The Superbowl of politics

Is there any politics junkie that is not watching or listening to Hillary and Trump?

…the Super Bowl of politics is being held Stateside when the unpopular Hillary Clinton pits herself against the uncouth Donald Trump today in their first one on one television debate which is expected to be viewed by around a hundred million.

The Clinton camp, after threatening to have an obnoxious Trump rich list critic in the front row, saw the Republican candidate take to his dumb phone to tweet that he’d invite one of Bill Clinton former mistresses to take pride of place among his supporters.

For a man who’s not surprisingly struggling to muster up female support, you’d have to wonder what his reasoning was, although that’s the case with most of what comes out of his mouth.

As if Bill Clinton’s dalliances should impact on his wife. If anything she’d surely win brownie points for staying with him and eventually making the marriage work.


Oh please…


– Barry Soper, NZ Herald

Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump – Debate 1 [LIVE POST]


Join us and other Whaleoil readers in the comments as we watch today’s debate.  It should really be a Pay Per View event, but it is actually free.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930–November 6, 1992)

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – –November 6, 1992)

Medal of Honour

Calvin Leon Graham was the youngest U.S. serviceman, during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour, he enlisted in the Navy in May 1942, at the age of 12. He was wounded at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, while serving aboard USS South Dakota. During the battle, he helped in the fire control efforts aboard the South Dakota, but suffered fragmentation wounds in the process. For his actions he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

For Calvin Graham, the summer of ’42 marked a terrifying rite of passage. The young seaman first class was aboard the U.S.S. South Dakota when the battleship was attacked by the Japanese during the battle of Guadalcanal. In the bloody fight that followed, the muzzle blast from the ship’s own 16-inch guns set sailors afire and hurled them into the sea while the enemy riddled the South Dakota with shells. Graham was blown off an upper deck while trying to rescue a wounded shipmate and tumbled 30 feet, shattering his upper jawbone. Half the ship’s crew of 3,300 were killed or wounded, and Graham emerged with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He was, at the time, 12 years old.

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Privacy Commisioner looks into Yahoo! Hack, but my hack was no reason for concern

The Privacy Commissioner didn’t give two shits about the hack of my personal data nor of the Media Party pedalling that all over their papers and airwaves.

But they are real concerned about the hack of Yahoo!

Spark says information from 130,000 Xtra email addresses is “at risk” as a result of a massive hack on Yahoo in 2014 that only came to light last week.

Privacy commissioner John Edwards praised Spark but questioned Yahoo’s response and said the hack showed the need for a New Zealand law to force companies to own up to data breaches.

Yahoo said last week that 500 million email customers had information stolen in the attack which it believed had the backing of a foreign government.

The attack also affected Spark customers as it outsourced its Xtra email service to Yahoo in 2007.

Spark said about 15 per cent of its 825,000 Xtra email addresses were at risk.

The information stolen from Yahoo includes unencrypted questions and answers to security questions that could be used to reset account passwords.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

Piggy Pete Rainey thinks that yelling at the NZTA makes a difference


Apparently, there is traffic congestion in Nelson…snort, snigger…but Piggy Pete is onto it.

Taking action now on Nelson’s traffic congestion is even more important, with the NZTA confirming Council will not be asked to vote on the controversial Southern Link highway, says Mayoral candidate Pete Rainey.

The Nelson Mail reported on Monday that NZTA had revealed the decision on the Southern Link will not be made by the council; and even if the business case is viable, MP Nick Smith admitted it could still be 10 years away.

“This is what we have been saying all along,” Rainey said. “Whatever the decision is, it’s years away – we need to act now. Rachel Reese told a packed Tahunanui Community Centre that she will not do anything about traffic congestion other than wait for link – this is really irresponsible.”   Read more »


Cheerful blonde families public enemy number one in Germany

Cheerful blonde family

Cheerful blonde family

Germany does not appear to have learned anything from history. Once again they are targeting people based on what they believe and how they look. In fact, they are turning on people who formerly made up the very backbone of their country. Blonde, ethnic Germans. Once again in Germany, only one political view is acceptable and once again socialism is raising its ugly head.


Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are “inconspicuous” and “cheerful”, as these warning signs indicate they are right wing and thus “dangerous”.

Depicted with illustrations featuring solely blonde women and children, the report says ordinary parents must take action against right-wing families and make clear that their ideology has no place in the world.



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Vernon is still baffled, this time over John Key’s support for Dear ex-Leader

Vernon is still baffled, this time over John Key’s support for Dear ex-Leader, Helen Clark.

Contrast Little’s stance with Prime Minister John Key’s enthusiastic championing of Clark, his former rival, as the next United Nations chief.

There are no signs the straw poll overnight will contain any better news for Clark, who has languished down the league tables so far.

But Key has been unstinting in his efforts, leading US Vice-President Joe Biden to joke he thought she must be Key’s sister.

There must have been times when Key felt like telling her the game is up, especially now a couple of countries with veto powers have been tipped among her “discourage” votes. But he has steadfastly insisted in public that the call to quit is hers, not his, to make.   Read more »

Something is amiss when you burn off your fanbois

Vernon Small goes through life with red tinted glasses, but he is perplexed over Andrew Little’s bizarre rejection of Helen Clark’s sage advice.

Even if things should fall apart, it seems the centre cannot hold Labour leader Andrew Little’s interest.

In a strangely intense rejection of Helen Clark’s suggestion that parties on the left must “command the centre ground” to win elections, Little dismissed the idea as “meaningless” and “a pretty hollow view”.

Strange, because it is truism. Winning power requires 50 per cent plus one of the voters – and Mr 50 and Mrs 51 are by definition in the centre.

Perhaps Little was trying to say something more subtle – that the centre can be owned by someone else (not John Key surely? Maybe Winston Peters?) without embracing defeat.   Read more »

This is what happens when you go dog on your mates

Like NZ did to Fiji when we turned or backs on our mates, the US has done the same to Israel.

When you are spurned you find better friends. Fiji tuned north, and now Israel has cut a deal with Russia and is improving relations with Sunni states in the region, while Obama looks on.

There is perhaps only one thing harder for the American mind to process than the fact that President Obama has been a terrible foreign policy president, and that is that Bibi Netanyahu is an extraordinarily successful Israeli Prime Minister. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, Israel’s diplomacy is moving from strength to strength. Virtually every Arab and Middle Eastern leader thinks that Bibi is smarter and stronger than President Obama, and as American prestige across the Middle East has waned under Obama, Israel’s prestige — even among people who hate it — has grown. Bibi’s reset with Russia, unlike Obama’s, actually worked. His pivot to Asia has been more successful than Obama’s. He has had far more success building bridges to Sunni Muslims than President Obama, and both Russia and Iran take Bibi and his red lines much more seriously than they take Obama’s expostulations and pious hopes.

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