Thursday, November 03, 2011
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I value his views particularly as a Senior Scientist and pleased of his reasoning on this issue having held simular views for many years, mind you I haven't done the research he has.
Regardless of global warming (or cooling) I still think it is prudent, and just plain common sense, to look after our environment and minimize our impact. So energy efficiency, reducing pollution, reducing the burning of fossil fuels, preservation of forests and natural habitats, are all aims I support and think governments and companies should be doing more to support.
For one thing temperature data has been cherry picked, massaged, and politically interpreted by some people to support their global warming hypothesis.
When I look at broader data sets and raw data, without fudging selected data and omitting other data, you find there is no warming trend, and most likely there has been a cooling trend over the past 5-10 years. Another thing too is that our life on earth depends upon a greenhouse effect of about +33°C, without which the global average temperature would be -18°C instead of the +16°C it currently is.
I think many of the scientists involved have allowed their ambition (for career, doing good, or profit) to cloud their judgment, much like Shakespeare's Macbeth. Sadly, I think it makes all scientists and science look bad and undermines motivation to reduce emissions, including CO2, reduce waste, and take better care of the environment.
- http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~leeman/GeoColumn.gifClimate change Graph
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
At my last birthday I was required to renew my medical certificate to allow me to continue to drive my car. Here in Australia when you reach 75 you have to prove that you are entitled to drive. When visiting my GP for this purpose he gives me an eye test, BP measurement and we have a brief discussion—he handed over the certificate and the visit was over within ten minutes.
As he was on holiday, I saw my wife Margaret's GP instead; not so with this visit. Half an hour later we came to the BP test which showed a somewhat higher number this visit. We had a brief discussion: no I did not prefer medication unless essential, I was in very good health, the figure was about what it had been for many years, but I understood that when getting older the rate usually would gradually increase.
She was having none of that, insisting to put me on a low dose of medication to start and would review me in a week’s time to assess the level of medication required she then completed the certificate which basically reveals that I am fit to drive my car and see a doctor on a regular basis.
A week later, no change in the BP level. She insisted she put me on a full dose.
Another week later the BP was not much different.
I was having difficulty understanding what she was saying with her Asian accent. In time, Margaret explained that the doctor said I had “the white coat syndrome”. I was pleased that she suggested we buy a BP machine. A week later, back with the doctor, my recorded information showed variable but very reasonable results and I suggested going without the medication but reluctantly accepted a reduction only.
As I join Margaret in her appointments with her doctor on other than routine visits, she knew me well enough, but her method of doctoring did not sit well with me. In time I gathered the courage to go back to my old GP, her partner in the next room, and discussed my wish to keep medication to a minimum or (preferably do without).
His approach was “fair enough”. Stay on the half medication, keep regular records, if it goes up too much double the medication, see me in a month’s time, earlier if I wanted to.
At the visit a month later reviewing the recorded data, he found the results excellent, suggesting I stay on the low half dose medication and if the downward trend continued I could go of the medication altogether. After a brief further discussion I was out of his office within 10 minutes.
I had investigated hypertension on the Internet and gained the impression that the current trend was if testing anyone above 120/80 put the patient on medication and better still reduce this rate, the lower the better.
More research by me on the Internet revealed comments by several Specialists:
• Don't automatically medicate and avoid to prescribe if possible.
• Treat each case on it's own.
• They view nothing wrong with 130/90 (I'm below that).
I am a very independent person preferring to be in personal control of myself and that includes my health and see my Dr (GP in particular) as a consultant. I need to decide. Back to my Doctor experience, I assured Margaret it was not a male versus female problem but that Doctors need to listen carefully to what their patients want.
My GP is a Belgian, long time resident with fluent English.
Margaret's GP is of Asian descent and you can only understand what she says by working hard at it.
I feel Doctors of any nationality are fine but effective communication when consulting is paramount, and this is where our Health System is letting us down. It can't be too hard to ensure appropriate training in speaking English. (Who is talking? A Dutchman who had to learn communicate in the English language.)
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Today I parked at the supermarket; I squeezed in between a huge 4WD vehicle on one side and on the other was a dividing ,raised cement partition about 6 inches high or so.
When I came to leave and to reverse out, first my front tyre then my back kept hitting the cement. I went back and forth, cussing quietly.
Then I heard a voice, 'You seem to be having a bit of difficulty; let me guide you out.' He was a young man, maybe in this thirties. He stood in front and called me through the wheel turnings until I was out and clear.
I thanked him very sincerely for his kindness and consideration; typically Aussie he laughed and replied 'No worries, Mate,' and walked off.
He need not have bothered; he could have ignored me and walked straight into the Supermarket; or got in his car and driven off. Instead he saw my plight, changed direction completely and walked over to me to help. His thoughtfulness touched me.
Isn't it nice, in these days of violence and selfishness and inconsiderate behaviour, to suddenly come across this simple action of unsolicited kindness?
Monday, April 21, 2008
I have been following the 2020 conference with interest, but have been amazed by the many adverse, negative comments about the conference in the Courier Mail Newspaper 'on-line' comments. Sure a proportion seem to be political based comments but what surprised me was the lack of acknowledgment of "here is a different new Idea and a Prime Minister willing to stick his neck out and offering to be accountable. Why not 'give the bloke a fair go', is that not the Australian's claim?".
My bias? - 76 year old, born in Holland, 20 years naturalized Australian, belonging to no political party. For what it is worth I offer my opinion as follows.
As one of the most Democratic Countries in the world, Kevin Rudd's party was elected by a significant majority. Clearly a change in direction was wanted by the majority of people and to actually engage the the population via the conference, to tell him what they want was a refreshing idea rather than to be told pull your head in and do as you are told.
The least is the exposure of the Prime Minister's views for Australia - 'these are my views of the future please add to them to make them better'.
Are some of the ideas proposed, not new, borrowed?, if so what, if you think they are OK how else do you get them, from a 2020 conference is as good an idea as any, have any better ideas? then use the Web site to add them.
There are 1000+ very positive people going back home promoting a positive outlook for the future and keen to be part of that outcome, that in itself is a good outcome.
That's just my view.
Hennie van Dyk
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Finally, a definition of globalization
I can understand and to which
I can relate:
Question : What is the truest definition of Globalization?
Answer : Princess
Question : How come?
An English princess with
an Egyptian boyfriend
crashes in a French
tunnel, driving a
with a Dutch engine,
driven by a Belgian
who was drunk
on Scottish whisky,
(check the bottle before you change the spelling),
followed closely by
on Japanese motorcycles,
treated by an American doctor, using
This is sent to you by
using Bill Gates' technology,
and you're probably reading this on your computer,
that uses Taiwanese
chips, and a
in a Singapore plant,
transported by Indian
hijacked by Indonesians,
unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen,
and trucked to you by Mexican illegals.....
That, my friends, is Globalization!