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Monday, 23 October

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:30

Hey Jacinda, what about the New Zealand trucking crisis? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Thousands more cars and trucks have been diverted through Marlboroughs inland highway after last Novembers quake closed State Highway 1 through Kaikura. Since then, driving the upper South Islands alternate highway has been a dodgem of potholes, blown out tyres lying shredded on the roadside, and endless road works. Earlier this year, truckers raised concerns []

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15:00

Jacindamania doesnt work past our borders Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Were heading for a dont blame us, blame the government phase when talking to our friends overseas.  Like many others, they dont understand what happened here because they werent driven to insanity by a media hell bent on turning Jacinda into our own Political Celebrity, complete with a new-age supportive almond-milker at home. NZs sheep []

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14:30

Backlash against police Propaganda video Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When you think about crimes that are linked to religion in the UK which religion springs to mind? When you think of a persecuted religion in the UK which religion or religions spring to mind and who do you assume is doing the persecuting? The major problem judging by both the statistics and news reports are []

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14:00

Labour does not think Free To Air All Blacks will help their voters Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour has ruled no-deal on the possibility of free-to-air All Blacks tests, or other major national sporting events. NZ First leader Winston Peters earlier in the year said a law-change to provide free-to-air rugby would be the price of NZ Firsts support in forming a government, though its one National is believed to have also []

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13:30

Culture blamed for Immigrants being unaware that domestic abuse is wrong Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I dont know much about the Hindu religion but I know a lot about Islam. The article below blames culture for the domestic violence within South Asian communities and totally ignores the religious aspect of it. Islams holy book the Koran specifically prescribes domestic violence by telling husbands that they should beat their wives. []

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13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

EYLENDA | Iceland 4K from Marcus & Flo on Vimeo.

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12:30

The NZEI vultures are circling partnership schools Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It seems that teachers union NZEIs first priority post-election is to try and kill off partnership schools instead of focussing on the schools in the state system that are failing the kinds of students currently being successfully educated in Partnership schools. I fail to see how closing down or hamstringing a set of schools that are []

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12:29

Suzie Dawson Calls For Active Support Of Assange, Wikileaks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.us"

Suzie Dawson, leader of New Zealands Internet Party, spoke with the German Pirate Party this weekend as part of their annual conference. []

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

US climate with equivalent cities from around the world Click here for larger view

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11:57

It is reported The Inquiring Mind

In the media some are remarking on the fact that Ms Ardern refers to Winston Peters as Mr Peters, whilst referring to James Shaw as James.

This means they say that Peters is being accorded respect.

Correlation:-

1 That means Shaw has no respect, a reasonable inference

2 Ardern is subservient to Peters, a reasonable inference

3 She has no idea, a reasonable inference

4 Nobody has told her what to say yet, a reasonable inference

5 All of the above

Consequently we are screwed.


11:30

The Speech [with apologies to John Clarke] Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post Ahem. Quiet please; ladies and gents, a bit of quiet, please. Settle down. Settle Down! Thanks very much. I thought Id say a few words on this auspicasichaucspictitiousah, on this bloody big occasion. The occasion of course, and as you well know, being the stunning, and not-in-a-nice-way, miracle of success by the Coalition []

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11:00

Run Cindy, RUN! Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The expectations of Labour and Jacinda personally are huge.  It doesnt help that she talks of the First 100 days and legislation already drafted. Jacinda Ardern has won the election, but its what she does between now and the end of the year that will set the tone for her Government for the year ahead. []

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10:30

The most politically incorrect movie to be released since Blazing Saddles is Special Unit Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The comedian who wrote Special Unit, Christopher Titus had to fight for years to get his film made. Every motion picture studio he approached agreed that his script was incredibly funny but they were all too concerned about pushback from SJWs because it uses actual disabled actors. A pilot show was filmed many years ago for []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Mad Bomber of New York City It was the first criminal profiling case is U.S. history and it all boiled down to a disgruntled Con Ed employee. He stuffed rudimentary pipe bombs inside wool socks. Over 20 exploded across New York City, injuring 15 and terrifying the public. Despite a manhunt for the bomber, authorities []

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09:30

Green Party out of the loop and impotent inside new government Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When NZ First came up with policies that Labour and the Greens liked they simply stole them and made them their own. This was obvious during the election when I wrote articles comparing their policies. The National Party when led by John Key had a stunning policy that was great for the environment but our []

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08:30

Our glorious leader is talking about a new way to measure child poverty Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It must be hard to measure child poverty in New Zealand. In the Socialist paradise of Venezuela, it is easy as you can measure it by asking if the family has been forced to give their children away in order to ensure that they are fed. Due to the success of capitalism, New Zealand has []

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08:15

Christmas is coming: Order some Whaleoil Swag today Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This GROUND CREW Unisex 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt inclusive of GST will cost you $44.84 NZD and if you buy it on its own the shipping to New Zealand from America will cost you only  $6.77 NZD if you live in Auckland. This Whaleoil Biker PATCH Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt inclusive of GST will cost you $83.94 []

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08:10

The Three Headed Monster No Minister

Not even screwing in and it's screwing the country blind.

Airhead

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08:00

Health bosses reject the caring face of capitalism Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In his very first speech to the Nation Winston Peters told us that: Far too many New Zealanders have come to view todays capitalism, not as their friend, but as their foe. And they are not all wrong. That is why we believe that capitalism must regain its responsible its human face. That perception has []

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07:30

Comrades lets sing our interns revolutionary song for our new Glorious leader Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When Jacindas inspiration through the workers blood shall run, There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun; Yet Greens force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one, But Jacinda makes us strong. Chorus: Positivity forever, Positivity forever, Positivity  forever, For Jacinda makes us strong. Is there aught we hold in []

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07:15

Buy a ticket and grab some pop corn Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is time to buy a ticket to the best show in town. You have seen the movie Legally Blonde and now here on Whaleoil over the next three years we will bring to you the new Kiwi Reality politics show. A thrilling series that will consist of countless posts all about the positively []

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07:00

By Jacindas fruit we shall know her Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Because listening to her, shes going to do the impossible and make everyone happy.  Talk, talk and more talk. Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern told TVNZ 1s Q+A programme that her Government will be more proactive in intervening where the market is failing New Zealanders. My view is that there is no point to gloating about []

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06:30

Politics, politicians and online political platforms Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I am fortunate as a writer to have access to a powerful political platform. Whaleoil has been around for twelve years now and it is indisputably the largest and most popular blog in New Zealand. Guest posters are given access to a huge audience. Whaleoil has a politically diverse conservative and libertarian audience that includes readers who voted []

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06:00

What is Jacinda Arderns position on slut shaming? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

What is Jacinda Arderns position on slut shaming? You might wonder why I ask?   Well, because her partner Clarke Gayford thinks it is funny, launching his career with a TV show about slut shaming. He states that the rule of thumb is that if [they] laugh at it, then everyone else will find it funny. []

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05:30

Disconcerting? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I publish this video without comment. Here is the gif of it: Discuss

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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04:30

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rotorua fashion designer Kharl Wirepa has spoken out for the first time about his welfare fraud conviction, telling Threes The Hui about lying to Work and Income so he could succeed in his studies. I know what I did wasnt the right thing. Ive used that education to really reshape not just my community but []

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04:24

Dark Transactions: Winston Peters' Decision To Go Left Has Already Set His Enemies In Motion. Bowalley Road

Navigator Of The Dark Side: Winston Peters, the man who broke the Winebox Scandal; wheeled and dealed with the big fishing companies; wined and dined the princes of New Zealands bloodstock industry; and took private calls on secluded New Zealand beaches from the US Secretary of State; knows better than just about any other New Zealander how the business of this world gets done.

IN ALL ECONOMIES, and in every political system, there are roped-off areas of shadow and hidden places swathed in deliberate darkness. In these light-starved locations all kinds of disreputable economic and political transactions take place.

If theres one politician in New Zealand who is familiar, to the point of intimacy, with this unmapped and unacknowledged territory, its Winston Peters. The man who broke the Winebox Scandal; wheeled and dealed with the big fishing companies; wined and dined the princes of New Zealands bloodstock industry; and took private calls on secluded New Zealand beaches from the US Secretary of State; knows better than just about any other New Zealander how the business of this world gets done.

That Peters, with bitter personal experience of just how dark our politics can get, nevertheless persuaded NZ First to throw in its lot with Labour and the Greens, is astonishing. He must have known that the formation of a government unwilling to settle for a modified status quo but determined to usher in real change, would instantly mobilise all the initiators and beneficiaries of New Zealands neoliberal revolution against him.

Like Franklin Roosevelt before him, however, Peters appeared not to fear the enmity of the nations wealthiest and most powerful individuals and institutions, but to welcome it. Without the slightest hesitation, he lifted up the banner of resistance to the red-in-tooth-and-claw Capitalism that, since 1984, New Zealanders have grown to fear and detest:

Far too many New Zealanders have c...

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is sensorium (noun) 1. The part of the brain that receives and coordinates all the stimuli conveyed to various sensory centres. 2. The entire sensory system of the body. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Seat of the soul in the brain, 1640s, from Late Latin sensorium, from sens-, []

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 23 15 My child,[d] if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice!

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Sunday, 22 October

21:00

Sunday Jazz Coltrane A Love Supreme The Inquiring Mind

Not to everyones taste, but a maestro  of his art


18:42

GOOD NEWS, SAD NEWS, BAD NEWS No Minister

First the Good News ... it appears Winston First has agreed that we are going to get a referendum after all.

Next the Sad News ... naaaah, nothing to do with that promise about having a say on the retention of the Maori seats.

Now the Bad News ... Winston First has caved into Labour and Greens.   The referendum is to be about the decriminalisation of dope for personal (non medical) repeat personal use.


Hat Tip to our good friends at Whale Oil.


18:30

Sunday Opera Damnation of Faust Rattle LSO The Inquiring Mind

Technically an Oratorio, a recent performance at the Barbican.

The theme seemed highly relevant given the hellish coalition we now have.

 


16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:09

Has the new NZ government been installed by an undemocratic coup? A Twitter reply liberation

There has been a great deal of disgruntlement about the new Labour-led government being a coalition of losers. Some feel that because it is a government that doesnt include the largest party (National, which won 44% of the vote) that it is in some way illegitimate. Richard Prebble even wrote a column calling the new government an undemocratic coup. A very insightful response to this has been delivered on Twitter by Michael Appleton (@michelappleton). Below are his tweets, republished in the order they were tweeted. ------- I see Richard Prebble has called @jacindaardern's coming ascension to the Prime Ministership a...

15:00

Labour, welcome to the housing crisis you promised to fix Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Liam Dann thinks housing will be this governments biggest challenge. So welcome, Labour, welcome to the housing crisis you promised to fix. I hope youre up for a challenge because right now the whole market is so complex and unpredictable youd be doing well just to understand it. There are two big problems for the []

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14:30

Guest cartoon: Turny Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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14:00

Listen you evidence-based policy Green ministers: ROADS WORK Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New figures have revealed Aucklands Waterview Tunnel has helped shave nearly 20 minutes off some commuters journeys. The $1.4 billion tunnel, which is New Zealands most expensive road, opened in July. Transport Agency figures show more than 6.5 million vehicles have travelled through the tunnels since then, with more than 400,000 trips each week. Waterview []

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13:30

Another silly old media fool drinking Koolaid Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Winston Peters did not disappoint. [The] announcement of New Zealand Firsts choice of coalition partner more especially the hours of chaos leading up to it was exactly the kind of schemozzle to be expected of him on such occasions. That dignity and decorum were in short supply was no surprise. His partys decision []

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13:00

12:30

Jacinda Ardern says Capitalism has failed Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It was a bold and wildly inaccurate statement to make but she made it nevertheless. Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand when measured by child poverty. When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: If you have hundreds of thousands of []

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12:15

This is an excellent idea The Inquiring Mind

For once Adam agrees with The Greens. Eric Crampton looks at the idea of a Policy Costing Unit. Totally agree, but it needs to be fully resourced and genuinely independent and not bound to just using the politicians assumptions.


12:10

The Apocalyse Ardern and Peters foresee The Inquiring Mind

However the fix might be worse than the symptoms


12:09

THE PEOPLES PRINCESS OFF AND RUNNING, No Minister



With a pack of poodles in pursuit

Sadly for those who  wanted her as PM and sadder for those who didn't think a government chosen by the leader of a party of seven percent support, not forgetting how many of that just above a margin of error figure didn't want another bunch of seven percenters anywhere near the treasury,  would threaten this wonderfully successful nation  being propelled along a path that has remarkable similarities to a long list of abject failures where governments ignored lessons of history  and embraced socialism.

To claim it has only failed so far due to a lack of degree of application flies in the face of history.

Among a plethora of buzz words and slogans there are warnings aplenty in the absence of any actual policy to be scrutinised and studied.
"Let's do this,
"We will form a working group"
"We must have a conversation on that"
"We will reduce suicide rates to 0%"
"We will build thousands more houses'
"We will drastically reduce child poverty"
"Those who can afford to must pay more tax"
and her latest, what can really only be described as a 'Brain Fart' with no methane emission, "Capitalism is a Blatant failure".

The twentieth  century saw a parade of nations where socialism was based on previous capitalist success only to crash onto rocks of failure when the fundamental truth overcame the now un-protected  but available wealth.
"Socialism will only last so long as other peoples money is available to fund it."

It is a fact that pure capitalism has a potential to create victims if there is no effort to include compassion and fairness in its application but there will be many more "victims" when the basic drivers of capitalism are taken out by state ownership and control.
The Russian revolution was an early lesson when collectivization replaced individualism in food production. Millions starved to death and others were executed for failing to submit to the "state directives"
Even a peasant tilling leased land quickly understands how his success and failure begin with his efforts.
The parable of the Ant and The Grasshopper should sum it all up for even the thickest and indoctrinated who ignore another great principle socialism subverts, the creative spirit inherent in all of us at birth that will ensure success until the state promotes an alternative mirage.

Anyone who spends even minimal time studying history will quickly realise there are massively fewer people in this world suffering the abject poverty that was rampant across the globe only a few decades ago.
Almost all remaining "poverty" across the globe is perpetrated and left untreated by rulers who ignore the reality of the market, rulers who coincidentally, need a cadre of the poor to sustain their often illegal usurpation of political power.
Lange's stupid claim that agriculture was a "su...

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rivers and urban settlements of South Asia Click here for larger view

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11:30

It will work if they trust each other, without fail, for three years. Maybe Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Duncan Garner wades in, as he does Nationals 44 per cent is big but it falls short of power and 56 seats is not 61. English got more votes this election than Ardern did and more than Helen Clark got at any time when she was PM. Both won elections Clark won 3. English []

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11:00

There is a plus side for legalising cannabis Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I see there is a great deal of angst about the push to legalise cannabis. There is a plus side, and not just from the recreational side: Earlier this year, the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture officially classified the growing of medical cannabis as a farming sector, paving the way for marijuana growers to receive government aid, grants, training []

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10:30

The four Green politicians with government roles Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Green Party has announced which four of their politicians will get roles in the new government. As I read the news article a few images jumped into my mind. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is the information in pictorial form. The Green Party has announced the four people []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Horrible Lynching On Sept. 28, 1919, Omahas courthouse was burned, three men were killed, and Omahas mayor was lynched, nearly to death. Thousands of Omahans stormed the Douglas County Courthouse, calling for the death of prisoner William (Will) Brown, a black man accused of raping a white woman Agnes Loebeck, (also spelled Lobeck) in []

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09:30

Legalisation of cannabis will be bad for New Zealands young and impressionable Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: I can only say that this state of affairs makes me incredibly sad. We are going through a monstrous situation with a teenage granddaughter who got introduced to weed at 13 yrs old by a social miscreant. Despite showing texts from her phone to the Police proving that the 45 yr was supplying []

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09:25

Trump Toon The Inquiring Mind

Great one from Morten Morland


09:01

Lisa Owen Jacinda Ardern The Nation 21/10/2107 video and transcript The Inquiring Mind

Here is link to video

Some thoughts to follow later

From Scoop

On The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern
Headlines:

Labour leader and Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern says her government will have a range of targets similar to Better Public Service targets that will be reported on annually these could include things like environmental measures, homelessness and child poverty.

Ardern says Labours immigration policy remains unchanged in its coalition agreement, and the net number of immigrants will be unchanged.

Ardern says shell review the system of block offers for oil drilling, saying fossil fuels are not our future, but regions have to be transitioned away from them, rather than anything jarring. She says the upcoming round of block offers could be the last.

Lisa Owen: Less than three months ago, Jacinda Ardern became leader of the Labour Party. Next week, shell be sworn in as prime minister. Winston Peters may have made his decision, but theres a lot more detail to come out about how the coalition deal will work. I asked Jacinda Ardern how she would describe the government shes just formed.
Jacinda Ardern: I would call it an active government. One of our key focuses will be making sure that we dont leave anything to chance. One of the concerns that weve had for a long time is that we have an economy at the moment that is not serving all New Zealanders. People are not feeling the benefits of any form of prosperity; wages arent keeping up with inflation; the cost of housing is outstripping most peoples reach. And what is the point, for instance, of economic growth when we have some of the worst homelessness in the developed world? Our plan is to be an active government, one thats focused on ensuring people have decent jobs, decent housing, and hope for the future.

I want to talk a bit about that in a minute. But first off, lets just deal with some of the practicalities. Youre now in an arrangement with two different parties, and they have two different deals, as such, so how will you deal with them? Will they be dealt with differently, New Zealand First and the Greens?
Well, we do have different agreements with both. Of course, one is in a full coalition arrangement with a different set of policy objectives that we have agreed to pursue together. The Greens have a confidence and supply agreement, again with their own policy agenda that we will pursue together. But what I hope people will see when we release those full agreements in full is...

08:54

Foreign Direct Investment some much needed reality The Inquiring Mind

We hear a lot of rubbish spouted by politicians and some journalists in respect of Foreign Direct Investment. NZ First appear to want much tougher controls and Labour has made some similar noises.

Eric Crampton looks at the reality.

the latest OECD figures. They tally the restrictiveness of rules around foreign direct investment. New Zealand is the most restrictive country in the entire OECD. It is the seventh most restrictive country of the 62 countries they surveyed.

Heres what you get if you plot countries from most restrictive on the left to least restrictive on the right.

Restrictiveness 2017

The Philippines is the worlds most restrictive country, closely followed by Saudi Arabia and Myanmar. Then come China and Indonesia. Jordan is a bit more restrictive than New Zealand, but only barely. Then come India, Malaysia, Tunisia and Mexico, followed by Laos.
If New Zealand is laissez faire on FDI, I guess Japans a bunch of anarcho-capitalists and Luxembourg we dont hav...

08:30

To be honest, the whole thing is falling apart before it even starts Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Audrey Young writes When John Key said winning ugly is better than losing tidy, he could just have easily been anticipating the 2017 New Zealand election, rather than the Australian election last year. It was July when he said it, two months before he had privately made his decision to resign as Prime Minister in []

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08:00

From the only in NZ File: Mongrel Mob Money Laundering Success Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It should have been an open and shut case but the senior member of the Mongrel Mob had an extraordinary claim in his defence. More than a million dollar in assets, including a 123ha forestry block, has been seized from a senior member of the Maketu Mongrel Mob. In a statement, police said theyd secured []

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07:15

You are not going to want to miss any of this Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is time to buy a ticket to the best show in town. You have seen the movie Legally Blonde and now here on Whaleoil over the next three years we will bring to you the new Kiwi Reality politics show. A thrilling series that will consist of countless posts all about the positively []

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07:00

Ardern: Capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Strap in for a Labour government that is going much further left than Helen Clark did. Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern says capitalism has been a blatant failure in New Zealand when measured by child poverty. When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the Labour leader said: If you have hundreds of thousands []

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06:07

'THRILLING BLEDISLOE CUP TEST' ... NOT No Minister

TV1 News must have been watching a different game to the one I saw to come up with that headline.

It was a limp performance by the ABs.   Too many penalties given away; too many basic errors; too much kicking.  

Many of the senior players were MIA.

One is tempted to blame it all on the change of government but that would be to overlook the simple fact that on the night the AB s were bested by a far better team.

06:00

Shame Shaw is clear that he isnt part of this government Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Lisa Owen: After 27 years in the wilderness, the Green Party have government ministers for the first time. So theyve gained, but what have they given up? The Green Party leader, James Shaw, is with me in the studio now. What do you think of the deal you got? James Shaw: Im delighted with it. []

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05:30

Wincinda will all but elmiminate child poverty Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Lisa Owen tried to get blood out of a stone interviewing Jacinda Ardern Lisa Owen:  So, you talked about child poverty there. National had said it would commit to raising 100,000 children out of poverty. Now that youre going to be in charge, are you going to be more ambitious than that 100,000 target? Jacinda []

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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

Rat Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Minister James Shaw. This man was dying in a ditch for his fraudulent party co-leader just a little while ago.   This is a man that thinks crime is justified as long as it meets his conditions, not those of the law.   Soon he will be in charge of taxpayer money! There will be a range []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is my all time fingernails on the blackboard word when its mispronounced. schedule (noun) 1. A list of times of departures and arrivals. 2. A plan for performing work or achieving an objective, specifying the order and allotted time for each part. 3. A printed or written list of items []

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 22 15 A youngsters heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

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