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What NZers don’t seem to understand about the last 9 years of National

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  40 Comments

What NZers don’t seem to understand about the last 9 years of National is how ideologically driven it has been. National pretend to be moderate and balanced when the truth is they are hard core believers in underfunding the State so that it can’t afford its social obligations.

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Is Tauranga the new slavery pit for NZ and what the hell is WINZ Tauranga doing?

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The Ministry of Social Development say they will get back to me with an answer. We will be following this allegation closely and will report once the Ministry have responded.

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The AM Show’s spluttering surprise at Andrew Little’s position on cutting immigration by tens of thousands

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

The AM Show has become a wiggly tooth that I can’t stop rubbing and touching.

I think I’m a news masochist.

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Courts finally give the poorest workers what the Government wouldn’t and the Unions couldn’t

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Congratulations to Kristine Bartlett and the mostly female 55,000 care workers who have finally been shown the dignity and respect they are so long overdue. The work they perform is critical to our social infrastructure and they deserve to be treated far better than they have.

It is a day they should celebrate.

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UK Snap Election Called

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

New Zealanders will wake up this morning to news that the UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap election.

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A water pipeline under a Kiwi sanctuary in a National Park? How much wrongness can you get in one idea?

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

When this story first surfaced last week I thought that I must have caught the wrong end of the stick because the idea of building a water pipeline from a pure mountain water catchment through a National Park, under a Kiwi reserve to an offshore tanker ship seemed so demonstrably fucked up I assumed I had heard […]

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The Big White Lie – how our racist prison system is killing us and why Chester Borrows might be the solution

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

As a country we have been manipulated by lynch mob grief manipulators, ‘get-tough-on-crime’ politicians and a crime porn media more interested in ratings than sensible public debate. This vile cocktail of anger and vengeance have helped build a prison empire whose cost was so large that we embarked upon the private prison experiment to try and lower costs.

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What response to SBWs rugby jersey really says about NZ

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

We are a nation who demands that our bread and circus occurs without ever having to know how the bread was baked or circus made.

We are blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to why are attention is being distracted in the first place.

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Why I have to boycott the Poppy this ANZAC Day

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

There’s nothing to commemorate when we hide our war crimes, because the very honour we seek to respect can not stand while we turn a blind eye. To stand at attention during the Dawn Service with this disgrace hanging over our armed services makes us hypocrites, and the men and women who have died in our conflicts deserve better than that.

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How is this not fake news?

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The corporate mainstream media do a lot of complaining about ‘fake news’ and a lot of chest beating about the state of their ‘journalism’ but you can see why attacking the credibility of corporate news media is so easy to do when you see example after example of news that is not in any way shape or form actual news.

Take this steaming turd of s story…

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Geoffrey Palmer, Bernard Hickey & the housing crisis National deny

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

What Hickey fails to accept is that the Millennial and Gen X cynical and jaded response to the obvious corruption of the current political settings is actually incredibly legitimate. When 121 MPs own 295 properties between them, the entire political class are as corrupt as the system itself. To harry Millennial’s and Gen Xers for our lack of political engagement in a corrupt system misses that no political party are offering any real changes in the neoliberal property market.

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It’s official, the Sensible Sentencing Trust are a racist lynch mob – welcome to our casual KKK

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

With just one press release, the Sensible Sentencing Trust have managed to go from the screaming lynch mob of muddle Nu Zilind to the racist screaming lynch mob of muddle Nu Zilind.

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TV REVIEW: Real Time with Bill Maher – civilisation finally comes to New Zealand media landscape

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Bill Maher is unashamedly liberal, he doesn’t pretend to be centrist, he calls it like he sees it and because we have so few broadcasters who can actually articulate a counter hegemonic narrative to the right wing bullshit that contaminates all corporate news media, he is a unique and powerful voice for reason.

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TV Review: Q+A – too much bigotry for breakfast?

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Jesus H Christ, Jessica Mutch might have thought her questioning of Moana Jackson was taking the redneck bigotry of muddle Nu Zilind to a Maori academic who was saying something ridiculous, but it just came across like she was the bigot.

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Stuff.co.nz give us a taste of the journalism they’ll offer if we don’t give them their newspaper Monopoly

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

How this managed to be a news story is utterly beyond me and it is a continued dilution of stuff.co.nz from a credible and factually based news site to a clickbait opinion based fake news site.

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Happy Easter – let’s crucify consumerism

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  22 Comments

For me Easter isn’t about the rebirth of the Christ child as human manifestation of God, it’s about the largest unbroken block of holiday time we all get. For me Easter is about family, about friends, about spending quality time with the people in your life who the busyness of working for the man robs us of.

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