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Greens new road safety measures scuppered: By cyclists!

If you ever needed a lesson in just how pathetic your current rulers are, please allow me to regale you with the latest cluster-whatsit that has recently gone down in the Queenstown Lakes area.

You may recall your illustrious Green Associate Minister for Transport, Ms Julie Anne Genter complaining bitterly during her nine years of incompetence in opposition that blame for every single road death in New Zealand was to be laid firmly at the feet of the National Party, cause you know, nine years of neglect, blah, blah, blah.

Julie-Anne (none of these deaths are my fault) Genter. Green Minister for blaming other people.

You may also recall that she was very happy that some of those annoying Roads of National Significance were canned by the government that her and her fellow Greenies prop up. She is on record stating that there were much better ways to save lives rather than just building nice new straight roads with nothing on them to hit. Cheaper too.

One of her favourite new ways to stop the proletariat killing themselves in cars was, of course, to install heaps of barriers and rumble strips to stop people drifting off the road and falling into lakes or crashing into other proletariat driving towards them. Read more »

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GOOD GRIEF, HARDEN UP SNOWFLAKES! Capital letters are NOT scary.

I bet you didn’t know that capital letters can be scary to poor widdle cupcake University students.

So scary that even just the sight of them can make a snowflake melt and fail an assessment. In fact the really feeble ones might even be so put off that they may not even try to sit the assessment! These are the people who are going to apply for a job with you soon (if they can ever pass an exam or keep their tears from soaking their CV’s ).

We dont need no edukashun!

The Pluralist website recently had an interesting article about this supposed new curse on the sensibilities of the academic set. It seems that the Leeds Trinity journalism department issued a prohibition in a memo to staff, explaining that uppercase print could “scare [students] into failure.” The missive was about “enhancing student engagement and achievement” and included a number of other dos and don’ts. Quote.

Lecturers were advised to write to students in a friendly tone and to avoid overbearing language and negative instructions. As the Express noted, among the prohibited terms listed were “do” and “don’t.” end quote.

The memo, which was obtained by the Sunday Express newspaper, said: quote.

“Despite our best attempts to explain assessment tasks, any lack of clarity can generate anxiety and even discourage students from attempting the assessment at all.End quote.

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Drunk driver, killer and back before the court: What do we do with Gavin Hawthorn?

So here we go again. Gavin Hawthorn, one of New Zealand’s most prolific driving offenders, has been back before the courts again.

Gavin Hawthorn: Scumbag recidivist drunk driver, killer.

Just to remind you, this loser has killed four people through drunk driving since 1989. He has been the subject of plenty of media articles over the years and was even featured in Nigel Latta’s Beyond the Darklands TV series back in 2011.

Fourteen years ago, after he yet again drove while drunk and disqualified and killed another person, a newspaper had an interesting article on this man titled ‘Death Behind the Steering Wheel’ that gave an interesting insight into how Hawthorn thinks. It is well worth a read. From that 2004 article: Quote.

The earlier fatal crash [1989] and two-year prison sentence, when Hawthorn was 26, clearly had little impact on his behaviour over the next 14 years. By 1995, when he was sentenced on his seventh drink-drive charge, he had more than 30 convictions, 24 for driving offences. He had been in jail five times.

On that night last winter, police say he was on bail on several charges, including excess alcohol. Although he was not disqualified, his bail conditions included that he not consume alcohol, not enter licensed premises and observe a curfew at home between 7pm and 7am. End quote.

So nothing has changed. How is this guy not back in jail? Read more »

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Mahuta is as important as a Samoan who can drive a boat!

Glory be to New Zealand! One of our most precious scribble-face Women of Colour has been venerated with the most prestigious of all awards, the BBC 100 Women award for, well, umm, being a trougher and having a tattoo apparently.

Don’t look so angry Nanaia. Honestly, we all think you’re very important.

Quote.

53) Nanaia Mahuta, 48 – Minister of Maori development, New Zealand.

Nanaia has served in the New Zealand parliament for 22 years and was the first female parliamentarian to wear a Maori face tattoo. end quote.

Well done Ms Mahuta. You are now as famous and as important as all these other award winners. Like this 19-year-old student who wants to go to space. quote.

8) Alina Anisimova, 19 – Student programmer, Kyrgyzstan.

Alina leads the Kyrgyz Girls’ Space School, which aims to send the country’s first satellite into space. end quote.

Or this older lady who may or may not wet her undies at times. Quote.

11) Judith Balcazar, 65 – Retired fashion designer, UK.

Judith ran several fashion companies before going on to co-found the company Giggle Knickers, which makes special underwear for women who suffer from urinary incontinence. end quote.

Or how about this lovely Samoan woman who can, umm, drive a boat? quote. Read more »

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People are scared to do CPR on women because of #metoo?

A disturbing study has just been released in the USA. It seems that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and are more likely to die, and researchers think that a reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason. An article in The Guardian tells us more. Quote.

The study was funded by the Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and was discussed on Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim. It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

Only 39% of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45% of men, and men were 23% more likely to survive, the study found.

“It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest,” said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study. End quote.

Seriously. Is this what life post the supercilious #Metoo movement looks like? People are too scared to try and save a woman’s life because they are afraid of being accused of inappropriate touching? It seems so. Quote.

Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman’s clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, said another study leader, Benjamin Abella, who added that doing CPR properly “shouldn’t entail that” as “you put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.”

“This is not a time to be squeamish because it’s a life and death situation,” Abella said. End quote.

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Air New Zealand’s new safety video: Seriously, it’s awful!

Air NZ safety video featuring a famous Maori kid, some Air NZ staff and a rapper bloke who used to be a girl.

Honestly, I have no idea what Air New Zealand are thinking.

I flew up to Auckland this week. I almost always fly Air NZ, because, you know, I usually need to actually get to where I’m going. I had been having a pretty cruisy trip; got to the airport early, sat in the lounge and grabbed a bite to eat. I caught up on my Whaleoil reading etc. then made my way down through security screening, got pulled aside to check out what the little box with curly wires going into it was, (a radar detector, not a bomb), and had just sat down when they started boarding the flight.

So up I jump so I can get on first, (easier to get away with way too much carry-on that way), popped into my favourite seat (5A – The window is at just the right spot, lots of legroom etc). A quick ‘gidday’ to a couple of lovely older ladies behind me and I settle into my seat, grab my headphones and open up the latest issue of Top Gear magazine.

Then I rememberd you have to take your headphones off now for the safety video, so I waited dutifully for the all-important safety advice, (I can’t afford to do a Sir Bob and get my own plane). I was a bit shocked to see a new video come on as it has been less than two months since I last took a flight.

I was quite glad really, as I was completely sick of the virtue signalling Antarctica one that has been running for so long but, oh dear, Air New Zealand, what have you done? Read more »

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A Transsexual Victoria’s Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly

Models from left: Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. Photo credit: Evan Agostini AP

It looks like someone needs to read Whaleoil a little more. After all, Explaining is Losing, it’s all here in the Whaleoil Dictionary.

A little story in Stuff piqued my interest the other day. Possibly just because it had the words Victoria’s Secret in it, but just as likely because it said some company executive was apologising for something. Here we go again I thought, what terrible non-event has happened now to cause an apology? Quote.

Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer is apologising after he made comments explaining why transgender models shouldn’t be cast in the lingerie company’s annual fashion show.

In an interview with Vogue Thursday, Ed Razek said he didn’t think the show should include “transsexuals” because “the show is a fantasy”.

“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he added.

“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” End quote.

Typical, a businessman gets asked a pointed question and when he replies honestly, he gets bagged for it. But then to make matters worse, he goes and jumps onto Twitter and says how sorry he is and how much he admires them! Thing is though, I reckon this just makes him look weak.

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Is it ok to allow your 8-year-old boy to become a girl?

Zuri Jones, Lily Maerz and Fiana Jefferson, all under 12-yrs-old

Zuri Jones, Lily Maerz and Fiana Jefferson, all under 12-years-old, are three Austin Texas friends.

Just normal kids apparently, they like to jump on the trampoline, do each other’s hair and play with dolls, just like every other 12-year-old boy.

That’s right, these three preteen boys have already begun the process of transitioning to become women, they are already on hormone blockers and by the age of sixteen will start hormone replacement therapy with the view to getting the full wiener removal at age eighteen.

The pluralist.com website had an article recently titled ‘Everyone’s doing it: Three trans middle schoolers undergo sex change therapy together.’

It seems that there is quite a growing acceptance in the USA that if your kid says they feel that they are the wrong sex, you should just go with it. By watching the video below, you might agree. These three boys seem pretty happy in themselves right now, living as girls, heck they even got a video made about them so, you know, they are famous too. Read more »

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Old perv offends while on bail: gets bail again!

Police arrest 70-yr-old flasher at Dunedin fireworks display

What is it with the Judges down in Dunedin?

The ODT reports that one of their creepiest old pervs has again been locked up for offensive behaviour following an incident where he exposed his shrivelled old sausage to a poor unsuspecting eleven-year-old.

It seems that Uncle Pervy was attending a public fireworks display where the young girl was present. I’ll save you the details but let’s just say that his excuse when he finally gets to court will likely be, ‘when ya gotta go, ya gotta go’.

Fortunately, the wee lass very quickly dobbed the dirty old bugger into her Mum. The Police were called quick smart and he was confronted by a few people there. This caused the seventy-year-old man to attempt to flee in his car.

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Let kids be kids, they don’t need wrapping up in bubblewrap

Come on, let kids have some fun.

I went to the Doc the other day for a check-up. Apparently, my blood pressure was a little high so she advised me to do a bit more physical activity, walking up hills is good she said.

So off I went, walking along the Arrow River heading for the hilly section like the good Doctor said. I had a lovely time, even though my legs hurt but when I came back down to the river I saw a sight to make my heart sing.

There tucked away in the bush was the makings of a great tree hut.

Seeing this hut took me back to my own childhood, making huts and forts all over the place, spending all day away from home, feeding ourselves with crabs we’d caught with huge home made spears or freshly caught fish, burn’t to a crisp on a fire we made from driftwood.

The only advice we received from our long-suffering Mum and Dad was “Don’t kill yourself” or “Be home before it gets dark”. Many a long day was spent thieving old building materials from around the area, borrowing Dad’s hammers and nails, and generally building the worlds dodgiest huts. Read more »

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