Colin Craig joins the left by adopting xenophobia

Well. ¬†Whip me with a bottle cleaner and call me Nancy. ¬†How did Colin Craig ever expect to work with the National Party when his policies are¬†all over the show like a mad woman’s poo?

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

Isaac Davidson has the perplexing story

Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin has confirmed that it is aiming to buy a $70 million farm in the central North Island, which would be the second-largest foreign purchase of New Zealand land.

The company said this afternoon that its subsidiary Pure 100 Farm Limited had signed a sale and purchase agreement for Lochinver Station, near Taupo.

The sale is now pending approval from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO).

Chinese buyers interested in the Crafar farms, and needing OIO approval.  Nothing new here.  Good grief.

Earlier today, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig revealed the company’s plan to buy up more New Zealand land in a speech in Hastings.

He accused the OIO of keeping the deal secret until the election.

Speaking to a Grey Power meeting in Hastings this afternoon, Mr Craig said his party would block all substantial land sales to foreign buyers – a policy already proposed by New Zealand First, Labour and Greens.

What is the¬†most fascinating thing about Colin Craig is that he wants everyone to “stand for something“, suggesting that even if it is unpopular – if it is the right thing to do -, you should stick by your principles.

Awesome right?

JUST the thing you were looking for in NZ Politics, yes?

Well, no sooner did National close the door on a dirty deal in East Coast bays and Craig started making overtures to the Labour Party.

Today, he’s starting to adopt left leaning policies as well.

What a fraud and a sell-out.

I realise a fair number of my readers identify with some of the original ideals behind the Conservative Party, but take it from me, better to find out now that Colin Craig is nothing but an ego driven loon that will do what it takes rather than later.

Of course, I did warn you all from the start, but it’s taken a while for the real beast to shine through.

 

- NZ Herald.

Best month ever

Welcome to Whaleoil

Before I get into the usual monthly review of where we are at in our attempts to take over the world, I’d like to welcome all our new readers to Whaleoil. ¬†We hope to turn you into regulars by offering a variety of interesting and annoying articles. ¬†No, you don’t have to agree with everything. ¬†In fact, if you do, you may need to consider placing yourself in supervised care.

One of the straplines I like to use is “Whaleoil: ¬†Like it or loath it, but you can’t ignore it”. ¬†Between the straw men, dog whistles and cat videos you regularly find the articles that makes you keep coming back: ¬†unique insights, exclusives, and the dirt on anyone in public that is pretending to be better than they are.

3.4 million

In October last year, when Whaleoil broke the Len Brown story, we obviously set some records that were going to be hard to beat. ¬†One of them is a 400k+ day, which we are not going to topple for a while I suspect. ¬†But that month, we clocked up 3.2M page views, something we haven’t been able to repeat since. ¬†Until July 2014 that is – 3.4 million page views on the back of 3 very strong weeks where hardly any day dropped below 100,000 page views.

Stats

Since I’ve broached the subject, let’s get the stats out of the way: ¬† Read more »

Hosking on his supposed bias

Mike Hosking writes about his supposed bias and completely destroys Cunliffe’s claims.

Right, where to start?

Last time I wrote in this esteemed organ, I proffered an idea or two as to why Labour wasn’t exactly breathing down National’s neck.

This drew a fair amount of feedback which is good, because if it didn’t, I’d be wondering why I’m even bothering to write these given I’ve got quite a bit of work on my plate these days and don’t really need extra.

One of the bits of feedback came from a Dr Michael Cullen, who for a period had his finger in the pie of running this place.

He made a good point, but I believe he also made a mistake in his reply.

The good point was the acceptance that people like me have opinions and should offer them, and when it comes to political debate this is no bad thing.

He is among an increasingly large number of people these days, if in fact not the majority, who have moved with the times and realise people who present the news often do so with accompanying commentary.

His mistake, in my view, was to then compare my role or job to that of Shane Taurima, and wonder what the difference was.

It’s important to point out here that I think Mr Cullen was suggesting I might have a certain established stance on various political matters, therefore assumptions are made on where I’m coming from.

Others have gone on in recent weeks to call that bias, but more on that in a moment.

In Cullen comparing what I do and its ensuing transparency to what Taurima did, is to shoot yourself in the foot.

What Taurima did was belong to a political party, stand for that party, raise money for that party and use taxpayer-funded facilities to do that fundraising, knowing it was explicitly against the rules and all the while running a journalistic unit that claimed neutrality.

In my opinion, Taurima was a moron.

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So why did he run in Mangere and Manukau East?

Jerome Mika attempts to claim the high ground:

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Propaganda 104

I have been reflecting on my propaganda posts thus far and have realised that I have not clarified my belief that Propaganda per se is not inherently bad. My motivation is to explain how it is used to persuade and influence us so that we are not passive victims of it.

Propaganda can be used by organisations to do good by using its techniques to get a positive message across. It can be used in an honest or a dishonest way and it can be used to get a negative message across. Cropping photos to hide the background is a dishonest use of Propaganda if we lie about what was actually happening in the scene that was cropped. Photoshopping a Politician to look better however is a relatively mild deception that the average person would pick up.Helen Clark’s image is a great example. People said she looked great in the image but everyone knew that she didn’t really look like that.

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In school I was always one of those students who questioned everything. I took nothing at face value. I wanted to know the teachers’ bias so that I could adjust my judgement accordingly. When a female teacher who had never married and lived alone made strong feminist statements that were anti men, I weighed up the fact that her beliefs had possibly impacted on her ability to find a life partner as she was not gay. Perhaps then, I reasoned, her views were not healthy and went too far. I therefore rejected outright her more extreme views and gave careful consideration to the other points she made.

Another teacher was a wonderful and inspiring English teacher. I was very influenced by him and he encouraged me to become a teacher. However one day when I was in the seventh form we had a student teacher in the class for a week. He was quite good looking and I mentioned this to my teacher in a joking way when I was alone in the classroom with him. He responded that if I wanted him to he would introduce me to the young teacher who was finishing at our school that day. I knew that my teacher had got a 17 year old student pregnant when he was a young teacher and had married her so with that knowledge of his bias in mind I declined his offer.

We are bombarded with messages every day through advertising and through the media.If we understand that we are being sold to we are in a stronger position than if we are unaware of their purpose. If we question what we see and hear we can form our own conclusions. Being aware of bias means that we can make better decisions.

I am going to go all teacher on you and give you an exercise to do. I am going to give you a number of headlines from different Media sources about the Gaza conflict. My challenge to you is to try to ascertain the Media Bias from the headline. If there is a clear bias then the article is likely also to be biased.

NOTE: Some headlines may not contain bias they may simply be factual. Some contain emotive words while others do not.

Ask yourself how each headline makes you feel. Does it colour your view before you even start reading the article that would go with it?

Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

Gaza fighting flares, UN, Israel debate truce

Shells hit UN school in Gaza, kill 15

Israeli shells hit second school killing 19, UN says

Gaza conflict: Israel ‘hits Jabaliya school refuge

Bombing damages Gaza’s Catholic parish school :

Gaza: ’100 Palestinians Killed In One Day’

European Jews face rising tide of anti-Semitism in Gaza

US-Israeli relations become more poisonous by the day

Death falls from the sky for eight children at Gaza camp

Israel posts footage from ‘inside Gaza tunnel’

UN Security Council calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

Diary: The man ranting about ‚Äėlies from Gaza‚Äô is economical with the truth

Israel is finding it harder to deny targeting Gaza infrastructure

PLO announcement of 24-hour Gaza ceasefire disavowed by Hamas

Let cricketer Moeen Ali wear his ‚ÄėSave Gaza‚Äô wristband

Israel undermining its support in the west, Philip Hammond says

Interestingly when doing my online search for Gaza headlines I did not come across any mentioning the rockets being sent into Israel or the damage and deaths that they were causing.

Also rather fascinating was this blog article I found, that was written precisely because of a headline.

It is a very revealing read as the writer objects to what he sees as a bias in the headline but to me I saw it as a clarification once more information came to light. However the new headline does not fit the Blog writers bias or world view so it upset him.

See how powerful a headline can be.

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Health Break

EXCLUSIVE: The Internet Party web site hacked

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Zealand has experienced¬†the rise and rise of the Kim Dotcom financed, ex Internet NZ Org’s Vikram Kumar managed, and political silver diva mercenary Laila Harre’s fronted Internet Party.

Due to this unexpected direction in political focus, Peter Norton and John McAffee, the men behind the word famous Norton and McCaffee Antivirus brands have recognised the need for a different kind of 21st century party:  The Virus Checker Party.

“Just like the rise of the computer caused a new phenomenon, where real-life viruses infecting people and requiring a doctors’ visit, resulted in a new industry of computer anti-virus progams, the rise of the Internet Party virtual political party concept is now driving the need for an Internet-based virtual antidote”, John McCaffee said today.

“The amount of invisible damage the Internet Party does to people’s lives is only just starting to become an issue that is reaching people’s awareness”, he added.

Just like computer viruses were laughed and and minimised in the early days, it took people losing the wedding or baby photos to these viruses for them to realise that these apparently childish games had a real impact on people.

“Exposure to The Internet Party” is leading to people breaking out in a rash due to the exposure to the colour purple”, Peter Norton said. ¬†“But that’s not the worst of it. ¬†A whole group of young adults that were previously able to think rationally and observed the world with a healthy dose of skepticism are now observed running around with cat T-Shirts on, Tweeting from their mobiles while looking lovingly to Kim and Laila – or “mum and dad” as they are internally referred to.” ¬† Read more »

How Islam differs from other religions

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I have done a lot of research recently and have come across a number of sites in the process. I found a Blog called Bare Naked Islam that explained very simply how Islam differs from other religions and why we should be afraid of it.

When we think religion, we think of a set of beliefs and life rules for people to follow. We tend to think that Islam must be similar to Christianity in that there are those who are fundamentalists and go too far and there are those who are moderates or who are Christian or Muslim in name only.

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Map of the Day

Chart of New Zealand, by James Cook, 1772

Mr James Cook’s chart¬†of New Zealand.

 

More Bullying from Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson

 

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Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Chairman of the extremely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council Fenton ‚ÄúJong-Un‚ÄĚ Wilson is back to his old tricks bullying and threatening and trying to stop the democratic process.

Ratepayers face a financial risk because Hawke’s Bay regional councillor Tom Belford refuses to declare a conflict of interest, the council’s chairman says.

Chairman Fenton Wilson made the claim at a regional council meeting on Wednesday in the latest round of an ongoing war of words between the two men on the matter.

At issue is whether Mr Belford has a “pre-determined” position – due to his previous role as a spokesman for an advocacy group – on Plan Change 6, an environmental management regime for the Tukituki catchment.

The plan change was imposed by a board of inquiry that also granted consent to build the Ruataniwha dam and water storage scheme in the same catchment. ¬† Read more »