Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Some Lines for Labour, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I’m sure this will be dismissed as concern-trolling, but I’d rather like to have a serious Labour Party back again.

    Nope not a troll. You are exactly right.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Some Lines for Labour, in reply to A C Young,

    seems like Labour wants to lose the next election

    Actually I don’t F’ing care what they want. It’s their responsibility as representatives of a portion of the population of NZ to try and represent those people. That portion of the population desperately wants the National government removed, the job of the Labour party is to try and do that even if the subsequent job is difficult .

    When you represent people what you want matters less than the people you represent. FFS it’s in the damn job title!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: First, Come to Your Conclusion, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Ms Tanqueray

    Sadly an unfortunate experience with her at age 14 has meant I can't take her solace. However the nice folks at Ata Rangi have offered to step up to the plate.

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  • Up Front: First, Come to Your Conclusion, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    Some of those gaps are disturbingly filled now.

    I have seen gaps filled in ways I never dreamed possible.

    I think we may need to send Emma a therapy bill

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: First, Come to Your Conclusion, in reply to 3410,

    The thing about this thread that strikes me is the enormous gaps in my knowledge.

    Some of those gaps are disturbingly filled now.

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  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to nzlemming,

    the ravings of L. Ron Hubbard

    You read those , dear boy that's taking things a bit far.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to Jonathan King,

    I suggest the problems start when people believe these stories to be true!

    Nope that's missing the point. Some of the stories whether true or false espouse decent moral behaviour. Some don't.

    Very many folks use the stories that promote decent "good" behaviour to help them led decent "good" lives. That parts of the texts they use are bollocks or even downright evil doesn't appear to stop them ignoring those bits and get on with good lives.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    Or selective. The morality that some feel they derive from their religion is only achieved by sidestepping the bits that are no longer acceptable.

    That isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    Since for many people their religion is a major source of their happiness then that's fine by me. It may be inconsistent and illogical, I may find it ludicrous to take moral guidance in any way from those texts but that doesn't stop the vast majority of religious folk from leading decent moral lives based (selectively) on those texts.

    The idea that by following the text you are automatically moral is the real problem. Because that is demonstrably wrong and in many cases falls into the category of "evil". Danielle is going to draw us a Venn diagram.

    But the fact that some of the texts are wrong doesn't stop many people relying on some of the texts to help them be good. For them they don't have to accept or reject the whole text, they can set aside some parts and use the rest for their own benefit.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to Danielle,

    Ya see now I would describe someone paying attention to the gay bits and basing their behaviour on them as, "evil", they may not have a gun but still evil.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The witless on the pitiless, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    they can also include the software widget to let you type macrons

    They do, my Mac allows me to show character palette (right click on the little flag) and select all sorts of weird symbols. Most of which I have no idea how to use properly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3425 posts Report Reply

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