Daily Review 20/10/2015

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This provides Standardistas the opportunity to review events of the day.

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8 comments on “Daily Review 20/10/2015”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    What We Always Knew: The TPP and Intellectual Property

    As the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted, the IP chapter “confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes few hopes we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn’t survive to the end of the negotiations.”

    Coming to the chapter with fresh eyes allows for an initially easy deception. The language in parts is bland and general, taking cognisance of the IP rules for the “mutual advantage of producers and users” to “facilitate the diffusion of information”. All this, it is suggested, is to aid access to the wonderful world of diversity that is the public domain.

    The public domain, however, is evidently seen to be one heavily circumscribed by both the State and its corporate partners. The treaty entitles signatories to restrict information, for instance, through trial proceedings that would be “detrimental to a party’s economic interests, international relations, or national defence or national security”. Signatory states already have similar domestic restrictions designed to curb such information mechanisms as freedom of information.

    The more I hear of the TPPA the worse it becomes. That said, I think the author of that piece got the facts wrong on copyright.

  2. Paul 2

    Tim Groser: Change of government in Canada shouldn’t affect TPP trade deal

    ‘”At the broad level of principle,” Mr Groser said, “it would be almost inconceivable that Canada would stay out of TPP.”
    If, hypothetically, Canada had wanted to withdraw, it could have, Mr Groser said.
    “There is only one real indispensable member and that is the United States.”
    But if major economies such as Japan, Canada or Mexico were to fail to get political support for signing the agreement, it would lead to some consequences for the negotiation.
    “I would not wish to speculate on what that would be, but it would not stop it. Only the US would stop it.”‘


  3. DH 3

    I’ve just had notification that the Northern Gateway Toll Road is increasing the toll from $2.20 to $2.30. That’s the second increase, was originally $2. I think we all knew this would happen when toll roads were introduced; grasping thieves looting the pockets of motorists. So much for public roads

    • Rosemary McDonald 3.1

      Perhaps a bit of a demonstration/reminder of what the traffic was like for the northern ‘burbs before the toll road?

      All those cars/trucks/motorhomes wending their way through town….

      • DH 3.1.1

        A few weeks without toll revenue might wake them up a but but I doubt enough people would do it. Much as I hate to admit it the new route is a lot faster & more convenient than the old Orewa – Wenderholm road

        The toll was to pay for building the road, it’s not a maintenance charge, and since the cost of a structure already built will never increase the tolls shouldn’t go up either. This is just revenue gathering, another tax in disguise.

  4. Another case of heinous behaviour reaches a conclusion: https://networkonnet.wordpress.com

    “Marlene Campbell triumphs in judge’s decision

    In a judgement just out Marlene has won compensation and near full costs. The judge’s decision was uncompromising.

    She has been the victim of horrific political and bureaucratic cruelty. It started with one complainant that didn’t go to proper process, then to Anne Tolley’s office from which was directed all the bureaucratic power she could muster, and the jackals went to work. The minister’s office at that time was all over the editorial office of the Southland Times with heavy bias apparent throughout. …”

    • ianmac 4.1

      Thanks for that link repateet. Must be pretty tough for Principals and teachers when not only the “Professionals” in ERO and MOE are acting in a despicable manner but aided and abetted by politicians like Parata. After all they want to be rid of troublesome people who dare to stand against such things as National Standards. And thanks so much to Kelvin for shining daylight on this. I wonder why it is not in MSM?

  5. Armchair Critic 5

    “Crimewatch Patrol”? This must mean the car has an inwards-facing camera.

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