Whaleoil readership survey results: Whaleoilers’ favourite food

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Our analysis of written responses reveals a love of vegetarian, home grown, fresh food,Italian and Indian food as well as bacon ( no surprises there )

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Trump is just too far behind Clinton to have any chance. Oh wait…

Nate Silver lets the data do the talking.




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This is very, very dangerous

New Zealand academic Dr Jarrod Gilbert writes

There is no greater crime being perpetuated on future generations than that committed by those who deny climate change. The scientific consensus is so overwhelming that to argue against it is to perpetuate a dangerous fraud. Denial has become a yardstick by which intelligence can be tested. The term climate sceptic is now interchangeable with the term mindless fool.

No greater crime?

Meta studies show that 97 per cent of published climate scientists agree that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activities. The American Association for the Advancement of Science compared it to the consensus linking smoking to cancer. The debate is over, yet doubt continues.

Oh really?


The worst of these problems will impact more greatly on generations to come, but to ignore them now is as unconscionable as it is selfish. It ought be seen as a crime. Read more »

Fox selected to review the foxes in charge of the hen house



The Marlborough Express, the paper that wouldn’t publish the late night emails from “Mayor Sowman”, has announced that the Theatre Trust has appointed well known Auckland Luvvie Richard Jeffery.

The Marlborough District Council has appointed Richard Jeffrey as a consultant to look at the Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust’s management and governance of the ASB Theatre.  Read more »

Housing stock renewal by National: Bad. Housing stock renewal by Labour: Good


Housing stock renewal is not wanted in Glen Innes

Labour’s Affordable Housing Authority would be charged with leading the renewal of South Dunedin, leader Andrew Little said today during a visit to the area.

[…] Mr Little said the area needed some re-planning and re-design to make sure its old housing stock met current needs, and maintained the integrity of the community.

The authority would work with the local council, including private developers that might be upgrading or modernising the houses.

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Tweet of the Day



You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth



Before the Internet it was a lot easier to keep the public in the dark. Governments could control the information the media received and thereby control the information that the public received. These days we need the Internet because both governments and the media often try to trying prevent us from learning the truth. If it wasn’t for all the YouTube channels and citizen journalists posting photos and updates to social media we often wouldn’t know what was really going on inside other countries.

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screenshot from Youtube video made by a 16 year old German girl who tells what it is like living with mass Muslim immigration.

Governments and media often want to minimise the perceived danger that terrorism and mass Muslim migration poses to Western society. They try to pretend that everything is under control when it patently isn’t. Statistics don’t lie. Facts are not racist. Does it surprise you to learn that democratic governments like Germany are censoring Youtube and that Facebook is working hand in glove with the German government to keep us in the dark? They don’t think that we can handle the truth.  Or perhaps they know that the truth will mean that voters will put pressure on them to actually do something about the problem.

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Should the government build more state houses?

1940s State house

1940s State house

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State houses were originally a Labour Party initiative but there is still strong support for them from our readership as long as sensible guidelines are followed. Contrary to what the left would have the public believe, we conservative, libertarians are concerned about looking after the most vulnerable in our society. The difference is that we’re not afraid to enforce rules to ensure that the system is not taken advantage of.

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Moko’s killers should be murderers

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Tania Shailer and David Haerewa

Professor Chris Gallavin writes

In recent days both those convicted of the manslaughter of baby Moko have filed appeals against their sentence of 17 years.

The grounds for these appeals are fascinating, leading me to the conclusion that the Court of Appeal ought to take the unprecedented move of quashing the convictions, and substituting them with murder.

If unwilling to take such a move the justice of the case ought to be addressed by a substantial increase in the penalty.

Let’s face facts – the Court of Appeal is not going to do this – but the fact remains that they should. Here is my reasoning.

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Audrey Young calls Hutt South for National


A decision by Labour’s Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard to stand on the list only next election makes it more likely the seat will fall to National.

Mallard has had a strong personal following in the seat, having held it since 1993.

But in the 2014 election, National’s young candidate Chris Bishop reduced Mallard’s majority to just 709, from 4825 in 2011.

Mallard would also have picked up votes from local Green candidate and list MP at the time Holly Walker, who was retiring from politics.

The greater indication of where the seat could head in next year’s election in in the party vote: National overwhelmingly won the party vote with 17,648, well ahead of Labour on 10,903.

Even with the Greens added to Labour, National was ahead on the party vote by more than 2000.

Not even a Labour/Green arrangement is likely to keep Bishop from taking Hutt South.   Read more »