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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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What John Ansell and ISIS have in common

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

To describe such performance art as ‘primitive’ is the ignorance of an extremist and that’s what Ansell is. So blinded by his bigotry, he has the eyes of a barbarian. He views Maori culture the way ISIS view ancient art, demanding it be destroyed rather than cherished.

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Dave Macpherson – Why isn’t this country talking about suicide?

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

In the last week, high profile mainstream media personalities have raised the issue of suicide and mental illnesses that can lead to it, mainly on the back of the suicide of a friend of one particular personality, Jono Pryor.

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Makeup Purchases

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Makeup Purchases

The first time I purchased my own makeup was in 1994 at a pharmacy in Chartwell Square, a sprawling shopping mall in suburban Hamilton. I’d been pilfering my mother’s for years, but in my ill-fated first year of university I had drawn down the “materials costs” component of my student loan and I was heading in for some concealer.

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Guerrilla Culture: Lorde replaces ISIS as viral influencer

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  7 Comments

The power of Lorde’s voice online managed to project from the netherworld of cyberspace and tear into the real life last night as she sent out a treasure hunt that saw Aucklanders ripped from their lounge rooms and rushing around town in a confused and curious friction.

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My life – my experience

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Twenty years later and I still get a little sense of unease when I wander into the women’s wear section of Farmers Lambton Quay, or spend fruitless hours looks for a non chintz print edition of a t-shirt dress in the Lyall Bay Warehouse. I still notice the glances I get when I’m going around with makeup on my face, that are absent when I’m being read as male.

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