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Unlike Family Guy and 30 Rock, the writers of Action made it clear they weren’t just joking around about the rampant sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood. The scene doesn’t even try to be funny. Everyone is genuinely hurt, and Wendy is legitimately traumatized. Peter has his film back, sure, but his vile nature has lost him one of his few true friends. Wendy finally accepts that in Hollywood, powerful men get to do what they want to who they want, because no one is willing to stop them.
Co-written with Adam Koski for Cracked.com
The story goes that after slavery was abolished in the South, there was another century of segregation in those states until that practice also begrudgingly ended. But throughout, it’s seen as a problem that exists below the Mason-Dixon Line.The reality? Well, there is an old Civil Rights Movement truism: “In the South, the white man doesn’t care how close you get, as long as you don’t get too high. In the North, he doesn’t care how high you get, as long as you don’t get too close.” Basically, this means that Northern people tend to be fine with an African American dude leading their country, as long as he doesn’t live next door.
While it is ridiculous enough that if you commit benefit fraud, you are three times more likely to go to prison than if you commit tax evasion, the whole scenario becomes downright oligarchic when you look at the amount of money that each prisoner was guilty of funnelling away from New Zealand. If you were a beneficiary cheat that had a 60% chance of going to prison, you would have, on average, ripped off the country by about $67,000, which in fairness isn’t a small figure. However, if you were a tax cheat who only had a 22% chance of going to prison, you would have been fleecing hungry children of about $287,000 per year. In even simpler terms, this means that tax cheats are two thirds less likely to go to prison, for stealing four times as much. Oh and also, the state ran about 800 benefit fraud cases, but only 60 for tax evasion.
Amidst the sweaty dancers with their shirts off, Urge provided family, community, exhilaration, and freedom of expression – all the elements that people look for when assessing cosmopolitan legitimacy. Urge also gave back to the Auckland community through ongoing fundraising initiatives for everything from gay sports teams to the SPCA, in ways that were more ingenuitive and imaginative than the Council could even dream of. If the local governments’ never ending quest to squeeze profit out of its own patrons had been less brutal, there is every chance that Urge would still be around today, and that Auckland could be a city full of alternative venues, with options for a diverse and multicultural populace to thrive.
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Due to a variety of historical systemic factors Maori and Pacific students are well and truly over represented in the lower socio-economic areas of New Zealand and face the consequences of being in this group. Education is one of the most notable of these areas, and one of the most distressing as education should be the main force to counteract this inequality. According to statistics from Victoria University there is only a 50.6% retention rate for Maori students in High School (to age 17) compared to 75.4% for non-Maori, and only half the number of Maori students will achieve NCEA level 2 in comparison to their non-Maori counterparts. This has inevitably helped create a situation where youth unemployment for Maori in New Zealand is at a woeful 22.4%, compared to just over 9% for non-Maori. The cycle of poverty in inequality only gets entrenched and strengthened by these figures.
When we typically think of Batman we think of an orphan with murdered parents, a dark suit, a dark cowl, a cool car, the Batcave, detective skills, gadgets, an arsenal, and of course we think of the name Bruce Wayne. When we think about Batman’s universe we think about Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon, and naturally Robin. And when we think about Batman’s Rogues Gallery, we obviously think of the Joker, the Penguin, Cat Woman, the Riddler, and Two-Face. All of those characteristics of Batman, all of those aspects of the Universe, and almost all of the characteristics of those aforementioned villains, were created and refined by one man – Bill Finger.
In 1948 approximately 32.7 women out of 100,000 in New Zealand were documented as having breast cancer. By 1990 this had risen to 87.1, and by 2011 (the last year that data is available) this number had risen to 92.5. While it may appear that this rise can simply be explained away by the fact that we have an ageing population in New Zealand, that isn’t the case here – these numbers are age adjusted according to World Health Organisation guidelines to overcome this problem. In other words, considerably more women today are being diagnosed with breast cancer than was the case 65 years ago, or even just 25 years ago.
The problem was however, that Grayson had never written a review for Depression Quest. As highlighted earlier in this article, it was written by another Kotaku journalist, Ian Maher. In response to the claims being made by the #GamerGate participants, Kotaku Editor-in-Chief Stephen Totilo pointed out that at ‘the time of the infidelity, (Grayson) was not even a full time employee of Kotaku…On March 31, Nathan published the only Kotaku article he’s written involving Zoe Quinn. It was about Game Jam, a failed reality show that Zoe and other developers were upset about being on…Shortly after that, in early April, Nathan and Zoe began a romantic relationship. He has not written about her since. Nathan never reviewed Zoe Quinn’s game Depression Quest, let alone gave it a favourable review.’
And this is what makes the Near Term Human Extinction movement unlike anything else in the wider environmental movement today – and what quite frankly, makes the movement a dangerous one. ‘Nature Bats Last’ is a devastatingly bleak place to get information from because its readers simply trade horrifying statistics and interpretations, and confirm to each other that they are the only ones that understand the truth and are prepared for the end (much like in religious cults such as Heaven’s Gate).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the team has been well embraced and well received by the wider queer community in Auckland. There is a consistent turnout of numerous vocal supporters to Falcons matches, and this “helps motivate the players on the field.” What has been perhaps a little more surprising (or maybe not, depending on how you see the world) is how well accepted the Falcons have been into the wider Auckland rugby community as a whole – a pattern no doubt largely influenced by the team’s own self pride, strength, and determination, and commitment to improving.
In spite of the overwhelming evidence against it from places like Mississippi, the idea of abstinence education has found favour amongst more conservative catholic schools in New Zealand. Patrick Walsh, principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, came out in favour of the report last year. He stated (without a shred of evidence) that “universally the message appears to be that parents are unwilling or reluctant to talk to their children about sexual health matters, which I think is unfortunate really.” He went further by stating that “I think probably [nationally] there isn’t as much emphasis on the notion of abstinence. I know it might be an old fashioned concept, but in fact I think it is still very relevant today…it seems to be an admission that children are going to have sex and therefore the default position is ‘let’s give them contraceptives’.