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Friday, 15 January

18:00

Today’s Trivia Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can […]

16:30

Daily Roundup Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good Evening, Welcome To The Daily Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t have to stay “on topic” in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, links to other news or catch up with friends. If you haven’t tried it before, signing in to a Disqus account is free, quick, and […]

15:30

Why didn’t she just slap the old trout in the face? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Forget social media, there is a far better way to deal with obnoxious busy-bodies…a slap in face usually does the trick. A storm has erupted on social media after yet another example of a woman being berated by a stranger for breastfeeding in public has emerged. Deijah Cook, 21, has claimed she was publicly shamed […]

15:00

Chinese economic jitters and the Auckland housing market Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Lately there have been some worry warts out there who are certain that the housing market is about to turn. The key to it has been a minor downturn in sales in December, which doesn’t mean anything at all. But speculation also exists that the Chinese have been turned off since the Brightline rules came […]

14:30

And Greg O’Connor wants all police to be armed? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Greg O’Connor wants all Police armed. He has set about creating a media storm about the risks cops face and though some of them are real his last stunt before Christmas, using Heather du Plessis-Allan as the patsy, hasn’t played out all that well. This latest news suggests that his call might be a bit […]

14:00

What a great idea, perhaps we could try this here to solve the deadbeat parent problem Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In 2013 New Zealand deadbeat parents owed more than $2.8 billion in unpaid child support payments. Despite law changes it doesn’t appear there is much being done to recover this from deadbeat parents. Perhaps Arizona has a solution for us to emulate: they have acted to publicly shame dead beat parents. Deadbeat dads in Arizona, […]

13:30

Here’s something you didn’t need to know Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Ignoring the mind-searing stupidity of the proposed situation, media are doing articles on what you rather leave behind if you only had space for one of those items. If we had space for only one thing on a trip, most of us would rather bring our smartphone than our toothbrushes, deodorant, or even our driver’s […]

13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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12:30

More government action needed on outlaw gangs Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

THE GOVERNMENT is facing renewed calls to take on outlaw gangs as a first step in making a dent in the burgeoning billion-dollar methamphetamine trade. National’s multi-agency approach involving intelligence gathering, enhanced law enforcement, prevention and intervention has done little to stem the tide of methamphetamine in New Zealand’s largest city. According to criminologist Greg Newbold, […]

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:30

Barry Coates is a lunatic, and the media are giving him a platform Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A petition against New Zealand signing the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement has gathered over 11,000 signatures in just two days. The Government is denying a date has been set for the signing of the deal despite an official statement by Chile saying it will be done in New Zealand on 4 February. Barry Coates from […]

11:00

Next thing to worry about: Global warming is delaying the next Ice Age Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Global warming is likely to disrupt a natural cycle of ice ages and help delay the onset of the next big freeze until about 100,000 years from now, scientists say. In the past million years, the world has had about 10 ice ages before swinging back to warmer conditions like the present. In the last […]

10:30

Don’t just suspend their licence, stick them on the next flight home Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

What is the problem with dickhead tourists coming here thinking they are immune from the law?  Would it be because, in a way, they are? A UK tourist had his licence suspended on the spot after police clocked him driving at 150kph in a rental car. He was caught near Kumara Junction Highway, on the […]

10:00

Photo Of The Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Day 100,000 Iranian Women Protested The Headscarf Who spoke up for these women? No-one. Where are they now? Those who are still alive are all wearing the hijab, unless they were able to escape from Iran. Who speaks up for such women now?  When 34-year-old photographer Azadeh Fatehrad first laid eyes on an image […]

09:30

There really is no need to “reclaim the streets” Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A group of Auckland woman will join forces this weekend to “reclaim the streets” with a memorial run for slain jogger Jo Pert. READ MORE: Slain mum Jo Pert farewelled Ms Pert, a 41-year-old mother of two, died after she was allegedly attacked while on her morning run in Remuera a week ago. A 24-year-old […]

09:00

Cartoon of the Week Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Roger nails it this week Belgium had no government for close to two years, and life carried on just fine. Perhaps we need a No Government Party – they will do nothing while in power and just let everyone get on with their business.

08:30

Motat moves in a new direction Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Motat is an Auckland Icon. Most parents have taken their kids to the trifecta of Auckland Zoo, Motat and Western Springs, as they are all side-by-side.When I was a child I loved visiting Motat as it provided hands-on learning experiences as well as good old-fashioned fun. Today, a place that not only entertains children but […]

08:00

Is Sanders really ahead of Clinton? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

There are many pundits, from the left-wing, crowing that Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls and has passed Hillary Clinton. Apparently the donations have surged for Sanders after the news of the polls and Hillary Clinton attacking him for his donations. But is he really in front? Let’s see what Nate Silver has to say. Remember, […]

07:30

Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police now endorse Sexism Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have worked hard to be a place of equality for all Canadians. A leak to Ezra Levant of therebel.media from the RCMP has revealed that this month they are going to announce a change. A new uniform for policewomen is going to be unveiled and it will be the sharia-compliant […]

07:00

What happened to peak oil? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Green party issued a press release yesterday in which they claimed that cheap oil prices give us the opportunity to start exiting from oil exploration. Low oil prices give the Government the perfect opportunity to begin withdrawing its support for oil exploration and risky deep sea oil drilling, the Green Party said today. Oil […]

06:30

Wishart to release explosive book on Ben & Olivia case, identifies the “mystery ketch” Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Journalist Ian Wishart believes there will be “red faces” and “demands for explanations” when a new book on the Scott Watson case hits bookstores in a fortnight or so. Entitled “Elementary: The Explosive File on Scott Watson and the Disappearance of Ben & Olivia – What Haven’t They Told You?”, the book promises to identify […]

06:00

The Rise and Rise of Chris Bishop Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The National Party List MP Chris Bishop has had a huge amount of positive press in the last few months. In the eyes of the media he is the next man coming in National, and a man who will clearly test John Key’s promise to caucus that he will not promote anyone to a cabinet […]

05:30

Police try to wrestle control back from Facebook Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Retailers such as Gun City have worked hard to crowd-source justice by involving Facebook.  Now the police will buy rights to use software for retailers to file electronic reports directly to them. The software enables retailers to complete incident reports and provide relevant information to police about thefts including shoplifting and petrol drive offs, and […]

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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.

04:30

Face of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Today’s glamorous face of the day is simply dotty about fashion and her willingness to splash herself all over a women’s magazine is not unusual. Former Green MP Sue Bradford says women’s magazines are used by politicians to change people’s perceptions of them. For someone wanting to promote herself as a Prime Minister-in-waiting I think […]

04:15

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is… enunciate  (verb) – 1. To pronounce; articulate. 2. To state or set forth precisely or systematically. 3. To announce; proclaim. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1620s, “declare, express,” from Latin enunciatus, properly enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare “speak out, say, express, assert; divulge, disclose, reveal, betray,” from assimilated […]

04:00

Friday's Fulminations No Minister

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Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf

04:00

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 14 21It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.

Thursday, 14 January

18:00

Today’s Trivia Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can […]

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Good Evening, Welcome To The Daily Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t have to stay “on topic” in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, links to other news or catch up with friends. If you haven’t tried it before, signing in to a Disqus account is free, quick, and […]

15:30

Let Assange rot in his embassy prison Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Swedish prosecutors have requested permission to question Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in London over rape allegations, and are waiting for a response, the Prosecution Authority said. “It is not possible to estimate when we will receive an answer,” the prosecution authority said in a statement. It said the request was submitted […]

15:00

Debate or ban? Even the republicans are losing their way Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Trump is everything the media need – he fills the space between the adverts.  But he’s also gaining traction, so the Democratic party need to counter that.  Don’t expect them to win the high ground – they simply want to remove an American citizen’s right to move freely around his own country. And oddly enough, […]

14:30

To the Syrian Refugees entering New Zealand: Welcome! Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Red Cross is impressed by New Zealanders welcoming attitude towards the Syrian refugees. The first of the six hundred strong special refugee intake have begun arriving. National programme development manager Rachel O’Connor says they’ve been overwhelmed by people wanting to volunteer and donate goods. “We’re really excited that when the families arrive in the […]

14:00

As night follows day: Maori not happy with protecting fish Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

It all goes to plan: as a government you do something, and Maori interests aren’t happy. Proposed laws for establishing protected marine areas will undermine Maori fishing rights, the Maori Fisheries Trust says. On Tuesday the government announced a proposal to build a new framework for protecting New Zealand’s marine environments, including creating marine reserves […]

13:30

Richard Harman has a bro-crush on National’s Chris Bishop Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Chris Bishop came into Parliament as a National list MP in 2014 with what you might call form. He’d been a lobbyist for a tobacco company, had worked for Cabinet Ministers Steven Joyce’s and Gerry Brownlee and had earned a reputation at Victoria University as a far right libertarian with an undisguised ambition to be […]

13:00

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Fascinating and depressing Bikini Words from Nils Clauss on Vimeo.

12:30

I love you man, Ctd Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

As we saw in this morning’s article, headlines are where it’s at. To provide “balance”, the media have gone to academia and got “balancing comment” on the idea that alcohol isn’t a factor in violence. Two university researchers are “appalled” at an alcohol industry funded report which claims alcohol is not a cause of violence. […]

12:00

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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11:30

They keep knock-knocking but they can’t come in Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Some people have mocked Slovakia calling it Slow-vakia but they seem to have more sense in their little fingers than Germany, Sweden and Denmark. The pressure will build as more and more European Union member countries refuse to do the bidding of the UN. If Slovakia can say no to 802 Muslim migrants with its […]

11:00

Phil “Chinky” Twyford facing a backlash in his own electorate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour’s racist lash-out against Asians (and more or less just Asians) being responsible for Tane and Tania no longer being able to afford anything will have its predictable fall-out:  Twyford’s own future is looking shaky. A former Labour member plans to run a candidate in Te Atatu in protest at Phil Twyford’s use of Chinese-sounding […]

10:30

It isn’t just sex that sells, fear does too Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Schools are considering less adventurous camps and others are spending thousands of dollars to audit their health and safety procedures ahead of new regulations. With the first term approaching, private companies are approaching schools to sell auditing or training before a new health and safety law takes effect in April. The principal of Rotorua’s John […]

09:32

Bowie's Entitlement and grief The Hand Mirror

At first, I can't quite believe it.  No.  Please, please, no.

David Bowie is dead.  Facebook is grieving.  Gradually, numbly, I realise it's true.

I heard the first song about sex and relationships that I fully saw myself in when he sang:

"Well, Annie's pretty neat, she always eats her meat
Joe is awful strong, bet your life he's putting us on 
Oh lordy, oh lordy, you know I need some loving
Oh move me, touch me
John, I'm only dancing
She turns me on, but I'm only dancing"
As a teenager, I had crushes on Prince, Billy Bragg and Paul Weller.  Sexual crushes.  I watched my boyfriend's shoulders moving under his shirt and wanted to touch him, every time. But I had no language for my breathlessness when I watched the wicket-keeper in my schoolgirl cricket team run, legs rippling, floating with muscular grace.  No language to describe why I wanted to look at the basketball centre while she sassed her opposing player and split the court with the right pass.

I'd heard of lesbians, and a couple of times I worried at the word, turning it over at night, wondering and wondering if the butterflies I felt while instinctively hiding my sportsgirl crushes from team mates counted?  Ultimately, I didn't see how they could, when I swooned over the boy in class who answered all the calculus questions, or the boy who visited me at work just so we could gaze at each other and smile.

David Bowie was a tipping point.  I played John, I'm Only Dancing thousands of times in my mid and late teens, so often I've daydreamed all the characters into authenticity.  It's my very own bisexual film, where my attractions make sense and might create tricky dilemmas at times, but no more so than...

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