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Tourists won’t have to prove they can drive safely

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File / not this specific accident

Forcing tourists to take driving tests would risk retaliatory action from other countries, Prime Minister John Key says.

Questioned by media on Tuesday about tourists causing road accidents , he said the situation had improved.

“They still represent a very small number of those involved in serious accidents,” he said.

“A lot of work has gone on, airlines are running safety videos, car rental companies are doing a lot around trying to educate people, there is a great deal more information.”

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What is the difference between #blacklivesmatter and #whitelivesmatter?

The difference is simple. One is a very large national organisation that is given lots of positive coverage in the media and the other is a small pseudo organisation made up of a number of even smaller groups that is given only negative coverage in the media.  One is promoted as a liberation movement  while the other is painted as a supremacist movement.One has been responsible for serious and widespread violence and vandalism and the other has been declared a race hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre.

I did some research to find out more about both groups and discovered that only Black Lives Matter was a genuine movement. It is a National movement organised into chapters. White Lives Matter is made up of groups that already existed rather than groups that came into existence because of a new movement. They do not seem to be united or organised and unlike Black Lives Matter have achieved nothing of any significance. It appears that they are using the hashtag #Whitelivesmatter as a rallying cry to try to grow and bring together their different groups.

Unlike Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter do not have a website that can be easily found on google and Rebecca Barnette who is claimed by media to be a White Lives Matter activist, is the head of the women’s division of the American white supremacist National Socialist Movement’s according to their website.It seems to me that the media are actively promoting white supremacist groups as representing a movement that doesn’t actually exist in order to discredit anyone who has a problem with the racism and lies spread by the Black Lives Matter movement.

In a nutshell, the White Lives Matter hashtag was a reaction to Black Lives Matter activism on social media but it is not really a genuine organisation. Black Lives Matter, on the other hand, has evolved into a well organised America wide movement.

Here is a selection of some of the things that each movement have achieved.

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Little Watch: he’s half way there

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It seems he’s found his confidence again and he’s out and about a little more:  Read more »

Bugger it… agreeing with Winston… again

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NZ First leader Winston Peters says a move to set up a new ethnicity-based political party for Asian and Indian immigrants is a “an extraordinary demand” which will harm New Zealand.

The People’s Party has been set up and acting leader Rohan Nauhria told RNZ it would campaign on issues such as crime and was aiming to get into Parliament by focusing on the Indian and other Asian communities.

The announcement of the People’s Party got a frosty reception from NZ First leader Winston Peters who said race-based parties were bad news. Read more »

So, how’d that Game Changer work out for you?

Whaleoil Bin Loading

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Not sure if you caught the story yesterday, but Cam’s rubbish bin had been taken from the street, full, while all his neighbours’ bins were still there.  Also full.

If you are Cameron Slater, your reaction is “I’m not sure I should be paranoid,  but….”

I am happy to report that it turned out to be a clerical error.  They were meant to collect a neighbour’s bin instead.

So, no dumpster diving.  No surprise revelations at court (Cam Slater DOES eat green vegetables m’lord!).  And no Dirty Politics II – the Dirtiest yet.

We’re both relieved and disappointed.

Those Maori girls dodged a bullet, so to speak

December 2015

Chris Brown has cancelled his New Zealand concert just over two weeks before it was due to take place.

He has also scrapped four Australian tour dates.

Brown caused a stir when he announced plans to visit New Zealand, with anti-violence groups speaking out against his trip because of his conviction for assaulting a former partner. But he gained the support of several high-profile Maori women.

Today:  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.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the Day

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Otaki have new Labour candidate in Rob McCann,  Rob has a family, Jo and two boys.  Labour are clearly trying to shake of the bad luck that the previous Labour MP for Otaki brought to the place – yes, we’re talking about none other than Darren “Swiss Ball” Hughes.

Eddie Dickson, Chair of the Otaki Labour Electorate Committee, said: “I am delighted that Rob will once again be our candidate for Otaki. He has extensive community links and will be an excellent advocate for the region as MP for Otaki.

“We are gearing up to run a strong campaign in 2017 and planning is already well advanced.” Read more »