October 30th, 2011
06:06 AM ET

Stranded Qantas passengers await decision on labor dispute

Australian airline Qantas remained grounded for a second day Sunday, leaving tens of thousands of stranded passengers worldwide awaiting an independent watchdog's decision in the labor dispute.

The cancellations affected more than 600 flights and 70,000 passengers, Qantas said.

At Sydney airport, columns of "canceled" illuminated the departure board. Throngs of weary passengers crowded the help desk to rebook with other airlines as suitcases lay scattered all over the floor.

"It makes me wonder whether I would book with Qantas again," said Isabelle Storer, who was stuck at the airport with her husband after a visit to the United States.

Their connection to Adelaide was canceled, leaving her frustrated because her husband needed medical treatment, she said.

Passenger Ron Fuller waited at the airport, albeit more optimistic.

"For a month or two, everyone will be anti-Qantas, there's no doubt about that," Fuller said. "But emotion probably gets in the way sometimes."

In a statement, Qantas pilots slammed the airline's chief executive for grounding the entire fleet, saying it is unfair to passengers, shareholders and workers.

"Alan Joyce obviously thinks Qantas is his personal plaything to use in his high-stakes game against pilots and other workers," said Richard Woodward, the president of the Australian and International Pilots Association.

The dispute has escalated, forcing government officials to ask watchdog Fair Work Australia to intervene.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Philip:
    Does this quote from my mother sound familiar to you?
    "((Joey,)) I know you believe all those old bad things really happened to you, but they didn't. They didn't. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of love. A lot of love."

    October 31, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Hi friends! Been workin like a dog and miss seein you all. Pretty heavy stuff goin on in here. I will say this: I dont think a true pedo HAS a preference; their agenda has more to do with power and corruption of YOUTH and INNOCENCE. They see a vessel, not so much boy or girl. That being said, I dont think THEIR orientation has much to do with it either. Its a violation borne of opportunity. And JIF, I can relate: For years I tried to make peace &forgive under the advice of people who said it would make me the bigger person. I finally got sicka bein guilt-tripped and cut all ties with my family . I DID make peace and I DID forgive. From a distance . Never been as happy and as free as I feel now. Havent talked to my mother in YEARS. And Im ok with that .

    October 31, 2011 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Wow. Again , really ? Ok, I give.. UNCLE!! Im out.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ raven:
    I had gone back to sleep for another hour or so.
    Then I just wrote a long reply to you, but the BigCNNComputorCensor rejected it.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    I know, right?
    Macroblooging isn't the only thing inflated here...

    October 31, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    I just saw the story about the abusive Boy Scout leader on this morning's news.
    Apparently, he was reported in 1979, and yet they continued to let him "lead".
    Shameful, to say the least.

    It should be noted, however, that this should not detract from the many good things that the BSA do.
    Demonizing an entire bushel because of one bad apple is wrong.

    I suspect, however, that my words will be in vain, as they often are with you.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Oh, and Philip?
    Taking cheap potshots at the "microbloggers" all the time just makes you look small and petty.
    You assume that anyone who can string a bunch of words nicely is this person, thus insulting the hundreds of people who can actually *write*.
    Assumptions are a mainstay of yours, though, of course.
    All of this, while you yourself hide behind many, many usernames yourself, thinking that because you write about the same things over and over and over, people will recognize you, which they do, of course.
    You topics always revolve around you, *that's* what's so easily identifiable.

    Answer Joey's questions.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Joey...you asked "If I realized that my position on the continuum of se-
    x-zual preference were for men, could you accept that realization?
    If that place on the continuum were for women but you had some interest in men, could you accept that?

    Perhaps you could reword your questions. I do realize that I focus on the preferences that both straight and gay men have for underage teenagers and even children. I've just noticed that the vast majority of men getting caugh molesting children both while hiding inside of churches and as volunteers hiding inside of the Boy Scouts of America and Canada haooen to be openly gay 'holy men' and openly gay Scout leaders. So I see the camel here others focus on the gnat, even going so far as to group the gnat and the camel with the same nametag: pedoflies. Of course, this is due to their desire to more politically correct than to actually be correct. And someone infered that I wanted the entire organizations torn down. This is not my point at all. My point is that those that help the abusers of children should start being held accountable for their actions no matter how huge and powerful the organizations are that hide them from Justice. Naturally, the same would apply to people like my own mother who looked the other way as the abuses occured just the same. At any rate, whatever it is that our society is doing to curb child molestation isn't working so we should at least try something different.

    @Raven...I noticed where you mentioned that you no longer have contact with the abusers/enablers of your own family. I myself have not spoken to my own mother and pharma-junkie brothers and sister in over a year. I tried for years and years to get them to discuss our dysfuntional family, but all they wanted to do was try and blame me, as if a child caused the problems. The times that I ran away as a small boy...my family, teachers, and even our society labled me a problem child, never asking themselves what the child might be running away from. I escaped ritilin by just a few years. My younger brotheres were not so fortunate. They both have ADD btw. I still communicate with my younger sister who escaped the abuse when she ran-away from home @14 and never returned. She now lives in Boston and is married to an executive VP of Eastern Bank corp. Her husband made millions off of this latest balloon bubble popping. And he is thankful for the bank bailout. They live in an 6 million dollar mansion on the north shores. My sister takes xanax to deal with her missing husband, and so it is hard for me to relate to her, but I still try.

    Where others group all pesoflies into one tidy little bundle, I break them down. An openly gay man whom molests just boys is obviously an homyoznexrual by his own admission. Why argue with him? Why argue with me for pointing this out? And I do NOT sy the same things over and over again. I've posted on literally hundreds of subjects and issues on this newsblog for the past 2 years. Anyone who thinks that i keep saying the same things ALL the time must have a huge memory capacity, and must have focused on my every word. It's silly though, for there are literally hundreds and hundres of people whom blog here. Even if I were to post the same thing over and over again for a solid year, there would still be new people arriving here and seeing that post for the first time. I think that many of the things I say here get some particulat vivariously living bloggers upset time and time again, and once they ran out of arguements to put forth, they changed their s/n's...NOT to make a point as I do, but to hide while saying things like "if I were your mom I would have aborted you" or "I would kill you with an AK-47)

    It is a fact. The vast majority of men caught molesting children are openly gay priests, policemen, teachers, lawyers, etc...most are men trusted by dysfunctional families harboring them, many of whom are members of their own extended family. Why get mad at me for pointing out statistics like fully over half of ALL American Catholic clergy are openly gay, and that it primarily from this group of men that child molestations come from inside of that organization. If you don't just read the news but investigate, say, the policeman that got caught molesting a dozen kids, you will find that more often than not, he is an openly gay man. (or a man who comes out of the closet while in prison, where fully 40% of the population is openly gay)

    If this does not answer your questions, Joey, perhaps reword them?

    October 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    "vicarious living", rather. And to explain the dysfuntional family model. It is a model that many drug-free therapists use to help any member of an dysfunctional family break-free from the cycle of shame and abuse. All dysfuntional families follow this exact same model. There is always an abuser, and there is always an enabler. In households having several children, each of the abused children plays his role, even for his or her entire life. I am the "middle child", the one who noticed everything that was going on, and spoke-out. One of my brotheres is the typical "wallflower"...the one who avoids confrontation at all costs. My older sister is the "caretaker", the one who assumes the role of the mother missing while she burns her bra and cheats-on her abusive husband, only upsetting him more...so he takes it out on her kids. My dad's coathangers didn't have any rust on them though. My moms did though. She got pregnant for the first time when she was fourteen. No, the man who rayped her was not brought to Justice. The entire mountain community where I was raised kept their dysfuncional families abuse secret from the world. I got a glimpse of it though when the local resrvoir was drained, as I described above. Dozens of remains of coathangered babies were found, and more would have been had they not found my little friend who had drowned. The population of the town was 200. According to statistics, over 50 million babies were legally aborted from 1973-2006. Add to that the numbers aborted after 2006, and the numbers illegally aborted before 1973, and the actual number of abortions performed is more like 100 million...1/3 of our entire population. So, using that as a scale, I would say that about 60 dead babies would have been found if they kept looking. Thanks for burning your brazziers moms...you shure got the attention of men and came-up with a legal way to drown your babies. You old hags disgust me. You really do.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Philip:
    It's all right. I think we should just move on.
    All of my questions would have had to do more with acceptance and premises for rejection than with actual orientation.
    BTW, I support abortion rights (choice).

    October 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Well and fine, Philip.
    as you know, there are literally hundreds of new bloggers every day, and hundreds of people to respond to your posts.
    To think it is one person responding all the time is doing hundreds of people with valid opinions a disservice.
    Forcing bloggers to change their names to hide from you isn't exactly something to crow about, but if you want to, hey, have at it.
    I will say this again...I am sorry for what your family has done to you and your siblings.

    All of those hags who you are disgusted with are peobably disgusted with misogynistic men, also.

    Go ahead and post whatever you want, dear.
    As shall I.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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