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Easy if you’re not paying for it

Heh, love this post from Dave.

Christchurch GP Pippa MacKay, who performs abortions at Lyndhurst Hospital, said she applies the law.“If someone says to me they will suffer depression if they have a child, then I accept that.” Lets put that into plain English.

So, this is how you have an abortion:
They ask the woman whether having the pregnancy would cause them depression, the woman says “Oh yes it will” and the doctor says “Okay”.

And that’s not all…

How to get a sickness benefit
They ask the person if they are sure they have depression and the person says, “Oh yes I am” and the doctor says “Okay”.

How to reduce child abuse
They ask the Children`s Commissioner if a smacking ban will reduce child abuse and she says “Oh yes it will” and Parliament says “Okay”.

Wonder what others we can come up with?

Housing Affordability

Dave at Big News points out how the government’s attempts at helping people afford houses don’t really help at all.

Poor one income families on $85,000 who can’t budget enough to scrape 5% of a deposit on a house are to get an interest free loan of up to 30% of the value of their first house if they live in Auckland, and lower if they live in selected areas outside Auckland.

This policy is like enacting a policy for civil unions where only one couple gets a civil union. It will only assist a very small amount of middle income families – probably childless – who should have been able to save some money like others in their situation. They will probably be National voters waiting on a tax cut.

Not that unusual actually. I’ve noticed a lot of Labour policy sounds great, but actually benefits a very select group of people.

Except smacking. We’re all going to suffer from that one sooner or later.

No Plot to Avoid Referendum – Just More Slander

No Right Turn performs a public service and explains to all us simpletons how the Government Statistician’s numbers appeared to be so wrong.

The Government Statistician checked 29,501, and found that 25,754 (87.3%) were valid. Multiply that proportion by the 324,511 and you get 283,294 – just 1,733 signatures short of the number required. So why does the Government Statistician say they need 18,000 more signatures? An evil plot to subvert god’s will and prevent spanking through Satanic statistics?

No. Instead, its about the duplicates. The Government Statistician found 160 multiple signatures in the sample – 158 duplicates and 2 triplicates. The sample was 1/11th of the total, so this suggests that there will be a further 160 x 10 = 1,600 replicates in the sample where the other match is in the rest of the population – and therefore a further 1,600 x 10 hidden replicates in the population as a whole. Which pretty clearly gets us in the right ballpark. The problem is slightly more complicated than that, since signatures can be both invalid and duplicated; statisticians have a number of different ways of estimating this, but that’s about the stage I start seeing tentacles.

In other words, the sample only checked for duplicates within itself – it did not check for duplicates between the sample and the general survey. So the rate is actually much higher than that.

The important thing is that this is not a satanic statistical plot, but a problem of childbeaters being idiots who think that signing a petition multiple times helps their cause. We can only hope that they don’t think the same about voting.

And once again the 80% of the population that supports reasonable parenting being allowed are treated to a torrent of abuse by those who think they’re better people.

Given Bob showed his working, I don’t think it is unreasonable to question the statistics. No one called this a “satanic plot”, but plenty were wondering if it were a political one.

He might also feel free to show us a petition where “idiots” never signed twice? A year is a long time to remember whether you’ve signed something that you don’t spend all your time thinking about!

I wonder if IS signed the other petition, which called for the government to look into real reasons behind child abuse?

HT: Big News

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