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Dow Jones crashes 1175 points

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

The grim reality that the wealth creation built since the GFC in 2007/2008 is an illusion that can only survive on record low interest rates and insane Quantitate Easing is starting to sink in with the Dow Jones following up the 666 point loss on Friday with a horror 1175 point plunge today.

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Primates, politics, the Princess and the PM

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Despite the Prime Minister’s pregnancy, this government represents a modified status quo and change will be incremental and conservative (note the debate and votes on medicinal marijuana), and in many instances Labour will be more aligned with National than the Greens.

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Hypothetical Questions

By   /  February 2, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and his White House staff are convinced America’s “Deep State” is out to get them. They’re probably right.

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One Year of Trump – when will we start blaming the Democrats for this orange fascist?

By   /  January 28, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  75 Comments

By putting the Identity Politics of being the first Woman to win the Presidency over the economic needs of the poor, the Democrats handed the election to a liar like Trump.   

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Calm down, I performed on stage when nearly nine months pregnant – this is what women do, women have babies and they do stuff

By   /  January 21, 2018  /  Genevieve McClean, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  11 Comments

As we all get used to the pregnancy, and the child that follows, can we please refrain from falling into a state of total tabloid adoration, but allow the inferences to unfold in a way that changes infrastructure at a level that really benefits women who are otherwise not given as many options, or who are vulnerable to having their options taken from them on account of their being women who have children.

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America edges towards NSA mass surveillance Death Star

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Overnight the US Senate inched closer to granting the NSA a mass surveillance Death Star by ending debate on the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act.

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A Point Being Overlooked In The Trump-Haiti “Shithole” Controversy

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

[Author’s Note: Due to some confusion derived from people not reading beyond the first few lines, it’s probably necessary to include a disclaimer at this point – I’m NOT defending Trump here. Read the whole thing before angrily writing in to suggest otherwise, please.] 

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – AND YET, NOT THE WORST THING HE’S SAID!

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Sure Trump’s foul remarks re Haiti, El Salvador and African countries in general are raising ire around the world. I like the remarks coming from Norway about a ‘shithole’ of a country that does not have a decent publicly funded free health system .

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So for 38 minutes the people of Hawaii knew what it felt like to live in Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen & other places US + allies bomb

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

…except for of course that the people we bomb in those countries don’t generally get a text alert that we are about to blow them up.

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On Donald Trump’s “Stability” – Mental Health & Politics: Tarred, Feathered & Straightjacketed

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Let us be clear about this: if you’re going to oppose Donald Trump or anyone else … please let it be for actual, tangible reasons rather than motivated by a media-fostered fear and loathing of the victims of mental illness.

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2017 – The year of Trumpism, resentment kulture & climate change

By   /  January 7, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  21 Comments

There were many things that happened in 2017, but the most dangerous amongst them was the culture of festering resentment that eclipsed the better angels of our nature.

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How Stats NZ Censors Non-binary Gender Identities

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I’m a citizen of this country, with all the rights and responsibilities that come with this particular social contract. So I am somewhat alarmed that the existence of my particular experience and expression of gender is not recorded. The state uses the information collated by Stats NZ to inform policy decisions. This implies to me that a non-binary identity is not considered in NZ policy.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – What a Trio, a Toxic Trio: Trump. Netanyahu and Mohammed Bin Salman

By   /  December 17, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

We here in NZ need to debate our role in the world. There is too much at stake. New Zealand should not be afraid to have an independent foreign policy. Someone must say NO to militarism , NO to war, YES to sanity, YES to humanity.

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The self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy that pushed Trump into declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

For this voting block, the Bible is a literal version of events, not a metaphorical one. They believe the Earth is less than 10 000 years old, they believe climate change won’t flood the planet because God showed Noah a rainbow and they believe that the end of times and Armageddon could be upon us and they will all be raptured away to heaven.

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Trump’s move over Jerusalem undermines international law and disgraces the US

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

US President Trump’s surrender to Israel’s territorial ambitions reveals contempt for international law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention. Trump’s announcement contradicts even the most recent Security Council Resolution, UNSCR 2334 of December 2016. Israel’s control of East Jerusalem, including the Old City, is illegal because under international law, an Occupying power does not have sovereignty over foreign territory it militarily occupies.

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Trump Recognises Jerusalem: The Zionist End-Game Begins

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

By announcing the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has sent two very important messages to the extreme Zionist elements in Israeli society. The first message is brutally simple: the so-called “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead. The second, to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, is that, as the political logic of the two-state solution’s demise is followed to its inevitable and brutal conclusion, the United States has got Israel’s back. Not just at the UN Security Council, but everywhere Israel needs American support.

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