Posts by Emma Hart

  • Hard News: Drugs, testing and workplaces, in reply to Gregor Ronald,

    This also applies to the ski industry.

    A company I shan't name tried to bring in drug testing for their theatrical technicians a couple of years ago. I was talking to the guy who was going to have to enforce it, and hated the idea, and knew that a lot of their workers, while not impaired, wouldn't pass. On my suggestion, he suggested they get in touch with a company like Ora and look at doing impairment testing instead which, as it turned out, they were not at all interested in. They didn't want to know if their workers were impaired. In this guy's opinion, they wanted to be able to
    - tell people they were doing drug testing
    - have a handy reason to sack "problematic" workers who were doing their jobs just fine thanks.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4584 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Russell Brown,

    DO NOT let the cats use the internet.

    This is basically my top answer to 'what do our cats do while we're asleep?'

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  • Up Front: The Little Things,

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    This is what he's doing right now. That thing he's trying to kill? Is a concrete statue of a cat.

    P.S. An all-black cat is not the easiest thing in the world to photograph.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Hebe,

    Min's brother, Killigula, is an arsehole.

    Crikey they look alike. I tried to get Min to come look (he can see 'the cat in the mirror' and watches bird videos and stuff), but he's too busy outside seeing how many foxgloves he can eat before he dies.

    Colin

    I'm pretty sure our Min learned his 'lounging around between the keyboard and monitor' trick from your Colin.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Labour’s attempts to widen it’s appeal in the name of discredited liberal identity politics

    Yeah, I mean, Poto Williams, what would a sitting Labour MP who's enormously popular in her working-class electorate know about Labour's base?

    Of course, she also spoke at the Women's March in Christchurch, which I'm sure we all remember Tom telling us was an enormous success.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4584 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I care about humanity

    No you don't, dude, you care about White-manity. Otherwise you might have noticed what the poor/working class look like these days. Women get paid less than men do. Non-white people get paid less than white people. LGBTI people get paid less than cis straight people. The more socially disadvantaged you are, the more economically disadvantaged you are. Those oppressions go hand in hand.

    And you can't fix a problem until you correctly identify it.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4584 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    The Women's March have put out a Ten actions for the First 100 Days. Step two is:

    Write down your thoughts. Pour your heart out on any issue that you care about, whether it’s ending gender-based violence, reproductive rights and women’s health, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, immigrant rights, religious freedom, environmental justice or anything else.

    It's identity politics all up the walls.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4584 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I guess in a way I have to admire your chutzpah, Tom, in not only mansplaining to women why their march worked, but somehow turning it into the antithesis of identity politics rather than an expression of it. Then again, this is a world where "rentamobs" have to pass ideological tests, so...

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So I just got home from the Christchurch march, and it was so great to see so many people there. There wasn't much notice, it was all through social media, I was thinking maybe 50-100 people. There were hundreds. The messaging was so inclusive and positive.

    I am fucking exhausted now, but it was worth it.

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  • Up Front: Walk This Way,

    So there is also a virtual march for people who, for whatever reason, can't get to a physical one.

    Physical marches are always slightly problematic for disabled people, or sometimes people with pushchairs, anyone for whom physical activity can be challenging. This time I'm lucky in that my health has been pretty good lately, a friend has volunteered to pick me and bring me home, and the Christchurch march isn't very far.

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