Monday, October 09, 2017

Lili's disappointment for the day


I'm disappointed but not surprised to see that Derek Amato has been featured in a TV doco series that has just started on SBS, The world's most extraordinary people, which is apparently hosted by a real doctor, English surgeon Gabriel Weston, who is also a writer and BBC Two host. A doctor and two reputable TV channels look like fools.
http://www.sbs.com.au/guide/article/2017/09/27/meet-people-who-are-unlike-anyone-else-world

http://www.sbs.com.au/guide/channel/SBS#/program/16212839

Amato is one of an unending collection of supposed "acquired savants" in the fashion of the questionable Daniel Tammet (formerly Daniel Corney). In my ebook about Tammet you can find chapters about many interesting people who have, or who claim to have, extraordinary abilities or talents. Some of those people are genuinely astounding in their achievements, while there's ample evidence that many others have made up stories and taken scientists, publishers and journalists for a ride. Derek Amato one of the world's most extraordinary people? I think not.





Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lili's disappointed but not surprised thoughts for the day


So the shoppies union, the same union which chose to be on the wrong side of history after the ALP split in the 1950s, is in bed with Australia's largest employers, and an Aussie insurance company rips off punters. Golly gee, who would have thought?

http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/australias-biggest-union-attacks-reprehensible-shoppies-wage-deals-20170804-gxpo93.html

http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/the-man-who-exposed-the-coles-wages-scandal-in-his-spare-time-20160602-gp9zb7.html

https://www.choice.com.au/money/insurance/car/articles/sale-needless-insurance-16m-in-qbe-refunds-020817

Lili's told-you-so moment of the day


Psychopath CEOs maybe not such a great idea after all?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-23/commonwealth-bank-faces-shareholder-class-action/8833860

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-14/commonwealth-bank-ceo-ian-narev-to-retire-by-july/8803302

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2016/03/07/4417757.htm


Monday, July 24, 2017

Lili's pointed question of the day


Cars fitted with potentially-fatally defective airbags have been on the market in Australia since the turn of the century, and what have motor vehicle manufacturers, governments, car dealers, police, car insurance companies and car owners been doing to resolve this problem? SFA I'd say. Insurance companies do more investigations of vehicle accidents than the police. They must have been aware of a pattern of faulty airbags. How long have they been sitting on this information?

http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/toyota-mazda-bmw-lexus-subaru-takata-airbag-recall-fix-potentially-lethal/news-story/79de2db220c58c3c23708644d9f8a89e

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Let's bring back some, but not all, politically-incorrect and unfashionbable words and concepts....


Sense of responsibility


Sick


Diseased


Catch a disease


Infected


Dead


Dead people


Insane


Psychiatric


Maniac


Manic


Unhappy


Sad


Desolate


Inconsolable


Neglect


Neglected child


Abandoned


Drunk


Alcoholic


Drug addict


Intoxicated


Inebriated


Slob


Thug


Despot


Wife


Husband


Married


Unmarried


Childless


Spouse


Single


Miss


Master


Young lady


Young man


Educated


Uneducated


Civilized


Uncivilized


Personal standards


Common


Crude


Obscene


Foul-mouthed


Polite


Good manners


Refined


Deportment


Elocution


Disreputable


Prostitute


Tart


Kerb-crawler


Promiscuous


Philanderer


Smut


Smutty


Filthy


Dirty old man


Pervert


Child molester


Exhibitionist


Serendipity


Getting fleeced


Daylight robbery


Matronly


Stout


Plump


Rotund


Portly


Gaunt


Thin


Skinny


Rich


Poor


Destitute


Scientism


Fanatic


Fanaticism


Religious fanatic


Rejoice


Jubilation


Hallelujah


Forgiveness


Gratitude









Sunday, July 16, 2017

Lili's question of the day


Who spends the most time enjoying the sweet perfumes of the purple bearded iris and the heliotrope in your garden? You or your weeding lady?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is this professor a leader?


I'm annoyed to see Professor Peter Hoj from the University of Queensland as the guest speaker at the National Press Club of Australia blabbering on about Australian research universities, while I know full well that he never did a proper job of investigating all of the research publications by discredited researchers Dr Caroline Barwood and Prof. Bruce Murdoch, who falsified an entire study of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a therapy for Parkinson's disease, no less. After this scandal broke into the headlines, Prof. Hoj claimed later that he checked all of the (other) studies by this pair:  

"Mr Hoj says a review of about 100 studies published by Dr Barwood and Professor Murdoch has so far found no evidence of incorrect or non-existent data."

Prof. Hoj couldn't have done much of a job of checking. The 2010 journal research report titled "Improved language performance subsequent to low-frequency rTMS in patients with chronic non-fluent aphasia post-stroke" by the discredited researchers Barwood and Murdoch, and other researchers, is still published in full text displaying a very obvious discrepancy that looks like a clear indication that there's been some monkey business done with the data, a discrepancy that was pointed out at this blog way back in 2013 by Tomas, an anonymous commenter at this blog.

And today this Professor Hoj is speaking to the nation, as though he is some kind of leader in the world of science, universities, research and learning. Lili says "Horseshit".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-07/uq-investigates-fresh-claims-of-research-misconduct/5077276

http://incorrectpleasures.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/you-cant-believe-everything-that-you.html
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Friday, June 16, 2017

The crisis in science continues.....


"I think predatory publishers pose the biggest threat to science since the Inquisition. They threaten research by failing to demarcate authentic science from methodologically unsound science, by allowing for counterfeit science, such as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to parade as if it were authentic science, and by enabling the publication of activist science."

More straight-talk from the world's most famous librarian (actually, the world's only famous librarian):

http://www.biochemia-medica.com/2017/2/273



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lili's ponders the big questions


Why does hand sanitizer smell like fruit yoghurt, and why does fruit yoghurt smell like hand sanitizer?


Lili's next political thought of the day


Not sure why so many people thought it impossible that a gray-haired bloke who seems sincere could lead a labour party capably in a nation-wide election, maybe even succeeding much more than his predecessors. Something like this once happened in Australia.

Lili's thought of the day


An empty Comcar pulled up at Parliament House in Canberra, and when the door was opened, out stepped Bill Shorten.