Monday, 28 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140727 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards - "safeguards" worthless; "politically toxic"

 Indian Government Launches MyGov, An Ideation Platform - interesting #india

Labour to allow #cooperatives and #mutuals to run railway franchises - great idea, could be applied to #NHS too...

Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say - important: why US call for "science-based" #TTIP is a sham

3 New Kinds of #OpenSource: DNA, Journalism, Shoes - includes @bellingcat; amazing approach is spreading so widely

Facebook has only “pivoted” on one kind of privacy — in other ways, it’s becoming more dangerous - yup

Abkommen EU/Kanada wackelt - "weitere Schwierigkeiten für #TTIP sind programmiert" (v @TeraEuro @688i)#CETA

Open access: effective measures to put UK research online under threat? - sensible piece about next moves #oa

EU/Canada free trade deal and disputes over investor protection: a silver lining or a cloud? - interesting analysis

Killing The Golden Goose: Copyright Holders Demand More Cash As Streaming Music Services Struggle To Be Profitable -

Spain Likely To Pass 'Google Tax'; Makes Paying For News Snippets An 'Inalienable Right' - #spain, you're ridiculous

When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn’t invest in women - </facepalm>

Ford and General Motors Sued Over ‘CD Ripping Cars’ - perhaps they'd like to lobby for copyright reform?

Tight Measurement of Exoplanet Radius - "height of person standing on Jupiter to within three quarters of an inch.”

'Fat taxes' do work, EU report finds - let's go for it, then....

Government pushes ahead with #fracking plan despite wide opposition - will this become the new #polltax revolt?

EFF Asks Court To Declare NSA's 'Internet Backbone' Collections Unconstitutional - sounds right to me but IANAL

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140726 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Ugandans begin to question the high price of the growing China-Africa pact - is #China's African honeymoon over?

In Search for Killer, DNA Exposes Intimate Family Secrets in Italy - raises lots of privacy issues (v @csoghoian)

Destroying #Hamas won't solve conflict, warns US intelligence head - #ISIS doubtless cheering on #Israel

#Gaza pulverised beyond recognition - slow-motion genocide #israel

The Decline and Fall of the US Empire - useful analysis plus worrying predictions

"drinking alcohol in public remains the most frequently issued criminal court summons in New York City" - bonkers

Lessig on Project to Seize Control of Politics from Corporations - …@lessig applies the #copyleft trick to politics

45,000 Londoners Protest [against] #Israel's Operation in #Gaza - impressive: who says the public is apathetic?

statement by Ophelia Benson & Richard Dawkins - "who tries to intimidate members of our community in no way my ally"

‘Gaza doctrine’ of collective punishment & deliberately spreading terror among civilians illegal - (v @suigenerisjen)

#NHS tax is floated by Liberal Democrats to fill £30bn hole - we really need to do this...

US-Behörden wollen Reisende in die USA bereits beim Abflug in Deutschland befragen und durchsuchen - charming

Russia’s Crimean redevelopment quagmire - whoops, nobody thought that one through, did they?

Angst vor dem Kapitalismus durch die Hintertür - totally misreading situation & stats - wilfully? (v @howardknopf)

Noch ist #TTIP nicht am Ende -!143146/ true; but it's definitely approaching the "nailed to its perch" stage (v @c_g_citizen)

"IDF rejects claims that people were killed in the [@UNRWA] school premises as result of IDF operational activity" -

energy-efficient way to punish Putin – & protect the planet - more renewable electricity; more insulation. do it.

'Only stones remain': #Gaza lies in ruins - as the pictures show. what can possibly come from this?

& here is your Sunday dose of overtone/throat singing - maybe best not to try this at home judging by his veins

Saturday, 26 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140725 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Brandis ties NGO funding to non-advocacy - blatant attempt to stifle dissent (v @charliepick @Asher_Wolf)#AU

.@Nestle wants to lock up its control over Fryeburg’s water until 2057 - epetition helping to stop them #commons

#China begins shutting down coal-power polluters - welcome

Senator Wyden Toying With The Idea Of Releasing The Senate's CIA #Torture Report - we'll get it one way or another..

Drought-Stricken Southwest Has Lost a 'Shocking' Amount of Its Precious Groundwater - means things will get worse

 Moving to #LibreOffice saves Toulouse 1 million - another wise move, saving plenty #opensource

Pirate Bay Founder’s Religious Rights Spark New Complaint - that's the Church of #Kopimism in case you were wondering

Met worse than Murdoch - "undercover Met officers spied on family of Jean Charles De Menezes after they murdered him"

 A New Wave of Wacko Evangelicals Swept GOP Primaries—and Could Win Several Seats in Washington - lucky America

"business model of internalizing profits & dumping their labor costs on society" - business, not gov., the parasite

How the Public Is Using Internet to Score Major Victories Against Corporate Food Giants - see? epetitions can work

#Mars lawyers slam tobacco plain packaging - … they know they're next for warnings about excessive #sugar content

Report: Germany to reject EU-Canada trade deal - pretty big if confirmed; #TTIP#TAFTA also affected #ISDS

Canada-EU free trade deal to be rejected by Germany, says report - more on the same #CETA

The cowardice at the heart of our relationship with Israel - from 2012, but an interesting analysis of UK Tories

German SMEs reject #ISDS - another reason it's dead - (v @dozykraut)#TAFTA #TTIP

Selbst der Bundesverband für mittelständische Wirtschaft sagt No2ISDS! - only the big corps want it - says it all

.@techdirt "went from profitable to unprofitable as a result of the SOPA fight", & could do with a little help now -

Mother could be forced to pay damages to child for drinking during pregnancy - not sure that will help much...

In Pictures, Palestinians Visit Ravaged #Gaza Areas During Cease-Fire - heart-breaking stuff...

#NHS manager redundancy payouts total £1.6bn since 2010 - 4000 re-hired - utter government incompetence

Friday, 25 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140724 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

NATO to expand Polish base in response to Russian threat - yeah, that will help calm things down...

UN official: Yemen could be 'first country to run out of water' - but certainly not the last #climatechange

.@KimDotcom : 'The Internet party will abolish mass surveillance' - shrewd - and welcome - promise #NZ

What the UK Government’s adoption of #ODF really means - good points (v @schestowitz)#openstandards

Square Enix Nixes 3 Years Of Fan Translation Work On PSP, Despite Not Releasing English Version For PSP - petty

"SPS provisions in TTIP will not lower the level of protection in the EU nor in the US" - but mutual recognition will

What the recent ECJ ruling means for transparency in the #TTIP negotiations - excellent analysis of important ruling

9/11 Commission's '10 Years Later' Report: The Only Problem With US Counterterrorism Efforts Is The General Public -

UN "made repeated attempts to negotiate a window of time during which people could safely leave area, none granted" -

Food. It's on the table. - how the European Commission will circumvent its promises on #foodsafety for #TTIP

Cambodian expert shows how to disarm a mine, using a live landmine as an example... Cambodian shows how to disarm a mine respect

"cost of rebuilding Gaza homes destroyed so far in Israeli bombing $800 million - whole of Gaza's annual budget" -

#OpenSource Software in Local Government - interesting FOI showing obstacles to overcome

Australian Government Proposes New Copyright Law: Basically Hollywood's Wishlist - just awful #AU

#Israeli cabinet rejects US proposal for 'humanitarian pause' in Gaza fighting - boycott & disinvestment the only way

In #Gaza, Hamas fighters are among civilians. There is nowhere else for them to go -  there's your problem, #Israel..

A word in your ear: the interpreters who speak for world leaders - fascinating glimpses

Thursday, 24 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140723 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

China’s hunger for timber is wrecking #Mozambique - hey, #china, could you stop destroying the earth, please?

trade deal could be health hazard: Australian Medical Association - another important voice raised against #TPP #AU

Scrapped EU #surveillance laws throws doubt on US data agreements - hugely important point #nsa #drd

EU swamped by 150,000 replies to #TTIP consultation - shows public really cares -@EU_Commission must change course

 China conducts 3rd missile interception test - clearly the latest military fad....

How Microsoft will make money from Common Core (despite what Gates said) - excellent joining of dots (v @schestowitz)

NRA Floats Idea of Kids Needing to Show Gun Proficiency to Advance to the Next Grade - utterly bonkers

 Press conference: European Citizens' Initiative STOP #TTIP - hugely important initiative coming in September

Director Wants His Film on The Pirate Bay, Pirates Deliver… - nice

#CETA, cet accord qui nous vient du froid - "Le CETA, comme le TISA et le PTCI avancent "cachés"

Give forests to local people to preserve them - yes, this is so important

#TTIP: What’s in it for me? - wow, 2-page UK gov leaflet  not just misleading, but is utterly naff design to look at

In #Luxemburg formieren sich die TTIP-Gegner - and elsewhere.... (v @Liese_Mueller)#ECI

Put a price on nature? We must stop this neoliberal road to ruin - brilliant lecture, wonderful take-downs

big #TTIP leak: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues – Draft SPS chapter - crucially important area, big win to have it

brilliant analysis of #TTIP chapter on food safety, animal and plant health how EU food safety will be compromised

Die Gongos von Brüssel - "Schattenspiele sogenannter Nichtregierungsorganisationen" (v @Liese_Mueller)#TTIP

Draft decision of the European Ombudsman on internal rules concerning #whistleblowing - v welcome (v @ronpatz)

Digital Economy Act "backstop should rights holders wish 2 encourage UK to further implement it" - (v @lilianedwards)

The EU publishes #TiSA position papers - that's good; more please (v @Liese_Mueller)

Numérisons les intérêts des parlementaires - "plateforme collaborative" #fr

Landmark case might affect US-European trade - "would mean ECJ might have to overturn Safe Harbour" (v @schestowitz)

joint letter calling on USTR Froman to oppose an energy chapter or any provisions in #TTIP [pdf] - #TAFTA #fracking

*Bhlog - "accessible but informed forum for all matters Indo-European" #cool #linguistics

surprising consequence of using #glyphosate: no fodder for the animals of the poorest - weeds used to be harvested

Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face - is this the face of the future? (v @BoingBoing)

What Kind Of 'Extra Scrutiny' The Government Gives To Folks On The Terrorist Watchlist - staggeringly intrusive

"we are very much afraid of a yolk tsunami from the US" - as you would be... #TTIP #TAFTA

"US processors face lower costs due to America's weaker animal welfare legislation." - key issue for #TAFTA #TTIP

#TTIP Updates - The Glyn Moody blogs - now includes Update XXXIII about ISDS resistance & submissions - 150K of them

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140722 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

Revealed: the Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces - kudos to @Telegraph for this (v @aljwhite @Glinner)

UK Cops Brag About Using Facial Recognition Software To Capture... A Shoplifter - more proportionate policy...

#CETA ‘should be initialed by Sep 25′: EU Trade Commissioner - note moral blackmail on #ISDS: we must fight this

West Sussex county council turns down shale gas exploration bid - good precedent #fracking

Israel-Palestine: This is how it ends - economic boycotts worth trying...

Mike Masnick here. Founder of Techdirt, blogger, net neutrality enthusiast, tech policy obsessive. #AMA - #reddit

Tell the USDA: We Have the Right to Know What’s in the Dangerous Poultry ‘Modernization’ Act! - something to hide?

Huge Win for ODF in UK: Let's Not Mess it up - please: open source projects must ensure full #ODF interoperability

Activist group 2 debut barcode-scanning boycott Israel app - from March, but newly relevant (v Sara Markwith-Padgett)

Schoolgirl gets criminal record for sexting topless photo - "v. serious offence": no, it's not (v @ObscenityLawyer)

#ISDS consultation stats: 149,399 received; 52K from UK, 34K from Austria, 33K from Germany [pdf] - fantastic #TTIP

#TTIP Update XXXIII - 150,000 #ISDS Submissions - fantastic result - well done, all who replied

How #China Dismantled the #Uyghur Internet - cultural genocide in the digital age (v @superglaze @feliciasonmez)

North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un - in case you haven't seen it, well worth watching...

Please allow Arturo to have a better life at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada - amazing: 635K have signed this

All But Four Of High-Profile Domestic Terrorism Plots In Last Decade Were Crafted From The Ground Up By The FBI -

Enough Magical Thinking on Trade - great debunking of  ridiculous claims (v @TTIPBeware)#TPP #TTIP

report on Consultation on the Review of the EU #Copyright Rules - unbridgeable chasm between public & (c) industries

Chikungunya virus hits the US and Europe - &  it will get much worse thanks to #climatechange denialists' efforts

Colombian Student Faces Prison Charges for Sharing Academic Article Online - why we need #openaccess - & (c) reform

Brot für die Welt: #TTIP verschärft globale Hunger-Krise - (v @Liese_Mueller)

A Special Thanks To Twitch And Namecheap For Providing The Matching Funds For @techdirt's Crowdfunding Campaign -

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140721 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

"Soylent slurry isn't that far away conceptually from Google Glass" - yeah, right... #weak

In a hospital. At the beach. Hamas, Israel tells us, is hiding among civilians - fiendishly cunning #gaza

Are trade agreements setting our domestic copyright policy? case-study of intermediary liability - (v @MsLods)#AU

IPCC concern over police use of #Tasers to gain compliance - this is pain compliance - ban it now

Another Reason For Defending #NetNeutrality: NSA #Surveillance - we need encryption, encryption needs net neutrality

Home Office wasted £347 million on immigration system - yet more staggering IT incompetence from UK government

Merkel eyes trade portfolio (& TTIP) 4 Oettinger - "To make him trade commissioner (would be) fatal" (v @TTIPBeware)

"people have come in with guns, people have died" - anti-abortionists so love life they are prepared to kill for it

#DRIP surveillance law faces legal challenge by MPs - what splendid people @tom_watson & David Davis are

#India IP Policy Misrepresented By US Trade Representative, Indian Pharma Says - good to see pushback here

6th #BRICS Summit signals historic moment: SA Foreign Minister - Bretton Woods comparison....

Great Barrier Reef's decline buried in government reports, says agency - ashamed of something,@TonyAbbottMHR?#AU

UK definition of terrorism 'could catch political journalists and bloggers' - "could"...? needs radical redrafting

Educational Resources Development: Mapping #Copyright Exceptions and Limitations in Europe - need to be extended

German Government Tries To Censor Publication Of Its List Of Censored Websites - nein, das funktioniert nicht...

UK gov: Open document formats selected to meet user needs - #ODF for sharing or collaborating on gov documents; huge

Transport For London Kills Off Fan-Made Device Wallpapers Based On Seat Patterns - @TfLOfficial are bullies & fools

Cabinet Office Adopts #ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents - good historical context for UK's great move

India to decide on assent to Bali trade deal on Wednesday - big decision shows #India's power

Swiss lawyer explores possible #Snowden asylum in Switzerland - (v @schestowitz)#ch

Tell President Obama to stop the navy’s assault on whales - this must not happen...

EU commission to member states: Use Open Definition compliant licenses for your Public Sector Information -

Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?  - interesting analysis #TPP #NZ

 Deaf advocacy groups to Verizon: Don’t kill #netneutrality on our behalf - good for them to call out this cynicism

Victory in Italy: Court rules #Wikipedia “a service based on the freedom of the users” - great news (v @Klangable)

"the Japanese press is treating [#TPP] as dead, absent major changes in US posture that no one expects to happen" -

France's New Anti-Terror Bill: All Presumed Terrorist Until Proven Guilty? - more "terruh" madness