Whaleoil readership survey results: Whaleoilers’ favourite food

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Our analysis of written responses reveals a love of vegetarian, home grown, fresh food,Italian and Indian food as well as bacon ( no surprises there )

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Map of the Day

Trump is just too far behind Clinton to have any chance. Oh wait…

Nate Silver lets the data do the talking.




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This is very, very dangerous

New Zealand academic Dr Jarrod Gilbert writes

There is no greater crime being perpetuated on future generations than that committed by those who deny climate change. The scientific consensus is so overwhelming that to argue against it is to perpetuate a dangerous fraud. Denial has become a yardstick by which intelligence can be tested. The term climate sceptic is now interchangeable with the term mindless fool.

No greater crime?

Meta studies show that 97 per cent of published climate scientists agree that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activities. The American Association for the Advancement of Science compared it to the consensus linking smoking to cancer. The debate is over, yet doubt continues.

Oh really?


The worst of these problems will impact more greatly on generations to come, but to ignore them now is as unconscionable as it is selfish. It ought be seen as a crime. Read more »

Fox selected to review the foxes in charge of the hen house



The Marlborough Express, the paper that wouldn’t publish the late night emails from “Mayor Sowman”, has announced that the Theatre Trust has appointed well known Auckland Luvvie Richard Jeffery.

The Marlborough District Council has appointed Richard Jeffrey as a consultant to look at the Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust’s management and governance of the ASB Theatre.  Read more »

Photo of the Day

Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini: From an upper class life on Merrion Square to the mental asylum and what if she had succeeded. Photo by: Library of Congress.

Violet Gibson, the woman who shot Mussolini: From an upper class life on Merrion Square to the mental asylum and what if she had succeeded. Photo by: Library of Congress.

The Woman Who Shot Mussolini

At 10.58am on Wednesday April 7 1926, Benito Mussolini paused to salute an ecstatic crowd in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. As a group of students broke into song, he cocked his head in their direction. At that moment, a slight, bespectacled, shabby woman, standing less than a foot away, took aim and shot him at point-blank range. The first bullet grazed Il Duce’s nose, releasing a spectacular torrent of blood; the second jammed in the pistol chamber.

After the shooting Mussolini, was still alive because he turned his head just as Violet fired, set out for a triumphal visit to Libya with a sticking plaster on his nose. Meanwhile Violet was half-lynched, then dragged, badly battered, into a room containing the colossal marble foot of the Emperor Constantine, there to be revived with brandy before being dispatched to prison. It was the end of her life in the world.

In 1926, at the time of their bathetic encounter, Mussolini was a splendid figure of a man who liked to display his muscled torso shirtless. Violet was tiny (5ft 1in, and emaciated), unmarried and not much loved, 50 years old but looking 60, and odd enough in her behaviour to have been twice admitted to sanatoria for the mentally ill.

The Honourable Violet Gibson, who believed she was acting on God’s orders, had just come closer than anyone else to assassinating Mussolini. She had, as she would later boast, shaped history that morning – though not in the way she would have liked. Public sympathy and admiration for the “saintly” statesman exploded in the wake of her attack, one of four attempts made on his life in less than a year.

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Housing stock renewal by National: Bad. Housing stock renewal by Labour: Good


Housing stock renewal is not wanted in Glen Innes

Labour’s Affordable Housing Authority would be charged with leading the renewal of South Dunedin, leader Andrew Little said today during a visit to the area.

[…] Mr Little said the area needed some re-planning and re-design to make sure its old housing stock met current needs, and maintained the integrity of the community.

The authority would work with the local council, including private developers that might be upgrading or modernising the houses.

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Tweet of the Day



You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth



Before the Internet it was a lot easier to keep the public in the dark. Governments could control the information the media received and thereby control the information that the public received. These days we need the Internet because both governments and the media often try to trying prevent us from learning the truth. If it wasn’t for all the YouTube channels and citizen journalists posting photos and updates to social media we often wouldn’t know what was really going on inside other countries.

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screenshot from Youtube video made by a 16 year old German girl who tells what it is like living with mass Muslim immigration.

Governments and media often want to minimise the perceived danger that terrorism and mass Muslim migration poses to Western society. They try to pretend that everything is under control when it patently isn’t. Statistics don’t lie. Facts are not racist. Does it surprise you to learn that democratic governments like Germany are censoring Youtube and that Facebook is working hand in glove with the German government to keep us in the dark? They don’t think that we can handle the truth.  Or perhaps they know that the truth will mean that voters will put pressure on them to actually do something about the problem.

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Should the government build more state houses?

1940s State house

1940s State house

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State houses were originally a Labour Party initiative but there is still strong support for them from our readership as long as sensible guidelines are followed. Contrary to what the left would have the public believe, we conservative, libertarians are concerned about looking after the most vulnerable in our society. The difference is that we’re not afraid to enforce rules to ensure that the system is not taken advantage of.

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