Eye in the Sky

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Australian Lawyer Who Fought Safety Rollbars On Off-Road Vehicles Dies In Rollover Of Off-Road Vehicle

JONATHAN TURLEY

300px-Four_wheelerA prominent lawyer Melbourne barrister, Ross Ray QC, was killed recently in an accident that was both ironic and tragic in its facts. Ray was the lead litigator fighting a requirement of safety rollbars on “quad bike” or off-road vehicles. He was killed on his farm in Mansfield when his quad bike rolled over and pinned him due to the lack of a rollbar.

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Ten Best Woodstock Performances!!

Dogs and Avocados

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As we head into festival season, Tunes Company thought it would be the perfect time to remember the granddaddy of them all:  The Woodstock Music & Art Fair; better known, simply, as Woodstock.  Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm was the site for the “gathering of the tribes” from August 15, 1969 to August 18, 1969.  It was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music” and it really was peaceful; plus it featured 32 classic musical acts on the bill.

Four million people were there.  That’s my best guess from listening to those who said they were there over the years.  Actual estimates put it at around a half-million fans.

Now, Max Yasgur is dead and the site is a quiet, beautiful, rural setting with a nearby museum.  Woodstock was the last flicker of the roaring flame that was the sixties generation; a half-million rebellious, idealistic, hopeful…

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Drop The Dead Donkey – Davenport’s Dilemmas

@jamespeshaw what do coastal ships ship when they ship 4.2 million tonnes per year?

If coastal shipping is going to double its freight capacity, and certainly going to need some new ships because the existing ships are unsuited to taking over the current business of road freight.

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Source: Ministry of Transport (2014). National Freight Demand Study 2014.

The decline and decline of the rentier class in the USA

Looks like the Reagan Revolution coincided with the American rich going out to work for a living. They started earning most of their incomes from wages, salaries and pensions or from entrepreneurial income. The American rich are now working rich; top wage earners, not top income earners.

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Source: The World Wealth and Income Database.

@JulieAnneGenter only 21% of freight is contestable by rail

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@jamespeshaw only 8% of freight is contestable by coastal shipping

Shipping offers only a tiny bit of competition the rail freight but barely any with road freight

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@JulieAnneGenter road, rail & ships are not substitute modes

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Source: International freight transport services | Productivity Commission of New Zealand.

@jamespeshaw how many domestic shipping services in NZ? 16!

Of the 4.2 billion million tons of annual coastal shipping in New Zealand, 2.32 million tons of that is petroleum products. The majority of coastal shipping is petroleum products redistributed from the one refinery in New Zealand to the rest of the country. You can’t double that which the Greens wanted to because it is already at its upper limit.

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Source: Coastal shipping and modal freight choice | NZ Transport Agency.

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