You may have seen an article in the Sunday Star Times today about the blogger known as Whaleoil, Cameron Slater.
He has been on income protection insurance for the last five years, claiming that depression caused by the failure of a business has left him unable to work.
His insurance company, however, thinks he can work, and wants to turn off the money tap . It is probably wondering why someone who has so much energy to devote to blogging can't earn a living.
Slater's blogging output is considerable, although largely tedious and gratuitously offensive. I don't know whether he's clinically depressed, though if he ever bothered to read his own blog he'd probably be appalled and saddened by the intellectual poverty of it all.
If Slater is clinically depressed then clearly he needs ongoing help. He might start by turning off the nastiness. Because being ghastly to other people only leads to people being ghastly in return. And that cannot be good for someone's self esteem.
The irony of it all is, while Slater's benefactor may be an insurance company, he's really no different from the solo mums and state beneficiaries he regularly abuses. But I suspect Whaleoil doesn't even know what irony is.
Update: The comments on this post on Kiwiblog are gold. People atacking Slater, people defending him, and then the Whale himself turns up with threats of violence. He may find threats and bluster don't go far when he's dealing with large insurance companies.