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Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:48:07 +0000

 



Comment on ‘the staggering irony of trump’s fascination with norway’.. by John W

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:48:07 +0000

A wealthy politician usually doesn't care about others and enjoys the greed they are accustom to. Big money and social equity don't mix. No rich person should ever be in politics. They get there to feather the nests of cronies. Lots of example locally such as key and douglas, both disastrous for Kiwis, the environment and our future.



Comment on study: ‘gluten-free food isn’t healthier for you’.. by John W

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:03:23 +0000

What a shame the journalist is less than competent. Some training in logic may have helped. Sweeping statements are often misleading when exceptions are not specified. "For those who have medical conditions such as coeliac disease, eating gluten-free foods is essential for their wellbeing. However, for others, this isn’t the case. " RUBBISH Many communities live in areas where gluten was not a part of their diet. For example most of Polynesia ate a gluten a free diet for many thousands of years. Parts of Africa use Millet and not wheat as wheat is not suited to the climate. Wheat Barley or Rye were not available to many parts of the world until recently. Many people who are not "Celiacs" also have gluten allergies and immune system damage done by gluten. There are several tests for Gluten intolerance and some tests may show no reaction while others will identify an intolerant condition. 30-40% of Western populations may have damage to their system associated with gluten intolerance. Wheat is big business with big pockets to fund mouth pieces to create confusion about gluten. http://www.natural-pain-relief-guide.com/symptoms-gluten-intolerance.html



Comment on ‘why some people are more creative than others’..  by John W

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:36:19 +0000

The level of latent inhibition is also a factor in creative thought. Loss of focus and apparent concentration can be a valuable and essential part of a creative mindset. The creative mind is more open to stimulation including being "sidetracked" as their handling of stimuli enables a wider and more diffuse consideration of thought. Overload is often a cause of needing much more time for processing and exploring relevancy, and compatibility of various stream of thought generated. How these streams of though can integrate, and reviewing of the various patterns of integration takes heaps of time especially when new untested ideas are enveloped. Business and employers just don't have a grip on that. They usually are not very creative and use competition to sort ranking of worth which encourages stupidity and narrow focus. Many highly capable creative individuals do not do well in exams. Loss of confidence is often a result of poor recognition of a creative persons ability as their contributions are often cut off or deemed too complex in a premature form resulting from lack of time to work though a much longer and creative process. The education system is not geared for creative people. National standards work right against creative education. Student failure results. The business world drive exams to classify and rank. A very poor measure of people and potential creating unhappiness and wastage of human potential. But they do not care as long as the next quarter bring dividends. The power should not be in their hands.



Comment on ‘supercut of computer simulation existence theories’.. by John W

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:22:05 +0000

My thought are that anybody no matter what they "believe" should spend a bit of time regularly looking critically around the history of belief systems and the various lines of thinking examining the beliefs about the world and universe as well as how humans fit within. Many organised religions instruct their flock to be obedient and not to question. Alarm bell should ring loudly. Faith is often promulgated as a measure of "good" where is plain terms it usually is a measure of blind ignorance. Flocks are encourages to discipline their members to conformity. Collection of money is the significant marker of note. In NZ the early law makers gave provision for churches not to pay rates nor taxes. That means we all pay for churches whether belonging to a flock or not so what they do to our society is our concern directly as we are responsible and support them. Religions are given a "respect" or wide berth when it comes to criticism. That is not deserved. Cults are widespread and the Proffessor Deikman has done some interesting exploration of methods used to get people in and hold them there psychologically. But for centuries examination of various understandings of mankind and his perceptions of the universe are well worth exploring. Deism, athieism, agnosticism, humanism, pantheism, skepticism and many other discussions over the centuries, or examining the mainstream dogma and its variants stemming from priestcraft grown from the middle east and Rome's imposition of a binding belief system to control their rebelling empire. To fix ones self to a dogma without critical exploration is to be incapacitates by your own lack of free will. Many are happy to be a good child obedient to an irrational parent.



Comment on ‘misleading dairy ads peddling the preposterous myth of the ‘happy cow’.. (+op-ed..) by editor

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:55:19 +0000

yeah..dairy actually leeches calcium from bones - doesn't strengthen them..



Comment on ‘supercut of computer simulation existence theories’.. by editor

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:53:41 +0000

there are some 4,200 religions around the world...all thinking/claiming they are the ones with the answers..



Comment on ‘misleading dairy ads peddling the preposterous myth of the ‘happy cow’.. (+op-ed..) by John W

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:06:08 +0000

http://www.wholevegan.com/milk-osteoporosis.html



Comment on ‘supercut of computer simulation existence theories’.. by John W

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:47:49 +0000

Agreed Phil. Power and single mindedness over rides compassion and regard for others. Cruelty seems to have no bounds in the hands of greed. The roots of British conquest and colonial aftermath has sown the seeds of tragic unrest around the world.



Comment on ‘supercut of computer simulation existence theories’.. by editor

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:29:50 +0000

ed: what's currently happening in burma/myanmar isn't doing buddhism any favours..



Comment on ‘time to overthrow our rulers’..  by John W

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:32:51 +0000

Incrementally power has been transferred into the hands of money. The creation of money is the key to their control of society. Money is created out of fresh air by private banks and the legal right to loan out 9 times whatever assets the bank has is the building block for societal control taken out of the publics hands. Privatisation of state owned entities and local govt services and a raft of contractual service supply and quasi authorities are an important part of the mix that takes public control and interest out of governing functions. The private investor state grows stronger at the expense of public good. Long term costs escalate as profit is harvested. Privatised asset bases grow in value so a greater dividend is demanded and this greater dividend then increases the book value of the assets and so further dividend rises are demanded. And so on until a growing proportion of the population can no longer take part in the struggle to meet their needs at a basic level. NACT supports and promotes this societal break down as their crony capitalism policies and actions pave the way for transnational corporate investor state to own NZ. Jim Anderton, Norma Kirk and John A Lee all fought this evil leaching of our country. There has never been and inquiry into how roger douglas AH ever got to manage the neoliberal attack on Kiwis. To suggest it wasn't organised from outside NZ and deeply corrupt would be profound stupidity.