Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros,

    And women can read

    Sadly the dudebros won't.

    Well said Emma.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4145 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio, in reply to Zach Bagnall,

    George Bennet did well to finish the road race without any bone fractures.

    “That was the most brutal day I’ve been through.” says a guy who completed the 3,500km Tour de France just two weeks ago.

    Ayup, that course was just plain nasty - cobblestones!!! and the foot deep gutters on the downhills plus brutal climbs to make sure you're in oxygen debt on those technical downhills.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio, in reply to Nick Russell,

    When the last defender fouls an attacker who would otherwise have a clear shot at goal, they referee

    pfft see now that's what a football fan would say but, we know it's just the ref awarding points for artistic impression.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    I kind of like this early phase of the Olympics, sports you don't normally see, a lot less hype and everyone seems to be having fun - exhausting, soul shattering fun but still fun.

    Even the (lack of) crowds* that is always the case seem to make it more about the athletes.


    *bloody corporates buy all the tickets and then the bastards don't bother going.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Football seems to take a different view of these things.

    I've always viewed diving as part of football so a really good acting performance gets rewarded as much as the athleticism. Much like rhythmic gymnastics.

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  • Hard News: First Thursdays: Light on the…,

    Great pics Russell ... and since you appear to not be dead they can't have been Cybermen ... unless ...

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    um, Whanau Ora

    It is possible that The Maori Party is neither everything to all Maori nor nothing to any Maori.

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    When you hear about Treaty settlement negotiations for various iwi like Tuhoe or Nga Puhi, it’s often noted that they have a different sense of urgency than our brief governments do. That’s not something about a particular political party.

    I agree. But the refusal to endorse Ms Clark came from a political party that would like to be seen as representing ALL Maori.

    While I certainly agree that many Maori are justifiably pissed off with the Labour Party and Ms Clark over those issues it is simply wrong to translate the comments of a The Maori Party as applying to all Maori. I think we've already seen that many Maori have a much more nuanced response to Ms Clark's UN candidacy, expressing their disappointment that she has never apologised for fuckups yet also supporting her as the best candidate for Maori.

    The equivalent would be to suggest that because I'm white middle aged and male then John Key represents me.

    I have no problem with anyone's opinion on this but I don't like the way The Maori Party pretends to represent all Maori and I tend to feel their actions and statements are more political than heartfelt.

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    Maiki Sherman offers a concise summary of historic motivations.

    That’s not very long ago in Maori terms ...

    Which is all true except that I would say "... in Maori Party terms ...". This is a political party choosing not to support an old enemy. It's what political parties do.

    But as I said before it's their call to make.

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  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…, in reply to David Haywood,

    I’m certainly not suggesting “getting a new tax put in place worldwide” – exactly the opposite!

    Yeah I get that you aren't asking other countries to put in place the tax, but you are expecting to be allowed to apply tariffs to imports which is just as difficult.

    I guess for I look at what you're proposing and my immediate thought is how quickly will the big accountancy firms set up a business unit whose sole function is to provide advice on how to avoid the tax.

    No matter how you structure it the accountants will figure out a way around it. That's why I really hate economic solutions to real problems.

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