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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  /  14 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  /  18 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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MUST WATCH: Meryl Streep’s incredible Golden Globe’s Anti-Trump speech

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  5 Comments

Wow Meryl Streep goes to the mountain top with her Award at the Golden Globes and it’s beautiful. She destroys the claim of cultural elitism and argues for compassion and empathy against Trump.

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AUCKLAND LIVE SUMMER IN THE SQUARE FEBRUARY LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT: KEEPING THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING ON!

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on AUCKLAND LIVE SUMMER IN THE SQUARE FEBRUARY LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT: KEEPING THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING ON!

AUCKLAND LIVE SUMMER IN THE SQUARE 1 DEC – 24 FEB Free in Aotea Square Starting today, Auckland Live Summer in the Square launches back into its summer-long programme throughout January and February with live events, awesome activities and world-class entertainment for all. Aotea Square is the place to be this summer season! Running until […]

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Subversive and darkly comic, REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. makes it NZ premiere

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Subversive and darkly comic, REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. makes it NZ premiere

Silo Theatre presents REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. Written by Alice Birch REVOLUTIONISE THE BODY. REVOLUTIONISE THE WORK. REVOLUTIONISE THE LANGUAGE. REVOLUTIONISE THE WORLD. Subversive and darkly comic, the New Zealand premiere of REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. sees Silo Theatre return to the venue where it all began 20 years ago – Basement Theatre. […]

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Final Act Added to Laneway 2017: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Final Act Added to Laneway 2017: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

We are thrilled to welcome the incomparable Melbourne act KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in all territories and cities. Possibly the hardest working band (and 100% the most prolific), King Gizzard have released eight albums since forming in 2010 including one of 2016’s finest, the award-winning LP Nonagon Infinity […]

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OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL EXPANDS – BURSTING WITH PERFORMANCE, ART AND MUSIC!

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL EXPANDS – BURSTING WITH PERFORMANCE, ART AND MUSIC!

Auckland Outdoor Summer Shakespeare are ramping up the festival feel with even more on offer from 14 February – 11 March 2017, celebrating their return to the University of Auckland Clock Tower. The magical, open-air venue will host two of Shakespeare’s plays, a series of sonnets, and a gallery of local artwork! As You Like […]

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2016 – good riddance to bad rubbish

By   /  January 1, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

In 2016 we don’t count our blessings for comfort, instead we recognise how many others are suffering far worse than we are. It’s not hope that we feel as we close our weary eyes at days end, it’s an exhausted gratitude that we aren’t queuing for a cheaply wrapped gift or being bombed or being driven from our homes.

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THE ADVENT OF THE EGO ACTIVIST

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  Kate Davis, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  5 Comments

If you do not know what an Ego Activist is let me explain. You will have one, or if you’re unlucky, more than one on your timeline. But even if you don’t interact in social media the fact is this year they even infiltrated main stream media.

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Imagine what we could do if the NZ corporate media focused on suicide the way they do the bloody holiday road toll

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

This is lazy journalism, it’s not news. Imagine what we could do in this country of the media focused on the suicide rate the way they do the bloody holiday road toll.

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Christmas 2016 – it’s a broken and cold Hallelujah

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

There is nothing as eye opening as seeing the ocean of desperation from fellow New Zealanders sleeping overnight on the street in the fervent hope of some basic gifts.

As I pass them, I think, ‘there but for the grace of God go I’.

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Writing 2016

By   /  December 16, 2016  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Writing 2016

I have all the tools at my disposal for writing, I have a nascent audience, the good lord has seen fit to give me the ability to turn a phrase. Yet, my word count, in the last three months of 2016, has been curiously low. What’s going on here?

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