Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Speaker: Community Modelling with DAS,

    and the live blogging makes for brilliant reading

    Doesn't it, though? I'm impressed with that - people were talking really fast.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Don't call it a consensus,

    "denialadilators"?

    Why does that sound so rude?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 202.22.18.241,

    I mean, I don't think it would have been such a huge deal for Catholics - and it did seem to be, at the time - if they'd all thought it was just a... suggestion.

    There's a lovely book by David Lodge called The British Museum is Falling Down, which deals with a Catholic couple waiting for the Humanae Vitae to be issued, desperately hoping it will allow them to use some kind of contraception and still be good Catholics. It doesn't appear to be a 'suggestion'.

    Lodge's Wikipedia article mentions his Catholicism, btw.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 202.22.18.241,

    He sort of has, back when he was leader, at the time Labour had a recognising Maori spirituality clause in the Local Govt Bill [they later took it out]. Talked about how he had spiritual values but how it was wrong, as well as impractical, to give them the force of law.

    You could pray every night and do what God told you, and still not want to legislate that other people do the same. And I may be shallow, but if my MP was doing that, I'd really want to know.

    (Actually, I live in Wigram. That could explain a lot.)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 202.22.18.241,

    I am a bit worried about letting my boy see dozens of pictures of a starved naked man getting crucified

    This may work as some kind of mitigation.

    To get mildly back on topic, I think (probably rather bitchily today) that if Bill was prepared to stand up in public and say 'my religion, and my wife's religious views, are no influence on my political life or decision-making', then okay. But if he's not, then surely those things belong in his bio, in that they shape his life in some way. Would we remove any mention of religion from Peter Dunne's?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 202.22.18.241,

    Well it does suck that Catholics have got all the good art.

    It's the angst that does it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 202.22.18.241,

    From what I can tell, it's Anglicans they're bitter on, not atheists.

    This is more than returned, at least if my family is anything to go by.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The drugs don't (always) work,

    Lots of people here, who say or imply "the drug had a great effect on me, so the research must be wrong", are missing an important point: how do you know you were not being given a sugar pill?

    Two weeks of crippling side-effects going on? Six freaking months of being weaned off the super-dose my dr put me on when I pointed out they weren't working? And the intervening time spent feeling like I'd been entirely encased in perspex.

    yes there are misdiagnosed people, yes some GPS over prescribe. but , better a few extra prescriptions than a few extra deaths eh.

    Except it's not that simple. Some of those misdiagnosed people are actually ILL. Doling out SSRIs to every patient who mentions the word 'tired' stops people getting proper treatment. The problem's not the pills themselves, but how they're being used.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Bye Wellington,

    And I can't for the life of me understand why Bill Clinton still get treated like a rock star, though I've got to admit the Clinton Charisma always struck me as somewhat opaque.

    Well he was the first PILF in my lifetime.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What the people want to hear,

    Those of us with families have already had our tax cuts...

    Those of us with families who work. It's a quiet little niggle, but the very poorest families got absolutely nothing out of WFF.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

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