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Cult leader James Bernard Schafer with “immortal baby Jean” circa 1940. (Dowling College Library)

The Immortal Baby

There are some people who have so much need to believe in something that they are willing to believe in anything.?This maybe the only way to explain the enormous amount of bizarre and absurd sects that exist?in the world.

The Royal Fraternity of the Master Metaphysicians was founded by James B. Schafer and is largely forgotten today. According to James Schafer, head and founder of the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians, he knew the secret to raising an immortal baby. And he was going to do just that, with Baby Jean.

Baby Jean came to the organization from parents who saw themselves as having little choice in the matter, as they weren’t able to adequately care for her. Their saviour?and hers?seemed to come in the form of the charismatic Schafer.

Schafer took Jean home, and by ?home? its the former Vanderbilt mansion. Located on Long Island, New York and renamed ?Peace Haven? by the group, the mansion was to be not only her home, but the place where she would be raised to be the first immortal human.

As cults go, the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians was in the realm of being stranger than they were creepy. Attempts at forming an actual, tax-exempt organization were shot down by the State?s Supreme Court in a decision that was echoed by Time Magazine.

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So, a rich man gave money to Labour and the Greens, yet no one reported it

Earlier today I posted about the media announcing that Stone Shi gave $50,000 to the National party and that Jenny Gibbs has given a hundy to Act.

But, what is curious is the lack of reporting over another large donation, given just a few weeks before Stone Shi’s donation.

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Another big donation for National, none for Labour yet

National has scored another big donation, again from Stone Shi.

The National Party has received another $50,000 from the head of milk exporter Oravida, which was once caught up in a conflict of interest claim.

Oravida’s founder Deyi (Stone) Shi made the donation earlier this month.

Shi’s company, which also exports wine, seafood, freshwater and meat to China, has close ties to National. Former National Prime Minister Jenny Shipley is the chairwoman and director David Wong-Tung is the husband of Revenue Minister Judith Collins.

Collins came under pressure over her links to Oravida in 2014 after she met with Shi and a Chinese border official while on a ministerial visit to China, weeks after Oravida had lobbied the Government about difficulties in getting its products into China. Read more »

You may be in the same boat as this Whaleoil reader

The other day I received an e-mail from a long-time supporter of Whaleoil. She has generously donated to us a number of times and has been paying Whaleoil a monthly donation for a long time. She thought of this as a subscription and I know that many of you have done the same and thought of it as a subscription rather than a donation too.

Everyone who already has a monthly donation going automatically into Whaleoil’s bank account now needs to make a decision. You have three choices depending on your personal situation.

1.Cancel your automatic donation to Whaleoil and click on the link to officially subscribe so that your money will give you a google ad-free experience and a faster loading time.

2.Reduce your automatic donation to Whaleoil by $10 a month so you can apply it instead to the official subscription so that your $10 will buy you a google ad-free experience and a faster loading time.

3.Continue to donate via automatic payment AND subscribe as well. You may choose to eventually cancel your donation once the silver and gold subscription options become available.

Whatever you decide to do we are very grateful for your support both in the past and in the future.

I apologise for the hassle but we do not have the technology to recognise the bank payments and turn them into an official subscription. We want to reward our readers for their support and the subscription model allows us to give you something back for your support.

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Idiot journalist doesn’t know election laws

..or how to count.

In the article about Labour taking a dive to help the Greens in Nelson, Tim O?Connell makes the following statement:

The Green Party was?bequeathed $250,000 by an anonymous donor, with the condition it was used in the Nelson and West Coast-Tasman electorates.

Maybe Tim O?Connell doesn’t know the election laws.

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Andrew Little offers me an advance copy of his speech but there is a catch


Imagine my excitement yesterday when I received another e-mail from my good mate Andrew Little. For just a second I thought he said he was delivering his speech at Mac Donalds but closer inspection revealed that it was in fact Mac’s Conference Centre.

As Andrew told me that he wanted me, YES ME, to be one of the first to read his speech I eagerly clicked on the link thinking, great that’s another easy blog post sorted. But alas, my excitement was premature as this popped up…

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Labour did really well getting to a quarter mil selling sausages

The National Party collected $1.4 million in donations last year while the Labour Party was languishing with just $279,134.

The donation returns for 2015 have just been released and show National’s donors included milk powder manufacturer GMP Dairy which focuses on exports to China.

The dairy company donated $25,338 in five separate donations. Parties must disclose all donations of money, goods or services worth more than $15,000.

Stonyridge Vineyard on Waiheke Island also donated a total of $21,720. Other donors included Auckland real estate giant Garth Barfoot ($25,000), property developer Adrian Burr ($27,350) and National Party member Kit Parkinson ($17,044) all of whom are known National supporters. Mr Barfoot and Mr Burr have donated in the past. Christine Che donated $15,800 and Brijesh and Nivedita Sethi, the owners of private training establishment the NZ School of Education, donated $21,900 through their company, Sethi Business Group. Read more »

Labour on the bludge again

Just a week after Prof. Nigel Haworth went on the bludge for $2 donations he is at it again.

From: Nigel Haworth, Labour President
Date: 31 December 2015 at 10:08
Subject: This year and next


Today sees the end of a very successful 2015, and tomorrow we begin our Centenary Year. 2016 means two things for Labour – the celebration of our contribution to a strong, inclusive New Zealand and the hard yards of organisation for victory in 2017.

Members and supporters have been incredibly generous this year. In fact, 2015 has been our best ever year for fundraising online: and that?s down to people like you. And I understand all too well that for many of our members and supporters a donation to Labour is not easy to find in tight budgets.?Thank you so much.

Your generosity has meant we?ve been able to run new training for our local organisers and run high profile campaigns, like our Christmas Island detainees campaign, and our campaign against selling off State Houses.

This has also meant we?re in a great position to expand everything we do next year. We?ll be able to do things like run more local campaigns and provide more training to our volunteers, campaign managers and candidates in advance of the 2017 election ground operation.

But I?d like to end the year with a real bang and set up Labour and Andrew Little to start 2016 with our goals set even higher. The simple fact is?that we need to raise this money to be able to win in 2017, and return a Labour-led government committed to backing the Kiwi Dream.

So [REDACTED], if you can, I?d like to ask you to make a final donation for 2015: one which will help us enter 2016 in the?best possible place.


As ever, thank you for all you do.

Nigel Haworth
Labour Party President

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When the Whalelove flows…

Do you recall the donations made that were simply to leave us nasty messages? ?Well, we kind of joked that people should do that more. ?Send us money and insult us at the same time.

Sadly, it didn’t work out the way we hoped, but we did get this one.

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Something else turned up also: ? Read more »

Another high horse ACT will never be able to ride

The Electoral Commission has referred the ACT Party to the police for failing to disclose donations worth more than $30,000 in the lead up to last year’s election.

The Commission announced it had taken the step today over donations from the party’s biggest backers Alan Gibbs and Dame Jenny Gibbs.

ACT Party leader David Seymour says it’s down to an administrative error.

“These things happen, the rules are quite technical. I don’t think there’s any malice here; in fact I’m certain there’s not. It’s just up to us to cooperate with the authorities and go through the motions,” he says. Read more »