Posts by Mellopuffy

  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    My son's school doesn't have Bible class. But it does teach this set of values, under the auspice of 'character education'.

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    Few thoughts: My sister and I were discussing Cunliffe's choice of words last night. I said I was pleased he'd said something but when she said she would have preferred he had used the word 'embarrassed' rather than 'sorry', I thought, YES! I also agreed with Marama Davidson's tweet about hat all the other great stuff at the forum that got passed over for Cunliffe's words. However the cynic in me did think that were it not for the attention paid to Cunliffe there would have been little mention of the forum in the MSM :(. As you say Russell, the responses have been somewhat telling. I made reference to it on FB - ALL commenters were male, roughly half in half for/ vociferously against what Cunliffe said. Lots of 'but,but I'm not like that myself'. Women 'liked' my statement and subsequent comments, but the 'debate' was had by men. :(

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Further to my previous comment (just had to duck off for a shower) – perversely, the Key govts reticence to progress with mandatory fortification *does* make the folic acid issue into one of access and education. Since the halting of the planned programme, bread companies have leapt upon the marketing opportunity that the addition of folic acid affords, bringing out fortified (and more expensive) ‘women’s breads’. Additionally Key’s assertion that ‘women can get the required nutrient by other means’ is not borne out by evidence. US data from the 90s found that at least 15% of women of childbearing age had inadequate blood levels of folate (ie were considered clinically deficient, and there is debate as to whether the cut off of risk for neural tube defects is actually higher than outright deficiency). The majority of NZers are known to consume less than the recommended intakes of vegetables (an important source of folate). Intake of appropriate amounts of vegetables to have a protective effect with regards to ntd is more likely among women with the means to consume a varied diet. Oh, and in contrast to folic acid, there *is* a known toxic upper level of intake of iodine (particularly in pregnancy) - yet again, no fuss about mandatory fortification there (because, quelle surprise, the amounts recommended for fortification have been carefully calculated to be at levels that make it impossible to consume a toxic amount) Key’s statements make absolutely no sense.

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb,

    Just wanted to add some factual info to the food supp thing as there seems to be some common misconceptions around mandatory fortification that are persisting in the discussion (which is kinda off topic but still being drawn into this wider discussion) . Since the halting of the proposal to make folic acid supp mandatory, mandatory fortification of bread products with iodised salt has come in with little to no fanfare at all. Secondly - important re the mandatory folic acid thing - it is primarily neither about education nor access per se. Folic acid supplementation needs to be commenced before conception occurs as neural tube formation occurs in the 3rd week, well before many women know they're pregnant. As a significant proportion of pregnancies are unplanned (I've heard around 30% but don't quote me on that, can anyone clarify?). So major intent of mandatory fortification with folic acid to to catch those who have become pregnant unintentionally. By the time most women find out about their pregnancy (let alone be in the position to make a decision about continuing their pregnancy) it is already too late for folic acid supps to have any effect on reducing risk of neural tube defects.

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Illegal Highs,

    A friend who is a psychiatrist stated on FB this morning that she was disappointed that she wasn't rostered on to work today, as no doubt the mood would be celebratory amongst her colleagues following this weekend's announcement. In a discussion we had about the Act last week, she recounted major issues with patients becoming threatening and aggressive towards staff and other patients whilst high on the synthetic products, and that their legal status was a significant barrier to the staff and police preventing patients from using them (unlike cannabis). So how can the regulatory process be adapted to account for substances that may be harmless (or not) for the average user, but that become mjorly problematic for people with psychiatric illness or on psych meds. And before some smartass mentions alcohol, please note that alcohol (and weed) consumption is a hell of a lot easier for medical staff and police to monitor or control than tiny pills.

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Come to Dunedin, Chris!

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    'What the actual'

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Who else forgot to get married?,

    My problem was thus. I *did* change my surname to my husbands, in part to make things slightly easier/clearer when shifting to the UK on a spousal visa attached to his British Passport. Hyphenating our two surnames would result in something frankly ridiculous. Rather than issue me with a new passport, the passport office here endorsed my new surname on the second page of my passport. Which resulted in I don't know how many awkward questions from immigration officials wanting to know why the name on the *first* page of my passport didn't match the name on my air ticket. Cue sigh from me and 'please turn the page and look at the endorsement there'....

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Labour Weekend: Town or Country?,

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    Evening, Ravensbourne

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: MSD's Leaky Servers,

    Holy crapola. Word.

    Dunedin, NZ • Since Feb 2007 • 58 posts Report Reply

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