July’s stats:


I started blogging in July 2008 but didn’t cotton on to external measures of blog stats until July that year (with sitemeter). I added Statcounter last year.

Stats for last month:

Statcounter Recorded 24,036 page loads and  16, 836 unique visitors of whom 10, 814 were first timers and 6,022 were returning visitors.

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  Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Total 135,922 103,213 67,729 35,484
Average 16,990 12,902 8,466 4,436
Month Page Loads Unique Visitors First Time Visitors Returning Visitors
Aug 2010 338 251 176 75
Jul 2010 24,036 16,836 10,814 6,022
Jun 2010 20,543 15,157 9,547 5,610
May 2010 19,351 14,886 9,489 5,397
Apr 2010 18,448 13,979 9,267 4,712
Mar 2010 19,844 15,715 10,782 4,933
Feb 2010 16,534 13,057 8,736 4,321
Jan 2010 16,828 13,332 8,918 4,414


Sitemeter isn’t quite so generous: with 14,988 unique visitors and 22,570 total visits.
This Year's Visits and Page Views by Month

Posts: 218.

Comments: 591ish (rough count).

Thanks to all of you who pop in, especially to those who also leave comments. Even when I don’t agree with what you say I enjoy the interaction and appreciate that  you generally debate the  issues and rarely resort to  personal attacks.

Muchisimas gracias.

Three hats two too many


Andrew Little couldn’t give a better example of why being Labour Party president, national secretary of the EPMU and a would-be Labour MP means he’s wearing two hats too many:

But on TV3’s The Nation this morning, Mr Little seemed to be at odds with Labour Party Leader Phil Goff’s position on whether workers should be able to cash in their fourth week of annual leave.

Mr Goff has said he is relaxed about it, Mr Carter considered that a flip-flop and wrote his now infamous letter.

Today, Mr Little ruled it out.

“There will be no tradeability of the fourth week of annual leave,” he said.

That is a valid comment from a unionist but a party president and would-be MP should leave any comments on policy to the leader and caucus.

Disputing the leader’s comments on party funds isn’t helpful either:

But he denied Mr. Carter’s allegations that the party was short of money.

“As the president of the party I get the monthly financial reports…I know what the state of the parties finances are in, they are very healthy.”

Especially when he contradicts himself a few sentences earlier (07.58)

“We’ve been paying back debt from the last election . . .

Still being in debt from the last election when we’re at least half way to the next one doesn’t sound like the party finances are particularly healthy.

KOW denies collusion


Keep Out Winston (KOW) denies colluding with Labour MP Chris Carter to keep Winston Peters out of the headlines.

“I”ll admit we were worried when we heard stirrings earlier in the week. We called an urgent meeting to discuss strategy should rumours of the resurgance of the man whose name we dare not mention prove true, but events overtook us,” KOW spokesperson Omai Gosh said.

“However, we were impressed by how successful Carter’s antics were and it’s given us some good ideas of strategies we might use should the need arise for desperate action in the future.”

Twigs and Tweets twitty idea


Federated Farmers didn’t go so far as to call Forest and Bird’s suggestion that the government created a dryland bird park in the Mackenzie basin twitty, they had a much better idea.

Feds has invited F&B to go onto the open market and buy land for the park itself

I’m taken aback by how misinformed Forest & Bird seem to be about High Country farming, conservation and tenure,” says Graham Reed, Federated Farmers High Country chairperson.

“By 2008, High Country farmers had voluntarily protected over 13,000 hectares in 42 QEII National Trust covenants around Central Otago, Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes and the Mackenzie.

“I’m reliably told that Black Stilts are actually thriving with irrigation. Even if we put together all the irrigation we have or is planned, this comprises less than five percent of the Mackenzie.

“The landscape is already modified after 150 years of grazing. Without livestock, Forest & Bird won’t end up with a drylands park, but a park for rabbits, hieracium and wilding conifers.

“Yet I doubt many farmers would have an issue with Forest & Bird if it raised money from its supporters to buy High Country farms on the open market. Except Forest & Bird’s advocacy people expect the taxpayer and the State to do its bidding for it.

As many a farmer has discovered, buying the land is only the start of the expense and at least they have income to offset the expenditure.

We already have about half the South Island in conservation land and can’t afford to look after that properly. Even if the economy was in much better shape it would be reckless to add the expense of buying and maintaining yet more conservation land to the national accounts.

Instead of looking to the state, Forest and Bird should look to their own resources and work with landowners to protect habitats for birds.

Maybe this explains it


Those of us interested and involved in politics are a small, and growing smaller, minority.

Some of us are sufficiently engaged to support a party. We do that for various reasons among which, I hope, is that its principles and philosophy are similar to our own and we agree with some, but rarely if ever all, of its policies.

Some people  aren’t involved but still support and vote for a particular party. Others vote on a single issue or because they have a cause they want furthered.

But what of people, possibly the majority, who aren’t interested in politics and don’t have a cause? Why do they vote?

Maybe this explains it:

I accept that your vote has almost no chance of deciding the outcome. . .

For this reason, nobody votes hoping that his vote will change the outcome. We vote instead because we like to feel involved, out of a sense of duty, or – importantly – to avoid being criticised by our friends and loved ones. These motives are enough to get about half of us out to the polls, but not enough to persuade us to engage in pointless research into the details of each candidate’s policy platform. All of which explains why many people vote, but few do so in an informed fashion.

None of this changes the fact that democracy is useless without a decent number of voters.

The challenge then is to get people interested enough to be informed and better still involved.

The best way to do that is to have good policy which is also good politics.

The easiest way to do it is to appeal to self-interest through promising rewards or with scare tactics about the alternatives.

Is it just coincidence that I’m thinking this in the wake of the news that New Zealand First may be making a comeback?

Hat Tip: Skeptic Lawyer for the quote from the Undercover Economist.

August 1 in history


On August 1:

30 BC Octavian (later known as Augustus) entered Alexandria bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.


10BC Claudius, Roman Emperor was born (d. 54).


69 Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolted under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.

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527 Justinian I became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.

607  Ono no Imoko was dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China.

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902 Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, was captured by the Aghlabid army.

1203  Isaac II Angelus, restored Eastern Roman Emperor, declared his son Alexius IV Angelus co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade.


1291  The Swiss Confederation was formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.

1461  Edward IV was crowned king of England.

1498 Christopher Columbus became the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.


1545 Andrew Melville, Scottish theologian and religious reformer (d. 1622) Scottish theologian and religious reformer, was born (d. 1622).


1619 First African slaves arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.


1664  The Ottoman Empire was defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.

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1774 The element oxygen was discovered for the third (and last) time.

1798 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay) began when a British fleet engaged the French Revolutionary Navy fleet in an unusual night action.

On a choppy sea, a large warship burns out of control. The central ship is flanked by two other largely undamaged ships. In the foreground two small boats full of men row between floating wreckage to which men are clinging.

1800  The Act of Union 1800 was passed which merged the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


1820  London’s Regent’s Canal opened.


1828 Bolton and Leigh Railway opened to freight traffic.

1831  A new London Bridge opened.


1832  The Black Hawk War ended.

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1834  Slavery was abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force.

1837 Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organiser, was born(d. 1930).


1838 Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated.

1840 Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated.

1842 Lombard Street Riot erupted.

1855 First ascent of Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa), the second highest summit in the Swiss Alps.


1894 The First Sino-Japanese War began between Japan and China over Korea.

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1902 The United States bought the rights to the Panama Canal from France.


1907  Start of First Scout camp on Brownsea Island.


1914 Germany declared war on Russia at the opening of World War I.

1916 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet, was born (d. 2000).

1927 The Nanchang Uprising – the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.


1936 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, was born (d. 2008).

1937  Tito read the resolution “Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH” to the Croatian Communist Party in woods near Samobor.


1941  The first Jeep was produced.


1942 Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead), was born (d. 1995).


1944  Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary.


1944  Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation began.


1949 Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan, was born.


1951 Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple), was born (d. 1976).


1957  The United States and Canada formed the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

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1959 Joe Elliott, English musician (Def Leppard), was born.


1960Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1964  The Belgian Congo was renamed the Republic of the Congo.

1966 Charles Whitman killed 15 people at The University of Texas before being killed by the police.

1966  Purges of intellectuals and imperialists became official Chinese policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.


1967  Israel annexed East Jerusalem.


1968 The coronation of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.

1975  CSCE Final Act created the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

1980  Buttevant Rail Disaster killed 18 and injured dozens of train passengers.

1981 MTV began broadcasting in the United States and aired its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

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1987 Maori became an official language in New Zealand.

Maori becomes official language

1993  The Great Flood of 1993 in the US Mid-West  peaked.

Flood waters inundated parts of Jefferson City, MO and threatened the Missouri State Capitol during the "Great Flood of 1993".

1995  The first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

1996  Michael Johnson broke the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.

2004  A supermarket fire killed 396 people and injured 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.

Building under renovation with banners in Spanish draping off the sides.

2007  The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during the evening rush hour.

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2009 gay centre shooting in Tel Aviv.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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