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Does Scott Simpson understand the word ‘formulaic’?

By   /  April 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

I can’t work out if he is being figurative or literal, as in Chloe actually gave this speech previously or perhaps Scott’s just learnt the word ‘formulaic’ and this is his first test drive of it in public?

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Dear NZ, we are so racist we don’t know how racist we are

By   /  April 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Regardless of whether or not the bias is intentional, if the system is providing favouritism, that isn’t fair, and as citizens in a progressive democracy we should all want for everyone to share the harvest with agency, acceptance and inclusion. 

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‪Turns out the ‘machete’ the Police used to justify shooting at a mentally ill man 12 times was actually a 7 year old blunt ornamental knife ‬

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

…we are now into phases 2 and 3 of the stock standard response. The ‘suspected weapon’ and ‘shooting victim had it coming’ phase. Here the Police aggressively defend their actions, demand thoughts and prayers for the poor police who had to unload an entire clip into whatever mentally unwell person they’ve gunned down and then tend to start phase 4 where they demand more guns as a response, 

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Nobody told the oil industry that there was a change of Government 6 months ago?

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

The Oil Industry has known for decades that their product caused catastrophic climate change and they actively used propaganda to pretend climate change wasn’t to blame the way the tobacco industry used quack science to pretend smoking and cancer weren’t connected. Petrol needs to be hit with taxes the same way we hit tobacco and these taxes should be used to transition completely away from big oil.

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Looking at how Jacinda dealt to big oil & the roading lobby – the sugar industry, landlords, private education, private health and the wealthy who profit must be terrified

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  80 Comments

The sugar industry, landlords, private education, private health and the wealthy who profit will not be so blind. They will understand the enormity of the change the new government represents. No Government crosses industries as powerful as oil and roading if they don’t mean it and those who haven’t been challenged yet will be frantically and desperately clambering together in private rooms and company offices to demand an end to this roll back of their power and influence.

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Neoliberal apologists rush to defend weak response to Auckland storm few Aucklanders knew was coming – more proof of National underfunding?

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Many Aucklanders had no idea how severe the storm was going to be, rather than blaming Aucklanders perhaps those tasked with ensuring we get warned need to find better ways of communication rather than shrugging.

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Soooooo – when are we starting to expel Israeli diplomats?

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  20 Comments

When will we see a mass expulsion of Israeli diplomats for the continued murder of unarmed protestors?

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FINALLY: An investigation into NZ war crime allegations

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

As citizens who are responsible for our soldiers in Afghanistan, we should all feel shamed by what has been allowed to go unquestioned for so long and our media have once again disgraced themselves and their profession.

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Sooooo, about that whole Chinese spy inside the National Party thing

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

With all the focus on mocking Jacinda for not finding Russian spies, the fact a Chinese spy is still allowed to openly be a member of the National Party Caucus demands far more scrutiny. 

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The weirdest thing about Taika Waititi’s description of NZ being ‘racist as f**k’ comment

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

…mispronunciation of Māori words, profiling and being asked if he was a glu-sniffer are pretty mild examples of racism in NZ, yet for some it’s been like a black flag to a Klu Klux Klan bull…

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Your visual reminder that Taika Waititi’s ‘Racist as f**k’ comment is on the money

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Two very simple visual reminders that Taika Waititi’s ‘Racist as f**k’ comment is on the money.

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Hobbit TV show warms National’s slow burn for the Hobbit law war

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Last time National believed their attack on the NZ Actors Union and ability to frame the story as National saving the Hobbit film being filmed here was a major political win.

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The weak response to Auckland storm highlights how run down our infrastructure is

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Never seen this and the incredibly weak response, warnings and total unpreparedness of Auckland Civil Defence the morning after all bode ill for NZ when you consider this type of erratic extreme weather event is now locked into our future from global warming.

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Justice delayed is justice denied – what the latest grotesque National Party underfunding has done

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

“Justice delayed is justice denied and when it’s against the state, how else is the individual to fight back?”

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Chinese military expansion into Vanuatu aimed at Australia and NZ

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

The escalating trade war mixed with the current 40 ship live firing drill China is projecting right now means the region is being redefined by Beijing’s interests as opposed to Washington’s.

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Marama Davidson as new co-leader of Greens: NZ finally has its own flaxroots Corbyn & Sanders

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Conventional wisdom is that the Greens need to pick up votes from National. The constant hunting for the mythical blue-green voter has haunted Green strategists because the compromises required to get National Party soccer mums to vote Green beyond the aesthetic of identifying as a Green supporter is simply too large to work.

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