Why does your brain lie to you?

Bledisloe Cup – the must win game


Just a spot to talk about the game.

There is a special place in hell for people like me (oh, yes, LOLed)

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It’s more so you have a brown paper bag to take your dirty book away in and nobody can see what you’ve got.

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Undermining Whale Oil financial viability – Deja vu

From the mailbag, an interesting perspective on activism against business to attempt to drive a non-business agenda:

Hi Cam

I have been reading your posts on the action being taken by some on the left to have your blog bypassed for advertising.

This is not new. In the early 80s fundamentalist Christians got onto a gig where if they were offended about the morality of particular adverts or sponsorship then they wrote to the company concerned and complained advising that they would no longer support their product.

This all started when evangelists went around telling congregations that the PR/customer service people for corporates took complaints very seriously and they had stats that told them that for every complaint received a certain number of people would be aligned to that view and so they could gauge public opinion. So with the encouragement of their church leaders they wrote to all and sundry expressing their moral outrage. The corporates got a large number of complaints and took action – pulling ads and dropping sponsorship. It was very effective … for a while

Problem is the Christians got a little over zealous and corporates started to see the pattern with pro forma letters being sent in. The Christians were effectively cooking the stats and the corporates recognised that the moral barometer was not as they thought.

You can imagine back then how angry these corporates must have been. Ads were very expensive to produce and no one wants to pull an ad before its useful life has been spent. So the reaction of corporates was to identify the letter bombers and politely tell them to [redacted]. I suspect the larger ones would have abandoned the complaint barometer and commissioned their own polling and research on how ads sat with the public. Read more »

Did Draft FCB make the wrong call?


Yesterday, the Daily Blog published an email from Foodstuffs saying that, as they had raised received a complaint about Foodstuff’s Pak ‘n Save advertising  running on Whaleoil, they had taken the opportunity to explicitly turn that off.

Although I fully respect Pak ‘n Save’s rights to advertise anywhere they like, I do not appreciate companies that cave in to activists with an axe to grind.

So I wrote about it.   Read more »


Via the Tipline – original source unknown


New Zealanders originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters and gatherers. They lived on animals on the plains during the summer and would then go to the coast and live on fish and mussels in the winter.

The two most important events in all Kiwi history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel; the wheel was invented to get man to the beer.

These were the foundation of modern Kiwi civilisation and together, were the catalyst for splitting New Zealanders into two distinct sub-groups.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture.

Neither glass bottles nor aluminium cans were invented, so while our early Kiwis were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night, while they were drinking beer.
This was the beginning of what is known as the National movement.

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Leftie interference coming to a life near you: powerful vacuum cleaners banned

If they’re not fiddling with shower heads, they are trying to force you onto trains.

In the EU, this bureaucratic lunacy is reaching new heights:

Consumers are being urged to buy powerful vacuum cleaners while they can after it emerged that some of the most powerful models on the market will disappear in September when a new EU rule comes into force.

An EU energy label, to be introduced from 1 September, means manufacturers will not be able to make or import vacuum cleaners with a motor that exceeds 1,600 watts.

The Which? consumer group said many of its Best Buy models had motor sizes that exceeded this, “so if you’re in the market for a powerful vacuum, you should act quickly, before all of the models currently available sell out”. The wattage will be limited to only 900 watts by 2017 – further restricting choice. Current cleaners typically boast an average of 1,800 watts.

- Psssst?

> What?

- Want some?

> Drugs?

- Noooooo!  Powerful vacuum cleaner.  Fresh from the US.  Highly illegal mate   Read more »

Sorry for being… a Cunliffe. Something we can all finally agree on

David Cunliffe isn’t done apologising yet.


Labour leader David Cunliffe has apologised again – not for being a man, but for being a Cunliffe.

On a day the Crown apologised to Tuhoe, Cunliffe confessed to a family secret – that ancestors on his mother’s side were among Crown forces who chased the rebel Te Kooti into the Urewera mountains in 1869 following his escape from the Chatham Islands.

The chase led to some of what the Crown apologised for yesterday – scorched earth tactics and the killing and kidnapping of Tuhoe ancestors. Read more »