Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to Steve Withers,

    If it was found to be unsafe

    But it was never unsafe. Never ever ever. Not a single piece of data showing harm or even potential harm. Just a misused and misunderstood number.

    There should have been no remediation costs because remediation was utterly unnecessary.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The miserable archive, in reply to Steve Withers,

    what was this Tribunal supposed to do in *legal* terms?

    Ok to toss a grenade - In legal terms they were breaching the rights of tenants based on "evidence" that was false and known to be false.

    In legal terms - well I'm not a lawyer - but I'd say the tribunal has made decisions that are legally unsupportable and were unsupportable at the time.

    At the least many of their decisions should be legally overturned. But I'd imagine that will be a legal process and come too late for many poor (socially, emotionally and financially) people.

    So no I have NO sympathy for a tribunal that failed so utterly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The miserable archive,

    What I find so utterly depressing about this is that it's become clear that HNZ and now ADHB have a culture that is focused on punishing people who use the services those agencies are meant to provide.

    Somehow we've allowed our core social services to lose their raison d'etre.

    I'm certain that at the actual hands on end of those organisations most of the staff are really trying to do the good that those agencies are meant to provide. But they aren't in control.

    I don't think it's just one government's fault. I think it's a long term cultural problem. And I think it's something that needs to change unless we want New Zealand to become a different kind of country, a much harsher, meaner country, one that doesn't care for the people.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Word About Safety, in reply to Emma Hart,

    by the idea of switching from adversarial to inquisitorial trials

    I look forward to a post about your conclusions.

    From everything I've read, the problem is NOT the jury. The problem is the use of the adversarial legal system. There have been reviews that have come to the conclusion that the adversarial system fails in rape cases.

    But there is a huge emotional investment by those who practice and more importantly by those who teach the law that the adversarial system cannot be questioned.

    I don't know how we can change the system but it is so obviously failing women. It really should be a national scandal that rape victims are not protected by (from?) the lawyers of this country.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But in general the reality is likely much more mundane

    To some extent I agree. We don't do envelopes stuffed with $100 bills. But we do have a culture of you scratch my back and I'll let you know when a really good investment property come up on the listings and let me shout you a nice dinner at Cibo while I talk about our meth testing company.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    Two parts of this piss me off the most the first, and obvious one given my job, is the way scientific data was simply ignored for so long by the media. It was boring to report the actual science and much more exciting to report the drama however false it was.

    That's a theme across most the the media today for any issue be it meth, marijuana, vaccines, GMOs, homeopathy, vitamin supplements, herbal remidies etc etc etc in each case the media happily ignore the science and go to the companies making money for comment. The replicated peer-reviewed data is there but the media don't understand it and don't think the public are interested.

    There are exceptions in the media but that's the problem they are wonderful and valuable exceptions. As a consequence we have a public exposed to bollocks constantly.

    The second thing that pisses me off is the people who made money from this. Banks and mortgage companies who almost certainly were getting kickbacks, real estate agents (why anyone believes anything a real estate agent says is beyond me), testing companies, remediation companies and so on. People who knew damn well they were selling snake oil but took money from people anyway. And yes there must have been politicians who were taking kickbacks here as well in some form or another.

    It's corrupt. And it should have been stopped years ago.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Interestingly if you buy an e-bike designed for Europe it will cut the assist at 25 kph as standard.

    Our experience with such a bike is that it really does everything you want from an e-bike, unless of course you really want to go fast in which case a good road bike will usually be the fastest thing you can get.

    I don't necessarily believe the number should be 25 kph but I do think it's reasonable to expect e-bikes on bike paths to be going a "reasonable speed". Figuring out how to achieve a legislation that will achieve that might be fun since the definition of reasonable is variable and subjective.

    As a side note we discovered that one consequence of having the extra 20 kgs of battery and motor on the e-bike is that the disk brakes wear a bit faster than you would normally expect - worth checking the brake pads earlier than you would normally.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here, in reply to Robert Harvey,

    FWIW, Kate Wilhelm's "The Gate To Women's Country"

    A wonderful novel by Sherri S Tepper

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Roger,

    Try 40 years! I clearly remember answering University exam question sea level rise and increased stormyness in the late 1970s

    You're right, I remember giving a literature seminar on it in the 80s - I just forgot how old I am :(.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here,

    Them feeling utterly entitled to women is the problem. That’s what needs fixing.

    There are times when I just can't figure out any way to understand some people and this is one of them.

    This attitude is so far from my own I can't even imagine how they became the way they are. I'm left just shaking my head in confusion.

    How does a society create such people? Did nobody notice that they were insane? What must their parents feel like when they discover that they've raised such an evil person? Or their teachers? Do they have any normal friends?

    None of it makes any kind of sense at all.

    They are however, quite real and somehow society (us) needs to figure out how to end such behaviour.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

Last ←Newer Page 1 2 3 4 5 442 Older→ First