The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Key’s too sexy for his shirt

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 10 2015 marks the day Whaleoil has been publishing for ten years.   I can’t account for the earlier weeks and months, but there haven’t been any days without content for close to a decade, that’s for sure.  I thought it might be fun to go back through the videos and relive some interesting moments in politics.

A video like this today would be seen as a spiteful hit.  It’s all the more amazing it was done during Key’s teflon halcyon period.
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No place to hide for hackers and Bitcoin transactions

The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $US200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Ross Ulbricht, 31, faces up to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty in February of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence “substantially above” the 20-year mandatory minimum that US District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.

Another “who? me?” defence we have grown to love from likeable morbidly obese rogues.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Another high horse ACT will never be able to ride

The Electoral Commission has referred the ACT Party to the police for failing to disclose donations worth more than $30,000 in the lead up to last year’s election.

The Commission announced it had taken the step today over donations from the party’s biggest backers Alan Gibbs and Dame Jenny Gibbs.

ACT Party leader David Seymour says it’s down to an administrative error.

“These things happen, the rules are quite technical. I don’t think there’s any malice here; in fact I’m certain there’s not. It’s just up to us to cooperate with the authorities and go through the motions,” he says. Read more »

Map of the Day

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Norman takes off Rod’s dead man’s shoes

Russel Norman signs off … as Green Party co-leader after nine years.

“It feels good,” the MP said ahead of the vote to replace him at the party’s AGM [today].

“I’m pleased I’ve made the change. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done but I’m also happy with moving on as co-leader.”

He will begin a new chapter next week when he takes his place among the back seats of Parliament’s debating chamber.

“I’ve never been a backbencher before,” he said, relishing the opportunity to focus on a narrower range of responsibilities.

His new portfolios will be determined under the new co-leader – likely to be either Kevin Hague or James Shaw – but he says he wants to maintain his deep interest in climate change and green economics.

He plans to spend more time with his young family and has a long reading list he hopes to get into now that his workload is quieter. Read more »

Sign of the Day

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Nick Smith shows Len how to do his job

The Government’s unveiled its latest initiative to combat soaring house prices in Auckland – 600 properties earmarked for development on public land.

Housing Minister Nick Smith took reporters on a tour of the first blocks to be sold off to developers today, and he concedes substation sites and even land near cemeteries could be next.

“When people are paying $800,000 for a home, when people are paying very high rents [it] is a crime – that’s why we should get on, use these sites and build houses,” says Dr Smith.

In last week’s Budget, the Government announced up to 500 hectares of public land will be sold to developers.

So far, four sites have been identified:

60 homes wedged between roads in Manukau;
60 homes in Avondale;
200 on land in Massey;
280 at a new development in Hobsonville. Read more »

Photo Of The Day

This drawing was made by an unknown KZ prisoner.

This drawing was made by an unknown KZ prisoner.

A prisoner hung by the knees, hands and feet tied. Behind him a SS man beating him with a whip. Wilhelm Boger, a guard in the “politischen Abteilung” from Auschwitz-Birkenau invented this torture which was called the “Bogerschauckel”. Most prisoners didn’t survive this torture.

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Is it just me or is the new Westpac online website a dog?

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I have no ill intentions towards Westpac and their response ( above ) to my frustrated feedback was professional and appropriate but what I want to know is am I the only one pulling out my hair over their new website?



My main bank is ASB but I also have accounts at Westpac. I have always done my banking online being an early adopter as soon as the service became available. I have never used telephone banking as I am a terrible introvert who will choose impersonal transactions over person to person ones every time. I love online banking as it makes my life easy and I am experienced at using it.

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