Can a blog and its blogger have different personalities?


The Typealzyer reckons Homepaddock is ESTP – the doers:

The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

 The letters are from Myers Briggs personality types and stand for extroverted, sensing, thinking and perceiving.

But I’ve done the test three times and always come out as INFP – introverted, intuitive, feeling, perceiving, though I haven’t come across any blogs which come into this category.

David Farrar reckons Kiwiblog’s ESTP is about right. Anti-Dismal is INTJ – the scientists –  and so is the Visible Hand in Economics.

Exexpat   discovered that, like me, she has a different personality from her blog – it’s ISTP – the mechanics – and she’s INTJ – the scientists.

I also tried Homepaddock with gender analyzer which guessed the blog is written by a man (56%), but said it’s quite gender neutral.

I guess that means that pop psychology should be rearded as entertainment rather than science.

Keeping that in mind you can do an on-line personality test here.

Another reflection on failed policies of the noughties


New Zealand’s had its lowest net migration gain  in any 12 month period for seven years in the year to October.

Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) today said there were 87,400 permanent and long term (PLT) arrivals in the year.

While that figure was up 6 percent from the October 2007 year, the 83,000 PLT departures were up 10 percent.

As a result net PLT migration was just 4300, down from 7500 in the October 2007 year and the lowest since 1700 in the October 2001 year.

The 34,600 net PLT outflow to Australia in the October 2008 year was the highest in at least 30 years.

How long do we give the new government to reverse this trend and how long can we blame this sort of bad statistic on the failed policies of the noughties?

Australia’s most sexist


Australia’s annaul award for outrageous sexism has gone to the outback mayor who pleaded for lovelorn female “ugly ducklings” to reverse a shortage of eligible women in a remote mining town.

Mount Isa Mayor John Malony infuriated women in August with a suggestion that “with five blokes to every girl, may I suggest that beauty-disadvantaged women should proceed to Mount Isa”, in northwest Queensland state.

“I think the message is ever vigilant, ever watchful, keeping people, keeping blokes on their toes and making sure that we name and shame them,” annual Ernies’ award organiser and lawmaker Meredith Burgmann told state radio.

The annual awards have 10 categories and are decided by the level of boos, jeers and stamping of feet at women’s-only event held at the New South Wales state parliament in Sydney.

Malony earned his top golden Ernie award with a defence that “The protesters are blaming me for their looks”.

At the time, the mayor said he was “telling it like it is” in a testosterone-laden town more famous for cowboys and mining lead, silver, copper and zinc than for matchmaking, sitting atop one of the world’s biggest underground mines.

You can read about the placegetters here. But in case it depresses you too much to read to the end it does finish on a positivie note.  

Rugby Union international Brendan Cannon won the yearly Good Ernie “for boys behaving better” after saying: “I don’t want my daughter Phoebe growing up in the country where almost all women will be victims of physical violence or sexual abuse during their lifetimes”.
I hope “almost all” is an overstatement.

Poetry in Parenting



This Friday’s poem, Poetry in Parenting  by Karen Gray comes from swings + roundabouts Poems on Parenthood  edited by Emma Neale, published by Godwit.


                       Poetry in Parenting


There is poetry in parenting if you listen for it.

A little face pressed against the window as the southerly hits:

‘Mummy, outside it has just burst into tears,

and the cabbage tree’s hair is in its eyes’

Poetry. And wisdom:

‘I know how the mice got in the roof, Dad – they jumped on the trampoline.’

Visions of mice, like miniature Masai, bouncing.


                       – Karen Gray –

60c less per kilo = $714m less for NZ


Fonterra’s revised forecast payout has been reduced by 60 cents to $6.00a kilo.

That’s a reduction in expected income of about $120,000 for the average dairy farm and a loss of $714m for the New Zealand economy.

Fonterra Chairman, Henry van der Heyden said today that declining prices across all commodities, including dairy, had been exacerbated in recent weeks by the global financial crisis.

“There is a great deal of uncertainty around the world, industry and trade activity is slowing down and all the forecasts are pointing to a global recession. We have seen a real tightening in consumer spending and dairy is not immune to this rapid deterioration in the global economy.”

We have kept conditions under close review and brought forward our forecast revision so farmers know exactly where they stand as they work through their budgets for next year. The message is for farmers to be cautious in their planning.”

Company chief executive Andrew Ferrier said, given current conditions, demand was unlikely to recover by mid-2009 as initially expected.

“While the medium to long term outlook for dairy remains positive the financial crisis has driven commodity prices down further and, with consumer confidence deteriorating, it is likely that prices will remain weak, rather than recover, through our fiscal year.”

Ferrier said that as the world economy retreated, commodity stocks were building and these would need to be cleared before prices improved.

“The market has not yet absorbed the surplus stocks from the US. In addition, stocks in the EU are building. This combination of excess stocks and weak demand has driven prices down rapidly. A rebalancing of the market is unlikely in the short term,” he said.

A couple of seasons ago this payout would have been greeted with excitement and it’s still above the long term average, but after last year’s $7.90 payout and the earlier forecast for this season of $6.60 it’s disappointing.

It’s only a few months since Jeanette Fitszimons was asking Fonterra to subsidise consumers because of steep rises in the price of dairy products on the domestic market. I doubt she’ll be suggesting consumers subsidise the company now the price it receives is falling.

Jim pens a Dear John


Jim Hopkins has penned a Dear John letter, although not one which is likely to break any hearts.

Truth is, Dear John, I do not hate to write. In a year or so, perchance, but not now, your frantic activeness.

Owe contraire – as they say in the money markets. I write with Joy in my heart and Hope in my soul. And both of them join with me in offering you our warmest congratulations.

Indeed, your egalitarian eminence, its fair to say, if congratulations were cocoa, your mug would be overflowing . . .

You’ve moved with the speed of a human laxative, sir. And we are in ore – which can’t be mined, unfortunately, although, maybe with the changes you’re planning to the RMA that will change.

As much else must, dear John. And there’s the rub, if I may say so. You see, sir, we, your humble serpents, may tell you we want change but that doesn’t mean we want the same change.

Indeed, the things that some of us want to change may be the very things that others don’t want to change at all and even if they do want change, it’s highly likely the change they want is not the change that we want and verse vica.

Our conflicting expectations may yet be your downfall, noble transformator. But for now, suffice it to say that you have turned inertia into ertia – and stemmed the rapid rate of “nots”. . . .

So, bon voyage, John. You go with the hopes of a nation in your briefcase. And remember this; Apec is actually an anagram. It’s really Cape backwards – or near enough – and there’s no Cape like the Cape of Good Hope, sir. Which is what we’re all very keen to have a little bit of at last, what with Christmas looming just around the corner and the great global meltdown rearing its ugly head in the chimney of our dreams.

Yours, in eternal optimism (and the spa pool),

A Voter.

Ag matters rank doesn’t


Federated Farmers has welcomed the appointment  of David Carter as Minister of Agriculture but  Feds’ president Don Nicolson is disappointed with his ranking.

“If I can voice one disappointment that is Mr Carter’s Cabinet rank of ten.  I would have hoped agriculture and Mr Carter deserved a much higher ranking to send the important signal that New Zealand needs to farm its way out of recession.”

As I posted earlier it’s not where a Minister is ranked but the job s/he does with the Minsitry which matters.

Although if Feds is worried about National’s understanding of the importance of agriculture they should be reassured that Deputy Prime Minister Bill English was a farmer and there are plenty of other farmers in the National caucus.

Contrast that with Labour which now has none and have given the role of agriculture spokesman to Jim Anderton.

Feds as befits an apolitical organisation was positive about Anderton, but I think he served farmers very poorly.

My view starts with a local example when he was responsible for regional development. The single most important area for development in North Otago is irrigation. Anderton was told this on several visits and asked to assist, he promised the earth and delivered nothing.

And what did he do for us when he was Minsiter of Agriculture?

He was good at making speeches which said nothing but that was about it.

He promised he’d get farm working dogs exempt from microchipping, and failed. The exemption was made, but only by accident when Green MP Nador Tanczos wouldn’t support the legislation.

Tenure review and  pastoral leses come under Conservation and Lands but impact directly on agriculture and while Anderton was Minister they became even more of a dog’s breakfast.

But worst of all he sat on his hands while agriculture was included in the Emmisions Trading Scheme.

He might have been ranked third in cabinet but that didn’t stop him doing a third rate job for agriculture.

Young holds New Plymouth


National’s Jonathon Young has held New Plymouth  after the counting of special votes.

His election night majority of 314 was whittled down to just 100.

Had he lost the seat it wouldn’t have made a difference to the number of National MPs because he’d have been replaced by Conway Powell, who stood for the party in Dunedin South, who is next on the list.

The make-up of parliament will be confirmed when the result of all special votes is announced at 2pm tomorrow. 

If another party gains a seat then Cam Calder, the last National MP to gain a list seat, will lose his.

NZ payout down EU subsidies up


Fonterra’s announcment on the milk payout at noon today will not be good news for farmers.

The company lets suppliers know of changes greater than 30 cents in the forecast and it’s a safe bet the payout won’t be going up.

Some commentators are predicting the drop might be as much as 60 cents. That would take it to $6 a kilo, which is still above the average payout for the seven years Fonterra has been operating.

The falling price of dairy products in international markets is behind the drop and there’s more bad news for New Zealand farmers in the EU’s decision to subsidise butter storeage.

The European Union agreed on Thursday to support butter producers by reinstating subsidies for private storage from next year as local butter prices in several EU countries have fallen sharply in recent months.

EU national experts voted to bring forward the subsidy scheme by two months, setting a flat-rate aid level of 15.62 euros ($19.51) a tonne, plus smaller extra daily payments to cover variable costs for cold storage and financing.
Subsidised storage is the EU’s method of providing income to farmers, when internal prices for a specific commodity fall below a pre-determined trigger price, so they can avoid selling at a loss.
The commodity is “bought in” to stores, either private or public, until prices rise again to a level attractive enough for it to be sold into the EU internal market.
That means when the price rices again the market will be flooded by this butter and anyone with a basic understanding of economics knows that if supply exceeds demand the price comes down.

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