Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Stamper Stamp,

    By the way – don’t assume the so-called consensus on CAGW is correct.
    The story of plate tectonics is the story of how one man, Alfred Wegener, came up with the theory of continental drift, only to be widely opposed and mocked. Wegener challenged the earth science “consensus” of his day. And in the end, his view prevailed. Food for thought eh?

    Oh good lord, this again.

    Yes scientists have frequently overturned established dogma.

    But what you and your ilk fail to realise (or just blindly ignore) is they do so BY PRESENTING DATA

    The scientific community is not bothered by your fatuous cherry picked examples because when we look at all the data as opposed to your examples the data shows climate change is ongoing, human caused, and likely to cause great harm to life on our planet.

    That your examples get recycled again and again by paid flunkies of industries that benefit by the continuation of their current polluting activities just makes it easier to treat you with the contempt you deserve.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3676 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Steve Rowe,

    and that somewhere probably doesn’t have good coffee

    There ARE limits!

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    If we act decisively now, hundreds of thousands will have a dramatic

    ... MIGHT ...

    That is the other lie, there is no evidence at all that anyone will have a drop in their standard of living. None! In fact, every initiative taken thus far has positive economic impacts and can be said to have improved the standard of living.

    The economic catastrophe is a lie.

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  • Access: It’s just a bout of Chronic Sorrow,

    And thank you Hilary.

    As always your experiences are valuable for those of us on the outside.

    I wanted to use the phrase "lucky enough to not have to deal with it" but I don't think that fits, since you've so ably demonstrated that you ARE lucky. I don't think I have the language skills to convey quite what I mean.

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  • Access: It’s just a bout of Chronic Sorrow, in reply to Sacha,

    Neolib crackpottery, yes. I’d never want us to try vouchers for education, etc, but the disability support system is so misaligned I can’t dismiss the potential value.

    But this isn't about trying to do it better for those in need.

    It's about doing it cheaper so the Nats can get their surplus and then give the rich another fucking tax cut.

    Yeah there is potential value but that could only be realised if there is constant oversight and investment in the providers chosen. You and I both know the task will go to the lowest bidder.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3676 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind Baltimore, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    officers receive performance

    One of the strongest arguments against running public services as businesses, particularly services that have specific social aims that have nothing to do with money.

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to william blake,

    If you would like to review and critique the 2,500 scientists who worked on it, I would be interested in your analysis.

    Please note: finding typos and trivial errors does not constitute a proper review

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Stamper Stamp,

    I am just pointing out that carrying out more investigation means the science is not settled.

    Actually what you are doing - and not as subtly as you believe - is trying to deflect people from ACTING on established science by arguing that more research could be done.

    It is a cheap fatuous delay tactic and worthy of our contempt.

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to BenWilson,

    We could be trapped in a neoliberal local maximum

    I don't think there is any evidence to suggest we are at any kind of optima.

    While the analogy is interesting as a thought experiment I don't think it is particularly helpful in our local political environment.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3676 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    The power of marketing

    First against the wall ...

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