Thursday, July 02, 2015

Lili's wish for the day


I hope that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal enjoys the greatest satisfaction from seeing the many good things that will happen as a consequence of his act of generosity. Amazing!
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33353370

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Lili's ideas for the upcoming month


During Plastic Free July

maybe resolve to buy only machine-washable shower curtains, and wash'em rather than chuck'em, 

or buy dunny paper in a form that does not have plastic packaging, such as a bulk-buy box from Who Gives a Crap,

or refuse to get sucked into buying single-use plastic glow-in-the-dark toys for the brats, such as glow sticks at outdoor night events and school discos, bringing your own torches and multi-use fun glowing things instead,

or generally get wise and spend your hard-earned dough on wonderful experiences rather than plastic junk that you don't need, or things that you don't need that come in lots of plastic packaging?

Lili's proverb of the day


The empty cans make the most noise, and that contribution will be considered by local elected officials in formulating policy. 

Lili's quest for the day


I'm now searching for poultry retailers and fast-food operators who do not stock Steggles or Lilydale chicken: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4259918.htm

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lili's annoyance of the day

On the morning of Thursday June 18th 2015 Dr Karl (Kruszelnicki) in his regular science Q and A spot on Triple J public radio station aimed at young people, opened the session by making a debatable identification of an experience described by a female listener as synaesthesia and then went on to describe Daniel Tammet as his first example of a famous synaesthete, citing Tammet’s supposed mental feats such as learning a language in a short time, in an entirely unskeptical manner, and mentioning the title of Tammet’s first autobiographical book. Shut up, Dr Karl. Just shut up.

Lili's question of the day


Am I the only person who cares whether Abbott is an illegal (politician, prime minister)? 

Lili's thought for the day


I wish I could be in Sydney on July 7th 2015!

2015 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture

The gender galaxy beyond Mars and Venus: Insights for science and society

Dr Cordelia Fine

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/competitions/6428464

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Val Lewton movie on tonight on Australian free-to-air TV


The Seventh Victim is not a fun feel-good movie, but please don't take that to mean it is gritty realism or anything like that. It isn't. Like most of the films produced by Lewton, it operates within the realm of psychology and the emotions and the imagination, and is rightly regarded as a horror movie, but a step or four above the average B-grade shocker. But please don't take that to mean that the movie has supernatural things happening in it. I don't recall that it does. Just watch it, but be warned; the sadness and alienation that blows through all Lewton movies has a wind chill factor in this one at the extreme end of the scale. 
http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/seventh-victim/#/episode/ZY6511A001S00


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lili's critical thought of the day


The ABC has continued with another season of the Redesign My Brain series, even though I've written previously about why I was unimpressed by the first series. Now might be a good time to take a critical look at claims made for the benefits of one working memory training program: http://www.plosone.org/annotation/listThread.action?root=85992

Monday, April 27, 2015

Lili's quote for the day


The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
- Will Rogers

Lili's free and uncensored thought of the day (courtesy of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution)


Two news articles that say so much about the parlous state of free speech in Australia:

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/dont-rock-the-boat-on-the-anzac-tradition-20150427-1mtinw.html

"But the outcome makes it clear: only one version of the Anzac legend can be proclaimed in this brave, pluralistic nation of ours. Dissidents will simply not be tolerated."

http://www.smh.com.au/national/headspace-mcdonaldisation-of-youth-mental-healthcare-a-ticking-time-bomb-20150425-1mszey.html

"He said senior politicians in Canberra had told him they now regret how quickly the program has been expanded but they said headspace could not be challenged because it was like "questioning the Pope"."

Lili's suggestion of the day


Tonight SBS broadcast a documentary show from the UK that asked questions about supposed differences in the brains of men and women, boys and girls, questions like "Are women better than men at reading emotions?". I suggest reading this blog article of mine to get an idea of some of the evidence pertinent to that question, or even better, read Dr Cordelia Fine's book Delusions of Gender. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Mendoza slams Headspace


Stark, Jill and Vedelago, Chris (2015) Headspace: 'McDonaldisation' of youth mental healthcare a ticking time bomb. Brisbane Times. April 26, 2015 - 9:27am.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/headspace-mcdonaldisation-of-youth-mental-healthcare-a-ticking-time-bomb-20150425-1mszey.html

"John Mendoza, former chief executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia and a previous chair of a headspace centre in Queensland, said the original intent of the service had been "perverted" and the national head office had become "obsessed with brand and marketing"."

Nice work Jill Stark and Chris Vedelago!

See/hear also this radio story:
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/is-headspace-effective-in-youth-mental-health/6425794


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lili's list of "red flags" to look out for in the process of submitting a job application


Vacancies with that employer permanently open

Employer often advertising vacancies out of proportion with size of workforce and appears to have trouble keeping staff

Advertising a clutch of different jobs in the one application process

Employer still handling recruitment process through hardcopy formats while similar organizations have gone online

Online recruitment system or documents do not work properly

Basic recruitment documents such as position descriptions, application forms, questionnaires, selection criteria, resumes, covering letters and copies of certificates and qualifications apparently lost

Eccentric handling of basic recruitment documents such as position descriptions, application forms, questionnaires and selection criteria in a way that suggests a strategy to deal with loss of data in a faulty computer system

Spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors or eccentric use of capitalization in job advertisement

"Previous applicants need not apply" 

Long, detailed, pretentious or unrealistically demanding lists of selection criteria peppered with management mumbo-jumbo

A list of duties a mile long attached to the position

Failure to ask applicants questions with simple and verifiable answers as a pre-screening process at the very beginning of recruitment process

Unclear, contradictory or deficient information in the job advertisement and associated documents about the basic details of the job such as employer, location, hours or permanency

During contact with employer or HR person they get you mixed-up with another applicant

Lili's realistic thought for the day


What the hell do you think you look like attending an Anzac Day ceremony with a burst of grey-outlined stars all over the nape of your neck, or sporting an orange, yellow and greyish-black rooster's tail trailing up your arm? I don't care if your squiggles are permanent. I don't care if they are difficult to hide. If you aren't capable of turning up to an event looking appropriately dignified, don't turn up at all. 

Lili's thought for the day


Enjoying your climate change, Sydney?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Another quote from the book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime by Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche


From page 197

"In 2000, an antidepressant trial was published in the New England Journal of Medicine where the authors had so many conflicts of interest that there wasn't room for them in the journal; instead, they were listed on a website.40"