the term “the belt-way”:
most often found encircling complete & utter pants?
However, the actual story of King Canute may not be the best reference point for Key's behaviour. Far from actually claiming omnipotence, Canute was demonstrating to his supporters that he wasn’t all-powerful.
Key is [...] a whole new bad taste
Smarmite? which would explain his propensity to smear...
Which incidentally brings me to one of my pet peeves: New Zealand birth certificates have an expiry date, and have to be “renewed”. That can’t be anything other than pure revenue gathering. I don’t plan on getting unborn, or even reborn, any time soon.
Yep; the nocebo effect is described in the second of the two Goldacre links above, and a 5-minute version is in this Nerdstock speech.
Way back in 2008, Ben Goldacre wrote quite a balanced article about the results of tests of antidepressants (not just SSRIs) against placebo, and the media misreporting of same as “proof” that SSRIs don’t work. As Goldacre points out, antidepressants do work, better than placebo – but their level of proven effectiveness only outweighs the risk of side effects, in a majority of patients, for cases of severe depression. [ETA: See also Bart’s point just posted – some minority of patients with mild depression may also be helped by antidepressants.]
Goldacre has also written extensively (e.g. here and here) about the nature of the placebo effect, which he ascribes not just to the effect of patient beliefs about a treatment itself, but also to the cumulative effect of all aspects of the presentation of the treatment to the patient. His description suggests to me that it may not strictly be possible to compare drugs vs. therapy directly, as the two types of treatment would need to be compared with very different types of placebo: the familiar “sugar pill” on the one hand, vs. say, a series of conversations with friendly “medical personnel”, avoiding the topic of the patient’s depression, on the other hand.
But also, such a comparison would ignore the point that many patients may need both types of treatment.
what conservative doesn’t hate other people having porn?
To be fair, they're not all total hypocrites:
some of them hate themselves for having porn, too.
I have for many years resisted having any physical (photographic) presence on teh Interwebz. I regard the self-image as an unwelcome distraction from the intended message.
Unavoidably, photos do leak out from conferences; but even there, I’m usually hidden under a hat, and/or facing away from the camera. In one photo taken while I was actually giving a presentation, I’m behind a floral arrangement. These are all better options than the reflexive cringing rictus when I’m caught by a lens out in the open. Only once has a publication asked for a selfie. Luckily, to the best of my knowledge, it was never used.
I toyed with the idea of a gravatar for use here, and got as far as making up a low-resolution self-portrait, which after sitting around for 4 years finally got used about 2 months ago when I joined Facebook … a move I regret already.
as secret as a flasher’s knob
agreed, at least WRT asset sales, but YTF is so much of NZ still focussing on the shiny shiny coat fabric instead of noticing how much they’ve been shafted in the meantime?
The current situation in Japan is a little more flexible than that. Bride and groom do have to be put on the same family register -- which means that for at least some (local government) purposes they are filed under a common family name -- but women can and often do retain their unmarried name for professional purposes. Two of my (30-something) colleagues have got married within the last 3 years. One changed her name; the other (with a little more history of research and publication behind her) didn't.