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Today’s Trivia


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Cats cannot taste sweetness. This discovery (made in 2005) showed that cats lack a crucial protein to enable these “sweet receptors” on their tongues. (Source)

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Kittens. Kittens everywhere…


Sweden gets an ATM!


Daily Roundup


Weren’t the 80s just the best?

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What the left has become


Credit: Getty / via The Telegraph

The hate-filled protests in Manchester [, UK] are indicative of a [Labour] party that is in danger of wiping itself out.

On Sunday afternoon a friend of mine who works for a political consultancy arrived in Manchester for her first Conservative Party conference.

She is 23 years old, small – about 5ft 3in – and was travelling on her own. As she walked up to the entrance a group of men approached her. “Tory scum” they shouted.

One of them leant forward and attempted to spit in her face. A policeman stepped in between them. Then another four or five officers gathered to form a physical barrier around her so that they could safely escort her to the conference hall entrance.

Welcome to the “new politics”.   Read more »

Business training for prisoners

Guest Article

via RNZ

via RNZ

An example was given of a USA training programme whereby business skills were taught to prisoners and support was provided by well dressed mentors in suits.  The question was asked “would it work here?”

I delivered such training courses in the early nineties within the Mt Crawford jail, to prisoners who attended business courses on day release and to those who had been on a benefit for a while, and not able to get a job on release. Read more »


This may be the last time you’ll read Whaleoil

The world may end today.

Chris McCann, the founder of the fringe Christian group eBible Fellowship, says the world is going to end on October 7, 2015. He confidently claims that the Earth will be completely “annihilated.” Could he be right?

According to McCann, God “shut the door to heaven” on May 21, 2011. And ever since, He has just been preparing to blow up our puny little planet. But that doesn’t mean McCann isn’t hedging his bets.

“There’s a strong likelihood that this will happen,” McCann told The Guardian. “Which means there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not.”

An unlikely possibility that it will not? What kind of half-assed doomsday preacher are you? If you’re going to hedge, don’t go twisting your words in knots. Also, it’d be nice if you could give us an estimated time and time zone for this October 7th date. It’s already October 7th in Sydney, Australia [and here!] and I have yet to see any news reports about seven-headed beasts or the mass gnashing of teeth.

Still, we should take these things seriously.  Just to be on the safe side.   Read more »