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Monday, 19 September

18:18

LIMITED BLOGGING No Minister

over the next ten days as I'm in Tauranga, Hamilton and Wellington doing 'Gods work'.

But let's suppose that on Saturday (UK time) Jeremy Corbyn is reelected as leader of the UK Labour Party.    What then the odds that by the following Monday morning there will be a new 'New Labour Party' comprising many of the 172 MPs and MEPs who publicly threw their support behind Owen Smith?

I mean to say with 'operatives' in Corbyn's office drawing up lists of MPs seen as antagonistic to Corbyn and the likelihood they will be targeted by Momentum in an organized takeover of their constituency organizations what have they got to lose ... done one way and dusted the other.    

Interesting times ahead.     However I can confirm there is no truth to the rumor that Lord Egbut has
been practicing Seppuku.

p.s.   How about this taster on the BBC website.

18:00

Who am I? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t 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. […]

15:30

Colin Craig and the significance of a jury trial Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Apparently we haven’t had a jury trial in a civil matter for the last 14 years. It is generally well known that if you have a civil matter, and you force 12 people into a court room for over a month, you’re likely to be punished for it. So why on earth did Jordan Williams […]

15:00

Colin Craig cross examined about the interview he had with himself about himself Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Readers may remember that Mr Craig published a booklet where he had an interview.  In this interview, he played three roles.  The interviewer, the person being interviewed, and the person the interviewer and interviewee spoke about. All three of them being Mr Craig, of course. Craig as Interviewer: “Colin Craig is not in office.” Craig […]

14:30

Labour, Wellington Mayoralty, and Bogus polling 101 Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Last week, days after Little’s bogus poll rant, Labour released a survey that had their besieged candidate Justin Lester on 34 with Nick Leggett and Jo Coughlan tied on 17. This was, to say the least, a total outlier — but the Dominion Post breathlessly went with it anyway. I’ve seen several actual polls of […]

14:00

Marborough Council: Killing the messenger and starting a witch hunt Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Marlborough’s Mayor has called in lawyers over a leaked recording of a confidential council meeting earlier this year, which has been made public via a right-wing blog. Alistair Sowman said he was sickened by the action and councillors were horrified a colleague potentially leaked it. The closed meeting was about finances surrounding the troubled ASB […]

13:30

Lets just euthanise all smokers and have it all done with Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The health gestapo are still using tax payers money to mess around in the lives of law abiding people and interfere with law abiding legal companies. Health academics want to make roll-your-own tobacco as expensive as tailor-made cigarettes and have suggested the papers be an “unattractive mustard colour” to make them less cool. Loose tobacco […]

13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Fourth Industrial Revolution from Marta Chierego on Vimeo.

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:30

It is clear now that terrorism can only be performed by ISIS Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

What’s in a name? A powerful explosion that injured dozens of people on a busy Manhattan street, shattered glass and damaged cars was caused by a deliberately planted bomb, New York leaders have said, though there was some dispute over whether the blast constituted an act of terror. The bomb, which was planted in or […]

11:00

Ministry for Vulnerable Children? How about Kids with Shit Parents? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Don’t call New Zealand’s rebranded government agency the Ministry for Vulnerable Children. Don’t label our kids. It’s not helpful. Here’s why. Like any clinical psychologist, I see daily the impact of negative childhood labels on adults. Beliefs they picked up as kids: I’m stupid; I’m fat; I’m ugly; I’m unlovable have a nasty habit of […]

10:45

UN KNOWS WHATS IMPORTANT, THAT'S NICE. No Minister

While madmen toss homosexual men from second story buildings or strangle them at the end of a rope from a crane, while equally bereft of understanding women mutilate genitals of young girls, while other moronic learned elders of a religion fifteen hundred years old and almost unchanged since a power crazed sexual deviant  founder started killing, maiming, and enslaving his people, the good old UN is "concerned at the title chosen to replace CYFS in lil ole peaceable nu ziland".

Mind your own freakin business and perhaps search out some actual harm delivery state sponsored systems in places it appears are in a too hard basket.

The helpless little waifs and strays that come with the dross welfare delivers and are seriously at risk in the thinking of most citizens of our nation has led to the choice of the new drive to possibly reduce the killing and maiming of the poor wee buggers that make the news all too often and if they are not vulnerable, vunrable or whatever then the UN morons need to go to Specsavers.

10:30

Does the Marlborough Express realise that explaining is losing? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Marlbourgh Express doesn’t seem to know the first rule of politics. Explaining is losing. They rushed out an article last night after they were shamed into covering the duplicity of John Leggett. They had had the same story for well over a week but did nothing with it, instead, they decided to focus on dirty […]

10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Lori Erica Ruff Kept Her Past Locked Up in a Secret Safe Marriage is a sacred act between two people that care deeply for one another. Different cultures define matrimony in different ways and tie the knot for various reasons. Whatever the motivation behind one person entering wedlock to another, both parties usually do know each other […]

09:30

Most of you would be labelled a child molester under Arizona law Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Have you ever changed a babies nappy? Have you even given a young child a bath? If you answered yes to either of these questions then congratulations, under Arizona law you are a child molester! The Arizona Supreme Court issued a stunning and horrifying decision on Tuesday, interpreting a state law to criminalize any contact […]

08:30

Is this the way forward for Andrew? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Andrew Little can’t retain staff. Press secretaries and his Chief of Staff have all left or been given the arse card. It seems Jeremy Corbyn has the same issue. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced another ‘nepotism’ row last night after the daughter of the right-hand man of union baron Len McCluskey was given a £40,000-a-year […]

08:00

EXCLUSIVE: David Seymour’s thoughts on Islamic Immigration Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced […]

07:30

Whaleoil Political Party Poll Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Today’s political poll is to obtain a snapshot of where Whaleoil readers currently sit politically. I will poll again closer to the election to see if there has been any change. Click here to complete the very short poll.

07:00

Dodgy theatre, dodgy council, dodgy media…why did no one act? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

After we busted John Leggett and the Marlborough Express tried to ignore the story there still remain a number of unanswered questions that I am sure the ratepayers of Marlborough wants answers to. For a start, let’s examine this “world class” theatre malarky. The council and the backers of the theatre must seriously think that the […]

06:30

Despicable Me. As predicted the Marlborough Express ignores the issues and attacks me Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As predicted yesterday the Marlborough Express has written an attack piece on me. They didn’t even call for comment. Political skulduggery has again rocked the council chamber in Marlborough as lawyers are called in to investigate a secret recording of a committee meeting leaked to a right-wing blog. The leak to Whale Oil could see heads roll at the council, as […]

06:21

IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE, SIMPLE. No Minister

I understand that it is often politics but Sepeloni's crusade one morning last week on the reduced benefits for solo mothers who refuse to disclose the sire of her spawn is just not good enough.

Yes it could be argued that a drop of around twenty five dollars a week for such actions will impact on the children but there are other compelling reasons for the disclosure and not just making the sire responsible for the costs of raising the results of his desire, to avoid his obligations is but one.

One of the big issues resulting from much more widespread adoption regimes that preceded the massive welfare cash injection currently seen as a solution for unplanned, unwanted  or worse, offspring created for supposed cash reward, was not having easy access to biological parent records seen as a disadvantage in modern medical practise.

Yesterday in conversation with a good bastarnd who is watching his life's partner descend into the abyss that is alzheimers, is the progression of considering there are suggestions that it is heritable with a possible genetic interruption to protect some as yet apparently unaffected.  A recent heralded possible treatment to put the development of this modern scourge that has manifested in part due to many enjoying longer life from the tremendous advances in coronary, vascular and cancer treatments that allow other afflictions to present.
With solo mothers declining to divulge the sire then half the potential genetic mapping is hidden and with much at stake in health and its expanding costs, that trumps whatever reason for non disclosure might offer.

When added to the financial burden on taxpayers from the conscious decision hide a sire's identity it becomes imminently more sensible to "reward" those who choose or find themselves relying on a benefit for whatever reason and comply with a reasonable request for the sire of a child to be identified.

To suggest there may be valid reasons for non disclosure is not credible and  typical of the welfare love affair that seems to be part and parcel of socialist thinking.

06:00

Guess what your “independent” candidate Phil Goff was up to on the weekend Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guess what your “independent” candidate Phil Goff was up to on the weekend. Yup, you got it…campaigning with Labour. The man really is a charlatan and a liar. There is no way he is independent. If he was he should point to all the National party people working on his campaign. And watch when he wins. […]

05:30

Now Mexico wants to build a wall…to stop ratbags from Central America Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

On my, I wonder what the liberal elite tosspots are going to say about this hypocrisy from Mexico. Apparently when it comes to keeping illegal immigrants out of its own country, Mexico is taking a page from Donald Trump’s playbook and building a wall to keep out illegal immigrants along its southern border with Central […]

05:26

I REST MY CASE ! No Minister

Over a month ago I proclaimed my refusal to be included in the circle jerk in Rio as I considered it to be too often merely a quadrennial chemists convention where guinea pigs in laboratory conditions are used in an ongoing experiment where chemists compete with rule creators.

This morning it is reported that the Afro American who produced a personal best with her final throw/ put of over a metre better than any previous effort to defeat Valerie Adams for gold in the women's shot put, was competing under a dispensation that permitted her to use three drugs on the banned list at the Rio Olympics that she had previously been denied permission to use.
Two asthma drugs and a steroid.

How does that sit with the traditional Olympic ideal that seeks pure endeavour to attain fastest, highest, bla de blah.

Contrast that apparent  " rort"  with the highly proven efforts of those suffering injuries and disabilities to achieve such inspirational outcomes at the Para-Olympics.

In closing I am another who fiercely supports the New Zealand double amputee, Liam Malone, who handed belated justice that seemed beyond the South African judicial system to deliver for Reeva Steenkamp by obliterating  reference to her killer in the record books in a magnificent effort with sprinting on springs that replace his lower legs.

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

Looks like the community has already marked Craig as a Class A Trougher!

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is… dementia (noun) –  Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain. It is sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1806, from Latin dementia “madness, insanity,” literally “a being […]

04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 18 4Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook.

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Sunday, 18 September

18:00

Today’s Trivia Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to Daily Trivia. A Dutch door is a door divided horizontally in such a fashion that the bottom half may remain shut while the top half opens. The initial purpose of this door was to keep animals out of farmhouses, or keep children inside, while allowing light and air to filter through the open […]

17:00

Dogs don’t know their own size Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I’ve observed this myself.  Size is less important than attitude.  (as you can observe when a small woman tears into a group of large men and they all back off)

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t 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. […]

15:45

Why won’t the Marlborough Express run stories against the Theatre? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The other day we busted John Leggett, the ratbag who says one thing in public about the theatre and quite another behind the scenes in closed-door council meetings. An extract from the transcript shows that Leggett said: And; Now this is where it gets interesting. The Marlborough Express editor has been sitting on this story […]

15:00

Can Trump win? Yes he can Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Donald Trump now has a path to victory. Politico explains: Just six weeks ago, Hillary Clinton’s advantage in the Electoral College looked insurmountable. Now, based on the latest round of public polls, it’s a different story. If the election were held today, Donald Trump would apparently win roughly as many electoral votes as Hillary Clinton […]

14:30

SJB’s and Star Trek Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Here’s an interesting clip from Star Trek that would probably confuse the heck out of Social Justice Bullies! Offence can only be taken, not given. Too many people are bullied into apologising for what are just words. It appears there are no safe spaces in Star Trek. I still think the best video of being […]

14:00

Hide: Union “Clicktivism” fails to fire Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There was a time, not so long ago, when the unions could grind the country to a halt and drop a government to its knees. Not now. Their latest industrial action is to tweet a boycott of My Food Bag. That you didn’t know demonstrates their puniness. That you don’t care, their patheticness. And why […]

13:30

Fran O’ on Boat Niggers Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The NZ Herald Business Editor took to Twitter earlier today: Erm.  Thanks Fran.

12:30

Bruce the Wandering Whale’s adventures in Prague: Part One Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As some of you may already know Bruce the Wandering Whale has been travelling for months around New Zealand and photos of his adventures have been posted to his facebook page. Recently he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse so he packed his suitcase once again and headed overseas to Prague for his big OE. […]

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:30

Scarlette licker revealed: the 70 year old bus driver Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A 70-year-old bus driver has confirmed he was the man who touched the entertainer “Scarlette” at the centre of the Chiefs’ Mad Monday scandal. But the man said he never wanted to upset her and is sorry it happened. He also said he would no longer drive for the Chiefs, or for any “stag”party events. […]

11:00

Are we done with Nick yet? Yeah, we are Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Matthew Hooton thinks it’s time for Nick Smith to go. The baffling value Mr Key has placed on the UN has now created a threat to the durability of the quarter-century old Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, the stability of the government and the National Party’s long-term project to prise the Maori vote from Labour. […]

10:59

SUE MARONEY AT IT AGAIN No Minister

Sue Maroney is a drone MP.   Failed six times to win an electorate seat; found wanting as Chief Whip and dumped and well remembered for an unfortunate incident when, during the flag referendum debate, she opened up on the owner of a holiday home flying the Kyle Lockwood flag as a rich prick flaunting his/her wealth and prejudices and conveniently ignoring the fact that her holiday home was just down the road.    At least her erstwhile leader called her out on that.

And now per courtesy of TV1 News last night there she was out pimping for a refugee couple wanting to purchase their HCNZ home but finding the value of the property had increased to the point is was supposedly unaffordable for them.  

So Maroney, ever eager to get her face on TV, is prepared to parade her hypocrisy for all to see.   Point #1 Sue ... thought your once great Party was opposed to the sell-off of HCNZ stock per se so why are you going into bat for them and #2 given that I've listened to the angry one and his side-kick Twyford bang on about the government selling HCNZ properties at below the market valuation how can you possibly promote this as a shock, horror story?

Guess the side-bar to this is why TV1 News thought the story was worth giving oxygen to.    Here we have a family properly housed and paying a below market rental for that privilege ... a property I guess any number of people would give their back teeth for.   So they can't afford to buy it ... I can't afford to buy the property just down the road from me with elevated 270 degrees looking out over the BoI.

Sue Maroney hypocrite and TV1 an accessory to hypocrisy ... fits.


10:30

Heather dPA misses the point Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Right up top, we’ll acknowledge that Scarlette could’ve done things a lot better. She shouldn’t have danced for the Chiefs without security. She shouldn’t have allegedly brokered extra payment for extra jobs. She shouldn’t have taken a single step closer to them when she realised these boys were as drunk as she claims they were. […]

10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Gentle Art of Political Taxidermy Charles Waterton “Squire” Charles Waterton, 27th Lord of Walton Hall (Yorkshire, England), hated being called an eccentric, but an eccentric he was. He liked to get under the dinner table and bite the legs of his guests like a dog; he walked barefoot in the tropical forests of British […]

09:30

Fat Tony is on fire Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams is on fire. His latest column in the HB Today is about holding the ratbags in the Hawkes Bay to account these elections. It looks like the Hawke’s Bay water contamination scandal and the proposed Ruataniwha dam scheme have morphed into one issue in many people’s minds and will influence the […]

08:30

Our Police are awesome. Not that the Labour party want you to think that Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Allegations of misconduct against 135 police officers have been upheld this year – and although 20 have left the force, none have been sacked. Sigh Official figures released earlier this month show almost 1700 complaints were made against officers and police employees, relating to 1312 incidents, from January through until June. Violence, sexual misconduct and […]

08:00

Nick Smith could undermine this Government with his refusal to consult with stakeholders Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Chief executive Dion Tuuta says Dr Smith has handled the whole process poorly with a lack of consultation. On a matter of principle the Kermadec proposal was worse than the foreshore and seabed scrap of the early 2000s, which was about right to go to court to test ownership rights, he told TV3’s The Nation […]

07:30

Dodgy teacher didn’t quite get fully registered. This could be a good sign Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Steven David Elms started teaching at Te Kuiti Primary School in 2014 but by the end of the first term it was perceived he was overfamiliar with the children, the New Zealand Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal says in a recent decision. Elms was accused of tickling, hugging and playing bullrush with the students. He was also […]

07:00

Who am I? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

06:30

Why does Phil Goff hang around with dodgy, corrupt, convicted ratbags? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Corrupt former Labour party candidate was in the news again last week for more ratbag behaviour. He is a darling of the Labour party however and in the past both Goff and his putative replacement in MT Roskill Michael Wood have enjoyed being seen with him. But what we can reveal today after information via […]

06:00

Trotter on bogus polls Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The other day we gave Chris Trotter sledge of the day. He was linking to his own post on the bogus polls: ANDREW LITTLE has described the latest One News-Colmar Brunton poll as “bogus”. He insists that “other polls” show the Labour Party doing much better than Colmar Brunton’s figure of 26 percent. It’s a […]

05:30

Labour Party server hacked, for real this time Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I won’t be so mean as to mock the Labour Party, but they should probably go to the World’s Greatest Sysop at The Standard and get some advice on how to clean their compromised server up, and then shut the door. It truly is one of those “there for the grace of God go I” […]

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there […]

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is… arrogate (verb) – 1. To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate. 2. To ascribe on behalf of another in an unwarranted manner: Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1530s, from Latin arrogatus, past participle of arrogare “to claim for oneself”.

04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 17 4Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.

Saturday, 17 September

18:00

Today’s Trivia Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to Daily Trivia. A swarm of 20,000 bees once followed a car for two days because their queen was trapped inside the car. (Source)   Ancient Persians decided something while drunk, they had a rule to reconsider it when sober and if they made a decision sober, they would reconsider it while drunk. (Source)   […]

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t 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. […]

15:45

All Blacks vs Springboks Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hi fellow multi-screening tragics.  This is our post for the night.  Just respect the people in Backchat – no rugby talk, no scores, no final result.  Not even when the game is over, just in case someone’s watching later. Bragging rights are back up for grabs:  get your scores in before the game starts.

15:30

University of Auckland and Ministry of Youth Development want to ignore personal responsibility Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Your taxes paid for this mumbo-jumbo: Apparently, obesity in Maori is because of colonisations, racism and many other factors, none of which are the fat bastard’s own personal responsibility. How much were the troughers paid to make this video that exploits children to absolve adults of personal responsibility? It’s like the Waikato professor who blamed […]

15:00

Is “independent” Phil Goff really just a Labour plant in a bigger plan Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rob Hosking sees a nefarious rationale behind Phil Goff’s candidacy in Auckland: Mr Goff’s weak points are twofold. One, is he is more tribally Labour, at a national level, than incumbent Len Brown. Labour is targeting the council of the country’s main city, along with Wellington, (it already has Christchurch in the bag). Denuded of […]

14:30

Quelle surprise, ratbag councillor says one thing in public does quite another privately Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hawkes Bay Regional Councillor Cynthia Bowers is a piece of work. She has featured on WOBH before as nominee for Dodgiest Local Body Politician. She is also a supporter of the Dodgy Socialist Dam. So it is no surprise to find out her socialism extends to voting in secret to support a water bottling company […]

14:00

Red Claire speaks the truth about Labour Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Red Claire is having kittens and resigning herself to 3 more years of a National government. The Kermadecs stoush overshadowed what was otherwise a very good week for National. It was having a reprieve from the relentless headlines about housing, it unveiled big moves in core bread and butter areas this week: family violence, Auckland […]

13:30

Nanny Phil now wants to tax your supermarket bags Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

One of the most pressing issues of this campaign appears to be the use of plastic shopping bags in supermarkets. It must be very serious because Phil Goff, the front-runner, now wants to tax or ban plastic shopping bags. Auckland should follow the United Kingdom and charge about 10 cents for plastic supermarket bags, says […]

13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

—disorderly conduct— from Gabriel Reuben on Vimeo.

12:30

Read this comic to learn more about the ” Islamic State” Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I used to use Shakespeare comics to help students grasp the key points of Shakespeare.They helped make a complex play easier to understand. It was the same reasoning behind the brilliant series Horrible Histories that both our children loved. They learned more history reading those books and comics than they ever did at school. A […]

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:30

Losing Maori support too high a price for Key, but he remains staunch Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A year ago the Prime Minister used a trip to New York to announce that 620,000sq km of sea around the islands would be closed forever to fishing and ocean-floor mining. The United Nations General Assembly learned about the sanctuary plan before New Zealand was told, and even before John Key informed his own caucus. […]

11:00

Caption Contest Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

You know what to do, nice, not nasty.  Give the moderators a day off.  Use the link provided or use photoshop and then share the results below.

10:30

Len 2.0 just showing up for the money Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

John Roughan writes The council gets to discuss big amorphous principles such as environmental sustainability, community engagement and land-use planning objectives but once they have decided these are a good thing, they have to let the officers decide how, where, when and under what conditions they might be put into operation. Anyone who doubts this […]

10:00

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Tosher’s, and Cesspool-Sewermen If you wake up on a Monday morning cursing your job and moaning about your boss, spare a thought for the East Enders of Victorian times – and thank your lucky stars you don’t have to scrape a living as a tosher, a mudlark, a scavenger or a riverman. There is no […]

09:54

Dopey Media Gazzumped by Trump No Minister

In most election campaigns there is at least one moment of supreme humour.

Such was the case yesterday as Donald Trump showed why he is a billionaire and the 'media hacks' are mediocre morons.

From Powerline (You won't see this story in the NYT or WAPO or on cable news)

Last night Trump's campaign issued a statement to the effect that he now believes Obama was born in the USA.

This morning,Trump tweeted "I am now going to the brand new Trump International, Hotel D.C. for a major statement."

The TV networks cleared their regular programmes and went live to the hotel to broadcast Trump's humiliation.   Instead they broadcast live, to millions of viewers, one after another senior military officers, praising the soon to be President Trump.

Millions of dollars worth of TV time and Trump didn't have to pay a penny.  Just called in the gullible suckers who were hoist on their own partisan zeal..

09:52

UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA No Minister

This article from the New York Times five days ago.  Interesting analysis. Long but well worth reading.  


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Is North Korea irrational? Or does it just pretend to be?

North Korea has given the world ample reason to ask: threats of war, occasional attacks against South Korea, eccentric leaders and wild-eyed propaganda. As its nuclear and missile programs have grown, this past week with a fifth nuclear test, that concern has grown more urgent.

But political scientists have repeatedly investigated this question and, time and again, emerged with the same answer: North Korea’s behavior, far from crazy, is all too rational.

Its belligerence, they conclude, appears calculated to maintain a weak, isolated government that would otherwise succumb to the forces of history. Its provocations introduce tremendous danger, but stave off what Pyongyang sees as the even greater threats of invasion or collapse.

Denny Roy, a political scientist, wrote in a still-cited 1994 journal article that the country’s reputation as a crazy state and for reckless violence had worked to North Korea’s advantage, keeping more powerful enemies at bay. But this image, he concluded, was largely a product of misunderstanding and propaganda.

In some ways, this is more dangerous than irrationality. While the country does not want war, its calculus leads it to cultivate a permanent risk of one — and prepare to stave off defeat, should war happen, potentially with nuclear weapons. That is a subtler danger, but a grave one.

When political scientists call a state rational, they are not saying its leaders always make the best or most moral choices, or that those leaders are paragons of mental fitness. Rather, they are saying the state behaves according to its perceived self-interests, first of which is self-preservation.
When a state is rational, it will not always succeed in acting in its best interests, or in balancing short-term against long-term gains, but it will try. This lets the world shape a state’s incentives, steering it in the desired direction.

States are irrational when they do not follow self-interest. In the “strong” form of irrationality, leaders are so deranged that they are incapable of judging their own interests. In the “soft” version, domestic factors — like ideological zeal or internal power struggles — distort incentives, making states behave in ways that are counterproductive but at least predictable.

North Korea’s actions abroad and at home, while abhorrent, appear well within its rational self-interest, according to a 2003 study by David C. Kang, a political scientist now at the University of Southern California. At home and abroad, he found, North Korean leaders shrewdly determined their interests and acted on them. (In an email, he said his conclusions still applied.)

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