Map of the day

Source – WYKOP.PL

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The Clan Territories of Ireland

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The map above shows the location of over 400 of the most prominent historic clans and families in Ireland. And it includes whether they had an Irish, Scottish, Gallowglass, Norman, or Viking historical association.

The time period is roughly during the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-1547), prior to the complete English conquest of Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries.

At this time, the area under English authority was known as The Pale (area around Dublin) and is shown on the map as well. Interestingly, the term ‘beyond the pale’(meaning outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour) may have its origins with Irish Pale.

Finally the map also shows the principle towns that existed in Ireland at the time.

Brilliant Maps

Pike River: A big hole in the ground we are throwing money into

Andrew Little’s Pike River mine promise is going to cost more than expected. Is anyone surprised?  Quote:

The plan to re-enter the Pike River mine could cost up to $12 milllion more than the $23 million budget, Stuff understands.
Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced on the West Coast today that he is set to sign off on the re-entry concept plans for the mine.
The Government had budgeted $7.6 million a year for three years, totalling up to $23m, for the Pike River Recovery Agency and re-entry to the mine.  End of quote.

So that’s 35 million dollars of proposed spending to locate 29 bodies that are in a hole in the ground, and move them to a different hole in the ground.  Months, possibly years of ongoing trauma for all of the families of the miners, whether they want their loved ones remains disturbed or not.  Quote:

An explosion ripped through the West Coast mine on November 19, 2010, killing 29 men. Their bodies have not been recovered.

The agency had completed a concept plan for re-entry and it is now before Little for approval. He said his independent advisor, former Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe, had approved the process and the concept plan.

Little wanted to update all the Pike River families before signing off on the concept plan, which had been developed by the agency after two workshops with technical experts. All 29 families were invited to a briefing on the plan at the agency in Greymouth on Saturday.[…]  End of quote. 

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Mayor Goff and Mayor Johnson are two peas in a pernicious pod

Both Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Durham Mayor Jillian Johnson used a similar playbook when a ‘controversial’  speaker came to their city and booked a council venue. In the case of Mayor Johnson, she got her knickers in a knot over the incredibly popular Doctor Jordan Peterson while Mayor Goff’s red Y-fronts were in a bunch over Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.

Doctor Peterson responded to the attack on him and his Tour appearance on his website: Quote:

A few days ago (July 6, 2018) Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson and her colleagues on the Durham city council saw fit to release a statement on FaceBook concerning my upcoming 12 Rules for Life Tour appearance September 10 at the Performing Arts Center in their city.[…]

The City of Durham’s statement is one of the purest demonstrations I have yet seen of the tendency for the ideologically possessed to use denouncement tactically as a means to amplify and exaggerate personal or identity-group virtue.[…]

It opens with what appears to be a purely objective account of my upcoming 12 Rules for Life tour lecture/discussion in Durham, but is in fact an outright lie, as well as an act of betrayal (quite the accomplishment for a single sentence): “We recently learned from coverage in the Indyweek [a local newspaper self-described as ‘progressive’ and one founded, by the way, by the mayor Steve Schewel, a signatory to the statement] that the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) has invited Jordan Peterson to speak in the venue this September.”

The lie? The Durham Performing Arts Center did not invite me. I rented the theater. There is a world of difference. But, of course, without the allegation of ‘invitation’ there is no one to cast into disrepute. And that leads us to the betrayal, which is the purposeful and motivated casting of aspersions on the character of the people who run the DPAC, who are in any case directly or indirectly under the supervision or jurisdiction of the mayor and councilors. So the perpetrators have been identified.

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The heartless, uncharitable, heart charity

An unbelievable response and unconscionable waste of donor money was recently demonstrated by the National Heart Foundation.

The back story revolves around a couple of ordinary kiwi blokes, Tom and Lin.  Stuff tells us: Quote.

They were simple, working class brothers who quietly amassed a small fortune. The surviving brother left the fortune to charity. […]

Their names were as simple as their lifestyle. […]

Through careful living and canny investing, the painter and storeman built up a $5 million estate comprising shares and property.
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View from your window

Where do you think today’s photo was taken?

I thought it might create a bit of discussion from the guys who love motorbikes and one of them may have seen it where is it parked most weekdays.

VFYW: Whaleoil

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The wrong way to promote Maori culture

A haka welcome from a Maori warrior at Rugby Park, Gisborne, where Queen Elizabeth II and the Duek of Edinburgh were given a New Zealand Maori welcome at the opening of the Royal New Zealand Polynesian Festival.

About five years ago my youngest was coming to the end of his school days. As he was awesome at something and was receiving a prize, we felt we should attend his senior school prize giving to support him and celebrate his achievements, (even though he was mortified that he would have to stand up on the stage and get looked at by everyone!)

Now we had been to the senior prize giving at this school before with our eldest child a year or so earlier. What struck me was the massive difference between the two celebrations.

There had been a change of Principal in the meantime and oh boy what a change.

I couldn’t believe how our school had gone from a typical school, with a healthy, minor focus on Maori culture etc, to one that seemed to be completely oriented to Maori over and above all other cultures.

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Cartoon of the day

‘Itś Never My Fault’
Credit: Rick H

Reflections on Trump

A guest post.

I don’t much like President Donald J. Trump. He doesn’t seem to be a very likable bloke.  But who cares?  What I think of him is of zero merit or consequence.  Many Americans dislike him too.  That is of some consequence.  More importantly though, they are not letting their personal animus get in the way of determining whether he is doing the job they elected him to do.  His support base is shrewd enough to know “liking” isn’t a prerequisite for the man to achieve what they and he want for America.

The funny thing is that Trump, himself, doesn’t give a rat’s behind what people think of him, personally.  In fact, he rather enjoys getting all the media’s venomous slings and arrows shot his way because, while they are wetting their knickers over his escapades with Stormy, or walking in front of her Majesty, or firing Comey, he is getting on with making America great again.   Read more »

Breaking News: South Africa sings ‘Kill the Boer’ song with government approval at World Choir Games


The video has been removed. Here is what I have been able to find since it was removed.


People, and apparently parents of children forced to sing it, some refusing, are pretty angry about this, I haven’t seen damage control done this hard in my life, someone is working overtime.

“Does not matter which verse they sang. Both equally bad and same concept ”

“It was raised during the practice session and some of the kids refused to participate. Please be informed that this was an international event- and the world is taking notice. #worldchoirgames2018 ”

“The intent is the same…THEY ARE THE STRUGGLE SONGS ONE TO KILL THE BOER TH OTHER IS THE LAND WHICH WE SUPPOSEDLY STOLE …the intent in both of them are against white people and the lie that we stole the land which justifies our killing period.”


“We are the people of Mkhonto, to kill the Boers.” This what they are singing. This is what the Department of Arts and Culture describes as “an exquisite rendition”.

Let’s clarify in case of confusion:

kill kɪl/ verb

  1. 1.cause the death of (a person, animal, or other living thing).”her father was killed in a car crash”*synonyms:*murder, cause the death of, take/end the life of, do away with, make away with, assassinate, do to death, eliminate, terminate, dispatch, finish off, put to death, execute; More
  2. 2.put an end to or cause the failure or defeat of (something).”two fast goals from Dublin killed any hopes of a famous Sligo victory”*synonyms:*destroy, put an end to, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch; More

UPDATE: Lyrics to shut up Bell Pottinger 2.0 Brigade, see them working late, wonder what Timezone they’re in, Chennai? :

Thin’ abantu boMkhonto sizimisele (We the people of Mkhonto are prepared)

Ukuwabulala wona amaBhunu (To kill the Boers)

Hamba kahle Mkhonto Mkhonto (Go well Mkhonto/spear)

Mkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation)”


“Thina sizwe esimnyama (We the black the nation)

Sikhalelela izwe lethu (Are we weeping for our land)

Elathathwa ngabamhlophe (Which was taken away from us by white people)

Mabayeke umhlaba wethu (Let them return our land).”

UPDATE: Tweet by Democratic Alliance politician Renaldo Gouws regarding this, I expect this to hit news sites as well soon.


Conscious Caracal ” We the black nation Cry over our land Which was taken away by white people Let them give back our land” 📷 Yep, I’m sure this is going to do *wonders* for race relations in the current climate… ”

Renaldo Gouws (DA) ” And singing a song about land being stolen by whites isn’t? Come now… out of ALL the songs the choir could sing… why THIS one? Perhaps you should speak to the government and ask them why they want racial songs being sung on a global stage about South Africa. ”


Ernst Roets: “Update: The news publication based on which I made this tweet has published a correction, stating that the words “Kill the Boer” was not sung during this song, although the song is still about taking the land owned by whites.”

New Zealand is a haven of liberal politics

Oh God, my husband is going to kill me. It is 11.00 pm on Saturday night, and he has just headed off to bed. I usually follow within a few minutes, but then I  came across this article that made me want to scream at the sky like a leftie.

But I’m not going to do that. Instead, all I can do is hope he goes to sleep fairly soon because I’m going to be up for at least the next hour because this article is the biggest load of drivel I’ve ever seen. No. Scratch that. The biggest load of drivel I’ve seen today. There is such a lot of drivel around these days.

This article is from The Independent and it takes comfort in the fact that, as the rest of the world turns alt-right, or fascist, or whatever we are called nowadays, good old New Zealand is setting the course to rights. Even though it is not. Quote:

It’s now almost 60 years since Britain first applied to join the EEC, and Conservative MPs in the House of Commons are stuck squabbling over something that’s as sure as anything to cost them their majority. It is clear that Brexit – and the people who voted for it – is far from liberal. End quote.

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