The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Key v John Campbell

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 6 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.

With John Campbell on the way out, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this highlights package Whaleoil placed on YouTube in August last year.
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Watching you die taught me how to live better – Garner

by Pete


A remarkable piece written by Duncan Garner in the Dom Post today.  If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s here in full.

So, Dad, it’s five years ago this week that you died of cancer. You passed away in Wellington’s Mary Potter Hospice, after a brave nine-month battle.

You won’t know this, but I was asleep on the floor beside your bed when the nurse came in at 4am and said you had slipped away. I was heartbroken, mate – and I still have days when I really miss you.

I’ll never forget pushing you in your bed, through the hospice, to the waiting funeral directors. You died on Budget day 2010 – so I’ll always remember Budget days for the wrong reason.

Anyway, I just wanted to write to tell you about the last five years. Your death, aged just 63, gave me some real perspective.

I quit being a political reporter not long after – I realised Parliament was a ridiculous place to work and it was killing me. At your funeral plenty of people spoke about you – but no one mentioned your work or how hard you worked. At the end that’s not what matters or how your life is judged. Your funeral left a lasting impression on me.

It’s not that I don’t work hard any more, but I strive to find more work-life balance and prioritise what’s actually important in life.

We are so busy hitting each other over the head every day, it’s easy to remember that we all have real struggles in life that extend far beyond a ponytail pull, a fraudulently signed painting, and even leaking some docs to a journo because she’s giving you the glad eye.   Read more »

Mental Health Break

Comment of the Day


Richard said

Sue Bradford wants benefits lifted to the same levels as superannuation, indexed to the average wage instead of inflation.

So she effectively wants the retirement age lowered to 16?


Map of the Day

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Handing Winston more votes

Andrew Little is a political retard.

He is handing Winston Peters even more votes after his stupid comments regarding people who earn a wage and get the pension.

TVNZ reports:

Labour leader Andrew Little has raised the prospect of introducing means testing for superannuation payouts.

Mr Little made his unscripted criticism of current superannuation rules at a post-Budget breakfast this morning.

He said it’s unfair that over-65s claim the pension while earning a wage, with superannuation set to cost the country $25 billion in the next 15 years.

A Labour Government would “have to have a look at” introducing means testing for superannuation, he said.   Read more »

Sam Lotu Iiga should take heed

Sam Lotu Iiga is the Minister responsible for looking at the plain packaging legislation in the house at the moment.

Quite apart from the fact that there is no need for it due to our no advertising and closed cupboards rules on tobacco sales he should take heed at what is happening in the UK.

Even taking the soft option and pandering to the Maori party by including a clause in the legislation pending the outcome of the WTO case is fraught with danger given what tobacco companies are lining up the UK government for.

Tobacco companies are preparing to launch what could be one of the biggest ever legal claims against the British Government for losses as a result of the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes.

They are expected to begin lodging papers at the High Court as early as Friday, seeking a multi-billion compensation payout for being stripped of the right to use instantly recognisable brands.

Lawyers will argue that forcing them to use entirely unbranded packaging would amount to deprivation of a highly valuable intellectual property.  Read more »

John Campbell to join Red Radio?

The excuses keep on coming.  Apparently John Campbell’s show failed because it didn’t have enough people too lazy to change the channel after watching an Aussie Soap 2 hours earlier?

Are these people even hearing what they’re saying?

Martin Gillman, partner at MG Communications, said the departure of the veteran broadcaster is a sad day for journalism.

“He’ll be greatly missed. I think he’s the nicest person in broadcasting, so it’s tragic that he’s going.

“He’s become the scapegoat for a bigger issue at MediaWorks, which is the fact that the 6pm to 7.30pm slot is not performing as well as it needs to.”

MediaWorks’ revenue is directly proportionate to the size of the audience it can deliver, Mr Gillman said.

For quite some time now the audience for 3News, and as a result Campbell Live, has been waning, he said.

Mr Gillman believes the company is right to do something about Campbell Live’s time slot.

“One of the reasons the audience is flagging is because the news audience wasn’t delivering a good audience into the 7pm slot.”

While it might sound bizarre, the problem stems back to the loss of Australian soap opera Home and Away, Mr Gillman said. Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: FBI.

Photo: FBI.

Al Capone was a Notorious Gangster

Then He Got Syphilis and Went To Jail

 Capone’s criminal record in 1932.

Born of an immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, Al Capone quit school after the sixth grade and associated with a notorious street gang, becoming accepted as a member. Johnny Torrio was the street gang leader and among the other members was Lucky Luciano, who would later attain his own notoriety.

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