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Friday, 19 October

21:00

What happens when you fail to kill Mr Kaplan? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is a television show called The Blacklist, about a master criminal called Raymond Reddington. Wikipedia explains the basic thrust of the show: Quote: Raymond Red Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals [] The post What happens when you fail to kill Mr Kaplan? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

CNN: Cold War #4/24 Berlin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

20:30

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #6/6 2003 The Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

20:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

RNZ Focus On Politics: Mallard cancels Bridges leak investigation (August 24, 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hard on the heels of establishing an inquiry, Speaker Mallard pulls the pin, effectively saying it was a National Party issue. Again many people, including Adam, thought this unlikely, but how wrong we were.

This audio sets the scene for what has now happened

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180824-1830-focus_on_politics_for_24_august_2018-128.mp3

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is forbearance (noun) 1. Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience. 2. (Law) The act of giving a debtor more time to pay rather than immediately enforcing a debt that is due. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1570s, originally legal, in reference to enforcement of debt [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

RNZ Focus On Politics: The leak of Simon Bridges travel expenses (17 August 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given all that has happened this week in NZ politics it seemed appropriate to look back to the distant past, i.e. August 2018, and look at where recent events started to take shape.

This audio is about the initial leak of Simon Bridges travel expenses

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180817-1838-focus_on_politics_for_17_august_2018-128.mp3

Some of the conjecture then seems rather interesting in the light of events

11:30

Newsroom: again the online voting spin from NZ media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another piece of online voting spin. This time from Newsroom. 

Note the conclusion:

I stand by my prediction that well eventually be able to vote online in our general election, but as I said it wont be in the next election or the one after. It could be a decade or more away, judging by the current period of trials and cautious monitoring.

Alternatively: BOHICA

Adam posted about this a few days ago. In that post Adam linked to this:-

Prof Thomas looks at this with an open mind and comes up with a number of conclusions.

Make up your own mind.

Adam is not convinced, that in a NZ context, that online voting is desirable.

11:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

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Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

10:35

Most winningest blog post of the year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


No contest - this will never, ever get old.  In a post on Kiwiblog, David Farrar writes:

National should trigger the waka jumping law.

Do you know how many posts David Farrar has written about what a disgraceful affront to democracy the waka jumping law is?  No, I don't either, I got sick of scrolling through the Google results list.

It sure would be funny if National did trigger this law.  After all their huffing and puffing about it, they'd be the first to use it, and that only a couple of weeks after it became law. Oh please, do it do it do it....

10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S05 E01 On With The Dance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

10:00

10:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Rowes Prostate Exam Thank you Mike Rowe for showing men how easy it is to get their prostate checked. Mike teamed up with ZERO for this hilarious video of him getting his prostate exam on camera. Please share and help spread the word! The post Friday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Range Rover Classic. Real world review of 71 Suffix A & 90s Vogue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:00

Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:00

Classic Drama: Love for Lydia #2/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lydia Aspen, a seemingly shy girl from a wealthy but isolated background, is encouraged by her aunts, her new carers, to discover the delights of growing up. They entrust her education to Mr Richardson, the young apprentice for Evensfords local newspaper, who is sent to their house to get a story about the recent death of Lydias father.

Richardsons access to the Aspens is unusual, as they are rarely seen by anyone from the town and hide behind their stone walls and perimeter of trees; introducing Lydia to the towns inhabitants gives Richardson a great sense of pride. Visiting the Aspen estate also allows Richardson the chance to escape from the great engulfing vacuum of Evensford, with its endless stretch of factory roofs and back alleys.

As Lydia and Richardson spend more time together, he realises that his initial concept of Lydia was wrong, that she is far from being shy, and is often impetuous and demanding and enjoys captivating the young men who become her companions. Richardson soon discovers that his promise to love her, no matter what she does to him, is going to push him beyond the pain and feelings he thinks he is capable of experiencing

08:30

Jacinda Ardern & the media: What you need to know after the UN speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz A brilliant compilation of the hypocrisy in Arderns UN speech kindness in contrast to the hatred and totalitarianism and intolerance of the socialist left towards Molyneux and Southerns existence. Ironically, the latters ideas on preserving traditional western values [] The post Jacinda Ardern & the media: What you need to know after the UN speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E16 Mother Love "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

08:00

Undercover: Crashing Hawaii Socialist Protest! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here.   The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

07:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Peter Tosh songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with The Wailers and solo. Born today in 1946, Keith Reid principal songwriter for Procol Harum. Born today in 1948, Patrick Simmons singer, songwriter and guitarist with the Doobie Brothers. Born today in 1960, Daniel Woody Woodgate drummer with Madness Today in 1973, David [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

RNZ Morning Report: Anne-Marie Brady warns against interference after National revelations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From RNZ Morning Report today, Anne-Marie Brady an academic who specialises in studying Chinas political influence in New Zealand says politicians need to upskill to prevent foreign government interference and especially the influence of Chinese money in NZ politics

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181019-0814-anne-marie_brady_discusses_chinese_political_donations_in_nz-128.mp3

As Ms Brady notes:-

University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady told Morning Report politicians needed to look deeper into the connections of donors.

The real threat that Im paying attention to in this story is the failure of our political parties to prevent foreign government interference into our democratic political processes.

The matters we need to look into is the connection of some of these donors, not all of them to the Chinese party state. The Chinese Communist Party is an elite party and they have a tactic, which was set by Lenin and its called the United Front. Its a way to influence non-party members and in the case of foreign policy, foreigners.

Listen to the clip and read the article, it is well worth doing.

Whichever side of the political spectrum you support these questions must be asked.

06:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:30

CSIS: Great Powers in Asia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The fates of China, Russia, and the United States, are profoundly bound to the Asian continent. Historically, these powers have shaped and been shaped by Asia, and it is clear that Asia continues to factor centrally in their strategic thinking. In recent years, both Russia and the United States have paid more attention to Asia as a central theater in 21st century geopolitics. With its Belt and Road Initiative and expansive activities in maritime Asia, China is also playing a more active role in Asian geopolitics today. Yet all three powers also face significant uncertainty. The election of Donald Trump thrust uncertainty into the future of US foreign policy, including in Asia. The recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was widely interpreted as a prelude to a more assertive China. Russias own relations with Beijing and Washington are in flux, and Russia will have its own election in March 2018. Where does Asia fit in the grand strategic visions of China, Russia, and the U.S.and what are the implications for regional security? Where is there room for cooperation, and where is there a real possibility of confrontation? What form might either of these take?

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is Friday, so this instruction from the Messenger (PBUH) is appropriate for today. It is presumed but not stated explicitly that every male should take a bath on Friday whether they need it or not. It makes sense that this is done before Friday prayers (although again not explicitly stated) as one would not [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

New Zealand politics: A circus for self serving highly paid clowns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What we have seen from the Labour Party during their term in opposition and what we are now seeing from the National Party brings into question the state of New Zealand politics. One only has to view Question Time to find the answer. To start with the speaker, an ex-school teacher, runs the house like [] The post New Zealand politics: A circus for self serving highly paid clowns appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

The left cant meme: NPC edition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Meme culture is the lingua franca of todays internet-connected youth and, as is so often the way with youthful patois, the old folk mostly just dont get it. If you have to ask what it is, youll never know, as Louis Armstrong once said. Even worse is when uncomprehending codgers painfully try to ape the [] The post The left cant meme: NPC edition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:30

The truth about the BDS : Part one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have always considered the BDS organisation to be an economic terrorist organisation that at its core is completely anti-semitic despite all their false protestations that they are anti-Zionist and that being anti the Jewish people having their own homeland is not anti-Semitic at all. They are assisted of course by useful idiots like BDS [] The post The truth about the BDS : Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Kansas City Public Library: What to make of the age of Donald Trump Thomas Frank "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The day after Donald Trump was elected president, The New York Times recommended six books for those trying to understand the political, economic, regional and social shifts that drove one of the most stunning political upsets in the nations history. Among them: Thomas Franks Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Frank, a Kansas City native, has followed up, embarking on a 13-city barnstorming tour to talk to Trump voters, union leaders, and progressive activists across the Midwest in conjunction with Listen Liberals release in paperback. On his last stopin Kansas Cityhe discusses what he has learned.

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:00

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #7/26 1929 Breadline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peoples Century is a television documentary series examining the 20th century. It was a joint production of the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS member station WGBH Boston in the United States. The series was first shown on BBC in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 television seasons before being shown elsewhere in the world and before being broadcast in the USA in 1998.

The 26 one-hour episodes examined the socio-economic, political, and cultural movements that shaped the 20th century. The series represented a departure from documentaries that present history through recounting the actions of great men; Peoples Century considers the century from the perspective of common people. Most of those interviewed were ordinary men and women who closely witnessed various events and who give personal accounts of the manner in which the developments and disruptions of the 20th century affected their lives.

The opening credits depict various images from the century, accompanied with a theme music score by Zbigniew Preisner. The documentary won an International Emmy Award, among others.

02:30

Sex, lies and audiotape "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The rolling grenade continues. It is like a Catherine Wheel that never stops. By the time this article is published, there will be a whole new chapter to this saga. Nobody can keep up. We would have to keep our proofreaders up all night to stay current with this stuff, and well that isnt [] The post Sex, lies and audiotape appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Hey! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Mafia Requests To No Longer Be Called 'The Mob' Because Of Negative Association With Political Activists

02:00

Beggars demand to be choosers: Indonesia furious with Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Australia hands over about half a billion dollars in foreign aid to Indonesia every year. Exactly why isnt apparent: Indonesia is one of the highest-GDP nations on earth, only slightly behind Australia. Meanwhile, in return for our generosity, Australians get the privilege of having to constantly dance around the hypersensitivities of yet another glass-jawed Muslim [] The post Beggars demand to be choosers: Indonesia furious with Australia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Tracey Martin on the warpath "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For reasons known only to herself, New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin still has an axe to grind with charter schools. All New Zealand charter schools have lost their battle to remain charter schools and have been railroaded by the coalition government into becoming state schools. She won, they lost so why is she still displaying [] The post Tracey Martin on the warpath appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:15

Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters. Please send your own book reviews to books@whaleoil.co.nz Todays review comes from Miss Mcgerkinshaw A body in the Dales (A Yorkshire murder mystery) By J.R. Ellis Im not an as educated reader as the rest of you but enjoy a good murder mystery and have lived in [] The post Book review of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This one is sunset at Glenelg beach in Adelaide. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:34

Thoughts prompted by the tape "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very pertinent comments by Michael Reddell which deserve wide consideration

croaking cassandra

What to take from Jami-Lee Rosss tape of his conversation with his (then) boss?  Im not interested in Bridgess vulgar and insulting talk about his own MPs (although being, like him, a child of a Baptist manse, I can only surmise that he wasnt raised to use that sort of language) or even that interested in the minutiae of whether and how donations are recorded and disclosed, including to the party hierarchy itself (significant as those issues probably are generally).

As compared to the situation a few days ago, we know that there was a $100000 donation to the National Party, initiated apparently (whatever final form the lesser components took) by Auckland businessman Yikun Zhang who (despite apparently coming here as a poor former PLA soldier 18 years ago) doesnt speak English.   The first person I asked the other day about Yikun Zhang responded along the lines of bad

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00:30

RNZ Mediawatch: Investigative Journalism in todays world "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Mediawatch had a lengthy segment on the issues and dangers facing investigative journalists in to days world. It is worth listening to. The website article has useful links as well.

This past week, the grisly killing of a TV reporter overseas  Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova  and the alarming disappearance of another journalist  Saudi Arabian Jamal Khashoggi  offered further evidence that investigative journalism this days is a risky business.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20181014-0910-investigative_journalism_in_an_age_of_danger_and_netflix-128.mp3

If no-one gives a shit, youve failed. Before heading home to Sweden after six months off in Gisborne, award-winning investigative TV reporter Joachim Dyfvermark told local reporters theyre up against the likes of Netflix, HBO and YouTube.

00:30

Its okay to cover up or be complicit in a criminal act "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over half the respondents in the recent Whaleoil poll said that they thought taping a conversation was worse than either covering up a crime or being complicit in it. This is a staggering result which begs the question, have over half of us lost our moral compass? Or are we so swayed by political bias [] The post Its okay to cover up or be complicit in a criminal act appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:26

Mad, bad or both? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ross was, based on my memory of meeting him, a somewhat shifty person.

Homepaddock

Is Jami-Lee Ross mentally ill, just behaving really badly, or both?

Amateur diagnosticians are using terms like manic depression, bipolar and narcissism to describe his behaviour.

Former colleague, Mark Mitchell, who is in a better position to know spoke to Mike Hosking yesterday about mental illness and said: He has to take responsibility for his actions, but he must look after himself first.

That was before the release of the tape that didnt appear to be the smoking gun Ross said it would be, but did needlessly insult other people, all of whom responded with dignity.

Maureen Pugh tweeted:

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00:23

Taxing too far "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a rational economic sense if you believe in climate change there are valid reasons for upping petrol taxes. However,reality is different, in real life people are affected not economic constructs. Something many of our so called leaders of all ilks signally fail to recognise.

Homepaddock

The petrol tank was around a quarter full when I stopped for more fuel.

It cost more than $100.

As I paid I said to the woman serving me, Im pleased this doesnt mean I cant buy the groceries, it must be hard for a lot of people.

She agreed, said her children were on the minimum wage and one sometimes had to toss up between fuel for the car to get to work and food for her family.

That is now the reality for too many people.

The government can cast blame on fuel companies but it has to take some responsibility.

The extra taxes it has already introduced and the additional tax in the pipeline makes the governments share of the price we pay at the pump too big a proportion of the total cost.

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00:15

Political poll: If there was an election tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:00

CNN: Cold War #3/24 Marshall Plan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

Thursday, 18 October

23:30

CNN: Jamal Khashoggis last column for Washington Post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A CNN piece reading Jamal Khashoggis last article for the Washington Post

23:30

Whatever happened to diplomacy? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The 2014 election campaign was the dirtiest we had ever seen in New Zealand politics. Rap artists, funded by NZ on Air, wrote a song about raping the prime ministers daughter. Kim DotCom went around the country, stirring up students with chants of F**k John Key. Nicky Hager wrote a book, using private material that [] The post Whatever happened to diplomacy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #5 English Architecture: The End of the Old World Order, 1530 to 1650 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved.

23:00

Pandoras political box is wide open "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One thing has become very clear to me during the latest political shitstorm. Overall Oilers are not afraid to call out and condemn bad behaviour from their own side. Whenever there is a left-wing scandal the left-wing blogs fall over themselves to try to justify and excuse the bad behaviour. They always play a defensive game [] The post Pandoras political box is wide open appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Now they are coming for your family bach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While Jami-Lee Ross is throwing grenades out in all directions, the government is getting away with murder. Nobody is looking at them, especially not the media. They can do anything they like at the moment; everyone is watching the National party implode. Here is just the sort of thing that just might slip under the [] The post Now they are coming for your family bach appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday Winston Peters said this about Chris Finlayson: Quote: I always knew that Finlayson the greatest legal mind the Commonwealth has ever seen was going End quote. To which Chris Finlayson retorted via Facebook: Quote: I am humbled by Winston Peters assessment of me as the greatest legal mind the Commonwealth has ever seen on nzherald.co.nz. That [] The post Sledge of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:45

Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oiler Sump at the Quarry, Halswell on Sunday 21 October from 1 pm! This coming weekend there is a good excuse to get out and about. You are invited to come along to the Halswell Quarry on Kennedys Bush Road from 1 pm and try some Whale Meat Christmas Ham and decide for yourself [] The post Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Morning Report: Peters says Bridges-Ross is a new low in NZ Politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters just couldnt help himself. RNZ Morning Report runs a truly bizarre segment of Peters in a standup at Parliament yesterday.

Just listen to the effrontery.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181019-0637-jami-lee_ross_saga_a_new_low_-_winston_peters-128.mp3

21:30

Like nothing ever seen before "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters says hes never seen anything like this ever before. Hes right, it is worse than when his tight five shafted him for cushy jobs: Quote: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand politics has hit a new low in the wake of the Jami-Lee Ross tape saga and his public feud with [] The post Like nothing ever seen before appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #5/6 1992 Leaving the ERM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

21:00

Nationals had their best shot and failed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National and especially Paula Back Door Bennett decided to get involved in personal stuff. They thought this would end everything. Instead Jami-Lee Ross let them have a day where they thought they had won, and ruined it with a late afternoon tweet. Quote: Rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross has released a text message exchange relating to [] The post Nationals had their best shot and failed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

The AM Show: Garner talks with David Farrar ( Thursday 18 October) about Bridges-Ross Mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On The AM Show,yesterday morning, Garner spoke with David Farrar, video here, substance below

New Zealand finally has a political scandal worthy of Australian politics, according to blogger David Farrar.

The Jami-Lee Ross affair reached boiling point this week, with Mr Ross accusing National Party leader Simon Bridges of breaking the law, and releasing a recording in which they discuss donations, f**king useless MPs and whether it would be better to have more Chinese or Indians standing for Parliament.

In turn, National booted Mr Ross out of the party, and on Thursday morning Newsroom published allegations from four women, accusing Mr Ross of using brutal sex and intimidation in his lust for power and control.

Mr Farrar, a long-time ally of the National Party, told The AM Show on Thursday the claims and counter-claims have been incredibly explosive.

Earlier in the week I compared this to a typical Tuesday in Australian politics. But I think this is now actually going to exceed the worst of Australian and British politics. It just keeps growing.

Most shocking is the timing of it all only a year into Opposition when the party remains the most-popular in the country.

Youd sort of understand this if they were in their seventh year in Opposition in the mid-20s, like Labour did. You have to give Labour credit they only did stuff this stupid when they were desperate.

He thinks Mr Bridges job as leader might have been saved by Newsrooms bombshell report.

The last thing [National MPs] want to do is be seen to be rewarding Jami-Lees tactics. But also, politics is about electability. Any party that goes through a period of damage and someones trying to take out the leader, it does do damage.

Any caucus, whether its Labour, National, Greens maybe not NZ First at some stage if they feel, Shit, we cant win with this guy, they may make a change. But in the short-term, theres absolutely nothing there.

...

20:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Andrew Geddis writes on Bridges-Ross "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Geddis has useful a piece on Bridges-Ross at the RNZ website. It repays careful reading.

Professor Geddis teaches Law at Otago University.

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] National Party President Peter Goodfellow facilitated a gentlemens agreement with a woman who complained about Mr Ross bullying behaviour. The agreement required her to not speak publicly about Mr Ross conduct.  The complaint is believed to have been made a couple of years ago, which is when the agreement was also signed. [] -RadioNZ [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is cyclopean (adj) 1. (often Cyclopean) Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops. 2. Very big; huge. 3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterised by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English cyclopean comes from the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

The Bridges-Ross Mess just got worse for National "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Checkpoint had this segment last evening, plus an accompanying article.

It is alleged that some in Nationals hierarchy were aware of some issues with Ross at least 2 years ago. Precisely who knew and what did they each know is not clear. These latest allegations are not good.

Furthermore, why was Ross not eased out as soon as possible. It raises the spectre of Ross possessing some very damaging information on either someone or multiple someones.

National need to front this, else it will fester and infect the entire party.

19:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

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.

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12:30

12:22

Agenda 2030 marred by MDG mindsets on steroids "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies.

Clarke Gayford, partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, holds their three-month-old baby at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 27, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/PA Images. all rights reserved

This years United Nations General Assembly had its usual share of highs and lows. Headlines contrasted between the drama, nervous laughter and pessimism of US President Trumps speech and hopes of a new kind of political leadership offered by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern who urged renewed commitment to gender equality and multilateralism.

Now that the motorcades have departed, its back to business as usual at the UN.

But business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies. As is the norm, several new initiatives were launched by billionaire philanthropists and the UNs leadership.

Decision makers and technocrats still appear to be stuck in a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mindset, albeit on steroids.

Notable among these is a new partnership initiative involve youth in Agenda 2030. Nonetheless, decision makers and technocrats still appear to be stuck in a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mindset, albeit on steroids. Too many of them continue to see poverty and exclusion as economic problems to be solved rather than as governance failures and grave human rights violations.   

Conspicuously, three th...

12:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E04 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

11:05

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E13 Peace Out Of Pain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blocked in some locations

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

10:00

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey -S04 E20 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

10:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. Its the longest-running study of human development in the world, and its produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way [] The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

New Zealand reporter Patrick (Patty) Gowers attempt to redeem himself goes wrong! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post New Zealand reporter Patrick (Patty) Gowers attempt to redeem himself goes wrong! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Classic Drama: Love for Lydia #1/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lydia Aspen, a seemingly shy girl from a wealthy but isolated background, is encouraged by her aunts, her new carers, to discover the delights of growing up. They entrust her education to Mr Richardson, the young apprentice for Evensfords local newspaper, who is sent to their house to get a story about the recent death of Lydias father.

Richardsons access to the Aspens is unusual, as they are rarely seen by anyone from the town and hide behind their stone walls and perimeter of trees; introducing Lydia to the towns inhabitants gives Richardson a great sense of pride. Visiting the Aspen estate also allows Richardson the chance to escape from the great engulfing vacuum of Evensford, with its endless stretch of factory roofs and back alleys.

As Lydia and Richardson spend more time together, he realises that his initial concept of Lydia was wrong, that she is far from being shy, and is often impetuous and demanding and enjoys captivating the young men who become her companions. Richardson soon discovers that his promise to love her, no matter what she does to him, is going to push him beyond the pain and feelings he thinks he is capable of experiencing

09:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Graphene on The One Show The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Gay Muslim Drag Queen causes confusion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E15 Unauthorised Entry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

08:15

Corrupt Practice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National's supporters are making much of the fact that Jami-Lee Ross' tapes of his conversations with Simon Bridges don't prove Bridges was involved in a breach of electoral law re the $100,000 donation by Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun.  They're right, but it's worth noting what the tapes do reveal.

1. Selection as a National Party candidate is for sale, possibly for as little as $100,000. ("...at the dinner they did discuss candidacy, and another Chinese candidate." "Two MPs, yeah.")

2. Dodgy tricks with donations are routine in the National Party ("We need to tell them, I get that. I get that. I'm going to tell him [Goodfellow]I think he'll accept it I just need to explain to him what it is I want it for. [Funding attack ads against the government]")

3. Racism ain't no thang in the National Party. ("two Chinese are worth more than two Indians").

4.  Chinese Communist Party influence over NZ political parties continues to grow.  National is worse afflicted than Labour, but that isn't saying much, given that Labour recently made this guy who doesn't even speak English a member of the NZ Order of Merit.

Much as I'm enjoying the public humiliation of the National Party this week, that point number 4 cuts across party lines and needs both major parties to be punished in the polls until they stop being bought so cheap.  It's pretty ridiculous when you have to rely on the Green Party as the one not under the thumb of communists.

08:00

Classic Comedy: Still Open All Hours David Jason S01 E01 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom created by Roy Clarke for the BBC, starring David Jason. It is the sequel to the sitcom Open All Hours, which both Clarke and Jason worked on throughout its 26 episode run from 1973 to 1985, following a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013 commemorating the original series.[1] Like the original series, the story focuses on the life of Granville as he continues to run his uncle Arkwrights shop, with the assistance of his son Leroy, while seeking to be with his love interest. Unlike the original series, the cast includes a more regular group of characters and additional side-plots concerning them, and features the return of Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole, and Maggie Ollerenshaw as their respective characters in Open All Hours.

Following the 2013 special, the show has run four full-length series, with the first of them premiering on 26 December 2014. A fifth series commenced broadcast on BBC One in October 2018.

08:00

Secret recording of bullying and shutting down free speech in the Army "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:45

A new video series by Lindsay Perigo: Episode three "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lindsay Perigo and Bruni Turner discuss the Dems War on Civilisation, the Mid-Terms, and a sparkling reappearance by Leonard Peikoff: The post A new video series by Lindsay Perigo: Episode three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here.   The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #5/5 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

07:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Morning Report: More recordings? The Bridges-Ross Mess continues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Morning Report

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181018-0817-more_damage_to_come_from_secret_recordings-128.mp3

National Party leader Simon Bridges believes MP Jami-Lee Ross has secretly recordered not only him but other MPs for many months. And Mr Ross has said he intends to release some of those recordings. So will the National Party leadership survive this stealth attack? Bryce Edwards is a political commentator from Victoria University and Ben Thomas is a former National Party press seretary and is now with Exceltium, Matthew Hootons public affairs consultancy. They talk to Guyon Espiner.

06:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1926, singer, songwriter, guitarist and rock and roll pioneer Charles Chuck Berry. Born today in 1949, Gary Richrath guitarist and songwriter with REO Speedwagon . Born today in 1949, Joe Egan keyboardist, songwriter and singer with Stealers Wheel. Today in 1979, Buggles went to number 1 on the UK singles [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Just for fun: Political poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:23

Oh Dear. What a Shame. How Sad. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When you're running for president and South Park takes the piss out of you it is time to give the game away.

I present to you, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the one percent descendant of any particular minority victim group you'd care to name.

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, that just put Western Union and all the online international foreign exchange companies out of business. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Political train wreck not surprising "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the light of the farcical behaviour in the last couple of days from a party that should damn well know better, questions now have to be asked of both senior National MPs and the National Party Board: How the hell did you allow the situation with Jamie-Lee Ross to get to this diabolical point? [] The post Political train wreck not surprising appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:21

THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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As there is no capital outlay we start saving the moment the sun shines.   Currently we are paying around $2,640 per annum for power.    We are projected to save about one-quarter of that and, one thing you can be certain of, power prices will continue to increase.

This will not be for everyone and Solarcity have their own bottom lines against which they assess every application.   Not all potential customers make it through 'their' gate.    Well worth a look though ... go to their website at www.solarcity.co.nz and this could be your lucky day.

05:00

Transgender male wins womens cycling competition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pink News reports: quote. A trans-identified male, Rachel McKinnon, has won another womens cycling title, the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships. end quote. Trans-identified? Is this yet another gender? A trans person who identifies as a trans person, but is not a trans person? Is that what this means? Who knows? Or, for that matter, [] The post Transgender male wins womens cycling competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #4 English Architecture: Coming of Age, 1408-1530 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved.

04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:45

Melanie Reid at Newsroom: Ross and the Women "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It has been reported that Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett had met with Jami-Lee Ross to discuss concerns over inappropriate behaviour for a married man. Some have said it was wrong for National to say this and for Paula Bennett to comment to the media on this. Winston Peters stoked the fires on this as well, as reported by the NZ Herald

This morning Melanie Reid, at Newsroom, has a substantive piece on Ross and his relations with women. Note the first sentence. Ms Reid has been pursuing this story for the past year. This is not an article put together as a rapid response to Rosss allegations. Unlike some of the accusations on Twitter:-

But the reaction from the left was only to be expected, but to return to Ms Reids piece

Over the past year, Newsroom investigations editor Melanie Reid has been looking into the background and behaviour of former National MP Jami-Lee Ross. She has talked to a number of people who have given detailed accounts, recordings and documents of their close working and personal relationships with the controversial politician.

Some felt manipulated and intimidated by the way he goes about his politics and his social interactions. Others felt pressured not to speak out.

Today Newsroom presents, on the condition of anonymity, the stories of four women and the relationships which they now believe saw them variously groomed, used for access to information and power, and abused.

Each saw the MP speak out on Tuesday denying his leaders allegations of harassment, saying he was raised to respect all women.

Yesterday Ross, who is married with children, told journalists he was happy with how he had conducted his personal life and w...

03:30

The Inception Party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Politics is all about having friends and allies, and in an MMP environment, nothing could be more true. As the National party has recently found out, if you have no friends, or more accurately, no potential coalition partners, you will probably not make it into government. Even if your party gets the most votes out [] The post The Inception Party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click the image for a high-res interactive view This is Ann . . . She drinks blood! How awesome is this map? Drawn in 1943 by Theodore Geisel, later famously known as the beloved author, Dr Seuss. Collectors comments are as follows A U.S. Army poster produced to educate the troops about areas of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:38

Benefits of foreign ownership "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

What a very generous donation:

Secretive American-born billionaire Ken Dart plans to donate the popular and sprawling Wairoa Gorge Bike Park, near Nelson, to the Crown.

It will be managed by the Department of Conservation, with public access run through the Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC).

He has also sold South Canterburys 4046-hectare Lilydale Station, which includes the land used by Fox Peak Ski Field, to local conservationists.

The 860-hectare Wairoa Gorge will be donated to the Crown by the end of the year, to be managed as a conservation reserve. Dart bought the land in 2010 through his company RHL Holdings and had more than 70km of mountainbike trails built through the mixed native beech and plantation pine forest. . . 

Would this have happened had the land been owned by a local?

I suspect not but sadly this wont be enough to change the minds of xenophobes who are opposed to

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02:30

Peter Dunnes prophecy comes true already "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just two short weeks ago, Peter Dunne made a prophecy, Another clean-out of Parliament on the way.  Did he expect his prophecy to be fulfilled so soon? Quote. With the average tenure for MPs just a little over six years, and with a large number of current senior MPs set to depart, former minister Peter [] The post Peter Dunnes prophecy comes true already appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Gresham College: Prof Chris Budd -Can Maths Predict The Future? The Maths Behind Chaos Theory and Sudden Change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This was a witty and thought provoking lecture. Well worth looking at .

The first in a series.

02:00

Sir Toby Curtis says Hipkins & Teachers unions are treating Maori differently "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Urgency is being sought for a hearing to address Maori being prejudiced by the Crowns destruction of Kura Hourua Partnership Schools Claimants Sir Toby Curtis, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia and Pem Bird have filed for their Treaty of Waitangi claim, Wai 2770, to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal with urgency. Their claim, [] The post Sir Toby Curtis says Hipkins & Teachers unions are treating Maori differently appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:35

Oral questions: 18th October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz Questions to Ministers Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it a goal of this Governments economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families to get ahead? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Is he confident that the proposals included in the reform of the Residential Tenancies [] The post Oral questions: 18th October 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

The day Youtube went down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Youtube went down yesterday and hilariously some idiots rang the poor New Zealand police to complain about it. The New Zealand police are IT specialists? Who knew. Now excuse me one moment while I make myself a tinfoil hat because I am going to speculate on why Youtube went down as well as predict what [] The post The day Youtube went down appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters. Please send your own book reviews to books@whaleoil.co.nz Todays review comes from Anita. Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 By David Hepworth Published May 18th 2017 Lots of Oilers are Baby Boomers and I sure youll enjoy this book as much as [] The post Book review of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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