Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Comedians are often more truthful than politicians.

Israeli news media and politicians often complain about the activity of neo-Nazis in Ukraine. “Activists and supporters of Ukrainian nationalist parties hold torches as they take part in a rally to mark the 112th birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, in Kyiv, Ukraine, January 1, 2021. Credit: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The recent very undiplomatic statements by Russia’s top diplomat, Sergey Lavrov, created a bit of a media storm. But the beat up over these statements obscures the real issues. Ukraine does have a problem with neo-Nazis. These neo-Nazis have a lot of influence in the Ukrainian military. Consequently, they receive arms and training from NATO countries – mainly the USA. Cooperation with this military means cooperation with neo-Nazis.

No surprise that in the current war hysteria there is an attempt to deny the existence and influence of these Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Specifically, Foreign Minister Lavrov was reacting to one of these attempts, the argument about Ukrainian president Zelensky “How can there be Nazism in Ukraine if he is a Jew?”

Lavrov’s interviewer from the Italian television network, Mediaset, expressed this argument with the question:

“He (Zelensky) believes denazification doesn’t make any sense. He is a Jew. The Nazis, Azov – there are very few of them (several thousand). Vladimir Zelensky refutes your view of the situation.”

Perhaps it’s worth looking at what Zelensky has said about this problem in the past. And I refer to Zelensky the comedian – not Zelensky the politician. We all know politicians tell lies as part of their job – perhaps comedians can be more truthful

This video clip from one of Zelensky’s stand-up performances in 2014 is a good summary of the situation.  (Sorry about posting this as a tweet – it is a real problem directly including videos now because of YouTube censorship).

Zelensky is reading a fictional letter from someone serving in one of the ultranationalist military brigades:

He says things are better because he is “in the ranks of the Banderites.”

The Banderites are the ultra-right, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi groups which were converted into national guard battalions during the civil war after the 2014 coup. Stepan Bandera has been promoted to a national hero in Ukraine since independence. He was one of the leaders of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army which cooperated with the German Nazis in the second world war, which was responsible for the massacre of Poles, Jews, Russians, and others at the time and before the war.

Per Anders Rudling, a historian specializing in the areas of nationalism, wrote in The OUN, the UPA and the Holocaust: A Study in the Manufacturing of Historical Myths:”

“During the past decade, particularly under the presidency of the third Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko (2005–2010) there have been repeated attempts to turn the leading figures of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its armed wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) into national heroes. As these fascist organizations collaborated with the Nazi Germany, carried out ethnic cleansing and mass murder on a massive scale, they are problematic symbols for an aspiring democracy with the stated ambition to join the European Union.”

He adds “My salary is small but that is not a problem since we are allowed to take money and property from then Russians.”

Examples of vigilante justice in Ukraine are common. Often victims are accused of looting or similar but may be guilty of being Roma or Russian speakers.

The revival of neo-Nazi Ukrainian heroes together with the involvement of thugs, football hooligans, etc., has produced brutish behaviour in Ukrainian society. During the leadup to the 2014 coup these thugs intimidated elected councils and businesses. They often beat up politicians they disliked. They will tie people they consider criminals (e.g. looters) or pro-Russian to lampposts to be abused by passers-by.

The ultranationalists often intimidate people as part of their campaign against the use of the Russian language.

“Earlier the same applied to the Jews. But then the main Bandera man Kolomoyski prohibited it.”

Ihor Kolomoyskyi is one of the richest oligarchs in Ukraine and helped to get Zelensky elected. He is also a funder of one of some of the neo-Nazi military groups. Kolomovski is also a Jew.

This underlines the point that neo-Nazis are not about attacking Jews – they have moved on. In Ukraine, they attack other minorities, the Roma for example, but their main concern is with the largest ethnic minority – Russians. Their attacks range from bullying over language, kidnap and even murder of officials they consider “pro-Russian,” to their involvement in the war against Russian speaking separatists since 2014.

“I am learning English to forget Russian with the help of American mercenaries; they’re all over the place.”

The USA has been involved in Ukraine ever since independence in the early 90s. They have been happy to support the anti-Russian prejudices promoted by Banderites and the evidence is that the USA was involved in the anti-democratic coup in February 2014.

“Our president, the most important one Barack Obama, has promised that we will join NATO soon, as an American henchman of course.”

Interesting aside there. Ukraine was never a serious candidate for NATO membership but was in fact incorporated into NATO in all but name. NATO training, arms supplies and intelligence. In the current war, one can say the aim of the Americans is to fight to the last Ukrainian in their attempt to destroy Russia.

“If you can please send me Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.” They are sold out here.”

The Ukrainian translation of the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto amongst other neo-Nazi material promoted by the Azov movement in Ukraine. Image credit “The Russians and Ukrainians Translating the Christchurch Shooter’s Manifesto

The capture of headquarters occupied by neo-Nazi groups like the Azov Battalion, Aidar Batallion, Right Sector, etc., reveals that these groups are reading classical fascist literature.

Interestingly, the manifesto of the Christchurch terrorist, Tarrant, while banned in New Zealand, was translated into eastern European languages and is used by groups like the Azov Battalion. During the shooting, Tarrant wore a flak jacket with a symbol commonly used by the Azov Battalion which even the New York Times describes as “a Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary organization.”

Of course, things are not simple. More can be said about the overwhelming support Zelensky received in his election because of his support for peace and the steps outlined in the Minsk Agreements. How the ultranationalist/neo-Fascist groups and their allies demonstrated against his peace policies, threatened his presidency – even his life, and his eventual back down as shown by the fact that Ukraine never carried out their obligations under the Minsk agreements.

But I think those people who wish to support Ukraine in this war should be aware of the role of neo-Nazis.  Supporters of Ukraine who attempt to deny the existence of the neo-Nazis, or downplay their importance, are simply making excuses for the fact that they are effectively supporting a disreputable movement.

Ukraine – a beginner’s guide

The Author of this Dorset Eye article, Ukraine – a beginner’s guide, says:

“In 2014, the journalist and writer John Pilger wrote an article for The Guardian newspaper entitled ‘In Ukraine the US is dragging us towards war with Russia’.[i] Eight years later, in 2022, this prediction came true when Russia invaded Ukraine. Readers should be aware that I am anti-war, and therefore not in favour of any country invading any other. This article is to help readers understand why Russia invaded Ukraine.

A peaceful outcome is possible if negotiators from the US, Ukraine, Europe (particularly Germany and France) and Russia are able to sit down and agree a solution. Negotiations have to deal with two sets of connected problems. The first is about how different regions in Ukraine are governed. The second is about the role that Ukraine plays internationally.  “

I have watched Ukraine closely since 2013/2014 (the democratically elected government was overthrown in a coup in February 2014) and think the author is completely correct. One cannot understand the current war unless one understands the problems Ukraine has with ethnic differences and what this means for local government and language/cultural rights. We also need to acknowledge the rise of extreme and often violent ultranationalism and the way Ukraine has been used in the geopolitical struggle between the USA and the Russian Federation.

I think the article is a little bit simplistic – but certainly not as simplistic and biased as the information our mainstream media subjects us to.

There is just so much ignorance about this war, the reason for it and the lead up to it. We are bombarded with so much biased and fake news and disinformation. But this article provides a good introduction (and it is well referenced) for anyone wishing to understand what is really going on.

 

Why the silence on censorship?

2022 is turning out to be a crap year – George Orwell would have been shocked. I guess reality is always different to predictions.

Wars, economic and financial mayhem, and widespread censorship are now our lot. And on top of the censorship, there is disinformation and fake news. How does the intelligent reader deal with disinformation if their access to a range of news sources is prevented by censorship?

However, what I find disturbing in all this is the lack of protest against censorship and disinformation. People seem to just lap it up. Perhaps it’s just an extreme case of confirmation bias fed by years of demonisation.

And it simply is not justified by a distant war. Russia and Ukraine as the warring nations can justify repression and censorship at home – but we can’t. We are not at war (at least formally – perhaps they haven’t told us yet).

Anyway, the censorship and disinformation started well before the war broke out. It seems to be part of reality now and the disgusting thing is people seem to accept it.

What happened to all our liberal values which we claimed were an overwhelming justification for our form of society?

We should take Asimov’s advice and actively search out the information denied to us by censorship. It may be the only information worth reading.

 

Everything You Know About Ukraine Is WRONG

Obviously not true for everyone. But it is amazing how many people take up a strong, emotional stance on the war in Ukraine despite being completely ignorant about what has been happening there.

This short video does a great job of condensing the history of Ukraine – and presents it in a humorous way,

History was never this amusing at school.

Some sense on the Russia-Ukraine war

It’s a truism that the first casualty in war is the truth. But a close second is rational thought. We face this now where partisanship, wishful thinking and disinformation dominate what we read about the Ukraine-Russia war in our media.

So, it is refreshing to come across an informed and reasoned discussion of the situation. In this video, Aaron Maté interviews Richar Saska about the current situation, the lead up to the war, the resulting repression in Russia and Ukraine and the prospects for a final resolution of the war. He makes interesting comments on Ukrainian President Zelensky – impressive as a comedian and actor but an absolute disaster as a statesman.

Aaron Maté’s podcasts, videos and articles are always informed and interesting. This is no exception and once again he is interviewing a real expert on this subject.

Professor Richard Sakwa is a specialist on Russian and European politics at the University of Kent, He has written extensively on Ukraine and its problems and the nature of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. I can highly recommend his book Frontline Ukraine, which was written soon after the 2014 coup which overthrew the democratically elected government in Kiev.

I note that Richard Sakwa has a new book out Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War which looks very interesting. Like a lot of academic books, it is expensive so I will keep an eye on its availability at local libraries.

Russiagate created so much confusion and there are very few proper analyses of what happened during that period. What motivated it and what the real aims of the media hysteria were.

I look forward to tracking this book down and reading it.

 

 

 

 

British volunteer soldier in Ukraine tells his story

NOTE: Unfortunately, this video of UK soldier Aiden Aslin’s testimony has succumbed to the war censorship we are all experiencing and has been deleted. A pity as he came across as a sensible person, admitting his mistake in fighting in Ukraine, describing the behaviour of the neo-Nazi Azov groups and warning of the folly of foreigners thinking of fighting in foreign wars as an adventure. I hope his appeal has at least got through the UK government.

Don’t know why Viktor Medvedchuk’s video has not suffered a similar fate.

We really need to find alternative means of posting videos and social comments to get around this widespread censorship.


OK, this is a bit controversial as it is an interview of a surrendered combatant. Mind you he did personally ask for the interview (and specifically asked that fellow Brit Graham Phillips carry out the interview) as a chance to appeal for a prisoner exchange. He is technically a mercenary rather than a national soldier, so he may be subject to criminal prosecution rather than a normal prisoner exchange.

But Aiden Aslin does provide interesting information about the conflict in Ukraine and the character of the neo-Nazi Azov Batallion.

Not that the information is welcomed in the UK where a Tory MP demanded that the interviewer (UK independent journalist Graham Phillips) be prosecuted for war crimes and have his UK passport removed.

Looks like someone is unhappy about what Aiden reveals in his story.

To balance this interview here is a short video provided by the Ukrainian government of the appeal by the political prisoner Viktor Medvedchuk to be exchanged for prisoners of war.

Medvedchuk was the leader of the largest opposition party in Ukraine -the Opposition Platform – For Life party. He was arrested a year ago in May 2021, his party was made illegal, and his media networks closed down. His situation has become more critical recently and his wife, Oksana Marchenko, has appealed to the Ukrainian government for his release. A recent appeal by his wife to UK Prime Minister specifically suggested a prisoner exchange for the British mercenary soldiers Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner.

Unfortunately, Medvecdhuck’s video is very brief. He, like Aiden Aslin, would have an interesting story to tell but we are not going to get this from the Ukrainian government or its security agency who have him in custody.

The exchange of prisoners of war for political prisoners doesn’t seem quite kosher to me. But it’s been going in Ukraine ever since the war in Donbass started in 2014.

Virtue signaling over Ukraine

I have always been opposed to virtue-signalling. It seems an easy way of supporting the current narrative and opposing any thoughtful opposition to it. And it does not require any exertion – of the mind, muscle, or (usually) wallet.

Of course, these days the virtue signaler simply blocks or cancels anyone who wishes to make a thoughtful comment on the issue.

Fluoridation and child IQ – the problem of counting chickens before they hatch

It’s easy to find studies that confirm ones own bias on health issues. But cherry-picking such studies is unscientific because one could equally cite studies showing the exact opposite. The problem is these studies often rely on poor data, do not sufficiently account for confounding factors and often use poor statistical analysis so contradictory results are inevitable. A more objective requires a meta-analysis of all the available studies.

Anti-fluoride activists do this when they cherry-pick studies to argue that science has “proved” fluoride intake by pregnant women lowers the IQ of their children. These activists rely on just a few studies from two related groups – they cite Bashash et al (2107), Green et al (2019) and Till et al (2020). But what about studies that show the exact opposite – an increase in child IQ and the low fluoride intake relevant to community water fluoridation. Studies they ignore like those of Santa-Marina et al (2019) and Ibarluzea et al (2020).

The publication this month of new extensive data from an important study will be harder to ignore. This establishes a relationship of prenatal maternal intake of fluoride with the cognitive results for children in areas of Spain where community water fluoridation is used. In contrast to the negative results found in the studies anti-fluoride activists rely on, this new study reported: “Maternal fluoride levels were associated with better cognitive scores in childhood.”

Here is the citation for the new study:

Ibarluzea, J., Gallastegi, M., Santa-Marina, L., Jiménez Zabala, A., Arranz, E., Molinuevo, A., Lopez-Espinosa, M.-J., Ballester, F., Villanueva, C. M., Riano, I., Sunyer, J., Tardon, A., & Lertxundi, A. (2021). Prenatal exposure to fluoride and neuropsychological development in early childhood: 1-to 4 years old children. Environmental Research, 112181.

The figure below summarises the results for relationships of child cognitive scores with maternal prenatal urine – a measure of fluoride intake. cognitive scores are from McCarthy Scales tests appropriate for age 4. GCI is a General Cognitive Index.

The data points are for ß coefficients of the linear regressions of cognitive score against material urinary fluoride – the slope in units of amount of cognitive change per unit of urinary F (mg/L or equivalent). The bars are the 95% confidence intervals – if they include zero in the range this indicates the score is not beta value for the score is not statistically significant.

As we can see all the cognitive scores a positive and statistically significant for boys – hence the conclusion that “Maternal fluoride levels were associated with better cognitive scores in childhood.” However, none of the changes in scores for girls was statically different from zero

Don’t get me wrong. I am certainly not arguing that maternal intake of fluid will increase the cognitive levels of offspring male children. I am not attempting to confirm a pro-fluoride bias here. Remember, I said that objective assessment requires a meta-analysis of all the available studies.

The figure below shows the results of a meta-analysis of all the available studies which considered the relationship of the cognitive score with prenatal maternal urinary F.

As we can see, some of the beta values are positive and some are negative. Many are not significantly different from zero – any effect is not statistically signficant. Over all the studies, on average the score is positive (ß = 2.1 for 1 mg/L increase in urinary fluoride, or the equivalent measure) but not statistically significant from zero (95% confidence level is -1.9 to 6.1).

So the best objective conclusion to date is that child cognitive scores are not influenced by prenatal maternal fluoride intake at the levels expected in these studies which are relevant to community water fluoridation.

Conclusion

These studies illustrate the danger of cherry-picking studies to draw conclusions. or even simply taking the data from only a few studies that have so far been published. But that is what Grandjean et al (2021) have done in the benchmark analysis of cherry-picked studies. They concluded that a safe level for maternal urinary fluoride is as low as about 0.2 mg/l.

Image credit: Cherry-Picking

At best they counted their chickens before they had hatched, given that some important studies had not been published in scientific journals. At worst the cherry-picked to confirm a bias.

I suspect the latter because the important Spanish data had been published as conference papers so they should have been aware of them. The authors of the benchmark paper are all associated with the limited number of studies they considered (particularly those of Bashash et al (2107), Green et al (2019) and Till et al (2020)) and were members of just two groups obviously coordinating their work. Authors from this group have been very active in promoting their own findings, studiously ignoring the findings of voters and also using their work to promote the arguments of anti-fluoride activists against community water fluoridation.

Just imagine if some pro-fluoride activists chose to claim that fluoridation will actually increase child IQ and cherry-picked the Spanish studies to support their claim. I can’t actually see that happening, but if it did it would be as bad as the approach used by the authors of  Grandjean et al (2021).

This tactic of cherry-picking studies may be used to provide a scientific basis for activist arguments – but that is not true science.

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August ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Sadly, this will be my last post of NZ blog rankings.

I have been doing this for quite a while and it will be sad to let it go. Many might say that blogs are no longer as important as they were some years back. Other forms of social media have taken over.

I think that argument has some validity but that is not the reason for my decision to pack it in. The real problem is my health. A had a minor stroke a year ago and have since found writing, and computer use, very difficult. This sort of activity is quite frustrating for me (I tend to end up swearing a lot) and it’s not helped by the way software nerds update things, forcing me to undergo the extra frustrations of learning new tricks simply to do the old things in the ways which were more comfortable.

Hopefully giving up a few jobs like this will remove some of the unhealthy frustrations. I hope to attempt other writing on my blog (it’s supposed to be good for me) but we will see. 

I anyone else is interested in carrying on this regular blog ranking please feel free to do so.


 

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for July 2021. Ranking is by visit numbers. I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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Rank Blog Visits/month Page Views/month

1

The Daily Blog

66517

393825

2

Liturgy

23356

29939

3

13th Floor

16755

18458

4

Tikorangi: The Jury Garden

13576

15170

5

SciBlogs

9996

19862

6

Cycling in Christchurch

9842

10737

7

Homepaddock

8571

9413

8

Bill Bennett

8390

9017

9

Sacraparental

7069

8101

10

Creative Maths

5595

6775

11

Offsetting behaviour

4290

4873

12

Woodleigh Nursery

3738

6527

13

Free range statistics

3535

5073

14

Music of sound

3387

4592

15

The Meaning of Trees

2151

3372

16

Lost in silver fern

1962

3152

17

Jontynz

1759

2229

18

Nom Nom Panda

1660

1768

19

Sarah the Gardener

1429

1932

20

Fields of Blood

1327

1575

21

Anglican down under

1238

1619

22

Talking Auckland

1212

1382

23

No Minister

1058

1159

24

The Global Couple

1053

1160

25

Reading the maps

1041

1457

26

Open Parachute

1007

1132

27

The Woolshed Wargamer

968

2007

28

Pdubyah – a life just as ordinary

765

923

29

Muffin-Mum

738

783

30

TVHE

706

4354

31

A communist at large

675

751

32

Rodney’s Aviation Ramblings

591

684

33

Hot Topic

498

550

34

Home education Foundation

461

570

35

AmeriNZ

447

643

36

Economics New Zealand

413

495

37

Tales from a Caffeinated Weka

397

420

38

Off the couch

365

472

39

Quote Unquote

308

324

40

Perissodactyla

297

320

41

Stratford Aerodrome

278

363

42

Vomkrieg

276

383

43

Climate Justice Taranaki

246

326

44

Mountains of Our Minds#

241

310

45

Aughts and Oughtisms

236

362

46

Kiwi Cakes

233

262

47

Communication, Church, Society

225

289

48

Mrs Cake

223

287

49

Sparrowhawk/Karearea

211

238

50

AnneKcam

182

236

51

Eye on the ICR

175

214

52

Tauranga Blog

174

174

53

Social Media & the 2014 Election

149

171

53

Creative Voice#

149

219

55

New Zealand Conservative

146

151

56

Aotearoa: A wider perspective

128

137

57

Media Sport and Other Rantings

125

129

58

Cambridge NZ

109

121

59

Room 5 @ Melville Intermediate School

96

151

60

John Macilree’s Weblog#

81

94

61

Save our Schools NZ

80

84

62

Cut your hair

77

79

63

Glennis’s Blog Page#

75

133

64

kiwi simplexity

73

73

64

Anne Free Spirit

73

113

66

The Catalyst

71

114

67

Room One @ Auroa School

68

82

68

goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust

65

65

69

Exile in New zealand

61

63

69

Get Out Gertrude!

61

62

71

Put ’em all on an island

50

56

72

Keeping Stock

45

47

73

University of Otago, Law Library Blog

44

53

74

James McKerrow – Surveyor 1834-1919#

41

46

75

Ideologically impure

39

48

76

Undeniably Atheist

35

38

77

My thinks

34

34

78

The Official Ebenezer Teichelmann Blog#

32

39

79

Unity Blog

30

37

80

MartinIsti Blog

27

29

81

John Macilree’s Blog

26

29

81

ElephaNZa

26

26

81

Quietly in the backgroud

26

29

84

Glenview 9

24

24

84

bread and pomegranates

24

43

86

Journey to a mini me

23

28

87

Dad4justice

21

27

87

Family integrity

21

21

87

Wokarella

21

25

90

Software development and stuff

19

19

90

Nelsonian’s life

19

25

92

Right Reason

18

18

93

Samuel Dennis

17

18

94

Room 24, 2012

16

16

95

In the back of the net

15

15

95

SmallTorque

15

16

97

The Well read Kitty

12

12

97

Look, Think, Make

12

12

99

sticK

11

11

99

Wellington Chic

11

11

99

Chris Jillet – Mountaineer#

11

14

102

Taradale Blog#

10

11

103

New Zealand Indian Fine Arts Society

9

9

103

ah! New Year’s Resolution

9

9

103

Blogger at Large

9

9

106

Carolyn’s blog

7

8

106

New Zealand female Firefighter calendar

7

7

108

Socialist Aotearoa

6

6

108

Warrington Taylor#

6

6

110

Albom Adventures

5

5

110

Misses Mac

5

5

112

Episto

4

4

112

kiwiincanberra

4

4

112

Sharlene says

4

4

112

Fun with Allergy Kids

4

4

116

Helen Heath

2

2

116

Lulastic

2

2

116

Lena talks beauty

2

2

116

Money can buy me happiness

2

4

116

Utopia – you are standing in it

2

2

116

Einstein Music Journal

2

2

122

The IT Countrey Justice

1

1

122

High voltage learning during the Christchurch earthquakes

1

1

122

Brennan McDonald

1

1

122

The Little Waaagh! That Could

1

1

122

Four seasons in one

1

1

122

Spratts

1

1

122

Snowrii

1

1

July ’21 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Image credit: Nicole MamaNYC

I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your blog is unexpectedly missing or the numbers seem very low please check this out. After correcting send me the URL for your site meter and I can correct the information in the database.

Similarly, if your blog data in this list seems out of whack, please check your site meter. Usually, the problem is that for some reason your site meter is no longer working.

Sitemeter is no longer working so the total number of NZ blogs in this list has been drastically reduced. I recommend anyone with Sitemeter consider transferring to one of the other meters. See  NZ Blog Rankings FAQ.

This list is compiled automatically from the data in the various site meters used. If you feel the data in this list is wrong could you check to make sure the problem is not with your own site meter? I am of course happy to correct any mistakes that occur in the automatic transfer of data to this list but cannot be responsible for the site meters themselves. They do play up.

Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to queries but have prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) people can check out. Have a look at NZ Blog Rankings FAQ. This is particularly helpful to those wondering how to set up sitemeters. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters that allow public access to the stats.

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for July 2021. Ranking is by visit numbers. I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers. Meanwhile, I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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Rank Blog Visits/month Page Views/month

1

The Daily Blog

81001

355065

2

13th Floor

28136

31289

3

Liturgy

16923

215402

4

Tikorangi: The Jury Garden

10898

12269

5

SciBlogs

10000

19429

6

Bill Bennett

9824

10838

7

Homepaddock

8550

9455

8

Cycling in Christchurch

6673

7427

9

Creative Maths

5300

6455

10

Sacraparental

4617

5396

11

Offsetting behaviour

3769

4396

12

Free range statistics

3375

4971

13

Music of sound

3358

4194

14

Lost in silver fern

3127

5111

15

Woodleigh Nursery

2725

4344

16

Jontynz

2093

2515

17

Nom Nom Panda

1759

1880

18

Fields of Blood

1567

1782

19

The Meaning of Trees

1235

2909

20

Anglican down under

1221

1494

21

Sarah the Gardener

1176

1551

22

The Global Couple

1134

1230

23

Reading the maps

1116

1732

24

The Woolshed Wargamer

960

1751

25

Talking Auckland

948

1126

26

No Minister

935

1031

27

Open Parachute

722

895

28

Muffin-Mum

661

700

29

Rodney’s Aviation Ramblings

646

710

30

TVHE

640

701

31

Pdubyah – a life just as ordinary

580

739

32

Hot Topic

533

578

33

A communist at large

497

569

34

Off the couch

442

575

35

Home education Foundation

362

436

36

Stratford Aerodrome

338

438

37

Climate Justice Taranaki

324

370

38

Economics New Zealand

297

348

39

Vomkrieg

293

371

40

Quote Unquote

292

321

41

Kiwi Cakes

291

312

42

AmeriNZ

269

377

43

Perissodactyla

261

293

44

Sparrowhawk/Karearea

224

242

45

Tales from a Caffeinated Weka

217

222

46

Aughts and Oughtisms

191

280

47

Communication, Church, Society

181

241

48

Tauranga Blog

177

177

49

Mrs Cake

175

228

49

Fun with Allergy Kids

175

247

51

Cambridge NZ

166

192

52

Eye on the ICR

150

157

53

Social Media & the 2014 Election

137

144

54

Creative Voice#

134

202

55

New Zealand Conservative

123

127

55

Get Out Gertrude!

123

124

55

AnneKcam

123

147

58

Aotearoa: A wider perspective

110

112

59

Room 5 @ Melville Intermediate School

78

115

60

Media Sport and Other Rantings

77

84

60

Keeping Stock

77

80

62

John Macilree’s Weblog#

74

90

63

Cut your hair

71

71

64

Mountains of Our Minds#

66

79

65

Glennis’s Blog Page#

65

81

66

kiwi simplexity

63

63

66

The Catalyst

63

77

68

Save our Schools NZ

62

67

69

Anne Free Spirit

61

95

70

Put ’em all on an island

56

62

71

Undeniably Atheist

54

54

72

Exile in New zealand

53

68

73

Ideologically impure

52

68

73

Room One @ Auroa School

52

74

75

ElephaNZa

38

43

76

My thinks

35

36

77

Dad4justice

31

31

78

Glenview 9

29

37

79

Software development and stuff

28

28

80

Right Reason

27

27

81

Samuel Dennis

24

33

81

James McKerrow – Surveyor 1834-1919#

24

28

81

The Official Ebenezer Teichelmann Blog#

24

44

84

goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust

22

24

85

Family integrity

19

19

85

bread and pomegranates

19

22

87

Unity Blog

18

18

88

Quietly in the backgroud

17

17

89

Carolyn’s blog

16

19

89

Wokarella

16

19

89

Room 24, 2012

16

17

92

MartinIsti Blog

15

17

92

Taradale Blog#

15

61

94

Nelsonian’s life

14

15

95

John Macilree’s Blog

13

14

96

Look, Think, Make

12

12

97

ah! New Year’s Resolution

9

18

97

Journey to a mini me

9

9

97

University of Otago, Law Library Blog

9

19

100

Socialist Aotearoa

8

8

100

SmallTorque

8

9

100

Warrington Taylor#

8

11

103

Helen Heath

7

7

103

Chris Jillet – Mountaineer#

7

7

105

The Well read Kitty

6

6

105

Bob McKerrow – Wayfarer

6

6

105

kiwiincanberra

6

6

108

Utopia – you are standing in it

5

5

109

New Zealand Indian Fine Arts Society

4

4

109

sticK

4

4

109

The Little Waaagh! That Could

4

4

112

Sharlene says

3

3

113

Episto

2

2

113

Wellington Chic

2

2

113

Einstein Music Journal

2

3

116

New Zealand female Firefighter calendar

1

1

116

High voltage learning during the Christchurch earthquakes

1

1