the exhausted scary fucked-off mothers of Christchurch.
A lovely line and a frightening visual image Emma.
Something like this?
Big hair FTW.
you could walk around the iPad
Indeed I could! Didn't think of that. ;-)
I love how the water's increased the contrast and saturated the colours. I can't look at it the other way up just now as the iPad will not allow it!
All jokes about consenting adults aside, it’s great to see offers of help for the CCC from building-consent specialists in other parts of the country.
Wait, "a free and frank discussion" is code for "a shouting match", yes? I should think so, too.
I get concerns over safety (obviously), and not wanting to get involved, but…how much would change if we could step up and say “dude. Not cool.”
My [total amateur] understanding of using the bystander effect is that if a bystander draws the attention of other bystanders to the abusive situation, then the bystanders can deal with the abuser/bully together. As opposed to one person confronting the offender.
But I’ve never been in that situation to know whether it works.
ETA: and obviously, if it's a group of twatcocks, that's different again.
There are various reasons people might not have confronted pissed, abusive twentysomething males – including not being fully aware of what was taking place.
Oh, indeed. Just wondering if there’s anything we can all learn from this happening, so we can better combat it in future.
[and I know the management should be setting up better systems, just wondering what the rest of us can do, if those aren't functioning. Strategies! What are some good ones?]
Is the bystander effect relevant here?
OK so no-one is getting murdered in this case, but is there a similar problem with abusive behaviour in a crowd? Everybody expects someone else to take care of it, so nobody does anything?
Coming to Gerry’s defence doesn’t come naturally to me, but is he actually behind this? If I understand the article correctly, it’s this lot who make that decision. Brownlee’s not making the threat here.
Brownlee was the one who made the letter public, rather than taking the issue up directly with the council. And as Eugenie Sage says,
“Sage said practical help to increase the council’s capacity to process consents would be ‘’ a more constructive measure than engaging in a blame game’’. [ article ]
I imagine the IANZ is just doing its job. But the CCC consents staff is struggling with an extraordinary number of applications, in the aftermath of a major disaster...I don't think noncompliance with the usual processing targets is very surprising.
Did the council CEO manage any brewery pissups in his previous job? Not impressing on this front.
He's not beloved by the public. There was a street protest a while back specifically asking for his removal.