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  • Nige.

    my theme of the day.

    Mellohead

  • George

    Well Russel, your insistence that performance reviews be required for State Sector CEOs before any favorable adjustment be made to their remuneration, could recieve my support, with one condition; You apply the same discipline to your political party.
    If I may be so bold, I will suggest a few guidelines you could use as a measurement of the Green’s performance.
    2014 Electoral seats won – 0. No improvement on 2011 election results.
    2014 Popular vote – down 10% on 2011 election results.
    2014 Popular vote – rejected by 90% of electorate, 10% increased rejection on 2011 election results.
    Networking: – Dot Com alliance, Dumb & Dumber sequel.
    You get our drift Russell, and we haven’t even started evaluating your team of no names gorging on the public purse.
    Some advice regarding your anti pollution stance: – Should you return to your Marxist roots in Australia we would be well on our way to eradicating political polution in New Zealand, however having already eradicated Laila, Dot and Honi, we feel our work isn’t quite done.

  • Carl

    I’ve seen a few people say they wish they could up vote an entire post here on WO, I found this which may be of use. (pic)

  • Gaynor

    Thanks to the poster who put up the Dave Allen clip last night … went on to find this one … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FChNBd1pQVs

  • Alright

    Stewart Murray Wilson granted parole.

    The “Justice System” treats us as though we are brain dead.

    The man who killed Blessie had a GPS monitor.

    As my arteries harden so does my view about capital punishment….

    • Wendy

      Again.

      • Alright

        A GPS monitor…that’ll save some women, child, or goat.

        • Wheninrome

          Removal of those parts of his anatomy which enable him to commit his crimes, what would we be left with – a torso.

    • Carl

      Even though he should never be allowed out we should have a sweepstake on how long he will last without breaching his parole. My pick would be he wont make it to March when he is meant to be realised.

    • mommadog

      While there is the odd person I think I could happily shoot myself, I am worried about the capital punishment as there have been those who were found guilty and then later innocent such as Arthur Alan Thomas. Cant bring them back from the dead. However I would be very happy if live meant life. That is, they stay behind bars until carried out in a coffin. A life sentence in NZ is currently laughable. About 10 maybe 15 years before they are out.

      • Alright

        …and if someone serving “life” was on parole and killed one of your children?

        • mommadog

          You may have missed my point. If I had my way, life is life – no parole ever.

          • Alright

            I agree – or change the BS name given to the sentence. Its an afront to remotely rationale people. Like a bitter pill we apparently have to swallow daily.

    • Hedgehog

      I think there is a place for capital punishment. Once you get like 50 plus charges for violence or similar as we see in the news on a regular basis, you don’t need to be Einstein to work out that the perp is past saving.

  • Wendy

    Happy Friday fellow travelers on the greatest ride in town…the ride of your life.

    Im feeling the love tonight (in a totally hypothetical way), and so I give you this for your listening pleasure

    • Isherman

      Oh that’s a whole lotta good right there….clink.

      • Wendy

        I missed a few calls today because this was up a bit loud.

        Perfect.

        • Nechtan

          Led Zep can never be too loud!

    • Alright

      You’ve started early on the love thing…

      Ok tell me Robert Plant’s favorite song?

      No googling allowed!

      • Wendy

        I wouldn’t even know where to start.

        • Alright

          You’ll be surprised (teasing)…..

          think India….

      • Nechtan
        • Alright

          Nailed. You spoilt my fun with Wendy….

          Ok. Open season on love songs…

          • Nechtan

            Sorry, just an excuse to post this version of Kashmir

          • Alright

            You did well. Its brilliant.

          • Nechtan

            Seeing we are on a Led Zeppelin theme this a pretty good love song

          • Alright

            Great!

            …..and on the otherside of the love coin there’s this….

          • Nechtan

            Love gone bad? Classic Zeppelin here,down in the blues then they drop the hammer

          • Alright

            Have you seen them live? As a 19 year old I did – at Western Springs. The percussion was so loud it made the leaves on the tree I was under rustle. It was sensational.

          • Wendy

            Love song time it is then.

            Close your eyes

          • Nechtan

          • Wendy

            Wasn’t Layla a lady of ill repute?

          • Nechtan

            Patti Boyd/Harrison. George Harrison’s wife at the time, although after she moved in with Eric, George apparently rung up and asked “hows our bird?”

          • Nige.

            I’m pretty sure that Clapton was reading a book about this “Layla”, a child goddess from centuries ago, who was also in a love triangle and that was his inspiration for the song.

            Think I read that in one of Pete Townsend’s books…but i take anything PT says with a grain of salt.

          • Betty Swallocks

            One of the better versions of this song – everybody who can hold a tune (and even some who can’t. Yes, I’m looking at you, David Gilmour) seems to have sung it at one time or another https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o8M74ufF4Q

    • Wendy

      When did I turn into Alan Partridge?

  • ex-JAFA

    Why do foreign (usually, but not exclusively American) news stories go on and on and on about the race(s) of the people involved? Why does this matter to them? Do they only have “whites” and “blacks”, and no “people”?

    • Isherman

      Yea, when was the last time CNN ran the breaking news headline “African american cop shoots armed white criminal”

    • Nige.

      yeah like the one in the uk last week where the tory mp barraged the BLACK taxi driver. Told him he didnt have as much worldly experience as him. The story had nothing to do with anything racist and the driver was not claiming that there was.

    • Alright

      Its the same mentality as calling women by the colour of their hair (“blond”).

      Designed to reinforce empty prejudice.

  • HK_EXPAT_IN_NEW_ZEALAND

    I was watching the US news, the other day on the net, seems the US Congress is looking at passing a bill to protect Medical Cannabis patients, I wonder if its time for New Zealand to look at allowing medical cannabis and allow something similar to the US

    http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2014/12/10/congress-moves-to-end-war-on-medical-marijuana/

  • Nige.

    So when the tell marketeers call you and tell you your computer is about to die….what do you say?

    • Disinfectant

      Call me back in an hours time.

      • TonyM

        Just keep saying yes. It gets their hopes up and then crushes them when they figure out you have no intention of buying anything.

    • Wendy

      Ask them which one.

    • Carl

      Tell them you don’t have a computer.

    • Nechtan

      The last time I had that, I let rip with a string of words that would see me banned from WO permanently, but they have never rung back. :-)

      • Wasapilot

        I tried that approach, they then rang every 10 minutes for the next two hours.

        I rang Telecom asking them if they could track the number, so we could at least attempt to block their calls. Telecom said there was no way they could do that. Unbelievable

    • wooted

      Expletives (Involves sex and travel)

    • Isherman

      My perfect scenario would be to give them KDC’s IP address. Touch wood, I’ve never had it happen to me.

    • Spiker

      I tell them to hang on I’ll be right back & set the phone down.

    • jude

      We had endless calls from Indian accented people telling us our computer had a virus. We just said our computer expert has cleared it and hung up on them.!
      I hate being rude but these people do drive me nuts.

      • Wasapilot

        We get on average 4 calls a week from the same people by the sound of it. I just hang up.

        Any news on the chick Jude?

        • jude

          It has its eyes open and has developed pin feathers!!
          We have a name for the chick but want to be sure it survives. It has been touch and go.
          The chick is on some antibiotics for a mild infection. The mother has fungal infection which is also being treated.
          It has been a stressful time, but we are quite attached to the chick .
          I will post a photo at the 2 week mark…Sunday.
          Weather has been kinder today.:)

        • jude

          Photo on sat general debate:)

      • Aucky

        Tell them that you have an Apple and they hang up on you.

      • Hedgehog

        Ha, told them I was into porn and enough windows in the house, so I didn’t heed their help as none were broken. Haven’t had a call since

      • Cadwallader

        I understand a better response is to give them a takeaway order of Indian food including rogan josh etc… and tell them you want it delivered to your (fictitious) address within 20 minutes. I am told it can end in the caller abusing you. Great fun as you can do it with enough pace the caller doesn’t get a word in edgeways.

        • jude

          Ok but I don’t want to waste more than 30secs on them! It has been fixed and a hang up for me is super quick.
          I worry that if I become a lonely old lady and the phone rings I might want to chat to them !

    • Teletubby

      Last time they called I spoke really quietly so he was listening up good and proper then let rip down the phone with a referees whistle. I haven’t heard from them for 18 months now so I think I got myself on the do not call list

    • EveryWhichWayButLeft

      Mostly I tell them to go away in similar language to wooted below…
      Every now and then I bait them, when I’m bored or doing something that involves being able to hold the phone at the same time.

      I had one that lasted over 20 mins and involved escalating to two managers. In the end they hung up on me. I was very impressed with myself for wasting so much of their time :D

    • Steve (North Shore)

      I ask for their postal address. When they ask why, I tell them ‘so I know where to send the Invoice’
      Click

    • Curly1952

      i usually lead them along and when we get to the stage of starting to push buttons I usually let full with a large mouthful of you know what. One guy rang me back and said i was a rude man so he got another lashing. I sleep well

    • I have an unlisted number. They don’t seem to call unlisted phone numbers.

      • Reaper

        Yes, I used to get these calls when my number was listed. Since having an unlisted number (3-4 years), not a single one.

    • elton_fred

      I always say I only use an iPad so I don’t know how they can see inside the Windows PC I don’t possess. It’s a short conversation.

    • Sagacious Blonde

      As soon as they draw breath in their opening spiel, I say, “I guess you want my credit card number. I’ll just go and get it.” For some reason that spooks them and they hang up.

    • Lord Evans

      Just for a laugh try saying ‘yes’ to everything they ask, amazing how long they will keep the banter up. Of course the final sucker punch is when they ask for your payment details and then you simply say ‘no’…..click

  • Honcho

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64091160/Mans-name-suppressed-to-avoid-Whale-Oil-posts

    Is this for real? reason for name suppression … ‘whaleoil’ …. suppression order granted.

    • Nechtan

      “Whale Oil putting the fear of God up dodgy bastards since …..”

      • ozbob68

        “Oh mummy please don’t let the big bad blogger know my name”

        What a complete sook.

    • Gaynor

      Crikey had to check that link to see for myself…
      If he is peddling child pornography wouldn’t he be a target for ALL decent media?
      The mind boggles trying to work out why he thinks Cameron would target him……….

    • Wendy

      In other words WO is the only media worth naming.

    • Teletubby

      If I’m guessing correctly about which case it is the fact he has name suppression has been a subject of previous posts on WOBH quite some time ago.

    • mommadog

      I nearly fell of my chair when I read that this afternoon.

    • caochladh

      If, as it appears the judiciary have a predisposition to WO, surely that prejudices them in any proceedings where WO may come before them?

  • idbkiwi

    At last; the true cause of global warming discovered!

    “The origin of global warming lies in capitalism,”asserted Morales. “If we could end capitalism then we would have a solution.”

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/10/the-origin-of-global-warming-lies-in-cap

    • ex-JAFA

      Don’t worry, the UN is already well aware of this and is vigorously trying to eliminate capitalism as quickly as it can.

    • Spiker

      I thought the whole point of global warming was to end capitalism?

  • yossarian

    Kris Faafoi, little known Labour Party MP, calls for Investigation of Public Service CEOs on the basis that two, SSC and MoBI CEOs, have made mistakes and therefore don’t deserve their increases. Well I don’t know much about MOBI, but regarding Rennie the SSC commissioner I would bet he made quite a few decisions during the year and the only one we know he got wrong was the Sutton media conference stuff up. So one mistake is enough? On that basis, applied to politicians, we’d run out of the infallible ones PDQ I reckon. I am not a supporter of Mr Rennie, but I do object to troughers like this Faafoi character projecting themselves into the news on the basis of nothing but their own desire for free publicity.
    Edit – spelling

    • Aucky

      Faafoi is featuring a lot more at Question Time. He must be one of Andy’s luvvies.

    • Hedgehog

      I sent an email to Tim at NewsTalkZB Wellington this morning on the same thing. Really annoyed me that Tim was parroting Chris Faafoi. Sounded like real whinge fest – he has more sandwiches than me, and it’s not fair!!. I said I’d have more respect for Labour if they came out with a policy to limit state service CEO salaries rather than just whinge about it. Labour had 9 years to bring in policies to limit CEO salaries, instead they just bloated the Sate service sector. I bet 35,000 public servants cost way more than a few CEO salaries.

      • niggly

        Yep good points, Labour banged on about this when in Opposition in the 90’s and “that it was disgraceful” etc. Then when they got into power they did nothing about it and salaries increased even further, so no different then than it is today, gee Labour’s hypocrisy stinks and so does their credibility again!

        And agreed, they need to offer real solutions rather than blame it on National, their default setting, which seems to be all they know. No wonder why they aren’t fit for Government. Hmm, long may they continue!

  • Nechtan

    What has happened that we get this sort of feral behaviour?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/64097472/Pregnant-woman-with-pram-mugged

    • jude

      I know!The case of the elderly couple being bashed and robbed in Waikanae is another instance.
      Their car was abandoned and the wallet was ditched with cash still inside!
      It is madness. I get so angry reading about Judges giving light sentences based on childhood/upbringing.Where will the cycle end?

      • kayaker

        Yes, Jude. I agree with what you have said. Particularly in this case, the judges should take into account the childhood/upbringing of the victims which were, no doubt, exemplary upbringings grounded in values, hard work, respect for others, resilience, and self reliance.

        • jude

          The Judges are a mystery to me.
          I could go on about this subject.
          Another post.
          What personal experience have Whale Oilers had with regard to the court system, police, or Judges….??

    • Isherman

      I would have no objection to the said ferals being asked this themselves under ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’.

      • Nechtan

        “Enhanced” ? Pretty much standard (if we are talking about the so called CIA revelations) but regardless yes I agree.

  • caochladh

    The latest from Morgan: Support for the main opposition Labour Party is up to 27% (up 3%) following the election of Andrew Little as the new Labour Leader, but down for the Greens 12% (down 2.5%) while NZ First is up 0.5% to 7%. For the parties outside Parliament the Conservative Party of NZ is 2.5% (up 0.5%) while the Internet-Mana Party alliance is at 1% (up 0.5%) and support for Independent/ Others is 1% (down 0.5%).

    • kayaker

      I like to view the Labour Party as the ‘least minor opposition Labour Party’.

    • Benoni

      National at 46% down 3.5%

      • caochladh

        I missed the salient point: If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows that National would be easily re-elected.

  • idbkiwi

    Yay!

    “Australians going to fight with extremist groups in the Middle East are dying as fast as they are arriving”

    http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australian-jihadists-arriving-and-dying-at-same-rate-in-middle-east-asio-20141211-12584u.html

    • Cowgirl

      When you recruit losers, you get losers. You can’t polish a turd and turn it into a skilled fighter.

    • Wasapilot

      A good start. Now, if we could have that rate bumped up a bit to have them dying faster than the replacements can arrive, that would be a wonderful Christmas present

  • ex-JAFA

    If you’re tempted to watch After Hours on TV3 tonight, don’t. Just don’t. I accidentally caught a few minutes of the last two weeks’ shows, and it’s truly the most dire standup “comedy” I’ve ever suffered through.

  • mommadog

    Yeppe – its Friday. One more week and I’m off work until after the New Year as my work place shuts down. Its still a novelty to have time off the same time as the rest of my family after many years of shift work and working many many public holidays. I always think of those working when others are enjoying the public holidays whether in restaurants, hospitals or wherever. Kudos to you all.

    • kayaker

      I’m dreaming of a Bubbles Christmas… and when the Bubbles are all gone, I will find some more.

    • caochladh

      I always volunteered to hold the fort over the holiday break because Auckland is a great place to be when everyone else is on holiday!

  • Jimmie

    Well, I took a plunge today and submitted a 30 plus page tombe to our local council for a building permit in order to install a new wet back fireplace, a wet floor shower, and a 2.5m2 extension to the laundry, and for the installation of several ceiling beams so we can have an open plan lounge. We live rurally in the South Waikato so I hoped the bureaucratic jungle wouldn’t be too thick to clamber through.

    I have a fair bit of experience with building work so decided we would apply to do the building work under the owner/builder exemption granted in the Building Act.

    When I spoke to the helpful council lady the first thing she says is that we are only the 2nd person ever to apply under these provisions and she would have to find out what to do. She accepts the paperwork we supplied so I thought – oh goody not too much fo a drama.

    Then an hour later she rings up and says I will need to pick up our application and we need to get a registered designer to sign off our plans as it was considered restricted building work. I go oh ok – thats a pain.

    After I got off the phone with her I look up their own building website and it says that under the owner/builder exemption I am allowed to do the design work as long as it is up to spec with normal building designs.

    I have probably used up around 25-30 hours preparing the plans, the fee is likely to be around $1000.00, and I get told I can’t do something that I’m allowed to do…….I’m sure my hair is a lot more gray than when I started.

    • Isherman

      When dealing with the council, I recommend placing the below sign on the wall near the telephone.

    • Alright

      I had a primal scream reading this.

  • Hedgehog

    There is an article on the Herald about hacked emails. Every time I see outrage over “hacked emails” I want to comment and say what about Cam Slater’s hacked emails, but they never turn on the comments. It’s like they don’t want to give anyone the opportunity to remind them what double standards they operate under.

  • ozbob68

    I watched that article on Seven Sharp about bouncers and wondered if it was too soon for this t-shirt?

    • Nige.

      It looked to me as though the ‘detained’ was actually wiggling TOWARDS the gutter in between expletives. Also the security blokes were “detaining” not punching or anything. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. Silly lad shouldn’t have gotten himself in that position.

  • Spiker
    • Alright

      When are the Police going to learn?

      This year (nup), next year, sometime never?

      Suppression orders don’t work anymore. Take the whole country to Court.

  • Isherman

    Nasty but clever prank…

  • Isherman

    Well, to be honest I’m struggling with ‘love song Friday’ (sorry Wendy and Nechtan), so Im gonna go with something slightly more lively..edit sp.

    • Get in!!

      • Isherman

        Pretty tidy version actually, never heard of them but I’m likin it.

        • IT would be better as the original like

      • EveryWhichWayButLeft

        Haven’t heard this in ages… thanks.
        I have a few tracks off ‘Concert’ on my memory stick in the car, plus the ‘World War’ from the original version of Boys’ Don’t Cry – classic.

    • Garbageman

      Great song, this is my kind of love song the lyrics are beautiful, My Little man by Ozzy

      • Isherman

        Ah well, all Ozzy is good Ozzy.

  • Hakaru

    Found this and thought it might be good reading and looking for a Friday night. Have a look at the comments. I am sure some of the TS trolls are making sure the left is covering all areas of the world with their rubbish comments. We should all be proud of the accolade, not putting it down.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/australiaandpacific/newzealand/11284442/26-reasons-why-New-Zealand-is-the-worlds-best-country.html

  • Wahbonnah

    For those masochists out there, see how long you can survive watching this on our former pm, Helen Clark :-)

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-12/one-plus-one-helen-clark/5963656?section=business

    • Alright

      It took 13 seconds before I felt physically ill.

      • Wahbonnah

        pml that’s better than I lasted.
        as soon as I saw that face !!!!

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