Whaleoil Music Quiz

Spare a thought for Nige who had to do this to prove he wasn’t just doing music he liked.

Media party still hating on Trump, calling his ex-military appointments the “junta”

It seems the media party hasn’t learned a thing. They are going all in because Donald Trump has now appointed 3 ex-Generals to key jobs. They’ve decided to call it the “junta”.

They’ve decided to call it the “junta” in a shabby attempt to further denigrate the guy who slew Hillary.

He’s not yet finished picking, but President-elect Donald Trump already has named three retired generals to top posts, raising questions as to why there will be so much military brass in Cabinet-level jobs.

Trump on Thursday named retired four-star Marine general John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees several critical areas including immigration and border control – signature issues for Trump.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kelly would join retired Marine General James Mattis as Defence Secretary and retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

Mattis also needs Senate approval.

While the men bring broad depth of knowledge to the cabinet and considerable expertise, some worry their numbers threaten a cornerstone of American democracy – that civilians control the military and the government.

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Subscribing to Whaleoil and becoming google ad-free is as easy as one, two, three.

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The New Zealand Review Panel who wants to steal Christmas


In New Zealand a review panel recommended a new rule that ads for chips, chocolate, sugary fizz and other “occasional” foods and drinks must not be displayed ‘in any media or setting where more than 25% of the expected audience are children [under 14]”.


Christmas advertisements are targeted at the family group, specifically family groups with young children. We all know that the magic and excitement of Christmas morning is never as powerful as when you have children in your house. Christmas is about celebration and time together as a family and traditionally that always centres on a shared celebratory family meal.

We have never had a tradition of Christmas foods that are healthy and sugar-free. Somehow slicing the mung bean salad and passing your child a second serving of lentil pudding lacks the excitement of a roast meal with all the trimmings.

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Here is a short survey on Whaleoil’s newly introduced subscription model.

There are only six questions.

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

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Watch out Bill, Paula’s lining you up

Radio NZ had a schlock piece yesterday about Paula Bennett, where they bizarrely said she was sharp.

She may well be dumber than a bag of hammers but she is sharp…or at least her axe is, and her requirement for proper cutlery with her breakfast of eggs served at her desk (no glad wrap and a proper plate too). Just ask any of her staff she dismissed, or any CEOs of department who have been called into her office without notice and roasted when they didn’t have any briefing papers with them.

In the last few years however, Mrs Bennett has made an obvious effort to take on heftier portfolios (including climate change that she cheerfully admitted she knew nothing about), and associate finance, where she has worked closely with the presumptive Prime Minister Bill English.

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Interesting information on the road toll, lower drink driving limits and policy

Karl du Fresne has an interesting column about the road toll, lower drink driving limts and policy directions which don’t seem to match political and Police rhetoric.

I checked the latest road toll statistics a few days ago. Interesting.

I checked the latest road toll statistics a few days ago. Interesting.

For the year from January 1, road deaths were up from 291 last year to 300. For the 12 months to Tuesday, they were up from 315 to 328.

For driver fatalities, the figures were up from 138 to 151 (for the calendar year to date) and from 146 to 170 (over 12 months)

These are not big increases, but they appear to be more than mere statistical blips.

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Feel like eating at an award winning Marxist Vegan restaurant?

Well, you can’t not any more…it went out of business.

A “Marxist” “collectivist” “worker-run” restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan, closed its doors this week after customers complained that they could no longer tolerate the bizarre hours, high prices and long lines.

The Garden Diner and Cafe—previously known as the Bartertown Diner—featured a vegan, vegetarian and raw food menu that had met with significant national acclaim. But the restaurant’s business model, which did not allow for bosses or managers, promised a “living wage” to all employees and a strong union, did not allow the restaurant to make enough profit to stay in business.

Worse still, while the food earned Bartertown a spot on VegNews’s “10 Hot New Vegan Restaurants” list, customers complained that it was almost impossible to get a meal at the diner.

People frequently noted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they waited more than 40 minutes for a sandwich—and that’s when the diner was even open. Because the employees set the shop’s hours by group decision, the restaurant opened and closed at random times, leaving potential sandwich buyers totally confused.   Read more »

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