Health

Face of the day

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn prepares for his first leader’s speech in his hotel room

Read more »

A contribution from Whaleoil staff and interns.

Wowsers want to take away your booze from supermarkets

The Guardian reports on the wowsers and their wish to ban supermarket sales of alcohol: Quote:

The New Zealand Medical Association has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalises a dangerous drug.

Wine and beer have been widely available in most supermarkets around the country since 1990, although spirits can be bought only in bars and off-licences.

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) said having alcohol in supermarkets normalised the drug, and made buying it cheap and easy – meaning people put a bottle of sauvignon blanc in their trolley alongside their bread, milk and toilet paper without a second thought. End quote.

Read more »

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.

Tech Thursday

Smart people are always finding clever ways to use technology to help extend and improve our lives. With the chances of surviving a heart attack dropping with each minute waiting for CPR, and with the uncertainty of someone being available with a defibrillator, or knowing the words and rhythm to “Stayin’ Alive”, this little device is proving to be a real life-saver.

An Autopulse automatic defibrillator that not only gets the pressure and rhythm just right, it can also be used while you’re being transported to hospital or ambulance. Not the most riveting presentation, but it gets better after a couple of minutes.

I’m a girl Friday who schedules posts.

Perhaps a diet of bread and water might assist this fat rapist

A fat rapist isn’t in jail at the moment, he’s in hospital, because he is so fat and injured he can’t be put in jail just yet: Quote:

The lawyer of obese convicted rapist Marcus Solomon says his client was not jailed to hospital because of his weight.

He has also lodged an appeal notice against all 10 of Solomon’s convictions, at the Court of Appeal in Wellington.

On July 25, Marcus Shane Solomon was sentenced to eight years and four months’ imprisonment for raping and sexually abusing three young girls in Kaikōura in the 1980s and 1990s, when he was aged between 14 and 22.

Read more »

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.

Public health officials’ zealotry costing taxpayers plenty

MidCentral District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Rob Weir

Public health officials have become a law unto themselves, and they are costing taxpayers plenty in legal costs while losing every case they take.

Stuff reports on the latest interference by wowserish health officials: Quote:

Public health money wasted on a High Court challenge against a supermarket’s shelving arrangement for alcohol should have been spent helping ill patients, critics say.

Fourteen health boards throughout the country collectively paid nearly $90,000 in legal fees to try to stop Dannevirke New World changing the angle of shelves inside its already licensed alcohol area. They lost the case.

MidCentral District Health Board medical officer of health Rob Weir started the process because he was concerned shoppers outside the alcohol area were more exposed to products in the alcohol section after two large shelves were turned on a diagonal angle and two smaller plinths added. The case was important as a test to help define the limits of new alcohol laws, he told StuffEnd quote.

Read more »

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.

At last Simon Bridges does something useful


How refreshing. National are signalling that, unlike with previous referenda, they are willing to accept the will of the people: Quote:

If the public votes in favour of legalising cannabis in a referendum, a National-led government would change the law accordingly, National Party leader Simon Bridges says.

A referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis is part of the confidence and supply agreement between the Greens and Labour parties.

Under the deal, the non-binding referendum will be held at or before the 2020 general election.

Mr Bridges said National would enact a law change if that was what New Zealanders wanted.

“Oh I think we’ve got to, I mean we’ve got to go with what the people want and what a referendum tells us. End quote.

Read more »

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.

Global warming causes suicide

The Daily Caller reports on a July study that claims thousands more people will commit suicide in the coming decades due to man-made global warming. Quote.

Published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday, the study found a one-degree increase in average monthly temperature correlated with suicide rate increases of 0.68 percent and 2.1 percent in the U.S. and Mexico, respectively.

The effect they found is extremely small, and in some cases, not statistically significant from zero. Still, the results were touted in media reports as evidence that increased temperatures exacerbate suicides.

The study predicts between 9,000 and 40,000 more people will off themselves by 2050 because of man-made warming — based on an extreme warming scenario that experts increasingly call “exceptionally unlikely.”

“So we take a specific location and we take a specific month, and we compare cooler versions of that month to hotter versions of that month, and we ask, ‘Are suicide rates different during those two months?’ We indeed find that they are,” lead author Marshall Burke told CNN.

Read more »

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

Winston wrong, there should be a fat-bastard tax instead

Winston Peters has been talking about reducing tobacco taxes, which have gotten so out of hand that they are now encouraging robberies.

When ciggies cost more than weed as a result of taxes then you know you have a problem. He was also asked about taxing unhealthy foods. The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters has unhealthy food in his sights, saying “consumption Nazis” should apply taxes to those to cut obesity.

Peters was speaking this morning about comments he made yesterday about excise on tobacco products and whether it worked to reducing smoking rates.

He disagreed with Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking that taxing tobacco products reduced smoking rates.

Read more »

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.

Stealth in health, is David Clark overreaching?

Stacey Kirk looks at some serious issues within the health portfolio, which is headed by the increasingly sneaky and furtive David Clark: Quote:

Imagine the progress that could be made if that was the base assumption, and then the starting point of any new government could be “we don’t think this is working, but maybe we can make this better without starting from scratch” (within reason).

When any new government comes in there is an urgent need to dismantle its predecessor’s work. Because, well, politics.

There are few areas of Government that are more politicised than health. Yet a politicised debate might be the most harmful debate to have in an already-struggling system that then has to grapple with reinventing the wheel with every new minister.

This week, Stuff revealed the planned introduction of a very specific mental health programme was quietly canned earlier in the year. It would have seen a mental health worker attend all crisis calls along with police and ambulance staff.

That decision comes hot on the heels of news Health Minister David Clark ordered National Health Targets to cease being publicly reported, and it was also recently revealed by Stuff the Government had dropped $6.5m in funding for cochlear implant surgeries. 

That is not to say any of these were bad decisions – each might have been completely warranted, but there’s currently no way to know. Not a press release or pro-active release of advice in relation to any of these decisions has been issued. Clark did incorrectly claim there was no money for the mental health project, pointed to a mostly debunked news story regarding health targets, and refused to comment on the cochlear implant funding.  End quote.

Read more »

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.

Pensioners whine about missing out on Winter Energy Payment

ISTOCK

Jan and Marcus McKeogh don’t receive the Winter Energy Payments due to their New Zealand pensions being deducted down to zero.  Quote:

A 71-year-old teacher whose pension is deducted under a controversial piece of legislation says she dreads the day she can no longer work.

Jan and Marcus McKeogh are both denied the newly introduced Winter Energy Payment because they don’t technically receive the New Zealand pension.

“There was always a glimmer of hope that fairness would prevail and that we would receive it,” Jan said.

“That feeling of being on the outer is a very intangible emotion.”

While the Christchurch couple are eligible for the New Zealand pension, they also receive pensions from Germany. This means their NZ Super is reduced to nothing under section 70 of the Social Security Act.

The act contains a policy giving the Government the right to reduce someone’s pension dollar for dollar if they also receive a pension or fund from overseas, and in some situations if their partner receives a foreign pension.[…]  End of quote.

So that means they are earning at least as much from their German pension as they would if they had a New Zealand pension.

All they are “missing out” on is the winter energy payment, which is worth $31.82 per week for a couple.

If they wanted to, they could choose the Special Payment option.  This means Work and Income collect the overseas benefit on their behalf, and pays them the full amount of the New Zealand pension, regardless of how much the overseas benefit is.  Then they would qualify for the Winer Energy payment.

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