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Andrea Vance on sexism

Jacinda Ardern cracking
Photoshopped image credit: Luke

Andrea Vance has criticised Simon Bridges for his sexist attack on Jacinda Ardern. Imagine, accusations of sexism from someone who gave Peter Dunne the glad eye, and who used her gender to wheedle secrets out of the fool.

However, in this instance, Andrea has used her extraordinary imagination, and looked into the mind of Simon Bridges. What she found there, she believes, entitles her to make the determination that his criticism of Jacinda Ardern for being distracted and weak, actually means that she has baby brainQuote:

While female MPs were sipping orange juice at a celebratory Parliament breakfast, and their male colleagues were pinning white camellia to their suit lapels, it was sexist business as usual in the corridors of power.

Jacinda Ardern was distracted. She had too many papers crossing her desk. She was weak for not firing Clare Curran.

Don’t think this is sexist?

When Simon Bridges accuses Ardern of being distracted dealing with Winston Peters, his underlying message is: baby brain. It carries the scent of paternalistic condescension.  End of quote.

Wow, that’s a galactic leap, Andrea.

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Nelson oilers: Anyone keen to meet up?

In response to the call for Auckland oilers, we had a request for a Nelson catch up.

Any Whaleoil readers who are interested in meeting up – don’t be like the prime minister. Put the details below in your diary now.

When:  Friday 21st September at 12 pm

Where: Sprig & Fern, 280 Hardy St, Nelson

Nige will be there, so you need to look for a bogan wearing something ‘oily’.

If you’d prefer a contact number, feel free to email me at events at whaleoil.co.nz with Nelson in the subject line.

 

 

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Oilers at Omaka: Easter 2019

As many of you will know, Classic Fighters will be running a world-class airshow out of the Omaka airfield near Blenheim over Easter next year, from 19th – 21st April 2019.

This post is for anyone who is interested in going to the airshow and wants to upgrade to a double happy event by meeting other Whaleoil readers.

We’ll set up a contact list to share information.   If there is interest, we will organise a few different events, and you can join in as much or as little as you want.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Educating our children about sex

Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman

Golriz Ghahraman is the Greens spokesperson for many things, Human Rights, Immigration, Customs, Disability, Global Affairs, Trade, Defence, Security and Intelligence, Corrections, Police, Overseas Development, Courts and Justice. Phew! That’s a long list.

Recently, she has been tweeting about SexEd, (short for Sexual Education, not to be confused with sexed).  I’m not sure which of her spokesperson roles this would come under, nor whether she is tweeting Green party policy or her own personal opinion. Green party policy does not specifically cover educating children about sex. Nevertheless, her tweets have sparked an interesting discussion.

It started with this tweet:  Quote:

Investing in holistic sex ed that is sex positive, based on respect, consent, diversity, including Rainbow experiences, is key to ending our heartbreaking stats on violence and ensuring gender equity through actual culture change.  End of quote.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Auckland oilers: Anyone keen to meet up?

Auckland

As you may have noticed, there have been a few gatherings of Whaleoil readers around the country recently.

Dunedin had a Saturday mid-morning coffee catch-up, Bay of Plenty had a Tuesday after work event at the beautiful Mt Maunganui, and of course, Wellington has it’s regular ‘last Wednesday of the month’ gathering, where we slum it with the politicians at the Backbencher. Last but definitely not least is Bluburd at the Quarry in Christchurch, which really was the trailblazer for putting faces to Disqus usernames.

There was a good number of you that had planned to meet up prior to the Southern Molyneux event, and even though that was cancelled at the 11th hour, most of you decided to go ahead and meet up anyway. The feedback I had (and there were photos to prove it!) was that it was a great night, and it was really good to be among a diverse group of people, who all shared a commonality.  You read Whaleoil.  You are prepared to openly discuss and listen, without immediately applying labels.  Alt-right, far right, stale white male …  it’s a long list of insults that mostly do not apply.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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What constitutes ‘undue pressure’?

Since when has it been ok for staff to be offered a bonus of $500 if they agree to join the union?

Since the PSA started recruiting for membership at MBIE.

This from the Taxpayers Union: Quote:

This week we were contacted by a staffer at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment concerned about a secret new deal which sees taxpayers paying bonuses to bureaucrats for joining a union.

We have been leaked this email, from the Public Service Association to all MBIE staff. It reveals that, as a result of recent pay negotiations, MBIE will pay a one-off $500 bonus to PSA members.  End of quote.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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$100k for the job that wasn’t

Credit Mark Mitchell

I thought it was a little strange when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancelled two scheduled interviews for this weekend citing a diary mix-up.  I would have thought she had plenty of PR people who could keep those things straight for her, but apparently not. I shrugged and carried on with my day.

Then a few hours later, the latest botch-up hit the news and it made sense. She’s avoiding the media in case they want to ask nasty little questions. Questions like why are we having to pay $107,500 to someone for a job that was, and now isn’t?

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Maori language week: Word for the day

Credit: AFP

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom.

Today’s Maori Word of the Week is: Tamariki

Definition: children

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Marama Davidson goes feral again

Marama Davidson MP tweet

Marama Davidson opened her mouth and let the wind blow her tongue around – again.

She recently brought shame and ridicule to the Green party with her completely bizarre quest to reclaim the ‘c’ word.  We never did hear any sensible explanation for why anyone would want to reclaim the word, what that actually meant, nor how it was relevant to the Green party.  I think perhaps she just couldn’t resist the opportunity to show off her potty-mouth.

Co-leader of the Green party Marama Davidson models a Gunts Tee by Whaleoil.
Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

This week, she has stepped it up a notch with this tweet directed at the company Sistema.  Quote:

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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The isolation of retirement

Credit: Braden Fastier/Stuff

My father-in-law used to say “you always need three years worth of projects lined up when you retire”.  He was a smart man in many ways and was keen to retain a routine and sense of purpose when he stopped work.  He hated to be idle and spent most of his ‘spare’ time in his shed, making beautifully detailed remote-controlled model aircraft.  His wife grumbled that he cared more for his balsa and ailerons that he did for her.  She was only teasing of course and was happy that he had a hobby.  She was also a smart woman and knew they would have driven each other to divorce if he had been at a loose end all day every day.  It seems other families realise this too.

This story from StuffQuote:

When Clarrie Merrick turned up at the fledgling Waimea Menzshed the 87-year-old engineer had been given three months before heading to a dementia ward.

Waimea Menzshed coordinator Alan Kissell, who helped set up the Waimea club seven years ago, said Merrick’s story was a familiar one.

“It was a typical case of social isolation,” Kissell said.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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