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Family Fist exploiting transphobia for political moralistic point scoring is far more destructive than transgender toilet use

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

PLEASE NOTE: I realise that transgender issues are a minefield which a stupid cis-male like me can blunder into and cause harm. That’s not my intention and please accept my apologies if I do.

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GUEST BLOG: Alex Birchall – Identity Politics is a Class Politics

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

Around the world, but very prominently in New Zealand, the turn away from class politics to identity politics as the principal organisational form of the Left occurred just as the social democratic compromise was undone and inequality began to rise again. Unlike class politics, which unites workers of all colours, genders, and sexualities to oppose capitalism, identity politics was not able to deal with this reconsolidation of power by the capitalist and new financial elite.

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GUEST BLOG: Tina Ngata – A Crook By Any Other Name: Celebrating Cook

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

Well there goes another February 14th. Evenings of whimsical sighs, chinking champagne glasses, and adoring compliments across the Pacific as indigenous folks send their thanks out to the Hawaiian cousins that took care of business, and finally put an end to the diseased, kidnapping, murderous, thieving invader called Captain James Cook.

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Should you feel bad about stealing from self check outs in Supermarkets?

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

When confronted by such a self interested industry, stealing from them seems like a sensible response.

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A Brief History of Entitlement

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Entitlement. It’s a work that I’m reading more and more often of late. Used to describe an attitude born of various privileges. Take New Zealand’s former Prime Minister tugging on a waitresses ponytail. I’d class that as entitled behavior. Clearly John Key felt that he had tacit permission to lay his hands on this young lady.

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  Comments Off on Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – ADELE MESSES UP LIVE GRAMMY’S 2017 DEMANDS A RESTART

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Naked Muslim hatred in Huntly needs compassion as a response

By   /  February 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

The mere sight of the headscarf that identified them as Muslim was enough for this torrent of rage and fury to erupt at innocent people just going about their day. This wasn’t the deep South, this wasn’t the hinterlands of nowhere, it’s bloody Huntly, barely an hour outside of Auckland, our largest metropolitan and cosmopolitan city.

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Nothing swells my heart like people who gather to rescue whales

By   /  February 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

The shocking number of pilot whales that have recently beached in the beautiful Golden Bay is tragic and painful but the desperate attempts to rescue and save as many as they can by the human beings rushing to their aid is as endearingly beautiful as it is tragically comical.

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Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Diary: Auckland Folk Festival 2017

I’m pretty sure the Auckland Folk Festival wasn’t supposed to end and send me back to real life…

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The Machiavellian horror of Trump’s ‘American carnage’

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Historians will look at Trump’s blistering venom of a speech as a turning point in history. The naked rage of perceived lost privilege mixed with neoliberal economic dislocation has given Trump a platform to spin his violent fantasy of America…

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So we have a racist, sexist, crypto-fascist President vs the Military Industrial Complex – who do you cheer for?

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Just because the Military Industrial Complex and its war machine lust hates Trump, that’s no reason for any decent human being to respect or support Trump.

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Sexual Culture – Alt-Right cuckoldry, hyper-hetrosexual Putin fetishisation and toxic Trump masculinity

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

Some reckons on the deep and dark toxic masculinity sexual culture that drives Trumpism.

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Mongrel Mob-Black Power gang war, beggars and why today’s Political Roundup proves inequality is a dead political issue in NZ

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

Nothing sums up how inncoulated the NZ population are to the debate about inequality than today’s Political Roundup in the NZ Herald by Bryce Edwards.

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What Meryl Streep did not say

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Yes, imitating a disabled person is a despicable act but if Meryl Streep was truly concerned about compassion, she should have talked about the devastation of war, extrajudicial killing, torture and drone strikes that murder and disable innocent civilians including women and children.

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In NZ we have a week of navel gazing over micro aggressions, in America Cops beat and shoot

By   /  January 15, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…now clearly the US Police are Condesplaining and Heterosplaining in a gender binary manner a hate crime against this African-American cismale but I’m more concerned about the Internalised superiority and Internalised oppression that’s obviously on display.

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Dear New Zealand – let’s be honest about the Burqa

By   /  January 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  53 Comments

Admitting that the burqa is a bit scary is fine and human. Using that fear to justify a harsh and authoritarian crack down on what others wear is not fine (but is sadly pretty human).

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