Faulty source of renewable clean green energy stops public transport


So the solution is?

To get in a car.   With petrol.   And get places.

Foss in charge of another clusterwhatsit


The Ministry of Transport has proposed a one-off vision test for drivers when they first apply. For renewals, people would simply have to declare they can see properly.

I beg your pardon?

Eyesight testing for licence renewals has been controversial. The majority of people who fail the tests are later told by their optometrists that their vision is fine for driving.

Studies done for the ministry have found there are few safety benefits from frequent eye tests, and a discussion paper said the changes could save up to $13.7 million over the next two decades, mainly through cutting time spent travelling to licensing agents. Read more »

Labour planning two stage referendum on Medicinal Cannabis

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

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Face of the day


New Plymouth Mayor, Andrew Judd

Today’s face of the day Mayor Andrew Judd refers to himself as a recovering racist. I am glad that he has educated himself about Maori culture and history and that he cares about all his constituents. I disagree with his non democratic views on how to address what he sees as an imbalance. If any New Zealander with a Maori ethnic background wants representation on a council like every other New Zealander of any other ethnic background they can run for council. Race based positions on councils are not okay. We live in a democracy and councillors should be voted in to office.

When Andrew Judd ran for Mayor he did not tell the voters his intentions for change as he claims he changed his views while in office. Unfortunately he and his family have suffered abuse from his community because of it and he will not be standing again. Even Len Brown has not been treated as badly as this Mayor. Appallingly someone actually spat on him!

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

valetudinarian (noun) –  A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.

(adj) – 1. Chronically ailing; sickly.
2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one’s health.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “one who is constantly concerned with his own ailments,” 1703, from valetudinary (1580’s), from Latin valetudinarius, from valetudo “state of health” (either good or bad), from valere “be strong” + -tudo, abstract noun suffix. Valetudinary (adj.) “sickly” is recorded from 1580’s.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 6

1My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger

Friday nightCap

Hospital birth – how much can it cost?


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” has the highest body count of any movie ever made with 836 on-screen deaths. (Source)

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