What’s up at Whale Oil?

There have been noticeable changes at Whale Oil over the last couple of days. After a frenetic few weeks in a resurgence of activity from Cameron Slater there was a switch on Monday to self and site promotion, and then yesterday a noticeable absence.

Slater had been doing little more than going through the motions for months, with little more than two or three token posts per day, and little of note. He came back with a roar getting involved with the Jami-Lee Ross saga, in support of Ross and ramping up his long running attacks against the National Party, Simon Bridges and other MPs, as well as bringing up his gripes against John Key and Bill English.

He also did a flurry of posts on the release of the Craig v Slater defamation judgment, claiming vindication and victory, despite losing on two counts to Craig, and failing to win on his claims. No damages were awarded, with costs to be dealt with but little likelihood he would come out on top let alone breaking even financially.

On Monday he was still making big noises about revealing information and identities involved in the Jami-Lee Ross issues.

But there were signs of change, with an admission that Whale Oil had been shedding subscribers due to his attacks on National, and a number of self promotion posts trying to say how great he was. Some of this sounded like jacked up endorsements.

Yesterday (Tuesday) there were a couple of posts under Slater’s authorship, but these looked like standard style scheduled posts that have been common for some time – often following the news by a day or two.

And Slater has suddenly stopped commenting – his last comment was on Monday night (9:25 pm).

It has been common for Slater to be away from the WO front line due to various commitments, like court appearances, but this was a sudden change from his recent activities and threats of revelations.

Also noticeable yesterday was a lack of input from ‘spanishbride’ – there were a few standard style and probably scheduled posts from ‘SB’, but also suddenly no comments.

The blog kept functioning with a normal range of innocuous posts from the various authors who have become involved over the last years or so, but there was a sudden subdued feel after the hectic couple of weeks prior.

Blogging can be a relentless job, especially when it is run as a business as is Whale Oil. And the way Slater operates, with his resurgence over the last couple of weeks attacking enemies and losing support, as well as getting some unfavourable and potentially costly court results, will have been tough.

For some time Slater has appeared jaded and worn down, and the lack of success in the recent flurry of attention and activity probably won’t have helped. He and SB have also talked of  health problems over the last couple of years.

There seemed to be a sudden and unexplained cessation of activity yesterday.

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31 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  October 31, 2018

    Someone’s having a blubber.

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    • David

       /  October 31, 2018

      You are such a classy person Robert.

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      • robertguyton

         /  October 31, 2018

        It’s a play on words, David, not a criticism of Cameron, like those delivered regularly here by Pete. I could have answered Corky’s question, “what’s that echo telling you?” with, “There’s National’s Great White Hope Shark lurking in the depths”, referring to Judith Collins. But it’d be wasted on you, I’m guessing.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 31, 2018

          I was going to give you an uptick for that one because it’s worth a smile but I don’t like people posting their strikethrough edits of balls-ups on blogs. It’s unprofessional and imo comments should only be posted after edit changes have been made. 😐
          Don’t thank me. No need to reply.

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          • robertguyton

             /  October 31, 2018

            Gezza – you do know my use of strikethrough is intentional and for the purpose of showing what wasn’t said, right? Unprofessional? We’re professionals here? Is my cheque in the mail…still?

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            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              Oh sure. Yes, but you’d have to say that now. No cheque for you, bud. >:D

              Gotta go. 6 Jobs on the list to do for Ma this morning.

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              Who’s got it in for ma’s jobs list ! 😡

            • Corky

               /  October 31, 2018

              Kitty will say it’s me. To tell the truth my mind was blown on something called Ashwagandha, so it could have been. Damn fine stuff.

      • Corky

         /  October 31, 2018

        Usually people close to nature are mellow. I’m wondering if there’s problems down on the orchard? Maybe Codling moths on the march?

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  2. David

     /  October 31, 2018

    Lets hope he is having some thinking time and comes back like his 2007/8 version. There was a reason it was the top rating blog and with this crowd in government the pickings are incredibly rich.

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    • Yes, hopefully the backlash against his anti-National obsession will hve given him a reality check about what he is really damaging.

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      • robertguyton

         /  October 31, 2018

        I’ll bet he’s doubling-down. There’s blood in the water.

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        • Gezza

           /  October 31, 2018

          Could be. He seems to be one of those people who can’t let go of a grudges to the extent in the end they crash and burn and try to take the people they hate with them.

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    • Blazer

       /  October 31, 2018

      been on a slippery slide for 10 years now….then.

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  3. Loki

     /  October 31, 2018

    It is our heroes 50th birthday tomorrow.
    I expect they are writing posts telling people to not bring gifts, just send cash.

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  4. Griff.

     /  October 31, 2018

    Whale oil beef hooked dying?

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  5. unitedtribes2

     /  October 31, 2018

    He going to run in the Botany by election

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    • Gezza

       /  October 31, 2018

      He going to fall on his face in the Botany by election is probably more accurate.

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  6. unitedtribes2

     /  October 31, 2018

    Christie who writes for WO seems to be sane. Wonder who he is

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  7. duperez

     /  October 31, 2018

    Minahs are bossy little shits, full of themselves bossing the little others off the front lawn and out of trees. You simply gather the thought in your head that you’re going to get the slug gun and they sense it and are off.

    Yesterday out on the side of the road, but off it by the letter box, was a dead one, all nice and formal, straight and tidily suited. All the bluster, and bossiness was gone to permanent silence.

    The sudden cessation of activity will not be under appreciated.

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  8. Loki

     /  October 31, 2018

    We should probably all back off now.
    Sometimes there are things a bit more important than politics and gossip.

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  November 1, 2018

      more important things … correct el mondo
      should have told yaself that when you were piling into WO
      giving secrets away bout YOUR HERO.
      Those people need sunlight and Lots of it
      Trying to change the hysterics now is a fail Loki.

      So when their evil ways backfire on them we BACK OFF
      Never mind about all the people they have hurt eh Loki

      No doubt you were in there piling into the people on WO
      just like all the WO castaways that write there ‘view’ here now.

      jamie lee ross is better off out of politics
      working somewhere that he doesn’t have any power or authority to laud over innocents.

      The guy has proven he is a deceitful manipulating liar.
      We have enuff of them in office as it is.

      I am heartily sick of the miscreants that attack Maori 24/7
      to deflect the spotlight away from their vile misdeeds.
      FTW

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      • Loki

         /  November 1, 2018

        Actually.
        No.
        He is a spiteful hypocrite.
        Just a vile human being.
        A boil on the rump of politics in NZ and long overdue for a massive fall.
        However, he has a family, so I shall STFU until such time as he surfaces again (if) and then resume the whack a mole.

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        • Loki

           /  November 1, 2018

          And for clarity I was referring to Slater in that last statement but it should probably refer to JLR as well.

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