Lies, damn lies and Oxfam

Everything has got to the point of extremes and absurdity.  Charities now have to skew the data so hard to get your attention over the noise in people’s lives that they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  But by any reasonable measure all our lives are slowly improving.

It used to be that poverty was that you couldn’t feed yourself.  Now poverty is if a family has to share a bedroom, doesn’t have the Internet, or doesn’t have enough disposable income left to take in a movie once in a while.   Read more »

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A terminally ill person’s reaction to the debate on Euthanasia

When we consider the issue of Euthanasia we should listen to all sides of the debate. Some of us have experienced a loved one dying slowly and hold very strong feelings on the matter and some of us view it like a Politician with less emotion. No matter which side of the debate we are on, the views of people who are terminally ill persuade me more than anyone else because unlike you and me they are in the hot seat, staring down the barrel and they unlike us are in a unique position to weigh up the pros and cons. Australian Julie Morgan is terminally ill and she says that the debate on euthanasia scares her.

…My story of facing an untimely death has been interwoven with that of my best friend and housemate who, within these same four years, was diagnosed and subsequently died of lung cancer…As my first illness was coming to an end, her illness began and so I went from being the person who was cared for to being the one who was the primary carer….So the past four years have given me a unique window into the complexity of death and dying, of living and loving, and of holding on and letting go.

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Photo of the Day

HMT Lancastria, a cross Atlantic cruise liner requisitioned as a troop transport April 1940.

The Lancastria Bombed and Sunk, Thousands Dead

Two weeks after Dunkirk, HM Troopship Lancastria – a former Cunard liner and cruise-ship that had been requisitioned by the War Office – was taking part in Operation Ariel, the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France during World War Two. Yet for 75 years, the sinking of the Lancastria has been largely forgotten – to the ongoing anger and grief of relatives of those who lost their lives and a dwindling number of survivors.

On the morning of 17th June 1940 HMT “Lancastria was anchored some miles off St Nazaire, a port on the French Atlantic Coast. Along with a number of other ships, she had been ordered to assist in the repatriation of many British servicemen and civilians who had been left in France after the evacuation of Dunkirk. By mid-afternoon of that day almost 9000 people were packed aboard the ship when she was hit four times by enemy bombs. Within thirty minutes she had sunk, suffering a loss of life equal to the combined losses of the “Lusitania” (1200) and the “Titanic” (1513).

The news of her loss was not made public in Britain until 26th July, 1940.

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Some dildo is complaining about sex toys in the dump

A “strange” number of sex toys and used syringes with blood in them are among the “thoughtless” items being dumped in recycling bins in Southland.

In the lead up to Christmas, Southland disAbility Enterprises processed a variety of sex toys and medical waste, including catheters with their needles still attached.

And although it wasn’t unusual to find the items incorrectly recycled, finding more than 30 sex toy in one monts was strange, said general manager Hamish McMurdo.

Hamish’s collection is getting too large to store.  Plus he’s getting quite a number of double ups.   Read more »

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Question of the Day

Goff confident National will throw Aucklanders under the petrol tax bus

Auckland’s mayor Phil Goff is confident the government will come around to allowing the city to introduce a regional fuel tax to plug a looming gap in transport funding.

A three-year interim levy on ratepayers is due to expire mid-year, and even if renewed will fund only about a third of the extra $200 million a year the council needs to spend on transport.

“I’m not prepared to treble that levy and put it on rates, which is inequitable, and there’d be huge resistance to it. There has to be some ‘user pays’ element,” Mr Goff told RNZ.

Yes, because a large number Aucklanders don’t use or directly benefit from its roads?   Pull the other one.

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A NZ Politician needs to steal this immigration idea fast

Kellie Leitch is standing for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada and her number one policy is screening all visitors, refugees and immigrants for Canadian Values

She believes that people who want to immigrate to Canada should be asked questions like these:

  • Are men and woman equal, and entitled to equal protection under the law?
  • Is it ever ok to coerce or use violence against an individual or a group who disagrees with your views?
  • Do you recognise that to have a good life in Canada you will need to work hard to provide for yourself and your family and that you can’t expect to have things you want to be given to you?

Wouldn’t it be great if immigrants to New Zealand were screened for New Zealand values? Even if the values immigrants were screened for were liberal left-wing values that would still be useful. Immigrants most likely to harm our society do not share the Left’s compassion for people who are different and unlike the Left they are not tolerant of alternative lifestyles or different religions, cultures and races. I actually think that Labour or Green voting immigration officers would be perfect for the job of screening immigrants for values that will allow them to integrate and assimilate into our society. If the immigration officers were transgender or gay that would be even better as it would be hard for some immigrants to hide their disgust.

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Subscription Competition: We announce the winners

One of that standout features of Whaleoil is our readers” fantastic sense of humour. Yesterdays Subscription competition was no exception. The winning entry had both Cam and I laughing out loud and I had tears streaming down my face. If you haven’t already watched it make sure you view it now it is very funny.

A big thank you to everyone that took part and especially to Whaleoil supporter David who made this competition possible.

Prize: One year, ad-free subscription to Whaleoil


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SST’s David Garrett is kicking the wrong shins

The largely irrelevant Dame Tariana Turia comes in for some Sensible Sentencing Trust attention

Dame Tariana Turia, when in parliament, often referred to the two major Maori gangs in the country as “just other forms of whanau”. That description of what are in fact two gangs of anti-social violent criminals with values alien to the rest of society is an insult to decent Maori New Zealanders. That it is also complete nonsense is demonstrated by clashes today between Black Power and the Mongrel Mob in Whakatane during a gang funeral, and attacks on an elderly man a few days ago.

“For far too long law abiding members of New Zealand society have had to put up with gangs of violent criminal scum in their midst” said Sensible Sentencing gang spokesman David Garrett today.

“These people are ‘outlaws’ in the literal sense of that term: they have contempt for the laws and norms which govern the rest of us, and by which the rest of us live their lives. Why should the good people of Whakatane be sidelined and held up by the police so a gang funeral procession can pass unhindered through the town ? Even the corrupt Chicago police in the 1930’s didn’t stop traffic so gang funerals could proceed” said Garrett. Read more »

In New Zealand it is okay to be an “occupier ” with an illegitimate claim

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An Auckland beneficiary has been brought to tears after hundreds of people turned out to support her eviction fight.

Ioela Ana Rauti, also known as ‘Niki’, is refusing to accept an eviction notice from her home of over 30 years.

On October 12 the Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC) handed her a 90-day eviction notice to vacate her two-bedroom home, in Taniwha St in Glen Innes.

TRC is a housing development company jointly owned by the Government and Auckland Council.

Rauti’s home is one of 2800 state houses TRC has earmarked to be replaced with 7500 new homes over the next 15 years.

…Rauti said she understood TRC will relocate her to one of the new homes in its Glenn Innes development but after inspecting some options, she’s adamant that none of them are good enough.

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