Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Hilary that's awful. And I understand your need to find a reason for your own tragedy. But there is no possible way Chernobyl could have had anything to do with your child's cancer.

    You can distrust nuclear energy for many reasons, my personal one is the damage the uranium mines do. And as has pointed out when you run power plants as businesses then you have to trust accountants - yeesh.

    Every way we generate energy has risk and costs, the only way to know which risk to take is to actually take the time to really assess the risks and benefits. Nuclear power is not the worst by any stretch even counting the mines.

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  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    In practice, we haven’t got a snowball’s chance in hell of predicting and controlling all the possible ways that Mother Nature can fuck with our best-laid plans.

    No we haven't. But at some point you have to decide you are going to live your life. You can't be safe anywhere, living is all about balancing risk. being aware of real risks and understanding when a risk is great to change your behaviour is not trivial nor obvious. And people are notoriously bad at estimating risk.

    Nuclear power is scary because of the kind of risk it creates but it's safer than coal power, especially if you count the number of people dying in coal mines in China.

    And just for the record I don't think we should use nuclear power in NZ because I think we have plenty of water and wind to use to make energy, so much that we really shouldn't generate usable energy any other way.

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  • Hard News: What Now?, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    And this has been tested? No, didn’t think so.

    Actually it's happening right now in Japan. The core has (almost certainly) melted in one or both reactors with no breach of the containment vessel.

    While nuclear power has it's issues I don't see any value in pretending it's more scary than it really is, it's especially worth remembering that the reactors in Japan were built 40 years ago and no-one would compare the safety of a car built 40 years ago with one built now so why should they compare reactors.

    Of far more concern with nuclear power is the mining of the uranium which screws up environments far more than any power plant disaster or the disposal of the waste.

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Mike Hollywood,

    meh to be really cycnical the election is in November, nothing that happens before July will matter a damn.

    That said I can't see based on current performance that National will lose this nor that Labour will win it, but current performance is irrelevant, it's just those last 5 months that matter to the short term memory of the the public.

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  • Hard News: The Thread, It Is Open, in reply to Carol Stewart,

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Some politicians are also diplomats.

    I really don't like politicians but not even I'm that mean :P.

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  • Hard News: The digital switch-off, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    A question one should not ask unless one is prepared to be given an honest answer, I suspect.

    So, you could ask a National MP then.
    ;-)

    National MP - that's a question for caucus.
    Labour MP - I'm wearing what Phil is wearing
    Act MP - yellow
    Maori MP - I'm wearing what my ancestors wore
    Green MP - I'm recycling

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Cleanse him with fire!

    Barbequed doughnuts?

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Sacha,

    100% able

    Also known as not properly diagnosed

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  • Hard News: About Arie, in reply to Peter grower,

    Try reading my post again Peter. I should probably resist responding but it might be worthwhile.

    I'm as disgusted by the prospect of the police beating a prisoner, any prisoner, as anyone. The difference between us is that I don't know the facts of the case yet. All I know is that the accused has an injury. Given that injury could have occurred during police custody and that the accused claims the injury was caused by the police I want that to be investigated thoroughly, completely, openly and honestly.

    You however appear to know exactly what happened and can now skip to conviction of the police responsible. That I find amazing.

    I want to take the time to understand what happened and also why it happened before I condemn anyone.

    Also note Peter that the one thing I do know for certain occurred, the perp walk, I have unconditionally condemned. The police responsible for that need to be censured.

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