miss_s_b: (Self: Profile)
2010-05-21 12:17 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Introduction & Comment policy

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  • Anonymous commenting is enabled, although anon comments may be screened before publication; please, if you comment anonymously, give yourself a name. It gets very confusing talking to two anons at once.
  • I don't censor comments unless pushed VERY hard. Red lines are racism, unjoking advocation of violence, and being horrible about or to people I love.
  • If you want to point out cock-ups I have made, please direct them to Pedants' Corner; likewise if you want to ask me something off the topic of the post please go to this entry - this saves readers' scrolling fingers.
miss_s_b: (Graph)
2014-07-29 05:18 pm
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A poll inspired by @Extrabold

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


What is your opinion of Crocs?

View Answers

They are horrific evil footwear that should be consigned to the bowels of hell
4 (40.0%)

I am clinically insane
6 (60.0%)



(there might be an element of push-pollness here)

((also, knowing my f-list, several of you will want to tick "both" there, won't you...?))
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
2014-07-29 10:30 am
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On Violence Against Women and Political Willy-Waving

I have been thinking for about 24 hours now that I should post about the Labour party's response to the domestic violence statistics and how nonsensical, counterproductive, and stupid it is. Given that I have been in that situation, and so has my mother, I think I can come at it from a position of some authority of experience. Given that I have also worked for the CAB and seen how the system fails victims of all genders and ages, I think I can say I have some authority there too. And as a feminist and activist, I could point to how topdown solutions implemented by powerful mostly-white mostly-het mostly-men groups rarely work to help the oppressed, and the Labour party are worse for this than most because they have good intentions and are therefore blind to their own flaws, and take any criticism of the way they go about things as a criticism of principle.

But frankly, what would that acheieve? It wouldn't help any of the people (elderly, children and partners alike) who suffer from domestic violence, and it would take up valuable time that could be better spent doing something else. Yes, domestic violence DOES need tackling politically, but not like this, and there are people suffering DV who need help NOW, not whenever some possible putative law comes through.

So if you REALLY want to actually help people suffering from domestic violence, here are two links for you.

Volunteer for Refuge
Donate to the Survivors Trust
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2014-07-26 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 26-07-2014

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2014-07-25 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 25-07-2014

miss_s_b: (Blogging: Mod hat)
2014-07-24 10:11 am

Are You A Regular User of Hebden Bridge Railway Station?

If you are, there's a questionnaire going around from the sustainable transport folks that you might want to fill in. Drop me a comment or a tweet if you want a copy and I'll email you one over.
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2014-07-24 09:07 am
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I have returned from Devon & Vacation Responder is off. So, f-list, What Should I do About Email?

There are some people whose emails I always want to read - parents, partners, daughter, close friends. There are some people whose emails it is important for me to read - my PPCs, my treasurer, my council group leader, stuff from work, or from region. Maybe 1% of the email I get falls into both of those categories; 95% of the email I get does not fall into either one.

I use gmail labels extensively, and this has worked very well for me. So, while I was in Devon, I put the vacation responder on. I'd seen other people do it. How hard could it be?

The reaction of most people not covered by the two categories above (hereinafter referred to as "those on the list") was astounding to me. Huge numbers of them seemed to take the vacation responder as a reason to send me MORE email. Whereas the people on the list, they generally sent me less email. So the overall effect of vacation responder was to increase the amount of crap and decrease the amount of nice and/or useful email.

Now perhaps I shouldn't have said "Don't worry, I'll be checking my email when I get back" but "if you email me during this time it will be automatically deleted and you'll have to send it again when I come back so don't bother". Perhaps I should have used the vacation responder in conjunction with actually turning email notifications off - but then I would have missed the ones I actually wanted, or were important for me to get.

Or perhaps I should just delete my entire email address and start again from scratch...

The thing is, I now have an inbox full of shite I don't want, have undoubtedly missed some stuff I *did* want, and am intensely annoyed, and thus I want to do something about it. I'll certainly not be using the vacation responder in the way it's currently set up again, but in general, there are decisions to be made. And this is where you come in:

Poll #15723 What Should I do About Email?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


What Should I do About Email?

View Answers

Skip inbox for everyone except *list*
7 (63.6%)

Set up separate email address for people on *list*
4 (36.4%)

Kill it all with fire and move to a place where email can't get me
0 (0.0%)

Something else
0 (0.0%)



Do feel free to repond on twitter as well as in comments ;)
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2014-07-20 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 20-07-2014

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2014-07-17 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 17-07-2014

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2014-07-16 10:47 am
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Lib Dem Voting Rep? Annoyed about #DRIP? Wish you could do something? Contact me.

I've got the support of one local party and a bunch of signatories already, but if anybody else wants to join in you've got about an hour. I have been assured by both former and current members of FCC that publishing it on my blog is not a problem, so the text is below the cut )
I realise that the wording is a bit techy, but I think it's necessary to root it in the terms of the court ruling, rather than just attacking DRIP per se.

If you want to add your name, email me your full name, party membership number and the name of your local party in the next hour or so.

Update Motion submitted and acknowledged recieved by FCC. Fingers crossed they accept it :)
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2014-07-16 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 16-07-2014

miss_s_b: (Mood: Facepalm)
2014-07-15 03:33 pm
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On DRIP and the wider implications for Lib Demmery, or how Julian Huppert broke my heart

I GET that DRIP is significantly less awful with the Lib Dem input than it would have been otherwise. I GET that Lib Dems in government fought hard to get the measly concessions we have got in a horrifically authoritarian bill that will give future secretaries of state for the home office carte blanche to introduce all the powers of the snoopers' charter without parliamentary oversight. I GET that we are the junior partners in a coalition and we can't have everything all our own way. I get that compromise is the only way anything would ever get done under this government, and I voted for the coalition at special conference in full and total knowledge that I was almost certainly signing the electoral death warrant for my party.

You know what?

There are some things that absolutely should be red lines. And when the name of your party is the Liberal Democrats you do NOT shill for a bill which is so profoundly illiberal and undemocratic on the basis that we made it a bit better by inserting a sunset clause (which the next majority govt of EITHER of the the other two big parties will gleefully repeal, even if it DOES take primary legislation to do so) and some bits of safeguard which AREN'T EVEN IN THE BILL but are to be put into a statutory instrument at some point maybe.

No. Fuck that shit.

What next? Greg Mulholland is going to try to tell me that pubcos are OK really and it could be worse?
Adrian Sanders is going to say that it's OK to torture animals if you don't kill them?
Lynne Featherstone will tell me that cutting is fine if you only take off ONE of the labia and not both?

Enough. Enough of this right now.

I want my party back, and I want the people in it that I looked up to and respected to start behaving like they did when I looked up to them and respected them, not like shills for the bloody authoritarian tories.
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2014-07-15 10:00 am

The Blood is The Life 15-07-2014

miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
2014-07-14 02:32 pm
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Lib Dem Voting Rep? Annoyed about #DRIP? Wish you could do something? Contact me.

Calderdale Liberal Democrats' Policy Working Group met on Saturday night and we've written a motion for conference expressing our dismay at DRIP and what we feel the party's policy response should be. We do realise that DRIP will be pushed through before conference, but the motions deadline is Wednesday (when DRIP will be in the Lords) and we think this is the best way of getting the parliamentary party who are selling our principles down the river (for not even 30 pieces of silver or anything) to take notice.

I'm not going to publish the text of the motion here because conference office might take a dim view of that, but if you're interested in putting your name rank and serial number to it, message me in some way to let me know. It so far has the support of Calderdale local party and a few individuals, but the more the merrier.

My email is jennieDOTriggATgmailDOTcom if you want to contact me.