Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day,

    I struggle with all the aspects of ANZAC day and the way we view war itself. So much is boys own heroism. So much clinical analysis of strategy and tactics and weaponry and ...

    And I'm fascinated by much of that as well.

    But my father served in the Dutch army during WWII and I know almost nothing about his experiences. Except the very gaps tell a story, not a fun exciting boys own story.

    And I've read and seen enough first-hand accounts to know those who experienced war hated everything about war, including what it did to them. Nothing of that history is jolly boys own.

    Yeah the last 100 years is complex. There is no straight line from then to now. And what we know now about that time is no less complex.

    I do still feel the strength of lest we forget. I do still get the sense that those who experienced war never want anyone else to have to suffer that. The idea that we should only ever send our young men and women to war as the very very last resort is still there.

    But somehow today's ANZAC doesn't feel right. Yet again politicians are sending our young into a war we don't really understand, being led by commanders we barely know. Have we actually forgotten?

    The night before and I'm still not sure if we'll go to the dawn service.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    That Taiwanese news channel that does animations of world events ….

    Nailed it

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Alfie,

    Incidentally, if I lived in Auckland I certainly wouldn’t be patronising any of the Hip Group cafés either.

    Yeah this part really pisses me off. It isn't entirely clear that the owners of The Hip Group weren't lied to as well but the most parsimonious conclusion is that they hung their waitress out to dry for the benefit of Glucina, The Herald, and Key.

    And I do go to their cafes, I think I've eaten at most of them and been many times to some of them. What bugs me is their staff always seem happy and helpful - which usually indicates that the bosses are decent and fair.

    Yet on the face of it, the owners of The Hip group have decided it was better business to trick their staff member into an interview with one of the most right wing gossip columnists around.

    It will be hard to stop visiting Hip Group cafes but there are a lot of other nice cafes in Auckland.

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Sacha,

    Note that Glucina is denying the accusation

    Hmmm who should I believe?

    Such a hard decision ...

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  • Hard News: About Campbell Live, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The waitress says she was deceived into sitting down with her employers and talking to Rachel Glucina

    This is just disgusting. It appears as though The Herald, through Glucina and Currie have decided to give up any pretense of having moral standards.

    Surely there are some restrictions on whether journalists are allowed to lie to victims of harassment to get a story?

    This woman was the victim of sustained bullying and harassment.

    The Herald believes it's OK to lie to her in order to get a story?

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    But just as silly to ignore it in when trying to understand who and what we are.

    I just don't think it's necessary to invoke evolutionary arguments in this discussion. Especially given the level of uncertainty in the validity of the data.

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    still 100% publicly owed

    Awesome typo :)

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    The hunter-gathering we evolved for is supposed to have involved considerably less work hours than most people do today.

    Please remember hunter gatherers died young.
    Any estimates of their work ethic are wild guesses at best.
    And evolutionary arguments to justify behaviour are usually utter bollocks.

    We can talk about this stuff without such rationalisations.

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Why is it a bad thing that a junior journalist, or a freezing worker, or a port worker who worked holidays and extra hours could hit the top income bracket? Doesn’t seem so terrible to me.

    To be fair, while I'm strong on raising taxes and particularly for the well off, I'm not suggesting anything like the lower thresholds that Tinakori is talking about.

    They aren't necessary now we have GST anyway.

    For example last election there was a huge drama about how Labour's policy would tax us all and steal all our hard earned money. In fact what was proposed was a higher rate that kicked in at $150k (I think). If any freezing worker is earning that I'd be amazed.

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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to John Farrell,

    “Anyone working long hours at a pretty standard labouring or semiskilled job soon found themselves paying tax at the 60% rate.”

    You will, of course, be able to give a reference for this.

    It was possible when you worked multiple jobs and especially if you did overtime in your secondary income.

    But it's worth noting that you only paid 60% on a tiny portion of your income. That 60% number gets waved around as some scary boogy man when in fact the people paying that were generally pretty damn wealthy by most measures.

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