We’re throwing a party: Whaleoil’s “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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Why are you driving in my country, Germany Boy?


Daily Roundup

My good friend John Key has decided to go for the killer blow


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New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

Thanks to all the readers who have nominated different councils for really stupid spending. Even when you expect councils to do a lot of seriously stupid things it is always surprising at exactly how stupid councils can be. They waste a lot of time and ratepayers money on exceptionally dodgy things.

First up for a nomination is the Nelson City Council and Mayor Rachel Reese.

Nelson seems to have a had a really bad run of dud local body politicians, and even though the voters threw out former Mayor and ratbag Aldo Miccio. Aldo Miccio was a repeat nomination for New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician back in 2013.

Now the cash strapped Nelson council has decided that it needs to compete with private business and run a pet crematorium according to commenter Red Eye.

Nelson City Council competes with rate paying private business. Not sure why?

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Dirty Politics journo? I think not

Giovanni Tiso is a hateful little troll and a Twitter terrorist.

He is having a bash at Heather du Plessis-Allan

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The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Two Helens

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 10 2015 marks the day Whaleoil has been publishing for ten years.   I can’t account for the earlier weeks and months, but there haven’t been any days without content for close to a decade, that’s for sure.  I thought it might be fun to go back through the videos and relive some interesting moments in politics.

I’m sorry to do this to you, but looking back does involve looking back on Helen Clark.
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The poverty scam

What is poverty?

It’s a good question since the left-wing likes to claim that some number of children live in poverty. They constantly bang on about poverty and child poverty.

But the reality is that in New Zealand there is no real poverty. Poverty has simply been redefined to suit their agenda to control the narrative.

James Bartholomew looks at the same redefinition of poverty and what it is reality in the United Kingdom.

The word “poverty” is bandied about as never before. Labour politicians, columnists for The Guardian and The Independent, representatives of charities such as Oxfam, use the term repeatedly, suggesting that poverty in Britain is a major and even a growing problem. Very rarely does anyone on radio or television dare challenge this idea. But what do we mean by the word “poverty” today? And how does our idea of poverty compare with that of the past?

Flora Thompson experienced poverty in late 19th-century Britain and later described it in her famous trilogy of books known as Lark Rise to Candleford. She was brought up in a small village in rural Oxfordshire, the daughter of a labourer. In that village “some of the cottages had two bedrooms, others only one”. If there was only a single bedroom, a curtain or screen would separate the parents and the children. The cottages were often “a tight fit, for children swarmed, eight, ten, or even more in some families although they were seldom all at home together”. The only way to pack them all in was for “beds and shakedowns” to be “closely packed” so that the “inmates had to climb over one bed to get into another”.

There was no running water and, of course, no electricity. The only lavatory for each household was “either in a little beehive-shaped building at the bottom of the garden or in a corner of the wood and toolshed known as ‘the hovel’ ”. It was “a deep pit with a seat set over it”. Once every six months the pit would be emptied creating such a stench that it “caused every door and window in the vicinity to be sealed”. As for food, “fresh meat was a luxury only seen in a few of the cottages on a Sunday”. People mostly depended on bread and lard. “Fresh butter was too costly for general use” and “milk was a rare luxury”.

Shoes and boots were barely affordable, to the extent that “how to get a pair of new boots for ‘our young Ern or Alf ’ was a problem which kept many a mother awake at night”. Obtaining clothes was “an even more difficult matter” so that “it was difficult to keep decently covered”. Labourers sipped their beer slowly in the evening because they could only afford half a pint. The girls were sent out to be servants in richer households when they were between 11 and 13.

Going back further in time to the beginning of the 19th century, many ordinary people could not afford shoes at all and wore clogs instead. People died of starvation in 1846/47 in Scotland as well as in Ireland during the potato famine. Indeed, Britain was affected by more than 95 famines in the Middle Ages, such as the one in 1235 when about 20,000 Londoners died of starvation and many resorted to eating tree bark in an attempt to survive.

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Mental Health Break

Know thine enemy: 81% of Arabs support ISIS

People say that there are good muslims and bad muslims and ISIS are bad ones…but their actions should not be ascribed to the rest.

But what if ISIS has widespread support amongst Arabs in the region?

Al Jazeera has a recent poll which suggests that the barbarity of ISIS is well supported.

Breitbart reports:

In a recent survey conducted by AlJazeera.net, the website for the Al Jazeera Arabic television channel, respondents overwhelmingly support the Islamic State terrorist group, with 81% voting “YES” on whether they approved of ISIS’s conquests in the region.

The poll, which asked in Arabic, “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” has generated over 38,000 responses thus far, with only 19% of respondents voting “NO” to supporting ISIS.   Read more »

Map of the Day

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Occasions behind Countries “National Days”

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