Did you see the one about . . .


Herd thinking meet herd immunity– Aimee Whitcroft at Misc-ience has a great cartoon which illustrates the benefits of herd immunity and dangers of herd thinking.

A daughter’s wedding – Look Up At The Sky shares the joy and love.

Eighties reforms recalled – Lindsay Mitchell shows that many of the “failed” polices of the 80s not only succeeded but are still serving us well.

Random numbers – Keeping Stock counting what counts.

Ode to property law – Skeptic Lawyer proves property is power.



Some deer, a dog, a man and a boy with a video camera:

Hat tip: Skeptic Lawyer who also has a clip of a news story on the video.

Did you see the one about


Australia sux (New Zealand seven) –  DeusExMacintosh at  Skeptic lawyer adds to his her series of topical comics with one on Julia Gillard’s visit.

Great fictional teachers – Teaching the Teacher looks at fictional inspiration.

Egypt: now what? Liberty Scott has some answers.

A bit of a walk in Mt Aspring National Park – Like Minds reminds me (with stunning photos) that it’s far too long since I’ve been there.

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.

Did you see the one about . . .


There’s a certain slant of light – Craft is the New Black’s ode to winter.

I guess that means I also need to take my computer – Laughy Kate shares a gift from her mother.

The worm – Skeptic Lawyer finds a canker at the heart of political society.

Now this is what I call inspirational Not PC –  mixes fine art and fine words. While thereanyone who’s every practised work avoidance will relate to Procrastination.

Nine and a bit months – if Julie’s experience at The Hand Mirror was that of most women there’d be a lot more one-child families.

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