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Cyclone Olwyn: Elderly People Denied Access to Cyclone Shelter.


Full text for archiving purposes. )


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Why yes, I do think the fact that they are Aboriginal people has everything to do with the many and varied reasons given as to why they would not be admitted to hospital or to a cyclone shelter. But when I consider how ingrained racism is in Australia, I can't help but wish the story didn't include the word "Aboriginal".

How more outraged would the rest of us be if we thought "elderly" first?

~~~

And while Mr Van Styn says he thinks humanity would have come to the fore eventually, I think he is being diplomatic.
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I am busy being gobsmacked about some stuff on the news. It's this stuff about baby Gammy and his biological parents. And I can't help but note that The Guardian don't have comments open on this article.

So much wrong here! Let's just start with the biological parents saying they wanted him aborted because "no parent wants a child with a disability". And their anger at the people responsible for not preventing the birth.

And the father's apparent inability to come up with a cohesive explanation of why they came home without him even though they're really heartbroken (allegedly).

Oh, and the father's convictions for child sexual abuse. He says he's no longer a risk because he's not sexually attracted to kids anymore...what about not being a risk because (regardless of his sexual urges) he has developed enough empathy to not wish to do harm to children? He is oblivious to that distinction.

I am angry that headlines support the parents claim they wanted their son but were somehow tricked by authorities, rather than picking up on the comment "no parent wants a child with a disability" and running with a headline like "Gammy's parents say they didn't want him". Because they did say that. And they think their desire not to have such a child is universal, and therefore okay and understandable.

Um, no. Not universal, not okay, not understandable.

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I hope Gammy gets to stay with his surrogate mum (now possible with the amount of money donated to assist), I suspect his sister would be better off with her too.
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At least tomorrow I'll get to hang out with my fellow travellers.
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Nah.

Anxiety levels are the result of the Federal Budget. Basically, it's this topic that keeps triggering me. Other triggers for anxiety are floating around, but they're all ones that, prior to the week just gone, weren't causing this level of upset.

It frightens me because of both what it means in our country, what it says about our society's direction, and because of what it means to me personally.

In fact, those things are intertwined. These right wing, poor-blaming attitudes are going to effect me in very real, material ways. The sting of blame and retribution are the means to silence me and make me powerless to cope.

Nightmares about what's happening in the driveway: my world is not safe, my home is not safe. I am not safe. The outside world is pushing its way in and I'll be getting hurt.
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From the ABC website here.

One commissioner role cut from Human Rights Commission
Updated 1 hour 57 minutes ago

One of the less publicised aspects of the federal budget is the axing of one of the commissioner roles from the Human Rights Commission. The Disability Discrimination Commissioner has been axed, leaving six commissioners in other roles and the president. Current disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes, whose term ends in July, says the scrapping of the role will have dire consequences for the disability community in Australia, as it relies on the advocacy provided by a specific commissioner.


Ah the little tidbits that get left out of the main articles. There'll be more ones like this being noticed in the next few days.
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Oh jeebuz.

A plumber is fixing gas pipes, and as he stated that he was obliged to turn the gas off for safety reasons if he didn't fix it, I haven't gotten a second quote.

And there goes most of a month's worth of my pension. Memo to government: if you don't factor this sort of thing into pension payments, how are people to survive?

(If nothing else, sooner or later there would have been an explosion).

~~~

And he says the fixing of a busted stormwater drain in the backyard will run into the many thousands. I'll be getting more quotes. And quite possibly not fixing it, on the grounds that it's not essential to not live in a swamp.

I hope my week improves from here.
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Listening to AC/DC, but very quietly. Soon I'll want silence.

TMI about sexual expression. )
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Curves Rock. A Tumblr Link.

This is definitely NSFW. I'm linking to it because I like the way it has contributed to me liking my own body the way it is and I hope it might do the same for friends. The presentation is not radical - it uses the usual accoutrements and poses, but I don't mind this as I do find those things sexy. (The questions about why are for another day, and have been covered elsewhere by better writers than me.)

I'm also curious as to whether people who dislike fat (including males who are used to seeing only thin women portayed as desirable) will find it changes their feelings about what is beautiful.
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Trying to come up with a coherent comment.

There's a FB page for shaming people who park in disabled spaces. (You need to be a permit holder to use one. You don't need to be the driver of the car. You do need your permit to be visible on the dashboard. You get a permit through consulation with a doctor and application to your local council, the permit is not limited to your local area. The permit has a non-identifying number on it, and an expiry date).

One person has already posted about how he challenges people who display permits but who he doesn't think look disabled.

I need to find a way of getting past my upset about this so I can change peoples opinions.

I do not want to talk to strangers about my disability. My dislike of doing this is strong enough that although i can get around in a mobility scooter, I frequently don't because I get sick of questions and stares.

My eligibility for the permit was sorted out confidentially between my doctor, the local council, and myself. And the reason for the permit, surely, is so that I can go about my business without having to ask total strangers to believe me should I(or a carer) tap on their window/stop people to explain that although I'm not obviously disabled, I do really need to limit my movements, could they please give up their parking space for me? Isn't privacy and dignity what this is all about?

I have seen people whose authenticity I doubt, but....I don't know them, I don't know their business, and I'm not entitled to challenge them. Why should they tell me? As a person with a permit, but with a strong preference for privacy, I would rather that a few people fraudulenty use them than I have to give up on my right to privacy and to go about my business without talkign to strangers.

Should we have concerns that a permit is being used fraudulently, why not take down details of the permit(and who appearrs to be using it) and contact the relevant council?

And would it not make more sense to put energy into encouraging councils to police disabled spots with more vigour? I would be quite comfortable if a parking inspector were to ring my number into a hotline, and check that the name attached to the permit was the same name as the ID I always carry in my wallet. The parking inspector doesn't need to know/ask about my reasons...they just need to know that it's me.

Weigh in folks. I suspect I need this to be less wordy. I also need to tamp down my upset, because it only ever comes across as cranky.
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This afternoon I lay comfortably and safely on my left side. It felt fantastic. I've been sleeping reasonably well but only able to lie on my back or at best prop myself on pillows at an angle.

Tomorrow we're having a go at using the gutter frame to actually walk/shuffle, rather than just transfer to chair or commode.

Eventually kicked up a stink about food: I'd had one too many completely random food selections, nothing of what I've ordered. The person who delivers would look at the slip of paper with my name and my tray contents on it, and confirm that ths was me, then say, well what's written there is what you ordered. Um no. This happenned a couple of times until she then explained that she just delivers and what did I want her to do about it? Being clear about how I did not hold her responsible I said I believed there was a problem...gee maybe with the computer system or something...? and was there anyway to let someone know.

She said I should speak to my nurse who could contact the kitchen. The nurse explained that this part of the hospital is serviced last by the kitchen so we get the meal substitutions. I mentioned Crohn's Disease and by way of example explained that I kept getting brown bread rather than white bread(I sincerely doubt the kitchen run out of bread of any kind myself, I think they're just indifferent), and that I could not eat the weet-bix for breakfast either. She told me that breakfast is in fact prepared on the ward by the PCA, who I think was the same one who had denied all responsibility earlier.

On mention of Crohn's Disease she was more than happy to refer me to the dietician as the dietician does have some clout with the kitchen and might at least be able to ensure that they'll stop ignoring/substituting things randomly.

The dietician arrived yesterday and briefly explained the ongoign problem they have with the kitchen, which is that the kitchen always passes quality audits because the audits are known about in advance. Then it's business as usual.

But today she came back and did a proper assessment. Basically I'll be flagged as having special dietary needs that I can manage myself so long as the kitchen does actually send me what I request from their menu. I will also receive one yoghurt at dinner and one banana at lunch. (Both items are available, but apparently only on the say so of a dietician.)
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Now is your chance!

People everywhere dream that they could bask in the glamour, revel in the adulation and wear my underpants*, if only for a few measly hours.

And now they can.




Regular, common, garden variety people are invited to attend this.

Rally for Research

12:45 - 2PM at the State Library.


You will be there to represent the special glamour that is life in the house of Noodles.

YOU WILL BE THE NOODLE!



*Underpants only provided on request. No guarantee of arrival prior to event. Underpants become the property of the recipient and may not be returned. Proof of attendance at event is required.


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Now is your chance!

People everywhere dream that they could bask in the glamour, revel in the adulation and wear my underpants*, if only for a few measly hours.

And now they can.




Regular, common, garden variety people are invited to attend this.

Rally for Research

12:45 - 2PM at the State Library.


You will be there to represent the special glamour that is life in the house of Noodles.

YOU WILL BE THE NOODLE!



*Underpants only provided on request. No guarantee of arrival prior to event. Underpants become the property of the recipient and may not be returned. Proof of attendance at event is required.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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The remains of Colin Campbell Ross have been returned to his family.

He was convicted for murder and subjected to the death penalty in 1922. He has now been pardoned as it seems he was wrongly convicted.

A good moment to give thanks for the fact that we do not engage in that barbaric practice anymore.
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The remains of Colin Campbell Ross have been returned to his family.

He was convicted for murder and subjected to the death penalty in 1922. He has now been pardoned as it seems he was wrongly convicted.

A good moment to give thanks for the fact that we do not engage in that barbaric practice anymore.
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Today is/was a crash day, which would have been best spent at home. But I had the gastro appointment, so 10B had to leave work and take me in with the wheelchair.

Yesterday was infusion day, and I kept moving after I got home, so crashing out today was no surprise really.

CFS crash, not Crohn's.

Home now and planning to stay put until Friday, when I have to see my eye doctor. Have decided to ask for carer for that, because I think I might need the chair again and it looks like the springtime work frenzy might be starting up.

Gastro pretty comfortable that current crop of symptoms are either Cipro or Crohn's or CFS, nothing else sinister going on. Review in 6 weeks, continue keeping fingers crossed that the reinduction of infliximab does something, if it's going to, we'll know by then.

Eye inflammation best treated as is. (Oh and apparently eye symptoms are resolved with surgery...that is, surgery on the effected parts of the intestine.) But they don't have the letter from my eye doctor yet.

On the plus side, we stopped for quite a nice bowl of pho on the way home, needing a quick, low fuss meal so 10B could get on with a rash of things that need doing as soon as we got home. Yay for a restaurant that had a wheelchair accessible eating area....bummer about the toilet, but yay for being able to go there at all.

~~~

And in case anyone's wondering, Abbot and Peacock can take their fucked up, flippant and offensive attitudes to people like me and shove them up their respective arses. Wheelchair accessibility is not guff(see above) and I'm not even going to touch what Peacock said. Although if I can pull myself together, I'll put the details in a post for all you good folk in far flung lands.
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Today is/was a crash day, which would have been best spent at home. But I had the gastro appointment, so 10B had to leave work and take me in with the wheelchair.

Yesterday was infusion day, and I kept moving after I got home, so crashing out today was no surprise really.

CFS crash, not Crohn's.

Home now and planning to stay put until Friday, when I have to see my eye doctor. Have decided to ask for carer for that, because I think I might need the chair again and it looks like the springtime work frenzy might be starting up.

Gastro pretty comfortable that current crop of symptoms are either Cipro or Crohn's or CFS, nothing else sinister going on. Review in 6 weeks, continue keeping fingers crossed that the reinduction of infliximab does something, if it's going to, we'll know by then.

Eye inflammation best treated as is. (Oh and apparently eye symptoms are resolved with surgery...that is, surgery on the effected parts of the intestine.) But they don't have the letter from my eye doctor yet.

On the plus side, we stopped for quite a nice bowl of pho on the way home, needing a quick, low fuss meal so 10B could get on with a rash of things that need doing as soon as we got home. Yay for a restaurant that had a wheelchair accessible eating area....bummer about the toilet, but yay for being able to go there at all.

~~~

And in case anyone's wondering, Abbot and Peacock can take their fucked up, flippant and offensive attitudes to people like me and shove them up their respective arses. Wheelchair accessibility is not guff(see above) and I'm not even going to touch what Peacock said. Although if I can pull myself together, I'll put the details in a post for all you good folk in far flung lands.

Crip_crit!

May. 7th, 2010 06:06 pm
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*looks pointedly at [livejournal.com profile] bookgirlwa*

crip_crit

Already it's adding things to my read/re-read/watch list, dammit!

Crip_crit!

May. 7th, 2010 06:06 pm
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*looks pointedly at [livejournal.com profile] bookgirlwa*

crip_crit

Already it's adding things to my read/re-read/watch list, dammit!
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Thanks [livejournal.com profile] shadow_5tails for this link.

Internet censorship gets underway in Australia. This link is to Conroy's media release.



It's time we banned all variations on the phrase "the safety of families". It's always a euphemism for something nasty.

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