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North Korea leads the Olympics – Medals per dollar of GDP

John Pickering Aug 06, 2012

Do richer countries perform better than poorer?  Is sporting prowess more important to a country’s leaders than feeding their population?  Or does this table reflect real sporting prowess. You be the judge.  North Korea (DPR Korea) leads the medals per US$100 Billion of Gross Domestic Product (2010 figures from the UN statistics), Moldova and Mongolia … Continue reading » … Read More

New Zealand surges to Silver

John Pickering Aug 04, 2012

On the seventh day they did rest – I think not.  Aotearoa a land of couch potatoes – absolutely; sitting down wins medals!  Super cyclists and outrageous rowers took New Zealand’s medal tally to six on the seventh day of the London Olympics.  All medals have been won sitting down (and two-thirds of them going … Continue reading » … Read More

$6,126,820

John Pickering Aug 02, 2012

$6,126,820 has been sitting on my fridge for the last two years. I aim to raise this over 20 years so as to continue my research.  Yes – I confess, I am the Six million dollar man (Historical reference for those over 40).  Sounds a lot of money, but let’s put this in context.  Because … Continue reading » … Read More

Hair trumps helmet

John Pickering Jul 21, 2012

Christchurch city councilor and Canterbury Health Board member Aaron Keown is on another crusade.  This time he wants the bicycle helmet law repealed because “Putting a lid on your head messes up your hair, and for a lot of people that is an issue,”  (see here ). “Vanity, vanity, everything is vanity” and that should be … Continue reading » … Read More

Fat Rulz OK!

John Pickering Jul 13, 2012

Dr Cat Pause is a Fat advocate.  For her “Obese” is a negative term, but Fat is good. She hit the headlines this week as the organiser of New Zealand’s first Fat Studies conference.  Listening to her interviews (see eg TVNZ interview) and reading some media around this event I detect two strains of argument 1. … Continue reading » … Read More

Health Research Council is broke

John Pickering Jun 29, 2012

Do you want your health care professionals to be the well informed?  Do you want them to make decisions using the most accurate diagnostic tools? Do you want them to consider all alternatives?  – It’s a no brainer, of course the answers are “yes”, “yes”, and “yes.”  However, it will only happen in these professionals … Continue reading » … Read More

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