We’re throwing a party: Whaleoil’s “Decade of Dirt”

DECADE OF DIRT

(They say “Dirty Politics” like it’s a bad thing!)

As you may have gathered, Wednesday June 10th marks our tenth birthday.  Cameron Slater will have been blogging for ten years on that very day.

It’s a celebration.  Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him.   John Key is the latest to give it go, and I can assure you it won’t help him at all.

So much has happened over the last ten years.   What on earth should we do to celebrate this millstone milestone?

So we sat down, and had a think.  And we thought:  politicians come and go, and we praise them and rip them apart.  But if there has been once constant pain in the butt through the last ten years who loathes Whaleoil as much as we loathe him, it has to be Winston Peters.

So we decided to ask him to MC our Decade of Dirt event for us.    And guess what he said?

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Dirty Deeds Done with Sheep: Random Impertinent Questions

1. What is the NZ Middle East Business Council?

2. When was it set up and why?

3. What is the role of Michelle Boag in the MEBC?

4. What is Michelle Boag’s expertise in international trade?

5. What is Michelle Boag’s expertise in the Middle East and had she ever been there before taking up her role at the MEBC?    Read more »

Bridges flips bird to Brown

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Len Brown exaggerates yet again the ‘need for the tunnel in down town Auckland with stories of crowded train platforms at Britomart.

Hints of wailing and gnashing of teeth and people unable to get home.

Britomart users may soon have to jostle their way through crowded platforms to get on to backed-up rush-hour trains, Auckland Mayor Len Brown warns, highlighting the “critical” need for the City Rail Link.

In the 12 months to April, rail use in Auckland increased 22 per cent, but Transport Minister Simon Bridges said there was still a way to go before usage reached the threshold at which the Government would consider helping fund the $2.5 billion project before 2020.

Mr Brown said the Britomart Transport Centre would face serious congestion problems by 2018 if the “stunning acceleration” of rail use continued – meaning a gridlocked city rail system and increasingly crowded platforms for passengers.

“At this rate, Auckland will meet the Government’s patronage threshold for financial support for the CRL early in 2017, three years earlier than projected. Growth has been accelerating since late 2013,” Mr Brown said.

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Waste of time, money and effort

Another example of money wasting is exposed at Auckland Council.

At a time when every cent counts as the city frowns under the pressure of growth – the clowns at Auckland Council have entered the city into a childish competition that could win it a medal.

Even my good friend John Key has joined in the folly.

Auckland is vying for the “Olympics” of world city prizes at a cost of up to $130,000 for ratepayers.

Prime Minister John Key is among those who have nominated Auckland for next year’s Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, which comes with a cash prize of $285,000, a gold medallion and a certificate.

Auckland is one of about 40 city nominees, which will get whittled down to a shortlist of three-to-five cities in late July.

New York, Bilbao in Spain and the Chinese city of Suzhou have won the biennial international award that began in 2010 and honours outstanding achievements leading to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable cities.   Read more »

Sign of the Day

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Photo Of The Day

Photo:  James Stanfield in the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Zabrze.

Photo: James Stanfield in the Silesian Centre for Heart Diseases in Zabrze.

Zbigniew Religa, after extremely long hours in the operating room, staff shortages and sophisticated machinery, the sleepless Religa sits guard beside his patient, anxiously watching the progress of the monitors that were connected to him.

After 23 hours and 22 rolls of film, photographer Jim Stanfield knew he got the perfect shot. He’d captured the anxious eyes of Dr. Zbigniew Religa tracking the vital signs of a heart-transplant patient. “I never let him out of my sight, never turned my back on him,” he says. “This was the payoff.”

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. DARROCH BALL to the Minister for Social Development: Does she agree with the Minister of Finance when he said of the delivery of social services, “There is no evidence at all that contracting out, as the member calls it, will reduce service provision.”?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in the Minister for Building and Housing, given that the Minister is considering building houses in Auckland on the site of an electrical substation?
  3. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Finance: How does Budget 2015 continue the Government’s plan to manage spending and start paying down debt?
  4. MARAMA FOX to the Minister of Local Government: What advice has she received through report back from officials in March this year about Māori participation in local government processes, and what consideration, if any, has been given by her as a result of that advice?
  5. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “we would expect to be able to continue to expand the use of user charges”; if so, what further user charges will he introduce? Read more »

Another from the science wasn’t really settled after all files

For years we have been told the science is settled…in climate change. In every other scientific discipline the science is constantly changing. But for climate change we are told the science is settled.

it is also ironic because the warmists who insist that also refuse to accept other science out there like genetic modification, despite that being settled too.

Another area where we are constantly told the science is settled and we should listen to people, especially if they are trying to ban something or prevent us from using it because they know best is in the food industry.

For years we have been told that salt is bad for us (it isn’t, doctors use saline solution after all), butter is bad, eggs are bad, sugar is bad…everything is bad for us and must be controlled, managed and more importantly taxed.

Except it was all wrong…the science wasn’t settled.

For decades they have been blacklisted as foods to avoid, the cause of deadly thickening of the arteries, heart disease and strokes.

But the science which warned us off eating eggs – along with other high-cholesterol foods such as butter, shellfish, bacon and liver – could have been flawed, a key report in the US has found.

Foods high in cholesterol have been branded a danger to human health since the 1970s – a warning that has long divided the medical establishment.    Read more »

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Great news! Unrestricted oil exploration can start in 15 years – or sooner?

New research suggests New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins – the smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world – could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up.

According to new estimates just 43-47 individuals, including about 10 mature females, are left.

The study is being presented at a meeting of the scientific committee of the International

“These new figures are a loud wakeup call: New Zealand has to abandons its current stance, which places the interests of the fishing industry above biodiversity conservation, and finally protect the dolphins’ habitat from harmful fishing nets, seismic airgun blasts and oil and gas extraction,” said Dr Barbara Maas, Nabu’s head of endangered species conservation.

Unless this happened, Dr Maas said the dolphin’s extinction was ”a matter of when, not if”.

I have a better plan.   Instead of trying to save a genetic aberation from certain extinction, let’s just leave them to it.   If they make it, fine.  If they don’t we have some oil exploration to get on with.   Read more »