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Saturday, 23 September

23:30

Media party have a lot to answer for "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Youd think that the Media party would have learned from last election and from Hillary Clintons bombing in the election. Katie Bradford famously said on camera at the last election no matter what we talk about, no matter what we do, the polls dont seem to be shifting at all. And so it has transpired []

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23:00

The Green Party survive, the Maori Party dive and NZ First can make a historical change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was watching the panel on T.V three last night and their comments on the Green Party really hit home. They pointed out that the Green party have achieved nothing in 21 years because they have never been part of a government. If they were prepared to join National as a coalition partner they could []

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22:30

With attitudes towards voters like this it is no wonder Gareth Morgan bombed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gareth Morgan takes one in a clacker and now joins Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom as wealthy losers. The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says New Zealanders self-interest is screwing over younger people and the poor as he tips a National landslide early on election night. After 22.5 per cent of the vote was counted []

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22:00

Thoughts on the election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here are some of my thoughts on the election results. 1. Negative Campaigning Works This election has proved that negative but accurate advertising works. Research in the past also proves this. They are simple and effective and they work. Labour can whine all they like, the antidote to negative advertising is to front foot everything. []

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21:30

Mood for change? Not so much it turns out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left-wing and their media enablers have gone on and on about there being a mood for change. With the election result it seems that isnt at all true and I for one am not at all surprised. National has attained more votes in this election than John Key got for National in 2008.    []

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21:15

New to Whaleoil? Come on in "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to Whaleoil, the election may be over but the fun is only just beginning. Elections always bring many new eyeballs to New Zealands largest and most popular blog and we have noticed you checking us out. We can be politically incorrect but as you have discovered after reading Whaleoil for a while now we []

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21:00

National in best position to form a government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The results are in and National has managed to remain well over 40%. To be fair to Bill English his campaign has been a blinder, helped by the low rat cunning of Steve Joyce. Credit where credit is due. The only problem he has now, is that the only party he can deal with is []

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20:30

Early voting a big success "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was one of those who voted early, at the local supermarket, 1,240,739 other people agreed with me that voting early was a good idea. The number of people who cast an early vote this election hit a record high, with 1,240,740 New Zealanders having their say before election day. The number easily surpassed the []

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20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:30

Faces of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its a bit of a privilege to be the first to have your attention this morning. I wont pretend to have any deep insights that are better than yours.  I could have picked any number of people for the Face of the Day and put up some half-baked commentary. I should leave that to Cam []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is apocalypse (noun) 1. (a) Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation. (b) Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC to the second century AD containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 24 14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

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15:08

ON NORTHLAND "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

12.25 and just got back home from our election party at the Pioneer Tavern at Waipapakauri.    Packed to the rafters with many new (and young) faces.   Some nervous moments but once the Kerikeri/Paihia booths came in  it was all over rover.   Winston's 5,500 majority evaporated into a 1,292 win for National's Matt King.

Must have been a huge gnashing of teeth from the 33 person media contingent at Winston's bash at the Duke of Marlborough.   Clearly they expected him to win but all he did was to pack up shop early and skip back to Paihia on the ferry.   The one journo at our function had a scoop on the King victory.

No concession or congratulatory call from Peters.   Perhaps he was hurting too much having been ejected by the voters from three seats during his time in Parliament.    But the loser becomes a winner per courtesy of MMP ... funny that a Party polling less than it did in 2014 and ending up with two fewer MPs gets to choose who forms the next government.     More about that in later posts.

Good Morning.

10:30

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Followed by

Waterloo which had another excellent cast Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and many others

 


10:00

A story of two Attorneys-General "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting post with several very useful comments in the thread. Not sure I totally agree, but it provides much food for thought.

croaking cassandra

On Wednesday evening I wrote about the despicable conduct of our Attorney-General, senior National Party Cabinet minister, and minister for various intelligence agencies, Chris Finlayson.

Asked why it was appropriate for a (past and   experts say   probably present) member of the Chinese Communist Party and former member of the Chinese intelligence services (both acknowledged facts, neither of which was disclosed to voters when he was elected) to be a member of Parliament in New Zealand, Finlayson simply refused to engage or answer, other than to suggest the journalists raising the issue   journalists from serious outlets including the Financial Times were simply attempting to destroy the mans political career and in the process were engaged in singling out a whole class of people for racial abuse.

Asked about the claims in an important new paper by Professor Anne-Marie Brady (of Canterbury University and the Woodrow Wilson Centre

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09:10

Electoral Law Breach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today Adam was told by a friend that this morning he was door knocked 3 times by Labour activists asking him to vote Labour and so were his neighbours. The door knockers wore red Labour T shirts and rosettes. He lives in Naenae, so probably Hipkins rather than Andersen. However it fits a pattern of behaviour Adam has noted in the past.

My friend will have voted Labour I suspect, but I do not know. However, he was pissed off with this especially as they knocked 3 times.

No point complaining Electoral Commission will pass to Police who will do bugger all. Yet another example of why our election laws are stupid.


09:01

>>> ELECTION NIGHT 2017 Live post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Join us here as we channel flick between the major networks, keep an eye on Twitter and other social media, and discuss the highs and lows of election night. Preliminary election results will become available progressively from 7:00pm. Targets for release of the preliminary election results are: by 8:30pm all advance vote results by 10:00pm []

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08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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07:39

Notice: Programming Interruption On Saturday For End Of World "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very funny

JONATHAN TURLEY

download-5We will be suspending blogging today due to the end of the world as predicted by Christian writer David Meade. While Meade is reportedly now hedging his bets on whether we may survive on September 23rd, I have already told my classes that they may disregard the remainder of the term syllabus.   I know that the end may come as something of a bummer for many. However, as stated in Monty Pythons The Life of Brian, if life seems jolly rotten, there is something youve forgotten. There are ten good reasons to welcome the apocalypse.

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07:00

People are stupid, really stupid, just watch the video "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It seems they walk amongst usstupid people. The man who photographed a sign on a Dunedin beach claiming to prove the earth is flat is in shock after it made the headlines across the world. Stephen Voss noticed the sign at St Kilda Beach while walking to Lawyers Head. The sign questions why the horizon []

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06:30

Guest cartoon: Day In A Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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06:03

Whenever he's Wrong He's Right "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Watching all the davids, legbuts and other assorted lunatics from the left accuse President Trump of everything bad you could ever think of, I'm reminded of the many times they and others have fallen flat on their faces.

Not too long ago it was the shock horror and outrage over the president's tweet concerning surveillance of him and his campaign staff by Obama.   Guess what?  Turned out to be absolutely true.  Trouble is, they thought Hillary would win and nobody would find out.

In recent days the same lunatic left have been all a flutter over the President's speech to the UN in which he threatened to totally destroy North Korea should it attack the US or its allies.  The Norker Porker responded by announcing his intention shortly to explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.  I can't recall whether this has been deemed by the President to be an act of war but one thing is for sure.

Unlike the davids and legbuts of this world, China certainly takes president Trump seriously and has just announced restrictions on oil supply to North Korea.   So, once again, results show this president was and is on the right track.

"China says it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under UN sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology.The Commerce Ministry in Beijing said on Saturday that China, the Norths main trading partner and energy supplier, would limit supplies of refined petroleum products starting on October 1.It said Beijing also would ban imports of North Korean textiles, one of Pyongyangs last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions.China has long been the Norths only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un.
Beijings status as the Norths main trading partner makes its co-operation critical to the success of economic sanctions."


Does anyone really think China wants a short fat maniac with a big bomb right on its doorstep?

06:00

Why isnt this school named, it is clear there is a systemic problem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Name suppression can be an evil thing, especially when it involves three teachers, inappropriate relationships and it is all at one school: Parents are worried about their childrens safety after a spate of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students at a high school. The schools name is suppressed after the New Zealand Teachers Tribunal ruled []

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05:30

So, that new pope, that was going to clean the Catholic Church up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is on the right path. Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the []

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05:02

How To Read The Australian Female Mind "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


They all think the same way, you know.  So when Jo Nurk's city wide discount fashion house has the same outfit on special, here's what happens.

These six broads (literal description) turned up at a friend's wedding only to find their exclusivity was in doubt.

Six wedding guests in identical dresses pose for a photograph with the bride

Adolf understands they all work at the same pie factory in Sydney.

05:02

WORDS FAIL ME "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that pupils at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate have been forced by their principal to write letters of apology to the Warriors after apparently asking them 'inappropriate' questions when they visited the school to whit #1 why the team lost so often and #2 where they sat on the competition ladder.

The principal, a Mr Malins, said the questioning was not in keeping with the school's values.

Give me strength ... what values are these?   That thou shall not ask hard questions?    Questioning is an important part of learning  and must not be discouraged.  Those kids are only asking what the whole of the New Zealand Rugby League world are asking.  

To dump on them for that is stupidity beyond belief.

05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Italian Road Trip Honeymoon from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

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04:30

You cant fix the problem if you arent allowed to talk about it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the West, we are seeing governments, organisations and activist groups put more time and effort into policing what people say about problems than the problems themselves. One example is the reaction to Whaleoils political cartoon about the death of little Moko.   Criticism of abuse is often condemned or censored in New Zealand. Our cartoon []

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04:27

Election Blackout "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You don't need me to tell you the rules.  Any smart arse seen commenting on any author's blog at No Minister will receive short shrift.

How effective is this blackout anyway?

I can understand a prohibition on physical campaigning on the day and I think I comprehend the reasoning behind the implementation of the original electronic news black out.  This was a time when radio and tv were the only means of electronic broadcast.

However, Australia has no such blackout and the Ockers seem to have survived many elections intact.

Further, in today's Twitter, Facebook, Blog environment, the blackout seems to me to be somewhat anachronistic and ineffectual.  For example, if someone like me, living in Australia, were to produce a blog in which are made countless exhortations to vote for X candidate and give Y candidate a kick in the arse, which then received viral readership in NZ on election day, could I be prosecuted by the NZ Electoral Office?

I don't know but somehow I doubt it.

What do you think.

Remember, keep it clean.

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Map of Chemistry Click here for larger view Map of Mathematics Click here for larger view Map of Computer Science Click here for larger view

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03:30

Fuel crisis, what fuel crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The fuel crisis in Auckland appears to be over. Trucks have successfully transported small amounts of jet fuel to Auckland Airport following the shortage crisis but a big refill is on the way. Refining NZ spokesperson Greg McNeill said tanker MV Matuku is loading at Marsden Point, and will depart tomorrow morning. Thatll carry []

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03:00

2017: The Big Wet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I remember the climate scientists telling us that Global Warming (aka Climate Change) would bring increasing amounts of droughts. Some of us have had enough of 2017.  Lakes are overflowing, pasture is sodden, market gardeners have their crops rotting away. In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as the []

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02:30

Mel Brooks mourns the erosion of free speech through the loss of free comedy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

(Yes, the video works) If anybody knows how to be politically incorrect and play it for huge laughs, its Mel Brooks. His irreverent comedies, with frequent use of the dreaded N-word, and racial stereotypes such as in his 1974 film Blazing Saddles, are unstoppable classics. But Brooks believes theres no way Hollywood would ever green-light []

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02:06

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For those of you who enjoyed the TV program from which this blog derives its name and be aware that Jones2 is running continuous episodes of No Minister/No Prime Minister through until early evening.

02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Boy Wonder Dr Livingstone, I presume? Henry Morton Stanley  There are many extraordinary and inspiring stories about Dr David Livingstone. Livingstone was one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the Scramble for Africa. Livingstone wrote that several African tribes ostracised their members for farting in []

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01:30

Bloody whinging pomsand teachers to boot! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These two whinging poms are also teachers: Two British teachers hired to help fill Aucklands desperate teacher shortage are warning other foreign teachers not to come because of the bureaucratic obstacles to recognising overseas qualifications and experience. Andrew Yiallouros, 38, and Daniel Healy, 48, started at Auckland Normal Intermediate School in July. Both have quit []

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00:30

I think it is time we nuked this fat little dickhead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Jong-un must have a really tiny penis, because his posturing is getting worse. South Korean media report North Koreas foreign minister has said the country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Friday he believes the North could consider a hydrogen bomb test on []

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00:00

Why our schools need to have a Do it in a Niqab charity fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Two news stories have inspired my Do it in a Niqab school charity fundraising idea. The first story comes from Australia and the second from an online forum called 4 Chan. Story One: An Australian schools do it in a dress charity fundraiser has raised more than $80,000, after a senator sparked outrage by claiming []

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Friday, 22 September

23:30

Turns out Trump was right, he was wiretapped, no apology from media though "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Truth Revolt reports: President Trump was proved right this week that the federal government had indeed wiretapped his phones during the election, a claim for which he was relentlessly derided by the media. But facts are facts. Trumps campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was spied on under secret orders from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) []

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23:09

KUDOS TO CHINA IF CORRECT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that the Chinese Central Bank has directed all other Chinese Banks to cease their dealings with North Korea is encouraging ... if true.

That, combined with sanctions on the export of textiles and coal from the rogue state along with the drastic cutting of oil supplies, will impact hugely on the North Korean economy.

I say 'if true' because you never know ... reality has a way of 'trumping' words especially in the murky world of international banking.

But any move short of war to force North Korea to neuter its attempt to develop a fully operational nuclear strike force is to be applauded.

Both President Trump and  Kim Jong-Un are becoming prisoners of their own rhetoric.   The threat by North Korea's Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho that they are considering carrying out a nuclear bomb test in the Pacific, if carried through, would probably be the catalyst for military action.  

We live in very dangerous times remembering that New Zealand is still, technically, at war war with North Korea.

22:30

We will now teach you some Whaleoil Commenting-Fu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This post is for you to have a play in the comments section trying out how to make things bold, italic, indented for a quote, etc.   You can practise adding images, a video, etc.   As long as they do not upset todays rules and are within the moderation guidelines, have a go. Other []

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22:00

Ive been trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Its not easy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

writes Karl du Fresne Its now 10 months since he was elected president of the United States and eight since he was inaugurated time enough, youd think, to prove that hes fit for office. I know people who have defended him throughout that time and continue to insist that hes the man for the []

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21:30

Pity Tony didnt thump him back. He was an Oxford Blue in boxing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is a pity Tony Abbott didnt thump this ratbag back. He was an Oxford blue in boxing: POLICE are investigating after Tony Abbott alleged that he was headbutted in the face by a tattooed pro-gay-marriage campaigner in Hobart. The former prime minister said he was the victim of politically motivated violence when he was []

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21:00

Whaleoil Book Club "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every so often we ask what people are reading.  This is last nights haul thanks to Nige.   EveryWhichWayButLeft suggested: Panzer Leader by General Heinz Guderian. Autobiography from the father of Blitzkrieg. A challenging [difficult] read, but an essential part of any WWII reading list and an incredible insight into German Supreme Command and Hitlers []

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is juxtaposition (noun) The act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed. (juxtapose noun To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.) Source : The Free Dictionary 1660s, from French juxtaposition (17th century), from Latin iuxta beside, very near, close to, near []

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20:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 23 14 Physical discipline may well save them from death.

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19:59

Whaleoil General Debate (Early Edition) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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14:01

NEW RULES: Election Day at Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As you may have picked up from yesterdays post, today Whaleoil will not cover New Zealand politics or the election as it is against the law.  At 7pm, the LIVE ELECTION NIGHT post will start, and then all the rules are back to normal. You too are not allowed to publish material that could be []

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13:30

Classic Radio Hancock Radio Cyrano "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tony Hancock, Sid James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques, Moira Lister BBC at its best


11:18

John Moore: Last minute guide to voting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest blog post by John Moore, giving last minute advice on voting Is it OK not to vote? Does my vote really count for much? Can I vote if Im drunk? Do I have to give two ticks when I vote? For an alternative and informative guide to voting, read below. Question: If I dont vote then I cant complain, right? Answer: Wrong. Its fully up to you if you vote or not. And of course, you can still complain about the government, the system, or anything else, regardless of whether youve voted or not. In fact, the large number...

09:06

Tomorrow is not the election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Contrary to the belief  at large the 23 September is not the real election. Tomorrow we elect several parties, but the real election will depend on the price the leaders from tomorrow are prepared to pay as Danegeld to an irascible septuagenarian, based on current polling.

Alternatively we might have, if the youthquake occurs a snowflake backed by a bunch of numpties ruining the country. However, even the snowflake might have to kowtow to the elderly one.

This is what MMP and early voting gets you.

Get out the Macallan and weep.


08:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

        I dont know why, and call me childish, but as soon as I saw this I thought of Gayford

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08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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07:30

NZ media coverage of climate change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dr Rhian Salmon and her colleagues at Victoria University have had a good look at how the New Zealand media, including blogs, cover climate change. How are most people getting their information on climate change, and how is this changing? Like with all information and news, there has been a strong shift from print and []

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07:16

Mother and Child Reunion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Too good to resist and Adam thinks she is broody and running a major scam

 

Do not vote for this she is a flake


07:15

The reality checks have been coming hard and fast for Flopcinda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here you have it New Zealand. the very day before the election, even the Labour leader doesn't know her own tax policy. pic.twitter.com/MzoKDJWQhF Steve (@stevemcmillan5) September 22, 2017 I suggest the 2nd time through you watch this with the sound off and keep an eye on her facial expressions. Shes had it.  Tired.  Over []

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07:00

Winston Peters Dont hate the player, hate the game "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After months of electioneering and a rather intense last five weeks, we now face election day with the wrong expectation. We want to know who wins the election. Under MMP, we will be able to see which party gets the most votes, and which parties could possibly join it in an MMP-style coalition government.   []

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06:30

Queer theory is truth, science doesnt matter and children know best "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Australias Gay marriage debate is proving to be very different to the debate we had in New Zealand. In New Zealand, the debate was focused on the issue of equality only but In Australia, the Gay marriage debate is being used by activists to push the disturbing Safe Schools programme as well as an attack on []

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06:01

Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....

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Tomorrow is election day, and Whaleoil will not be what you expect "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hi there stalwarts and recent arrivals.  Thanks for your support of Whaleoil in the lead-up to the 2017 election.  Whaleoil has a unique place in New Zealands media where we are the most influential and widely read political blog that provides analysis, background and commentary. Unfortunately, the law prevents us from discussing anything to do []

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How likely is it that you could lose your identity? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  If your identity is hacked, it is usually because fraud is committed using social engineering techniques. Other people can hold your identity in their hands. If your bank has employees that seem over-fussy when it comes to authenticating you, then bless them and relax. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the []

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Gilbert and Sullivan, Lewis Carrol, J M Barrie. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



The Electoral Commission employs bits of all three as departmental strategies it seems.

I accept the almost invisible quango has a very light hand in maintaining a semblance of probity around enforcing the many often stupid laws around the election bits of our democratic process.
However my take on current management and enforcement has me totally dismayed and disillusioned..

Democracy and its siblings free speech, freedom of religion, freedom to associate, freedom to vote rely on personal responsibility of the individual to ensure the survival of the whole package. Too many have given their lives to protect and defend these basic tenets.

Of course such nefarious ideology is anathema to communists and their neo socialist fellow travelers who rely on ignorance, fear and coercion to force the peasants  into line.

Why I ask does a main focus of those who are charged to administer the voting bit of democracy seem to be entirely targeted at enrolment and voting while they ignore entirely, breaches of the simple tenets of a voter taking responsibility for their availing themselves of the opportunity free from coercion?

This year the dim bulbs of the Commission have outdone all previous efforts to overcome complacency and laziness that have increasing numbers not bothering to vote.
If it is too hard for a voter to make sufficient effort to get to a polling station having already done the enrolment bit as required by law, then imho their vote is more than likely to be worthless either from a lack of committment or insufficient understanding of the issues, and therefore better that vote be discounted.

Having people going around rest homes to manoeuvre people into a vote when the fact that if such assistance is required then it is highly likely the assistant may well control where the vote ends up.
The same, when as revealed in anecdotal evidence, teachers taking a class to an "early voting facility"  to enrol and vote, from school, something that is OK before the official Polling day but apparently proscribed on polling day, such activity is fraught when it is statistically probable the teacher is biased to one particular loyalty.
There were reports of coercion by "employers" when they were merely pointing out the salient fact to employees that a socialist Government may well lead to commercial retraction and job losses. for the company. Such factual guidance apparently being very bad and should be outlawed, sheesh.

Has anyone knowledge of a prosecution for failing to enrol? an offence, presumably with sanction for anyone 18 years or older failing to comply?

The rules around funding, signage, campaigning and voter coercion may as well all be scrapped as compliance is entirely voluntary and prosecution for non compliance...

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What does concealed depression look like? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In my experience, not everyone who has depression knows that they have depression. I didnt know that I had it until a doctor told me that my physical symptoms were caused by my mind. It was a shock but also a relief to understand what was happening. It was only then that I was able []

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04:30

Are you a Whaleoil virgin? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hey Good looking Elections always bring Whaleoil virgins to New Zealands largest and most popular blog and we have noticed you checking us out across a crowded blogosphere. I am sure you have heard a few worrying things about us but being a bit of rebel is all part of our charm. We can be politically []

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04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Countries with higher GDPs than California Click here for larger view

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Listen carefully Cindy, Uncle Winston has some advice for you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters might have given Jacinda Ardern this advice earlierthen her campaign might not have tanked. Winston Peters wont say whether Labours woes over tax could lose it the election but his advice to Jacinda Ardern would have been not to introduce anything. Last week Ardern made a u-turn after sustained attacks from the National []

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03:00

Herald looks for conspiracy in Eminem case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The NZ Herald is looking for all sorts of conspiracies: The High Court decision on whether the National Party ripped off Eminem seems to be running late, as the wait for a verdict goes well past the usual time limit. National is accused of using a backing track for a 2014 election ad that was []

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Maori Party candidate will vote for National candidate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Weird things happen during election season. But few things are weirder than a candidate coming out to say they wont even vote for themselves. Wendy Biddle, the Maori Party candidate for the Rotorua general electorate has come out and said just that. Im ticking Todd, thats me, she said. Biddle is aware the admission may []

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Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Buffalo Bill At the turn of the 20th century Buffalo Bill Cody was the most famous American in the world. His path from frontier poverty and obscurity to international celebrity is one of the most remarkable stories of Americas Gilded Age. It begins on February 26th, 1846, in Le Claire, Iowa, where William Frederick Cody []

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01:42

WIFE VS PARTNER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday I was mailed an official NZDF publication.    It contained an article about a serving officer and her wife.    How can that be I thought?   Husbands are defined as males and males have wives.    Females in a relationship and surely they are partners.

This is pc nonsense gone mad.   If this makes me homophobic then I guess I am which comes at a bit of a shock really as those that know me have always considered me a liberal when it comes to the same sex debate.

Perhaps, just perhaps, I'm being left behind in the 'modern' world.

p.s.   I'm now in an election-free zone.


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Labours tax on bottled water will only bring in $20,000 p.a. at best "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has has someone email him with some calculations for Labours tax on bottled water: Yesterday on Morning Report ( go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201859010/ardern-responds-after-farmers-protest-in-home-town ) when being interviewed by Guyon Espiner,  Jacinda Ardern stated (just after 2 minutes 30 seconds and again at 9 minutes 20 second) that the tax would be ten times that  proposed for  water []

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Farrars law on political commentary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Youve possibly heard of Moores Law; Wikipedia says it is named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit, and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling []

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Saturday NZ Election Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To avoid any issues re the stupid election day rules on political statements, despite the issues relating to early voting  whilst campaigning is on, there will be no NZ related political items from midnight Friday until post 7pm tomorrow.

 


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