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Can we pause and consider what just happened to Metiria back there?

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  36 Comments

Metiria’s crime was not that she had told the truth about needing to game the draconian neoliberal welfare system, but that she had the audacity to tell her story with her chin up in defiance at the injustice of that system rather than the self-shaming we all demand from anything that is attached to the virgin sacrificing sacredness of ‘taxpayer money’. 

In NZ we accept the dignity of the broken, but never the dignity of the resistant.

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National Party Voters: An electorate or a cult? Understanding the viciousness spat at Metiria

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  31 Comments

As a small country, we have mistaken NZ as an equal country where people can freely move up through the social strata. I would suggest to you that statistic of 70% of National voters not knowing anyone unemployed actually shows that we are a highly segregated culture.

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Can we please have weeks of intense outraged Rugby frame-by-frame navel-gazing headlines screaming at injustice of a draw for a game barely anyone else on the planet plays?

By   /  July 9, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

As a very young and juvenile country, New Zealand has all the cultural maturity of a can of day old Coke. Rugby dominates our sense of identity like a jealous tyrant. This myopic focus allows Kiwi’s to distract themselves to the point of outright denial over the numerous social ills currently rotting our society.

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A Tale For The Times

By   /  July 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

WHY IS “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” so bloody scary? The movie was bad enough, but the television series is so chilling I find it hard to watch. And what, exactly, is the raw nerve which the story is touching this (it’s third) time around?

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Herald & Fairfax Watch: We are in denial over the why of suicide in New Zealand

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  29 Comments

The Herald are copying Stuff by running big current affairs campaigns. This week Stuff is looking at cannabis reform and the Herald are attempting to talk about suicide.

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Ariana Grande, Manchester, London, Zbigniew Brzezinski, toxic masculinity, the War on Terror and us

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  27 Comments

…responding to cruelty, hate and twisted spiteful inadequacy with compassion, kindness and love will do more to ending this war on terror than any military escalation or civil liberties clamp down ever can.

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On beauty routines…

By   /  May 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Someone asked me yesterday if I had a ‘beauty routine’

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GUEST BLOG: Ruby Joy – A blog for John Doe

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

I want people to stop blaming mental health alone and start realising that the hand to hold closest to us is theirs. Some things can’t be fixed but all things can be fought and every enemy subdued – not by an offices intellect but by the collective might of enough civilian foot soldiers.

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Mother’s day rant, for grumpy mums to read with their cup of tea?

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  7 Comments

OMG it’s another whole week till Mother’s Day… not only is it a load of blocks, but so many of you are celebrating two weeks and one week early, making it a mother’s month… What a triumph for shopping centres.

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Solo Fatherhood, gender roles and my fingernail polish

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  8 Comments

Solo Fatherhood is just like sole fatherhood but uses Han Solo more.

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If only actual suicide could get as much immediate action as fictional suicide on Netflix

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

We are in denial about how our neoliberal welfare state and free market consumer culture has contributed to the zeitgeist of suicide and we don’t have the maturity to confront our delusion which is why it’s easier for us to slap some censorship on an internet series that talks about it.

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The ugly side of win-at-all-costs sport

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The Warriors rugby league club is to be commended for helping one of its star players, Kieran Foran, through his mental health problems. Foran has been frank about his gambling addiction and his suicidal feelings.

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Sorry

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Although it’s beginning to fade from the newscycle, I have a few opinions about the recent injurious removal of a passenger Dr. David Dao from a United flight. As reported on Fortune.com, United released first-quarter earnings, and apologized for the second time.

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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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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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