As predicted the Dodgy Socialist Dam is going to turn into a bun fight at the ballot box

When Councils ride rough shod over ratepayers and the politicians vote with their wallets and not with the interests of those paying the bills there will be electoral consequences.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council has poured millions into a dodgy socialist dam proposal that simply doesn’t stack up economically or environmentally.

Now the push back is starting.

The battle over the Ruataniwha Dam project is moving to the ballot box.

Newly reelected Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the iwi’s opposition to the $333 million scheme to irrigate part of central Hawke’s Bay has got wide support.

He says Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and its regional investment company aren’t listening to the wider community, which opposes the project of economic, cultural and environmental grounds.

The council is up for election in October.   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

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Today’s face of the day Sadiq Khan is about to be elected as London’s first Muslim Mayor. He has defended Islamists, 9/11 terrorists, and is endorsed by anti-Semites.

Londoners go to the polls on Thursday to choose a replacement for the outgoing Mayor, Boris Johnson MP. Despite the fact the Labour Party is currently mired in an anti-Semitism scandal, if all things remain equal, expect the party’s candidate Sadiq Khan MP to be confirmed in the early hours of Friday morning.
Mr. Khan, 45, has had a successful career in the Labour Party…

The many concerns raised about Mr Khan include:

A letter to the Guardian in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings on London, blaming terrorism on British Government policy;
His legal defence of Zacarias Moussaoui, a 9/11 terrorist who confessed to being a member of Al Qaeda;
His chapter in a book, entitled ‘Actions Against the Police’ which advises on how to bring charges against the police for “racism”. This is the same police force that Mr. Khan as London mayor would exercise authority over;
His defence of Islamist extremist Azzam Tamimi. When Dr. Tamimi told a crowd that the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed would “cause the world to tremble” and predicted “Fire… throughout the world if they don’t stop”, Mr. Khan, who shared a platform with him, dismissed the threats as “flowery language”;
His platform-sharing with Suliman Gani, a south London imam who has urged female subservience to men, and called for the founding of an Islamic state.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

gimcrack (noun) – A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw.

(adj) – Cheap and tasteless; gaudy.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Also jimcrack, “trifle, knick-knack,” by circa 1820, earlier “mechanical contrivance” (1630’s), originally “showy person” (1610’s), of uncertain origin. Perhaps an alteration of Middle English gibecrake, the name of some kind of ornament on wooden furniture (mid-14th century), which is perhaps from Old French giber “to rattle, shake” + some special sense of Middle English crak “sharp noise, crack.” In 18th – 19th century gimcrack also could mean “person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances.”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5

1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel.

Thursday nightCap

Do you feel like a 2m tall Japanese Cat that’s a woman that feels like man?

Today’s Trivia

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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?

Spiders use body fluid pressure (hydraulics) to move their legs. (Source)

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So… he’s just really good at falling then

Back to basics: let’s get the omelette right