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The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

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We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life savings to come to. Democratic, free of corruption; compassionate. That’s our reputation. Except we’re not free of corruption, and our politics is losing its label of democratic, and those in charge seem entirely without compassion for the people whose ranks they have risen through to govern.

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Airport rail: a no-trainer.

By   /  April 29, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

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This week, electric trains were all the rage. It was embarrassing, really. Politicians rode them around with what seemed like pleasure but was probably just bewildered relief.

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Self Absorbed, Terrible Person: Guy Williams – 4.899/5 stars

By   /  April 29, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  1 Comment

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Guy Williams is a funny sort. He’s on telly and billboards and all sorts of things these days, but given his comedic timing, charm, and goofy-dork grin in person, he’s almost wasted on the screen.

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Abort, abort!

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  135 Comments

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Make no mistake: powerful extremists are the people controlling the pro-life lobby. And they’re not taken as lightly as you might think in a secular country like New Zealand.

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Ximin Wang: the invisible passenger on Flight MH370

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

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When we lose somebody to tragedy here in our own country, it is awful enough. But when death comes for one of ours in a tragedy overseas, we feel a different shade of raw.

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Worse than incest: Jamie Whyte’s vision for education

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

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On my search for my own giggles, I read something else very odd that Jamie Whyte said. And it was actually much more alarming than siblings should be allowed to do sex.

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Warrant Of Fitness for homes is a Warrant Of Fitness for us

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

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Tenant comfort and health doesn’t seem to be the first and foremost motivation in many professional landlords’ lives, whether that landlord is a private owner or the state.

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Friends don’t let friends be dumb with vaccinations

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

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A very small number of people can’t get the vaccination. But if you have no medical issues preventing you, it is well worth it. You may not get the flu this year. You probably won’t. But if you do, assuming you don’t die from influenza, for 7-10 days, you are utterly incapacitated. And 10 days is twice the normal amount of paid sick leave most NZ workers are allowed.

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In over our heads: NZ water safety education inadequate

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

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The first time I nearly drowned, it was in a large spa pool, at a BBQ, in the 1980s. Nobody saw me trip and fall in as I played around the edges. Drowning is silent. Nobody heard. But a friend of my parents noticed a child’s figure floating at the bottom, and pulled me out.

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Destruction of Fukuoka-Auckland Friendship Garden a huge middle finger to our sister city

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

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This morning there was a meeting with the Auckland Council. Len Brown has volunteered to be the one to apologise to both Fukuoka and Auckland.

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For equity in sexuality, teach girls to get themselves off.

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

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When I was at intermediate school, sex education was mostly pads and a little bit of tampons.

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We don’t need any more of Colin Craig’s Political Sadism

By   /  January 14, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

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Every time I think I have a nice country, Colin Craig. Ugh.
He’s ruining everything for everybody now, and he’s ruining everything for everybody later.

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Wrestling with sexism on Twitter for feminism

By   /  January 7, 2014  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

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Though I’m not all that busy on Twitter, I enjoy it. I link to this blog once a week. The rest of the time I sit alone in the chattering void, leaning on my elbows in the electronic grass under the clouds, making occasional remarks, but mostly reading other people’s.

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Major NZ religions interviewed on Census 2013 results

By   /  December 17, 2013  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

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I subsequently spent a day chatting with various religious officials (and an atheist one), and it was fascinating. Here is the transcript of what they had to say (minus hellos and goodbyes, repetition, and a few odds and ends that were where the often delightful conversations went but which weren’t relevant).

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Just how big is the too-hard basket going to get?

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

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Paula Bennett actually said out loud that it was too difficult because children moved in and out of poverty on a daily or weekly basis.
Too many kids are too poor too often for us to figure out just how poor they are. What she means to say is this: The National Party don’t have or want a strategy to deal with poverty.

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Here’s to you, you little prick.

By   /  December 5, 2013  /  Burnt Out Teacher, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  54 Comments

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there is so much anti-vaccination misinformation flying through the blogosphere, Facebook, and professional-looking pseudoscience pages online, that it is now time for a large-scale public push-back.

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