Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    To put Trump in perspective:

    Rejected due to absence of cat references or photos

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  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Even mature cats do odd things. Here's Colin sitting in the cubbyhole by our new Ikea shelves last week.

    Apollo has decided the place to sleep is on top of my rucksack which I put down on the workbench in the garage.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things,

    Apollo is our evil cat. At random times for no discernible reason he will savagely attack our arms - full on death claw and bite to the bone mode. We don't know why. For the rest of the time he's lovely, last night he wanted cuddles so came and lay on my mouse hand and purred. he doesn't do laps but likes to be between us so we have to leave a space on the couch just for him.

    Artemis is his sister and a perfect example of why you should be very careful with cat names - after discovering who she was named after she has spent every minute of every night trying to live up to her name. She's generous though - she will bring her victims up to our bedroom to let us play with them too ... at 3 am.

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  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    As long as the management was on board with the vision then I think any reasonable mixed use structure could be managed.

    Just echoing what Damien and Russell have said. This kind of thing could work well BUT it needs the right CEO.

    From my experience in a CRI most CEOs are fundamentally accountants in nature. They focus on "business" and most Boards of Directors are the same. In that environment the "purpose" of the organisation gets lost.

    When you have a CEO committed to what the organisation is actually meant to do, be it science or public broadcasting, you have a much stronger chance of getting the desired outcome. There are always plenty of accountants hovering around to make sure the business is OK but without that genuine commitment from the CEO to a goal bigger than simply making more dollars you quickly become just another business.

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  • Hard News: I tried Sativex: it was no…,

    So THAT explains those texts.

    It is deeply frustrating that Pharmac is stepping away from balancing cost/benefit relationships (and yes those include letting people die) and making the call on "risk of diversion".

    If there was genuine risk of diversion it should be dealt with in other ways and not within the purvue of Pharmac.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    Back to the US for a moment - if you want to truly terrify yourself listen to History hit interviewing Laurence Rees about the conditions and state of pre-war Germany.

    Essentially talking to Germans of that era they voted for a completely inexperienced extremely radical leader because he wasn't a politician. Everyone expected his extreme rhetoric to be tempered once he gained power ...

    There, I've Godwin'd the thread good and proper

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Labour’s attempts to widen it’s appeal

    ... to the homophobic rape apologist demographic ...


    Fixed that for you.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…, in reply to Zach Bagnall,

    they anticipate a libertarian utopia

    What they anticipate and what they get are unlikely to be the same.

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  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    I get the feeling that there is a group of Trump supporters who know full well his actions are going to do tremendous damage - but because they initially backed him (for any number of insane reasons) they now cannot change their position.

    It's an inability to accept being wrong.

    So they seize any semblance of positive no matter how ludicrous.

    To some degree I don't mind those folks who really believe Trump is doing good, they're wrong but at least they are honest.

    It's the Republicans who recognise the harm he's doing but are willing to allow it in order to further their own agenda that really disgust me.

    And then there are the ones who actually seem to want Trump to destroy everything, they know he's a screw up and a disaster and that's what they like. Presumably because they believe the post-apocalypse will be fun.

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  • Feed: World of Food 5: Andorra –…,

    I was always taught to finish to “finish” the omelet under a grill. melting the cheese(s) and grilling the optional ingrediants for the omelet.

    I think that last bit of cooking of the top allows you to slide the omelet out of the pan onto the plate … when the omelet is half out of the pan and half on the plate you tilt the pan further and use the pan to fold the omelet in half … all pretty like.

    Also Russell is right that metal fork is scaring me too :).

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