Word of the day


Lamoprophony – speaking in loud, clear tones; loudness and clarity of voice.

Blogging mothers and introversion


Discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass continued last week’s look at the results of Technorati’s state of the blogosphere survey – concentrating on blogging mothers.

We also looked at caring for your introvert.

That was prompted by my name is Stephen and I am an introvert at Quote Unquote and shy egomaniacs at Rob’s Blockhead Blog.

Apropos of introversion and extroversion – if you Google Myers Briggs Personality Types you’ll find on-line tests which help you identify where you fit. However, given that a proper MBPT identification takes several hours witha trained facilitator the results should be regarded with caution.

I’ve done the proper test twice and both times came out as an INFP (introvert, intuitive, feeling, perceiving).

During an HR session at an agri-business discussion group we were given a brief introduction to the concepts then told to put ourselves on a line with high introvert at one side of the room and high extrovert at the other. All the couples in the group ended up with one on one side and the other on the other.

Cow Poem


Tuesday’s poem goes rural this week with Cow Poem by Chris Mansell.

Other Tuesday poems with links in the sidebar include:

Under the Influence by Mary McCallum.

A Manner of Speaking by Clare Beynon.

Rudyard Kipling’s Smuggler’s Song at An Affliction of Poetry took me back to primary school:

If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by!  . .

Then there’s two which are both sad and powerful:

Vesper Sparrow’s How I died and Harvey McQueen’s Life Sentence.

Stock shortages bad for freezing workers, better prices for farmers


The September snow storm in Southland and South Otago aren’t the only cause of stock shortages.

Reports from the North Island show lower than expected lambing percentages and slower growth rates of both feed and stock because of  cold weather.

Straight Furrow (online here next week) predicts the worst season ever for meatworkers.

However, the shortage of stock and high demand for lamb overseas should mean farmers get better prices.

The ODT reports:*

Weaning hasn’t even started and meat companies and stock agents are engaged in a savage procurement war which has pushed the price of store lambs to over $70 and old ewes to $80.

. . . In September, Beef and Lamb New Zealand forecast a 17.4kg prime lamb would be worth $82 this season, the same as last season’s return, but given the extreme store lamb price and the impact of the storm there is speculation this year’s price could be pushed towards $100.

The high dollar will erode some of the gains of higher prices but it would be a lot worse to have the dollar high and demand and prices low.

Alliance Group reported an operating surplus of $29.6 million from a turnover of $1.4 billion for the year ending September 30. It will be distributing a pool of $12.6 million to shareholders and a 5% fully imputed dividend.

It has no debt and is in a strong position to weather the stormy season ahead.

Silver Fern Farms has yet to make its annual report public.

* In case you’re wondering that is my farmer who’s quoted later in the report.

Justice no longer delayed


Justice delayed is justice denied and bottle necks in our courts are a growing problem.

Justice Minister Simon Power has released plans to streamline proceedings including:

  • Requiring the defence to identify and disclose issues in dispute before a trial. This is estimated to result in a savings of 450 court days a year, or 10% of the expected total trial sitting time under the new regime
  • Allowing courts to proceed in the absence of a defendant if the court is not satisfied the defendant has a reasonable excuse for their absence.
  • Requiring the court to take into account a defendant’s compliance with procedural matters as a mitigating or aggravating factor at sentencing.
  • Allowing the court to impose cost orders against the prosecution, defendant, and defence counsel if it’s satisfied they have failed, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a procedural requirement.
  • Allowing greater flexibility to continue with a trial when jury numbers fall to 10.
  • Ensuring guilty pleas are entered as early as practicable to help avoid unnecessary delay.
  • Promoting out-of-court discussions between parties so there are fewer adjournments and shorter hearings.
  • Reserving jury trials for the most serious and complex cases, including by raising the threshold for a defendant electing a jury trial from crimes carrying a penalty of more than three months’ to those carrying more than three years’ imprisonment. This is expected to cut the jury trial workload by 300 to 600 trials a year (a reduction of 25-45% in the jury trial workload).

He said  the changes have the potential to free up 16,000 court sitting hours each year by delivering benefits which include:

  • 43,000 fewer court events. 
  • 1,000 to 1,400 fewer cases that need to be designated for trial by jury. 
  • 300 to 600 fewer cases that actually proceed to a jury trial. 
  • Shaving about 13 weeks off the time it takes for a jury trial case in the District Court or High Court to go through the pipeline from the time charges are laid to completion.
  • Savings of about $24.3 million over a five-year period.

“I’m a strong believer that justice delayed is justice denied, and this bill will ensure that timely justice is delivered for victims, witnesses, defendants, and the community.

“The key legislation currently in place dates back to the 1950s and has been subject to years of ad hoc reform.

“It’s been clear for some time that the excessive costs, the undue delays, and the needless complexities which govern criminal procedure needed to be addressed.

“We cannot continue to mask delays and inefficiencies in criminal procedure by simply building more courthouses and appointing more judges.

“I’m committed to improving the criminal justice system, particularly for those who find themselves in it through no fault of their own, while maintaining a defendant’s right to a fair trial.

“I’m confident this bill will achieve both.”

 Delays aren’t fair to the accused, victims or witnesses. They add to the costs in both financial and emotional terms.

These changes, at first reading, look like they’ll stop unnecessary delays without prejudicing the right to a fair trial.

If not, people with concerns will have an opportunity to add safeguards during the select committee process.

November 16 in history


On November 16:

534 – A second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus was published.

1491 – An auto de fé, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside Ávila, concluded the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.

1532 – Francisco Pizarro and his men captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa.

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1776 – American Revolution: The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognised the independence of the United States.

1805 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schöngrabern – Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delayed the pursuit by French troops under Murat.


1821 –  Missouri trader William Becknell arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.

1840 – New Zealand officially became a separate colony of Britain, severing its link to New South Wales.

NZ officially becomes British colony

1849 – A Russian court sentenced Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labour.

1852 – The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovered the asteroid 22 Kalliope.


1857 – Second relief of Lucknow. Twenty-four Victoria Crosses were awarded, the most in a single day.


1863 –  Battle of Campbell’s Station near Knoxville, Tennessee. Confederate troops unsuccessfully attacked Union forces.

1885 – Canadian rebel leader of the Métis and “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel was executed for treason.

1907 – Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory became Oklahoma and was admitted as the 46th U.S. state.

Flag of Oklahoma State seal of Oklahoma

1907 – Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania, sister ship of RMS Lusitania, set sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York City.

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1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opened.

1938 – LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.

1940 – The Royal Air Force bombed Hamburg.

1940 – The Nazis closed off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.


1943 –  American bombers struck a hydro-electric power facility and heavy water factory in German-controlled Vemork, Norway.

1944 – Dueren, Germany was destroyed by Allied bombers.

1945 –  Operation Paperclip: The United States Army secretly admited 88 German scientists and engineers to help in the development of rocket technology.


1945 – UNESCO was founded.


1953 Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, writer and actor, was born.

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1965 –  The Soviet Union launched the Venera 3 space probe toward Venus, the first spacecraf to reach the surface of another planet.

1973 –  NASA launched Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts for an 84-day mission.

1973 – U.S. President Richard Nixon signed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorisation Act into law.

1979 – The first line of Bucharest Metro (Line M1) was opened from Timpuri Noi to Semanatoarea in Bucharest.

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1988 – The Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR declared that Estonia was “sovereign” but stopped short of declaring independence.

1988 – In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elected populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister.

1989 – A death squad composed of El Salvadoran army troops killed six Jesuit priests and two others at Jose Simeon Canas University.

1989 – UNESCO adopted the Seville Statement on Violence at the twenty-fifth session of its General Conference.

1997 – After nearly 18 years of incarceration, China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, for medical reasons.


2000 – Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

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