Another reason rail is on the way out

The lunatics, mostly of the left want us to all use trains.

Trains for passenger transport and trains for bulk transport.

Well one of the links in that transport debate is about to be severed. Which will further reduce the amount of freight sent by rail.

Kiwirail says its ship, the Aratere, may be the last such rail-compatible ferry it runs.

The sight of a train rolling onto a ferry has long been a dramatic sight for onlookers, as the train’s heavy weight can cause the ship to move substantially in the water.

But Kiwirail chief executive Peter Reidy said acquiring rail-enabled ferry technology was very expensive.   Read more »

Hard proof some “refugees” are invading terrorists

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

A handout picture provided by the German police shows a 34-year-old Algerian man posing next to firearms and ammunition in an undisclosed location

I hate having to say I told you so, but…

This is the extraordinary image recovered by German police from an Algerian Islamic State terrorist who was posing as a Syrian refugee.

The 34-year-old man, arrested at a refugee shelter in the town Attendorn on Thursday, poses with a handgun alongside a huge cache of weapons and ammunition at an undisclosed location.

The suspect, who police believe received military training in Syria, crouches in front of grenades, machine guns, gun cartridges and a tactical helmet and military-style webbing and a backpack.

He is wearing a headband with Arabic writing similar to those widely worn by IS militants and combat fatigues.

The man, whose identity has not been given by police, reportedly arrived in Germany with his family at the end of 2015.

Police said he had applied for asylum with his family, claiming to be a Syrian fleeing the country’s civil war.

In fact, they believe he was part of a terror cell aiming to massacre civilians.   Read more »


While Andrew Little was getting his feet washed John Key was laughing all the way to the polls

Andrew Little wandered around aimlessly at Waitangi and got his feet washed, while John Key went and enjoyed the Nines.

Incidentally more people were at the Nines than marched against the TPPA.

But while Andrew Little was getting his feet washed and the Media Party was enjoying Steve Joyce copping it on the chin, all their efforts have been in vain because the Herald’s own online survey shows clearly that John Key was on a winner.

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Is Little looking like a PM while having foot washed and painted?


Andrew Little is so desperate for attention he will do almost anything to get it.

While Prime Minister John Key was busy dodging protests on Waitangi Day, Labour leader Andrew Little was having his foot gently bathed up at Waitangi.

Shirleyanne Brown, of Ngati Hau health and social services, was doing the honours, joking it was “just like the biblical times”.

Had Key been up in Waitangi it may well have been like biblical times as well, but it would be more of the fire and brimstone Old Testament.

Such are the delights and carefree life as the Opposition leader. Even the security detail usually assigned to the Leader of the Opposition for Waitangi left him after the Dawn Service, free to roam at will. Little was on safe ground – his party was opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and he had not yet had the time or power to do anything to peeve Maori.

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Good news, Brexit looks more likely

The Poms have had enough of Europe.

A new poll has suggested more Britons favour leaving the EU over staying in, with 45% supporting “Brexit” compared with 36% against, while a fifth remain undecided.

The YouGov poll for the Times was carried out in the two days after publication of an outline deal that David Cameron negotiated which could change the UK’s relationship with Brussels while keeping it within the European Union.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm).  To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

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Face of the day



Today’s face of the day has earned his parents $50 million. Did Oliver buy a winning lotto ticket  for his parents? Was Oliver sold for $50 million to a rich couple desperate to be parents? The truth is stranger than both these scenarios.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

subsume (verb) – 1. To classify or include in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle.
2. To absorb (something) into or cause (something) to be overshadowed by something else.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1530s, from Modern Latin subsumere “to take under,” from Latin sub “under” + sumere “to take”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 6

21Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.

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