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    Local Anti-Vaxxer “Shocked” After Dying of Measles

    13 May 2019:   A prominent Auckland-based anti-vaxxer has died of measles, after contracting it from her unvaccinated child. Karen Smith, 42, had been an anti-vaxxer for the entirety of her life. Talking to Salient through a ouija board, Smith said, “I took my son James to a measles pa

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    Zero Carbon? Zero Problems?

    13 May 2019: Last Wednesday, the government set a global precedent with its Climate Change Response Bill, also referred to as the Zero Carbon bill, which aims to help limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius over the next 30 years.   This goal, set out in the bill,

  • Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero – Te Wharehuia Milroy Dies Aged 81

    He mea rongonui a Te Wharehuia ki ngā kaupapa o te reo Māori, tana panekiretanga, tana whakarauora. I tipu ake a Wharehuia, he uri nō Tūhoe me Te Arawa ki roto o Ruātoki, hei tāna “nā Tūhoe au i poipoi, nā Tūhoe aku whakaaro i whāngai mai ki ahau.” I whakapau kaha tēnei tētēkura mō […]

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  • My Attention is Broke

    As a kid, I would always get in trouble for talking with my mouth full.   I’m sure most of us have been there, stuck in this dichotomy wanting to comment on absolutely everything, while catering to a child’s perpetual hunger. Without realising, I was a juvenile multitasker. I wanted the best of both worlds. […]

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  • WHERE VIRAL DREAMS GO TO DIE

      Dreams of stardom are easy, fulfilling, and most often, fairly fleeting. It’s not very hard to look at a person in the media who’s doing well for themselves, and decide that you want that life.   I should know. I did.   My name is Emma Maguire, and I’m a reformed YouTube vlogger. I’ve […]

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  • Storytime: Angst, Agony, and Adorable Babies in Teen Mom YouTube

    A perky young woman waves to the camera. She has long shiny hair—maybe there is a hint of exhaustion in her eyes, but who can tell? The refrain comes: “Hi guys, and welcome back to my channel!” She tells us her name, and the name of her child; perhaps the child is just out of […]

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  • Issue 9, 2019

    Issue 09 – Body

  • An Overdue Lesson in Anatomy

    I don’t know about you, but my sex education was garbage. In my backwards, patriarchal education, I didn’t learn about basic health and safety measures. And I definitely didn’t learn about female anatomy.   A UK study from February of this year found that 52% of people couldn’t locate the vagina. Of the women in […]

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  • Astral Rejection

    “RUIN YOUR FUCKING SELF BEFORE THEY DO. OTHERWISE THEY’LL SCREW YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE A NOBODY. THEY’LL KEEP YOU ALIVE BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO CRAWL AND SAY “THANK-YOU” FOR EVERY BONE THEY THROW. YOU MIGHT AS WELL STAY DRUNK OR SHOOT JUNK AND BE A CRAZY FUCKER. IF THE RICH GUYS WANT TO PLAY WITH YOU, […]

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  • Hiding Hurt

    “It felt like spaghetti and meatballs—as if my insides were spaghetti and meatballs, and someone was eating it up.” Cara Adler was experiencing this level of pain almost constantly throughout last year. She has endometriosis, a condition of the uterus which causes huge amounts of pain, amongst other symptoms. I barely knew what endometriosis was […]

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  • FREE FOOD IN WELLINGTON ♨♨♨

    You don’t need to be Roman Catholic, or even religious, to get a feed at the *Suzanne Aubert Compassion Centre* (the ‘Soup Kitchen’). From 7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m. at 132 Tory Street, they give out free soup, toast or bread, and a cup of tea/milo/coffee—normally Havana Supreme! Dinner is 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. and the first meal […]

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  • Ideas Which Evolve

    “Sometimes I’d look at a monkey or something and be like ‘hey, they do kind of look like humans’”   “Then I’d think… I’ve learned all these other things, which mean that for me, that can’t be true.”   Alex is a creationist. He believes in a young earth—that is, that the Bible encompasses all […]

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    Interview with Mermaiden

    Enigmatic, commanding, and present, Wellington three-piece Mermaidens are in their seventh year of leaving audiences lost for words and begging for more. The band consists of Abe Hollingsworth (Drums), Lily West (Bass/Vocals), and Gussie Larkin (Guitar/Vocals), who all met during high school. As a young Aucklander, my idea of a music scene was going to […]

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