Good on Australia
For siding with the Americans in selling us all out to the multinational companies........
Maybe they'll toss the good little lap dog a bone
America is pushing too hard on too many fronts in the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty negotiations, making it unlikely the treaty will be finalised this year, according to a new round of leaked documents from the recent Salt Lake City meetings. The latest leaks, posted at Wikileaks, reveal how deeply unpopular some of America …
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"Aus was always considered as the 52nd state of the US"
Don't know how the merkins think of us these days, but it's a continuous source of bitter disappointment to me just how many Australians seem to thin we're part of the US, from the 'I don't give a stuff about my local MP - I'm voting in the president^W prime minister' to the fact that younger Australians are tending to speak in the most outrageous parodies of merkin accents.
Add to that the radio 'shock jocks' (Alan Jones, I'm looking at YOU) who seem to believe that the only solution to any issue lies in following right wing US republican politics (although Jones' combination of 'traditional fambly values' and trolling public toilets looking for random gay sex do provide a modicum of entertainment)
Right now US still has some financial muscle and can throw their weight around, but that strength is decreasing rapidly and they won't get taken seriously much longer.
Pacific countries are, however, getting to the stage where they can form a TPP that could still function without the USA. USA can play with the other children, not just tell the others what to do. It might however take the USA time to adjust to the concept of no longer being able to force their position.
Usually I would crow that I didn't vote Liberal but Labor would sell us out in a heartbeat and in fact, they were in power when this crap started.
Who do you vote for when the two major parties are identical and the supposed third choice is a bunch of fruitcakes who would have us living in caves hunting feral animals with recycled sticks?
Having the bullshit on everyone and being able to use what one would know and/or have collected [but not necessarily also understand, for some new information is notoriously difficult, by intentionally alien intelligent design, to parse] to one's greater exclusive advantage and oppressive perverse leverage, are two completely different sides of the same coin that those without such powers in Counter Intelligence instantly regret, for that is simply what rules and reigns supreme in the fields which host and server all such endeavours.
Time to Realise, Things have Changed. Get with IT and AI and New Orderly World ProgramMING with ForePlay Guaranteed CodeXSSXXXX Style Sheets of Mutually Beneficial and Addictively Insatiable Satisfaction. ..... thus to Ensure and Assure and Insure the Infinite Production of Even More Forever.
Would anyone sensible care to hazard a guess at the value of that on the open market and bourses, for such is there for the taking. I Kid U Not.
According to the copyright laws in common-law countries, as I understand it, copyright covers anything you write and anything you say. It therefore follows that any email conversation including the metadata thereof, and likewise any cellphone conversation including the metadata thereof, is covered by common copyright, and therefore, for the likes of the NSA to snatch-and-grab emails and phone conversations including the metadata thereof, is to violate the common copyright of the citizens so surveilled. Any penalty exacted on the persons of such people performing such massive copyright infringement less than what the Red Queen in public conversation with Alice, would approve of, may be too minor.
The disappointing thing about the US copyright (and patent) laws is that they serve as a hobble on US competitiveness and so, the US in its wisdom, wishes to hobble other economies - in this case its Asia-Pacific friends. Quite an unfriendly attitude, in fact.
The 'automatic copyright of everything' thing is in the Berne convention. It was put in to fix some issues with draft works. If you copyright a movie, but then someone discovers you'd been showing the script to people and hadn't written a copyright notice on it, the script could potentially be uncopyrightable. So the convention required that anything set down in a fixed form, even without an explicit notice, would be copyright by default.
That's not the only reason. It's also the only sensible default. Otherwise you're just forcing everyone to put copyright notices on everything (because why wouldn't they claim copyright if they can, even if they're licensing under the GPL?) and then punishing anyone who ever forgets: lots of unproductive work for "lawyers".
I wish they'd make all the stupid disclaimers on by default as well.
The US used to have value backed money, they now only have worthless fiat currency, a fiat currency which was fully backed by oil purchases, but that backing is sliding away because they misused their power.
The US used to have productive industry, but they off-shored much of that, so they now lean on fake Intellectual Property, but they have less traction there and abused there power there too, so that is now sliding away, as we see here.
So what will become of the US?
The US used to have value backed money, they now only have worthless fiat currency
What would you propose instead of "fiat currency"? Would it make more sense to you to have the US money supply determined by the amount of yellow metal dug out of the ground in Africa?
So what will become of the US?
My best guess is that it'll be alright; demographics is on their side and occupying a large chunk of a continent full of resources is favourable, too. If HRC is elected to two terms then things might even get better than alright.
The USA Corporate Oligarchy wrote TPP. The US Corporate Oligarchy is the beneficiary of TPP. The core of TPP is treating customers of the USA Corporate Oligarchy as DEFAULT CRIMINALS. I call it customer abuse, the spirit of the age in modern biznizz.
No thank you. Go parasitize another planet.
The US used to have value backed money, they now only have worthless fiat currency, a fiat currency which was then backed by deals with oil selling countries, but that backing is sliding away because they broke their promises and misused their power.
The US used to have productive industry, but they off-shored much of that, so they now lean on fake Intellectual Property, but they have less traction there and abused their power there too, so that is now sliding away too now, as we see here.
So what will become of the US?
having these talks blow up in my country's face would be a wonderful holiday gift for me.
now, if we could only get rid of the bizbots and paranoid-farming spyfriends in all branches of federal, state and local governments. then we could get on with repairing this country.
[hey, i can dream, can't i?]
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel today signed an order approving the extradition of Julian Assange to America, where he faces espionage charges for sharing secret government documents.
It also distributed secret files revealing the torture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and sensitive communications from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, during the 2016 US presidential election.
US President Joe Biden has heralded an Indo-Pacific trade deal signed by several nations that do not include Taiwan. At the same time, Biden warned China that America would help defend Taiwan from attack; it is home to a critical slice of the global chip industry, after all.
The agreement, known as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), is still in its infancy, with today's announcement enabling the United States and the other 12 participating countries to begin negotiating "rules of the road that ensure [US businesses] can compete in the Indo-Pacific," the White House said.
Along with America, other IPEF signatories are Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Combined, the White House said, the 13 countries participating in the IPEF make up 40 percent of the global economy.
Julian Assange has won a technical victory in his ongoing battle against extradition from the UK to the United States, buying him a few more months in the relative safety of Her Majesty's Prison Belmarsh.
Today at London's High Court, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Burnett approved a question on a technical point of law, having refused Assange immediate permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court. The WikiLeaker's lawyers had asked for formal permission to pose this legal conundrum about Assange's likely treatment in US prisons to the Supreme Court:
Julian Assange's psychiatrist misled a judge when he delivered a report stating the WikiLeaks founder would be suicidal if extradited to the US for trial, lawyers for the US government have said.
Barrister James Lewis QC told the Lord Chief Justice yesterday that crucial reports were flawed because it did not clearly state that Assange had fathered two children while hiding in Ecuador's London embassy.
The WikiLeaker-in-chief is wanted in the US. He stands accused of hacking into US military databases and publishing classified docs. Although he won an initial legal bid to avoid extradition, the sole reason District Judge Vanessa Baraitser did not extradite him was because he would be suicidal if sent abroad. At the time the judge described that as "a well-informed opinion carefully supported by evidence."
Accused hacker and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the US to stand trial, Westminster Magistrates' Court has ruled.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser told Assange this morning that there was no legal obstacle to his being sent to the US, where he faces multiple criminal charges under America's Espionage Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act over his WikiLeaks website.
Assange is a suicide risk and the judge decided not to order his extradition to the US, despite giving a ruling in which she demolished all of his legal team's other arguments against extradition.
The 2016 hacking of the Democratic Party's email system – and subsequent leaking of its messages – was personally ordered by Vladimir Putin and aided by Julian Assange, according to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
A just-released volume [PDF] from the panel's dossier on Russia's efforts to meddle in that year's White House race pretty much accuses the Assange-run WikiLeaks of actively helping Moscow in its dirty work – by obtaining the internal memos from Russian hackers and spreading them online to derail Hillary Clinton's campaign and help nudge Donald Trump to victory.
And we're told Trump's team tried to collaborate with WikiLeaks to time announcements with upcoming leaks, encouraged the online dumping of the emails, and tapped up oligarchs close to the Kremlin to exchange inside information.
Prosecutors in the US have upgraded their case against Julian Assange with a second superseding indictment claiming he sought out the services of a notorious hacker who, unbeknownst to the WikiLeaks boss, was secretly working with the Feds.
The Department of Justice this week added yet more material to its indictment against Assange, which accuses him of 18 counts of espionage and hacking. The latest filing does not add any charges, though it includes evidence of Assange asking hackers to steal sensitive and scandalous dirt from government systems for WikiLeaks to disseminate. This could blow a hole in Jules' I'm-a-journalist-not-a-spy defense.
In the filing [PDF], it is said Assange worked directly with Anonymous and LulzSec miscreants in a quest to obtain US government documents and publish them on WikiLeaks.
Julian Assange has been told to hold his tongue and not interrupt court proceedings by a judge as he contests US attempts to extradite him from Britain to stand trial over his WikiLeaks website.
During the cross-examination of human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, one of Assange’s own witnesses in his extradition trial, Jules shouted out, “I’m here and by proxy” according to The Times.
District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, presiding, warned Assange to keep quiet, telling the Aussie: “Witnesses must be allowed to give their evidence free from interruption. In these hearings, things will most likely be said which you don’t agree with, and you would like to contradict it and speak about these things yourself. This is not the opportunity to do so.”
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