Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Angry and thrilled about Arie,

    Seems to me they simply got it very wrong at the time. Which given the time is something that humans can be expected to do, even if we hope our police are better than that.

    And then could not dredge up the strength of character to admit they made a mistake. Perhaps because they knew people would be (rightly) censured for that mistake. Perhaps simply because they could find the strength of character.

    Hopefully, someone will see fit to finally apologise fully and compensate. Personally I'd be happy to see my government do that with my taxes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to 3410,

    interrupted

    ?!?! Given my randomness, even when I'm not completely missing the point (as highlighted by recordari), how could I possibly think you rude?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to recordari,

    Since when did the police start making BComs part of their training? If you check, I think that’s what I was talking about.

    Arrgghh I thought Sofie was referring to the economists part of the thread - head, meet desk.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?,

    When the recession began there were many wise words about having learnt the lessons of both the Great Depression and Japans long malaise. Now we know that we didn’t learn a thing. Our stimulus was too weak, too short and not well designed. The banks weren’t forced to return to lending. Our leaders tried papering over the economy’s weaknesses

    He's talking about New Zealand right? Actually he isn't but he might as well have been since it accurately describes NZs response the global recession as well.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?,

    Also bear in mind they were studies done by people with psych degrees so it could easily have been superseded by now with new theories completely "disproving" the old theories.

    And yeah Matthew I agree it probably is very much a case of a little knowledge is much worse than none or lots.

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  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Sorry to put you on the spot- but do you have a reference for this? (I read something similar- can’t locate it.)

    It was a summary I read of the research in an issue of The Atlantic, several years ago maybe 02 or 03, could even be older? Sadly I no longer have access to it. And we also don't get those journals here at work so I can't even search the original literature.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    They have souls? Thought it was absence of, that caused this in the first place.

    Of course they have souls, but they are taught to ignore them in the first year of their BCom.

    Actually that isn't being facetious, they've done studies comparing BCom. students with other degrees and shown that one year of a commerce degree is enough to make people significantly more greedy and selfish. Apparently they learn that everyone else is selfish too so they should be selfish first ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3616 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the existing ones probably won’t re-erupt

    you forgot the weasel word

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  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?,

    Volcanic eruptions are sometimes preceded by frequent shallow small earthquakes, presumably as magma moves beneath ...

    And sometimes there are no preceding earthquakes ...

    And sometimes there are earthquakes typical of an eruption without any actual eruption ...

    We are somewhat on a learning curve here :).

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  • Hard News: 2011: The Year Of What?,

    It's over?

    Who won?

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