The dam might burst so we need to fill the sand bags

I have previously used the analogy of a bullet proof vest to explain why we are so determined to move from an advertising revenue model to a subscription revenue model. If we are no longer reliant on advertising to pay the bills we cannot be hurt by boycotts or malicious complaints to Google.

Today my analogy is one of filling the sand bags for a flood that may or may not happen. I am referring to Hager’s new book of which the rumours are currently flying. If it is a second hit against us by Hager and Rawshark, (Dirty Politics II) the fallout is going to be like being hit by flood waters as the Media once again jump boots and all into stolen information and once again try to silence New Zealand’s largest and most popular New Media site.

When that happens all eyes are going to be on Whaleoil and there will be a lot of personal stress that we will have to deal with as being the victims of a politically motivated book based on stolen private information is no walk in the park. Knowing that we have a secure subscription income to back us up will go a long way towards helping us to soldier through it.

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UPDATED: Crime and Justice: National, Act and NZ First policies under the microscope

As this is election year Whaleoil wants to look at the key policies of all the parties one by one. Recently we asked three questions about Immigration and the Refugee quota. Five parties responded and we used the remaining parties’ policy information on their websites to fill in the blanks.

This time we will compare the Crime and Justice policies of three potential coalition partners, National, Act and New Zealand First.

National Party

Track record:

  • Around 60,000 fewer crimes are being committed a year compared to five years ago.
  • Lowest crime rate since 1978.
  • Passed new laws against cyber bullying and is doing more to help support victims of crime.

Summary of key points:

National’s crime focus is on family violence.

They have announced sweeping changes to the system to better support victims and keep them safe.

This includes making it easier to get a protection order, maximising the opportunities of Police safety orders, and making property orders more effective.

They are taking action earlier to change perpetrator behaviour such as connecting perpetrators with the help they need to stop the abuse. They are also creating new offences for prosecuting violence.

We’re rolling out a new approach to better identify risk and recognise the patterns of family violence.

We need to do better to combat family violence. Our overhaul of our family violence laws is a critical, foundational step so that a new approach can be built.

National is working hard to play our part in breaking the cycle of violence within families and across generations.


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Rapist and utter coward named and shamed after victim shows resolve

Good on the victim here and also the judge for listening to the victim’s wishes.

A little more than 22 years since she was last raped, a woman finally told her abuser: ‘‘It’s no longer my shame.’’

”With the support of my loving husband and kids, I’ll get through this . . . hopefully, the nightmares and the flashbacks will fade ,

‘‘It’s your shame,’’ she told him as the man stood in the dock at the Dunedin District Court last week.

‘‘It’s time for people to know who you really are.’’   Read more »

Who am I?

Guess who the mystery person is using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

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Police revenue gathering division looking to be outsourced, watch out motorists

The Police revenue gathering team aka Speed Camera Division is looking to be outsourced.

New Zealand’s speed camera network could soon be privately managed as police look to re-deploy their resources to other areas.

The network currently includes 19 fixed speed cameras, 43 mobile speed cameras in vans, and three dual purpose red light/speed cameras.

But the number of fixed cameras is to swell to 56 by the end of the year, increasing the workload involved in managing the network and processing infringements.

Police are now reviewing their ownership of the network.   Read more »

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Media break story they broke 34 years ago in attempt to take out Police Commissioner

The media have gone all in on Mike Bush and a drink driving story written about in the Auckland Star 34 years ago when Paula Penfold worked for them.

Paula Penfold has made out that they broke the story just yesterday in a gotcha sting against Mike Bush.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted a historical drink driving conviction.

Under existing recruitment policies, the conviction would prevent Bush from ever even applying to join police, but he is protected by how long ago it happened.

“The incident happened 34 years ago while I was an off-duty detective constable in Auckland in 1983,” Bush said in a statement.

“I was 23 years old at the time and had been in Police for five years. I pleaded guilty and was convicted. I received a $250 fine and was disqualified from driving for six months.”

Bush released a public statement on Friday morning after months of questioning by the Stuff Circuit investigation team.   Read more »

Ignorant Bill English finally comments on UNSC 2334 and embarasses himself

Bill English has handled Murray McCully’s rogue actions at the UN Security council poorly.

He has further proved he is incapable of understanding the issues after Malcolm Turnbull confronted him on the issue.

Shalom.Kiwi reports:

Turnbull wrote an opinion piece in The Australian which criticised countries who had ‘‘chastised Israel alone’’, for the failure of the peace process.

My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticising Israel of the kind recently adopted by the UN Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimise the Jewish state.’’Malcolm Turnbull

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has, for the most part, deferred comment on the biased resolution to Foreign Minister Murray McCully. However, English recently said Turnbull raised the matter when the two met in Queenstown. Turnbull’s unequivocal support for Israel and criticism of the UN resolution has prompted NZ’s Prime Minister to comment   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)

Face of the Day

Energy Minister Judith Collins says the Government will only intervene in the fuel market as a last resort if an inquiry into fuel pricing shows petrol companies are ripping off consumers.

Collins has begun an inquiry into the fuel industry after concern about rising margins between what fuel is imported and sold for. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

callow (adj) –  Lacking adult maturity or experience; immature.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Old English calu “bare, bald,” from Proto-Germanic *kalwa- (source also of Middle Dutch calu, Dutch kaal, Old High German kalo, German Kahl), from PIE root *gal- “bald, naked” (source also of Russian golyi “smooth, bald”). From young birds with no feathers, meaning extended to any young inexperienced thing or creature (1570s). Apparently not related to Latin calvus “bald.”