Petition about climate change coverage

May 21st, 2014

Dear Editor,
I present here a petition signed by 1843 people calling upon UK media outlets to eschew time-wasting debates about the science or significance of climate change and instead to make a concerted effort to conduct meaningful discussions about the constructive responses that are at our disposal.

Since this petition was started, there have been a number of other calls to the media, not least from the UK parliament’s science and technology committee, demanding a responsible approach to coverage of climate change. While there are signs that some outlets are responding to this request, there is still much ground to cover.

The upcoming IPCC summary report of Working Group III provides an unparalleled opportunity to open up genuinely informative, cross-disciplinary and ground-breaking debates about the actions at our disposal that can help with both mitigation and adaptation to this plane tary crisis.

It is critically important that people gain a full understanding of all the options and their implications. The media has great power, and great responsibility, and the signatories to this petition call on you to fulfil your duty to inform the public sufficiently, in order that a public mandate can be secured for policies that restore rather than further degrade the viability of the planet’s ecosystems and climate.

The background information to the petition is available at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/to-the-media-please-debate-the-constructive-responses-to-climate-change-not-its-existence.

I look forward to your response.

I signed the petition ‘To the Media: Please Debate the Constructive Responses to Climate Change, Not Its Existence’.

Linux migration for Exeter and Devon

May 11th, 2014

would be a good idea, I think. It went well for Munich.

http://www.linuxvoice.com/the-big-switch/

Killerton Races Photography

May 7th, 2014

We took over 1000 pictures of the runners at the Killerton Races Relish Racing organised. Nice day. Images to inspect and buy at http://www.charleswhittonphotography.com/killerton-races

A tree and a slope (on the Killerton Races Course)

Registration of patients with practices instead of doctors.

April 20th, 2014

We don’t have patients any more. The DoH/NHS management was very keen to remove the personal list a few years back, and make patients register with the Practice, not the doctor. WHen I had 2000 patients as a single-hander I might well have forgotten a few names, although not usually a face, but a doctor in a group with 30 000 patients cannot reasonably be expected to know them all.

The recent announcement that as an entirely new innovation by our current government GPs are now to tell all our patients over 75 who their named GP is reminds me of the chocolate ration in 1984.

Anyway, your GP is almost certainly who you think it is, and if you don’t care who it is you are under 75, are you not? Over 75 – you’ll have seen many brief changes that are reverted when someone young realises that their elders had worked this out generations ago. In that moment the young learned something, but if they’d just asked it would have been less trouble.

Appraisal: Dimensions not Domains

April 18th, 2014

Domain is a bounded area, volume, body.

Clearly communication and trust – to pick two of the “domains” – are not without intersection, trust is achieved by communication among other things, and communication is modified by trust relationships (they are a big thing in Crypto).

What these things actually are are dimensions.

Any item, any point in a continuum of things we do is describable by coordinates along each of the dimensions in a phase space of an arbitrarily large number of dimensions. (Pemberton for instance got wrong the activities within the consultation by describing 9 dimensions other than time as “levels”).

Recognising this would have allowed the College and Deanery grandees and whizzes to have spoken English instead of generating a new jargon, to have taken advantage of a well-developed and understood framework for analysis, and to have designed better forms where for each action you do you are invited to locate it along – at present – 7 axes. (Note that an action/item/atom might have a location of [0,0,0,0,0,11,0] stating that it was purely of one “domain” with no component of any of the others, and that it was of maximal extent – naturally the scale should go up to 11. The challenges then would include reflecting on how such a pure form had been achieved)

Among the benefits would be a focus on describing what you do and what it achieves rather than searching what you have done for things you can fit badly into a set of boxes.

Reflect that.

Petition about climate change coverage

April 13th, 2014

Dear Editor,
I present here a petition signed by 1843 people calling upon UK media outlets to eschew time-wasting debates about the science or significance of climate change and instead to make a concerted effort to conduct meaningful discussions about the constructive responses that are at our disposal.

Since this petition was started, there have been a number of other calls to the media, not least from the UK parliament’s science and technology committee, demanding a responsible approach to coverage of climate change. While there are signs that some outlets are responding to this request, there is still much ground to cover.

The upcoming IPCC summary report of Working Group III provides an unparalleled opportunity to open up genuinely informative, cross-disciplinary and ground-breaking debates about the actions at our disposal that can help with both mitigation and adaptation to this plane tary crisis.

It is critically important that people gain a full understanding of all the options and their implications. The media has great power, and great responsibility, and the signatories to this petition call on you to fulfil your duty to inform the public sufficiently, in order that a public mandate can be secured for policies that restore rather than further degrade the viability of the planet’s ecosystems and climate.

The background information to the petition is available at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/to-the-media-please-debate-the-constructive-responses-to-climate-change-not-its-existence.

I look forward to your response.

I signed the petition ‘To the Media: Please Debate the Constructive Responses to Climate Change, Not Its Existence’.

Arithmetic and Meningococcal Meningitis

April 13th, 2014

If the average child has 4 viral illnesses per year
then
by random chance every fiftieth case of meningitis will develop within 48rs (4 x 2 days = 8 days) of a coincidental minor viral illness

With 2,500 cases/year in the UK, fifty of those will have had a minor illness in the previous 48hrs, of whom perhaps five will have seen their GP.

Many people catch colds – a Coryzal virus infection of the upper respiratory tract – in the winter. Many people have an Influenza immunisation early in the winter. Around 1 in 14 people who have an Influenza immunisation will catch a cold in the next fortnight or so.

There is no connection other than random between these events.

This century prescriptions[1] are not white nor

March 24th, 2014

do we do any great number of them by hand, and yet this image keeps being shown.

However, the BBC is correct to report that NHS General Practice is closer to being broken than usual. THe last time it was this dangerous was toward the end of the previous Tory government. I detect a pattern of behaviour.

[1] The FP10 form used in General Medical Practice in the UK

Borborygmogram

February 28th, 2014

Phonoenterography has been practiced for decades, but borborygmogram may be a word not used until now.

Oops! The hospital records have been sold

February 24th, 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10656893/Hospital-records-of-all-NHS-patients-sold-to-insurers.html

“Hospital records of all NHS patients sold to insurers
Hospital records of all NHS patients sold for insurance purposes days after controversial plans to extract patient data from GP files put on hold “