Internet party, Guernica and social retardation

Matthew Beveridge writes about Kim Dotcom, the Internet party and wonders if they are ignorant or stupid.

Their use of rape jokes, nazi symbolism and stupid social media actions is turning people off. I suspect that nazi enthusiast Kim Dotcom does’t care because he believes that the people are still blinded to his machinations and true intentions.

Does the Internet Party really want to be sending the message to it’s trade union and socialist supporters that it’s party party coming to town is going to do to that town what the Fascists and Nazis did to a town in the Spanish Civil War? Does the Internet Party also want to draw more attention to the issues Kim Dotcom faced around his ownership of a signed copy of Mein Kampf? See here, here,here and here.

The actions people, or organisations, take on social media help to build a picture of the attitude and views of that person, or organisation. The actions on social media of those involved in organisations also help contribute to this picture, even more so when the person concerned is the “Party Visionary” and bank roller of said organisation. This is not the first time that Kim Dotcom has made jokes about questionable things, or rape. These tweets are simply adding to the picture of an organisation with questionable judgement and a lack of historical knowledge.

However, it is unlikely that many of those who vote, or will consider voting for, the Internet Party, or its Internet Mana Party union, will have any understanding of the offensive nature of these Tweets. However this does not mean that they should go uncritiqued.

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They walk among us

…and know how to use email.   Another one from my email bag for you to enjoy

message:The real threat? The people that control both right and left-
the two wings of the same ‘Phoenix’  Time to evolve bro. Out of the
cave. Westminster was exposed as being a child abuse ring a few weeks
back.Kevin Annett and his crew have also just found the Queen and Pope
guilty of mass child trafficking, murder and abuse- a culmination of
years of work and evidence gathered from hundred of witnesses. They
have also exposed the Dutch Royals for holding “hunting parties” where
they literally hunt children in their private forests in Belgium,
before killing them and cutting off body parts for trophies.Within
weeks of all this coming out- an airplane drops mysteriously out of
the sky – with numerous Dutch and Crown Country victims. Oh and Israel
invades Gaza. The Crown & Cross is child abuse- and they are all


Now, Jim helpfully added a YouTube clip (audio) to back up his assertions:   Read more »

Do we need a Whaleoil Help Desk?

This week (Mon-Fri) was our biggest week ever.  It’s great.  With one exception.

Where I was able to take some time away from productive tasks to assist people with problems creating a Disqus account, or signing in, or trying to figure out what is blocking them, the volume of this has now got to the point it is taking a fair chunk out of my day.

Now, I’m fairly sure that if you can’t sign into the Herald, or Stuff, or TVNZ, nobody is going to spend time emailing you back and forth trying to figure out why.   But with Whaleoil, it appears we have a number of people that seem to expect us to do so.  In fact, recently, when I told someone after multiple emails over two days that I was at a loss what to do, and it wasn’t really my job to help him, he was quite offended by my lack of ‘customer service’.

I can foresee that we’re going to have to pull the shutters down on everyone soon.  Basically, if you have a problem, tough luck – nothing to do with us – we have a blog to run.


Contrary to popular opinion, we’re not actually as nasty as we like you all to think, and the fact we have to withdraw some of the assistance that we gladly performed in the past is simply one of the downsides of our popularity.

People are blocked from Disqus for reasons that have nothing to do with being banned, which adds to the confusion.

So here’s my idea:  A Whaleoil Ground Crew operated “email help desk”.   This is an unpaid volunteer position.   Read more »


Now here is something to think about

Just thought this might make people think.  Especially those so damn keen to paint all men with the rape culture brush.


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Mental Health Break

Tired and rundown

A Ground Crew member emails:

Came across this whilst walking the dog.

Clayton looks tired and run-down much like the Labour party!


Map of the Day


Rod Drury gives it to the pollies & tells Dotcom to “go away”


Message to politicians: Get out of the way!

Rod Drury has cut loose on the politicians and told them a few home truths about their meddling ways.

This election campaign needs more business leaders to stand up and serve politicians arses like what Rod Drury has done.

As the political heavyweights debated the future ICT roadmap for New Zealand last night, Rod Drury sat shaking his head in the crowd.

Taking the stage amidst the backdrop of Auckland’s evening sky, key political figures debated long into the night about the future of New Zealand’s ICT sector.

Chaired by the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, CEO Candace Kinser orchestrated discussion with technology representatives from National, Labour, the Green Party and the Internet MANA parties.

But as the opinions flowed and policies were outlined, Xero’s charismatic CEO reawakened a conversation which, in the eyes of the entrepreneur, drifted widely off the overriding issue.

“I find this really depressing but I’ll try to be positive about it,” he said, in his typically outspoken manner.   Read more »

Hide: “…the experts know nothing about politics”

Rodney Hide explains how it is that the supposed experts actually know nothing about politics…and uses my good friend Brian Edwards as an example.

The wonderful thing about politics is that no one knows what they are talking about. There are no experts. There are no laws of political motion. Political science is oxymoronic.

Let me illustrate how little we know by picking on our most qualified and experienced political commentator. He has a PhD, has interviewed and known political leaders for five decades, has been an adviser to four prime ministers, has spent a lifetime in all branches of the media and makes a living media training business leaders and other professionals. He has also stood for Parliament and is no sideline Sam. He knows politics, inside and out. His knowledge, history and hands-on experience dwarfs all other political commentators.

I refer, of course, to Dr Brian Edwards. I single him out because of his eminence.

Oh dear this is sounding ominous.

Here’s what he had to say last year when David Cunliffe took over the Labour leadership:

“David Cunliffe has a brilliant mind, is a brilliant speaker and debater and there is no politician to match him on the box. Cunliffe is the game-changer.

“And the proof of the pudding will lie where it has always lain – in the polls. And particularly in the Preferred Prime Minister poll. No party leader permanently registering under 15% in that poll, let alone dipping into single figures, can hope to enjoy the (© Copyright Protected – The National Business Review 76)confidence of the electorate or lead their party to victory. And that has been the situation for every Labour Leader since 2008.

“But all that changed today as well. Under Cunliffe’s leadership, his and Labour’s poll rating will begin to rise, slowly but inexorably.”

Mr Cunliffe has proved a game changer but directly opposite to what Dr Edwards foresaw: Mr Cunliffe has doomed Labour.

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Here piggy, piggy, piggy

You would think Louise Upston would know better, but this is often the way with MPs after a few terms, they simply get out of touch and the entitlement mentality sinks in.

Often it is the smuggest of MPs that make the stupidest of mistakes. This week it was Gerry Brownlee who must not be liking MPs throwing his own words about how easy it is for top MPs to damage themselves back at him.

And now it is Louise Upston, National’s chief whip, who is thoroughly disliked in the caucus, creating the wrong sort of headlines.

Would you struggle to find a hotel room in Auckland or Christchurch for under $210 a night? Spare a thought for MPs who believe a $30 boost to their taxpayer-funded accommodation just won’t cover it.

The hard-done-by politicians are also asking for 30 free flights a year for their spouses, partners or children – on top of their at-least $150,000-a-year salaries.

A review of expenses by the Remuneration Authority, which sets MPs’ pay, is proposing the amount they are allowed to claim for hotel rooms while in Auckland and Christchurch on business be increased from $180 to $210. Outside of those cities it would rise from $160 to $190 a night.   Read more »