Posts by WaterDragon

  • Access: Help needed! Deciphering the…,

    Mean spirited gits!

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste,

    Some things amongst the considerable pile of ordure peddled by Henry, Plunket, Hoskings and their fellow travellers are "slow steamers". Shauney's ill-considered rant to Louise Carrol comes into that category. It still leaves me incensed, and I still consider that the BSA got it very wrong. I try not to remember Shauney's shit too often- bad for my mental health-, but be sure that many of us bear profound resentment for this kind of stuff. May he and his ilk be monstered by the BSA I say!

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Housing for the disabled is a…,

    Good issue to put up Tom
    I did some data analysis a few years back for the (then) Retirement Commission, and post-census disability survey data highlighted quite a gap between the rate of home ownership for disabled people (as you say, we cover a very broad range of impairments) and non-disabled people. Unsurprisingly the rate was much lower for disabled people, and was falling.
    Fast forward to the present day, and home-ownership is likely to be very small indeed, and being able to live affordably in secure accessible long-term rental accommodation is a very much sought after end that so many disabled people seem a long way away from.
    There has been a long period of buck-shoving/problem shoving by government housing departments to community entities such as IHC. Said buck-shovers have had no appetite for providing accessible accommodation, and in doing so have provided what seems to be contempt for New Zealand's largest minority (24%+).
    We deserve better, all of us.

    Behind you • Since Jul 2011 • 52 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Lilith __,

    They are geniuses in the dark art of having idiotic thoughts in full flight-Weber would have been much more elegant, calling such behaviour bureaupathic.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    First and foremost, nice piece Emma.
    Second, re requirement to re-confirm you are still disabled-I've seen policy that says it will be gone on a number of occasions, yet it is still around-large as life and twice as repellent.They appear unable to walk their talk.
    The practice will lurk, rather like a cane toad in the practices and pieces of paper. It will continue to lurk while they talk social model of disability and policy-formulation:- a stupid beyond belief (disabled friends in Australia would call it wankpenguin) operationalisation of policy.
    Third, what I think is really important: these blokes and blokesses absolutely need to realign the savagery that is the abatement regime. It totally stuffs up pretty well any beneficiary, but impacts particularly hard on disabled people, notably those who need to use a lot of money to get to the workplace because they can't use public transport.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Love that cartoon

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  • Access: Treatment for itching and shyness,

    I see no reason why this post shouldn't be seen as a real disability post Hilary. There are lots of exclusionary definitions that are mainly for administrative purposes, and they will, rather irritatingly continue to exist. (Yes, I admit freely, I read Deborah Stone's "The Disabled State" which has probably had a big impact on my thinking about what this thing called disability really is). But there is quite a lot of difference between the administative definitions, and the world of thinking and theorising, which is a broader church, so to speak. Like the velveteen rabbit, your experience is real.

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  • Speaker: My Story,

    Yes, Caudia yes. Those of us who have shared this cruddy experience with you salute you. This was/is a great piece, that speaks truth to power. I would like to hope that the politicians who care so much about power that they are willing to be so evisceratingly ugly in thought and word- that they will at the very least apologise. But that's a faint and fading hope: John Key and David Carter and their fellow-travellers care nowt for ethics I fear. So in lieu of hope, I'm reminding people of the words of the Spooky Men's Chorus, to "Vote the Bastards Out"

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  • Speaker: The real balance sheet,

    I have little to add other than a deep appreciation of this piece, and a fervent wish that Mark Weldon's knackers be nadgered, and his groats scropled, possibly eye-wateringly.

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  • Hard News: RWC 2015: This wasn't in the script!,

    That truck and trailer stuff still has me hornswoggled, but please don''t try to explain it- some things should remain in the "Life's Ineffable Mysteries" box. Meantime, cut back to RNZ Nine to Noon this morning where Anton Oliver did a superb piece about the RWC. He was superbly well informed (as one would expect), spoke well and in clear language, and in a fit of revolutionary communication informed me and many others well.

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