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We have new home visit The BFD.

Don’t believe everything you read online, just login and enjoy.

Dear Readers

The time has come to end one era and begin a new one.

The team at Whaleoil and I are moving on to a new and exciting online venture. Today is the last day that we will provide active new content for the Whaleoil blog.

Don’t despair a new website and platform has been established so that readers can continue to enjoy informed and challenging content, along with the news that the mainstream media refuses to cover.

If you are an existing Whaleoil subscriber the new site will honour your subscription at the new site. Just visit The BFD and login. We hope you will.

It has been nearly 15 years since Whaleoil’s creator and editor Cameron Slater posted his first post. During that time Whaleoil became New Zealand’s number one most popular and most-read blog. It has won numerous blog awards including a Canon Media Award for Best Blog and to date, it has had two works of fiction written about it.

Started in 2005 as a personal project to help combat depression, Whaleoil grew to what we know it is now, a vibrant community of like-minded people who embrace the freedoms that liberal western democracy has given us. We value those freedoms highly.

The ideas, ideals and beliefs that join us all have led to us outgrowing the Whaleoil concept.

via Netguide Facebook Page

Whaleoil was so influential that shadowy forces conspired to take it down and a hacker was paid to hack it. It was the first blog in New Zealand to fund itself through reader subscriptions, proving that readers are prepared to pay for ad-free viewing of the content they love as well as access to exclusive content.

The hack didn’t succeed in shutting Whaleoil down but the numerous legal cases against it took their toll and as you all know Whaleoil’s editor suffered a debilitating stroke at the end of October last year.

Today it is a farewell to the site from the team and I and a grateful thank you to you all for being part of the Whaleoil community.

We are bigger now than just one man. We have a large community across the country and the site has constrained where we need to go to counter the increasingly shrill fake news that is delivered up by our mainstream media.

It is time to do something about that.

Join the new team and enjoy the new site where you will be able to enjoy the varied content along with features and functionality that a blog format could never deliver.

We have created a new home for our community. It is called The BFD.

  • It begins on the 1st of August.
  • It has a completely new look and feel.
  • All the same, writers you’ve enjoyed at Whaleoil will be on The BFD
  • Your existing subscriptions will be honoured at The BFD. In other words, just log in and continue as usual.
  • We will be introducing new features including a new Member’s Lounge that will provide Facebook-like functionality but will be closed to the general public and only available to subscribers of any membership level.
  • It has exciting new content including motoring, cigar and whiskey reviews.

There will be plenty of new announcements in coming days, but first, log in and enjoy the new site.

Once again thank you for your incredible loyalty and support.

Goodbye to Whaleoil.

Welcome to The BFD.


SB and the team

A Voice From the Ambulance at the Bottom of the Cliff

Dr Lance O’Sullivan is a doctor from Kaitaia, Northland. He is also an author, public speaker and public health advocate. Recently he explained why he supports Oranga Tamariki’s policy of uplifting children. His view is in complete contrast to Rihi Te Nana and others who think that the answer to Maori child deaths is to create a Maori system and to have Maori control over tamariki rather than the state.

[…] Dr O’Sullivan said he’s got different views on the situation based on his previous work as a doctor in Northland.

“Children must always be safe and whatever that takes, I have looked after a baby who was murdered during my time I was an emergency doctor in Kaitaia.

“Two-year-old child was killed, murdered by her mother, I spent two hours trying to save her and she died in the CT scanner at Auckland Starship hospital.

“I have been traumatised by that, by child abuse in New Zealand, the first question always has to be the safety of the child.”

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National Still Can’t Win

National may be showing as the biggest party in the latest ONE NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll, but it still can’t win based on the percentages shown.


Seats in Parliament based on 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll results 

National Party – 57
Labour Party – 55
Green Party – 7
ACT Party – 1 (assuming it wins one electorate seat)
TOTAL 120

[…] Preferred PM

– Jacinda Ardern: 41% (Down 4%)
– Judith Collins: 6% (Steady)
– Simon Bridges: 6% (Up 1%)
– Winston Peters: 2% (Down 3%)

[…] Economic outlook

Optimism 32% (Down 2%) 
Pessimism 41% (Up 3%)

tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/national-top-nz-first-drops-in-latest-1-news-colmar-brunton-poll


The Smartypants in National’s caucus want to condemn us all to a Labour/Greens government because they think that National should just take a loss at the next election and then replace Bridges.

Then there are those who cannot add, like Hamish Price. With maths skills like his, he could be an economics advisor for Labour.

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Quiz: Political Blog or MSM News Article?

Pillars of Society: ‘The car community’

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If our media are to be believed a certain group of people (formerly referred to as boy racers) are in fact, peaceful and respected Pillars of society known as “car enthusiasts.”

A recent TV One news story told a dramatic tale of woe where our heroes from “the car community” ( Pillars of society one and all) were set upon around midnight, quite without provocation by a brutish, thug-like member of the proletariat who was driving a road roller AKA Steam roller.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I present to you a brief pictorial history of New Zealand’s boy racers “Car enthusiasts.”

Some pillars of society ‘moon’ a resident who rudely confronts them.
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Re-education Camp with Aunty Blue

Hello Everyone, students, Rams, people, They / them / theirs /Ze / hir / hir
and Nige.

I am so pleased to see all you deplorables this Sunday afternoon ready to learn how to use inclusive language.

Today the lesson is about drugs and addiction.

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Re-education Camp with Aunty Blue

Hello Everyone, students, Rams, people, They / them / theirs /Ze / hir / hir
and Nige.

I am so pleased to see all you deplorables this Saturday afternoon ready to learn how to use inclusive language.

Today the lesson is about cake which is quite possibly my favourite subject apart from doughnuts. Anyhoo… on with today’s lesson.

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Inclusive Language Challenge

The Inclusive Communications Task Force at Colorado has created an Inclusive Language Guide. Very helpfully they have listed all the naughty words that you are not allowed to use anymore.

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to write a paragraph using as many of these forbidden words as possible.

The funnier the better.

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Keystone Cops Bungle Again

I love the New Zealand police I really do and I have great respect for them as a whole. However, there have been a few bungles of note lately that have revealed that not everything is shipshape and Bristol fashion in cop world.

Police are condemning the release of footage showing a crash on Auckland’s southern motorway this morning.
The footage was “disclosed outside of police without authority,” Superintendent Karyn Malthus, Auckland City District Commander, said. 
Supt Malthus said police have launched an investigation into how the footage was made public, and an employment investigation has commenced.
“Police take these matters seriously and we are disappointed at what occurred this morning.”[…]

Newshub


Is anyone starting to see a pattern here? First, they lost 11 guns from a Palmy police station which was then revealed to be only 9 because they forgot that they handed back two already due to confusion over the paperwork.
Then they permanently lost the guns of a FAL holder in Auckland, yes, gone forever, with no paperwork to enable them to track them down.

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Free Samples Cause Outrage

I love free samples. Most people do. Yesterday both our children went to a Food Show. They didn’t buy any lunch because they didn’t need to. Every stall they went to was busy serving up delicious samples for them to eat and drink. Free cheese, free cooked meats, free olives, free salami, free drinks… It was foodie heaven. Our son brought home honey-roasted crickets (yes you read that right) and our daughter brought home the most massive olives I have ever seen in my life.

When I used to order my groceries online I would regularly find that Countdown had included a free sample with my order. If the free sample was shampoo or soap it never occurred to me to be outraged because they were insinuating that I was dirty and smelled bad.

When the free sample was a cleaning product I didn’t immediately think that it was a slur against my standard of housekeeping (which to be fair is well below average due to my crippling laziness syndrome).

If the free sample was sugar-free this or diet that, I didn’t react with shock because they thought that I needed to lose weight. Let’s face it even on a good day I could do with losing a few kilos (actually more than a few) but I keep shoving food into my mouth while hammering away at a keyboard all day so the buck stops with me.

So what would I do if I ordered some clothes online to fit my expanded waistline and they arrived with a free sample that was an Atkins bar? Apparently, the correct way to respond is to rage at the horror of a company giving me free stuff because… fat shaming.

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