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20:45

Bloomberg: Hello World The Rise of AI The Inquiring Mind

An interesting documentary on a major technology and the implications

20:30

Morning Report: Winston Peters on law changes re Tax Evasion The Inquiring Mind

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mnr-20180619-0727-tax_evasion_law_change_happening_-_winston_peters-128.mp3

Winston Peters has started the week chairing Cabinet, as he begins to take over Jacinda Arderns Prime Ministerial duties. He discusses issues of tax evasion. Mr Peters says the last government didnt take sufficient action following Panama Papers. Im pleased to say yesterday at Cabinet we had a bill setting out to prevent serious tax base erosion in this country Law change is happening as we speak, he tells Susie Ferguson.

19:30

What might a latter day Niemoller write? The Inquiring Mind

Famously, Martin Niemoller, a former supporter of Hitler, but later a strong critic wrote:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak for me

The text of the quote varies, as Niemoller used it in many occasions, but the sentiment is clear.

What would a modern day Niemoller say? Might it be along these lines?

First they came for the Blacks, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Black.

Then they came for the Latinos and I did not speak out 
Because I was not a Latino.

Then they came for the Children, and I did not speak out 
Because I was not a Child.

Then they came for the Journalists, and I did not speak out 
Because I was not a Journalist

Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak for me

19:00

Thursday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:30

This movie is more documentary than fiction Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:00

Tech Thursday Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There truly are some amazing inventions and gadgets out there. Some of them will make it and become mainstream, but I also think some of them are a bit too out there and wont get past the initial stages. Check out 5 pretty amazing gadgets and devices, all designed to make life easier and get [] The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Labour think you can actually build houses this fast Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:00

Rep. Trey Gowdy Questions I.G. Horowitz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S03 E03 Up Captain Peacock 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.

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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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

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Workers of Whaleoil Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yesterday you were asked how well you knew our wonderful Whaleoil workers and you were given the task of matching a Whaleoil worker to their Whaleoil workplace. Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that if you recognised the Whaleoil Fiji office you were correct. The bad news [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Docudrama: The Lusitania The Inquiring Mind

Dramatised docudrama of the sinking by a German U Boat of the American liner, Lusitania, which materially assisted those who sought to bring the USA into WWI.

Its quite enjoyable, but suspect the drama and some fanciful theories prevail over fact.

14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Nine Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. 1.) Continuous War 2.) Widespread Surveillance 3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News 4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak 5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink 6.) Censorship 7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen 8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents 9.)  #MeToo Sexual Purges [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Nine appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Which man-made problem requires feminists to solve? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hands up all those who correctly answered, Climate change. Quote. Women must be at the heart of climate action if the world is to limit the deadly impact of disasters such as floods, former Irish president and U.N. rights commissioner Mary Robinson said on Monday. Robinson, also a former U.N. climate envoy, said women were [] The post Which man-made problem requires feminists to solve? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:45

Pay Claims and Strikes: Nurses misinformation or truth The Inquiring Mind

Editors Comment: It was Adams intent to post this earlier, but that did not happen. However, that means a more complete post as readers will see

In every news bulletin, or so it seems, is one or more items about the nurses and their pay claim.

RNZ in both Checkpoint with John Campbell and Morning Report have filed several segments.

Adam is not against wage rises for nurses, nor for other public servants, but some questions and issues do not seem to be addressed, other than perhaps peripherally.

Hamish Rutherford addressed part of the matter with this article where he wrote:-

The timing of strike threats from a growing number of corners of the public sector must be galling for the new Government.

After years of small increases under National, Labour arrives in the Beehive, makes an offer then doubles it and the nurses announce plans to walk off the job for the first time in a generation.

So why now? Why didnt the nurses strike at any point during the last nine years?

In answer to the question,  there was no point neither Key nor English were likely to give in unlike this lot of patsies. In addition, the Coalition has demonstrated it is a profligate bunch of economic illiterates and soft touch. By throwing money at students, raising the minimum wage and then money for Shane Jones slush fund and more money for Winston to buy respect in the Pacific, this bunch of wannabes have signalled they are a bunch of pushovers. Couple that with their leftist rhetoric in opposition we should not be surprised.

The first audio is from Checkpoint a few days ago:-

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ckpt-20180618-1709-nurses_vote_to_reject_dhb_pay_offer-128.mp3

Thousands of nurses are poised to walk off the job next month for the first time in nearly 30 years after rejecting a new pay offer from district health boards. But DHBs say there is simply no more money in the kitty to sweeten the overall pay offer

Then of course we hear from David Cla...

13:30

Daily sudoku Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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13:00

BBC Radio Drama: Beyond Endurance The Inquiring Mind

Shackletons expedition to Antarctica. Good cast including Dominic West

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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12:30

New Zealands countdown to submission: Part one Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, and usually the deadliest too. Its the month when the (false) prophet Mohammed received his first revelation from the angel of light and a new religion was born. Ramadan is a month of fasting to celebrate Islam, and the end of each day a worship service is held, [] The post New Zealands countdown to submission: Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A 1947 Promotional Map for Air France drawn by Lucien Boucher To zoom in click here What is a pictorial map? The term has come to include a wide range of maps, but the genre particularly refers to the maps associated with tourism, advertising, literature, and illustration that really peaked as an art form in the [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:59

WILL THEY WONDER WHY? No Minister




Newly confirmed US Sec State, Mike Pompeo has acted after a one year notice to reform or we are gone, from the totally corrupt anti Semitic and utterly biased UN Human Rights Council.

A bunch of ideologues who have managed to lambaste the one single functioning democracy in the Middle East, Israel, 78 times, more than all other states investigated when  totaled since the sinecure was established in 2004

The Charade of 47 countries that include currently such pillars of freedom and universal rights for all their citizens; Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Venezuela, Somalia, China, South Africa amidst a plethora of states who are basically nonentities or have a serious deficit in their notions around the rights for humans of any status within their jurisdiction, were given the farewell salute from  US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

What a shame, nay eternal shame, no other nation member of the increasingly self destructing monument to inertia, has the cojones to even say about time.

There were warnings aplenty so it was not a moment of chagrin over the interference in US Domestic Immigration affairs, this was a well signalled statement that the affront to decency and fairness was ended as regards participation for The US.

I will say well past about time.
However the locusts feeding at the food stores of do goodism will not see why it occurred this way as they travel merrily on the path to ignorance paved with arrogance and smugness, fiddling while Rome burns.

11:30

When is a kiwi not a kiwi? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Ah, a trick question! The answer, according to the DoC people who know all about this stuff is: When they are located between Marahau and Wainui Bay in the Abel Tasman National Park. Quote. The number of New Zealanders booking to walk the Abel Tasman track has doubled following the Department of Conservations (DoCs) decision to [] The post When is a kiwi not a kiwi? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:26

THE US HAS BEEN IN A TRADE WAR ALMOST MY WHOLE LIFE. No Minister



F D Roosevelt took the US into WW2 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and by the end of that conflict the US had the worlds leading economy by any measure.

Presiding over a world almost totally destroyed economically, The Marshall Plan named after the Chief of  Defence staff under Roosevelt who went on to become the post war US  Secretary of State,  was instituted to restore the free economies of the wartorn nations as a bulwark against communism under the leadership of Stalin the USSR dictator as the "Iron Curtain" descended.

From then on the US was every country's Benevolent Grandad funding states of all colours and ending up on the wrong side of any balance of payments.
Trump for all his faults wants that fact of history redressed, while the Chicoms and a resurgent Putin of Russia are happy to see an ever more economically vulnerable US "White Anted".
The list of nations and political groupings who seem content to watch with considerable disinterest as the economic wars continue. Canada, Europe Japan the UK, and even India need to take a deep breath as waiting for the wolf to eat others hoping to be spared until last wont work, they will still be eaten eventually.
They need to show some solidarity with what Trump is attempting before it is too late.

It is bloody scary as history records many instances of trade wars ending badly, particularly for democracies where the people fail to grasp what is really happening while totalitarian or historical monarchies with unrestrained power continue to take advantage. Yes Trump is in a high stakes game but any delaying in taking a stand is only going to get harder.
China, under its still dominant one party state system wont bat an eyelid as its people's standards of living plunge,  as it will merely be regarded as collateral damage  while the democratic foundations of the US will come under serious political pressure in just over two years time.
The North Korean state is a glaring example of what a dictatorship can inflict on its people, the jury is still out as to whether Trump convinced Kim jong-un  there is a better way if he will only see.
 If Rocket man can be convinced, the people of the north might well regard him with genuine affection for making North Korea great, without the need for a massive Military to enforce such adulation.

You see for decades I never thought I would live to see Mr Gorbachev tear down that wall.
Trump's wall is a direct opposite to Honecker's effort that was built to keep his oppressed people from escaping, Trump's is to prevent the US being overwhelmed.

Haters will hate I guess.


11:17

Oral Questions 21 June 2018 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Questions to Ministers PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: Will this Governments policies help transition the economy; if so, how? AMY ADAMS to the Associate Minister of Finance: What is the purpose of the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Justice: Does he stand by his statement [] The post Oral Questions 21 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: A Bit Of A Do S01 E02 The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

A Bit of a Do is a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on the ITV network from 13 January to 1 December 1989.

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David JasonGwen TaylorDavid Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola PagettPaul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcocks son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhursts daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.

11:00

Politics, Leb style Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

They do things differently in New South Wales. This is the home ground of the notorious New South Wales Right faction of the Labor Party, and jailed Labor power-broker Eddie Obeid. New South Wales politics has long been associated with the sort of corruption that makes Tammany Hall look like the Ladies Temperance Union. Not [] The post Politics, Leb style appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

I imagine he is feeling pretty green now Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Kiwi man has poured $525,000 into what is believed to be a sophisticated global investment scam and is warning others against being taken in. Quote. Manfred Bredl, 63, believed he was investing in a groundbreaking carbon emissions scheme, reportedly backed by the Mexican government. But promises of a NZ$1.8 million cash windfall by charismatic, [] The post I imagine he is feeling pretty green now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from my window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken last week on the 7th floor of a residential apartment located: Soi Pibulsongklam 22 Nonthanburi Thailand NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view [] The post View from my window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

09:30

Cronywatch: Mark Gosche scores another job Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Mark Gosche has featured before on Cronywatch, and he has just been appointed to another job by his mates in Labour: Quote: Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced the appointment of Mark Gosche as deputy chair of the Housing New Zealand board. As a former Cabinet minister with years of leadership [] The post Cronywatch: Mark Gosche scores another job appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:30

Foreign Buyers Ban some additional points The Inquiring Mind

Adam had first commented on this item back before Christmas 2017. He was not impressed then. Then Adam noted an RNZ report on the report back from the select committee

Eric Crampton on the foreign buyers ban

He makes some excellent points.

Labours foreign buyer ban is back from select committee

Recall that I had a few issues with the prior draft

Amongst them were:

  • Permanent residents who split time overseas, or who have to spend some time abroad, can be hit by it.

  • It would mess up financing of projects like apartment towers where funding can come from foreigners who buy off-the-plans and then rent to locals.

  • It will mess up building larger developments where the developer is considered foreign-owned because more than 25% of their shareholding is foreign

He identified a number of others

And, on top of all that, its hard even to show that theres any kind of problem. The proportion of transactions involving foreign-affiliated buyers is low, and highly variable across the country.

Indeed,there are reports that the numbers are in fact very small. It is hard to avoid reaching a conclusion that this bad law is a xenophobic dog whistle.
Dr Crampton went on to note:
  • Can the Overseas Investment Office really handle 3000% more applications? Really?
  • Why apply it across the...

08:30

Cannabis legalised in Canada Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Canada legalises cannabis. 1 News reports: Canadas Senate has given final passage to the federal governments bill to legalise recreational cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a few months to legally buy marijuana. Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus government had hoped to make pot legal by July 1, but the government has said [] The post Cannabis legalised in Canada appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:27

Public servants paid too well? The Inquiring Mind

Homepaddock

The Taxpayers Union has some facts to dampen public sector wage claims:

Over the last 25 years, public sector incomes have grown much faster than the private sector, while public sector employees also enjoy a higher rate of sick leave costing taxpayers $173 million, according to Public Sector Wage Gap: The taxpayer-funded premium for working for the government, a new report weve released today.

If you work for the Government, you earn a third more on average, with taxpayers footing the bill.

This report seriously undermines the public sector unions claim for 9-15 percent pay hikes for their members. It blows to bits claims the last Government did not pay bureaucrats enough.

The public sector pay gap nearly doubled since the 1990s. If anything, a wage freeze, not hikes, would be fairer.

Left wing activists and unions would have the public believe that the public sector has undergone nine years

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08:00

Bloomberg: Trumps advisors hate what Canada represents The Inquiring Mind

An interesting video from Bloomberg featuring a former US Ambassador to Canada who makes some interesting points about Trump and his gang of sycophants.

08:00

The Sweden of the South Pacific? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Weve all seen what has happened in Europe as a result of an extreme open borders policy. Countries like Sweden, Germany and the UK are basically ruined. Anyone with half a brain knows that you simply cannot throw open the doors to hordes of people from war-torn countries with a completely different way of [] The post The Sweden of the South Pacific? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Capital gains again Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Capital gains tax is back in the news. Another article telling us how it will save the world. This from a newspaperQuote: Introducing a 10 per cent capital gains tax would reduce New Zealand house prices by 10.9 per cent and lead to a higher rate of home ownership, according to a leading bank economist. End [] The post Capital gains again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:24

NOW THAT IS NEWS! No Minister



From the NZ Herald web site:

"The Labour Leader is ... in Labour".

Must mean she has resigned from the Communist Party, eh.

07:15

Bob Jones: The end is nigh Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Heres a laugh. As some of you may know, Glasgow has lots of wide pedestrianised avenues in the heart of the CBD. In the busiest lies an Apple computer store outside of which, all day, stands a bloke holding a large sign. It reads Dont come in here for your Apple repairs. 50 yards that [] The post Bob Jones: The end is nigh appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

An Unholy Holey Border Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A guest post. There is great outrage across America at President Trumps insistence on demanding the law over illegal immigrants be fully applied.  The separation of children from parents, even temporarily, at the Mexican border, is giving anti-Trump voters fuel for their endless rhetoric against the President.  It is leading to numerous protests and wall [] The post An Unholy Holey Border appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Most read Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Our Whats Hot post 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 with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Who is going to see Nigel Farage in Auckland ? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Tickets are now on sale for an entertaining evening with Nigel Farage. When: Tuesday 4th September 8pm Where: Sky City Auckland Convention Centre Ticket prices are $89 for General Admission, there are other options available, so see the website for full details. We were planning to book a table and get a group of Oilers [] The post Who is going to see Nigel Farage in Auckland ? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:39

ON KELVIN DAVIS No Minister

If I were a generous cove I'd cut Kelvin Davis some slack on the basis that he's still finding his feet as a Minister of the Crown ... but I'm not so I won't.

Many would have it that he got appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party as a sop to Maori.   One thing for certain ... he certainly didn't get it on ability because his performance in the House characterised by his inability to answer questions and a tendancy to take refuge in pigeon Maori when under pressure has been sufficient for him to be ordered into the witless protection program while his failure as Minister of Corrections to get to grips with his portfolio has become an embarrassment to his colleagues.

Judith Collins introduced double bunking in prisons and week after week Labour, led by Davis, railed against that as inhuman.   One might reasonably be forgiven for assuming that double bunking was a no no for that Party.    Then last week came the grand announcement by Davis of a rebuild for Waikeria Prison as an alternative to the proposed new 'super-max' facility favoured by National.    But hold on, under questioning Davis was forced to reveal that double bunking was a feature of the rebuild ... now, some commentators, less kind than I, have suggested a certain hypocrisy by Davis given his track record of opposition to double bunking ... but far be it for me to comment on that.

It  got worse however ... under further questioning Davis was forced to admit there existed contingency plans for prisoners to sleep on the floor in prison gymnasia should the muster fail to drop after proposed changes to the bail and sentencing laws come into effect.

Mr Davis is presiding over a clusterf**k all of his own making.    He may have been a moderately successful principal of a small intermediate school in Kaitaia but as a Minister with significant portfolio responsibilities he is clearly out of his depth.    Chances are he won't be improving with age much like a cask of cheap wine ... take the analogy further ... how long before his colleagues go sour on him? 


06:30

The merits and value of our public servants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A guest post: In an article in Whaleoil on 20th June your publication alleged that public servants took an average of 8.6 and 8.4 days of sick leave in 2016 and 2017, compared to the private sector average of 4.7 days per year. The sick leave assertion might well be a fabrication for all I [] The post The merits and value of our public servants appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Fake On Line Reviews The Inquiring Mind

This podcast from the BBC casts a light on an issue that calls into question what we see on sites that many of us use regularly.

It happens here in NZ as well.

BBC Business Daily on Fake Reviews 

If you have ever bought something in an online shop or been to a restaurant, chances are youve read a review for it, apparently written by a customer. And chances are youve also spotted more than a few suspicions ones, which stand out for their unqualified and lavish praise while being unusually free of personal details, or perhaps because they appear as a diatribe of awfulness designed to put you off forever. Who wrote those? In fact, theres a whole industry surrounding fake reviews and it matters because more and more of us are buying things online and relying on other peoples online advice to make the right choice. Freelance journalist Oobah Butler talks to us about his entire fake restaurant in London, James Kay, at review site Tripadvisor, tells us how they try to weed out inventions such as Oobahs and brand reputation consultant Simon Wadsworth lays out tips for consumers and businesses

06:00

US withdraws from United Nations human rights council Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good to see that the US has carried through with its threat to withdraw from the dysfunctional UN Human Rights Council. The Guardian reports: Quote: The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday, calling it a cesspool of political bias that targets Israel in particular while ignoring atrocities [] The post US withdraws from United Nations human rights council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

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

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05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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04:30

Faces of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A young Monty Python would not get their big break on the BBC today because they are six Oxbridge white blokes, the corporations head of comedy has said as he launched a new drive for diversity. Shane Allen said comedy on the BBC must represent the nation [] Let that sink in for one minute Imagine if [] 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 congeries (noun) A collection; an aggregation. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English congeries comes directly from the Latin noun congeris collection, pile, heap, a derivative of the verb congerere to collect, amass. Congeries is a singular noun in Latin as it has always been in English. In [] 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

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20:30

History: Churchills Darkest Decision The Inquiring Mind

Documentary on Churchills decision to shell the French Fleet in Oran

19:37

SWAMP DRAINING MADE EASY. No Minister



Might be what Trump needs to employ!!

Gelignite linked with cordtex digs a drain faster than any alternative I have used.

The Democrats last gasp for the Mid terms later this year comes with their ignition of border control photo ops with a compliant media faking news around  a solution that has been lawful for years and using wailing children to create anti Trump  "News".
Through the years gone before it was the same but the media ignored it

Claiming twelve thousand children are in detention after being "ripped from the arms of their loving parents at the border, is a pile of porkies.

Children of criminals are taken into care when ever parents are  arrested as they have been for centuries and with illegal immigrants using their spawn and even borrowed ones on occasions since forever in illegal entry to the US, it is still the "Law".

Many of the children being held in temporary detention until immigrant status is discovered are turning up at the border  travelling alone with no parents to be seen.

We are so lucky we have a big moat.

Meanwhile congressional committees have made progress to unravel Deep States more egregious efforts to thwart the man the luvvies love to hate.
The Dept of Justice Inspector General has released the first installment of his inquiry into the DoJ and the FBI. Horowitz testimony to congress today was as much sad as revealing
The results are astounding and somewhat disquieting. Gone are the days when the incorruptible GMen were 'as solid as'.  There is no evidence so far that field offices and their legions of Agents are corrupt, it is  HQ where under the oversight of DoJ, the top people are being discovered to have feet of Clay.
Such irregularities as falsifying FISA warrant applications to spy on US citizens were achieved on dodgy evidence, bought and paid for by  Clinton Campaign funds, allowing subsequent spying on Trump Towers.  Then an out of the  ordinary subsequent investigation by HQ as opposed to the relevant "Field Office", that investigation foundered early on when Comey McCabe and Strzok conspired to clear the very dodgy Democrat POTUS candidate  of clearly indictable offending while Sec State, weeks before she was asked to give her evidence in July to the cosy friendly HQ operatives.
Then as with most such offending, further crimes were perpetrated in a clumsy cover up that entirely depended on the success of Crooked Hillary at the polls,  for the mess of pottage to be finally buried but sadly the silly cow spent too much campaign effort in safe states like  New York, New Jersey and California (already locked in) while the wily Don went to places like Wisconsin that Clinton took for granted and Trump won.
Then the lid came off and excrement flew, slowly at first as all attempts to discover were thwarted by delay, obfuscation and at...

19:00

Brit Humour: Dead Ringers The Inquiring Mind

Great Brit Comedy from BBC Radio Dead Ringers

Recorded at Venue Cymru as part of the Craft of Comedy Festival in Llandudno. Dead Ringers cover the summit between Kim Yung Un and Donald Trump, and offer a guide to the World Cup for those who hear And now Gary with the sport and think its a cue to go and brush their teeth. With Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis McLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Sarah Campbell, James Bugg, Max Davis, Mike Shephard, Sara Gibbs & Alex Hardy, Simon Alcock and Duncan Wisbey. The series stars Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare. A BBC Studios Production.

19:00

Wednesday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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18:30

Bret Weinstein testifies to congress on the Evergreen State College riots, free speech & safe spaces Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz I recommend this video its testimony from the same Bret Weinstein from this weeks Whaleoil video item A culture of fear.  In this video filmed a few days ago, he testifies to Congress about Evergreen universitys disruptive non-whites day in [] The post Bret Weinstein testifies to congress on the Evergreen State College riots, free speech & safe spaces appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Crime Drama: Life of Crime with Hayley Atwell #2/3 The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

Life of Crime is a British television crime drama series first broadcast on ITV1 in May 2013. The three-part serial stars Hayley Atwell as Denise Woods, who tries to solve the murders of three seemingly connected victims across three decades, each of which she believes has been committed by the same offender, Mike Holland (Julian Lewis Jones). Declining ratings across the series resulted in a second run not being commissioned; the series was however received well by critics and viewers alike

ITVs initial plotline of the series was as follows:

Denise Woods starts her career as an idealistic WPC, fighting sexism and ignoring her mothers disappointment at her career choice. Shes seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans. One September morning, she accompanies him to a crime scene in a narrow lane behind a Brixton nightclub where the battered and strangled body of teenager Amy has been discovered. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Amys killer to justice. She works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry. As the investigation progresses Denises fervour for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson. But Denise stays single-minded in her pursuit of the killer and at that point makes her fateful decision

Core Cast

Hayley Atwell as WPC/DS/DI Denise Woods
Richard Coyle as DS Ray Deans
Julian Lewis Jones as Mike Holland
Con ONeill as DCI Ferguson
Joel Beckett as DI Gainham
Ray Panthaki as DS Nabeel Kothari
Amanda Drew as Beverley Reid
Lara Rossi as DC Jay Tomlin
Ruth McCabe as Rose Woods

18:00

Wednesday weapons Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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17:30

Democracy trampled, establishment silence: Paul Weston Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Paul Weston explains it so well. The post Democracy trampled, establishment silence: Paul Weston appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S02 E02 Coffee Morning Air Date 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

The original feminist on the #Metoo movement Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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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

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:00

Workers of Whaleoil Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photos of their Whaleoil workplace? Clue: Sometimes Whaleoil staff find that they have to travel to the ends of the earth, (well exotic locations anyway), while still keeping up with everything. A) BuzzEBee B) Woody C) Cam D) [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:53

DEMOCRACY CANADIAN STYLE No Minister

In a recent post I report how Justin Tredeau's Liberals had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ontario Provincial election, losing power and reduced to a rump of just seven seats.

Actually for the Liberals the result was worse than that.   In Canada a Party that fails to win a designated number of seats in their Parliament or a Provincial Legislature is not afforded official  status.   This matters.

It means they're not resourced from the public purse nor can they ask questions of the ruling Party in 'the House'.   The latter provision seems quite strange indeed in a parliament based on the Westminster tradition.

In the Canadian Parliament the seat bar is ten seats.   In the Ontario Provincial Legislature it's eight.

 

14:39

On Oz Pols No Minister

While politically, NZ goes even nuttier each week, Australia looks to have some interesting times ahead.

The Prime Ditherer, Malcolm Turnbull has just lost his thirty- fourth Newspoll on the trot.  Remember, this is the dil who knifed a successful PM in the back because he lost just thirty consecutive Newspolls.   Turnbull's personal popularity has inched upward just a tad but the measure that matters, the two party preferred vote, remains disastrous.   If an election were held today and the latest poll results ensued, the Liberals would be massacred.

On the other side of the fence, Turnbull's greatest political asset, Labor leader Bill Shorten, is about as popular as Yasir Arafat ever was in Jerusalem.  The moment the polls show the two party preferred gap closing (and it will) I aspect to see Shorten dumped to be replaced as leader by Anthony Albanese,  a straight taking man's man who resonates with dinkum Aussie middle Australia.  Should I be right, Trunbull's pathetic bunch of yes men (and women - not forgetting the stick insect) will be doomed.

Just like ACT and others in NZ, the minor parties which once showed promise have faded into obscurity.  Remember names like Palmer, Hanson and Xenofon?   None of them had what it really took.  All sizzle and no sausage.  The Australian Conservative Party, led by Senator Cory Bernadi seems to have more class and gravitas than the others and I hope he does well.

So there you have it.  Australia's next prime Minister will be Anthony Albanese.

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14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. 1.) Continuous War 2.) Widespread Surveillance 3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News 4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak 5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink 6.) Censorship 7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen 8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents Recently, President [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Racist dog whistle should be kicked to touch Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

At first glance, the boys of Rangitoto Colleges first-fifteen appear to be prime nominees for cry-babies of the week until, like Lieutenant Columbo of the old telly-show, you think now, wait a minute, something doesnt seem right about this uniquely New Zealand story. Firstly; the story originates from a very suspect place, the fetid swamp [] The post Racist dog whistle should be kicked to touch appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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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12:32

Whinging unionists are overpaid and take too many sickies Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Taxpayers Union has been pushing back against whinging from public sector unions. From their new report: The gap in weekly earnings between the public and private sectors has grown since 1990, from 18.9% of private sector earnings to 34.6% in 2017. The gap peaked in 2010 at 38.4%. The premium is even higher for hourly [] The post Whinging unionists are overpaid and take too many sickies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part three Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Continuing the guide from yesterday The colour of patriarchy is pink Modern Feminists know that the world is run by men and that this is called Patriarchy. Patriarchy works by teaching girls to become servants of men when they grow up. Patriarchy uses dolls and the colour pink to trick girls. Girls who wear pink [] The post Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A sucker for Soccer? This is a map of the stadiums, all 12 of them. Below is also some intel about each one. I know we dont call it Soccer anymore but Football Football is not a matter of life and death, said legendary coach Bill Shankly in 1981, its more important than that. St [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Would a Dan-ban be better than Labours man-ban? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Dan Satherley has popped out from under his rock and written an article about some research that purports to show that its been proven that womens presence causes corruption to decrease, rather than women being attracted to roles in which there already is a lower amount of corruption. Dan suggests that maybe Labour was onto something [] The post Would a Dan-ban be better than Labours man-ban? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

There is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

To honorable Chris Hipkins & team, I have written a couple of times now to government in support of South Auckland Middle School remaining open and to stay in its current teaching model and wish to further support this submission. Following recent media releases about Middle School West Auckland termination contract letters being actioned [] The post There is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: A Bit Of A Do S02 E01 The Inquiring Mind

From Wikipedia

A Bit of a Do is a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on the ITV network from 13 January to 1 December 1989.

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David JasonGwen TaylorDavid Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola PagettPaul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcocks son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhursts daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.

10:47

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern The Inquiring Mind

Lisa Owen interviews the Prime Mother, this was an interview full of deflection, squidginess and severely economical with the truth.

Of course and regrettably there were the obligatory pregnancy references to remind us all how incredible this woman is.

Yet the media in NZ seem very afraid to properly critique the rubbish that Ardern spouts. They will confront the ministers but not Ardern, nor Peters.

Anyway for what it is worth, here is the transcript. Video here.

BTW it is past time for The Nation not to post a taxpayer funded programme such as this on You Tube. TVNZ saw the light, why not you?

On Newshub Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Lisa Owen: The Labour led Government is committed to reducing the prison population by 30 per cent in 15 years. But this week, its first step toward justice system reform turned into a bit of a stumble with the Deputy Prime Minister Winston peters refusing to back a repeal of the three strikes law. I asked the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern if shes still confident New Zealand First will support significant reforms.
Jacinda Ardern: Yes, and as weve reiterated again this week, we are a government who as a whole supports criminal justice reform, and for two important reasons. New Zealanders, I dont think, generally support this idea of an American style system where we build mega prisons and have low level offenders going into them, not just because thats not who we are, but because it doesnt work. Ultimately, we want an effective justice system. That means spending much more time on rehabilitation, reintegration, and as Dr Ian Lambie, one of our science advisors, pointed out this week, much more effort put into younger people and earlier on, because thats how you prevent that life of crime.

I just want to explore your confidence in New Zealand First supporting you in this, because Winston Peters in the past has supported cumulative sentencing, which means longer sentences, hard labour for some offenders, reducing benefits for parents of youth offenders and lowering the age of criminal responsibility. So how does that fit with your goal, and youve been really clear about a less punitive and more compassionate system.
Weve been really clear about a system that works. Ultimately, were all united in the fact that we dont want to see more vict...

10:30

Bob Jones wisdom from the 1970s Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

After reading some of Sir Bob Joness latest musings, and being a wannabe minor property capitalist, I was looking forward to reading some of his previous books. A little research left me surprised that he has written 23 published novels, essays and non-fiction writings, not including his various newspaper and blog columns. Well, luck happened [] The post Bob Jones wisdom from the 1970s appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? VFYW: Whaleoil Yesterdays photo was the competition photo and the person who took the photo has e-mailed me to tell me who the winner of the competition is. The person who had the most details correct was stephen2d. Congratulations stephen2d please e-mail me sb at whaleoil.co.nz so I can arrange [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:39

Oral Questions 20 June 2018 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and policies? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statements and policies of this Government regarding New Zealands economy? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: Will this Governments Families Package support low- and middle-income families; if so, how? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister [] The post Oral Questions 20 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Tell me again why we are wasting billions on light rail Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Phil Goff and Phil Twyford are intent on pouring billions of dollars into light-rail to the airport. There isnt a business case, nor the money to do it. But why even bother when we should be encouraging enterprising private companies willing to spend their own cash on building a much faster solution: Quote: Auckland [] The post Tell me again why we are wasting billions on light rail appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:42

Govt costing $100/week The Inquiring Mind

Homepaddock

The government is costing us $100 more a week:

The Government needs to start thinking about the impact of its tax and bad economic policies on Kiwi families and stop loading the costs on to their weekly bills, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

The Governments policies are costing Kiwi families over $100 a week and thats an unacceptable burden on New Zealanders who are trying to get ahead.

The biggest immediate hit will come from the double whammy of the new petrol taxes, with the legislation to impose it progressing through Parliament this week. Nationwide petrol tax increases at the same time as a new regional fuel tax that is already being felt around the country, together adding around $15 a week to the cost of living, is too tough.

And its on top of already rising fuel prices. The Government needs to cancel it and get the transport

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08:30

William Hague says the war on drugs has failed and the UK should legalise cannabis now Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

William Hague, former leader of the Conservative party in the UK has written an opinion piece in The Telegraph about legalisation of cannabis. Quote: The case of Billy Caldwell, the 12 year old with epilepsy whose vital cannabis oil medication was confiscated by Border Force officials to comply with UK drugs laws, provides one of those illuminating [] The post William Hague says the war on drugs has failed and the UK should legalise cannabis now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

The price of everything is set to increase Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The winter of discontent is finally upon us. Fuel price increases and minimum wage increases are about to be felt and the price of everything is going to increase. Things are about to get really ugly for this government. This from  Newstalk ZB Quote: The cost of your ASOS order, buying your daily coffee, fruit and [] The post The price of everything is set to increase appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Could the unions bring down the government? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I was listening to Pattrick Smellie on the radio, talking about all the strike action suddenly happening around the country. First nurses, then teachers, now public servants, and the police are to come next. I had just put the whole thing down to the fact that now that we have a Labour-led government, the unions [] The post Could the unions bring down the government? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Most read Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Our Whats Hot post 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 with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Public necrophilia Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

One of the more lamentable tendencies of political and media culture is to invoke certain recently-deceased as fetish objects in service to some cultural or political cause clbre. Safely unable to speak for themselves, the dead become a sort of macabre rhetorical soapbox for the obsessions of cynical politicians and activists. This is not new, of course: John Browns body quite literally became a rallying-cry for the Union army in the American Civil War. Horst Wessells corpse inspired the Nazis favourite anthem. In modern times, death transforms petty criminals into saints of civil rights. Sometimes this fetishism of the dead serves to highlight some urgent political or civil issue. The murder of media employee Jill Meagher highlighted the alarming legal environment in the state of Victoria, where dangerous repeat offenders were routinely released on bail. More often, though, this public metaphorical necrophilia is riddled with humbug and hypocrisy.   The post Public necrophilia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Trump: A Very Stable Genius parody The Inquiring Mind

Uses the format of G&S Major General patter song.Well done

07:00

Actually Simon, most Aucklanders dont support road maggots Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Simon Wilson, reprising his current role as the ex officio spokesman for Phil Goffs office, has made astonishing claims based on an online survey regarding cycling: Quote: Two-third of Aucklanders (65 per cent) believe cycle lanes are good for the city and welcome them in their own communities, according to the results of an annual [] The post Actually Simon, most Aucklanders dont support road maggots appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

I'M A RUFUSENIK No Minister

For my many sins I get to travel a fair bit.   Queenstown last week, Wellington tomorrow, Dunedin next week.   I get to stay in a lot of hotels ... nothing great about hotels ... more like a chore.

What I absolutely refuse to do in a hotel is to play their silly game which has it that by refusing to change towels each day and I'm helping to save the planet.    Absolute phooey ... it's 0.01% about saving the planet and 99.99% about increasing profit.

Nothing better than a nice clean fresh towel to make up for crappy hotel TV and their limited selection of channels ... and don't even get me started on room mini-bars.

06:30

Nine To Noon: Foreign Buyers ban now a slightly improved bad law The Inquiring Mind

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The finance and expenditure select committee looking at the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has recommended some significant changes giving overseas investors more leeway to put money into New Zealand housing developments. The changes relax the rules to allow foreign buyers to hold onto new properties bought off the plan, provided they are in large, multi-storey developments with 20 or more units and will allow foreign investors to purchase hotel units provided they are leased back to the developer or hotel. Housing Strategist, Leonie Freeman and Nick Goodall from the property analytics firm Corelogic talk to Kathryn Ryan

This is ill conceived and poorly thought out legislation. It was hastily put together as David Parker stated yesterday . Legislation in haste is not good legislation.

There are still flaws as others have pointed out.

In any event as Australians are exempt will the law actually achieve anything,other than make NZ less attractive for investment.

06:30

More unintended consequences from womble ministers Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Electric vehicles, virtue-signalling and living green are pretty much the preserve of the urban elite, and load disproportionate costs onto the poor. But green wombles dont care: they are saving us from ourselves, dont you know. Now there is some evidence that this left wing, protect the poor, party is actually passing laws that will [] The post More unintended consequences from womble ministers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Goff The Inquiring Mind

Transcript of the interview below. Video here.
Goff was shifty and was decidedly economical with the truth.

On Newshub Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Auckland Mayor Phil Goff 16/06/18
Lisa Owen: Nine out of nineteen councillors signed a letter expressing concern over a $930,000 stadium report. They say Mayor Phil Goff kept it from them. I sat down with Mr Goff and asked if he had heard of any issues before he received the letter.
Phil Goff: Well, first of all, its not a letter of no confidence. It doesnt say no confidence anywhere, thats the way it was portrayed when it was leaked to the media before I received it. Look, we have disagreements on Council. This disagreements not on a huge issue, actually. The same group of nine people I think all of them supported my mayoral proposal for the ten-year budget the week before. And the ten-year budget is really important on Council. Its our plans for what affects Aucklanders over the next decade.
Yeah. But a vote for the ten-year budget is not a vote of confidence in you; that is a vote for the people of Auckland and the budget. You said it is an isolated issue but they actually say in that letter this behaviour has not been isolated. And people have described you as bullying, chauvinistic, dismissive, and they say that you work by yourself behind closed doors. I want to give you the right to respond to that.
Yeah, well, none of those things are correct. Let me just correct on the budget the budget of course is a vote of confidence.
Not in you though, Mr Mayor.
Well its my proposal so it is in me. But lets come back to those other things. Look Lisa, I think youre aware Ive been in politics for a very long time. Ive never been accused of bullying. Its not part of my DNA. I dont like bullying, I dont tolerate bullying. Chauvinistic Ive never actually been accused of being a chauvinist either. I work well with people; I have over my entire political career. I work well across party-lines and I do so on council. And I think if you asked the overwhelming majority of councillors, they would not agree with comments of bullying or chauvinism.
So nine Councillors are all wrong about their concerns?
No, no, I dont think those nine councillors lets keep this absolutely correct; those nine councillors arent accusing me of bullying. And indeed the one that was quoted as calling me a bully, I asked her to come in a...

06:00

Hosking on union strife under Labour Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The nurses appear set to strike, the teachers are getting stroppy and the PSA is muscling up. Looks like the winter of discontent is coming from the civil servants not business. Mind you business isnt happy either. Mike Hosking says that strikes achieve nothing and drag us back to the 70s: Quote. Looks like we [] The post Hosking on union strife under Labour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:15

Trump, Inc. Podcast Extra: Trumps Company Is Getting $175 Million Annually in Previously Undisclosed Rent The Inquiring Mind

Podcast can be found here

Forbes reporters figured out that the presidents company pulls in an estimated $175 million in commercial rent annually. One of Trumps major tenants: a state-owned Chinese bank.

In this bonus episode of our Trump, Inc. podcast, Forbes Dan Alexander talks to WNYCs Andrea Bernstein about how he dug through financial documents and even measured square footage to detail the little-known, big payments to the presidents company.

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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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

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04:30

The Nightmare that is Trumps America The Inquiring Mind

ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, We have an orchestra here.

ProPublica has this

Ginger Thompson writes:-

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like theyre crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream Mami and Pap over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.

The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.

Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says shes memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. My mommy says that Ill go with my aunt, she whimpers, and that shell come to pick me up there as quickly as possible. More at the link

This new policy for new it is, whatever Trump and his disciples claim, is not one that wishes to see operating in a democratic country, in 2018, especially a country that has words such as Land of the free, home of the Brave as part of its national anthem.

It reminds one of the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII or the camps Boers were forced into by the British during their conflict at the beginning of the 20th century.

Under Trump we have seen the rapid descent of America into a moral morass stoked by an ignorant,thug and bully, who is President, aided and abetted by a motley crew of sycophants, fellow travellers and self serving venal politicians and business people.

Ethics does not seem to exist for many, there is a cloud of sleaze permeating this administration.

The President seems to exist in a bubble of unreality, where truths are lies and lies are truth.

Increasingly it is possib...

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Humour in the Morning The Inquiring Mind

Homage to the Frost Report with a reworking of the classic Cleese, Barker and Corbett sketch on the class divide

Tuesday, 19 June

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The Late Movie: Albert R.N. The Inquiring Mind

Good movie with a strong cast. Remembered this from years ago.

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