Chart of the Day – Blogs Influence Consumers? Purchasing Decisions

I found a very interesting article about the influence of blogs. Which is funny because I was once told by a media buyer that blogs were irrelevant.

The latest findings from?Technorati?s 2013 Digital Influence Report?show that ?consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase.?

In fact, blogs rank favorably with consumers for trust, popularity and even influence.

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Christine Caughey's misery deepens

Christine Caughey will regret ever making a submission to Parilament’s traditional enqiry on local boby elections after her incredibly naive and silly statements have bounced all around the blogosphere.

In particular her silly statements about controlling sites such as Wikipedia were bound to have been noticed and indeed they have. Her Wikipedia page was edited last night to reflect her embarrassment.

I doubt it will be edited out either as the addition is entirely factual.

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Bitter and Twisted

Cr. Aaron Bhatnagar has blogged about card carrying Labour lap-dog and former Councillor Christine Caughey’s parliamentary submission on the 2007 local body elections.

There is some pretty scary stuff from her submission that gives an insight into how Labour supporters think, in particular about blogs and other new media.

She isn’t particularly enamoured with blogs;

“Advertising by way of blogging, use of Wikipedia or similar, are two examples where abuse may occur. Wikipedia does not appear to have adequate structures in place to monitor and control abuse of the system. Regulation to control the type of use of the internet for political/campaigning purposes should be put in place and made explicit in candidate information booklets.”

Riiiight!, so because I bashed her mercilessly in the election for her numpty ideas and lack of intellectual depth plus drew attention to her flip-flops and hypocrisies I ust now be controlled and monitored!!!! I laugh at her ignorance about trying to control the internet. A certain fool and her numpty lawyer found out all about that recently.

She must be channelling Hugo Chavez with the next pronouncement from her;

“There is inadequate monitoring of media and its role to provide balanced reporting and equity in coverage. Complaints to the media by candidates or parties who may be disaffected, can lead to further imbalance in reporting.
There is need for an independent monitoring body to assess and to report on the balance of the media during the lead up to elections.”

Scary stuff…..note how socialists like those two words “control” and “monitoring”. Good riddance to her and her ilk.

The pity is that labour have appointed such a fool with these bizarre ideas to the new Transport Funding Board. Oh well another to add to the list for chopping after the election.

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Labour lickspittles dominate new Transport Board

Labour flunkies appointed to Transport Agency BoardLabour has stacked the new Transport Agency Board with a healthy dose of lickspittles and not a one of them remotely knows anything about transport.

In fact Christine Caughey (I’m told even the family are embarrassed by this import) has scored a position despite being pathologically opposed to anything remotely sane when it comes to transport.

This complete numpty opposed every roading intiative when she was the tempory councillor for Hobson.

Aaron Bhatnagar outlines her positions on roading and transport and one wonders how she ever got selected for this board. For someone who believed in banning SUVs from the CBD, wanted a canal from the airport to the Tamaki River, insisted on special parking in council car parks for hybrid cars, and wanted to demolish the Auckland harbour bridge I am surprised she could accept such a position but then socialists pigs are known to abandon principles to wallow in state funded troughs.

Quite what fellow lickspittles;

Mike Williams, present Labour President
– Garry Moore, former Labour affiliated Mayor of Christchurch
– Alick Shaw, former Labour Wellington City Councillor, former Labour parliamentary candidate

know about Transport is beyond me. This is nothing more than a last gasp rewarding of foot soldiers before they all get the boot come the election.

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Action Hobson Divorce?

Readers of the Herald would have spotted this article regarding the likely to be shortly approved AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) transport project, which is essentially the Eastern Corridor project of old without the contentious road part across Hobson Bay.

In the article, Christine Caughey of Action Hobson raised the prospect of another Eastern Motorway, and indicated her likelihood of voting against the project.

Not more than a few hours after the Herald went to print, Richard Simpson, Caughey’s Action Hobson colleague, issued a press release indicating his support for the project.

So what’s going on with the dysfunctional duo from Hobson? Are they getting a political divorce? It would seem so, but apart from irreconcilable differences, it would seem that it’s a divorce of convenience.

You see, Action Hobson are in big trouble with local voters due to their many broken promises, voting with the left, unethical behaviour and lack of judgment. So what could save them?

Caughey appears to believe that what can save HER is what got her elected in the first place – opposition to a road across Hobson Bay. Unfortunately, her credibility is shot on trying to resurrect the roading bogeyman from the AMETI project because;

  • AMETI doesn’t even touch Hobson Ward – there’s nothing in AMETI north of Glen Innes. AMETI finishes over 3km away from the mosteastern part of Hobson Ward.
  • She voted $800 million for AMETI in the long term council plan last year, so it’s hard to claim to be against the proposal when you’ve voted to fund it.
  • Simpson and Caughey have helped shepherd AMETI through the council Transport Committee (which Simpson chairs and Caughey attends), so the two-faced weasel can hardly claim doom and gloom now when she’s had 27 months to deliver a plan since she voted down the Eastern Transport Corridor in December 2004.
  • Most importantly, she can’t claim it’s the Eastern Motorway all over again when her anti-motorway colleague is now actively and publicly campaign in favour of it.

What makes this desperation amusing is that Caughey has left Simpson high and dry. Caughey will claim that the AMETI project is going tobe about an Eastern Motorway, while poor old Richard Simpson goes out to champion it as a worthwhile transport package. Divorces aren't pretty, especially when they are all about desperate attempts to survive.