Was there some sort of hidden criticism of my decision to
have Bariatric surgery next April, by calling it ‘Barbaric surgery?’ Anyone who
knows me and has witnessed my various attempts to get on top of my Achilles
heel, understand where I am coming from. Hell, it’s not like I have suddenly come
to this important decision. It comes after years of fighting, loosing, and
gaining and continually yo-yoing. Some people smoke, others drink and I
eat---simple. Something inside me destroys all attempts to ‘portion control.’ I
don’t see myself as weak or less as a person. I have actively sought solutions
and spent countless dollars on those ‘down the dunny’ programmes. From what I
have read and been told by ‘experts, very few people over 40 who are overweight
manage to take off and keep off the weight. Maybe 10% manage, while the rest of
us just increase the bank balances of various authors and purveyors of ‘miracle
programmes. If there was a successful programme out there that lived up to its
claims, then we would all know about it.
So, thank you for your concerns but not for your misinformation
about my intents. I shall continue to ‘put myself’ out there in the hope that I
can engender discussion about the terrible obesity scourge that plagues NZ and
many other nations. I would so like this to be different and I acknowledge that
‘prevention’ is a far better option than the ‘knife.’ Please send feedback. I don’t
give a hoot if you disagree, but it would be nice to have the ‘pros and cons’
about my (and many others’) journey I am about to begin. What am I going to do
in the next three months? Why, I shall walk my dog and try practice what is
going to be a way of living that differs from past pathways.
has won, at least for now. The Pakistani Government’s suspending of the Polio Vaccination
programme shows just how far the Taliban has managed to weave itself into the
very fabric of society in Pakistan. That is incredibly worrying for this proud
nation. What will the Government do from here?
give in to the demands of the Taliban. If they do, they are taking their
country back into a dark past, where children will die or be deformed by this
insidious disease. Surely there is a way of getting the vaccinations out to the
children. Why not do it in army bases, or are they too compromised by the Talban?
If the Government does not win this battle, then the country is doomed to
become a Taliban dominated Sharia Law throwback nation, where opportunity to experience
all that life offers will be determined by a few men with beards and a book.
That is not
what the founders of this nation had in mind all those years ago when the ‘Partition’
occurred. Somehow, the people of Pakistan are going to need to wake up and see what
is happening, and come together against the sad vision that is held for them by
the Talban. Dig deep Pakistan!
in need of a peoples’ movement, against the Taliban. Until the vast majority of
Pakistanis get out on the streets and support the moderate forces of Islam,
then they will continue to be held ransom by the evil Taliban.
women health workers were trying to vaccinate babies against Polio, a disease
that may be on the rise again in Pakistan after it had been virtually wiped
out. The Taliban have been promulgating rumours that the vaccinations are an American
tool to destroy Pakistan. Such is the ignorance a stupidity of the Taliban.
They wish to turn the Islamic world to a society resembling the Middle-Ages. Of
course the Islamic world at that time was one that proudly supported the arts, education
and knowledge in general so their avowed policies are ignorant of their own
in danger of being longed into a civil war, not unlike that we have seen in
Iraq and Syria. This suits the purposes of the Taliban. The weary population of
Pakistan will turn to those who they perceive as keeping them safe; both from
corruption and war. At some stage the ‘tip point’ comes and that is when the
Taliban will be ready and able to take over.
then see the position of women and girls deteriorate and any gains they have
made over the past decades will dissolve under the yoke of feudalistic and
This is not
a time for the USA and its allies to intervene, because we have seen that this
simply does not work. Change that lasts and represents the majority of the
populace must come from within. Pakistan is capable of moulding its own future but
the signs indicate that time is running out if they don’t act soon. The West can
support Pakistan if or when such a call is made----from Pakistan.