March 11th, 2011

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I will not embarrass you all by singing

Happy Birthday ferrouswheel! You are probably getting sick of hearing it by now, but I might be compensating so humour me. I hope this year brings you adventure and challenges and happiness and that you keep getting to express who you are in your own unique way, because who you are is awesome.

Have a present (not just for ferrouswheel). It's the leaked full text of the US's draft chapter on intellectual property for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement - an agreement that's essentially between the US and a bunch of smaller pacific nations, which seems to my jaundiced eye to be a case of the US attempting to bash all the other nations into its prescribed shape by dangling a free trade carrot.

Problem is that for New Zealand, agreeing to the US terms would tie us up in all sorts of knots that are objectionable to the NZ public, without really improving our trade position at all. Don't believe me? Here's a google search I did for TPPA. As you'll see, the links are pretty much all critical of it. From what I gather, the agreement won't help our dairy exports, will worsen our public health system, and will turn our internet into a draconian copyright-protection mechanism (which is what that doc up there is about). Here's a summary in the Herald.

So, um, why would New Zealanders support an agreement that's mostly to their disadvantage, that is being negotiated in secret so they only get to find out what's in it through leaked documents? Dear John Key, kiwis don't want this if it means we get to kiss more US arse (oh, and let them take our money offshore) for little-to-no benefit to ourselves. Kthxbye.

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*cough* Anyway..

If you haven't bought your ticket for Psylent Night yet, you probably should. Cosmic Corner has them. Also, no news from the lab about First's snot culture yet. Massey said her nose-oscopy would cost $1400, so we're waiting for the lab results to rule out fungal infection before taking it any further. Meanwhile, there's still a little old-looking blood coming out of her nose, she sounds like she's breathing through a pipe, but other than that she's happy. *crosses everything some more* Also, she likes that she's getting meatballs morning and night. First says: A dog could get used to that.