Health

Parental dilemma, really?

The outbreak of meningococcal w has left one Northland doctor conflicted over the distribution of the vaccine.

Only 10,000 doses of the meningococcal w vaccine have been sourced from overseas and distributed to Northland, the area hardest hit.

The vaccine is free for the most vulnerable, who are the under-fives, and it is also free for those most at risk of spreading it, the 13-20-year-olds. 

There is no free vaccine for kids aged between five and 12. 

Photo credit NPR

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

Pablo Picasso
Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
pasted paper, gouache and charcoal

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Meningococcal outbreak: Kindness missing in Northland

It’s been six months since concerns were raised about a potential outbreak of meningococcal disease.  A newspaper reports:  Quote:

[…] Northland DHB chief executive Nick Chamberlain confirmed to the Herald that it raised concerns with the Ministry of Health on May 16 and asked if an active national vaccination campaign should be considered because it was seeing an increase of cases in Northland and across New Zealand.

“We also noted that with our high deprivation population in Northland, we were concerned about what potentially may be evolving here. To that end we questioned if our threshold in Northland for a local campaign would need to be assessed,” Chamberlain said.[…]  End of quote.

The reason high deprivation is a problem is that the disease is spread by spit or saliva in close contact.  Large families living in small spaces increase the risk of transmission.  Quote.

[…] The definition of a community outbreak of meningococcal disease is three or more confirmed cases of the same strain within a three-month period that are not linked and are within a specific age group or community group and the rate of disease is at least 10 cases per 100,000 people.[…]

[…] On Monday the Government announced an urgent immunisation programme to fight the outbreak in Northland, which has had the highest number of cases and deaths of the strain.

Three of the six nationwide MenW deaths this year, including a 7-year-old girl and a teenage boy, occurred in Northland. The number of MenW cases nationwide jumped from five in 2016 to 29 this year, including seven in Northland.

The vaccination programme will start on December 5 and target children aged 9 months to four years, and those aged 13 to 19 years.

National’s associate health spokesman Shane Reti has accused Health Minister David Clark’s description of the outbreak as a “slight rise” in the disease.  End of quote.

I’m sure the families that have lost loved ones don’t think of it so benignly.  Quote. Read more »

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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TERF wars

NZ Herald columnist Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart has written a really great column in a Newspaper about TERFs.  What the heck is a TERF?  Quote.

[…] TERF stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’ and is used as a way of denigrating any woman who questions the current craze of people – overwhelmingly men – who say they were born into the wrong body.

Basically, it’s a derogatory and offensive label and is used to shut down debate on the fraught subject of transgender rights.

Just a cursory glance on social media quickly provides enough evidence to prove it’s anything but a neutral term – as users often claim. It’s common to see slogans like “Kill all TERFs”, and who’re often described as Nazis, fascists and bigots. end quote.

Here are a few examples of the hate that has rained down on her today simply because she doesn’t agree with the proposed legislation.  This one from Auckland Peace Action:  Quote:

Full solidarity with our trans comrades who are dealing with the storms of hate being whipped up by the likes of Stewart.  End of quote.

I didn’t read one single hateful thing said by Rachel Stewart in her column.  Storms of hate?  Get real.

Here’s another from The Aunties:  Quote:

You deserve to exist.  I celebrate your existence.  I adore you being in my life.  You have paid so much to still be here.  Thank you for everything you do, everything you are.  And fuck Rachel Stewart.  End of quote.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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A reader’s response to the article: ‘US Congresswoman shows Muslim colours’

Friday’s Whaleoil article  “US Congresswoman Shows Muslim Colors”, states that “Omar is typical of Muslims living in the west, particularly women, who keep their heads down, ask to be left alone and want to be treated the same as everyone else, but this argument does not stack up, because no other culture practices FGM.”

That is factually incorrect. FGM is practised by various non-Muslim cultures in Africa. FGM in Africa predates Islam by thousands of years. While there is a close association between Islam and FGM, including in Africa, the two things do not correlate exactly. FGM is not uniquely Islamic. Moreover, not all Muslims practice FGM – though almost all practice MGM.

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People are scared to do CPR on women because of #metoo?

A disturbing study has just been released in the USA. It seems that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and are more likely to die, and researchers think that a reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason. An article in The Guardian tells us more. Quote.

The study was funded by the Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health and was discussed on Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim. It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

Only 39% of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45% of men, and men were 23% more likely to survive, the study found.

“It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest,” said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study. End quote.

Seriously. Is this what life post the supercilious #Metoo movement looks like? People are too scared to try and save a woman’s life because they are afraid of being accused of inappropriate touching? It seems so. Quote.

Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman’s clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, said another study leader, Benjamin Abella, who added that doing CPR properly “shouldn’t entail that” as “you put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.”

“This is not a time to be squeamish because it’s a life and death situation,” Abella said. End quote.

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A Transsexual Victoria’s Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly

Models from left: Taylor Hill, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Adriana Lima, Behati Prinsloo, and Candice Swanepoel walk the runway during the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. Photo credit: Evan Agostini AP

It looks like someone needs to read Whaleoil a little more. After all, Explaining is Losing, it’s all here in the Whaleoil Dictionary.

A little story in Stuff piqued my interest the other day. Possibly just because it had the words Victoria’s Secret in it, but just as likely because it said some company executive was apologising for something. Here we go again I thought, what terrible non-event has happened now to cause an apology? Quote.

Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer is apologising after he made comments explaining why transgender models shouldn’t be cast in the lingerie company’s annual fashion show.

In an interview with Vogue Thursday, Ed Razek said he didn’t think the show should include “transsexuals” because “the show is a fantasy”.

“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” he added.

“We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” End quote.

Typical, a businessman gets asked a pointed question and when he replies honestly, he gets bagged for it. But then to make matters worse, he goes and jumps onto Twitter and says how sorry he is and how much he admires them! Thing is though, I reckon this just makes him look weak.

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Midwives reject pay offer

Newshub  reports: quote.

More than 1100 midwives across the country have voted overwhelmingly to reject the district health boards’ (DHBs’) pay offer and go on strike.

Eight out of every 10 members of midwives’ union MERAS who are employed by DHBs voted in the ballot. Of those, 90 percent opted to reject the DHBs’ offer.

From Wednesday, midwives across New Zealand will hand in their notice informing employees of planned two-hour work stoppages every day on every shift over a two-week period from November 22 to December 5. end quote.

What was that you were saying in your election campaign about no strikes, Jacinda? quote.

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Reusable bags can kill

Stuff  reports: quote.

New Zealanders are embracing the reusable bag ahead of a plastic bag ban, but they could be carrying something else around – bacteria.

ACT leader David Seymour says 20 people could die each year using reusable bags.

“It’s coming up to summer and people will be in a hot car with their chicken in a canvas bag … and suddenly, you’ve got a real serious case for poor food hygiene.”

Food safety expert Steve Flint said it was a valid concern. end quote.

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Kiwi as

Twenty-six years ago, this week, the Fred Hollows Foundation was launched in New Zealand, so Fred is today’s keen individual who inspires and surprises. Quote. Read more »

WH is a pale, stale, male who does not believe all the doom and gloom climate nonsense so enjoys generating CO2 that the plants need to grow by driving his MG.

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The Quiet revolution gets loud

A great day for Canada

If you haven’t heard already Canada has just become the first major western nation to legalise weed. The far Left (but actually fair this time) BBC reports.

Quote:The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people.

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.End of quote.

Don’t forget Colorado, Washington and California. Uruguay is a small nation with a population smaller than ours. Colorado etc obviously are States of the US. Canada is, however, the first major western nation to legalise weed.

This is much bigger than Canada and marijuana. We are witnessing the end of Prohibitionism. I’m calling it Prohibitionism instead of Prohibition because it is an ideology, a totally failed ideology.
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