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More money down McCully’s Saudi bribe hole

The government continues to pour taxpayers’ money into the giant bribe hole in the Saudi desert that Murray MCCully created:

The government has spent a further $1.7 million on its controversial gift to a Saudi sheikh in the year since an Auditor-General’s probe of the deal was published – but the project remains unfinished.

Details obtained through the Official Information Act show the government has to date spent $10.3 million of its $11.5 million budget for an “agribusiness hub” and model farm in the Saudi desert, about 130km from the coastal town of Dammam.

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Whaleoil wants you to vote for bird of the year

The Green Party have too much time on their hands and have made a silly video about which bird they think should be New Zealand’s bird of the year. If that is our tax dollars at work I am not at all impressed. They don’t want us to vote for the Kea as that will split the ” flappy vote”

Personally, I intend to vote for the black robin because #Blackbirdsmatter 

Some Whaleoilers don’t want to support the Green Party choice of the Kereru on principle and want you all to vote for the Kea instead.

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Oh, I see, everyone ELSE is a bad driver

New Zealand drivers have been labelled “lazy and dangerous” following a recent survey done by the NZ Automobile Association.

An AA Driving School survey was completed by almost 3000 AA members and questioned participants on driving habits, other road users and road safety.

The survey found that within seven days of driving 85 per cent of survey respondents saw other motorists exceed the speed limit, 64 per cent saw motorists drift out of a lane or park inconsiderately and 63 per cent say they saw someone run a red light.

More than a third of Kiwis admitted feeling unsafe while driving and most don’t have confidence in the ability of other motorists.

This is an absurd survey.   And to have the AA beating up on New Zealand drivers like this when they are supposed to be advocates for them is rather remarkable. Read more »

Expert describes situation as “Tarantino does Happy Feet.”

[…] A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster.
Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds’ babies starved to death, […]

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Mental Health Break

Compare and contrast the attitudes of these two tenants

Two tenants with two very different attitudes have been written about by the MSM recently.

MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF Single mum Cindy pays $490 a week for a caravan in Nelson she shares with her two boys.

The first tenant had found herself paying a high rent of $490 a week in order to put a roof over her two young son’s heads. She and they were living in a caravan park in Nelson where the owners allowed her to stay longer than is generally allowed because of her inability to find a state house in Nelson.

Instead of complaining about the shortage of houses with their rental subsidised by the government in Nelson she accepted the offer of a three bedroom home for $106 a week in Timaru. In order to find affordable housing for her and her sons, she made the difficult decision to leave behind her family and friends.

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