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Us and Them: The Fatal Divisions of Exploitative Culture

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

OURS IS NOT JUST A RAPE CULTURE: it’s a Kill Culture, a Rip-off Culture and a Lie Culture as well. But, rather than attempting to reconcile ourselves to living in a multiplicity of malign cultures, it is probably more helpful to think of ourselves as inhabiting a single Exploitative Culture. One in which human-beings are consistently treated as means to another’s end – not as ends in themselves.

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Press release from Nicky Hager

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Location confusion must not detract from civilian casualties, a dead girl and serious breaches of defence force rules

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Let me get this straight – the NZDF knew the only thing wrong with accusations of war crimes was that they were mistaken villages?

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

It is now up to the media to rip the NZDF to pieces. They’ve lied to you as much as they have lied to the people of NZ, surely you can’t let them lie directly to your faces and you’ll just accept it?

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BREAKING: Hit and Run authors reply to defence force presss conference

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  22 Comments

The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating presented the NZDF response to the book Hit and Run at a press conference on Monday 27 March 2017. For 45 minutes he and his colleagues suggested that everything in the book was incorrect.

The Hit and Run authors have now had time to study the defence chief’s statements. Our conclusion is that the NZDF criticisms are wrong – with one exception – and that they have failed to address almost everything of substance in the book. This is what a cover up looks like.

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The madness of revisiting the ‘anti-smacking’ law

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Winston is blowing so many dog whistles at once of late that it may as well be a dog bagpipe.

He’s going to starve his brain of any oxygen if he keeps going.

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Labour and the Greens prostrate themselves to corporate capitalism

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

I think pitiful is the best single word to sum up this deal.

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Labour/Green Economics – these fiscal rules aren’t the beginning of the end

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  3 Comments

The breakfast launch of the joint Labour/Greens fiscal rules policy last week was pleasantly surprising. They actually haven’t boxed themselves into a rigid set of rules. At the outset they downplayed the use of mechanical orthodox indicators like surpluses and net debt to judge success:

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – “The anti-smacking bill – why you should support it”

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

The “anti-smacking” bill was never about taking away your right to discipline your children. It was about taking away legal sanctuary for those who abuse children.

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Human Rights Lawyer walks out on Duncan Garner’s Bullshit

By   /  March 29, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

The AM Show have made the claims of war crimes into a joke and they went up against a person who takes it incredibly seriously.

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But we don’t want any more Chinese tourism OR Chinese infrastructure

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

Yay, more Chinese tourists to pour into NZ when our infrastructure can’t cope with the huge numbers of tourists we now have.

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Is Nicky Hager wrong? Why we are well past an inquiry and need an investigation

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

…the book already crosses the evidential threshold for a criminal investigation and NZ is signed up to international laws that impact our domestic laws.

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Branson’s Marijuana over Milk comment reminds us how tiny our unconfident vision is

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

…OBVIOUSLY we should be transitioning our farmers away from environmentally destructive Dairy intensification towards cannabis production. We could grow some of the best cannabis in the world and Treasury predict a properly regulated and taxed cannabis market would generate half a billion dollars each year in taxes and prohibition cost savings.

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Labour won’t trust the Maori Party

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

As far as Labour are concerned, a vote for the Maori Party is a vote for National, and that’s why Labour are hell bent on limiting their influence at the election.

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LATEST POLL: Maori Party steal NZ First’s Kingmaker Crown while Winston dog whistles legal right to bash children

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

Some interesting results here, but the sudden jump in Maori Party support and collapse of NZ First looks more like a rogue poll than a genuine shift in political allegiances.

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Dirty laundry

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

There’s a pattern. The government lets companies regulate themselves until they get exposed for causing damage to the public interest. Deny, fudge, delay, until there is enough of an outcry that it starts to be politically damaging. At that stage, the government does just enough to make the public think that the problem is sorted. But not enough to stop the companies from making big profits.

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STAKE YOUR CLAIM – A review of Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s Hit and Run

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  8 Comments

The construction of this book was a painstaking and dangerous enterprise. John Stephenson risked life and limb by returning to the villages and interviewing survivors, and assembling the family trees of the dead and wounded. Empty shell casings from Apache helicopter cannon rounds were collected and photographed. A series of locally sourced stories from the Pajhwok News Agency, pointing to civilian deaths and casualties were filed. And, as mentioned earlier, a locally documented list of the dead and wounded was obtained and photocopied. By triangulating this material with the admissions of anonymous sources throughout the SAS and NZDF, Hager and Stephenson have built a powerful case.

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