Today’s Trivia

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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?

86.8% of Pit Bulls pass a temperament test – better than Collies, Golden Retrievers and Beagles. (source)   Read more »

Are you ready for this? The future of Len’s trains

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“Take that Evolution!” – Intelligent Design

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Fossy’s Gay Ute has nothing on this

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Looking back on January 2015 (yes, that monthly post)

Time to get back to work

December, January and February are always a bit of a soft time for Whaleoil as there is very little politics going on, and Whaleoil is, after all, primarily a political blog.  So as the politicians and main stream media come back into play, this place will gear up for the usual fare of hard news and opinions with a side order of satire, disrespect and the odd belly laugh.  Oh and cat videos.  We won’t neglect our true purpose.

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Whaleoil January 2015 Google Analytics traffic overview

 

When you compare that to a year ago:   Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Mailbag [raw and unedited*]

It’s a recurring theme:  when the left don’t like what you have to say, they counter with boycotts, violence and even death threats.  I guess putting up a better argument is too hard.

I’ve shared this one with the Police.

From: Sam the Man <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 1:15 PM
Subject: Whale Oil Contact submission

To: [email protected]

Name: Sam the Man

Message: Bro, you’re the fattest, ugliest motherfucker in New Zealand
and I’d love to shoot a Blue Taliban faggot like you right in the guts

Bro, you have the stones to use your real email address.  For that at least you get some respect.  But, what the hell Bro?  This isn’t the way to interact with people!  Why not use the comments on my blog and tell your story?   Read more »

Sacrifice is under rated

I have made a few sacrifices in my life. All were for family. Most were for my children. In today’s world society seems to admire those who are successful making money more than those who are successful in their relationships with people.

I don’t believe that poverty equals happiness or that wealth equals misery. Wealth causes its own challenges and problems and so does poverty. What I do believe is that sacrifice is under rated. Sacrifice takes strength of character. Sacrifice means putting someone else’s needs before your own. When that other person is your child, then sacrifice equals love. You can never under rate love. It is the most powerful motivator in the universe.

Photo: Flickr/Kelly Sikkema

Photo: Flickr/Kelly Sikkema

When my ex-husband and I divorced my economic situation took an abrupt downturn. My son and I moved from a luxurious home in an affluent suburb to a small apartment in a blue collar neighborhood. Our new home had none of the frills and extra amenities like the home we left behind. It was elbow-cracking small, the unreliable air conditioning made it heavy with heat in the Texas summers, and the neighbors were sometimes sketchy. But it was the best my budget could afford.

My son, they said, didn’t deserve to have his standard of living change like it did. They believed I should have put him in daycare and returned to the workforce full time.

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Northland by-election

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Prime Minister John Key is confident National will hold on to the Northland seat in the by-election triggered by Mike Sabin’s resignation.

Mr Sabin, 46, announced … he was quitting Parliament.

The former policeman said he had decided to resign “due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament”.

Mr Key is taking advice about when a by-election could be held, but he’s not concerned about it.

March 28.   Mark it down.   Read more »

BG2: Week 3

Just a quick update today:

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Peronally I’ve had a bit of a stressful few days, and I’ve slowly slipped back at about .2 kg per day.  It is somewhat amazing to see how easy it goes back on when it takes quite some effort to take it off.  The dream I had to hand the “largest BMI” crown to someone else is going to have to wait for another week.   Read more »