We produce 4.5 million tons of it every year and most ends up in the sea, what is it?

Did you guess pine pollen?

That same pesky pine pollen that gets up your nose and coats your windscreen with yellow dust could also be altering some of the world’s deepest ecosystems.

Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) say pollen from New Zealand pine forests has been shown to travel more than 1500km through wind and ocean currents, and sink thousands of metres into the ocean.

Niwa scientists have analysed sediment samples from the Kermadec and Tonga trenches north of New Zealand.

The findings show pine pollen is common, even in these remote deep-sea ecosystems.

Pollen was found to be particularly abundant in the deepest part of the Tonga Trench, 10,800m down – and the second deepest point of the world’s oceans.

All I know is that it goes everywhere in the country, so I’m not surprised the bulk of it blows out to sea.   Read more »

Good on ya mate

What an awesome story for a soldier’s last ANZAC parade:

Francis Toko had always planned to attend today’s Anzac Day service at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

So when the 77-year-old died poignantly on the eve of the dawn parade, his family was still determined he would make it to his last-ever Anzac service.

His oldest son, Manu Toko, said he had already arranged with his father to take him in his wheelchair to today’s parade. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Not all Muslims support a Sharia law police force so don’t make a fuss

A common argument that “Useful Infidels” (Useful idiots) raise when they want to ignore bad things happening because of Islam is to shut down those pointing the problem out by saying. ” But not all Muslims do that.” It is an argument that attacks a straw man as those condemning these problems have never and will never claim that all Muslims are responsible or that all Muslims think that way. The reality is that “Useful infidels” who make that comment do not care about the people who are being affected or hurt. In their warped world view, they will not care until ALL Muslims are responsible which means of course that they will never care.

Here in New Zealand Sharia law is already elbowing its way into our society. It will not be long before we have Muslim Sharia law patrols forming just like what is already happening in Germany the UK and America.

Germany Now Has “Sharia Police,” Who Patrol The Streets Enforcing …
Walid Shoebat

Muslim Patrol’ Member Breaches ASBO Using Dawah Stall To Promote Sharia In UK | Kafir Crusaders

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Map of the Day

Wine cooler drinkers shocked a real man drinks beer from a deer skull

Some pansy assed poofs have complained after this video was posted to Speight’s’ Facebook page.

Beer brand Speight’s has come under fire after shocking footage emerged of a man drinking beer from the head of a decapitated deer.   Read more »

Here we go again. Manawatu gorge slip

via NZTA

 

The Manawatu Gorge road between Palmerston North and Woodville has been closed by slips and likely to remain closed for three weeks.

NZ Transport Agency Highway Manager Ross I’Anson said there are two slips: one of about 200 cubic metres at the southern end expected to take about a day and a half to clear and a much larger slip of about 3500 cu m at the Woodville end.

Early estimates are that it could take contractors three weeks to clear the larger slip and make the road safe again. Read more »

[POLL] Do you admit you read Whaleoil?

Cameron Slater tribute tattoo

Some years ago reading and following this blog was a guilty pleasure.  Certainly something you kept to yourself.   This is a poll to see if the changes we made over the years have changed this.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

On Frank Sinatra: “The poor guy was literally without a job. He said all he could do was play saloons and crappy night clubs. His ego and self-esteem was at its lowest ever. And mine was practically at its peak. So it was hell for him. He was such a proud man — to have a woman pay all his bills was a bitch.” AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Ava Gardner

I wish to live until 150 years old but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whisky in the other

Caution Bad Language

The screen goddess once said: “My vices and scandals are more interesting than anything anyone can make up.”

Ava Gardner knew how to pose for the camera. She’d slit her eyes, throw her head at an angle, and the photographer would somehow catch something about her — not elegance or grace, exactly, but something that was strong, sexual, and almost animal, as if she were zeroing in on you, weighing your merits, and readying to pounce. And for most of the ’40s and ’50s, she was Hollywood’s most alluring femme fatale, an image solidified both on and off the screen.

Once Hollywood’s most irresistible woman—wed to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra—by 1988 Ava Gardner was nearly broke, ravaged by illness, and intent on selling her memoirs. But the man she chose as her ghostwriter, Peter Evans, had his own problems, not least a legal war with Sinatra.

In The first week of January 1988, Ava Gardner asked Peter Evans to ghost her memoirs. Since Evans had never met Ava Gardner, the call, late on a Sunday evening, was clearly a hoax. “Sounds great, Ava,” Evans played along. “Does Frank approve? I don’t want to upset Frank.” There was a small silence, then a brief husky laugh.

“Everybody kisses everybody else in this crummy business all the time. It’s the kissiest business in the world.”

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Caption contest

Phil Goff is going to work hard on transport solutions…by riding horses to work?

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s been fighting to help unclog Auckland’s roads, and he’s now been photographed on horseback after a police parade – could it be a sign of a new traffic policy on the hoof?

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