Political Compass

September 1, 2014

Political Compass places New Zealand political parties:

 

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Whoever is behind it says:

This time around there can be no more important and over-arching issue than the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which New Zealand is poised to sign, yet receives scant attention in the campaign and is ignored in any of the “surveys” that we’ve seen. From the authenticated leaked information that’s available, it’s clear that this agreement is much more than the free trade deal that its National Party adherents describe. It is in fact an unprecedented move towards international corporate involvement in governance, including vital areas like education, health and pharmaceuticals, environment, agriculture, investor rights and much more. Under the TPPA, government legislation in the interests of the public — but against the interests of foreign business — may be challenged by a corporation in a closed tribunal on the grounds of impeding free trade. This precise thing has already happened in Australia, where the country’s plain packaging laws on tobacco were legally challenged by a tobacco company. The truth is that many of the electoral policies of some NZ parties could not be implemented under the TPPA! This, and not the flag, is the real sovereignty issue, and it\`s barely being raised. By comparison, every other electoral issue is window dressing.

I don’t think most voters share this view of the importance of the TPPA, nor what appears to be a hard-left, anti-trade view of it.

However they are right about this:

We remain perplexed about the electoral alliance between Mana and the Internet Party, given that Mana’s leader is an avowed socialist, while the Internet Party’s founder is an economic libertarian in the mould of the anti-state Pirate parties of other countries. . .

I took the test:

 

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That isolates me from any of the parties but I think that’s the fault of the placing of the parties, the questions – some of which are on issues and ideas which aren’t relevant here – and assumptions made about how answers relate to the parties.

TVNZ’s Vote Compass shouldn’t be taken as fool-proof, but it has the parties better placed and is based on questions more relevant in New Zealand.

It put me in a similar place but has the National Party there as more centrists and liberal than the Political Compass does:

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Another vocab test

August 30, 2014

8/10 with a couple of guesses.

The ones I got wrong were 2 and 4.


How’s your vocab?

August 29, 2014

How’s your vocabulary?

25/30 – would have been 27 if I’d followed my instinct.

 


Friday’s answers

August 29, 2014

Thursday’s questions were:

1.  Who said: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!””

2. What was the title of Robert Bolt’s play about Thomas Moore?

3. It’s too easy in French, in stagione Italian, estación in Spanish and wa in Maori, what is it in English?

4.  How does this sentence begin and where does it come from: . . . and a time to every purpose under the heaven?

5. What’s your favourite spring flower?

Points for answers:

Willdwan got 4.

Andrei got 4 with bonuses for the full answer to #4 and the music.

J Bloggs also got 4.

Answers follow the break.

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Thursday’s quiz

August 28, 2014

1.  Who said: “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!””

2. What was the title of Robert Bolt’s play about Thomas Moore?

3. It’s too easy in French, in stagione Italian, estación in Spanish and wa in Maori, what is it in English?

4.  How does this sentence begin and where does it come from: . . . and a time to every purpose under the heaven?

5. What’s your favourite spring flower?


Do you know your capitals?

August 26, 2014

How’s your knowledge of capital cities?

I got 15/15 with two slightly informed guesses.

You got 15 questions correct: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
YOU GOT

World Scholar!

Congratulations! You pass the test! You did better than 60% of the people, you should be proud!

 


What is your calling in life?

August 25, 2014

What is your life’s calling?

Intellectual Genius

You have a fascinating mind. You’re very self-aware, wickedly smart (no doubt), sometimes a bit shy, and you tend to enjoy indoor hobbies just as much, if not more, than outdoor ones. You may not open up easily, but once you do, no one can compete with you. Your brilliance seems to increase by the day!

I think someone else must have answered most of these questions for me to come up with this answer.

 


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