Saturday, May 1, 2010

ZenTiger Blog Stats for April 2010

Author activity is down considerably this month, and so is the visitor count. On the plus side, we passed our 200,000th unique visit mark in the past week which is some sort of milestone on the internet highway.

With the media attention on the Catholic Church, one of our old posts has a high visit count for the month: Vatican City and the Age of Consent and also another post has found high hits: The Latest Papal Scandal - The Facts.

My satirical post, New Scandal Rocks the Church caught a momentary blip, but might pop up again when the Pope visits the UK. Although now that the entire foreign office has been exposed as completely anti-Catholic, one has to suspect that sort of virulent anti-Catholicism persists across all UK government departments. (Note: That sentence was satire. Nod if you get it.)

We started the month with Easter, and ended with a discussion on wondering how far left of Labour is John Key? With signing on to the UN DRIP in secrecy, then pushing through new taxes on tobacco under urgency, and pushing for a comprehensive new range of taxes called "ETS", and looking to raise the drinking age and the driving age to a more "responsible" age, I'm expecting the age of consent and voting age to be lowered in an ironic twist that demonstrates principles are only found in schools, and other places with spelling issues.

Anyway, the stats for April are


Page Loads : 11257
Average per day - 375


Unique Visitors : 6441

Average per day - 215

Posts : 67

Comments : 321

Most comments for one post: 26


Technorati Authority : 522

Alexa Ranking : 303660

NZ Alexa Ranking : 445


Here's my calculation for the Tumeke NZ Blogosphere Statistics based on the following formula:


+ 215 (Daily Unique visitor traffic from Statcounter)

+ 52 (Technorati Authority x .1)

+ 16 (Posts: 67/30*7)

+ 23 (Comments: 26+23+21+20 /4)


= 306

8 comment(s):

Seán said...

Not sure why signing the UN DRIP and the increase in tobacco tax is pigeon-holed as left-wing, but I guess every blogger has a some take on an ideology to uphold. Would be nice if just once, an issue was judged on it merits.

KG said...

"Not sure why signing the UN DRIP and the increase in tobacco tax is pigeon-holed as left-wing.."

Perhaps because they're both nannying, statist and dishonest?

ZenTiger said...

Hi Sean. I think your point here is the crux:

Would be nice if just once, an issue was judged on it merits.

My link was not just to the UN DRIP, but the UN DRIP signed in secrecy. How can we decide something on it's merits when the government just rocks on and does it? My take is that a government that thinks it doesn't need to report to the unwashed masses until the deal is done is a left leaning, statist government.

It could be argued that it is a right wing totalitarian -inclined government I suppose, but both National and Labour are basically centrist, and National proving to incline just as much towards left wing ideology as right.

Seán said...

Hi Zen - but you know, these are all just terms. Terms of which the definition has been debated until the cows came home. Everybody has their own take. Bloggers use them too much to describe anything they don't like and now most of them are meaningless.

In your comment above you complain of a government that just rocks on and does it. But then there are also complaints of a government not doing enough. On this issue the UN DRIP has been around for several years now and Sharples made his intentions clear last July. There's been an opportunity for debate.

ZenTiger said...

There's been an opportunity for debate.

And we've also had an opportunity to debate letting American ships into the country. Nobody said much about it, so John should just sign a declaration that US ships can visit without disclosing Nuclear capability and get on with it?

And no-one will be surprised, or feel that the government may have not telegraphed this properly?

Also, if Sharples made it clear that UN DRIP was always his policy, do you think John Key needs to debate or a flat tax of 25% across the board because it's ACT policy, or just do it and get it over with?

Seán said...

Zen - I can't comment on the other issues, it's a different discussion. But out of interest, what is your expectation of the process that the govt should follow w.r.t. these non-binding declarations?

ZenTiger said...

It's the same discussion Sean.

If you are going to argue that John Key gets to implement Maori Party policy without any debate simply because Sharples made a statement about it, then the same principle applies to John Key pushing through ACT policy in a series of "surprise moves".

I don't accept that the signing up to the UN DRIP in the way it was done was part of an open and honest government.

You suggest we debate something on its merits, and I pointed out the government didn't allow us to do that, by signing in secrecy.

You suggest that we shouldn't always couch things in left/right wing views, or that aligning things ideologically is not useful.

It's useful in a general sense - if we cannot predict how a political party will vote on different issues then we don't know if they will represent our views. So we look to see what principles they will follow, and what ideology they will adhere to as a general indication.

John Key has wormed out of the party's stated position on the anti-smacking debate. He's completely reversed is opinion on the ETS. He said before the election no GST rise, and now it looks to be a done deal. The number of reversals is growing daily.

what is your expectation of the process that the govt should follow w.r.t. these non-binding declarations?

Firstly, having a process would be a good start.

Secondly, my original post on the UN DRIP outlined my main concern - Key says the declaration is non-binding and we can ignore it when it doesn't suit, and the Maori Party see it as a matter of integrity and honour that it's principles will be upheld by the NZ Government. The danger here is that their interpretation of how it is to be upheld will be vastly different than the government's interpretation.

Just as the Treaty of Waitangi has different interpretations, and this is a cause of major strife and division within the country.

A just process would be to agree up front what signing the UN DRIP would mean for the country, before signing it.

That goes for every world government initiative.

Countries are increasingly being asked to sign over their sovereignty to international agreements that bind us to actions which do not require the democratic support of the people.

It is important therefore to treat such moves with far more transparency and consideration than has been shown to date.

John Key, by several actions now is treating the democratic process with absolute contempt.

KG said...

"Countries are increasingly being asked to sign over their sovereignty to international agreements that bind us to actions which do not require the democratic support of the people.

It is important therefore to treat such moves with far more transparency and consideration than has been shown to date.

John Key, by several actions now is treating the democratic process with absolute contempt"

Yes, exactly.

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