Archive for October, 2006

Kiwiblog Stats Oct 2006

October 31st, 2006 at 7:30 pm by David Farrar

The number of vistis continues to increase – October 2006 is 47% higher than August 2006.

The average visit goes to 4.5 pages, downloads 384 KB and lasts 504 seconds.

81% of traffic is from directly typing in the URL, 13% from search engines and 5% from links from other sites.

Visits by country, other than NZ:

au Australia 19295
th Thailand 7377
uk United Kingdom 4402
br Brazil 2788
ca Canada 1710
de Germany 1625
…..
il Israel 807
mil USA Military 340
ee Estonia 63
zw Zimbabwe 11
kr South Korea 7
aq Antarctica 4
cx Christmas Island 3
ir Iran 2
ac Ascension Island 2

Visiting Hosts

tur-cache2.massey.ac.nz 5710
gate1.ird.govt.nz 3932
pspc18-241.parliament.govt.nz 3128
vuwunicoproxy03.vuw.ac.nz 2584
huge.vuw.ac.nz 2093
mswfb1.parliament.govt.nz 1611
student-3.networking.otago.ac.nz 1385
emc.auckland.ac.nz 1351
apngw6.apn.co.nz 1158
student-1.networking.otago.ac.nz 1133
student-4.networking.otago.ac.nz 1029
node5.moh.govt.nz 1016

Top ten pages

/2006/10/a_lot_of_angry_people.html 2910
/2006/10/and_its_now_at_20000.html 2579
/2006/10/the_vilification_of_don_brash.html 2153
/2006/10/validating_legislation.html 2145
/2006/10/masochists_wanted.html 2012
/2006/10/now_at_40000.html 1946
/2006/10/rebutting_rex.html 1896
/2006/10/pay_it_back.html 1885
/2006/09/trotter_on_right_wing_blogs.html 1861
/2006/10/keisha_castlehughes_pregnant.html 1858

Top Ten Referrers

http://briefingroom.typepad.com 1658
http://www.scoop.co.nz 1379
http://blog.greens.org.nz 508
http://newzeal.blogspot.com 405
http://norightturn.blogspot.com 399
http://andrewfalloon.blogspot.com 299
http://publicaddress.net/default,3605.sm 228
http://www.sirhumphreys.com 214
http://www.publicaddress.net/default,3605.sm 197
http://www.vuw.ac.nz/staff/dean_knight/000.htm 149

Top Search Engine Phrases

david farrar 1326 3.2 %
azadeh bashari 1097 2.6 %
kiwiblog 920 2.2 %
craig dale 635 1.5 %
kiwi blog 491 1.2 %
farrar 310 0.7 %
keisha castle-hughes pregnant 198 0.4 %
boobs 180 0.4 %
david farrar nz 160 0.3 %
craig dale azadeh bashari 146 0.3 %
kiwiblog.co.nz 138 0.3 %
keisha castle hughes pregnant 126 0.3 %
boobs on bikes 124 0.3 %
blog kiwi 117 0.2 %
azadeh bashari. 97 0.2 %
craig dale email 89 0.2 %
blog 88 0.2 %
reasons to stay in iraq 79 0.1 %
dpf 76 0.1 %
azadeh bashari email 74 0.1 %
david farrar blog 72 0.1 %
rosa parkes 72 0.1 %
annette presley 69 0.1 %
drunk women 64 0.1 %
saint ruth 52 0.1 %
kahui twins 52 0.1 %
blair mulholland 51 0.1 %
aja rock 50 0.1

The weirdest search terms are:

“wants the united states to convert to islam ditch its constitution abolish banks jail homosexuals bar women from appearing in the press and sign the kyoto climate change treaty.”

shemale anna conda
30 year old milf
70 plus sex
naked gay maori men pic
what role did helen clark play in last weeks production of bad jelly the witch

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Oct 2006 NZ Blog Stats

October 31st, 2006 at 7:26 pm by David Farrar

Usual routine – leave your blog name, number of posts and number of comments as a comment on this thread and I will update.

Name, Posts, Comments
Whoar, 575
Something should go here, 223, ~40
David Farrar, 195, 7,831
Not PC, 162, 452
New Zeal, 61, 154
Oswald Bastable, 33, 105
Spanblather, 23, 165
Pacific Empire, 28, 33
Aucklander at Large, 15, 90
I hate Socialism, 10, 6

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Need more be said

October 31st, 2006 at 7:20 pm by David Farrar

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On the corner of Taranaki and Arthur Streets in Wellington.

Hat Tip: Darnton vs Clark

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Which country is this?

October 31st, 2006 at 3:57 pm by David Farrar

On Saturday more than 200 cars were set alight. Over six months there have been over 21,000 cars burnt out. The latest saw a bus set ablaze when a group of teenagers forced open the doors of the vehicle and threw an inflammable liquid inside before fleeing – causing burns to over 70% of the body of a female passenger..

Is it Iraq? Is it South Africa? is it Sudan? Makes your guesses in comments.

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Blog Advertisements

October 31st, 2006 at 3:41 pm by David Farrar

Sharp eyed readers will notice a custom advertisement up on the right hand side, for a Public Affairs Consultant. This is the first paid advertisement for Kiwiblog, on top of the Google Ads of course.

I had been meaning to develop some advertising revenue for some time for the blog, and have considered options ranging from a rate card to auctioning off the premier spot every month to the highest bidder. As I discovered when I did a free promotional spot for FitnessNZ, the effectiveness was pretty high compared to traditional media. This advertisement came about when the PR firm approached me proactively on the basis of the blog readership encompassing most of the people who would be interested in applying, so the best medium to advertise in.

The intent of the advertising is not to get rich off the blog. If only. While Inspire Net cover the hosting costs (with my immense gratitude), the amount of foregone revenue I fail to generate because I blog instead of work on business development is well into five figures.

So if you enjoy reading the blog, do from time to time click on the Google Ads if they have something of interest to you, and do check out the kiwiblog specific ads as they occur, if relevant to you.

And if you are interested in advertising on or sponsoring kiwiblog, feel free to contact me – dpf@ihug.co.nz. Obviously this does not and will not affect what I say on an issue or about a good or service. So if for example you wish to sponsor me a printer, in exchange I’ll give you a free ad on the right hand side for XXX Printers. But if I find the printer is crap, I’ll say so in a blog post. If I find it is great, I’ll no doubt will mention that also.

I should also say that I will accept advertising from any corporate, political party, lobby group (well excluding National Front type groups) regardless of whether I agree on an issue. So if the Raise the Drinking Age to 20 campaign wanted to advertise here, that would be fine, even though I disagree on raising the age.

Ads will of course always be clearly identified as advertisements.

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US Political Humour

October 31st, 2006 at 2:56 pm by David Farrar

In the wake of the Republican Page Boy scandal, we have:

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A Press investigation?

October 31st, 2006 at 6:26 am by David Farrar

I am somewhat bemused with this article in The Press about how some drug dealers pay tax to thr IRD, but the IRD doesn’t pass their info onto the Police.

We are told:

A Press investigation has revealed a “secrecy provision” in tax laws prevents the disclosure of taxpayer information, whether income is legal or not

Well I’ve been aware of this secrecy provision for 25 years or so, as have most NZers I suspect. Claiming this is somehow new information found as part of an investigation is a bit like claiming an investigation has found that doctors are bound by patient confidentialy obligations.

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Labour Party Conference

October 31st, 2006 at 5:43 am by David Farrar

After an extended period of mismanagement, Labour looks to have started to gets its act together. Months of whining about the Auditor-General and the Exclusive Brethren were sidelined to cameo roles only at the Party Conference.

After months of absence from any debate on policies, Helen Clark returned to centre stage with a potentially incredibly power vision of New Zealand being the first fully sustainable country on the planet.

Such a vision is potentially an election winner. It appeals to all that NZers hold dear, and reclaims a leadership role in an issue to date characterised by retreats and blunders. One could probably not come up with a better vision, if you spent a month with a dozen focus groups seeking for the political phrase that will engage voters.

And that is of course exactly what has happened. At this stage there are no policies or plans underway to fulfill this new vision of a sustainable NZ. It is merely lofty rhetoric invented by pollsters (God bless them) or focus group facilitators.

But for all that it is only rhetoric for now, it is potentially very powerful and election winning rhetoric. I would not under-estimate how central this may become to Labour’s re-election – but only if they can match rhetoric with substance.

The reality to date is that Labour backtracked on carbon tax, and our Kyoto commitments are in shambles with our rate of greenhouse gas growth faster than both Australia and the US.

No Right Turn points out that 49% of greenhouse gases come from the agricultural sector. The price to pay for being “fully sustainable” may be additional costs on agricultural products which will make us less competitive on the global market. That’s a big risk for an export dominated economy. Will Clark actually do anything beyond rhetoric?

And in fact already today we see the Government rushing in to defend kiwifruit exports against claims the cost of shipping them is bad for the environment. Now I agree the concept of food miles is a stupid one pushed by trade protectionist lobbies, which looks at only one part of the production chain. But make no mistake in some areas there will be a trade off between agricultural exports and a “fully sustainable New Zealand” if the Government is serious about this being more than rhetoric.

So it is a two edged sword for the Government. They have what for many may be an exciting and election winning vision. The fear and uncertainty about global warming could scare many into believing that to note vote for a “fully sustainable” (note that many people won’t even know what this means, only that it sounds good) New Zealand will be dangerous. But if Labour raises the vision and rhetoric and then fails to deliver anything of significance, they will end up being judged failures against their own words.

From all accounts the Labour Conference was very successful for the party. They managed to shift the debate from defending their past behaviours to policies for the future. They realised that non stop attacks on a christian group may be off-putting to many christian voters, and are now looking at the more sensible step of having a christian group within Labour.

And congratulations also to Tony Milne for being returned as Youth Vice-President, and Kate Sutton for a huge margin of victory in her election as Women Vice-President.

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Laterals

October 30th, 2006 at 3:50 pm by David Farrar

What is a lateral? I used to have no idea. But it seems they are what connects properties to the city stormwater and sewerage systems. So quite important wee things.

Now in Wellington the Council used to cover the cost of repairs and maintenance to these out of rates. However with very little publicity it seems they changed this recently, so now the property owner has to pay some or all of the cost.

This means that you may now suddenly be liable for any faults that occur to something you have never seen or interacted with.

I’ve been getting copies of some correspondence on the policy change, and the lack of publicity or consultation around it. If anyone else out there has had any dealings with the WCC over laterals and suddenly being landed with a bill for them, please feel free to comment with any relevant info.

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Unveiling the Obfuscation

October 30th, 2006 at 1:14 pm by David Farrar

Public Address published a column by “Rex” a few weeks ago where Labour’s spin against the Auditor-General was repeated in the guise of a semi-legal analysis.

I did a partial rebuttal on the 15th of October.

Now a much better rebuttal has been done – on Public Address and by no less than an Emeritus Professor of Law – Jim Evans.

Professor Evans (note unlike Rex he is prepared to put his name and qualifications behind his opinion) does a first class job in ripping Rex’s arguments to pieces, explaining what the Auditor-General did and did not do, and generally rebuffing the hysteria that his report meant one had to validate all expenditure from 1989 onwards.

I can’t recommend strongly enough that people go read his article. I won’t summarise it here as I couldn’t do it justice.

It is worth mentioning one thing again though. If Labour really really thought it had not acted illegally, then it would not have voted for retrospective legislation which killed off the Darnton v Clark lawsuit.

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Female Genital Mutilation

October 30th, 2006 at 9:01 am by David Farrar

A research survey has found the majority of Somali women back female “circumcision” as a positive, valuable experience for them.

Now frankly the practice sounds barbaric to me, and even reading about what is involved makes me feel somewhat nauseated. Taking 20 minutes to urinate – my God!

But it does pose an interesting question for the libertarian minded people. Should the law ban adult women from having the procedure? If one allows gender reassigment surgery, why not this surgery?

Now my belief is that no sane woman would agree to female circumcision, and they get pushed into it by the males of their culture, just as habib wearing is also used to oppress women. But does the state have a right to ban either? It can ban habib wearing in court, schools, for passport photos etc – but not generally. Should the state be deciding on behalf of every woman what is right for them?

I emotionally support the ban on female circumcision. I just have a problem supporting it intellectually as it applies to adults exercising free choice.

I suppose at the end of the day it is a balance. If one did not ban it, then you might have many more women coerced into it, then freely wanting it. And I find it hard to understand how any woman would freely want it, but hey I’m not a woman!

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Reoffending Rates

October 30th, 2006 at 8:44 am by David Farrar

It is inevitable some prisoners will re-offend after they are released, as they are sentenced to finite terms.

However it is of huge concern that released prisoners who had been given a life sentence or preventative detention are re-offending because they have no right of release. They are granted it by a parole board.

The one third of preventative detention releases re-offending is almost inexcusable. They have been deemed so dangerous that they should never ever be released unless they are clearly no longer a danger to the community. The Parole Board is obviously giving the benefit of the doubt in cases where they are not entitled to. With preventative detention, if there is doubt, they should stay in jail.

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Labour’s assault on the taxpayer

October 30th, 2006 at 8:32 am by David Farrar

Revelations that Labour are not $800,000 in debt but are in fact $1.4 million in debt, means that Labour will later this term try to change the law to force taxpayers to fund Labour and other parties.

They have already put in place a temporary law which allows them to fund their pledge card from their parliamentary budget (the law runs until end of 2007). However this is not enough for them, so their conference has voted for full taxpayer funding.

They also voted for “constraints” on third party advertising. This may turn out to be the most serious challenge to freedom of speech in recent times.

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Labour’s new faces

October 30th, 2006 at 8:07 am by David Farrar

Audrey Young in the NZ Herald has a summary of likely new candidates for 2008, and also MPs on teh way out. New candidates are:

* Andrew Little
* Phil Twyford
* Stuart Nash
* Grant Robertson
* Helen Kelly

Nash is the only one with private sector experience. Three of them are unionists and Little and Robertson are both former student association presidents.

I’ve been impressed with Andrew Little since I first met him at NZUSA in 1986 when he was President.He has been a very sucessful (and modern) leader of EPMU and if he does join the Labour Caucus I would not be surprised if he becomes Leader in due course. One to watch.

Grant Robertson is also a pretty smart operator.

On the way out, Audrey has listed:

* Dover Samuels
* Paul Swain
* Georgina Beyer
* Dianne Yates
* Marian Hobbs
* Ann Hartley
* Phillip Field

On top of that I would list Jill Pettis, Russell Fairbrother and maybe even Rick Barker as MPs who lost their seats. Tim Barnett may seek the Christchurch Mayorlty. George Hawkins and Ross Robertson might decide they have no Ministerial futures so time to go also.

So Labour may be well placeds to get a long overdue injection of new talent – maybe up to 10 new MPs.

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Scheduled Outage

October 29th, 2006 at 9:39 pm by David Farrar

There is likely to be an outage for an hour or so on Monday for the blog as my hosting company are moving the blog over to a different server. So if you can’t reach the blog on Monday don’t keep hitting refresh but go back to your job or have a lunch break for an hour or so and then try again!

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VP for Torture

October 29th, 2006 at 2:40 pm by David Farrar

NRT blogs on how Dick Cheney has defended “dunking in water” as an interrogation technique if it saves lives and how he has been labelled “Vice-President for Torture”.

Putting aside the debate over water-boarding, I can’t resist commenting that of all the Government titles one can have, it’s hard to beat “Vice-President for Torture”.

I mean think of the politeness and service you’ll get. If you’re on a flight and they have to decide who gets a complimentary upgrade, you can bet that the Vice-President for Torture will not be left in economy class.

Go to a restaurant, and there is no doubt the waiter will be especially polite and attentive. And you’d be the one taxpayer even the IRD treats with respect.

Also imagine all there fuming third world dictators. They give themselves titles such as Commisar of the Nation, Supreme Patriotic Leader etc, but none of their titles are as cool as Vice-President for Torture. Within a few years there will probably be a dozen copycats.

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Not even a hint of contrition

October 29th, 2006 at 12:49 pm by David Farrar

A One News Colmar Brunton poll has found 49% of NZers say their trust in Labour has dropped due to the election spending scandal, including 28% of Labour’s own voters/supporters.

In her conference speech she referred to the Auditor-General’s findings as a “dodgy refereeing call made against a sports team”.

It is amazing that Labour still insist than an *election* pledge card which is the *centerpiece* of their election campaign is not an election expense. This is a detachment from reality which is bizarre.

The better sports analogy is that you’re a sports team that has a history of playing dirty. The previous two matches your foul balls were not seen by the referee and the linesman missed them also. This match, despite warnings before the match, your team went out and did the same foul again. The linesman and the referees are all in total agreement it is a foul. So do most of your own fans.

Yet you still blame the ref, not the team.

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Jury Rigging

October 29th, 2006 at 12:36 pm by David Farrar

A fascinating case on the news last night where it is alleged a jury member went to the defendent and asked for money to get him off.

If he is guilty, it will be interesting how they found him out.

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Aussie Spammer fined $6.5 million

October 28th, 2006 at 12:23 pm by David Farrar

Excellent. One of the more annoying Australian spammers got fined $6.5 million by the Australian Federal Court. This will act as a huge deterrance to other spammers down under. It was the first prosecution under Australia’s anti-spam laws.

The NZ anti-spam bill may pass into law this year. It is No 16 on the order paper. Depends how much urgency there is.

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Islam in NZ

October 28th, 2006 at 11:29 am by David Farrar

While I have real concerns for future immigration which may contain Islamist Muslims (those who beleive sharia has absolute priority over democracy and universal human rights) I have to say that I think New Zealand is incredibly fortunate that to date the extremists have not been coming to New Zealand.

We see this again today with the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand disassociating itself from Sheik Alhilali on women as uncovered meat etc. They also point out he is not the Mufti of NZ, as some have claimed.

Likewise we saw very responsible leadership from the local Muslim community over the Danish cartoons earlier this year.

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Southpark Offends Again!

October 28th, 2006 at 10:51 am by David Farrar

If I’m going to defend Southpark against offending Islam, I’m certainly going to defend them against offending fans of the Crocodile Hunter!

What the media reports haven’t covered is that it shows one of the guests at the Hell Halloween Party running away crying saying something along the lines of it is to soon to be funny. And as all Southpark fans know it takes 17.1 years for something to become funny. The episode is on You Tube.

I foudn it mroe amusing that Princess Diana was at the Hell party :-)

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Backdrop to Labour Conference

October 28th, 2006 at 10:38 am by David Farrar

It’s not the ideal backdrop to Labour’s Conference.

First you have to pay back $800,000 or so of taxpayers funds.

Secondly a poll shows you 13% behind.

Thirdly you lose a local body by-election in the safest Labour territory in the country.

Fourthly on the day the conference starts, Police raid one of your MPs offices, in a historic first for NZ.

And finally fifthly in Auckland the centre-right win four out of five seats on the Auckland Electricity Consumers Trust, despite there being a split on the centre-right!

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Police execute search warrants on Field’s office

October 27th, 2006 at 3:09 pm by David Farrar

NewstalkZB reports (in fact first reported in blog comments) that Police have raised Philip Field’s office and removed documents under a search warrant.

UPDATE: Good God, they also raided his parliamentary office. This must be a near first for NZ – to have an MP’s office in Parliament raided. All done according to protocol and with the Speaker’s agreement. But still very rare.

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Why we dropped in press freedom

October 27th, 2006 at 10:12 am by David Farrar

New Zealand dropped this year in the press freedom stakes. Still pretty damn good at 19= but last year we were 12=. Our “score” (zero is perfect) is 5.00. The UK is 6.50 and Australia 9.00. Last year our score was 2.00.

So why have we dropped? A blogger has asked the question the media didn’t. Bernard Darnton e-mailed the authors and their reply highlights two factors:

1. . Pressure not to show the Mohammed cartoons (who recalls our PM attacking newspapers which did so)

2. TVNZ’s Board being hauled before Parliament’s Privileges Committee

I’m glad to see one of their criteria for press freedom is how many bloggers were imprisoned during the last year (for their blogs).

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SMH on Neo-Nazi sites

October 27th, 2006 at 10:06 am by David Farrar

The Sydney Morning Herald has an article on the two Neo-Nazi sites I referred to yesterday.

I don’t actually back efforts to close their sites down. Even neo-Nazis deserve free speech, so long as they don’t specifically incite violence etc.

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