The First Muslim refugee

“Muhammad was once a refugee taken in by the Jewish City of Medina. Within 5-years, he had driven out, executed, or enslaved every Jew there.”

Muhammad was the first Muslim refugee. It didn’t turn out too well for the Jewish society that took him in. I think that there is a lesson in that story.

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Map of the Day


Human Migration out of Africa from the Red Sea

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Here’s why Trump’s 2nd debate could be an outright massacre

Trump with a gun

Paul Waldman from the Washington Post writes

If the first step to fixing your problem is acknowledging you have a problem, Donald Trump is in some serious trouble. We’re ten days from his second debate with Hillary Clinton, and while most voters and virtually every sane observer agree that Trump did poorly in the first debate, a spate of reporting suggests that his campaign, and especially Trump himself, are in a state of deep denial about what happened and what he needs to do in order to have a different outcome next time.

But that’s not all. Because of the format of the second debate, Trump stands to do even worse than he did in the first debate, and Clinton could do even better. …

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Only Andrew Little believes he doesn’t want the voters in the centre

Political commentator Peter Wilson opines

Little, in a confusing way, is trying to avoid having any labels pasted onto his party.

The government is trying to do that, using glue called MOU.

The memorandum of understanding, or co-operation agreement, between Labour and the Greens is being used to claim a defeat for National next year would put an extreme left-wing government into power.

“If you vote Labour you get Green Party policies,” says Prime Minister John Key.

“They’re joined at the hip, before and after the election.”

These are gross exaggerations but the message is easily understood, and it will he hammered into the heads of voters during the election campaign.

Not sure if it is fair to say it is a gross exaggeration.  Labour will not be able to govern without the Greens, and the Greens will want around a third of the cabinet posts.   Read more »

Happy BIRTHdaaaay GSTee-eeeeeeeee

30 years!

…we celebrate 30 years of having a GST system that is world leading and simple to apply, says Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse

“For 30 years now, the basic concepts of GST have remained unchanged since its introduction, and have rightly seen New Zealand’s GST system held up around the world as a model for other nations,” Mr Woodhouse says.

“When our goods and services tax was introduced, it was marked by three revolutionary concepts:

  • it was levied at a single rate
  • it has very few exemptions, making it a broad based tax, and
  • it was subject to extensive public consultation.

“A broad-based, low rate approach helps ensure that our GST is fair and generally free of the sorts of complexities seen in other such taxes around the world. This has made it easy to comply with and the revenue raised meant that income tax could be lowered.” Read more »


Photo of the Day

Joseph Boyle, explorer. Boyle's exploits in eastern Europe make him one of Canada's unheralded adventurers (courtesy Woodstock Museum).

Joseph Boyle, explorer. Boyle’s exploits in eastern Europe make him one of Canada’s unheralded adventurers (courtesy Woodstock Museum).

“A Man With The Heart of a Viking, and the Simple Faith of a Child”

Joe Boyle was one of the Yukon’s most heroic figures

“A very curious, fascinating sort of man, who is frightened of nothing.”

 – Queen Marie of Romania 

Joseph Whiteside Boyle (Honour Roll), whose life story reads like a soap opera, was a flashy, flamboyant, swashbuckling, larger-than-life figure, too fantastic to be real.

He was as impressive for his Herculean physique and strength as he was for the gigantic projects he pushed forward. But his cathedral ego needed fueling with praise and publicity. He never denied a story written about him, regardless of how outrageous. Therefore, it’s often difficult to separate the wheat of the real Joe Boyle from the chaff of the fictional Joe Boyle.

Nevertheless, he was a very complex man, his life divided into two distinct parts: The Klondike Years, dealt with herein, and The War Years.

His flawed personality prevented his emotional closeness to the people he should have loved the most. He probably should never have married once much less twice, for he was unfit as a husband and was negligent as a father to his four children.

Boyle; was one of Canada’s little known yet quite exceptional heroes. Experiencing everything from a millionaire mining company to the love of a Romanian Queen, he lived an extraordinary life which exceeds the imaginations of many Canadians.

Joe Boyle was born in 1867 to the well off couple, Charles and Martha Boyle. He was born in Toronto but later moved with his family to Woodstock, Ontario, sometime during 1872. He was the second youngest of four children, he had two older brothers named Charles and Dave, and a younger sister named Susan. His father was a race horse breeder and bred successful prize race horses. The children grew up on a wonderful farm and Boyle spent much of the free time of his youth riding horses, boating, swimming, and fishing.

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Whaleoil News Quiz

“Not since Len Brown has a politician been so cringe worthy”*

(*This is a note for Mr Craig, the following is not written by me.  I am however quoting it)

Not since Len Brown has a politician been so cringe worthy. The nation winced as the Colin Craig defamation trial dished up excruciatingly intimate details about the Conservative Party leader’s relationship with former aide Rachel MacGregor.

There is only one thing more fatal to a politician’s future prospects than not being talked about and that’s being laughed at. On that score, Craig’s Conservative Party is already dog tucker.

Craig will appeal the verdict and the record $1.27 million defamation payout to Taxpayer’s Union boss Jordan Williams.

But it’s what the trial said about Craig’s appalling lack of judgement that will really hammer the final nail in his political ambitions. When allegations about Craig and MacGregor surfaced, 1.6 million pamphlets were mailed out to every household attacking Williams as the source and labelling him a liar.

Any advisor would have counselled Craig against giving the allegations any oxygen.

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Why Colin Craig is pissing in the wind

A person with experience and qualifications writes:

Colin got slapped with punitive damages.  That is very rare in New Zealand.  Even rarer with a jury.

That says that not only did Colin defame Jordan Williams, but that he was exceptionally and unjustifiably over the top in his defamation.

Those will NOT be overturned by any appeal.

It also means that the Court of Appeal will throw out the qualified privilege argument, because the application of punitive damages shows the jury considered everything.

If Craig was successful on qualified privilege in this case then he would never have been hit with punitive damages.

Is it a smear campaign if it is the truth?


coat or mark (something) messily or carelessly with a greasy or sticky substance.
“his face was smeared with dirt”
synonyms: streak, smudge, stain, mark, soil, dirty; More
damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander.
“someone was trying to smear her by faking letters”
synonyms: sully, tarnish, besmirch, blacken, drag through the mud/mire, stain, taint, damage, defame, discredit, defile, vilify, malign, slander, libel, stigmatize, calumniate;

Is it a smear campaign if it is the truth?

It has always fascinated me reading on left wing blogs about what they call ” dirty politics smears” even when the subject of the so-called smear has admitted publicly that it was the truth. I refer of course to Len Brown. Whaleoil was described by them as being evil and dirty for revealing the truth about Len Brown’s behaviour and his use of council property and money to conduct his affair. Was it a real smear though? Isn’t a smear dirty precisely because it is based on innuendo and gossip rather than substantiated facts like the signed affidavit that Whaleoil had in its possession?

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