TALK on the Peter Ellis case.
Monday 13th November 6.30 - 7.30pm at the Thistle Inn for The Wellington Skeptics. Assisted by researcher Ross Francis whose NZ Law Journal article on the case ruffled a few feathers at our Ministry of Justice. It will be thought provoking and entertaining. ..My online book (edited by Richard Christie) here is still getting interest from overseas, most recently an inquiry from Canada...Currently adding finishing touches and final edit to:
Babbling and Speaking in Tongues - what it all means...
This will soon be submitted to THE PRESS< North and South and a few other publications. Should be done by the end of July...
What I'm reading
Three books at once:
THE UNDOING PROJECT Michael Lewis 2017. How Jewish Psychologists Kahneman and Tversky discovered our small numbers bias ("representativeness bias") and other inbuilt human biases that cause us to make a lot of mistakes. For example which do you think would happen more often: a mother producing three boys followed by three girls (BBBGGG), or GBBGBG? See page 185 or ask me for the answer...
JACK DANIELS' RUNNING FORMULA 2005 Second edition and
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN probably circa 100. I have a PDF of David Robert Palmer's 2016 translation from the Greek. I can't find out much about the translator, but It seems erudite as he knows his Greek looking at the footnotes. I'm going to see if John can convert me back to Christianity. It would help if he had put his name to the document...
PUBLISHED INFORMATIVE ARTICLES
this is just a small start...more to come
letter to the editor see below on Negativity
Critique of the Eichelbaum report on the Peter Ellis Case (book about a dodgy conviction for sexual abuse of pre-schoolers) Read it for free here homepages.paradise.net.nz/r.christie/
letter to the editor published Feb 2017 in the Dominion Post
Isn’t it a time for our society to become more negative so we can make things better for everyone? I wish more people would get more negative about: inequality, CEO’s pay packages (can’t they buy their own cars?), dishonest spin from politicians before elections, what the Russian “rebels” are doing now in Eastern Ukraine, the “settlers” illegally squatting on Palestinian land, Duterte in the Philippines, climate cancer, and our poor television coverage of world news...
The negative terminal on an electric generator or battery is the one from which energy flows. It does useful stuff like making my computer work, boiling the jug, working my coffee machine and the light bulb above my head.
For too long we have just sat back and insisted on trying too hard to put everything in a positive way, so as to avoid upsetting others. Not enough people wanted to upset Hitler, Pol Pot, Chairman Mao and Stalin."
appendix: Kathrine Switzer credits her profile to a large extent as being due to "that photo" that showed her being woman-handled in an attempt to remover her from a marathon race because she was female. This is an example of how being angry and projecting a negative image can turn into something I would call great progress. Now in the Boston Marathon (2017) almost half of the 30,000 runners were women.
WHAT I AM READING NOW
TWO HOURS - Ed Ceasar the quest for the two hour marathon. Our own Zane Robertson is invlved with this big project...recommended by Dick Quax.
TRUMP's border wall - see the pic on the home page.
Back in the mid 19th century US president Polk annexed Texas and California illegally. He pretended the war with Mexico was started by Mexico. False it seems. Polk and his cronies wanted to protect slavery. Hence I quote from a song I sing by Inti Illimani, Cadenas para los negreros which means chains for the slavers!
The war with Mexico occurred from 1845 to 1848, ending with a treaty. That history is well worth revisiting today.
Samba Lando escrito por INTI ILLIMANI (Chile)
Mim Si7 Mim
Sobre el manto de la noche esta la luna chispeando
Mim Sol Si7 Mim
Sobre el manto de la noche esta la luna chispeando
Mim Do Re Sol
As brilla fulgurando para establecer un fuero:
Sol La Si7 Mim
"Libertad para los negros cadenas para el negrero"
Mim Si7 Mim
Mi padre siendo tan pobre dejo una herencia factuosa.
Mim Do Re Sol
"para dejar de ser cosas -dijo con animo entero
Sol A Si7 Em
ponga atención, mi compadre, que vienen nuevos negreros".
Letter to the editor on begging 24 Jan 2017 Dominion Post...
I detect a wee bit of hypocrisy in some of the responses to beggars.
Many of us are reliant on various forms of sophisticated begging: sports, religions, artists, musicians and probably more than anyone business leaders.
The LETTER BEGGARS (I have abridged it even further)
I see the Porirua police recently stated they are not keen on seeing beggars on the streets wanting money for drugs, cigarettes and booze,.....
Responsibility is freedom. Those who fail to take basic responsibility for themselves should expect responsible agencies to act on their behalf, to attempt some long-term changes and if necessary to protect others from their behavior.
Of course all this applies beyond the streets to our truly professional beggars: AMI ($500 million successfully begged from the government), South Canterbury Finance (1.2 billion), BNZ (1 billion)…
The real issues for all types of begging are the manner of our begging, and whether we earn, deserve or are entitled to assistance.
see ON THE RUN. http://scottishathletics.org.nz/News/On-The-Run
october 2014 issue
- IT'S IN YOUR BLOOD iron for athletes.
erratum = it should read ICE baths (not iron baths) reduce inflammation and hopefully suppress the hepcidin response that you don't want. Please ink that in on your copy!
U.S. athletics scholarships investigation is in the edition with Nicole Mitchell on the cover.
Ferraris and Four wheel drives (runners compared with cars) and
History of the J Team see the Edwin Kaitany issue.
See the in depth study of child interviewing and the Peter Ellis case. A number of hard copies of this book have been sold and on line, it has been read by large numbers of researchers from all over the world. Edited and developed with Richard Christie...
You can read the whole book (with hyperlinked chapters and sub sections) here
There is a NZ Law journal article on the case also published...
Another study on thinking biases originally published in THE PRESS newspaper is available at the National Library of NZ http://natlib.govt.nz/items?i%5Bcategory%5D=Newspapers&i%5Bsubject%5D=Thought+and+thinking
RELIGION Way back in METRO there was an article on the Assembly of God church in Auckland. It extrapolated church membership trends into the future with some success. There is a pdf copy...
CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION I wrote about why we may need one here like in England. Tim Barnett (a Labour MP at the time) had provided some useful ideas after my discussions with him on this. You can read the whole article here http://www.peterellis.org.nz/2005/2005-0817_ThePress_EllisFacesLong.htm
WHAT last read... 2017
HOMO DEUS by Yuval Harare 2016. It is his take on the future based on the past. He repeats his theses that our treatment of other animals is horrible and unjustified; and that the third kind of consciousness is of imaginary social ideas like country god and money, and how these weird ideologies help us flexibly cooperate in large numbers and thus to dominate the world.
However the dataist idea, while it is a kind of modern religion for the "Singularity University" may not be quite as widespread nor as successful as predicted by Harare. He may have given the widely criticised ideas of Kurzweil too much credit.
See this enlightening essay.
SAPIENS by Yuval Harare read that earlier. Best general history of the world I have read since the rather dry Oxford History of the World
STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby Pantheon books 2016.
I have learnt how many conversions to Christianity were not voluntary but forced. I hadn't realized John Calvin was a murderous monster similar to an ISIS leader today. We all know how Catholicism gained ground through torture and executions of "heretics" over 6 centuries murdering some 50million urged on by a succession of popes. But I hadn't realized the first "enlightenment" protestant leaders simply did the same on behalf of their own absolutely true brand of christianity...During the Reformation, atheism wasn't really considered a viable option. One view of then was that without a belief in some god, moral behaviour could not be maintained. [I notice the opposite is true in several studies on moral behaviours of christians compared with non-christians today. Here is just one of many refs on that...psychcentral.com/news/2015/11/09/study-finds-religious-kids-are-more-selfish/94598.html
Great informative books I'd recommend
MISTAKES WERE MADE BUT NOT BY ME Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. This is helpful if you want to be more aware of the mistakes you make and to find ways to make fewer mistakes. If you think you don't make mistakes or they don't matter, you are making a big mistake!
SAPIENS up to date history of the world.
This is a great book...
CURRENTLY BEING WRITTEN
an article on police eyewitness ID procedures. If anyone has anything to offer please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is very much in depth with over seven years being spent (on and off) in the preparation. It will go to NORTH and SOUTH, and hopefully it will be published in the March issue...