Anyone in Auckland New Zealand next Monday 16 December, drop by the Auckland City Library at 5:50 in the evening to drink some wine and hear some poetry by John Tranter, Michele Leggott, Anne Kennedy and Robert Sullivan! Phone Auckland 377 0209.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren on Emerging & Controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Treaty: December 5, 2013:
See this link: http://lofgren.house.gov/latest-news/rep-zoe-lofgren-on-emerging-controversial-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp-trade-treaty/
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) participated in a press conference today voicing concerns over the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. During the press conference, held on the eve of this coming weekend’s high-level ministerial meeting on TPP in Singapore in which a possible final deal may be announced, Rep. Lofgren focused her remarks on troubling provisions related to Internet Freedom, consumer rights, copyright, and fair use and the public domain in the digital age:
“I just wanted to address the leaked IP chapter of the TPP because we’ve expressed concern in the past that these trade agreements really are at the expense of consumer rights, fair use, and the public domain. In fact I wrote to the USTR [U.S. Trade Representative] about these issues in September 2012 and it doesn’t look like they’ve been resolved.[…] “In closing, this is something that is backdooring, through a trade agreement, that which could not be obtained in Congress. I think we all remember SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Millions of Americans shut the phone system down in the United States Congress. It looks like there are some elements of SOPA that are being inserted into this trade agreement and I don’t think the American people are going to put up with it.”
… but the gullible, oafish Australians will lap it up. Wanna bet?
In 1973 Qantas served an extensive world network of 37 overseas destinations compared with 21 today. (Wikipedia)
What happened to all those destinations?
In 1993 the Australian government privatised its national airline, receiving A$1.45 billion in proceeds. (Wikipedia)
What happened to the money?
Standard and Poor’s has downgraded Qantas’s credit rating to sub-investment grade, a day after the company announced plans to sack 1,000 workers over the next 12 months. S&P lowered the airline’s credit rating from BBB- rating, which is the lowest investment grade rating, to BB+. A below-investment-grade rating is known as “junk” status among professional investors. (ABC news, 6 December 2013)
What has happened to our “flag-carrying” national airline, sold to foreigners and managed by a foreigner? Why are Qantas’ successful main competitors carefully and strongly supported by foreign national governments? Why is Australia governed by amiable half-wits? Or are they really all that amiable?
… free, of course, at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania. See: http://www.mona.net.au/
… at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania. See: http://www.mona.net.au/
A pink, puffy Porsche… at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart, Tasmania. See: http://www.mona.net.au/
The Gallery has a web presence: http://www.mona.net.au/
Where the wild things are: ‘Snow moment’, Jigokudani, central Japan (Jasper Doest/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013) Source: Natural History Museum; from http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/11/09/award-winning-wildlife-photos-capture-candid-moments/9
“The City that Never Sleeps … except at night.” The Sun-Herald is the Sunday version of the beleaguered Sydney Morning Herald, the paper that sacks trained staff and replaces them with cheaper workers. Hence, on the travel pages, this generic Getty Images shot of New York City, and the caption… ah, the caption! Please read the caption. Now read it again. What period of the day is “dawn to dusk”? That’s right: daylight. Thank you. Good night.
Sad to say goodbye to Elisabeth Wynhausen. Happier days, 1989, New York City: John Tranter, Leon Tranter, Lyn Tranter, Elisabeth Wynhausen, Kirsten Tranter, after lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen. (And see below.)
At elisabethwynhausen.com (note: no “z”) you can read dozens of her best pieces of writing: “Of the thousands of articles that Elisabeth wrote in her time as a journalist for The National Times, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald and The Australian, she has selected these forty pieces as her favourites.” At http://elisabethwynhausen.com/