Below is my son's impression and reaction to the beginning of the TPP this past week. He has lived in Korea for over 10 years and has a Masters in Business.
This is from a live conversation we had at the time.
"I just read the FTA went through with Korea.
Man, the destruction in a couple of months there is pretty impressive!
What the US has done to Canada will now be done to Australia easily and endlessly.
Tax payers money going to fight corporations, basically, Australia is bought and sold, not even a chance to pretend sovereignty, even as the 51st US state!
I cant believe they would do it.
Well you don't need to know a lot about macroeconomics or politics to see how messed up it is.
Australians are just tax sheep now.
No individual power, sovereign power!
Still pay top dollar and top tax for nothing.
I'm more shocked by that big one move, all the rest is a bunch of small things together.
Game over Australia!
Politics is owned now.
Just stop pretending there is democracy, just cut to pure capitalism already.
It really can't be undone unless you wanna start looking like an insular axis state.
Can't pretend anymore.
So disappointing.. how can you respect any peers when they do that?
Too bad, could have been great!
It's really destroyed now.
Korea just kicked Australia-old-idiot-men's ass. Seemed easy. It's embarrassing." - Annie Also
Oh for fucks sake, hoopla posts to Facebook and that's the only way some people would read the incredible articles you have. I'm so over hearing the beat up about online petitioning. I run a yearly christmas drive that has been helped enormously by Facebook, Pozible has helped a few friends of mine turn albums, books and art projects into a reality, through Facebook. The recent get up rally Australia wide which saw thousands gather in major capital cities included advertising through Facebook.
I used to sign petitions on the street, now I do it online, who gives a toss whether it's on paper or on the internet. It's something.
Plus sign a petition - Peta
Hear,hear Sheila. - Sally
Rob, why all the secrecy? The answer to your question is very simple and obvious. Read point 2 here if you are truly interested.
https://www.dfat.gov.au/fta/tpp/faq.html - Johnsie
Hi Adam, Today was a big day for me, and i have you to thank! After reading your article on your day to day battle with Bi polar, i myself made my bi polar public! Within minutes i was getting comments on my announcement and within an hour had 19 private messages congratulating me! If only i had the guts to reach out earlier, i might have had some support over the years! Everything you mentioned in your article, i too went thru! So a BIG thank you too you, and if you could, please find my page and read my status, and i would be GREATLY GREATLY thankfull if YOU could comment on my status! Would mean ALOT to me to be acknowledged by you! Forever thankfull!! Steven Schmidt - Steven Schmidt
The idea of retail drones is wonderful. They have not thought through the confluence of such drones and a teenager with an orange cannon. - Alistair
So I wonder what's to stop someone from interfering with/grabbing/damaging one en route to your address. There goes your book LOL I imagine hunting down drones would be a fun activity for those with nothing much else to do.
I hear they're hunting with them in the US - that land of the free. And they're hunting game. Can you believe it! - RhodaD
Yes, a long way to go but thanks to people like you and Jessica the public are beginning to see the picture.
My best wishes. - RhodaD
I was following reports of your 'nervous breakdown' and thank you for candidly sharing the true story. I knew of your success with Sunrise and tuned in to Wake Up on that basis. To hear that you, a successful, professional person, suffers from Bipolar Disorder brought me a lot of comfort because I suffer too. I have had years of illness but was misdiagnosed until earlier this year, when I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar type 2.
With some trepidation, I shared this secret on my blog this year and I have to say people have been very supportive. There is so much mental illness out there - it is ridiculous that stigma still exists.
Wishing you all the best xx - Michelle Holland
Dominoes pizza have been testing them for pizza deliveries.
Can't wait till there so many they are crashing into each other and dropping goods all over the place.
And what good targets they'll make for the shooters party. - olddavey