Rocket fire resumes from Gaza

I was sitting at Blue Sky restaurant atop the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv having dinner with two Israeli bloggers talking about LGBTQ issues in Israel.

As we were eating dinner Hamas launched a rocket attack.

Iron Dome started firing and I have to say it was impressive.   Read more »

Masada – One down from my bucket list

Masada   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Masada Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to go to Masada, and yesterday I did.

This is the first thing on my bucket list to have been completed.

When you see the Roman ramp and think about the sheer volume of rock to create that you realise just how impressive the engineering was.

Roman Ramp at Masada   Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

Roman Ramp at Masada Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

But what I never knew about was the engineering of Herod’s palace on Masada and the cisterns and water system. No wonder they could hold out for months.   Read more »

An interview with an Israeli pro-Palestinian singer

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Photo/ Anton Diaz, Our Awesome Planet

Last night prior to standing on an 11th floor balcony in TelAviv for my interview the The Nation I was at a concert and dinner. The performer was Achinoam Nini.

A pre-concert short interview was arranged and some of the media team I was with were invited in.

I was there, and recorded the audio of the “interview”.

You can judge for yourself from the audio, but my over riding impression was that this was the Israeli singer equivalent of a Robyn Malcolm or Lucy Lawless. A performer in love with the cound and fury of her own voice thinking that she added something intelligent to the debate.

The film crew from Taiwan conducted the interview…such as it was, more of rant than anything else.    Read more »

Man Slut Gable Tostee in handcuffs [UPDATED: BREAKING: CHARGED ]



tee hee.





I copped some flack for “going after his lifstyle” and there were calls to leave him alone.

But, you know, women fall off your balcony, and you blame all the other women you slept with, over 200 of them, of making up malicious stories, it isn’t generally a good start.

The 28-year-old is currently being questioned by detectives. He is yet to be charged.

Police released a statement saying their investigation was still ongoing.

“A 28-year-old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries into the sudden death of a 26-year-old woman at Surfers Paradise high-rise apartment complex on August 8,’’ the statement said.

Police said Tostee was being processed at Surfers Paradise police station after being arrested at his parents’ home at Carrara this morning by homicide detectives.

He’s assisting police in handcuffs about the death of this  New Zealand woman, Warriena ‘Rrie’ Wright Read more »

The truth comes out, FPA slams Hamas intimidation of journalists

It has long been suspected and revealed by brave journalists once they leave an area, but Hamas has been intimidating journalists.

It has become so bad that the Foreign Press Association has issued a strong condemnation.

The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month.

The international media are not advocacy organisations and cannot be prevented from reporting by means of threats or pressure, thereby denying their readers and viewers an objective picture from the ground.    Read more »

Some research based on silly first name syndrome

The left wing mock me because I draw attention to the affliction known as Silly First Name Syndrome.

My observations are that when there are tragic situations it often involves someone with a silly first name, leading me to conclude that a great many tragedies could be avoided if we regulated people’s names.

It isn’t often you hear about  John or Ben, or Sally being beaten to death by their step parent for being a SOCK (Some other Cad’s Kids*)

Now there is a body of research to suggest I may well have been right all along.

What’s in a name? Potentially your future.

A host of research shows just how much your name can affect your lifetime success, from your hireability to your spending habits.

We took a look at the research and have highlighted some of the surprising findings below:

If your name is easy to pronounce, people will favour you more.

In a New York University study, researchers found that people with easier-to-pronounce names often have higher-status positions at work. One of the psychologists, Adam Alter, explains toWired, “When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more.” In a further study, Alter also found that companies with simpler names and ticker symbols performed better in the stock market. Read more »

I tried, I really did, but couldn’t find a single road block, goon squad or government censor anywhere

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business

The Grand Pacific Hotel, redeveloped and open for business         Photo/ CamSlater, Whaleoil Media

I have spent three days in Fiji, a short trip transiting onto my next destination.

After my interview with Frank Bainimarama I received emails, threats, and comments that basically said that I didn’t know what I was talking about. That Suva wasn’t safe, that there were government goon squads roaming the city setting dogs onto people and breaking up groups of 5  or more, and that the media were muzzled by government censors, not to mention the road blocks and general intimidation and subjugation of the general population at the point of a gun. In fact I never saw a gun, at all, and trust me as someone who is interested in such things I was looking.

Well, I can tell you that despite asking and looking for all of these things that we have been told exists by the disaffected and the complicit media in New Zealand, I could find none of those things.

I went to several press conferences where media turned up, asked questions, received answers all without any Police or Army people present.   Read more »

Dodgy ratbag unionists same the world over, this time in Fiji

Felix Anthony, a trade union boss, who has troughed it up large at the expense of Fijian taxpayers has been busted.

Felix Anthony was paid more than $160,000 over three years as a board member of the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The amount also included the fees the then Fiji Trades Union Congress general secretary and now leader of the People’s Democratic Party received for sitting on the boards of FNPF’s subsidiary companies.

Mr Anthony was asked during FBC’s 4 The Record television programme on Sunday about the amount.

He replied: “I don’t recall the exact amount.”    Read more »

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Thanks for the laughs Robin you were the very best.

UK Government’s own watchdog critical of Plain Packaging


As the UK government has launched yet another consultation on plain packaging, its own independent regulatory watchdog has made his views on plain packaging known:

In an assessment of the plan, the independent regulatory policy committee (RPC) said that the impact on business, the effect on profits and the costs of switching to the policy all had to be fleshed out in more detail. Read more »