Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Up Front: Giving It the Bish, in reply to TracyMac,

    And yes, place a church’s charitable status on a par with any other business. They can still offset their CHARITABLE activities; everything else, hello tax auditor.

    Yeah, this is exactly how I feel. To get religious-based tax-exempt status you MUST proselytise, and I cannot see any justification for that. Do actual charity work, like Presbyterian Support Services or the Anglican City Mission, go for it. If you don't, fuck right off.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4588 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to Miche Campbell,

    Blimey, that would be ridiculously expensive.

    And think of the maintenance. You'd spend all your time washing it.

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  • Up Front: Wonder Bi, in reply to BenWilson,

    But am I imagining it that there is a consistent theme nowadays that “all bis must die”?

    Why no, you are not. It's a manifestation of Bury Your Gays. Basically, LGBT characters are not allowed happy endings.

    I’ve been seeing a fair few openly bi women in TV series recently. Just finished season one of Orange is the New Black (should I continue? It’s already bumming me out) and season 4 of Wentworth.

    Yeah, the rules are definitely different for cable/Netflicks etc. Just like they are for arthouse movies vs block-busters.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4588 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    This last weekend, I was at the National Writers' Forum in Auckland. Chris Cleave gave a surprisingly political keynote which I've been sharing everywhere:

    And so hate hates Mexicans, then women, then Moslems, then the European Union, then Obama, then gun control, then me, then you. But you could give hate the exact things it was screaming for – and you could annihilate all those things that hate hates – and hate would just hate you for doing it.

    That’s why hate is dangerous – because it can never stop. It’s a shark and it drowns if it ever stops swimming. Britain isn’t in trouble because of Brexit. Britain is in trouble because its leaders released hate in order to get Brexit, and now hate is in the tank with us, and swimming.

    The world isn’t in trouble because of Donald Trump personally. Donald Trump isn’t actually bright enough to be that kind of evil mastermind. Hate is just wearing that man like a glove. Because he’s an easy man for hate to wear in these times. He’s a man who is never going to have a train of thought that can’t be expressed in 140 characters, and so hate is taking Donald Trump for a swim. And hate will cheerfully eat all of us, and it won’t even spare Donald Trump. Hate ate him first of all, truth be told, and hate is just wearing his face. He’s as much of a victim in this as we all are, which I’m sure he’d hate me for saying.

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  • Up Front: Our House, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Maybe this will do instead:

    Since posting this, I've had four people tell me there is a house like this in their past. In once case, it had been bulldozed and built over. I'd love to watch this one burn down.

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  • Up Front: Our House, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    I started reading with Talking Heads bouncing along in my head

    I was aiming for Madness. Ah well.

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  • Up Front: Our House, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    Just to be clear, not tell you was the right thing to have done or?

    Yes, on consideration I think it was the right thing to do. I was fifteen when he died, and he was living in Brisbane. I hadn't seen him for about three years. I don't think I would have coped at all well knowing, at that age, and I wasn't going to find out any other way if my mother didn't tell me.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It allegedly uses “behavioural targeting” to choose which stories it shows

    It better bloody not be.

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  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Northshoreguynz,

    Danyl over at the DimPost is looking for an aggregator, having read this article. That is what Twitter does for me. Points me towards journalism I want to actually read.

    Yeah, this is what I was thinking while I was reading that. If I want to know what Matt Nippert has written, well, I follow him on Twitter and he'll tell me. I don't just follow a whole bunch of journalists because I like their deeply bitter sense of humour.

    I'm not from Auckland, so I've never been a big reader of the Herald. But Stuff. In the same time-frame people are talking about for the Herald, I've noticed a change in Stuff's "related stories" links, at the bottom of the page. They're not related, they're the worst kind of Women's Weekly diets, junk science and body-shaming crap. I used to go there every morning for news. Now I just do the quiz and leave.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4588 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Swear, It's True, in reply to nzlemming,

    Has anyone else had the Mockers going through their heads while reading this thread?

    I should bloody well hope so.

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