Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Deborah,

    Great speech from Jacinda.

    Such a pity most of our elected representatives could not make the effort to be there to hear it, but I guess being out of the room saves them from sticking their fingers in the ears and shouting "lalalalala"

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Aurora Australis, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Here are the fluor-essentials

    Without yeast I'm not going to rise to that bait

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    Those are amazing photos guys. I'm very jealous.

    Is there an app for that?

    Seriously how do you monitor when to expect a good aurora? I'd really love to be able to know enough in advance to hop on a plane and see one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    Clearly a freehold farm producing twice the milk of another freehold farm the same size is going to be making more money.

    Ok I am not a dairy farmer but my understanding was that some dairy farms do make a net loss and the loss is bigger with more cows because the cost to feed and water those cows is greater than the return from the milk. But the value of the farm is based on the amount of milk produced not the profit, so they make more milk and lose more money in order to be able to sell their farm for a higher profit.

    None of this makes sense to me but I am not an accountant.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    But flour and water is the basis of breadmaking!!
    :- )

    There you go wallpapering over my mistakes again.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to BenWilson,

    That’s GE crops you’re talking about?

    Not necessarily. But certainly if we used gene transfer it would be much quicker and easier.

    Worth noting that if we plan to sell the tech overseas then the fact that it is GMO is not relevant for China, USA, most of South America - those markets will do fine and have significant impact of methane emissions worldwide until we change our regulations.

    Also I suspect that a GMO grass that reduced methane emissions would prove to be a difficult problem for the anti GMO folks.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Dave Hansford,

    Regarding the costs of de-stocking: there are plenty of examples and studies around showing that diary, at least, doesn’t necessarily have to be intensive to be profitable.

    I've read a number of pieces that suggest that most dairy farms do not produce milk at a profit, the business only makes a profit because of the capital gains on the farmland. So yeah current stock levels may not actually be the best for anyone really except the banks which are the big winners from the "buy land on debt and sell for gain" model.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Peter Shaw,

    There is in fact no empirical evidence for CO2 being the problem it is touted to be

    And GMO foods have been proven to be dangerous
    Vaccination causes autism
    Flouridation of drinking water is bad for your health
    Trickle down economics works
    Traveling at speeds over 15 mph is unnatural and bad for you
    Paleolithic humans were healthier than modern humans

    Any others.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    how many other ‘deals’ has he got the math wrong on?
    I do despair at times…

    Well there were those assets he sold that were going to make simply squillions for us all ...

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The way ‘we’ borrow I have no idea what the plan is for paying it all back (or if there even is one, or what we used as collateral in lieu)

    Paying it back is what the other government does when National isn't in power - really I thought that was obvious.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3564 posts Report Reply

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