Posts by Bart Janssen

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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 • 3567 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.

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

    What do you propose we do about these huge stock numbers?

    I've said it here a number of times (yeah sorry), the best thing NZ could do about methane emissions from ruminants is leverage our existing scientific expertise to develop low methane producing grasses and low methane producing rumin bacteria.

    That would reduce our emissions but much more importantly it is a technology that could be applied (ie sold) worldwide which might actually make a real difference to the planet as opposed to any symbolic (also important) changes we can make to our own emissions.

    You could almost describe it as a national science challenge.

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

    Surely that is something that is determined with science, not by the UN?

    Science, schmience. The interests of National voters are at stake here. Why should we let physics stand in our way?

    There is a shred of logic in their argument. Reducing CO2 emissions is mostly about not burning fossil fuels and there are a lot of solutions for that. Hence it makes sense for countries to reduce CO2 emissions.

    Methane (from agriculture in particular) is mostly produced from ruminant burps. About the only way to reduce that emission is to have fewer ruminants.

    One is relatively easy the other is relatively hard, so National is arguing we should not be made to do the hard thing.

    Of course since National have shown no inclination to even try to do the easy thing (reduce CO2) nobody is taking their arguments seriously.

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

    we’re the largest global trader in dairy, but not the biggest producer by some margin

    I’m afraid I’m ignorent of why there is a big difference. Would someone mind explaining?

    Most countries who produce dairy products sell them within the country of origin. So several countries produce and sell huge amounts of dairy products, much more than NZ.

    But NZ is one of the few countries that actually EXPORTS dairy products. So we are the biggest global trader because nobody else really trades globally.

    However, after demonstrating that China will buy lots of dairy products, lots of other countries are gearing up to export as well and it won't be long before we are a small part of global dairy trade.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…,

    Our actual emissions are irrelevant.

    But being part of the club that take climate change seriously is not irrelevant.

    And most importantly we could develop innovations to reduce our emissions that could be applied worldwide, proven on our small (irrelevant) farms.

    The problem has always been our politicians are not statepersons. They think only of their own short career and how much wealth and power they can personally accumulate from it. None of them think or act for the good of the whole of New Zealand let alone the world.

    That's our fault. We voted for them. We sit back between elections and go tut-tut when they break every promise and sell our future to the fattest brown envelope.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3567 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    don’t think it’s been on here for a while?

    On Vibe Thurs 9:30 pm repeated Sunday 7:30 pm

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Danielle,

    really creative

    For me that is the attraction of Project Runway. Some (not all) of the people are very talented and I actually enjoy watching talented people do what they do.

    Same applies to British Masterchef and my all time favourite cooking show Great British Menu where it's not unusual to see one kitchen with four or five Michelin stars in it. Genuinely talented people doing what they are really good at.

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  • Hard News: Villainy and engagement, in reply to Danielle,

    My weakness is Project Runway and I do tend to enjoy the actual design and building bits of The Block (the faux drama I can live without).

    Note this does not exclude me from being a prole and I am certainly an idiot on many many many occasions.

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