Posts by WaterDragon

  • 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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  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    Like so many others I am gutted at the demise of Campbell Live from the TV3 chanel. It coincides with my departure from watching anything on TV3. The successive emasculation of our public media by assorted tosspots is something that I can live without. As for Mike Hoskings, pfft!

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  • Access: I'm not laughing,

    This hits the spot. Well written

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    Hilary is right: categorising EGL as a voucher system because of some of the financial mechanisms is only seeing part of the process and ignoring what matters.

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    Have to say I wondered what the bleep our Bill was talking about in calling Enabling Good Lives a voucher system. Maybe someone spiked his porridge I mused. Ah, ideology! Having been there at the start of the Enabling Good Lives way back when it was a gleam in the bureaucratic eye, I am sure that the disabled people who drove it, along with some sound allies, were not talking about vouchers. It got hijacked en route by some people who appropriated the principles, the rhetoric and the funding- the usual supects who still, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, think they know what is best for us and how that may best be described.Vouchers, my foot

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  • Access: The disabled soldier “problem”,

    Thanks Robyn, good to remember and recollect this exhibition. Iv isited it when first it opened and I wouldn't mind betting the solitude I experienced as I wandered around and wondered is still a common experience. It is surely not easy to find. And thinking of all of our casualties, it is shameful that we have devoted so little space to remembering and reflecting. The British Imperial War Museum has a much broader and inclusive kaupapa, and in this tiny fleck of homage to some of those who pay the price of war (and as singer Judy Small reminds us, it's not only men in uniform ) a few of us have had the chance to see a bit behind the curtain. But those guys, they came back to an unfriendly social climate. So much suffering. So little remembering

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  • Access: It’s just a bout of Chronic Sorrow,

    Lovely piece that shines Hilary.For some time now I've said that parents of disabled sons and daughters also have a "place in the sun" and valid concerns- not one and the same as the place to stand of disabled people, but one that is valid too. Your words illuminate that place in the sun, and you understand the subtleties of the boundaries. Well done you

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