Political compass


 The one thing which stands out when I do multi choice tests like the political compass is that I don’t like black and white answers because my response to many of the questions is but/providing/if. . .

That said, I’ve done two versions of the political compass and come out in a similar position as a right moderate social libertarian.

This one is the political spectrum quiz:

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This is the political compass (which I found ages ago through Monkeywithtypewriter)


I’m left of Freidman and right of Ghandi on the economic spectrum but on a similar level to both on the social one.

I’m also a bit further right and more liberal than Halfdone at Something should go here and Lucia Maria at NZ Conservative and well to the right and more liberal than Dave at Big News .

P.S. – Halfdone is interested in compiling a chart of where bloggers sit on the compass.

Scarborough Fair/Canitcle


Scarborough Fair originated from a charter given by Henry III in 1253.

The ballad featured on Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 album, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme:

Red faced relativity


The law of red faced relativity states that your propensity for stupidity is directly related to the number and importance of the people watching:


You can build your own graph at GraphJam

Buy local campaign conflicts with free trade


The headline in The Age says ‘Buy Australian’ and free market theory aren’t in conflict.

That statement is wrong and so is the opinion piece which follows because it confuses a buy local campaign with country of origin labelling.

Buy American, Buy Australian or Buy Any Nation campaigns work on the basis of a simple, first principle concept. Consumers do not know the country of origin of the products they are buying. The first principle of a Buy My Country’s products campaign is to tell the consumer at the retail outlet where the produce or consumer products come from.

Country of origin labelling might persuade people to buy local, but that is not its primary aim.

The only aim of buy local campaigns is to persuade consumers to purchase domestic produce and products rather than imported ones and that is definitely in conflict with free trade.

Country of origin labelling isn’t always easy to do, but knowing where products come from enables consumers to make informed choices. That’s very different from telling them – often erroneously – that it’s better to buy local.

COOL gives information, buy local seeks to persuade consumers that domestic produce and products are better than imported ones.

Did you see the one about. . .


 Pipe specification  at Somethingshouldgohere

Unintentional arrogance at Open Parachute

Why economics is hard  at The Visible Hand

Worthy pursuits – cough at Rob’s Blockhead

5 ways for banks to improve their on-line banking services  at Interest.Co.NZ

S59 amendment vitimises 2nd parent at Monkeywithtypewriter

Significant risk factor for child abuse omitted at Lindsay Mitchell

Hating on Teh Fatties at In A Strange Land

Weird Art Quiz at Artandmylife

A car quiz at Not PC

Ground rules in the first, second and third person at The Hand Mirror

Undomestic godess at Pundit

A puff too far  at Macdoctor

And a couple of newish  (to me) blogs:


Birdsofparadise – from Nicole Were, a New Zealander living in Yellowknife in the northwest of Canada (interviewed for the best song segment on Afternoons by Jim Mora on Thursday)

June 7 in history – Gandhi, Gauguin, Dean Martin


On June 7, 1846, impressionist painter Eugéne Henri Paul Gauguin was born in Paris.

On this day in 1893  Mohandas Gandhi undertook his first act of civil disobedience.

Dean Martin was born in Steubenville, Ohio.

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