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I just want to urge people to donate money to the Pakistan flood victims. Over 14 million people have been affected by the floods. To put the level of devastation into perspective, the area affected would equal to the whole of New Zealand being under water. Please visit http://www.savethechildren.org.nz/index.html or http://www.unrefugees.org/site/c.lfIQKSOwFqG/b.6175403/k.D61F/Waters_continue_to_rise_in_Pakistan_as_millions_are_displaced.htm?msource=K1014a&gclid=CMye4tW90aMCFQ25bwodJEnouQ to donate whatever you can to help these people. You never know when you might need the favour returned.
So, National is getting up in arms about people pulling sickies. Employment law changes will see employees obliged to produce a medical certificate to prove they are indeed sick and not just faking it. To me this seems like another exercise in pointlessness. We are all adults, are we not? Within reason, if a person doesn’t feel like going to work, because they need a break, maybe they should be left to exercise their discretion on the matter. The occasional “sickie” may help a person recover from the immense build up of stress that accompanies most jobs. It may, in the long run, prevent stress related illnesses, which are ultimately a much bigger burden on employers. How about giving employees the benefit of the doubt. In my opinion, forcing people to produce medical certificates will unnecessarily burden general practices with visits from patients who would otherwise just stay at home keeping their germs to themselves. Also, if a person is so sick of work maybe they should take a day to get their head together, so they can return refreshed and able to be more productive. Perhaps if employers are experiencing a lot of “sickie” pulling they need to examine the environment their employees are being subjected to and adjust it so people want to be there everyday, rain or shine.
Prisons are going to be smokefree by this time next year. This is apparently to protect staff and nonsmoking prisoners from the harm of passive smoking. Fair enough on their behalf but why does it have to be all or nothing? Can’t they just make a smoking area? It seems simple enough. Prisoners would cut down on their smoking and nonsmokers could make the choice to avoid the smoking area. Smoking is terrible and slowly kills you and what not but people should still be able to decide for themselves if they want to do it. Either make it illegal to sell tobacco and put big tobacco out of business or be reasonable in how smoking restrictions are implemented. This sort of paternalism is precisely what people complain about the left doing. It just seems disingenuous to me. I wonder what the connection is between this and prison privitisation. Are the new prison owners looking to avoid being sued by staff who get smoking-related diseases? New Zealanders have a blood lust towards its prison population that worries me. It’s on the scale of emotion that drew people to public hangings and floggings in less civilised times.
Child Youth and Family figures show a 119 per cent increase in reported child abuse cases in New Zealand over the last five years. CYF predicts the number of cases reported will reach a record level of 125 000 this year. This tragedy will have repercussions for decades to come. It affects us all and it puts each one of us to shame. Should wanna-be mums and dads be forced to take parenting classes before they are allowed the privilege of have children? Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do and it is also the job that holds the most responsibility. We have to have a licence to drive a car or fly a plane. Maybe we should have to hold a licence to have children. Civil libertarians and religious fanatics will endlessly complain in the face of such interference into our private lives but perhaps in New Zealand we have already lost the right to claim such unfettered freedom. What do you think? I’m stumped but I want to do something and do it fast.
So, my kid goes to circus school. She absolutely loves it but yesterday she hurt her arm quite badly when she slipped and caught her wrist on a ring while doing trapeze. Now she doesn’t ever want to go back. She was in tears all night, not just because of the pain, but because she loves circus school and thinks she can’t do it anymore. I’m not sure how to coax her to get back on the horse. I actually had horses growing up and had to literally get back on them every time I fell or was thrown from their backs. Are kids made of different stuff these days? Admittedly, I still have a decent amount of apprehension about riding, despite how often I did it.