Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Speaker: Honest Bastards & Dishonest Cowards,

    Given National has gutted education, health and social welfare spending foisting ever more onto user-pays type operations that are great for the rich but suck for the poor (and even for the middle class) ... the Labour policies shouldn't be hard to write.

    Fixing those core institutions after the damage done by National will cost money. The blame for the increased taxes that must come lays squarely on National - but it must be Labour and The Greens that enact those taxes.

    Sadly too many people here and elsewhere are unwilling to accept that in order to have the nice things we need taxes. My guess is Labour will again shy away from a commitment to proper government including taxation. In that case one can hardly blame the voters for walking away from them in disgust.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Russell Brown,

    “we should consider the concerns of residents in good faith”

    And as far as I can tell the good faith concerns are being considered in good faith.

    The problem is the project seems to have drawn the attention of some who are determined to oppose simply for the sake of opposition. As each genuine concern is addressed a new concern is raised, the point we appear to have reached now is the remaining concerns are ... well ... a bit odd.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    the chthonic doom of the Victoria Park Tunnel.

    Not to mention all those pedestrians who ran for miles to avoid the open day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    I kinda want to know what a cultural musing hat looks like ...

    Meanwhile why do things like the skypath evoke this kind of response? There seems to be something about other people getting something good that causes some folks to go completely off the rails.

    That video is bizarre as is the web page from the Waihitian.

    But we see this kind of response any time some group gets benefit from government or council, those that don't benefit seem to find all sorts of bizarre reasons to object.

    And as for the dangers of cyclist versus pedestrian accidents - yes injury is possible as is, in extreme cases, death. But your chance of injury or death from driving over the bridge is not zero either.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Mikaere Curtis,

    Because people taking to the Skypath for a view of the harbour and a 3 day water festival involving 4 million people are exactly the same.

    psssh next thing you'll be using data like some radical scientist type :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I still think it’s reasonable to consider the interests of the small community at the base of the bridge.

    Absolutely. And nothing I've seen from the plans suggests that such consideration isn't happening.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Living under bridges,

    ... if its execution is flawed ...

    This is the key point for me. The NIMBYs (and yes I will label them that) have argued that because of the possibility of flawed design then the project must be stopped.

    They haven't engaged with design to make it a good design, nor have they considered that the folks designing it have a pretty good track record, nor have they seemed willing to compromise.

    For them the only option has been opposition at all costs.

    Of course, it needs careful design at each end. The way to get that is to participate not oppose.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The overconfidence man, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    National won the party vote

    Nope. Labour lost the party vote.

    The key fact of the last election is that National gained almost no extra support in total votes. What happened is Labour voters stayed home.

    Yes the effect was the same, a National government, but realizing that Labour lost support is a critical step in changing the outcome of the next election.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    Well, pot doesn’t raise an issue of constitutional rights, so there isn’t a Bill of Rights path to the Supreme Court. Which means it has to be fought State by State through the political process.

    Except it's becoming pretty clear that by legalizing it those states have been able to tax it. Nothing like a source of revenue to make a politician sit up and take notice. My bet is most states will have legalized it and taxed it to death within 5 years.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Gay marriage, weed, and death…, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    Loving v Virginia

    I regularly listen to a podcast called Stuff you missed in history class and they did a two part podcast on this case. It really was interesting both for the efforts to allow interracial marriage and for the view of society at that time (noting that some places are still stuck in that time).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3785 posts Report Reply

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