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Sunday, 18 February

18:00

Trump Toon The Inquiring Mind

16:30

Daily roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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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15:00

Lets talk Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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14:30

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

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

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13:48

A SAD SAD STORY No Minister

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

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

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

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

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

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



13:30

Biter bit Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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13:15

Julie Anne Genters Big Announcement Shes pregnant The Inquiring Mind

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

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

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

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

The politicians piled in with their faux messages of congratulations.

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

12:30

Why do media keep touting Bridges? The Inquiring Mind

Is he Jacindas weapon to demoralise the right?

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was awful.

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

Leader,  just how stupid do people think we are?

12:30

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

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

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12:08

Quote Of The Year (so far) No Minister

From Fran O'Sullivan



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

12:00

Map of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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11:30

Florida Shooting: MSM Doesnt Miss Opportunity to Attack Trump Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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11:00

Changing room nudity Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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10:30

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

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

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10:04

Peggy Lee Nails Robert Mueller No Minister

Today when I read the reports of Robert Mueller's indictments of thirteen Russians, the first thing to cross my mind was this opening line by the wonderful Peggy Lee

"Is That All There Is?



The most extraordinary thing about these so-called indictments is that nobody seems to know whether the trolls were ever in the USA.   It is clear that if they ever were, they are no longer, so the whole farrago is meaningless.

The Keystone Cops even gave them a hand.  The Russkis organised a couple of pro-Trump rallies which were well attended but, just to show they are even handed, they then put on a couple of pro-Hillary events, also well attended.

Mueller and Co have spent gazzillions of dollars to establish that Russia tries to undermine western countries.  Just ask any of the hairy old lefties from NZ's "Peace" Movement of the 60s and 70s.  They would never admit it at the time but they were financed by Moscow.

Funny thing is, Mueller had nothing to say about Obama's blatant and illegal interference in the elections of Israel, were he attempted to bring about the defeat of Netanyahu.

So, all in all, this Mueller circus is the Mother of all Nothingburgers.

Due to the 'dossier' revelations it now appears likely Mike Flynn will never be taken to court as the evidence against him is tainted.  So, one wonders what is really going on here?

I'm inclined to think Mr Mueller has a pretty good idea what is heading for him over coming weeks and today's phony indictments will give him an excuse to wrap up and disappear, while the going is good.


10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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09:54

Julie Anne Genter has called a press conference The Inquiring Mind

Theories are swirling as they say.

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

09:30

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

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

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09:00

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

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

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08:30

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

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

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08:00

How Labour undermine themselves The Inquiring Mind

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

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

Compton goes on to suggest:-

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

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

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

 

08:00

ABC of Nationals contenders Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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07:30

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

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

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07:15

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

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

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07:00

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

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

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06:30

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

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

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06:00

Garner says pick Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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05:45

05:30

Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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05:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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05:00

Whaleoil general debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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04:30

Faces of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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

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04:00

Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 18 19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

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Saturday, 17 February

21:00

19:00

Saturday nightcap Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Hilarious! Readers will love the opening scenes of Christchurch at 38 seconds, complete with its Sky Tower. Apparently NZs second largest city Lots more stupid mistakes. Great New Plymouth low-cost housing at 3:55 and Wgtn housing at 4:43 Hilarious name pronunciations from a yank who has obviously never been here

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18:30

Einstein on the NRA and insanity The Inquiring Mind

The Tagline in the cartoon is Albert Einsteins famous quote.

17:30

Banana Republic? The ABSOLUTE STATE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good analysis I think of the Nunes / FISA Memo. Gives big picture background and lead up to election noting Hillarys form in use of the system against enemies like Bernie Sanders. As assisted by Obama. Is it just me or is the local MSM very quiet on the whole Nunes / FISA Memo release? []

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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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15:00

Whaleoil world MSM news quiz Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If you think that you would enjoy making this quiz on a weekly basis for Whaleoil. Contact SB at whaleoil.co.nz

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14:30

Which is our PMs real Twitter account or are all three a joke? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  I expect the Prime Minister of New Zealand to have a professional social media presence and to not treat their office as a joke. I have three Twitter screenshots of three Jacinda Ardern twitter accounts. They could all be parodies or one of them could be real. Are all three a joke? Have a look []

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14:00

Paper road Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

  Well theres a one thing a Kiwi Cockey hates and thats missing his alarm bell and waking up late cause the cows cant milk themselves you know and those Townies they wont wait, So I ran out the back to the shed one day as Im hopping on the tractor to pick up all []

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13:45

History: Thatcher on Socialism The Inquiring Mind

Clip from her last speech as leader to the Commons in 1990.

13:30

Recognition of enemies Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest Post: As a child in England during WW2, like everyone else, I was aware of the threat of our enemy. As they over-ran Europe, the Germans were but 22 miles away from us, across the English Channel. So, apart from the always threatened invasion, and of course air-raids, our fears were absent. Why? Because []

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12:47

NO SEX PLEASE ... I SAID SO No Minister

One suspects that St Jacinda won't be in too much of a rush to reprocate the directive from Malcolm Turnbull forbidding sex between government ministers and parliamentary employees. 

Were she to do so the actions of a certain high ranking married minister and his ongoing pursuit of members of the parliamentary stenography pool  might cause some embarrassment.

If Turnbull thinks that a directive from on high is sufficient to shut the gate on such behavior then he is more out of touch with the real world than I thought he was.

Oppositions don't win elections; governments lose them.   A government in disarray with the PM and his Deputy at loggerheads and that's a triple whammy.    They will be breaking out the chardonnay at 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT (Labor Party Headquarters) as I write this. 


12:30

Emperor Mals Sharri law bans office bonking Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

From Utegate on, it seems that there is never a political scandal that Malcolm Turnbulls arrogant ineptitude cant blow up into full-scale crisis. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has been shellacked for the past week, after journalist Sharri Markson broke the news that Joyce had knocked up a staffer, and dumped his wife []

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11:30

How not to help tenants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Im going to bore you all to death again with another article about taxation although it may make a change from the discussions about the National Partys leaders race. But this is something that, with all the noise about possible leaders for National and the Prime Ministers Vogue photo shoot, seems to have slipped []

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10:30

What happens when you cant trust the media? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Well for starters, you stop watching national TV and reading the NZ Herald for news.  They cant even give that thing away.  This I know from turning down free subscriptions on a regular basis over the last few years. Most of what is passed off as news in mainstream media are facts buried so deep []

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10:00

View from your window Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Where do you think todays photo was taken? We asked the reader who sent us yesterdays competition photo who provided the most accurate answer in her opinion and she awarded the prize to Rantykiwi. Congratulations Ranty. Please send your delivery address to window@whaleoil.co.nz. and put Competition Winner in the subject line. We will pass it on to Bluburd so he can []

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09:30

Sue Bradford on the Greens coalition cock-up Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Sue Bradford is on the money: A former Green Party MP turned party critic says the Greens negotiating team was inept and the party should take a deep look at itself and its leadership. Sue Bradford became a vocal critic of the party despite spending a whole decade as a list Green Party MP. She []

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09:15

A thought for National MPs as they consider the contenders for Leader The Inquiring Mind

UK journalist Hunter Davies interviewed Willie Whitelaw in 1992 after his retirement from politics. The interview was published in The Independent. It is well worth reading.

I think I would have been a fatal choice if I had won the leadership election in Opposition. Im not a rabble-rouser or inspirational. Im not good at always being against things, which you have to be in Opposition. And the right wing of our party would have made it hard for me, picking on my weak points, such as economics. In power, with a strong Chancellor I could trust, who knows, I could have done it. But I have no regrets.

In the context of the contest for Nationals Leadership the above quote is very pertinent. It would repay National to think carefully about their choices and to consider where they are now and the task ahead. Plus they will need to consider the deputy role very carefully. The appointment of Kelvin Davis, no doubt for balance and placating Maori has not been a success for Labour.

National needs to learn from history and not emulate the Bourbon Kings of France, of whom Talleyrand said, it is believed:

They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

The quote is attributed to Talleyrand in speaking about the restored Bourbon dynasty after the abdication of Napoleon, and subsequently used against the French socialists and others. It comes close to Einsteins definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

09:08

It has to be Judith No Minister

For the simple reason

If Jacinda is stardust

Judith is concrete


08:30

Trotter on Judith Collins Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Have a heart for the hobbit National party MP in Dunedin, Michael Woodhouse. Hes a loyal Amy Adams supporter and the photo above shows what he would have woken up to yesterday. Chris Trotter explains why it has to be Judith Collins and neither of the other two: ITS GOT TO BE JUDITH COLLINS. There will be []

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08:00

Reactions to New Zealands first Muslim terrorist are not original Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

New Zealand, in 2018, had the dubious distinction of having its first publicly acknowledged Islamic terrorist or Muslim jihadist (whichever term you prefer.) His plans to massacre New Zealand citizens on this occasion have been thwarted but the reactions to his evil plans and his malevolent intentions towards non-Muslims have been met with bog-standard reactions from our []

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07:53

RNZ Morning Report: Amy Adams tells Susie Ferguson why shes the one! The Inquiring Mind

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/mnr-20180215-0814-amy_adams_throws_hat_in_the_ring_for_national_leadership-128.mp3

Amy Adams respected, competent but speaks in jargon, says a lot, but much of it is waffle and fluff, she will not cut against Ardern in the only race that matters, the 2020 election based on what Adam has seen so far. More directness would help.

07:45

RNZ Morning Report: Simon Bridges on why he is the right person to be Nationals leader The Inquiring Mind

Interviewed the other day by Guyon Espiner

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/mnr-20180215-0837-national_leader_race_bridges_claims_generational_change-1281.mp3

Frankly did not do it for Adam. Talking about himself in the third person is ridiculous. He may be bright, but PM at this time Not for Adam.

07:34

Technical Note The Inquiring Mind

Adam has enable the Reblog function on this blog. Presently this is not working the fault has been reported. It appears to be affecting other blogs as well. Apologies for any inconvenience.

07:30

Pull your head in Theresa before someone lops it off Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I note with some amusement Theresa Gattungs comments regarding the Fletcher Building debacle in which she is alleged to have said, If a woman had been chairing Fletchers, that wouldnt have happened. Fletcher Building wouldnt have hit its recent bout of trouble, had it had a woman in charge, one of New Zealands highest-profile businesswomen []

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07:15

Shouldve kept it in your pants, Barnaby Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A week may a long time in politics, but for the Turnbull government, a week is just the time from one crisis to the next.

A week ago, Malcolm Turnbull was riding a high on the back of an unexpected opinion poll bounce. A week later, the Coalition is mired in a new scandal, and Turnbulls leadership and judgement are under a dark cloud again.

This weeks millstone for Turnbull is his Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader and briefly-Kiwi Barnaby Joyce.

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07:00

Tweet of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Funniest phone call to the Papakura Office today from a good Labour supporter. Shed like me to stop backstabbing Jacinda. No problem. I stab from the front #Stronganddecisive Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) February 15, 2018 That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a National party should be doingattacking the government, not virtue-signalling over Maori and []

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Newshub now acting as bad as CNN Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Newshub are fast emulating the fake news outlets from the US and have launched a fake news attack on Judith Collins based on her awesome tweet yesterday. National MP and party leader hopeful Judith Collins claims she told a Labour supporter she stabs people from the front. Ms Collins says she made the comment over []

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Fake news attack by Newshub and Lloyd Burr Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yesterday Lloyd Burr put up an article at Newshub that purported to outline who was in which camp in the leadership challenge of the National party. Anyone who knows anything about National party politics could see that it was simply a case of activism on the part of Lloyd Burr and that his sources were []

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Daily crossword Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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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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Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is enfant terrible (noun) One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In French enfant terrible means terrible child, one whose language and behavior are embarrassing to adults. From the beginning of the appearance of enfant terrible in English []

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Daily proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 17 19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

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10 Years Ago The Inquiring Mind was established The Inquiring Mind

17 February 2008 marked Adams first post and the inception of The Inquiring Mind.

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