I write a lot. It’s not often I name anyone other than your’s truly as any kind of super-duper author, but fair is fair. Tech.pinions’ John Kirk is a bo·na fide genius and my new tech fearless leader. If saying what a million people think and backing it up with proof is worth a plug nickel, this guys deserves a Pulitzer. Here’s why.
The news that Ford Australia will no longer make cars may not be something everyone in the world takes note of, but auto enthusiasts, economists, and particularly Australians certainly should. The decision to close two plants, ending production for the famous auto giant in Australia, should be a wake up call, a signal that the Great Recession is still on.
This year’s Eurovision contest showed promise. Promise of human beings coming together in Europe, maybe across the world. Now, days after Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest, sanging the winning song in the finale, Only Teardrops the idea and ideology still enshrouds Europe. With Azerbaijan launching an investigation into its own voting schema, and an enrage Russian fan base, the Europe of medieval times just doesn’t seem so far off.
Good PR, or just plain good leadership, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just might be one of two world leaders in “choice” situations for positive change. In a recent Facebook posting on the Prime Minister’s behalf, Mr. Abe professes a simple but elegant truism; “The nation will be vibrant only when the local regions are vibrant.”
Everyone reading this can feel it, that gnawing sense that we are about to reach the end of some real or perceptual rope. When American Airlines starts begging customers to travel light, it’s clear the bean counters have been at the helm for too long. Efficiency is one thing, traveling naked is another can of PR worms.
In EU news, German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Philipp Roesler has suggested the European Commission making what he terms a “grave mistake” where proposed import duties on imported China solar panels are concerned. However, while Roesler suggests the Commission should bolster trade relations, other experts agree Germany and the EU may well be better served backing off China imports in some areas.