Acting to protect Free speech

Beth Houlbrooke
ACT Deputy Leader / Vice President


The number of people losing their minds left, right and centre this week about David’s free speech comments has shown precisely why trying to define hate speech is completely subjective, impossible to define, and impractical to enforce. Any attempt to do so sets us down a very dangerous path towards total control of the expression of individual values, philosophy, religious beliefs, cultural practices, and ultimately, criticism of the government.
Jacinda Adern said, “you know it when you see it”. I believe we won’t know what we’ve lost until it’s gone. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and we need more people to be vigilant and outspoken on this fundamentally important freedom. You can help with this by joining or supporting ACT, donating to the cause, and coming along to our ReACT event on Sunday, 16 June, and spreading the word.
Shame on Newshub for publishing such clickbait. A dreadfully misleading and menacing headline designed to trick the reader into believing correlation equals causation.
This is the same news publication that stifles commentary and has refused to publish a right-of-reply for David. Fortunately, we have friends. David Farrar’s Kiwiblog published David’s response to the accusations this week. quote.

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Dear Climate…

Image:OMICS International

Dear Climate

So, how are you feeling?

I thought it was time someone asked, given the constant abuse you receive these days.

Remember when all this started, decades ago now? When we humans first started questioning your ability to do your job, at least we blamed ourselves. We had the decency to call our concerns Anthropogenic Global Warming. In other words, we were blaming ourselves for upsetting you and throwing you off your game.

A while ago the scientists and various other concerned citizens realised that all their doomsday predictions about you weren’t coming to fruition, so they rebranded. (It’s a human thing we do when we want to raise money).  We now call our lack of faith in you Climate Change. That must really burn your undies.

I mean, has anyone asked you about how you feel about changing? How do you identify? Do you even want to change?

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Stories count: Facts, not so much

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By Owen Jennings

Our media are running stories about rising sea levels in the Pacific.  Here is today’s offering.

It is about Vanuatuans, “scared” of global warming.  A ‘nice’ emotive story. People being forced to shift inland to get away from the encroaching sea.  No facts, no genuine science, no hard evidence backed by research.  Just flim flam. 

What are the facts? 

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology – an organisation usually happy twisting data to try and substantiate the global warming meme – has this graph on its website.  After 50 years of pedalling scary global warming and sea level rise the sea is exactly where it’s always been over the last 30 years. In fact, it is falling and has been for 10 years if my eyes do not deceive me.

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The Power of 19


By Patriot Realm

Fraser Anning is probably the most talked about politician in Australia. He is controversial. Hated and in some cases despised. He is ridiculed for having been elected because of 19 votes.

Well, whoever those 19 people were or are, you created a man who has turned Australian politics on its head , twisted it and almost wrung its neck.

Is he a man who is saying what some of us think but are too afraid to say?

Without those 19 people, I would not be witnessing the biggest shakedown in Australian politics since Pauline left the deep fryer on, stopped cooking fish and chips and started cooking Australian politics instead.

Fraser Anning is an outspoken man from the bush. He calls a spade a spade and not a little digging thing. He speaks his mind and stands his ground. In my mind, that makes him an Aussie, through and through.

Love him or hate him, you have to admire his guts.

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Want to vet your tenants properly? Privacy Commissioner says Yeah Nah

By Hmmm

The Privacy Commissioner’s office has released a ridiculous list of privacy rules for landlords to apply when they are vetting prospective tenants. I can only wonder if they are going to get around to providing an identical list of questions that cannot be asked of employees, people applying for a bank loans, or a Police Security Clearance etc?

This is simply going to get rid of more mom-and-pop landlords and make the current rental shortage even worse. Did anyone ask the tenants or was it an ivory tower legal desk bound exercise by the tweeting privacy commissioner Edwards’ mob?

It looks like government departments and public entities are going haywire. The list of data that they claim is “almost never justified” to collect before making your decision on which tenant to put into your investment property tenant INCLUDES:

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Nickname Nick responds

We believe in free speech and both sides of the story here on Whaleoil, and we were pleased last night to see Nick’s response to my article. Here it is in full.

Well golly gosh, I never expected to attract such (fleeting) fame! If I may (and keeping in mind I am well aware of the rule about explaining) have a few words, I think you’ll end up appreciating what I have to say.

Firstly, you do misrepresent me somewhat by not posting the complete ‘collection’ of my tweets on this and the related matter. The main thrust was actually trying to get Franks to acknowledge he picked up that nickname from this website. For him to suggest he came up with the exact same nickname for the exact same person and in the exact same context as used on this site was implausible. To the max, brah.

You can tell me I’m wrong (I doubt anyone would own up to it) but I do believe that many (most? some?) WO contributors do attach a racist undertone to the term, and have that fairly and squarely in mind when they use it on her. You won’t convince me I’m wrong, I won’t convince you I’m right but hey…I won’t feel the need for police (sorry, I mean Armourguard) protection if you say nasty things about me when disagreeing.

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When Cross Dressers were men wearing dresses

By Shaydee Lane
Patriot Realm


One of the people I most admire in modern New Zealand is Rob Moodie. A man who wore kaftans and dressed as Alice in Wonderland to go to the High Court.  What a man. What a great man.

Here was a bloke, a former copper, politician, lawyer and mayor . A man who was the former Secretary of the Police Union and fought to look after police in troubled times.

Rob Moodie was a man among men and an example of how New Zealand has and always will be a tolerant Nation. All of this rubbish that we hear today and see today about the Conservatives that hate people who are part of a minority need to have a wee look at Mr Rob Moodie, alias Alice in Wonderland.

A heterosexual man who was happily married with 3 children and liked to wear women’s clothes.

All of the people who question their sexual orientation today and are gender confused or angry at the so-called lack of tolerance of people who are a tad different need to learn about this remarkable New Zealander and reflect.  Are you gender confused? Or are you being sold a porkie? Maybe you just need to be a bit more like Rob Moodie.

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Something useful our PM could do

PM Jacinda Ardern and President Donald Trump

By Owen Jennings

Here is something useful that our prime minister could do.  It would be a major, long-lasting boost to our economy.  It would do more than a “well-being budget” could ever do, or a ban on oil and gas exploration or a massive tax on Kiwis proposed in the Carbon Emissions Bill.  Unfortunately, it wouldn’t mean a trip to Paris.  No hijab needed. Probably not even a TV appearance.  So the chances are slim to non-existent.

That most useful thing our prime minister could do would be to back President Trump on his trade war with China.

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Termites in the top storey

By Owen Jennings

Here is a very silly, even ridiculous scenario.  Imagine you have a looming problem.  Let’s say its termites eating through the wooden frame of your house.  You decide you have to fix the problem.  It’s a very expensive treatment. 

Your plan is complicated because various experts you have called in have different ideas on how many termites you have and how fast they are multiplying.  At one end some suggest the house is about to collapse and kill your family.  Others are claiming it’s not really a problem as the house can live with, even an increase in termites.  Yet another group are saying science and ingenuity will help solve the problem if, indeed, it exists.

After all, termites have come and gone in the past in much bigger numbers.

You are a bit confused because the more negative advisers told you 40 years ago your house only had a few years left and their termite count predictions of increases have proven to be miles overstated.

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Qumran & the Dead Sea scrolls: Part two

The Israel Museum, JerusalemThe Great Isaiah Scroll 

By Yoni

The most intact of the scrolls found so far is the Isaiah Scroll which is housed in The Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum, a copy of which is displayed around the central column in the Shrine. At 7.34 metres it is also the longest scroll found to date.

The Dead Sea Scrolls.

The first of what were to become known as the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the winter of 1946/1947.
There are a number of legends concerning their discovery, but one of the most well known is this:

A Bedouin shepherd boy was searching for a sheep that had wandered off; passing by a cave he picked up a rock and tossed it into the cave in the hope that if the sheep was in there the rock would drive it out. There was no sign of the sheep but what he did hear was the sound of pottery shattering. Upon investigation, he found inside the cave 10 pottery jars.
Most were empty but one contained 3 parchment scrolls. In total, the Bedouin found a total of 7 scrolls in that cave which is today referred to as Cave 1.

The Bedouin community had no idea what they had found but they did notice that the scrolls were made of leather, as parchment is processed animal hide.
They sold the scrolls to a man named Kando who was a cobbler in Bethlehem. Kando was also a dealer in antiquities and there begins a story that is only lacking the presence of Harrison Ford!

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