Bill English – Leader of the Opposition. For now

It wasn’t all about him.  He had a lot of other people to look after.

Three weeks after he led National to a strong election result Bill English will take his party on the hard road back to Opposition after NZ First and its leader Winston Peters cast their decision in favour of a Labour-led Government.

That decision will have caused heartbreak for English after a 27-year career in Parliament and is the first time the party with the highest share of the vote has not formed the government.

There is no heartbreak from Bill.  He’s feeling mighty righteous.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

In the late 1950s, three men who identified as the Son of God were forced to live together in a mental hospital.Psychiatrist Milton Rokeach brought together three schizophrenic men who believed they were Jesus Christ. He hoped to cure their delusions. Overtime, the process became dangerously amoral.

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The three Christs of Ypsilanti

In 1959 psychologist Milton Rokeach brought three psychiatric patients who each thought they were Jesus Christ to live together for two years at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan. His aim was to see if this unusual set-up would alter their delusions. It didn’t.

“I really had no right, even in the name of science, to play God and interfere round the clock with their daily lives.”

—Dr. Milton Rokeach, The Three Christs Of Ypsilanti

In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach and a team of researchers began an experiment in which they gathered three psychiatric patients and had them live together in Michigan’s Ypsilanti State Hospital to see how their beliefs might change or adapt. The bombshell? They were all suffering under the delusion that they were Christ. Rokeach’s methods were questionable, and his results both inconclusive and of little worth, but the experiment has become one of the weirder and more infamous of psychological case studies.

Social psychologist Milton Rokeach was inspired to conduct the experiment after reading an account in a issue of Harper’s Magazine that told the story of two women who thought that they were Mary, Mother of God who had come face to face by chance within a mental institution in Maryland. He chose three patients, all suffering from the delusion that they were Jesus, and set them up to live together in the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan in 1959.

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She says she’s happy. I bet she is. Pity it won’t last

Jacinda Ardern opened her first press conference as NZ’s Prime Minister-elect by acknowledging her predecessor in the role, National leader Bill English.

“I want to thank Bill English for the role he has played in this campaign but also as prime minister and as serving in the past as NZ’s finance minister,” she said.

“Mr English has already called me this evening and acknowledged that negotiations for the National Party have now concluded.”

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Question of the Day

Did two Nat back benchers screw it all up yesterday?

Yesterday all National party MPs were called down for a caucus meeting. A board meeting was set up via conference call after that.

National was, for all intents and purposes, expecting to remain in government.

So what went wrong?   Read more »

New PM in with a nod and a wink

Comrade Cindy is on track to be our New PM. Now we just have to wait for the Green Party to rubberstamp it. New Zealand now has a style over substance PM just like Canada’s Trudeau.
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Tweet of the Day

When the tables get turned

Guest Post

For months the half crazed American media, the Democrats, the Clintons and an assorted bunch of leftie nutters have been desperately trying to pin something on President Donald Trump and his family that links them to the Russians.  The accusations have been plentiful, often bizarre and backed by the flimsiest and most tenuous of links.

It seems President Trump is unconcerned even quite enjoying his twitter repartee with the earnest fools chasing him, laughing at their preparing legal challenges, their getting hot and bothered about every remark, suggestion or connection to anything remotely linked to Moscow.    Read more »

Whaleoil Women *ONLY R18 NSFW

We Whaleoil women make up slightly less than 20% of the Whaleoil readership but that doesn’t mean that Whaleoil has forgotten that you have needs too. My last subscription post was designed to entertain the male of the species but this one is just for you ladies. It contains eye candy but as we are a thinking woman’s publication the eye candy will be more than just decorative. That’s right, the eye candy will be doing all the dirty things that we women are always asking our other halves to do. You know, the things that make you want to jump their bones with gratitude afterwards. We all know what I’m talking about don’t we ladies?

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Should we reform MMP?

Loads of people will now be calling for a reform of MMP, especially after a government was formed with a coalition of losers.

I campaigned twice for FPP, so you would think that I would now be in favour of reforming MMP.

I am not.    Read more »