Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Three months after, in reply to A Nonny Moose,

    I also resent the implication that someone must be mentally ill (“need help”) to be feeling this way.

    No that isn't the point. One problem with depression is it sneaks up on you, it isn't obvious to the person feeling this way that it is something that anyone else can help with.

    It isn't about labelling someone as ill it is about realising that professionals can help.

    I really don't want to patronise. My own experience with depression is that when you are at the point the poster is in then all the normal chatting in the world won't help you. You really won't "get over it" and suggesting to someone that they will does more harm then good. Counsellors have real skills and real valuable training. By the time you are depressed all your "normal" methods of coping are failing. You can stay in that state and suffer through it or you can allow someone else to help you out.

    It doesn't matter how strong you are, it doesn't matter how well you "cope".

    argh I'm sounding patronising - I'm sorry. I don't mean to sound that way but please try and find a professional to help. You don't have to find you way out alone, there are people who can really help - not me though - I'm crap at it.

    And counselling is simply talking about it, the only difference is that counsellors have skills and training that make them better at helping than average folks.

    However, as Russell points out there are thousands who need that kind of help.

    But this is different to “normal” depression. This is depression with a primarily external cause.

    No it isn't different. Depression is a state - how you get to that state is kind of irrelevant, but having a particular event tip you over the edge into depression is entirely normal. It is extraordinarily hard to get out of that state without help.

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to DexterX,

    What lies will we be looking to swallow Election 2011?

    You can do more with less - is my personal favorite lie.

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Islander,

    perfectly beautiful& fully functional tentacles

    cthulhu!

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Sacha,

    that taxes are a “burden”

    And yet the data from the OECD rankings show exactly the reverse. Countries with higher taxation are better in every way and by every measure.

    We should be demanding to be taxed more!

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    seem to hear the lies of those they oppose

    For the past 20 years I've listened to politicians say they'll increase growth by supporting research and innovation ... liars every one of them ... red or blue

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Lilith __,

    “We NZers are very proud of our natural heritage, like anywhere else we have some issues trying to keep our country clean and unpolluted and protecting our biodiversity, but we’re working hard at it.”

    I vote for Lilith

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to andin,

    Do "we" do this? Or somehow have elected members given themselves the permission to do this lying thing. Im just not sure where the blame lies, if blame is to be apportioned such.

    I sometimes get the impression from people that they don't want to be bothered by the details of actually how the country is run. So they don't much care what the politicians are actually saying. Instead they focus of "how the politician sounds". Since a lie is about the content then politicians discover that lying doesn't matter.

    Hence it doesn't bother folks that Key lies about being 100% pure, instead they care that he smiled nicely while being interviewed.

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to BenWilson,

    In biology it's not usually a yes/no situation, it's more a case of "it might work using this regulatory signal" ... nope ... "how about this way of controlling the response" ... nope "ah then it must be this" ... well half right ... eventually by trying possibles and working out why they aren't real you end up at reality.

    Interestingly one of the problems we see now in science is falsifying data, lying, and in most cases it's caused by people not willing to spend the time being wrong.

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to BenWilson,

    usually by way of a great many speculative untruths

    Hell yeah! It is one of the most fun things about science, coming up with possibilities and constructing them as hypotheses that then get tumbled by reality. Or in other words we create a lie and then go ahead and prove it is a lie and then we move on. If we do it well we eventually corral the truth inside a web of disproved lies.

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  • Hard News: The Political Lie, in reply to Joanna,

    Plucket

    The naked truth?

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