Posts by DeepRed

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Some further reading on the sort of university experiences I had, given at the time I didn't even know I was on the spectrum. In hindsight I don’t at all regret dropping out, I only regret not doing it sooner, were it not for the fact that my folks wanted me to go to uni and I didn’t want to risk being disinherited.

    * NBC News: Dropping Out, Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate
    * Inside Higher Ed: Repeat Non-Completers
    * NY Times: For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    And given that this fellow wasn't actually on any Australian watch list, it rather beggars belief that Key can make such outrageous claims.

    I'd have to say Man Haron Manis came across less as Osama bin Laden, and more like Adam Lanza.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…,

    The concept of rehabilitation became strongly linked with employment, as in the development of the organisation which became the Rehabilitation League and which still exists as employment service Workbridge.

    I've approached them for possible assistance, in the hope of career-changing from what is becoming a sunset industry, and so far they haven't done much beyond CV and cover letter advice (I'm not the only one with that experience). Their criteria for support funds only covers the direct 'costs of disability' - ie, things that directly interfere with one's ability to work, such as text machines for the deaf or prosthetic limbs for amputees. As for conditions like Aspergers and ADD, they're only 'indirect' costs.

    I'm far too cynical for all the usual motivational psychobabble these days - to those on the ASD spectrum, they might as well be told that goldfish can climb trees if they stick it out enough. Such people need solutions that get results - trouble is, said solutions aren't cheap.

    One such solution I've been suggested by another disabilty employment agency is the Mainstream Employment Programme. It's a long shot though - it's geared for recent grads, and I'm effectively a mid-career Walmart dropout (as opposed to a Silicon Valley dropout). Has anyone else here been approved for the MEP?

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  • Speaker: Inequality: Too big to ignore, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    is this the one?
    Economics experts on OECD report from this morning…

    In that interview, it was observed that participation in tertiary education is much higher than it was a generation ago. What wasn't mentioned was how many people actually completed their studies, which is a far more reliable indicator of participation than the actual number of students.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    What a big effort he’s making there, so big, he exposes himself for what he stands for, absolutely nothing.

    He could be likened to an opportunistic (and attention-seeking) arms dealer who sells weapons to both sides of the same war for fun & profit. If he was in Britain, he'd probably fit right into the late unlamented News of the World.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Lilith __,

    Twitter Rant

    Beloved of MSM and non-tweeters. Often a single, slightly snippy tweet from a celebrity. See also Twitter Feud : an exchange of one or more tweets between celebrities. Or a single tweet from a celebrity referencing another celebrity.

    #twitfight

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Seems I might have sparked a Twitter trend with my Paddy Gower pun upthread. Always a heartening sign when Twitter backdraft can be converted to merciless satire.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    There's another one: Taxpayers' Onion. Though it might have been a Freudian slip on Russell's part.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to weka,

    If Dirty Politics had no real effect then why is it likely to be top of the list? Why is it still being discussed, still being referenced, and still affecting the political process and media in NZ? It's now a core reference point for everything else that happens. That's huge.

    I liken the current situation to just after when President Nixon was handily re-elected in 1972, despite the nascent Watergate scandal. It was when the full after-effects of Watergate made their presence felt that he was in real trouble, and I suspect the same will happen here.

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  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    Wow, I'm gobsmacked! http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/63934551/Pastor-told-gay-Christian-Go-kill-yourself

    One would be forgiven for thinking the Westcity Baptists are a very twisted comedy troupe, just like the Westboro Baptists. Michael Moore certainly does.

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