Posts by B Jones

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  • Access: Zika and microcephaly: things to…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I hope it was clear that I thought the conspiracy theory to be nonsense, and an illustration of the loose thinking that goes on when medical mysteries abound.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Zika and microcephaly: things to…,

    They give it in 3rd trimester because that's when most antibodies are passed over, not because it's less safe at other times. The protection fades if you give it too early.

    Has anyone properly considered the possibility of reverse vampires? I bet they won't release that data.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Leaving only footprints,

    It was called freedom walking nearly 25 years ago when I walked the Milford Track and stayed in the DoC huts. Coldest and wettest I have ever been. Flaked potatoes for dinner. Sandfly bites and wet wool and playing cards with strangers. That's tramping.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Zika and microcephaly: things to…,

    Another conspiracy theory doing the rounds is blaming microcephaly on maternal immunistation. Which somehow is only a problem in countries experiencing a Zika outbreak. This is why we have science - so that we can tell the difference between things that confirm our beliefs and things that are true.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Leaving only footprints, in reply to st ephen,

    Walking the Tongariro Crossing with a line of literally hundreds of people stretching into the distance

    I've done that. I've seen Lambton Quay with fewer people on it. It wasn't so much the numbers that bugged me (I've done a lot of busy Great Walks), it was the clueless gear. Skirts and cowboy hats. Shoulder bags. Open toed sandals on a scree slope. That's not tramping.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Leaving only footprints, in reply to izogi,

    Sadly almost the entire course programme was killed off very recently

    At first I thought that must have been one hell of a bad tramping accident, then I read it properly.

    I've never tried hiking overseas - the absence of large predators and small poisonous things has a lot going for it. Here, it's just the weather and the terrain to worry about.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen Kelly's letter,

    Perhaps he could, but it would create other problems. Perhaps another drug would drop off the affordable list. Perhaps it would incentivise more drug companies to run campaigns that their drug be funded by political fiat rather than considered policy.

    I'm shaking my head a bit at the talk of Big Pharma blocking this and that, when what people are basically arguing at the same time is that the government should change its policy in such a way that would enable certain pharmaceutical companies to sell more products. It's not a consistent argument.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men, in reply to Alfie,

    misogynistic lyrics becoming mainstream

    You do recall the Beatles sang about burning a woman's apartment down because she invited the narrator home and sent him to bed in the bath rather than with her? Or Sting's "Every Move You Make"? Or Brown Sugar? Angel in the Centerfold? Dadrock is full of misogyny and you don't even notice it, it's just part of the wallpaper.

    If we think the PM should front up at Waitangi and take a bit of argy bargy on the chin, then maybe we could put up with a little argy bargy on this issue too.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: This is Why, This is Why I Fight,

    Me too. I remember Rob from varsity (I was one of the quiet ones a couple of degrees of friendship away, reading my textbook in the Kirk foyer before POLS 101) and it's a hell of a thing to read about relatively close to your own circles. I have young daughters too, and my heart goes out to your family.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fix up, young men,

    I remember the story Maggie Barry told about being assaulted by Rolf Harris during an interview. Didn't get called out at the time; only years after. I remember the talk about young groupies in the 70s that broke out after David Bowie's death. Things have changed - we're more able and willing to call it out now. It's depressing and disheartening to see our friends and idols' clay feet, and depressing to think of how slow progress is, but maybe this will serve as the kind of consciousness raising that was so important to second wave feminism.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

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