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Tuesday, 22 May

14:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wednesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

14:01

May 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

844  Battle of Clavijo: The Apostle Saint James the Greater is said to have miraculously appeared to a force of outnumbered Spanish rebels and aided them against the forces of the Emir of Cordoba.

1430 Siege of Compigne: Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compigne.

1498 Girolamo Savonarola was burned at the stake in Florence on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.

1533 The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

1568 The Netherlands declared their independence from Spain.

1568  Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, brother of William I of Orange, defeated Jean de Ligne, Duke of Aremberg and his loyalist troops in theBattle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years War.

1618 The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitated the Thirty Years War.

1701  After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged.

1706 Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.

1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.

1810 Margaret Fuller, American journalist and feminist, was born  (d. 1850).

1813  Simn Bolvar entered Mrida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and was proclaimed El Libertador (The Liberator).

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12:12

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Individual commitment to a group effort that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

Oamaru Rotarians have been sorting books for weeks. Today we began the task of moving boxes of books from the hall where were theyve been sorted and stored to the Loan and Merc building where well be selling them.

It took a lot of lifting and carrying and it makes me very grateful for team work.

12:01

Questioning the Integrity of Psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people (George Orwell: Review of Bertrand Russell, in The Adelphi, January 1939).

If we learn one thing from the Royal Commissions into child sexual abuse and the banking and insurance industries (see note 1), it will be this: left to themselves, secure institutions will never conduct the sort of self-critical analysis that the larger society expects  and deserves.

In late February this year, a conference on Mental Health in Crisis was held in Sydney and then at five cities in New Zealand. Major speakers included Prof. Peter Gotszche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre; Bob Whitaker, from Boston; Dr Melissa Raven, from Adelaide; Prof. Roger Mulder, from Dunedin University, NZ; and Maria Bradshaw, from Auckland. I spoke about studies on ECT and several other speakers contributed their harrowing personal experiences of psychiatry.

Subsequently, an article in a New Zealand paper was critical of antidepressants, which provoked the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to issue a press release (March 9th 2018; taken down soon after) which was openly hostile to the idea that people could criticise antidepressants. As part of that press release, it was claimed that psychiatrists only ever (prescribe drugs) in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.

My experience is that this claim is absolute rubbish and I lodged a complaint with the RANZCP to this effect.1 On April 27th, I received a letter from the president of RANZCP, Dr Kym Jenkins, assuring me I had it all wrong, the RANZCP meant no harm, but she firmly reiterated the claim that provoked my complaint:

I wish to highlight the College statement goes on to say, the prescription ofmedications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.'

As a result, I thought I should check the veracity of her claim. After a quick survey of my practice, I submitted a paper to the lesser of the two RANZCP journals, Australasian Psychiatry, on May 6th. The following is a slightly amended version:

PROVIDING IN...

11:31

University of Otago confiscate Critic publication "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is a bit of a ruckus at Otago, with the University ordering the seizure of 2000 copies of the Critic magazine that features menstruation. Critic: The menstruation issue The cover graphic was a bit gross (in my opinion) and the content doesnt interest me (Im not the target market obviously) but it seems generally []

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