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International, Rights

American Political Batshit: Guns

American Political Batshit: Guns

Have you ever wondered why armies back in the 18th Century used to just line up and plug away at each other? The answer is simple. Their weapons sucked.

by × November 12, 2014 × 3 comments

Feminism, General, Rights

How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

Our first letter to our slightly slutty barren spinster was a very topical one. One where our protagonist is clearly paying attention to the world around him and needs some old fashioned tips on dating.

by × November 10, 2014 × 0 comments

Feminism, Rights

When a compliment isn’t

When a compliment isn’t

On Stuff there was an article about the cat-calling/street harassment that an individual woman received while walking through New York

by × October 29, 2014 × 0 comments

Rights, Tech

Cyberbullying: by Loren Heaphy

Cyberbullying: by Loren Heaphy

The Ruminator’s Loren Heaphy (LOZ!) is a finalist in the Westpac Millennial Women of Influence competition.

by × September 23, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics, Rights

Dear John

Dear John

Dear John Key You’re the Prime Minister of our country. Our leader. That means we expect you to be better than us.

by × September 4, 2014 × 5 comments

Feminism, Rights, Tech

These are not the nudes you were looking for

Think Before You Click or: Why I Haven’t Seen JLaw’s Boobs

The internet has exploded in the last 72 hours because naked photos and videos of over 100 people, several of them high profile Hollywood actresses and models (and most notably 24 year old Jennifer Lawrence) were stolen.

by × September 2, 2014 × 5 comments

Politics, Rights

Why I think Labour’s letter to the Police Commissioner may have legs

Why I think Labour’s letter to the Police Commissioner may have legs

So David Parker has written to the Police commissioner arguing that he needs to start an investigation under the Crimes Act in to allegations against Judith Collins, Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham and Cathy Odgers et al.

by × September 2, 2014 × 0 comments

Rights

This is not the wagon for your band.

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. But I should (image may upset).

I’ve been really challenged lately to start caring about stuff. Like, properly caring.

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Rights

Is someone thinking of the children yet?

Is someone thinking of the children yet?

In my last post, I asked: what happens to a community when the people who live in it withdraw their support of it?

by × May 30, 2014 × 0 comments

Humour, Rights

Comedy fest review: Hairy Soul Man

Comedy fest review: Hairy Soul Man

Kai Smythe, a Melbourne-based musician, comedian and performer is Hairy Soul Man, a peacock of a performer full of swagger and confidence.

by × May 10, 2014 × 0 comments

Rights

Toyworld’s telling girls what to play with again: update it was all a mistake

Toyworld’s telling girls what to play with again: update it was all a mistake

Last year something very cool happened, at least partly inspired by a Ruminator post. But this year, it appears to have… unhappened. I’m not impressed.

by × April 17, 2014 × 7 comments

International, Rights

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

Honey, You Can’t Seriously Have Five Children

  When the lady at the Post Office looked at me a bit funny, it was probably fair enough. I’d just told her I was sending Christmas presents to my five children.

by × April 16, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics, Rights

Hey MSD, stopped being dicks

Hey MSD, stopped being dicks

**UPDATE 2** After my gentle provision of another chance for them to reconsider, MSD has decided that they will play nice.

by × April 2, 2014 × 6 comments

Rights

Guest post: The CTV collapse and inquiry, my personal thoughts from being there

Guest post: The CTV collapse and inquiry, my personal thoughts from being there

This post first appeared on Jarrod Gilbert’s blog, however the New Zealand Fire Service asked him to take it down. We’re trying to track down a statement from them as to why.

by × March 31, 2014 × 0 comments

Rights

We don’t need your…

We don’t need your…

So there are times when I look at countries with written constitutions with a wry smile. Look at you United States, with your archaic second amendment, or you Fiji, with your vote-for-your-own-race electoral system.

by × March 18, 2014 × 1 comment

Rights

What do we want?
LESS OF THIS!
What is this?
NOT SURE!

It’s PC gone mad!

Whenever something happens that tries to protect a minority say, or maybe sets out to right a wrong, there’s always a group of people who start yelling “This is bloody PC gone mad!”

by × February 11, 2014 × 5 comments

International, Rights

The Spy Who Didn’t Love Me

The Spy Who Didn’t Love Me

The following text was delivered as an address at the Muslim World Forum, Aotea Centre, 23 November, 2013. The forum marked eight years of relationship building between the Office of Ethnic Affairs and New Zealand’s Muslims.

by × November 26, 2013 × 0 comments

Politics, Rights

Tau Henare: Culture – all the good stuff

Tau Henare: Culture – all the good stuff

National Party MP Tau Henare writes on what he feels Maori Culture is, and how it can help society as a whole. Once more not an endorsement (though we really like this piece):

by × November 20, 2013 × 4 comments