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In which I rant on TV instead of just on the internet - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 4th, 2011

10:11 am - In which I rant on TV instead of just on the internet

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Looking back over my typing yesterday it's nowhere near as bad as I thought it'd be. Gosh.

So today I'm again better. Last night by bed time my eyes were very tired - since they've fully corrected one and not-quite corrected the other, I now use different eyes to dominate depending on whether I'm looking distant or close up, and they are finding it hard. It's fun to play with but gives me a bit of a headache and makes me tired. Everything has a slight halo around it - an improvement on the frosted glass - and I'm looking forward to that clearing, but meanwhile, so far so good.


Actually it was the way back, and I was strolling down Cuba Mall, rocking my bogan look with the sunnies and the pink hair, when a man approached me and asked if he could ask me a simple question. I didn't notice the microphone and TV camera at first and said "Sure".

So he asked: "What do you think of the idea of putting security cameras in school toilets?"

Somewhat gobsmacked, I replied along the lines of "I think it's ridiculous, I mean why would you?" To which I was informed that it might stop bullying. At which point, if I'd a) been more onto it, b) known what the question was going to be, or c) not been distracted by my weird focusing, I'd have gone on a long rant about the purpose of institutionalised education, Foucault's theories of the school system as training for citizens to be governed in the simplest fashion for the state, what exactly we are teaching our children by letting them know we have them under surveillance, and finishing with a resounding "Jeremy Bentham was a cock."

As Happy pointed out, Jeremy Bentham was actually a progressive thinker - in the days when imprisonment involved boiling oil and heated iron spikes. However, his ideas are now being used by less progressive thinkers on people who have not committed crimes, and IMO he has a lot to answer for.

Anyway, I didn't say any of that. What I did say was that adults wouldn't tolerate being filmed on the toilet and I don't see why children should have to, that most of our lives are now under surveillance and that there has to be a line of privacy somewhere, and that breaching the privacy of all children in an attempt to deter a few from bad behaviour is not a suitable solution. And that if my son's school tried to implement it, I'd have something to say about it.

To which the man pointed out that we were on camera (in Cuba Mall) right now, and I countered that yes, we were in public, not on the toilet. He laughed, end of story, I left.

Oh, also yesterday, I finished this:



It's actually a full sized blanket that I started for the Youth of Today's birthday, but badly miscalculated how much yarn I'd need and thus it took about twice as long as expected. So he's had a 6-week long birthday that culminated with him getting this. It's very heavy and warm, and he loves it, and now my fuzzy blankets that I keep for special occasions won't smell like teenager all the time. WIN!


I have no idea what it was for, where he was from or whether it'll make it to whatever thing he was filming for - but if you're a TV watcher and you see a pink-haired woman who looks like a bogan ranting about privacy for children, let me know because it's probably me. I don't normally get a speaking part on the telly.

Today I will repot some plants, mow the lawn, and maybe read some internet now I'm allowed. But not too much - one good thing, my eyes are telling me when they need to stop doing a thing and rest. It's good. ;-)

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From:vernacularity
Date:August 3rd, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
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dude. synchronous posting. something in the air?
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From:tatjna
Date:August 3rd, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Haha wow, yeah. So did you get approached by the guy too, or was that just a random thought you had?
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From:vernacularity
Date:August 3rd, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
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it was a random thought, though probably brain-sparked by my reading of that school camera thing in the news a few days ago.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 3rd, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Too much caffine:

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Bollocks to the virtue ethics, give me critical thinking or give me death.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:August 4th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)

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I'm sure we can squeeze in another 50% to cover critical thinking.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:August 4th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
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Wow - given you'd just had eye surgery I think that's a pretty coherent and witty response. Well done!
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From:hep
Date:August 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
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in public not on a toilet is truly a witty rebuttal. a+++ for thinking on your feet
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From:thatgirljj
Date:August 4th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
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"I countered that yes, we were in public, not on the toilet."

Excellent! Well done there.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 4th, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)

Jeremy Bentham

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I've seen Jeremy Bentham. Literally. He's preserved in sitting position in a case in a hallway in University College, London (or at least he was 45 years ago - this may no longer be true). Once or twice a year the doors of the case are opened and he's visible behind glass. I knew nothing of this and got quite a shock when I came around the corner and saw him... Only thing is, the preservation of his head, which he had decreed was to be "in the manner of the New Zealand Maoris", apparently didn't work too well so the head part is a wax effigy instead. Still, he's an ugly looking bugger.
Mary
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From:tatjna
Date:August 4th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)

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Ye gods the English are barbaric.
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From:38
Date:August 4th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I want to see that TV programme you ended up in,but I am fairly certain we don't get much stuff from New Zealand over here,if any.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 4th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I doubt the security measures being taken in NZ schools are considered particularly relevant to anyone except NZers really. And it's New Zealand! This is the country where a sheep missing the muster 6 years running makes the news. So, you know, if I were a news buyer from somewhere else I wouldn't bother with here either.
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