Thursday, 28 August 2014


As Police Get More Militarized, Congress Bill Would Make Owning Body Armor Punishable By Up To 10 Years In Prison -

#TTIP - German welfare organisations demand exclusion of social services - quite right, too

Fotoanalyse: Blogger lokalisiert Terrorcamp via Internet - #opensource info-finding

Hedge funds gave Mugabe $100M for #genocide, got platinum mines - everyone who benefitted needs naming & shaming

US ambassadors heart #TTIP - this is so pathetic I feel sorry for them; they know they are losing #TAFTA

#Tarsands, trade rules and the gutting of human rights for corporate profit - shame on @EU_Commission #TTIP

California's 1-Percenters Are Flush With #Water as the Rest of the State Remains Parched - shape of things to come

lungs of smoker vs non-smoker - pretty graphic.... #smoking

Climate Shocker: Warming Oceans Creating Great Plumes of Methane Bubbles Near the Atlantic Coast - great; not

Video: Tase me bro - bizarre; shows why Tasers should be banned...

Key: Only National will deliver major free trade deals - & thus the only party prepared to sell #NZ down the river...

Snappy response to sexist harrasser - well done...

S&D Group president Gianni Pittella: "We oppose #ISDS mechanism in #CETA" - hugely important statement

Bill and Melinda Gates take a $1 million stand for #guncontrol - kudos for that

The second regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) ministerial meeting - who needs #TPP?

Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process - more US #bonkerism

Why the US struggles against Japan in #TPP negotiations - a different perspective

Médecins Sans Frontières warns about IP inclusion in Asian FTA
- more threats to public health

The West Has Lost 63 Trillion Gallons of Water During Drought - good job it's nothing serious like #climatechange

EU gives up on TTIP for US reinsurance reform - another area where #TTIP fails to deliver; how much left of "gains"?

Chemical industry using #TTIP ‘to attack the #precautionary principal’ - of course: this is a principal goal

The tide is turning. Now it’s time to divest the Vatican. - yes, that makes sense #fossilfuels

#TPP: Would the Americans dictate to us? - well, what do you think...?

Plundering the planet: Rigged corporate “free trade partnerships” and “climate change agreements” - #TTIP #TPP

The corporate free trade project reloaded - waking up to dangers of #TPP  & #TTIP

Intellectual Property Casebook Now Available As A Free Download - looks interesting...

Gaza Residents Share Allegations of Abuse, Claim Israeli Soldiers Used Them as Human Shields - appalling if confirmed

Tea Time Might Be Over, Once World Wakes Up to Amount of Pesticides Inside Each Cup - eeek; not good

#CETA nimmt Demokratie in Geiselhaft - exactly

The Dangers of the New Trade Secrets Acts - really dangerous development #tradesecrets

In name of ‘free trade’ our public health-care system is forced to swallow another poison pill - so why accept it?

#NetNeutrality Is 'Marxist,' According to This Koch-Backed Astroturf Group - wrong in just about every way

Nader: How Corporate Espionage on Nonprofit Watchdogs Goes Unpunished - one law for the rich, one for the honest...

Saturday, 16 August 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140815 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

English Premier League Apparently Wants Fans To Hate It Even More: Threatens To Pull Down Vines And Animated GIFs -

How the New Monopoly Capitalism Will Crush You to Smithereens - #TTIP & #TPP will exacerbate this problem greatly

NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization - dox from #snowden or the "2nd Leaker"...?

NASA Probe Successfully Traps Interstellar Dust - interesting citizen science result

#TTIP – Bericht des Bundeswirtschaftsministeriums über die 6. Verhandlungsrunde - (v @JanAlbrecht @sven_giegold)

Despite the pronouncements, Canada-EU trade deal not set in stone - let's call it Trade Agreement Theatre... #CETA

Project Aims To Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board - hugely important post-#Snowden

Don't let Americans put hormones and pesticides in our dinner, warns Jamie Oliver - good to see he's on to #TTIP

“Prison is a bit like #copyright”, says jailed Pirate Bay founder - interesting, well written #TPB


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140814 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Ferguson Law Enforcement: An 'Occupying Force' With 'Special Rights' - America, you might want to worry about this

#TPP: Shocking US certification process that violates country’s sovereignty - crazy to sign up to this

Finalised EU-Canada deal grants excessive investor rights - indeed #CETA

Tell USTR: No Special Rights for Corporations in the US-EU Trade Agreement - they have enough already #TTIP

new: & here's the second big #CETA leak: annexes and reservations - more digging needed... #canada

Police forced to name undercover officers who duped women - the @metpoliceuk & its spies are utterly contemptible

Half of voters happy to pay more tax to fund NHS – poll - confirms that tories completely out of touch with public

Musician threatened with prosecution over 'Planet Key' - bonkers (v @KimDotcom)#nz

Open & Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) - "researchers and practitioners from the Global South"

Turns Out When Police Act Cordial, Rather Than As An Oppressive Military Force, Things Work Out Better -

horsemeat report shelved - "public would be frightened that criminals were still able to interfere with their food"

worth noting that #TTIP would decrease checks on food safety by accepting without question "equivalence" of US tests... #horsemeat

Premier League warns fans not to tweet goal videos, animated GIFs - that'll instil love of copyright, no?

Microsoft wants to rename Internet Explorer to shed negative associations - sad or what?

Leaked #CETA Treaty: Major Blow to Buy Local - & #TTIP will do same for both US & EU (v @andrearexer)

A Dramatic Upgrade for Interferometry - sounds potentially huge #astronomy

You know how IP creates millions of jobs? That’s pseudoscientific baloney - no surprise, but good to confirm

Crowdfunding Lantern, a P2P anti-censorship tool - #opensource too

Thursday, 14 August 2014


 Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140813 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Los Angeles Police Develop Sudden Privacy Concerns When Someone Flies A Drone Over Their Parking Lot - </facepalm>

German television show leaks #CETA, Council of Canadians says deal will not survive public scrutiny - 'cos it's bad

#CETA "could drive up the cost Canadians pay for prescription drugs by a total of $850 million or more annually" -

“Will your party hand over our right to make laws to the US?” ask #NZ doctors - joining fight against #TPP

SWAT Team Shows Up In Ferguson, Detains Reporters Live Tweeting Their Actions - definitely not a police state...

The Gentle Art of Muddying the Licensing Waters - #Microsoft did it, now the publishers are doing it #FUD #openaccess

More Federal Employees Caught Using Work Computers To Access Porn, Claim 'Boredom' Made Them Do It - riiight

What's the matter with #PGP? - raises important issues about vital subject (v @TeraEuro)#crypto #nsa

Murder - Made in Britain - time to suspend arms sales to #Israel & #Russia (& elsewhere)

UK's Universal Credit rollout could take over 1,000 years - that's totally unrealistic; it'll take much longer...

& here's that leaked #CETA text they didn't want us to see - all 521 pages of it; let's get digging #EU #ISDS

Reef condition is ‘poor’, & probably worse than healthcheck suggests - "#climatechange is still the greatest threat"

#CETA leaks shows "treaty is more favorable to the European Union than to Canada" - you're being gulled, #Canada

“The U.S. is failing to keep its privacy promise to Europe” - Safe Harbour is a joke (v @CasparBowden @chesterj1)

Silicon Cities: Supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England -

.@SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary - & I'm sure they'll go much lower than that...

Why are indigenous people left out of the sustainable development goals? - 'cos we can't admit how much we owe them

Twitter to Verified Users: Talk Amongst Yourselves! - the birth of the #twitteristocracy... (v @Aerocles @mathewi)

Welcome to the campaign to fight #TTIP - sign up here to UK day of action, 30 August

#NHS faces legal bill over dozens of eye operations botched by private provider - this is Tories' future healthcare

EU-Canada trade deal leak ‘ridicules’ TTIP consultation - exactly (v @ArthurNeslen)#CETA

Froman: "we are determined to help farmers sell more Made-in-America exports to world.” - whether or not they want it

Japan, U.S. make no progress in #TPP-related talks - again; maybe time to call it a day...?

Under Swiss Copyright Reform, Private Sharing & Downloads From Unauthorized Sources Would Still Be Legal - wise #ch

.@IVinvents Aims To Tax Wind Power Producers With New Batch Of Patents - profits before protecting humanity

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering - great post on crucial issues

#Certification Allows US Trade Negotiators to Rewrite TPP Copyright Rules - important new info on #TTP (& #TTIP)

Marina Silva emerges as obvious successor after Campos death - great news, if sad it happened this way

How making London greener could make Londoners happier – interactive map - ooh, let's do it

Wednesday, 13 August 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140812 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Philip Morris threatens to sue Government if plain packaging introduced - what total scum; profits before people

Malen nach Zahlen - good piece how @EU_Commission is using fantasy growth figures to sell #TTIP (v @TeraEuro)

PLAIN CIGARETTE PACKAGING: A burning issue in the EU - shame on the 27 MEPs lobbying for cancer (v @corporateeurope)

15 Million Pages of Centuries-Old Medical Books Move to the Web - with a CC0 licence, I hope....

Big Tobacco’s £11bn UK attack could send EU-US trade deal up in flames - #TTIP's #ISDS will make this common

Rhinos to be Airlifted Across Africa to Save them from Extinction - great project, let's hope it works...

"#Snowden views MonsterMind as the ultimate threat to privacy" - good interview, new revelations... #nsa

"Greenwald found himself unable to open the encryption on a large trove of secrets from GCHQ" - why Miranda was held

Meet MonsterMind, the #NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously - what could possibly go wrong? (v @TeraEuro)

A4e ends £17m prisoner education contract citing budget constraints - no: you want profits, you take the loss too

#Spain’s internet law reforms will harm access to knowledge - "a tide of junk internet legislation" #a2k

Trade deal hands US power to rewrite NZ laws - the dangers lurking in "certification" #TPP #TTI

Libre-échange Canada-UE : les textes immédiatement et un débat public - " il est grand temps de briser le secret"

big: complete #CETA text leaked - all 521 pages of it; let's get digging #EU #ISDS

huge loophole in CETA's ISDS: "where impact of the measure is so severe in light of its purpose that it appears manifestly excessive" p. 184

that CETA ISDS loophole means that "public welfare objectives" do not provide a defence for changing laws - p.184

CETA: "courts of each Party responsible for determination of existence & validity of intellectual property rights" - ref. to Eli Lilly?

#Tungusic Twilight: Languages of Reindeer-herding Evenki and China’s Last Dynasty Threatened with Extinction - sad

Terrorist risk means privacy must take back seat to security - fear mongering at its worst... (v @BernardKeane)#AU

"EU expecting a few 100 replies. 1000s flooded in. They reveal a deep divide" - good piece by @Senficon #copyright

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


 Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140811 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

DOJ Report Details Massive Amount Of Violence Committed By Rikers Island Staff Against Adolescent Inmates - awful

excellent review of data retention laws being thrown out around world [pdf] - & why #Australia should take note

The farce of GMO industry safety studies - why we must have independent tests for food safety #TTIP

EU Lawyers Confirm 'General And Blanket Data Retention Is No Longer Possible' In European Union - #Australia, NB

arguments by one of world's largest trade unions @IGMetall why it is against #TTIP - + other analyses (v @TTIPBeware)

The Copyright Folly: Making A Living As A Creator Has Always Been Difficult, Stronger Copyright Doesn't Fix It -

tell Vince Cable and the UK TTIP team to fix or scrap the #TTIP trade deal - just do it... #TAFTA

Exclude Tobacco From #TPP For Health Reason - Malaysian Health Ministry - too right

US can use "certification" blackmail to demand changes to laws among #TPP - & #TTIP - nations - you'd be mad to sign

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership - if you love sharks, help fight #TPP

Know Your Troll: Innovative Display Technologies Targeting Any Company That Creates A Product With An LCD Screen -

Yochai Benkler outlines public accountability defence for #whistleblowers - important contribution

Monday, 11 August 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140810 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Freihandelsabkommen unter der Lupe - 20 #TTIP analyses from @SZ should be interesting (v @TeraEuro @Netz4ktivisten)

Dear politicians: These days, everything is communications, and you are not entitled to everything - well said

Inner Mongolia: Tardy Legal Move to Protect Oroqen Culture it Once Suppressed - welcome, but maybe too late #Tungusic

#TTIP and the World - Workshop, 20 August 2014, 9:00-12:30, Attac Summer University, Paris (v @andrea_licata)

MT @Brown_Moses Bellingcat is now open access to everyone, so check it out >>do: fascinating open project

"if #TTIP follows the model of NAFTA, which we oppose, we’re more likely to see downward pressure on wages" -

Paper USB Business Card Lets You Track Usage - but only if people are stupid enough to risk getting #malware from it

BA: Verkaufen Sie keine Reisen mehr nach SeaWorld. Beenden Sie Ihre Unterstützung dieses grausamen Orka-Spektakels -

New Report Challenges The Whole 'IP Intensive Industries Are Doing Well Because Of Strong IP' Myth - long overdue

Wikimania (Wikipedia) has changed my life - nicely upbeat piece from @petermurrayrust

Patent Office staff engaged in fraud and rushed exams, report says - patent system broken in even more ways

Reservoir Network To Become Europe’s Largest Urban Wetland - nice

Andrei Tarkovsky Creates a List of His 10 Favorite Films (1972) - ah, a Bergman freak, like me... (v @CasparBowden)

Why Are Environmentalists Being Blamed for Bursting the #Fracking Bubble? - important analysis of what's in store

Kampf gegen Überfischung: EU kürzt zehn Ländern die Fangquote - good move

Recording Industry Exec Says It's Not Censorship To Block Sites He Doesn't Like - well, of course

#China Will Change The Way All Software Is Bought And Sold - with luck, it will be open-source based

Leveson, hacking & the public voice - for 1st time, "someone outside the establishment can shape the public interest"

#Gaza homes 'uninhabitable' as tens of thousands come back to rubble - UN says level of destruction 'unprecedented'

North East MP warns transatlantic trade deal could threaten the NHS - & he's right (v @TheABB)#TTIP