Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Speaker: Vote for Water, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    You mean you don’t vote on emotion?

    Well disgust is an emotional response and it certainly has influenced my vote :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Vote for Water,

    The problem I have is that while some parties have good scientific policies on water, there are other places where the policy is unsupported by any data at all.

    While it's really clear to me that voting for National is terrible for the environment it is less clear that the other parties have consistent enough policy making to actually do good. And especially with the environment the obvious answer is often not the right answer. It's great to be well intentioned but not so great when you are not flexible enough to change position when new data comes along.

    So yeah I'll do my best to vote for water but I would be much happier to vote for evidence-based policy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Vote for Water,

    water running to the sea is just wasted draws an indignant response. ‘What about the cultural value, the swimming, the eels?’

    For a really good example of this read about the Colorado pulse flow where they managed to get permission to let water flow to the sea again. The public response was impressive.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    ‘We won so who cares?’

    It's not how you play the game,
    it's whether you win or lose

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Judi Lapsley Miller,

    I disagree – there is a very real public interest here. Outing people who hold these vile opinions about half the human race may go some way to showing how unacceptable these opinions are, and perhaps provide a heads-up to the women who have to interact with them IRL. I read on twitter last night from a number of women who had had to interact with these low-lifes IRL. It also supports Hager’s book where he revealed predatory behaviour on young Nat women. For many, rape culture is a bigger issue than political and business corruption.

    hear hear

    From a purely personal perspective those comments had me in tears. I simply could not cope with the sheer vileness on display. So many of the people I love dearly are women, how could anyone be so viscous towards them.

    Women are half "the public" and of the other half at least some are deeply offended by those remarks. So yeah it MUST be in the public interest to expose people who speak that way even in (especially in) private.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Russell Brown,

    No, this isn't how everyone does it. That's a myth. And the failure to acknowledge that what has been uncovered here is unprecedented and unacceptable is dishonest, delusional, or both.

    But we have the weird situation where significant elements in the main media outlets are insisting that this is all just normal and there is nothing to see.

    I honestly don't understand what value there is for The Herald, TVNZ, TV3, and the main radio media outlets to all sit back and just let Key and his cronies who have taken over the National party just get away with it.

    Why won't the media expose this for what it is? Corrupt, vile, nasty, self serving political game playing the likes of which we have never experienced in New Zealand before.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Show some decency, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Would he need that much security?

    I have accidentally talked to right wing Americans about the UN ... man ... step back from the crazy person ...

    So yeah UN gets a LOT of haters

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Show some decency, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    who is in town

    Sec Gen of the UN

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    people aren’t [cheap]

    Yup. Especially people with talent, although they frequently sell themselves short.

    But there are tools that allow people like me to contribute, and I think there are a lot of people like me who would contribute.

    I seriously don't know how hard it would be to do, it may well be too hard, and that would be fine. But it's an idea.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    This may be stupid, no worries if it is, but is there a way that a u-tube channel or something similar could fill the gap so obviously left by the loss of our state broadcasters.

    The fact is any semblance of a state broadcaster has gone. I would love for it to come back, such an institution fills a role in society that more than makes up for the taxes required to fund it.

    But given it isn't likely to happen soon, is there something else that could be created to take it's place. Cheap low cost in actual dollars, maybe funded by give a little or something similar. With places like PAS linking through, it might become well enough known to at least partially fill the gap you describe.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3313 posts Report Reply

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