Posts by B Jones

  • Access: Autism: where have we come from…,

    I posted that as confirming Hilary's suspicions of official thinking, rather than endorsing that thinking one way or another. They've probably published more of it on the Education website, if it's being quoted in the Herald.

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  • Access: Autism: where have we come from…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    As some of us joked it was because she thought you could cure autism at pre-school and then those children wouldn't need any resources later on.

    Today's news:

    "Officials have identified one potential fix as spending more money on support for pre-schoolers.

    That is because evidence shows the benefits of early intervention. If funding was weighted to the early years, there would be less demand as a cohort moved through the schooling system, a recent Cabinet paper reasoned."

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  • Up Front: Our House,

    Well, that’s certainly something else.

    It’d be worth citing your claims about Spain – as far as I could tell with a quick google, female prisoners are generally separated from male ones there.

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  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway,

    I so so wish I could go, but I'm on a plane to somewhere interesting that day. Will there be any transcription or recording or liveblogging or something for posterity?

    Something odd I've noticed in the last couple of years is Goldacre being cited favourably by people making the exact same mistakes in interpreting science that he highlights (eg this). I'm really interested to see whether that comes up here.

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  • Up Front: Our House, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Maybe while in prison male and female prisoners can form better relationships?

    That sounds an awful lot like "hey, why don't we put more women at risk so they can help men overcome their violence problems." The idea that prison is a safe place for people seems naïve.

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  • Access: Autism: where have we come from…,

    Sounds to me like a misunderstanding of a principle that's gotten a lot of currency in the social services sector in recent years - early intervention is very useful in a lot of areas (and a persuasive argument for people not wanting to spend more money down the track) but not a panacea.

    There's plenty of scope for staff at the periphery of a large organisation to get the wrong end of the stick of what's going on in the centre (and vice versa), but that's not much comfort when it's the staff at the periphery making decisions affecting real people within a framework that's either wrong or poorly understood.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    "What happens next will move you to tears."

    I wouldn't go that f.....Oh. I see what you did there.

    There's a lot of repackaged content going on as well. I've read several times over the last few months about that poor chap who died of methanol poisoning after having a cocktail in a badly-regulated holiday spot. He's popped up again today under a totally different headline, with no obvious additional news value as far as I can tell.

    It's the sort of thing junk-advocacy channels do - you think people are dropping like flies over a particular accident or place or product, but when you look at it closely it turns out to be the same scandal, written about in a slightly different way. The effect is to make it look as if the problem is bigger than it is. It's a bit of a funny thing for a mainstream news channel to do.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Reminds me of David Lange in 1989. NZ Labour got most of a decade in the wilderness for those crazy five years, and a permanent hole in its left wing support base that's only been filled when it plays nicely with its support parties. Building a majority isn't an easy job.

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Marie Antoinette's ghost must still be pissed about that cake line.

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  • Hard News: An interview with Ben Goldacre,

    Level 2 Biology (which I don't think is compulsory) has an achievement standard of assessing public information about biology and deciding which is accurate and which is misleading, eg do sports drinks really work.

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