Thursday nightCap

The new elite, and you won’t believe where they are from and how young they are.

Having a world record is one thing, but the pointless training that goes into them…


Today’s Trivia


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There is a small village in Japan that invented the practice of rice paddy art whereby 4 different strains of rice are planted in a pattern so that they form a picture once the rice matures. (source)   Read more »

66,000 coffee cups

All I can do is think “some tax or rate payers probably paid through the nose for this”


An actual slow motion car wreck

Caution:  language


Daily Roundup

Another busy day, so a very small Roundup


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If there is one thing Phillip Smith achieved, it’s that he made a lot of people look like numpties


When will the facepalming stop?

Murderer and sex offender Phillip Smith swindled $26,700 in student living costs while housed at public expense in prison.

The Ministry for Social Development has confirmed it has been trying to recover the payments. But Department of Corrections officials were unaware of the scam until yesterday. Read more »

OK, forget all the other issues, THIS will make you really mad

Police are considering a zero tolerance approach to holiday speeds.

In case that isn’t clear, it means you’ll get a speeding ticket at 51 km/h and 101 km/h (or whatever is over the local limit)

Anyone exceeding the speed limit this summer can expect to be pulled over as police move towards zero tolerance of speeding.

It comes after police ran a successful campaign last summer where fatalities over the summer period, from December 1 to January 31, dropped 22 per cent while police operated in a 4kmh speeding tolerance.

However, police also issued more than 200,000 tickets for people speeding between 1kmh and 10kmh over the limit – more than five times the same period the previous year when the reduced tolerance was not in force, a police report into the Safer Summer campaign showed.

The tickets totalled more than $6 million in fines, an increase of about $5m from the previous years.

Total speeding ticket numbers were also up from 134,813 to 308,580.

But the reduced tolerance also helped prevent crashes, with 201 less minor injury crashes, 21 less serious injury crashes, and 11 less fatal crashes.

Police assistant commissioner, road policing, Dave Cliff said it was time the focus shifted away from thinking about a speed tolerance and towards driving to the conditions and the speed limit.

This is absolutely silly.  Why don’t the Police make us all walk instead?   That way there will be no crashes.  It is all very well to say that 100 km’h saves lives and crashes, but so will 90.  And 80.   And 70.  Why stop there?   Read more »

The fun never stops

From: James Codyre <[email protected]>
Date: Nov 27, 2014 1:51 PM
Subject: Whale Oil Contact submission
To: [email protected]

Name: James Codyre

Email: [email protected]

Message: What a totally disgusting blob of crap a former president of
the National Party spawned.I think they threw the baby away and raised
a pile of dung! Read more »