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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The (2nd) Great Whaleoil Census – Part 8: Do you have a current firearms licence?


Good morning.  About two years ago we ran a “census” to get an idea of what our audience was all about.  We’re going to do that again, but this time it will be one question per day, each morning.  I will attempt to collate the previous questions as we go along, so that anyone who misses one can find a reasonably easy way to have a vote or to review the results.

Although we have a huge list of questions to work through, feel free to suggests ones that are close to your heart in the comments.

Part 8:  Do you have a current firearms licence?

Not quite the same as the question last time:  “have you ever shot a gun before”, but it will show the percentage of WO readers that use guns for work or pleasure.

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Today in History


On this day, in 1936, Alan Turing submitted his paper ‘On Computable Numbers’, in which he formulated a design for hypothetical devices for mechanical calculators that became knows as ‘Turing Machines’. Read more »

Face of the day

Sir Bob Jones Photo- getfrank.co.nz

Sir Bob Jones
Photo- getfrank.co.nz

Today’s face of the day Sir Bob Jones was escorted off an Air New Zealand flight for not following the safety briefing. Compared to Sir Bob I ( Spanishbride ) am not an experienced flyer by any means but I have travelled overseas and I was not aware that ignoring the safety briefing could get a person kicked off a plane. In fact when I was travelling between Wellington and Auckland I noticed businessmen who obviously flew the flight every weekend, relaxing with their eyes shut during the briefing. Let’s face it. When you are a regular flyer you don’t need to listen to the briefing every single time.

Oh well, Sir Bob handled himself with dignity and he can always cheer himself up by buying a ticket to the Whaleoil

Decade of Dirt celebration.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

apothegm  (noun) – A terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “pithy saying,” 1550s, from Greek apophthegma “terse, pointed saying,” literally “something clearly spoken,” from apophthengesthai “to speak one’s opinion plainly,” from apo- “from” + phthengesthai “to utter.” See aphorism for nuances of usage. Spelling apophthegm, restored by Johnson, is preferred in England.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

16Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.

Wednesday nightCap

Baby steps. But the future is looking bright

People are awesome


Today’s Trivia

via wikipedia.org

via wikipedia.org



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?


The worldview of students today is so distorted that this year a global survey put George W Bush as more evil than Stalin, Lenin, Or Genghis Kahn. He came in fourth, just behind Hitler, bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein. (source)


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