Posts by Sacha

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  • Access: Right to die?, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    We have different approaches to activism, yes. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Right to die?, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I’m reading that as advocating the privileging of the disabled over the supposedly abled

    It's not a zero-sum thing. We are capable of solving balancing acts like this in other areas of public policy.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Right to die?, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I recall Sacha appearing to make a case here for disability advocates to be given some form of counseling access to women who faced the prospect of giving birth to a Down syndrome child.

    My position as a member of the National Screening Advisory Committee at the time Down screening changes were proposed was that pregnant women and their families needed to make an informed decision.

    Currently they get bombarded with medical perspectives in a highly-pressured situation (and 90% of the time an abortion is the outcome). However, they are denied knowledge about what it is like to grow up with Down Syndrome, or to be a family with a member who experiences it. They must largely rely on what they already know about disability.

    I therefore suggested well-crafted video and written interviews and explanations, supplemented by access to people who could answer specific questions about what it's actually like. Only if people want that.

    Our committee's recommendation to the Director-General of Health and Minister also echoed what I wrote above about euthanasia - that investing in broader public disability awareness seemed a sensible counter-balance when you are about to implement policy that reinforces society's stereotypes about disabled people's value. That was of course ignored.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: 1080, "eco-terrorism" and agendas,

    Pretty sure our debt topped NZ$100b recently, before exchange rates brought it back a few bills. Is your graphic in US$ ?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The greening of the Red Zone,

    Wow. It really does look like the country.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: MPs to vote on raising…,

    who put this in the Bill? #cuibono

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: MPs to vote on raising…, in reply to Phil Lyth,

    Nah, that would make you a sucker :)
    nice work

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Right to die?,

    Documentary-maker Leanne Pooley talks about her experience of breast cancer and this snippet also rings true for some of us:

    I thought I was a pretty strong, independent sort of person but I learned that cancer renders you weak and you have to accept that. It isn't easy to be less than who you think you are but you learn to let your friends and family fill the gap.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: It's good to…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I wonder if there are gender differences?

    How did you respond to the Johnny Cash clip above? I wonder if there's something about the emotional life of men in it that resonates with me like Robert Bly's poetry does.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: 1080, "eco-terrorism" and agendas, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    No matter how much this may hurt the already struggling dairy farmers, National is prepared to do anything to win in Northland.

    The scale of this 1080 scare seems an unlikely fit though - could cause real harm to the income of their voters and our reputation with those all-important international finaniciers and ratings agencies. Bet Nats would rather use bait like beneficiaries and bridges than this.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17224 posts Report Reply

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