Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can be fraudsters

I bet this ratbag isn’t the only fraud supposedly begging on the streets.

A Hastings beggar was convicted of fraud yesterday after he claimed to be homeless when he was not.

Police confirmed Frank Lovich’s case was heard in the Hastings District Court yesterday.   Read more »

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By 1865, Standard Oil was the largest and most profitable organization in the world, moving to Manhattan to house all the new employees.

Doctor Quack the Devil Bill

and John D. Rockefeller

The super rich in America enjoy power and prerogatives unimaginable to most of us. Who can conceive of owning a private empire that includes 100 homes, 2,500 servants, untold thousands of luxuries, and untold millions of dollars? America has a royal family of finance that has known such riches for generations. It is, of course, the Rockefellers.

John D. Rockefeller’s father, William, was a travelling salesman and self-described “botanic physician” who refused to live a normal 9-to-5 life. There were secrets behind the brick walls at 515 W. Clark St., where Dr. William and Margaret Levingston lived.

Levingston was an assumed name, taken by a bigamist and a con man nicknamed “Big Bill” who peddled herbal remedies and cancer treatments around the country. In Freeport, he claimed to be an eye and ear specialist, but Levingston was a quack.

And the biggest secret: His real name was William Avery Rockefeller and he was the father of John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil Co. and at the time the richest man in the world. At the dawn of the 20th Century, there was national intrigue and mounting clues of Dr. Levingston’s secret Freeport life.

Publisher Joseph Pulitzer offered $8,000 ($210,000 in today’s dollars) to anyone who could provide information on Rockefeller’s father. William Randolph Hearst also offered a tidy sum for the story.

These days it is accepted as fact by historians that Big Bill, who died in 1906 in Freeport, fathered John D. Rockefeller with Eliza Rockefeller. In a span of two years, Big Bill had two children with Eliza and two more with the family housekeeper in a span of four years. He abandoned his family in the 1850s, but never got a divorce before marrying a second wife, Margaret Allen, in 1856.

The Rockefeller clan denied any genetic connection to Levingston, who took his secrets to the grave.

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The Green Party on immigration and the refugee quota

I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to ask them all three questions. Five parties responded to my questions and I published their responses in full and un-edited. My attempts to get a response from the Green Party were unsuccessful so I have used their immigration policy as published on their website to find the answers to the questions I asked the other parties.

Question:

The perception of many of our readers is that left-of-centre political parties prefer immigrants from low socio-economic countries who are highly dependent on the state and poorly educated because immigrants like that will naturally vote for the left-of-centre parties who allowed them in. Which immigrants get priority under the Green’s policy and why?

Answer: 

We support an appropriate and sustainable flow of migrants, including skilled migrants and those accepted for humanitarian and family reasons…

…Take all reasonable steps to prevent immigration numbers and the sale of land to rich immigrants from having an adverse impact on Aotearoa/NZ and its Taonga.

Key principles

…Maintain a sustainable net immigration flow to limit effects on our environment, society and culture.

…Ensure that Maori, as tangata whenua, have a partnership role in determining Aotearoa/New Zealand’s immigration policy

Recognise the importance of tolerance, acceptance and understanding in a diverse and multicultural society.

Selecting Voluntary Migrants

  • Give priority in the skilled migrant category to skills needed for a sustainable society and economy.
  • Require strict scrutiny of applications in the investor category for overall benefit to Aotearoa/NZ
  • Only make decisions to use immigration as an instrument of economic policy openly by an Act of Parliament

– greens.org.nz

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OMG We are only 72 subscriptions away from our halfway goal

I am very excited to report that we are only 72 subscriptions away from the half way point of the goal that we set for ourselves to achieve by the end of this year. Once we reach that mid point we will start working on the silver and gold subscription options.

So that we can all follow Whaleoil’s progress towards the half-way mark I will regularly post updates using this thermometer.

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The Conservative Party answers some hard questions

Last week I asked Kevin Stitt the Party Secretary some hard questions about the Conservative Party. Below are my questions and his answers in full and un-edited.


Question:

Are you able to confirm for our readers that Leighton Baker is the new leader of the Conservative party and is not keeping the seat warm for ex-leader Colin Craig who still claims to be the leader on his facebook page?

Answer:

Absolutely. Actually, I think you will find that it is his twitter account that still claims that, not his facebook account. He does not know how to sign into or use his twitter account as that was controlled by his previous Press Secretary. It appears the account has been hacked. We are working on having it removed from Twitter. Thanks for making us aware of this.

Colin Craig’s “hacked” twitter account
screenshot-whaleoil 21/02/17

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Done with Dunne

Guest post

Ohariu is one of the key electorate this year. With the deal done by the Greens, Labour sees this as a massive opportunity to take out one of National’s support partners, be it only 1 seat.

Are they right in having this expectation?

At first glance, Labour has a right to be excited. Their electoral candidate vote has grown since 2002. In 2014 the Labour candidate received 34% of the vote compared to Dunne’s 36%. National at the same time has dropped over the last 3 elections, however, this is mainly due to the deal that National have with Dunne. In 2014 the National candidate only received 16% of the vote. The Green candidate vote has remained steady at 7% since 2008.

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This is why we can’t have nice things

Appease one “it” and next you diminish a “she”

As a society, we really have to think through the true cost of appeasing the most exotic of human needs at the inconvenience of others.

When did the rights of an “it” outweigh the rights of a “she”?   Because that’s what this world is coming to.

A Kiwi teenager has spoken out about her school’s decision to allow a transgender student to use the girls’ bathrooms, saying it was made without consultation and her rights were overlooked.

In a video titled Ask Me First About School Toilet Privacy: Laura the girl, known only as Laura, says the management’s decision to allow a transgender teenager, who was born male but identifies as female, to attend the all-girls’ school last year shocked her.

School leadership initially told the transgender student she could use the gender-neutral toilets, but she successfully campaigned to access the girls’ halfway through the school year.

Laura said it was then that she spoke up to the school’s management, voicing her concerns for her and other students’ safety.

“And at that point I was like ‘No this isn’t right’,” she says in the video.

“As a girl I feel uncomfortable with a guy being in the same toilets [as me]. There are already gender-neutral toilets in the school.

And that’s a good point.  By pandering to one individual that has boy parts but deeply believes in his/her heart that she’s a girl, it interfered with the natural rights of all natural born girls.  In short, it makes no bloody sense!   Read more »

Dompost opposes hate speech legislation

There is nothing more pernicious than hate speech legislation.

In Australia it has been used to try to silence bloggers, radio hosts and media. In Europe, it is used to silence critics of immigration. In almost all cases it is used by Muslims to silence critics of Islam.

It must be opposed being introduced in New Zealand.

The call for hate-crimes legislation is understandable and even laudable. In an age of mounting xenophobia, those who preach hatred of other races or religions no longer seem a minor or fringe element. Some of the worst xenophobes now hold power in countries which used to preach tolerance and diversity.

I am not xenophobic. New Zealand needs immigration and I welcome immigrants. There are provisos, though, I believe immigrants to NZ should FIFO. They definitely should be compatible with our western liberal ideals…and not some stone age death cult.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush wants to see if there is a case for hate-crimes legislation in New Zealand, and is prompted by a horrible incident in Huntly, fortunately filmed by the Muslim woman who was the primary victim. The sight of a woman threatening and abusing a Muslim woman sitting quietly in her car is shocking and dreadful.

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