Greens support of Winston's Electoral Integrity Bill (so called) was that for an MP to be expelled from Parliament it would require a two-thirds vote from his/her caucus to trigger the expulsion and that was democracy in action.     Straightforward ... not on your nelly.

Since the late 1970s there have been many occasions when a Party has been represented in the House by just two members (started with Socreds Bruce Beetham and Garry Knapp while in the 51st Parliament it was the Maori Party).   Under the Peters' Bill a member of a two member party can walk free because you can't get a two-thirds vote from a two person caucus.   Under Peters' Bill we end up with the situation where parties having three or more members in their caucus can expel MPs and parties with only two members can't.    Perhaps James S can tell us just how that represents democracy in action.

The Bill is both fatally flawed and fatally compromised.     It's in the name of the Minister of Justice and Andrew Little should seek to withdraw it ... but he won't because Winston Peters will never admit that he got it so horribly wrong.    That leaves the Greens who were sandbagged into supporting it to first reading.  Now that it's shown to have holes big enough to drive a truck through will they have the gonads to withdraw that support?    I think not ... their track record is of a Party prepared to sacrifice their principles for the baubles of office.  


The Bill is a shambles; it's undemocratic and it confers privileged status on MPs belonging to a two member caucus over all other MPs ... and all this because Winston First doesn't/can't trust his own caucus.



13:30

Another great candidate for a Prime Ministers scholarship unless Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

   A 12-year-old girl who dropped out of school for a year says a charter school turned her life around. Luciana Wheeler, who at one time hated school, said Middle School West Auckland helped her fall in love with learning again. [..] Luciana said enrolling at a charter school was the best decision her family ever []

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13:00

Mental health break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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12:32

Cartoons about Judith Collins liberation

Below are various cartoons published about Judith Collins over the last two years. For earlier cartoons, see: Cartoons about the comeback of Judith Collins. Emmerson - NZ Herald 17 February 2018 Tremain - Dominion Post 19 February 2018 Body - NZ Herald 19 February 2018 Scott - Dominion Post 16 February 2018 Nisbet - The Press 19 February 2018 Chicane - Southland Times 16 February 2018 Hodgson - Dominion Post 6 November 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 20 September 2017 Hubbard - 7 July 2017 Bromhead - NZ Herald 5 March 2017 Hubbard - 6 March 2017 Chicane - Southland...

12:30

The courage of the yellow Greens Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If there were ever any doubt that the green-left simply despise the West and its most valued institutions, no clearer proof is needed than Australian Greens leader, Richard di Natales extraordinary and disgusting attack on the new senator, Jim Molan, former Major-General with the ADF. Even while Di Natale frets about the racist and hurtful []

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12:00

Map of the day: Legal status of Jews around the year 1500 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The map above gives a very general overview of the legal status of Jews in various major European countries around the year 1500. Interestingly, the two European countries with the largest Jewish populations today (France: 465,000; UK: 270,000) both had Jewish bans in 1500. In modern times Jews are fleeing France now in record numbers []

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11:30

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Are female-led companies the answer to sexual misconduct? The Weinstein Company thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was an eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards []

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11:00

The most calculated way to destroy ambition? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: $54,528 that is 60% of the average household income in New Zealand. Official figures show that incomes below that sum are counted as being in Poverty. Reading that, and taking into consideration the new Labour (well, coalition) Government here,  I should be out on the street with a begging bowl, because MY income is []

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11:00

Mark of Caine The Inquiring Mind

Aussie TV interview with Michael Caine.

10:30

Nappy rash Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Is it just because I am a grumpy old git or are others totally fed up with the nappy rash breaking out in the Beehive? Have we reached Peak Pregnancy yet? Fortunately, Judith has publically ruled out that she will announce she is pregnant in order to win the National party leadership race. I thought []

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10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken and can you identify the building it was taken from? Yesterdays photo is of Shelly Beach Wharf, Kaipara Harbour and was taken from the local cafe.   If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it today to window@whaleoil.co.nz. Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need []

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09:30

American social justice bully inciting death threats against foreigners Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Wild is under attack from some Seppo social justice psycho: An American social justice bully, Nina Hauptman Jackel, has started a petition against The Wild and our promotion of The Morgan Score. This is what she says: In a shockingly callous display of cruelty, a New Zealand resident has started a hunting contest that rewards participants []

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08:30

More good news oh wait! Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It looks like the laws of unintended consequences have visited the muppets running the country again: The Government has gone too far with its attempt to dampen property speculation through an extension to the bright-line test, says Dunedin tax expert Scott Mason. The proposed changes would have unintended consequences if the circumstances of owners changed []

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08:30

A Comment for Today The Inquiring Mind

Commenting onTrumps latest Twitterstorm

08:00

Is the government building 27 houses a day? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Pre-election last year Labour promised to build 100,000 affordable homes that would not have otherwise have been built without the intervention of the Government. In November 2017 Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford told TVNZs Q+A he was confident the Government could build more than 27 houses a day, to reach its KiwiBuild goal of 100,000 []

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07:30

This person is backing Amy Adams Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Amy Adams broke agreed caucus processes and marched out with four nodding dogs behind her to announce her leadership bid. Why someone with piggy squinty eyes would stare into bright sunlight and make their piggy squinty eyes worse is beyond me. Shes also been marching elsewhere with the same band of merry fools, showboating their []

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07:15

Chris Trotter: Bill Englishs legacy of Catholic-flavoured conservatism Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Bill English's departure signals a waning of Catholic influence in the National Party. In its place, expect to see a return to the partys historical roots in the hard-core Protestant conservatism of New Zealands proud Scotch-Irish heritage. The conservatism of Bill Massey the Reform Party leader who rescued New Zealands farmers and businessmen from the revolutionary socialism of the Red Federation of Labour in 1912-13.

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07:00

Georges open letter to the National party Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

George writes: Open letter to the National party: Enough is enough. The National party have to make the right choice. The nation is confronted with a coalition government that is unable to govern responsibly and is led by an immature poser who, on a daily basis, is increasingly becoming a greater embarrassment. National need a []

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06:30

HDPA: Judith Collins may be the only person in National capable of knocking holes in Labours biggest asset Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Heather du Plessis-Allan weighs in on the leadership battle inside National: Its already a hashtag. And quite rightly, because Judith Collins really is the woman for the job. #TeamCrusher A week ago I would never have said that. I wouldve told you Crusher was too intimidating. Too fierce. Too right wing. Too tarnished. But, in []

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06:00

Adams and Bridges too chicken to go on radio with Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Radio LIVE scheduled a three-way debate on Ryan Bridges show yesterday morning. Amy Adams was in Auckland for the Pride Parade so could have attended the debate, but Simon Bridges quit first by refusing to phone in, and Adams piked at the last minute. All that did was hand a platform to Judith Collins to []

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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 vulnerary (adj) Used in the healing or treating of wounds. (noun) A remedy used in healing or treating wounds. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The Latin adjective and noun vulnerrius first appears in the writings of the Roman polymath Pliny the Elder (2379 a.d.), who perished []

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04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 19 19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.

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04:00

Trump Toon The Inquiring Mind

Sunday, 18 February

18:00

Trump Toon The Inquiring Mind

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Progressive candidate   Ill have a hot dog with mustard thanks, clearly didnt translate well.   A pair of these complete with  faux mud look will set you back only $1000  

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Lets talk Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Is the concept of male privilege a myth? Can you come up with examples of male privilege? Is there such a thing as female privilege? Do men have it easier than women and if they do is it because of privilege or because of something else? Discuss.  

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14:30

A honey of a story Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Christchurch couple has paid tribute to helicopter pilot Steve Askin by making a special batch of honey, from their beehive which was wiped out in the Port Hills fires. Catherine and Carlton Duston have been going door to door delivering their first ever batch of honey, in memory of Mr Askin who died fighting []

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13:48

A SAD SAD STORY No Minister

There is a certain bond among those who have served ... they are in effect  part of your wider family.   When one of them falls on hard times you are duty bound to help them to be best of your ability.

Not so it seems for now ex President of the New South Wales RSL (RSA) aided and abetted by members of his Executive.   Their  culture was one of helping themselves to the best of their ability at the expense of ordinary RSL members and then engaging in a deliberate plan to cover up their malfeasance.     This week the NSW Government released the report of former NSW Supreme Court Judge Patricia Bergin into the goings on by former members of the NSW RSL Executive.   Not short (700 pages) you can read it here.

It is a sordid tale of corruption, greed, fraud and the total misuse of public donations ... donations given by the general public for the welfare of returned servicemen and women.   The figures are in the millions and those involved in the rort lived a champagne lifestyle.   For Mr Don Rowe (ex President) it included his claiming of approximately $40,000 in reimbursement for telephone bills; his making of $214,050 in cash withdrawals on his RSL credit card without supporting documentation; the charging of $92,679 in services to his RSL credit card  for which there was no supporting documentation and allowing his son to live for seven years rent free in the Presidential suite at the Hyde Park Inn (owned by the NSW RSL).   Read too how members of the Executive (including the President) voted themselves huge consultancy fees in their capacity as Directors of RSL LifeCare (formed in 1911 to provide care and services to war veterans).

These matters are now the subject of a formal NSW police investigation.

Don Rowe and his merry band deserve to be stripped of their assets and their medals and then incarcerated for life  (but only after a fair trial).     They dishonor the veteran community.    

As an Honorary Member of the NSW RSL I am highly pissed orf.



13:30

Biter bit Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is with a profound sense of schadenfreude that I announce that: Yassmin Abdel-Magied has revealed she is the subject of a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission over her tweets A professional whinger with the dress sense of a Mr Whippy van ramming a Mardi-Gras parade, Yassmin came to Australia as a refugee []

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13:15

Julie Anne Genters Big Announcement Shes pregnant The Inquiring Mind

So lets get this straight press conference called for big announcement woman announces she is pregnant cue media swoon. Heat off Greens over their incompetence.

Note to media women get pregnant, this is a well established fact, it is not a political miracle. Ardern did not invent pregnancy, and Genter did not catch a disease.  Media GROW UP!!!!

Adam congratulates Genter and her partner.  He does. Really. Sincerely.

God that is so false! Truth he does not care, not his child, not his problem, nor is it anybody elses issue. Politicians stop weaponisng your fecundity!

The politicians piled in with their faux messages of congratulations.

Back in the bunker , Ardern fumes , a new child for the nation. Where is Damien?

12:30

Why do media keep touting Bridges? The Inquiring Mind

Is he Jacindas weapon to demoralise the right?

Just look at this post on Your NZ , a centrist NZ blog, looking at Bridges candidacy and referencing Bridges interview with Guyon Espiner:-

And he went on, and on, and on. His opening sentence ran until 1:43 into the interview.

That pitch is unlikely to appeal narrowly let alone broadly. Bridges has repeated Jacinda Arderns generational change approach, but there is a stark contrast with Arderns effortless ability to speak positively and clearly.

He was then asked about the significance of being the first Maori leader of National. He waffled, admitted his te reo was not as good as Espiners, and waffled.

As Pete George who runs Your NZ summed up , very well in Adams opinion:-

Its fair to say that Bridges was hopeless in this interview. Perhaps he speaks much better in the National caucus and can convince a majority of the MPs to back him, but on this performance he should have dashed any hope of becoming leader.

It was awful.

It looks like it should be a contest between Amy Adams and Judith Collins.

Leader,  just how stupid do people think we are?

12:30

A, B or C comes down to who is most valuable to the Caucus Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The next leader of potentially-the-next-government is a very important job.   In the race for the top job, applicants should know that besides appearing important you actually have to perform better than your competition.  Not only to get the job but to stay in it.  Im not sure they all know this. Not being privy []

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12:08

Quote Of The Year (so far) No Minister

From Fran O'Sullivan



".....the only reason we have a 37-year-old female Prime Minister is because a septuagenarian put her there.  "

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The map above shows how Europeans feel about their children being in a relationship with a black person. The data comes from the 2015 Eurobarometer report on Discrimination in the EU. On average only 64% of EU citizens would be comfortable with their sons or daughters being in a relationship with a Black person. However, []

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11:30

Florida shooting: MSM dont miss opportunity to attack Trump Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

US President Donald Trump has called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Florida mentally disturbed as he vowed to help local jurisdictions tackle mental health issues, but he made no mention of stricter gun control laws. Thats because stricter gun control wouldnt have made a difference. []Trump pledged his administration would help tackle []

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11:00

Changing room nudity Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Debate has apparently been sparked over pool changing room etiquette. An uncomfortable incident in a pool changing shed has sparked debate about how appropriate it is for adults to strip naked in front of children. Engineer Shabbir Ahmed was at the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North in February when he saw a child become []

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10:30

How free are we really? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I was telling my husband that Lordes concerts in Miami might be cancelled because Florida law states that they will do no business with anyone involved with the BDS movement. He said, In a free society, I am amazed that there are laws like that. My reply to him surprised me. If you really think []

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10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken around 8:30 in the morning at Wanaka. If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to me today to window@whaleoil.co.nz. Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need one full of visual clues.

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09:54

Julie Anne Genter has called a press conference The Inquiring Mind

Theories are swirling as they say.

Adams pick, she is no longer running for co-leader.

09:30

99% of New Zealanders have too easy a life Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I see complete and utter amazement time after time on Whaleoil as to what are they thinking and/or doing? This is aimed mainly at the political classes, and then moves on to the left in general. People suspect a one-world government, or a destruction of Western civilization to be at the core of these seemingly []

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09:00

plus a change, plus cest la mme chose The Inquiring Mind

We have been here before, as Rubens noted in his famous painting

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08:30

Massive swing against Auckland Future Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The merry band of halfwits running Auckland Future told donors they were expecting good things on election day 2016. When the results came in Auckland Future managed to get about half the votes of former Labour candidate Richard Hills and former Alliance MP Grant Gillon in North Shore. They managed to lose in Albany against []

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08:00

How Labour undermine themselves The Inquiring Mind

Gwynn Compton takes a look at how Arderns Government constantly undermines the positivity and kindness she trumpets all the time, as aided and abetted by a fawning media pack. Unsurprisingly he chose Chris Hipkins as an exemplar

Whats more, the whole announcement around forcing Charter Schools to close from Hipkins is indicative of an ongoing issue from Jacinda Arderns Government (and one that plagued the Labour Party in opposition too), and that is their uncanny knack to do something good at the start of a news week, then spectacularly shoot themselves in the foot by the end of it

Compton goes on to suggest:-

The net result of Chris Hipkins bully-boy tactics towards Charter Schools is that its taken all the gloss off the Governments successful visit to Waitangi. Instead the narrative for the week ahead will be people asking what students in Charter Schools did to deserve to be so directly threatened by Chris Hipkins, and where did Jacinda Arderns promise to be kind get lost over the summer?

Adam agrees, but for many in the media the fairydust still seems to be working.

There were a number of other points in Mr Comptons psot which Adam will address later.

 

08:00

ABC of Nationals contenders Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Unlike the keyboard worriers, Audrey Young actually interviews real people and has written a great piece on Adams, Bridges and Collins. The answers are revealing.   Q. What is the Governments greatest weakness and how would you counter it? AMY ADAMS: The lack of any real thinking about how they will actually deliver on their motherhood []

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07:30

Fran OSullivan on the leadership struggle Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Fran OSullivan writes a column about the leadership struggle in the National party. Jacinda Ardern can thank Judith Collins incisive political attack for reminding her of her biggest job: get on her game as Prime Minister. The media-endorsed mother of the nation celebrification which has been wall-to-wall since Ardern announced her pregnancy could []

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07:15

Another head on a pike for Vlad Newman Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Aucklands most formidable campaigner, Councillor Daniel Vlad Newman took another Labour party head in the Manurewa Local Board by election. Vlads ticket, Manurewa Action Team, ran Dave Pizzini, a former local cop and highly regarded local candidate. Labour ran Brooke Loader, who was head girl of Manurewa High School and is a local lawyer, who []

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07:00

Mike Williams on the leadership race Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Mike Fat Tony Williams offers up his opinion on the National party leadership race: At the time of writing there are three confirmed contenders; Amy Adams, Judith Collins and Simon Bridges. The only nominee I havent met is Amy Adams, the MP for Selwyn since 2008 and an experienced minister in the Key/English Government where []

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06:30

Hooton on the leadership challenge Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Matthew Hooton wrote at NBR about the National party leadership challenge: Before they choose from Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins, National MPs may want to ask themselves some more fundamental questions. Its undoubtedly important which of the candidates has the best nose for the populist issues and potential scandals necessary to more quickly []

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06:00

Garner says pick Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Duncan Garner can see sense: Contemplating Judith Collins as Nationals next leader must have some in the caucus shaking in their sensible mid-priced shoes. If Collins is the answer as Nationals next leader then what the hell is the question again? The great white hope wears her ambition with pride. Her philosophy: Why step over someone []

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05:45

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

Faces of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Former students of South Auckland Middle School (completely off their own bat) decided to make and share this video on Facebook in response to Jacinda Arderns governments decision (as articulated by Education Minister Chris Hipkins in his recent press release) to close all Charter schools. We love South Auckland Middle School and the Foundation []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is doodlesack (noun) The Scottish bagpipe. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Doodlesack, a respelling of German Dudelsack bagpipe, literally bagpipe sack, is a rare word in English. The German word is, or seems to be, a derivative of dudeln to tootle (unless the verb is a derivative of []

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04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 18 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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