Thursday, 31 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140730 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves - but why? does it need reinforcements to kill even more children in #Gaza?

#Gaza and the Loss of Civilization - "What's clear is that no one has the moral high ground. " (v @Funzafunza)

Groser orders up protected Antarctic toothfish - he should resign #NZ

Greek court acquits farmers who shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers who dared to ask for back pay - what a shame

Ombudsman asks Council and Commission to publish more #TTIP documents
 - @EUombudsman is proving a really ally here

"wendet sich die Regierung gegen eine Einbeziehung des #ISDS in #TTIP" - official: Germany against (v @Bwassertisch)

Ombudsman joins call to open up EU-US trade talks - pressure really building on @EU_Commission #TTIP #TAFTA

Gatwick brings in reinforcements after baggage delays - "company is using staff on zero-hours contracts" #swissport

KAFTA enables Korean miners to sue over environmental regulation - the reality of #ISDS (v @JimboStanford)#AU

A Shattered Childhood: The War on #Gaza's Kids - #israel

Oil refinery threatened by sea-level rise, asks government to fix problem - the ultimate hypocrisy (v @andrea_licata)

US says Israeli attack on UN school was 'totally unacceptable' - while continuing to supply yet more weapons #gaza

I agree #Israel should destroy Hamas' tunnels - but only on Israel's side of border; then there's no need to kill children in #Gaza....

Watch Sen. Whitehouse, a badass, totally own Sen. Inhofe, a climate change denier, on climate change impressive

big: India puts #GM crop trials on hold - "to not surrender country’s food security to foreign companies" #monsanto

10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change - let's accentuate the positive for a change...

NY judge, ruling against Microsoft, says US warrant can access email stored in Ireland - everybody take note of this

Resources for composers - as recommended by Eric...

Botageddon - "when the number of #bots on the planet outnumber us 1,000 to one"; interesting

101 Geysers on Enceladus (and What They Imply) - ooh, exciting... #science

NY Port Authority Claims To Own The NYC Skyline: Tells Store To Destroy Skyline-Themed Plates - bonkers

#Gaza crisis: UN, US announce ceasefire to begin Friday morning - let's hope it holds...


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140729 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

#Gaza: another UN school hit in further night of fierce bombardment - #Israel showing callous contempt for human life

"diplomatic embarrassment cannot justify withholding information relating to serious criminal activity from public” -

Duke Professors Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With Intellectual Property Law - great project

maybe that was the real reason for taking out #Gaza's only power station: to stop people using mobiles to tell the world about the massacre

this is the greatest speech ever made about #copyright - if you don't know it, you're in for a treat (v @techdirt)

Company Offering Open-Source Biological Reagents Hopes To Recapitulate Free Software's Success - interesting....

Germany, Denmark benefit most from internal market - pity that #TTIP will hollow it out according to economic study

Victory for Free and Neutral Knowledge - "preventing four websites advertising a service of paid editing" #wikipedia

#GIs becoming growing cheese trade barrier - which means US will use #TTIP to get rid of them...

#TTIP Update XXXIV - #ISDS drama, & how mutual recognition will undermine EU food & animal protection standards #SPS

DC Circuit Court Tells District Officials They Can No Longer Hide From FOIA Requests By Using Personal Email -

Diver's delight: From oil rig to teeming fish habitat - heartening success story

Poland on road to EU Court over shale gas defiance - bad poland...

Amazon To Hachette And Authors: Here, Let Us Explain Basic Price Elasticity To You - ha!

Alexander: I'm Worth $1 Million Per Month Because I'm Patenting A Way To Stop Hackers (Which I Didn't Tell NSA) -

Debunked: The Mendacious Propaganda #Israel is Pushing to Justify Its War On #Gaza - a depressing catalogue

if most Israelis think it's right to boycott businesses of Palestinians of Israel, it's only fair we boycott Israeli ones #BDS

Sea level rise causing huge increases in “nuisance flooding” - "cause damage to infrastructure" #climatechange

Open public contracts around the world by filing freedom of information requests for access to specific contracts -

#China charges #Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism - ridiculous bullying #xinjiang

Free Traders Panic Over German Challenge to #ISDS - brilliant analysis of #CETA's problems (@StuJT)

#Russia wants to check Apple and SAP code for spying - or it could just move to #opensource, and avoid that problem

old, but important: Big Pharma wants safety data for new drugs to be a protected "trade secret" - profits b4 people

UN: 'world stands disgraced' as shelter 4 Gaza children shelled by #Israel - "serious violation of international law"

#TTIP & trust: Is Commission backing wrong horse? - fab post: EU thinks grovelling to US more important than public

missed this before: Impact of #CETA on the Real Economy - "loss of between 28,000 and 150,000 Canadian jobs"

Lawsuit threatens to break new ground on the #GPL and software licensing issues - complicated, but important

Tuesday, 29 July 2014


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 140728 - yesterday's tweets as a single Web page #MMDD

We all already own #NHS - the latest 'mutual' spin is about taking it out of our hands - why we have to be careful

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn - #china & #vietnam *again* - can we stop please?

Legislators, Corporations Gather For Secret Meeting Against Clean Energy And You’re Not Invited - ALEC strikes again

Germany Says It Won't Agree To #CETA With Current Corporate Sovereignty Chapter - not dead yet, but tottering #TTIP

Colorado Judge Lets #Fracking Trump Public Health - who needs health when you have gas?

Leaked World Bank lending policies 'environmentally disastrous' - @WorldBank shows its evil side again...

The internet of things - next big challenge to our privacy - why architecture must be completely open (v @DrRimmer)

The European Commission's Great #TTIP Betrayal - how it plans to circumvent its promises on standards #sciencebased

Leaked #TISA Financial Services - detailed analysis: "negotiated terms leave global economy at risk of instability"

how is taking out #Gaza's only power station "pinpoint targeting"? how can hospitals work? clear case of collective punishment - a #warcrime

Israeli criticism of truce talks as diplomatic strain shows - #Israel's killing spree seems to have driven them mad

indeed, in a sense, #Israel's actions are their own punishment: look at the sort of society is it engendering -

"would allow politicians to determine what is best available science – not scientists themselves." - #antiscience

Report Says Backlash From NSA's Surveillance Programs Will Cost Private Sector Billions Of Dollars -

Türkei: Erdogan-Vize will Frauen das Lachen verbieten - so is this what you really wanted, #Turkey?

As the #Gaza crisis deepens, boycotts can raise price of Israel’s impunity - looks to be only way (v @DocR0cket)#BDS

The Sun hit by criticism after 'Satan boy' article - @rupertmurdoch's team plumbing new depths of "journalism"

US chicken is about to get more full of feces - important: #TTIP will bring this food to EU with "mutual recognition"

Trophy Pictures - " The disgusting complicity of the BBC in filming this stunt is equally astonishing." #immigration

Lee Rigby's killers received > £200,000 in legal aid - it's called "justice". quite right too - as was their sentence

KLA guerrillas harvested murdered Serbs’ organs, say EU investigators - appalling if confirmed

Professor Pappé: Israel Has Chosen to be "Racist Apartheid State" with US Support - historical context (v @Klangable)

#TTIP threat to locally-sourced food - good post: hugely important point (v @TTIPBeware @ElsaABuchanan)

Journalists subpoenaed in Pink Slime maker's lawsuit against news orgs - #pinkslime maker wants Streisand fame?

Did you take action on #ISDS? EU Trade Commissioner says you didn’t. - thinks little people's views don't count #TTIP

TPP Petition Delivery - nice video showing how  resistance to #TPP is growing in Canada & elsewhere

From trade tariffs to trust – #TTIP a year on - tries spin massive problems as due to NSA; nope... (v @schestowitz)

Court orders #Russia to pay $50 billion for seizing Yukos assets - #ISDS can do this to any country signing up to it

Recording Industry Willfully Misreads The Law In Order To Sue Ford & GM For Having Built-in CD Rippers -

Supreme Court’s new rules on abstract patents hit Apple v. Samsung - excellent news...

If You Want To Know How Supporting Techdirt Can Help Shift The Debate In Washington DC, Read This -

given the effect that @techdirt had on the #SOPA debate (& therefore on #ACTA), you might want to support it here;

important: "S&D Group: "Do not allow #ISDS to jeopardize #CETA" - call on EU to drop it (v @mgeist)

US Council of Economic Advisors: Delay on climate action will cost us - how many people have to say this?

#Israel is finding it harder to deny targeting #Gaza infrastructure - like power stations & hospitals... #warcrimes

Belgium calls for clear labelling of goods from #Israeli settlements - interesting move from unexpected quarter

Jon Snow has opinions, and they’re fit for TV - absolutely right

#ISDS has a chilling effect on new laws; anyone who doubts this, read what happened with #Canada & #NAFTA:,5 #TTIP

The FBI Is Complaining That Its $8.4 Billion Budget Isn't Enough To Keep Up With Criminal Technology - yeah, right

#Argentina on brink of 2nd debt default in 12 years - "precedent for investors to wreck other countries' debt deals"

Max #Mosley sues Google over News of the World photos - tiresome, but potentially far-reaching case

Senators Wyden And Udall Pledge To Strengthen USA Freedom Act By Closing Surveillance Backdoor - good news

Letwin letting slip plans to tax low-paid same as bankers - oh, Letwin #polltax (v @GlenisWillmott @MissLilySummers)

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