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Monday, 13 November

19:00

18:43

TOO MANY SOCIALISTS DONT UNDERSTAND DEMOCRACY. No Minister



Even  when they became winners after being selected by a man whose party scored a mere seven percent of the vote and that seven  percent had a never disclosed number of voters who wanted that man to go with National, by far the largest party, Comrade Taxinderella might be just a little nave.

A self opinionated socialist who in a classic case of megalomania calls himself  "Bomber" when in fact Bombastic is as close as he gets to the sobriquet bestowed on the commander of Bomber Command in UK during WW2, Sir Arthur Harris.

In a post at his website The Daily Blog, this small minded  numpty has attacked the National party for their decisive victory in Battle number one of the new Parliament where because the three headed Hydra couldn't do sums, Bridges managed to bluff a dominant position on select committees for that largest party.

Included in his rant Bradbury reverted to Godwin for support and most intelligent people understand that using That "Law" is a first indication the argument is lost.

Herr Schikelgruber came o the chancellorship of Deutschland from President Hindenburg with a vote around  that which Taxinderella gained in election 2017 in NZ but that is where it ends. Nationals 46 percent  in Germany c1932 was equal to a plethora of parties all less than Hitlers Nazi party putting Bradbury's pathetic linkage in never never land context.

Cindy also is sans the "brown shirts" whose unlawful street  intimidation, thuggery and even murder makes another massive hole in Martyn Martin's analogy, rather tenuous.

Within the intended scenario of the Sainte- Lague  system that NZ  MMP has adopted that favours smaller parties over larger, allowing a level of leverage to charlatans to manipulate the system, it is what it is and I wonder if the Bradburys of this world actually comprehend what is happening.

Just because a NZLP led opposition over nine years failed to even dent the program of Key and then English due to interminable infighting, ignorance and pathetic tactics, does not logically mean that National will do similar and what happened last week is but a portent of what may lie in store for the Peters/Ardern outfit with little Jimmy two mums aimlessly following in bewilderment, from a party in opposition with a very large well informed block of 46%

Of course while dwelling in the 1930s and 40s there was another Martin near the very highest echelons of the Nasty Party and his end was never discovered.

Be very careful what you wish for "Bombastic", another oft quoted  homily from the real Bomber Harris is "The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now the...

17:00

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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15:57

Does Jacinda Ardern lie? The Inquiring Mind

Famously she said:-

Yet since she and her regime have been our government we have seen relentless spin. Spin which which would say equals lies. She has spun to be kind over Mallards appointment, APEC, TPP for example. Her dwarves, e .g. Hipkins are arrogant liars  as well.

Yet we see no comment from the MSM. In all this the MSM are the greatest disappointment,

The TPP schemozzle is a prime example, weeks ago it was an egregious affront to NZ sovereignty, but now with the application of Ardern pixiedust it is rebadged with new lipstick as a marvellous triumph.

Media should be ashamed and the gladhanding from business is Adam suspects more from relief than any great support for the voyage of the dammed.


15:30

The Two Faces of Allahu Akbar Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Apologists and moderate Muslims came out in full force after the NYC attack to tell the masses that extremists have hijacked and distorted the glorious meaning of Allahu Akbar uttered multiple times a day by peaceful Muslims and Arab Christians. Surely saying that Allah is greater is not a war cry. But why are they saying greater []

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15:00

There is a special place in hell reserved for girls like these Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A gang of teenage girls urged a 15-year-old special needs student to flash her breasts and then filmed and shared the footage online. [] These bullies should be feeling embarrassed and ashamed of their behaviour.  I dont want to draw any more attention to the victim than necessary, so I wont repeat the details of what they []

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14:30

Abbotts Sister Cops a Dose of Intersectionality Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Christine Forster, Sydney councillor and sister of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, got a sharp lesson in intersectionality on Friday night. Tony Abbotts sister Christine Forster has spoken of her fear as she was attacked by an angry group of protesters who surrounded her and her partner outside a Liberal Party fundraiser. Ms Forster, []

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14:00

Another city to make cat declawing illegal Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Cat owners have been sold a pup thinking a declawed cat would be the responsible thing to do if you want to stop Tiger from decimating the local bird population. The Denver City Council on Monday night moved to make Denver the first U.S. city outside of California to ban the practice of removing cats []

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13:45

The history of NZ's TPP negotiations via cartoons liberation

The history of New Zealand's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, via cartoons. The most recent cartoons are first.

13:30

Helicopter parenting has turned a generation into virtual prisoners Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Researchers using GPS and wearable cameras to track the movements of more than 100 New Zealand school children say kids are becoming less independent, and less active. The research by Otago, Auckland and Harvard universities found children aged 11 to 13 spent more than half their non-school time within 500 metres of home, typically leaving []

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13:05

Democratic Engineers, Or Neoliberal Mechanics? Bowalley Road

Storming The "Engine Room" of Government: As the product of a top-down economic and social revolution, New Zealand Neoliberalism far from needing to rein-in the powers of the civil-service mandarinate was determined to re-fashion the state bureaucracy in such a way that it would be able to resist any and all attempts by elected politicians and their parties to dismantle the neoliberal machinery of "governance".

THEYRE THE ENGINE ROOM where ministerial decisions are put through the mill by officials. In that single sentence, the very worst aspects of neoliberalism are laid bare. Its author, political journalist Stacey Kirk, like so many of her generation, have been taught to regard politicians as, at best, necessary evils. Accordingly, Cabinet Committees the engine rooms of government are held up as the necessary correctives to poorly conceived ministerial decisions. Places where the ideas of elected politicians get knocked into a shape acceptable to their unelected officials New Zealands only trustworthy wielders of political power.

Kirks story, inspired by Opposition criticism of the new governments apparent willingness to be guided by and act on its own advice, plays directly to the crucial neoliberal concept of governance. At its core, governance represents the idea that the policies of both local and national government, if they are to meet the fundamental test of effective and efficient public administration, must be professionally crafted and implemented. By this reckoning, the ill-informed amateurism of elected politicians poses a constant threat to the delivery of good governance. Which is why officials putting ministerial decisions through the mill is presented not as an affront to democracy, but a very good idea.

Essentially, Kirk ranges herself alongside the Sir Humphrey Appleby character from the celebrated British television series, Yes Minister. Sir Humphrey represents the haughty mandarinate of the Civil Service: the ones who regard themselves as the guardians of the States permanent interes...

12:30

Pro-Life University group in California wins case against anti-free speech professor Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It is not only at Auckland University that pro-life groups are being forced to fight for the right to be treated fairly and for freedom of speech and a  diversity of ideas. What is happening to Pro-Life Auckland is reflective of what is already happening overseas. In fact, the actions against Pro-Life Auckland by the []

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11:53

The disgrace that is Americas judicial system The Inquiring Mind

With Trump we see the continuation of the ongoing politicisation of the judicial system. Trump did not begin this, but he revels in the power it gives him.

Time for a constitutional amendment to make the appointees subject to confirmation from an independent commission. The commission members to be non politicians.

Idealistic, impossible, but shit it would be better than the crap we see now.


11:43

The Ben Mack article, was it wrong? The Inquiring Mind

Adam realises that the media in NZ rallied to defend their goddess against the evils of Mack and Bezos, however is his overall thesis really as outrageous as many would have us believe.

The article repays careful reading. It is more nuanced than many kneejerk reactions would suggest.

To some extent, the MSM reaction and that of activists goes some way to supporting his thesis that Ardern, supported by Peters, is in the Trump mold. Trump despite his characterization as a populist is, given many of his comments more in the totalitarian, xenophobic , racist mode of Hitler. Similarly Peters is a a xenophobe, he has a liking for dictators given his desire for a Russian FTA and his anti NZ view for allowing any Chinese dissidents here. His attitude to Asians especially Chinese is eerily reminiscent of Hitlers views of the Jews.

Ardern willingly entered into a coalition with Peters. Her and her partys desire for power trumped any principles they may have had.

Mack wrote:-

The effects of the far rights influence are already being felt. Amid pressure from New Zealand First, the government has vowed to slash immigration by tens of thousands by making it harder to obtain visas and requiring employers to prove they cannot find a qualified New Zealand citizen before hiring a non-citizen. Theyve also put forward legislation banning non-citizens from owning property, the new minister for immigration has equated increased immigration with increased unemployment (while also failing to denounce his partys claims that immigration is a factor in New Zealand having the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world) and proposed a plan that would require people receiving welfare to work.

Whilst perhaps guilty of hyperbole, depending on your world view, was this materially untrue. Not really. To quote Steven Joyce it was pretty legal.

Mack makes a very pertinent point here, which many ignore:-

Peters who took the roles of deputy prime minister and foreign minister as a condition of working with Ardern and New Zealand First can end the coalition agreement, which would trigger the need for new elections. Put simply, while Ardern may be the public face...

11:30

Gareth Morgan in the rear view mirror Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Now that the election is over I thought I would do a few posts looking at politicians in the rear view mirror. A quick summary if you will of the moments when their words stood out for one reason or another as well as a few cartoons from the past election that they starred in. []

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10:30

Conspiracy theories start here: Prime Ministers cat assassinated Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: By Brian Rogers First published SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz Its been a wild start for the new government, with political shenanigans, drama in the house and potentially an assassination, with the Prime Ministers cat dying suddenly, under suspicious circumstances. Or maybe under a Volvo. Condolences to the PM and family on this sad occasion. Here at RR []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yellow Journalism Fake news is nothing new. Its impact has waxed and waned through American history. But there was a golden age of yellow journalism, back in the 1890s, when fake news helped start a war. The term was coined in the 1890s to describe the ferocious circulation war between William Randolph Hearsts New York Journal []

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09:30

Mr Speaker Trevor Mallard wants our parliament to be for everyone, even radical Muslims Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Speaker of the House is defending a decision to drop references to the Queen and Jesus from Parliamentary prayer. It was read in Te Reo by Trevor Mallard on Thursday, despite consultation to do so still underway. But he told RadioLIVEs Your Sunday it will be discussed widely with caucus. Its been quite a []

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08:30

How National will paralyse democracy (According to Martyn Martin) Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Always useful to keep an eye on what the other blogs are thinking because generally, they were wrong about Labour.   Now that they are talking about National, they might get a better hit rate. National will use the gains they have on Select Committees to stop and slow down the entire legislative agenda of []

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08:15

All I want for Christmas is some Whaleoil Merch 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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08:00

Subscription Psychology: Let me analyse you Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I once did a psychology paper in my first year at university as I was considering it as a career so I am clearly fully qualified to now psychoanalyse Whaleoil subscribers. I have here a nice soft couch so lie back, get comfy and let the nice doctor SB get to the root of your []

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07:30

Finally, the truth is out Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Many in NZ are stunned by the outcome of the last General Election, just as many in the UK were stunned by the Brexit vote and many in the USA were stunned by the Clinton loss. As we all know from the media (who would not lie to us) the USA result was a direct []

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07:00

Regarding TVNZs CEO remarkable pay rise, I have good news and bad news Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As I highlighted yesterday, the $200,000 pay rise for the TVNZ CEO in the face of a result where profit was down 89% on the previous year is clearly a gig worth having. But now the Broadcasting Minister is going to have a look-see TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick will receive $1.4 million in the []

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06:00

Someone should remind Cindy what the alternative is to her virtue signalling over illegal immigrants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern is fast pissing off the Aussies who have to deal with illegal immigrants and other ratbags trying to get into their country. She is grandstanding and virtue signalling over these ratbags on Manus Island and the Aussies are getting really prickly now. The Australian reports: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted []

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05:30

Well that didnt take long Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Its not just pundits that cannot believe Labours incompetence.  Media are equally flabbergasted. Well that didnt take long. Two weeks and the paint has started to chip off the new Government. After a couple of moments of questionable truthfulness over the last week, the new mob are starting to look a lot more like the []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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04:30

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

All Black coach Steve Hanson admits Sonny Bill doesnt know the rules. All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams is back in the firing line after another brain fade cost the All Blacks a penalty try in their 38-18 win over France on Sunday morning (NZ time). The 32-year-old spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin after []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is intrapersonal (adj) Existing or occurring within the individual self or mind. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The prefix intra- is clearly from the Latin adverb and preposition intr on the inside, within. In classical Latin intr- as a prefix does not occur; such usage arose in Late []

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 13 16 Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.

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Sunday, 12 November

18:00

Sunday Stand-up Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

CAUTION:  Bad language and adult themes are common in stand-up comedy

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17:33

The Classic Blazing Saddles Camptown Ladies The Inquiring Mind

Classic sceen from a classic parody unlikely in todays world that it would get made, a great shame

 

 


16:58

Was the TPP agreement about trade or global politics? I.E Sticking it to Trump? The Inquiring Mind

Given the way in which a number of supposedly insoluble issues were resolved, apparently, at APEC an over-riding question emerges.

To whit, did in fact Trumps tirade on trade at the APEC CEOs summit seen below

result in a collective pushback for the TPP11 and by extension the rest of the APEC grouping.

Did a number of nations swallow some dead rats as part of a perhaps subliminal desire to effectively tell a posturing caricature of a President to butt out and that effectively that Americas day is over. This being the theme of a major piece in The Economist:-

On trade, he remains wedded to a zero-sum view of the world, in which exporters win and importers lose. (Are the buyers of Ivanka Trump-branded clothes and handbags, which are made in Asia, losers?) Mr Trump has made clear that he favours bilateral deals over multilateral ones, because that way a big country like America can bully small ones into making concessions. The trouble with this approach is twofold. First, it is deeply unappealing to small countries, which by the way also have protectionist lobbies to overcome. Second, it would reproduce the insanely complicated mishmash of rules that the multilateral trade system was created to simplify and trim. The Trump team probably will not make a big push to disrupt global trade until tax reform has passed through Congress. But when and if that happens, all bets are offNAFTA is still in grave peril

More on The Economist piece later, but that extract perhaps provides some useful context for what transpired at APEC.

If the Trump administration is not entirely tone deaf it should listen and take note. Collectively smaller nations possess clout and strength. Behaving like a bully is not a great idea, especially when there are other bullies in your backyard with more local clout.

China for one will probably be very happy with what the TPP nations did. A palpable win in many respects for them


16:21

TPP some questions for National The Inquiring Mind

The news from Vietnam on the changes to TPP raises some interesting questions. Some on the overall agreement as it now stands, others on why Labour now promotes it.

This post focuses though on  more troubling issues.

  • Given the apparent ease with which these issues were supposedly resolved and the fact that National seemed to waive these concerns away as too hard to fix,why was Parker with his officials so rapidly able to achieve this apparently beneficial outcome for NZ?
  •  Were officials actually progressing these issues in the background before the election?
  • Did National ignore the issues to NZs detriment?
  • Was Groser the impediment?
  • Was NZ led by Groser too focused on US access rather than the whole?
  • Are the changes merely cosmetic, rather than substantial?
  • Given Japans previous supposed intransigence on several issues why did they apparently cave at the last?

We deserve answers from National. Failure to front on this will allow concerns to fester.

 


16:04

Trump One Year On The Inquiring Mind

From The Atlantic

Its a year after Donald Trumps upset election victory. Before and after the 2016 election, President Trump referred to journalists as enemies to himself and to the American people. But his victory wasnt just a success in vilifying the media, it was a success in manipulating it. Trump was a media figure, skilled at drawing attention. And news organizations were unused to being so squarely part of the story.

What lessons have journalists taken from the 2016 campaign and President Trumps election? Whats changed since then? And what should change going forward? In this episode of Radio Atlantic, Adrienne LaFrance, the editor of TheAtlantic.com, and Yoni Appelbaum, the magazines politics and policy editor, join Matt and Jeff to look back and look ahead one year after the Trump Era began.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/atl4162154933.mp3

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:52

Trumps denial of facts The Inquiring Mind

Still Trump defends Putin against the combined wisdom and advice of the US Intelligence Agencies. What makes his defence even worse is that he vilifies the intelligence community as political hacks

David Frum has a useful piece on this at The Atlantic.

A key quote:-

What is becoming ever-more undeniable is Trumps complicity in the attack after the factand his willingness to smash the intelligence and counter-intelligence agencies in order to protect Putin, Russia, and evidently himself. Consider what the president said to reporters on Saturday: Then you hear its 17 agencies [who agree that Russia meddled in the elections], whoa, its three. And one is [former CIA Director John] Brennan, and one is whatever. I mean give me a break, theyre political hacks. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that.

This willingness to defend Putin raises many questions. Including did Trump actually understand the oath he took at his inauguration? Every day one wonders is he did!


15:31

Reviewing copyright law The Inquiring Mind

Given changes to TPPA re copyright it is appropriate that RNZs Mediawatch looked at this issue today, especially with the appointment of a new Broadcasting Minister, Clare Curran with responsibility for this area.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/mwatch-20171112-0910-reconsidering_the_rights_and_wrongs_of_copying-128.mp3

The accompanying article is here and worth reading as well.

An original work can now be copied and shared with anyone online in a matter of moments thanks to the internet and digital technology. But that wasnt the case when our main copyright law was written 23 years ago. Mediawatch looks at whats at stake now the law is up for review.

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15:00

An important issue for New Zealand Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Australia to talk about the most important issue facing our country. Was it economics? No. Was it work opportunities? No. Rather, its what Australia is doing with the hundreds of refugee border jumpers they are housing on Manus Island. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and now Prime Minister Jacinda []

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14:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

This gem is from October 2014 Headline: Why did we ever think the Greens werent mad? You have to give Russel Norman credit:  hes managed to make us forget just for a moment that the Greens are nothing but a collection of flat earth idiots.  To a person, they tend to be single-issue nutters that []

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14:00

If money alone cant fix child poverty, then does Labour have what children need? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The NZ Herald editor has an unusual moment of clarity Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has made it her personal mission in politics to reduce child poverty. In one sense that should not be too hard. Child poverty can be defined simply as all children living in households earning less than 50 per cent of the []

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13:30

The two sides to the refugees on Manus Island story Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There are two sides to every story. How should we feel about the plight of the refugee men of fighting age marooned on Manus Island who are refusing to leave the immigration detention centre that has been closed to move to other accommodation where food and power and medical care is provided? Side one: Manus []

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13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New Zealand Under A Starry Sky from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

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12:30

Does she kiss her Dads cheek with that mouth? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jean Bentley according to her Facebook page is a former West Coast TV editor at E! Entertainment and a Former Online Entertainment Editor at Us Weekly. She has a blue verification tick on twitter and has over 4000 people following her tweets. She describes herself as a Millennial Media Member/TV Obsessive and says that her work has been published []

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11:30

Olivia Pierson on one year of the Don Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When Trump took office at the beginning of this year, there were five main agendas that I considered monumentally important in judging the strength of his efficacy as Leader of the Free World: 1. The US economy 2. Combatting ISIS 3. Stemming immigration through the Southern border 4. The ongoing menace of Iran going []

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11:04

PROPHETIC WORDS INDEED No Minister

Many of you will have been to Hawaii and while there taken the tour to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour.   It is a sobering experience.  

Not too many of you would have flown over the South China Sea off Kuantan where the Prince of Wales and the Repulse were sunk by the Japanese on the third day of hostilities.    On a clear day you can see their indistinct shapes through the water and when I flew over the site fuel oil was still making its way to the surface.

Force 'Z' which comprised the two capital ships and four destroyers sailed from the Singapore Naval Base to intercept that Japanese invasion fleet that was landing troops in south Thailand and north Malaya.   It was commanded by Admiral Tom (Thumb) Phillips who was one of the dwindling band of Admirals who failed to appreciate the changing dynamic of air power.   As it was the fleet had no air cover even though this could have been provided by the deployment of (albeit obsolescent) Buffaloe fighters from Singapore forward to the Kuantan airfield.

Phillips was a good friend of the later Air Chief Marshal (Bomber) Harris who used to tease him both about his height and his stubborn refusal to believe a battleship could be sunk from the air.  It is recorded that Harris once told Phillips ... 'One day Tom you'll be standing on a box on your bridge and your ship will be smashed to pieces by bombers and torpedo aircraft and as she sinks your last words will be ... that was a f*****g big mine'.

Prophetic words indeed ... 840 sailors were killed in the action.  Phillips went down with his ship.


 

11:00

Supermarket Trolley Etiquette Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: By Brian Rogers First published SunLive.co.nz   newsie.co.nz A recent column got many of you very excited with the suggestion that we might do a piece on Supermarket Trolley Etiquette. It seems theres a tonne of you out there in supermarket aisles enraged at the apparent lack of common sense and common courtesy among []

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10:30

Just one more time, repeat after me: There is NO gender pay gap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Two of the major policy planks of this Government are pay equity and climate change.   Turns out, both of those are nothing more than delusions. A study published by Londons Institute of Economic Affairs concludes that the popular notion of a gender pay gap is a myth. The report debunks the left-wing feminist claim []

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10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Desert Queen I have nothing to fear I am the sun, the stars, the pearl, the lion, the light from heaven   Lady Hester They do not come much madder than Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope. They dont come much braver either. In an age when most upper-crust women couldnt fart without a chaperone, Lady Hester []

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09:30

As Steve Joyce would say: The TPP agreement is pretty legal Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Crisis talks among Trans Pacific Partnership ministers appear to have pulled the free trade pact back from the brink of collapse, although it still faces an uncertain future. Late on Friday Canada boycotted a meeting of leaders from the 11 nations involved, throwing the deal into disarray. But after trade ministers met, with Canada back []

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08:30

Profit down by 89%, NZ CEO gets a $200,000 pay rise Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Just based on the headline, does that indicate that business is being run in a way that fully justifies a pay increase? The broadcasters annual report shows Kevin Kenricks pay increased to nearly $1.4 million this year. Thats despite an 89 percent reduction in net profit TVNZ delivered this year though that stems almost []

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08:00

Journalistic Hit job on Anne Marie Waters reveals five important things Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Undercover exposes can be great at finding out the truth but what happens when the truth revealed about a person when the reporter is undercover is no different to the truth about them in the public eye? What then is a reporter to do if the whole point of going undercover was to find bad []

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07:30

Its all about babies now, and Jesus and the Queen can get knotted Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Like his dog skills, Mallard likes to force his will onto the world. Claire Trevett writes When MPs returned to Parliament this week, they discovered Jesus and the Queen had left the building and the babies had arrived Each Speaker brings his or her own touch to Parliament, cosmetically and in more significant ways. Mallard []

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07:00

Mugged MP claims that something is a priority for Labour Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan has been mugged in broad daylight in Auckland and not unexpectedly she has attempted to get some political mileage out of the experience. Apparently, her party is going to make this sort of thing a priority but what that something that they will make a priority of is isnt clear from []

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06:30

Its the sun, stupid. And Ive said that consistently Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Dr. Nir Shavivs Scientific Summary for his Cambridge Union debate:  Dr. Shaviv: Let me begin by asking you a question. What is the evidence that people, like the proponents here, use to prove that we humans are responsible for global warming and that future warming will be catastrophic if we dont get our act together? The fact []

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06:00

Very embarrassing gaffe from NZ Labour Party Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Can you tell the difference between New Zealands most famous feminist who led the movement to get New Zealand women the vote (making them the first women in the entire world to gain that right) and a New Zealand author? The NZ Labour party cant. Jacinda Ardern has been given a special gift by one []

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05:30

Winston conned the National party, suggests Judith Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Judith Collins says the post-election negotiations between her party and Winston Peters appear to have been a fraud. It was revealed on Thursday the New Zealand First leaders legal action against journalists, the head of the Ministry of Social Development, a number of National MPs and their staff was filed the day before the General []

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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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04:30

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Sharon ONeill is to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at next weeks Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. NZ On Screens Nicky Harrop revisits some of her many hits. With a career five decades deep, Sharon ONeill remains one of our most respected and accomplished singer-songwriters. At Thursdays Vodafone New Zealand []

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is indigenous (adj) 1. Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region. 2. (a) Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place. (b) Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such inhabitants. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Born or originating in a particular place, []

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04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 12 16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

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