Posts by Emma Hart

  • Access: Being Inconvenient,

    Finding out that “vexatious parents” is in fact a term they use to condemn us all into a single pile of complainers.

    Fellow Vexatious Parent high-five.

    I think one of the things all the people telling us to chill didn't really get is the necessarily antagonistic relationship you have with government agencies if you have a disability or a disabled child, and you want to get what you're entitled to. I would rather have drunk bubbles in the sun than spend hundreds of hours battling to get my child's needs provided for.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to BenWilson,

    Large demographic change is happening. From the passage of time, generations die and new ones are born.

    And the biggest demographic change with age in terms of voting is that the new ones are not voting. They don't support one party or another, they just don't vote. They're not inspired to. And I think it's particularly clear in Britain right now, but also the case here, that the right is pretty okay with that. The stuff that happens - like the housing crisis - just happens, it's nothing to do with government, and this is all complicated and boring and all the parties are the same and nothing ever changes so why bother, right?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?, in reply to mark taslov,

    Submission: a comb of dildo (adhesion req.).

    Well, if we're using bananas as a metric, then a hand?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: For Your Own Safety, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    The public toilets in the National Library's Wellington building are not gender-specific. Seems to work fine.

    As do the public toilets in the new Bus Exchange here. I have never found them all covered in anything. Nor have I ever been aware of the gender identity of the person who used them before me.

    Believe it or not, women bleed.

    Some women bleed.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: For Your Own Safety, in reply to Moz,

    I have to admit my first reaction was that with fewer women than men at the cricket and the same number of toilets for each the queue for the womens might actually be shorter than the mens.

    My rough estimate from the side of the ground we were on was that there were three times as many green toilets as pink.

    I've no idea what the motivation behind suddenly doing this this summer, or whose idea it was. I've asked but had no response.

    Meanwhile absolutely nothing is done about the handful of fuckwits in the crowd whose behaviour would get them ejected from any pub.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs, testing and workplaces, in reply to Gregor Ronald,

    This also applies to the ski industry.

    A company I shan't name tried to bring in drug testing for their theatrical technicians a couple of years ago. I was talking to the guy who was going to have to enforce it, and hated the idea, and knew that a lot of their workers, while not impaired, wouldn't pass. On my suggestion, he suggested they get in touch with a company like Ora and look at doing impairment testing instead which, as it turned out, they were not at all interested in. They didn't want to know if their workers were impaired. In this guy's opinion, they wanted to be able to
    - tell people they were doing drug testing
    - have a handy reason to sack "problematic" workers who were doing their jobs just fine thanks.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Russell Brown,

    DO NOT let the cats use the internet.

    This is basically my top answer to 'what do our cats do while we're asleep?'

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Little Things,

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    This is what he's doing right now. That thing he's trying to kill? Is a concrete statue of a cat.

    P.S. An all-black cat is not the easiest thing in the world to photograph.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Hebe,

    Min's brother, Killigula, is an arsehole.

    Crikey they look alike. I tried to get Min to come look (he can see 'the cat in the mirror' and watches bird videos and stuff), but he's too busy outside seeing how many foxgloves he can eat before he dies.

    Colin

    I'm pretty sure our Min learned his 'lounging around between the keyboard and monitor' trick from your Colin.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Labour’s attempts to widen it’s appeal in the name of discredited liberal identity politics

    Yeah, I mean, Poto Williams, what would a sitting Labour MP who's enormously popular in her working-class electorate know about Labour's base?

    Of course, she also spoke at the Women's March in Christchurch, which I'm sure we all remember Tom telling us was an enormous success.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4589 posts Report Reply

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