Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: On seclusion rooms,

    I also had the thought that maybe "seclusion rooms" were an attempt to help kids who were struggling with a noisy stressful environment.

    But there are two key questions that really weren't addressed in most of the reporting -
    Intent and Consent.

    What was the intent, was it to calm and help the child or was it to punish? It seems in some cases the room has become a punishment device and you have to wonder if the teachers using it in that manner should be teaching.

    And was (informed) consent given by the parent and importantly from the child? It doesn't seem likely in some of the cases.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The light train to Roskill, in reply to Russell Brown,

    yet more infrastructure for the isthmus

    If it ran only to Balmoral then yeah I'd agree with the criticism. But past Balmoral Roskill becomes exactly the kind of demographic that needs good public transport.

    Also Dominion Rd is pretty much perfect for a light rail line, straight, mostly flat and wide enough - a really good place to start developing a light rail system.

    a *very* diverse

    hell yeah, culturally, economically and pretty much every -ally you could think of.

    All that said the point is well made that South Auckland gets shafted every time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The light train to Roskill,

    Labour colleagues in Parliament for years – don’t these people talk?

    No

    Which is why it's been hard to vote Labour for the past decade.

    On a less pithy note

    what are the best ways to get people (and freight) from here to there?

    ... is the key point that most folks don't get about our roads. Roads are not for cars or even for trucks, roads exist to transport people and goods.

    Is light rail the best option for Dominion road? It seems like a pretty good bet and an appropriate election topic because it will need central government input.

    Dr Parmar's limp response about more bus stops is a bit sad and short sighted. I'd have more respect for a comment about removing the parked lumps of plastic and aluminium that clog Dominion road at present - but even then that's a council job not a government job. Perhaps Dr Parmar should have stood for council if her thinking is still at that level.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Never Been ta Borstal,

    Thank you

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs,

    I kind of hate the dogma that Trump supporters are stupid. I really don't think they are. But I do think they have a very limited range of knowledge and experience.

    One of the things we noticed when we lived in the US (2 decades ago) was that a huge number of Americans live in relatively small social communities. They get little or no contact with people outside their social circle at all. So if that social group has a meme that, for example, all crime is committed by immigrants then that gets reinforced over and over again.

    It's confirmation bias ramped up to the max. They have an idea and never meet anyone who challenges that idea. Even worse than that they get exposed to outright falsehoods so often that the lies feel like truth to them.

    And so when Trump comes along and repeats all those same lies it's obvious that they'll support him.

    I don't think it's about hate as such, but rather a distrust of those outside their communities, which is a fairly normal human reaction.

    Trump recognized the power of those groups with such strong confirmation bias and played to them. A lot of people were really surprised by just how many people have those biases but anyone who's spent time in those small communities will recognize them. Add them up and they become a really large scary voting block.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Excited for Auckland!, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We need daily rail services between Hamilton and Auckland Central but our two do-nothing local Nat MPs have steadfastly opposed any talk of it.

    Seriously? That’s daft. A more functional rail service to and from Auckland could only be good, surely?

    I wonder whether the problem is that if you allow a passenger rail service from Hamilton to Auckland, with a stop in Huntly, then folks will use it ... A LOT.

    That will create pressure to improve the service - make it faster, smoother, better carriages etc. And I'm not sure the actual rail infrastructure can be improved substantially without a complete overhaul which would be a huge investment in the future.

    A really really good investment but as we know this government is does not care about the future beyond the next election.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Moz,

    Being polite

    No worries Moz. I do realise you can't do 38 km in an hour without going over 38 kph.
    But I never said you'd be able to do it in an hour just that you'd be faster - unless you have a flat route with no low speed sections.

    Balanced against that is the extra weight of the bike which will lower your top speed. Either way if you need to do it in an hour you are gonna be sweaty.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…, in reply to Moz,

    If I was going to spend more money I’d want something that goes faster instead.

    Yes you don't get a faster top speed but you should still get there a lot faster because all the parts of your trip where your speed drops below say 20 kph you can use the assist to raise it closer to 30 kph. By using the assist to increase the low speed portions of your trip you should get a much better average speed.

    Unless you have a flat commute.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    And as a second question how reliable and robust are the e-bikes?

    Part of the joy of a bike is it's so simple* that there just isn't that much that goes wrong - add the electric assist and that simplicity starts to decline.

    *simple in the sense that most of the engineering is so well established and refined now that it feels simple

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4188 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: There in half the time:…,

    One of the advantages of a bike is that you can do most of the service and repairs yourself.

    So one question I have is how much does the added complexity of the e-bike affect the basic repairs/servicing?

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