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Workers of Whaleoil

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers?

Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace?

We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from.

You will also be given a clue.

Yesterday’s wonderful Whaleoil worker was D) Spiker

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Old white man of the day

I trust that you have enjoyed the alphabetical journey through the catalogue of fantastic old white men that New Zealand has contributed to the betterment of man (and woman) kind.

I wonder if Julie Anne Genter can find it in her heart to be a little less “judgy” of us old white guys?  We may not all make it to the august company of our subjects to date but, as Dr Seuss said, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” and we should not be denigrated and pushed to the side on the basis of our age, colour or sex. Quote:

Victor Dmitrievich Zotov (Zotoff) was born in Vladivostok, Russia, on 16 September 1908. Little is known of his early life, but in 1924 he emigrated to New Zealand with his parents.[…]

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Whaleoil embroidered polo shirts are now available

Whaleoil embroidered polo shirts are back and the look is way cooler than a Lacoste polo.

Let’s face it, a killer whale would eat a crocodile for breakfast!

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Daily sudoku

This is Subscriber Content.

You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages.

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Whaleoil wisdom

Court rules that President Trump has less rights than ordinary Americans

The President has reportedly blocked a range of critics including novelist Stephen King, comedian Rosie O’Donnell and model Chrissy Teigen. Photo: Twitter

In an extraordinary move, a Federal court has ruled that President Trump is not allowed to use social media in the same way that ordinary Americans can. Twitter provides tools to allow users to protect themselves from Trolls and online abuse but President Trump has been told by a Federal judge that he is not entitled to the same freedom and rights as an ordinary American citizen. This ruling has been made despite the fact that due to the popularity of his tweets he has to deal with far more abuse and trolls than an ordinary American citizen would. Quote:

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Map of the day

Source – Digital Commonwealth Organisation

The Population Map (6,446,131,400) created by Paul Breding.

Each grid (square) represents a million people. The shape of each country stays the same, but enlarged or shrunk  relative to the population density.

Since this is a map about people, it has a totally different appearance than conventional maps. China and India occupy the most space because they have the largest populations, while the United States and Indonesia vie for the third and fourth places. On the other hand, Russian Siberia and Canada, which cover large expanses of geographic territory, have much smaller populations and appear as narrow strips north of their much larger neighbors, China and the United States. This cartogram was compiled on a grid of small squares, where each square represents one million people. Although the countries are placed in their relative geographic locations, some unusual juxtapositions of geographic areas create a highly unconventional image of the world.

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ABC tries to remember how to do its job

Caption: Cartoon by Johannes Leak

When my youngest was in his senior years of high school, he would drive into town with me every morning.

Living in rural Tasmania, our choices of radio station cover the gamut from ABC RN to ABC Classical. Before he flicked on the radio every morning, he’d grumble, “What’s it going to be today? Gay marriage, climate change or refugees?”

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Let’s fix this


Let’s fix this 

‘Let’s fix this’ is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily.

Today we will attempt to answer the following question:

  1. How do we address the gender imbalance in the teaching profession?