Putting us in our place

June 9, 2009

Scrubone has posted his first draft putting us in our place on the political spectrum.

Of the eight bloggers categorised one is authoritorian left, two are authoritorian right and the rest are liberal right.

Contrast that with No Right Turn’s graphing the NZ blogosphere in 2003 – one left and one right authoritarian; 13 liberal right one liberal centre and 26 authoritarian   liberal left.

I recognise only a handful of those 2003 blogs, one of those is Big News who was liberal left then and is now authoritarian left.

Common sense and compassion rule eventually

June 9, 2009

Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman is not impressed by his Department’s decision to force a pregnant Lithuanian woman on a visitor’s permit to leave the country.

“I believe that declining the permit was a poor decision by the department. I am pleased that common sense has prevailed and that the woman has now been issued a permit allowing her to stay in New Zealand.”

A recent Auditor-General’s report into Immigration New Zealand raised serious concerns about the quality of decision making processes within the organisation, and found an unacceptable variation in quality of decision making between branches.

The original decision showed neither compassion nor common sense and was made in the face of medical advice which said travel would endanger both the woman and her baby.

The Department might get a little credit for changing its mind but the stupidity of the original decision shows the AG was right to be concerned.

Is this case diferent from not granting a student visa to a Korean woman who was here on a visitor’s visa when she was pregnant?

Yes, because it was much earlier in the pregnancy and there was no danger to her her or her baby. There is no automatic right to a student’s visa and turning down an application for one from a pregnant visitor is quite different from telling someone who already has a student visa she can’t stay because she’s pregnant.

Had the father of the baby been a New Zealander there would have been a strong case for allowing the mother to stay, but he was a visitor too.

Feeling Groovy

June 9, 2009

Does anyone say groovy any more?

It was the word of the moment way back in the late 60s and early 70s when Simon and Garfunkel were singing The 59th Street Bridge Song/Feeling Groovy.

Hide wants councils to stick to knitting

June 9, 2009

Barrow pushers and empire builders won’t be impressed by Rodney Hide’s mission to ensure local authroities stick to their core activities.

But ratepayers increasingly concerned by rate rises which far exceed inflation will breathe a sigh of relief.

The Waitaki District recently announced a relatively modest overall increase of 3.6% for rates this year but that’s the lowest it’s been for ages and one of the lowest in the country.

Steep rises haven’t been altogether the fault of councils, they’ve had to take on responsibilities which were Central Government’s but only rarely given sufficient, if any, assistance for funding them.

But the power of general competence which the previous government gave local authorities has also led some councils into activities which have been costly and anything but competent.

Hide’s intention for councils to stick to their knitting is welcome, even if there is not yet an agreement over which pattern they should follow.

Donald Duck debut

June 9, 2009

It’s Donald Duck’s 75th anniversary.

He made his debut in The Wise Little Hen on June 9, 1934.

Tuesday’s answers

June 9, 2009

Monday’s questions were:

1. From where was the telegram alerting the world to the death of Robert Falcon Scott and his party in Antarctica sent?

2. Who wrote The Dot?

3. Who said: The cow is of the bovine ilk;/One end is moo, the other milk?

4. Which city would I be in if I was standing on the north bank of the Firth of Tay?

5. These are the flags of which countries:


Congratulations, and an electronic bunch of flowers to Ray who got 5/5.

Kismet gets a couple of points for getting two answers right and Inventory 2 gets one for trying,

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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What were they looking for?

June 9, 2009

Among the information available to bloggers is search engine terms people use to find you.

Usually these are fairly predictable but every now and then some strange ones turn up.

Today among the usual terms was: stomach bug related to sceptic fosse.

I wonder what prompted the search, what the searcher was  looking for, and if s/he found it.

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