Health

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room

Depression is a massive problem in New Zealand. Monday’s report into compliance issues at schools in relation to the Vulnerable Children Act raised some interesting stats.

In the year to 31 March 2018, Oranga Tamariki received 89,651 reports of concern relating to 63,077 children. 46% of those reports required further action, with 34% of those cases being substantiated.

That’s 13,966 cases, or 16% of the original reports of concern having findings substantiated.

Now look at these figures:

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A contribution from Whaleoil staff and interns.

The memo has gone out to blame Whitey

Racism

The most racist people I know are the ones who think they are anti-racists. They are the ones fixated on identity politics and treating people not as individuals but as part of a collective. This week we have had a string of headlines alleging racism against Maori and two that promote racism against Pakeha. The articles alleging racism against Maori are jumping to some incredibly racist conclusions without any real evidence to back their claims up. The two promoting racism have zero awareness of the absolute racism that is at the heart of the discrimination that they are promoting against non-Maori and non-Pacific Islanders.

It is as if a memo went out with instructions to blame Whitey for all the ills of the world.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Is race a factor in deciding whether to resuscitate a baby?

In a very bold and emotionally charged headline, a Newspaper reports:  Quote:

Māori babies less likely to be resuscitated, bias blamed.

Babies close to death are less likely to get life saving treatment if they’re Māori, Pacific or Indian – and experts partly blame racial bias.

A Weekend Herald investigation can reveal the ethnic divide in resuscitation attempts on very premature infants.

A top-level health body is now calling for all maternity and neonatal workers in New Zealand to be put through compulsory anti-racism training.

The number of infants born near the “edge of viability” – 23 to 26 weeks – is small at about 170 a year. However, 10 years of records reveal a disturbing ethnic divide.

Resuscitation was tried on 92 per cent of Māori babies, 89 per cent of Pacific and 86 per cent of Indian.

That compared to 95 per cent for “other” – mostly Pākehā and non-Indian Asians – which medical experts say is a statistically significant difference.

Institutional bias or implicit biases are likely to play at least some part,” concluded the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, a taxpayer-funded panel tasked with reviewing deaths of babies and mothers.  End of quote.

Likely to play at least some part.  So what they are really saying is there is no hard evidence at all to support this claim, only assumptions and guesses.

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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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Ministry of Transport Chief Science Advisor doesn’t own a car!

Simon Kingham, Chief science advisor to the MoT. Photo credit: Joseph Johnson, Stuff

Good grief, what is it with this government? Why must they put rabid greenies into every position?

Meet Simon Kingham, your new Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Transport.

A man who hasn’t owned a personal car since the 1990’s!

You would think that someone who is tasked with supplying scientific advice to the Ministry of Transport might have even the slightest interest in the biggest mode of transport that New Zealanders use, namely road transport; you know, cars and trucks and stuff like that.

Stuff recently had an article on Mr Kingham that highlighted for me exactly what direction your Socialist, Labour-led, minority government is heading in.

To employ someone like Kingham for what can only be described as an influential role within the governmental transport sector really is taking the mickey. So let’s see what your taxpayer funded ‘scientist’ thinks about things. Quote.

“Ultimately you’re trying to get to the point where there are no carbon-based cars at all,” End quote.

Right, so only cars made out of wind perhaps? Quote. Read more »

ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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Once again the government is not doing things by the book

Whaleoil guest post  The Ridiculous Politics of Meth gave an alternate perspective of Minister Twyford’s crusade against evil meth testers.

This guest post looks at the situation in more detail.


The Methamphetamine Testing Industry Association Of New Zealand is currently petitioning the House of representatives to conduct an independent review into the development and conclusions to the Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisors Meth report. The reasoning behind this is because The PMCSA’s Meth report findings have been immediately adopted to shape policy by State entities such as Housing New Zealand and the Real Estate Authority. It also appears that the Tenancy Tribunal are trying their hardest to incorporate the wording within the Meth report into their rulings as well.

The Meth report has not been subject to the same scrutiny involved in the development of a published New Zealand Standard, which is required to comply with the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015.

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Guest Post content does not necessarily reflect the views of the site or its editor. Guest Post content is offered for discussion and for alternative points of view.

We interrupt your scheduled viewing for Hippy time

Hippy-dippy

Okay, I know that this is going to sound all hippy-dippy but I just had to share with you all something that I have found very effective.

I am the kind of person who has difficulty switching off her mind when bad things are happening. I worry and then I worry some more and imagine all the different scenarios and then I make myself feel ill.

Now over the years, I have learned different techniques for coping like putting all my worries inside a box and locking that inside another box and then putting it in a corner of my mind and not allowing myself to open it. That takes quite a bit of effort but it can be done. It allows me to carry on as normal while the nasty thoughts hammer inside the box trying to get out. I have gotten so good at it that I can convince myself that everything is fine.

Sometimes however that is not enough as bad news can spring on me out of nowhere and in the past, this would prevent me from being able to sleep and then my ability to cope would go downhill rapidly.

That is no longer the case as I recently discovered a hippy-dippy method that works so I want to share it with you all.

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If you agree with me that’s nice, but what I really want to achieve is to make you question the status quo, look between the lines and do your own research. Do not be a passive observer in this game we call life.

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Is it better to take the moral high ground or prevent suicide?

CAMERON BURNELL/STUFF
Some 606 pairs of shoes, each representing a Kiwi lost to suicide, at Parliament in Wellington.

Are we serious about tackling suicide, or is it more important to take the moral high ground?

This story from Stuff:   Quote:

Richie Hardcore says it’s disingenuous of Lion to sponsor the mental health awareness programme.

Lifeline Aotearoa has gotten into bed with New Zealand’s largest alcohol company to spread the word about mental wellness.

Lion NZ, which has Speights, Lindauer, Corona, and Johnnie Walker among the brands in its stable, announced it would pilot a new programme, alongside the helpline, called the Zero Suicide Workplace scheme.

However, that action has reignited the moral and political debate about companies that make alcohol – a depressant – sponsoring mental health ventures.

The programme would help Kiwi businesses advance their health and wellbeing approaches, build resilience among employees and equip them with suicide awareness skills.  End of quote.

I think the only question that needs to be asked is are we serious about tackling suicide?  If the answer to that is yes, then who cares how the program is funded?

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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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Just legalise and regulate the real thing before someone innocent dies

On the 24th of September of this year a report was released that has the potential to save millions of lives, free millions more from virtual slavery, and deal a crushing blow to organised crime and gangs.

Yet the media completely ignored it.

The report was by the Global Commission on Drug Policy and is about the legal regulation of the currently illegal drug market.

Let’s start with some basic facts.

Prohibition has done nothing to curb drug misuse. In fact it has pushed the potency of illegal drugs to ever increasing levels, with synthetic cannabis being only the latest example. quote.

Quote:There is no guarantee some of those affected by a bad batch of synthetic cannabis will survive, a doctor says.End of quote.

This is called the iron law of Prohibition. The harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Treat everything the media says as a lie and know the narrative. Facts trump rhetoric.

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Tax Working Group identifies the regressive nature of tobacco taxes on poor

The Tax Working Group has identified one of the governments tactics in their war on poor is via tobacco taxes, which are highly regressive: Quote:

An overlooked section of last week’s tax report takes aim at the government’s policies on tobacco taxes.

Tobacco excise rates have increased by 10 percent above inflation each year since 2010, and this is scheduled to continue til 2020.   

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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Educating our children about sex

Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman

Golriz Ghahraman is the Greens spokesperson for many things, Human Rights, Immigration, Customs, Disability, Global Affairs, Trade, Defence, Security and Intelligence, Corrections, Police, Overseas Development, Courts and Justice. Phew! That’s a long list.

Recently, she has been tweeting about SexEd, (short for Sexual Education, not to be confused with sexed).  I’m not sure which of her spokesperson roles this would come under, nor whether she is tweeting Green party policy or her own personal opinion. Green party policy does not specifically cover educating children about sex. Nevertheless, her tweets have sparked an interesting discussion.

It started with this tweet:  Quote:

Investing in holistic sex ed that is sex positive, based on respect, consent, diversity, including Rainbow experiences, is key to ending our heartbreaking stats on violence and ensuring gender equity through actual culture change.  End of quote.

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It’s great to have a voice.

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

– Martin Luther King

To read my previous articles click on my name in blue.