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Guest Post – Doug Sellman and his delight in finding more things to stop!

by Frances Denz

I am really fussy about the use of words and the effects they have on the subconscious.  And of course people like Sellman are experts at using strings of words to have the greatest effect on their messages – and include downright lies.  And when one lie is included with some truths it is usually taken as a truth.

He does this with the following statement

Fast food outlets facilitate overeating through convenience, low price and provision of energy-dense moreish food, and therefore are an important factor in the New Zealand population eating too much.

Which is the lie in here?   Read more »

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On February 27 we blogged on the expenses of MPs.

Someone like Tracey Martin, from NZ First, costs the taxpayer around $310,000 per annum.

  • $150,000 salary.
  • $48,000 Wellington accommodation.
  • $4,000 outside Wellington accommodation.
  • $111,000 in travel expenses.

Let alone expenses with support staff, etc.   Read more »

Another dopey idea from Doug Sellman

Doug Sellman seems to have the monopoly on dopey ideas. 

His latest mad rant is to call fast food an addiction.

Addiction expert and researcher Professor Doug Sellman is director of the National Addiction Centre in Christchurch.

He told Newshub the fast food industry thrives on people eating it more, and the moreishness of particular brands lies in the engineered combination of fat, sugar and salt in its products. These are all ingredients New Zealanders consume far too much of already.

“Fast food outlets facilitate overeating through convenience, low price and provision of energy-dense moreish food, and therefore are an important factor in the New Zealand population eating too much.

“Not everyone with food addiction is obese and not everyone with obesity has food addiction. However, in our experience there is a very strong relationship between the behaviour of food addiction and the medical condition of obesity.”

Prof Sellman says it is possible to become addicted to fast food.   Read more »

“There seems to be a bit of a witch-hunt and I’m not sure who the witch is”

Pete Rainey is a bit miffed and gotten his piggy nose out of joint because he has been named in a report from the Office of the Auditor-General regarding dodgy payments from the Nelson City Council.

During the election campaign we highlighted some rather smelly transactions which ironically, for Pete Rainey, have also been highlighted by the Auditor-General.

The Nelson City Council has been told to tighten its tendering processes after a damning report into how it awards contracts.

An audit of the council by accounting firm Crowe Horwath found it had a “number of weaknesses” in the way it manages councillors’ conflict of interest and gave 17 recommendations on how the council could tighten its processes.

In September last year, Chief Executive Clare Hadley received a letter from the Auditor General about the quality of information given about contracts associated with former councillors Pete Rainey and Ruth Copeland.

Councillors with business interests must declare them and if they are above $25,000 they must seek pre-approval from the Auditor General’s Office.   Read more »

Science is settled? But what if no one can replicate the experiments?

We are told by politicians that the science is settled with regard to climate change. We are also told by scientists that to criticise them is to provide a chilling effect on science. Some of those scientists even trot off to court to try to silence critics.

However, it appears the science is far from settled…especially when no one can replicate experiments or the claims made in these so-called peer-reviewed papers they submit to journals like Nature.

Science is facing a “reproducibility crisis” where more than two-thirds of researchers have tried and failed to reproduce another scientist’s experiments, research suggests.

This is frustrating clinicians and drug developers who want solid foundations of pre-clinical research to build upon.

From his lab at the University of Virginia’s Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies.

“The idea here is to take a bunch of experiments and to try and do the exact same thing to see if we can get the same results.”

You could be forgiven for thinking that should be easy. Experiments are supposed to be replicable.

The authors should have done it themselves before publication, and all you have to do is read the methods section in the paper and follow the instructions.

Sadly nothing, it seems, could be further from the truth.  

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If this doesn’t make you angry then who knows what will

The University of Canterbury believes it is appropriate to spend $530,000 on some research into why Southlanders roller their Rs.

I’m not kidding.

Ask a Southlander where they’re from, preferably one from Gore or Mossburn, and you get the same heavy burr in response.

Southlanders roll their Rs. Everyone knows that. But why?

A researcher at the University of Canterbury now has half a million dollars to find out.

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And they wonder why we call them troughers…

Fairfax even calls them “pigs at the trough“.

Auckland councillors and local board members spent more than $280,000 in the past year feeding themselves at meetings.

As election day looms some local board members, including Kaipatiki Local Board member John Gillon and Orakei Local Board chairwoman Desley Simpson, say the council needs to put a stop to the lavish spending on food.

In fact, Gillon and Simpson want council’s well paid mayor, councillors and local board members, all 154 of them, to pack lunches like ordinary workers do.

Council figures show that in the 2014-2015 financial year Auckland Council’s committees, including the Governing Body, spent nearly $130,000 catering meetings and events while Auckland’s 21 local boards spent more than $151,000.   Read more »

Questions for the Nelson Mail

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The Nelson Mail appears to be the public outreach for Mayoral Candidate Pete Rainey. Instead of asking him the tough questions that need answering they talk about dirty politics.

Instead of asking the tough questions of Pete Rainey they try to make out he is an absolute angel who is being subjected to an unfair attack. The problem with this narrative is that Rainey has not answered important questions about a variety of issues, and it makes everyone wonder if the Mail should be renamed “ Pete’s Pravda”. Read more »

42% of you bastards contribute nothing

 

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The Government says its tax reforms are benefiting lower income households, and it’s got the figures to prove it.

Acting Finance Minister Steven Joyce has released new Treasury data showing the top 10 percent of households will pay 37.2 percent of total income tax this financial year, compared with 35.5 percent in 2007/08. Read more »

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More hypocrite-driven road-lice lies

Guest post

Have a read of this post by Bike Auckland, bragging about bike numbers being up in Auckland. https://www.bikeauckland.org.nz/build-it-and-they-will-be-counted/

Then have a look at the Skypath patronage figures – the ones ratepayers will be underwriting:

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(click here for a larger view) Link fixed now

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