November 4, 2009

The Dominion Post describes my 7/10 in its politics quiz as an “adequate performance”.

It included a couple of guesses so perhaps it’s less than adequate and I’m still behind Kiwiblog who got 8/10.



November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Loretta Swit.

Mid week music

November 4, 2009

Mozart’s Symphony No 36 was first performed on this day in 1783.

Did you see the one about . . .

November 4, 2009

Probing the depths of snow – Daniel Collins at Sicblogs has some stunning photos from Temple Basin.

Didn’t we learn from 1989 – Liberty Scott

When inanimate objects attack – Opinionated Mummy profiles some perfectly rages.

Motel greenwash – Motella doesn’t want a sermon when he stays away.

Mary Wollstonecraft wept – In A Strange Land adds to my contention that the fashion industry is inherently misogynist.

One of these is not the same – Macdoctor sees signs of sense from a health boss.

The Church of Jones – Roarprawn spots another cult.

October public polls – Kiwiblog paints a pretty picture for those of us who like blue.

Another pet lamb bites the dust – RivettingKateTaylor on life and death and pet shows.

And I like cows because . . . ummm  Kismet Farm has one of those days.

A heavyweight conundrum – Frendmy compares Australia’s roads with ours.

In my dreams

November 4, 2009

Wow – look at this record on comments for this blog:

3,643 Posts 5555,5555783 Comments
4 Pages 5555,5555783 Approved
115 Categories 0 Pending
6,941 Tags 0 Spam

For a momentito  I was excited. Then I remembered that Kiwiblog passed the 500,000 comment milestone on Sunday and realised that the usual reliable Worpdress recording process must have miscalculated.

I refreshed the page and came down to earth, not 5555,555783 comments but 5,780:

3,643 Posts 5,780 Comments
4 Pages 5,780 Approved
115 Categories 0 Pending
6,941 Tags 0 Spam

Apropos of WordPress records, I wonder what’s up with paihamu that 68 people found their way here after using that as a serach term yesterday:

Search Engine Terms

These are terms people used to find your blog.


Search Views
paihamu 68

Some of the search terms used suggest some people have unusual interests. Some directed here by a search engine must be disappointed when they discover search terms like public porn and porn in the paddock lead to innocuous posts.

Searchers at Cactus Kate  might get more satisfaction.

Is this too simple?

November 4, 2009

Finance Minister Bill English signalled on TVNZ7’s that the government is considering changes to property taxes  which may result in some form of capital gains tax.

I have mixed views about that but a bigger concern about the whole debate on how the government’s income can keep up with its expenditure.

Increasing income, whether it’s by taxes, dividends from SOEs or charges for services, is one part of the equation. Reducing expenditure is another.

But the best way to increase public income is to increase private income ie the amount everyone earns.

That requires sorting out the things which are holding individuals and businesses back.

Or is that too simple?

P.S. Adolf was at the filming of the programme and gives his views on it at No Minister.

Dairy beats tourism for export earnings

November 4, 2009

Dairy has overtaken tourism as New Zealand’s biggest export earner, contributing nearly $10 million to the economy, company chair Henry Van der Heyden said in a newsletter to suppliers.

He also passed on the good news that the price for Whole Milk Powder went up 13.7% in this morning’s globalDairyTrade auction, to US$3,437 per tonne.

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The graph for WMP prices from 2004-2009 shows prices are above the long term average again, though still well below the 2007 bubble.

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An 8.3% increase in dairy prices contributed to a 4. 6% gain the ANZ Commodity Index in October, the seventh month in a row to record an increase.

The gains in international prices have somewhat offset a soaring kiwi dollar, which is up more than 45% from its sub-50 U.S. cents low in March. The currency’s continued strength in October largely wiped out the increase, expressed in New Zealand dollars, with kiwi-denominated commodity index easing 0.4% last month.

Sawn timber rose 6.1% on a global price basis, and wood pulp prices advanced 4.2%. Wool prices increased 7.1% and the price of skins gained 3.5%. Beef prices slipped 3.9% and apples declined 1.7% over the period.

The increase in dairy prices has outpaced the rise in the value of the dollar which means there isn’t a risk to the forecast payout for the season – yet.

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