Author: McBlog2

Doctors back early closing for bars 25 June 2013 Christchurch Hospital emergency department doctors are backing the city’s draft local alcohol policy, saying it will reduce incidents of serious and permanent injury. In a joint perspective piece published in today’s Press, consultant emergency physicians Jan…


UN anti-poverty agency chases cash rather than results, study finds

Fox News 15 May 2013 The $5.7 billion United Nations Development Program, the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty agency,  is poor at producing lasting results, sets unrealistic or unfocused priorities and often seems more interested in getting funding than in setting up…


Gay or Straight? When others decide for you* – Part Two

Miriam Grossman MD 21 February 2013 I discovered a support group for men in reparative therapy that met monthly in a Los Angeles home. The “Circle of Men” welcomed me as a guest one evening. There were about twenty guys,…


Gay or Straight? When others decide for you

Miriam Grossman MD 13 February 2013 Where I worked, reparative therapy was taboo; its existence was never acknowledged. On a politically charged hot potato scale of 1 to 10, this issue was a 12. The mental health establishment says sexual…


MP slams polygamy claim on gay bill

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NZ Herald 10 January 2013 The MP behind a law change to legalise gay marriage has slammed the “dishonest” argument by opponents that her bill will pave the way to polygamous relationships. Labour Party MP Louisa Wall said she was…


Paul Holmes interviews Kevin Hague

Scoop 14 October 2012 Green MP to place adoption reform bill in ballot tomorrow, seeking to alter 57-year-old Adoption Act. That act “fossilises values and attitudes” from the 1950s that “are no longer fit for modern New Zealand”. Opens…


Tests reveal most crash drivers had taken drugs

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NZ Herald 27 August 2012 More than half the drivers taken to hospital after causing a crash were found to have drugs in their system, a study has found. The Ministry of Transport study used blood samples taken from 453…


Polygamy: More Common Than You Think

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Wall Street Journal 1 April 2011 Polygamy is a popular punchline these days, from HBO’s drama “Big Love” to TLC’s documentary “Sister Wives” and the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” written by the creators of “South Park.” Yet plural…


Are 18,382 abortions in a single year not enough?

Stuff 9 July 2010 The first question I’d like to ask  Labour list MP Steve  Chadwick is: “Why now?”  What’s convinced her that the  time is right to reopen the abortion  debate? What ill-omened denizen of  the current political…


Moonshine or the Kids?


New York Times 22 May 2010 There’s an ugly secret of global poverty, one rarely acknowledged by aid groups or U.N. reports. It’s a blunt truth that is politically incorrect, heartbreaking, frustrating and ubiquitous: It’s that if the poorest families…