When Malcolm Turnbull took over responsibility for the NBN Australia ranked 30th in the world in internet speeds. Now it ranks 60th. Thanks Mr Turnbull!
Apparently Wyatt Roy got a rollicking over the issue on Q&A the other night, trying to defend the indefensible.
What would Labor do?
Essentially there would be two phases. In some locations fibre to the node would already be locked in, but rollouts planned after that would move to using more FTTP.
2. Why Trump?
Trump has been completely off his face this week. We won’t go there, its beyond the pale.
Pippa Norris says it’s not just Trump. Authoritarian populism is rising across the West. She says we’re seeing a deep and strong cultural backlash against changes in social values.
- [Far right] parties steal votes mainly from the center right. Populist appeals also draw support from certain characteristics associated with the center left, especially by appealing predominately to men, the less educated, and the economically marginalized.
This Bloomberg article looks at two factory workers, a couple, in the US who used to both earn $16.10 an hour. In 1994 the US signed the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Their jobs have gone to Mexico, where workers are paid around $1.75 an hour.
The US couple have found new jobs. He fills orders at a local farm supply store, she works in the high school cafeteria, for a lot less than they used to get.
Trump says he’ll fix it. He won’t of course.
Thomas Frank also looked at hours of Trump speeches. Beyond the bigotry and racism, he says Trump talks a lot about trade – free trade and its effects, keying into deindustrialisation and despair.
Pippa Norris again, who appears to work between Harvard and Sydney University. She reports on US elections through the eyes of The Electoral Integrity Project. They’ve looked at elections in 139 countries from 2012 to 2015. Forty experts were asked to assess each election by answering 49 questions to derive a mark out of 100. Here’s how the US stacked up against economically comparable democracies:
The US sees itself as an exemplar of democracy. In fact its system is badly broken. The article gives some reasons. The full report would give more.
Australia could do better.
After thinking about it for 35 years we are going to have a new kitchen. Ours is a beast with four doors, hardly any bench space, and constricted internal traffic. There was an alcove built when we had the deck put on in 2002, but it was never lined and finished.
The asbestos has already gone, nixing some small wall cupboards. On Monday the old kitchen is destroyed – we won’t even have water. Then the floor is sanded, followed by the installation of the new kitchen, followed by painting the floor and leaving it to dry. All that is going to take about three weeks.
My dearly beloved is organising it all. After a life of as kindy and preschool teacher, organising a bunch of tradies is a cinch!
I expect it will cut into my internet time. And yes, son Mark is coming to stay for a week.
Introduction to Saturday salon
Because of the way the blog currently presents posts on the home page I think it’s better to remove the introductory material to a different place. For new readers, here’s the rationale for this space.
An open thread where, at your leisure, you can discuss anything you like, well, within reason and the Comments Policy. Include here news and views, plus any notable personal experiences from the week and the weekend.
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The gentleman in the image is Voltaire, who for a time graced the court of Frederick II of Prussia, known as Frederick the Great. King Fred loved to talk about the universe and everything at the end of a day’s work. He also used the salons of Berlin to get feedback in the development of public policy.
Fred would only talk in French; he regarded German as barbaric. Here we’ll use English.
The thread will be a stoush-free zone. The Comments Policy says:
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