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Photo Of The Day

Albert Einstein

The Day Albert Einstein Died

A Photographer’s Story

 “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

― Albert Einstein

Photo taken mere hours after Einstein died, April 18, 1955, Princeton, New Jersey.

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Abbott recovers in polls

Andrew Bolt blogs about Tony Abbott’s stunning reversal in the polls:

Wow. Despite everything they’ve tried to throw at Abbott – false claims about “unilateral invasions”, heckling at media conferences, wall-to-wall ABC and Fairfax attacks, open campaigning for Malcolm Turnbull and constant peddling of false claims of an imminent challenge – the media have not destroyed Tony Abbott.

In fact, they have failed to stop an astonishing recovery, if the latest IPSOS poll can be believed. The Sydney Morning Herald grudgingly admits:

Australian voters have thrown Tony Abbott a lifeline just as his internal opponents were shaping to dump him, with a Fairfax-Ipsos poll confirming a pro-government shift is under way.

In a result set to strengthen the Prime Minister’s hand in the short term, the Abbott government has staged an unlikely recovery and, while still trailing, is now within striking distance of overhauling the ALP lead at 49-51.

Incredible. How far would the Liberals be ahead if Malcolm Turnbull were loyal?   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Thank you for being our friend [UPDATED]

Another month, another ‘thank you’ post.   Especially those of you who chipped in when the Slater family were living on ramen noodles and tomato sauce sandwiches…*  many thanks.

Let’s tear straight into the numbers.

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Google Analytics for Whaleoil Feb 2015

 

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IPCC goes into meltdown after Pauchari resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

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The warmists are in panic mode as their leader appears to be in serious trouble.

The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Pachauri said he was unable to provide strong leadership.     Read more »

Wellington doesn’t want amalgamation – the Len Effect no doubt

The whole country can see what a total stuff up Auckland amalgamation is.  Everything that was promised has not come to pass, especially cost savings.   What has come to pass is that previous councils would not work together so things that would benefit the region were very hard to achieve.

Now Aucklanders are enjoying a mayor and a council hell bent of using its new powers to commit the region to a rail network that is going to cater for only 15% of the population, yet causing rates increases that will be hundred of percent in excess of inflation on a yearly basis for the foreseeable future.

Wellingtonians don’t want a bar of it.

Submissions close [today] for people to have their say on whether to make Wellington a super city.

The local government commission is recommending nine councils that would be governed by one body. But many don’t feel they’ve been given enough information on it. Read more »

Now this is why Brian Edwards and I are good friends

My good friend Brian Edwards has looked at the terrorism/armed forces/war thing, and it is no surprise he’s come to the same conclusion I have.

…in today’s Herald on Sunday, I read that “… The Defence Force has confirmed soldiers will be given the chance to withdraw from the controversial deployment.”

This is apparently part of being “a good employer”. Personal or family circumstances or “ethical grounds” qualified as the principal justifications for not wanting to be deployed in Iraq. Apparently this has always been the case provided the serviceman or woman “had legitimate reasons”. “Otherwise,” said the Former Chief of Army, Major General Lou Gardiner, “your mates would always see you as a person who opted out. It’s human nature.”

It is indeed. But I would have thought that “legitimate reasons” for not being sent to a war zone would include not wanting to be injured or killed. That too is “human nature”. And, as a Defence Force spokesman reminded us, “military personnel are people who have lives and families and individual circumstances that mean they are less appropriate for a particular deployment”. Read more »

Brits sick of BBC pandering to terrorists

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PEOPLE keep telling me it’s the one thing I am not supposed to write about.

And my lawyer says it will be expensive.

But to hell with it all because, frankly, I have had enough.

I am outraged my country is changing and Great Britain is looking less great. I’m also sick of holding my tongue. Enough. Read more »

Husband leaves five-star Google+ review for hotel his wife and her boss stayed at

Ouchies.

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A man has given a hotel a five-star Google+ review after finding out his wife allegedly used the venue for an affair with her boss.

Writing from the perspective of his wife, the jilted husband describes in detail how the delights of the Westgrove Hotel in Clane, County Kildare, Ireland, were enjoyed by the secretive couple. Read more »