Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150629 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150629.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for #Australia - http://www.smh.com.au/comment/excluding-china-makes-flawed-transpacific-partnership-economic-folly-for-us-20150628-ghycvm people are waking up to #TPP's danger: not too late to stop it

#TPP - what we don't know may hurt us - http://www.smh.com.au/comment/tpp--what-we-dont-know-may-hurt-us-20150629-gi04s9.html good analysis of past trade agreement failures #AU

Urge Ecuador to Take Urgent Action to Stop the Catastrophic Levels of Shark Killings - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/261/025/125/ ban this butchery

#TPP ministerial meeting set for last week of July: source - http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/29/us-trade-tpp-idUSKCN0P92G820150629

#TPP debacle: don't expect this free trade agreement to live up to its name - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-29/verrender-dont-expect-ftas-to-live-up-to-their-name/6579408 more doubts and good analysis from #AU

#NZ Trade Minister: Anti-#TPP activists 'politically irrelevant' - https://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/trade-minister-anti-tpp-activists-politically-irrelevant-2015063009 staggering contempt for big swathes of public

Cinco cuestiones que las Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas deben plantearse sobre el #TTIP - http://attaccastello.blogspot.com.es/2015/06/cinco-cuestiones-que-las-pequenas-y.html good stuff (v @encovert)

EU plans to destroy #netneutrality by allowing Internet fast lanes - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/eu-plans-to-destroy-net-neutrality-by-allowing-internet-fast-lanes/ also allows zero-rating; but no open spectrum

Das Ende der Netzneutralität in EU - https://www.reimon.net/2015/06/30/das-ende-der-netzneutralitat-in-europa/ "Wir haben eine wichtige Schlacht verloren, aber noch nicht den ganzen Kampf"

"In den Verhandlungen konnte keine Partei eine Anwendung nennen, die diese Spezialdienste braucht und die es nicht jetzt schon gibt"

U.S. Chamber Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/01/business/international/us-chamber-works-globally-to-fight-antismoking-measures.html time to press decent companies to leave it...

#NetNeutrality: Trialogue betrayed European Parliament's vote - https://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-trialogue-betrayed-european-parliaments-vote "Net Neutrality deserves more guarantees"

Ben Goldsmith: The Government has a duty to engage us all in #TTIP - http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/ben-goldsmith-the-government-has-a-duty-to-engage-us-all-in-this-trade-deal-10354817.html good to see this coming from a Conservative

IMF: austerity measures would still leave #Greece with unsustainable debt - http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/30/greek-debt-troika-analysis-says-significant-concessions-still-needed well, quite #grexit

heroic UK couple who gave first aid to Tunisia victims - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/30/heroic-uk-couple-gave-first-aid-to-tunisia-victims-brian-harrison "It is what we trained for and it is what we do."

EU decides to both protect and undermine #netneutrality - http://accessnow.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/d/2CA5D3CE632A49AB it's a mess - a dangerous one; we must fix it

NSA -- Despite Claiming It Doesn't Engage In Economic Espionage -- Engaged In Economic Espionage - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150629/16134031494/nsa-despite-claiming-it-doesnt-engage-economic-espionage-engaged-economic-espionage.shtml look at that

remember: nations can never "win" an #ISDS case, they just don't lose them. it's a completely tilted playing-field

Brazil announces massive reforestation & renewable energy plan with US - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/30/brazil-us-reforestation-forests-renewable-energy welcome, but better not 2 burn it down first

#NetNeutrality: Europe Slips Into Reverse - http://webfoundation.org/2015/06/net-neutrality-europe-slips-into-reverse/ "our initial response is one of disappointment"; me too...


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150628 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150628.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

NHS staff told to say 'I am sorry' to patients for blunders - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/29/nhs-staff-sorry-patients-medical-blunders demonising NHS again; why don't politicians show how?

Meet Nova OS, Cuba's National Ubuntu-Based Linux Operating System - http://news.softpedia.com/news/meet-nova-os-cuban-s-national-ubuntu-based-linux-operating-system-485508.shtml certainly makes sense #cuba

"Schäuble said he was “perplexed and depressed” by developments" - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/28/greece-crisis-deepens-banks-close-a-week-weekend-shook-euro perhaps he should make way for some more capable

Dutch government misleading people on #TTIP - http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2015/06/dutch-government-misleading-people-on-ttip/ significant how they have to resort to lies... #NL

"How do you protect a coastline? There is going to be vulnerability, that is just a fact of life.” - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/28/tunisia-attack-uk-security-force-tourist-resorts yes, accept that

France bans use of hands-free headsets—for calls, music, podcasts—while driving - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/france-bans-use-of-hands-free-headsets-for-calls-music-podcasts-while-driving/ well, that's, er, bold

#Israel takes over ship seeking to break Gaza blockade - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/israel-takes-over-ship-seeking-to-break-gaza-blockade the illegal siege continues #palestine

"the whole planet” will see a no vote as a declaration that Greece wants to leave Europe - http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jun/29/greek-crisis-stock-markets-slide-capital-controls-banks-closed-live#block-559131c7e4b054932007593b bullying much? #grexit

#ISDS: Who Wins More, Investors or States? - http://www.iisd.org/itn/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/itn-breaking-news-june-2015-isds-who-wins-more-investors-or-state.pdf history doesn't indicate much, anyway: current trends v different

"the day [UK] #fracking dream died" - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2015/jun/29/fracking-lancashire-council-shale-gas "Trusting local people on wind but not on fracking would look like hypocrisy."

BBC dealt blow after losing control of TV rights for Olympics - http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/jun/29/bbc-loses-control-olympic-tv-rights-discovery-eurosport good; pouring money down IOC's gullet must stop

Cloudflare Reveals Pirate Site Locations in an Instant - http://torrentfreak.com/cloudflare-reveals-pirate-site-locations-in-an-instant-150629/ remember CDNs are business, and not on your side...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Oracle v. Google Case, Leaving APIs Copyrightable And Innovation At Risk - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150629/09271731488/supreme-court-wont-hear-oracle-v-google-case-leaving-apis-copyrightable-innovation-risk.shtml really bad news

Meet the conductor: #London set to trial first all-electric doubledecker bus - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/29/first-fully-electric-double-decker-bus-london-route-16 chinese-built.... #exciting

Espionnage Élysée - https://wikileaks.org/nsa-france/spyorder/ why pretending EU's #TTIP negotiating position is "secret" is absurd: NSA already has it all

Ecuador / ICSID: A new revolt likely to have regional repercussions - http://www.bilaterals.org/?ecuador-icsid-a-new-revolt-likely a reminder of how #ISDS tribunals abuse nations

Tunisian hotel workers recall terror: 'We opened our breasts against the bullets' - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/tunisia-terror-attack-hotel-workers-witness this story deserves to be known

Alexis Tsipras must be stopped: the underlying message of Europe's leaders - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/alexis-tsipras-must-be-stopped-the-underlying-message-of-europes-leaders the mask slips, the naked hatred shows

Jails & universities now obliged to prevent radicalisation - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/29/jails-and-universities-obliged-to-prevent-radicalisation-as-new-act-becomes-law a particularly stupid law even 4 this stupid government

Sunday, 28 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150627 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150627.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Police files on child sex abuse at Gordonstoun  vanished - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/28/gordonstoun-child-sex-abuse-search-for-victims Dickens' files missing too; definitely not a cover-up

Peruvians round up vicunas for annual shearing festival - http://mashable.com/2015/06/27/peru-annual-vicuna-shearing-festival/ "vicuna have bounced back through conservation efforts" #pe

Ryan Gosling: What #Costco Doesn’t Want You to Know About Their Eggs - http://www.alternet.org/environment/ryan-gosling-what-costco-doesnt-want-you-know-about-their-eggs truth will out #animalwelfare

#Linus: "looks like 4.2 may end up being the biggest release (in number of commits, at least) we've ever had." - https://plus.google.com/+LinusTorvalds/posts/KZPWD3KURbK

'Nein Danke' - smaller German firms see #TTIP as threat - http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/28/uk-eu-usa-trade-germany-idUSKBN0P805D20150628 "German unease is remarkable" (v @c_g_citizen)

"Commerzbank study last year found only 15 percent of Mittlestand companies believe #TTIP would be a good thing for their business."

"Just because there are no more tariffs doesn't mean we will eat more chickens, or build more machines; the total amount will stay the same"

as those quotes show, fatal fallacy at heart of #TTIP is that we can keep on consuming more & more & more, with no regard for environment

#TTIP's infinite fantasy has no place in our fragile, finite ecosystem...

Boris Johnson warms to idea of voting no in EU referendum - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/28/boris-johnson-eu-referendum-double-strategy-vote good: shows he's unfit to lead any party (except UKIP)

Comparative Siouan Dictionary - http://languagehat.com/comparative-siouan-dictionary/ exciting (note to self: must learn Sioux...) #linguistics

"mobility of companies & jobs" puts companies in driving seat for taxation - http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/jun/28/uk-tax-policy-dictated-by-big-companies-not-ministers-treasury-adviser #TTIP & #TISA want to increase mobility

Greece crisis could be a Sarajevo moment for the eurozone - http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/28/greece-crisis-eurozone-sarajevo-moment intriguing, if chilling, comparison #grexit

Saturday, 27 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150626 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.se/2015/06/150626.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Two Overlooked Aspects Of Those Leaks About NSA Spying On French Presidents - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150626/10185331471/two-overlooked-aspects-those-leaks-about-nsa-spying-french-presidents.shtml good news

John Oliver Falls For Software Patent Trade Association Messaging - http://ebb.org/bkuhn/blog/2015/06/26/john-oliver-gets-it-wrong.html " rhetoric of "reform rather than abolition"

EU #copyright evaluation report – full current text - https://juliareda.eu/copyright-evaluation-report/full/ this is really fascinating; by @Senficon

LOpht’s warnings about the Internet drew notice but little action - http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/business/2015/06/22/net-of-insecurity-part-3/ great piece (v @cybeardjm @basgras)#security

#opendata people: #Ireland is holding an important consultation on its open data strategy - http://www.per.gov.ie/open-data/ pl. reply if you can...

Austrian SMEs against TTIP - https://stop-ttip.org/blog/austrian-smes-against-ttip/ simply not true that #TTIP is good for, or wanted by, #SMEs #AT

Survivors reveal heroism of Sousse hotel staff as #Tunisia attack unfolded - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/27/tunisia-attack-survivors-reveal-heroism-hotel-staff remember this, not the cowardly attack

TAIHOA to #TPP - application for urgent Treaty hearing - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1506/S00262/taihoa-to-tppa-application-for-urgent-treaty-hearing.htm "breach of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles"


St. Kitts: Days to Save Endangered Fin Whales - https://secure.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_whales_loc/ "about to leave port to hunt and kill 150 endangered fin whales"

David Attenborough and Barack Obama face-to-face in TV interview - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/sir-david-attenborough-and-barack-obama-face-to-face-in-tv-interview fascinating encounter

Saving the dhole: The forgotten 'badass' Asian dog more endangered than tigers - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/radical-conservation/2015/jun/25/dhole-asia-endangered-tiger-ignored fascinating stuff

Why Central and Eastern European governments should reject investment arbitration in #TTIP - http://www.tni.org/briefing/central-and-eastern-european-countries-crossroads be crazy not to #ISDS

Apology Legislation In Hong Kong? What Kind Of A Stupid Law Is That? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150625/09143431453/apology-legislation-hong-kong-what-kind-stupid-law-is-that.shtml oh, it isn't. sorry. #hk

Ministry of Defence sought access to sensitive data about children in England - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/ministry-of-defence-sought-access-to-sensitive-data-about-children-in-england/ the dangers of databases

Council of Europe focuses on Eponia, and there's more to come - http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2015/06/council-of-europe-focuses-on-eponia-and.html this is significant #EPO

Malaysia's Stand On #TPP Not Finalised, Says Mustapa - http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v8/bu/newsbusiness.php?id=1147687 waiting for cost-benefit analysis: very wise

Suppressed HS2 report reveals serious cost concerns - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/26/damning-hs2-report-reveals-serious-cost-concerns "unaffordable given its other spending commitments."

Obamacare works — which is why the Republicans are mad as hell - http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2015/06/26/21920 awkward

#Netneutrality in critical danger in Europe. time to act - https://edri.org/net-neutrality-in-critical-danger/ come on,@Europarl_EN: no deal is better than bad deal

Chevron v. Ecuador - http://media.wix.com/ugd/7c0358_f441df1f77d8462fbd662667b5b49d1b.pdf most egregious use of #ISDS against developing country so far; shows why #ISDS must go

Can Free Trade Agreements Be Consistent With #ClimateChange Mitigation? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-brecha/can-free-trade-agreements_b_7660580.html no, because they put profit before people

#TiSA, another secret treaty to obliterate democratic government - http://beyondmoney.net/2015/06/26/tisa-another-secret-treaty-to-obliterate-democratic-government/ but word is getting out now....

#TTIP driving EU’s deregulation agenda - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/ttip-driving-eus-deregulation-agenda-315769 it's not "harmonisation", but blatant *deregulation"

Canada Saves Public From Public Domain, Extends Copyright On Sound Recordings Another 20 Years - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150625/10561131460/canada-saves-public-public-domain-extends-copyright-sound-recordings-another-20-years.shtml lucky canada

Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/26/caredata_flagged_high_risk/ clearly time to bin it

Wayback Machine’s 485 billion web pages blocked by Russian government order - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/wayback-machines-485-billion-web-pages-blocked-by-russian-government-order/ all because of one page, too #ru

Thursday, 25 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150624 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.se/2015/06/150624.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Parliament’s trade committee to vote on #TTIP Monday - http://www.politico.eu/article/ttip-isds-parliament-trade-schulz/ now would be good time to write to MEPs if you've not done so

Hague climate change judgement could inspire a global civil movement - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/24/hague-climate-change-judgement-could-inspire-a-global-civil-movement let's hope so.... (v @mbauwens)

OceanaGold vs El Salvador: Foreshadowing 'Trade' Under the #TPP? -
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/OceanaGold-vs-El-Salvador-Foreshadowing-Trade-Under-the-TPP--20150623-0029.html US$301 million from El Salvador under #ISDS

#TTIP a threat to EU chemical safety standards, German NGO says - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/ttip-threat-eu-chemical-safety-standards-german-ngo-says-315717 and it's not alone in worrying about this

Changes to Domain Name Rules Place User Privacy in Jeopardy - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/06/changes-domain-name-rules-place-user-privacy-jeopardy evil #ICANN - we need to bin it

Energy and climate in the Harper decade - http://www.progressive-economics.ca/2015/06/24/energy-and-climate-in-the-harper-decade/ worse than a lost decade...

Le #TTIP est déjà réalité - http://authentiekejournalistiek.org/documenten/TTIP_PlatformofAuthenticJournalism_French.pdf because EU laws are being changed for the worse ahead of it...

Food system scholars and scientists pen second letter to FAO Director-General supporting agroecology - http://www.iatp.org/blog/201506/food-system-scholars-and-scientists-pen-second-letter-to-fao-director-general-supporting interesting

Massive #opensource email & collaboration platform Roundcube beats Indiegogo funding goal - http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/24/massive-open-source-email-collaboration-platform-roundcube-beats-indiegogo-funding-goal/ that's good

"encryption - most imp. privacy-preserving tech we have, one uniquely suited to protect against bulk surveillance" - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/06/why_we_encrypt.html

#TPP agreement will undermine #NZ state-owned enterprises, critic warns - http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/69700590/TPP-agreement-will-undermine-NZ-state-owned-enterprises-critic-warns one of the main goals #soe

Uber drivers will need to pass Knowledge-like test to work in London, says mayor - http://arstechnica.co.uk/business/2015/06/uber-drivers-to-face-knowledge-like-test-to-work-in-london-says-mayor/ is that a NTB according to #TTIP?

#AU Liberals want to take climate policy back to square 1: Inquiry into science - http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/rural-liberals-want-to-take-climate-policy-back-to-square-one-inquiry-into-science-78926 these people are dangerous idiots

An Estimated 1,000 #EPO Staff in Munich Demonstrated Against EPO Management Yesterday Afternoon - http://techrights.org/2015/06/25/epo-protest-over-corruption-and-abuses/ things hotting up

Become a Friend of The Public Domain Review - http://blog.okfn.org/2015/06/25/become-a-friend-of-the-public-domain-review/ #PD belongs to us all, so we should all support it

UK population at record high, with net migration the biggest driver - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/25/uk-population-at-record-high-with-net-migration-the-biggest-driver interesting stats

France proposes empty ISDS reforms - https://blog.ffii.org/france-proposes-empty-isds-reforms/ going from bad to worse; only solution is to get rid of #ISDS altogether

French Surveillance Bill: LQDN Files an Amicus Brief to the Constitutional Court - http://www.laquadrature.net/en/french-surveillance-bill-lqdn-files-an-amicus-brief-to-the-constitutional-court it's not over yet...

"require US negotiators to make rejection of #BDS principal trade objective in #TTIP" - http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/76070-150625-us-congress-passes-key-trade-bill-in-victory-for-obama u accept this,@MalmstromEU?

if @MalmstromEU accepts US demand for EU to reject #BDS, clear proof #TTIP is about handing over European sovereignty to the US

Lawmakers Are Using Trade Rules to Blacklist Critics of Israel - http://fpif.org/lawmakers-are-using-trade-rules-to-blacklist-critics-of-israel/ proves #TTIP is political, not just economic

Greece is being blackmailed. Exiting the eurozone is its way out - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/25/greece-blackmailed-eurozone-troika-syriza-common-currency indeed: you have to stand up to bullies #grexit

What the West should know about Xi Jinping, #China’s most powerful leader since Mao - http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/06/what-west-should-know-about-xi-jinping-china-s-most-powerful-leader-mao excellent intro to key figure

Six Ways #TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances - http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/six-ways-tpp-opponents-have-won-fast-track reasons to be cheerful.... #TPA

Piracy Concerns May Soon Kill Domain Name #Privacy - http://torrentfreak.com/piracy-concerns-may-soon-kill-domain-name-privacy-150625/ another example of #copyright industry's destructive egotism

Fast-Track’s Passage Sets Up Round Two - http://www.wsj.com/articles/fast-tracks-passage-sets-up-round-two-on-obamas-trade-agenda-1435178359 final vote on #TPP could spill into next year’s US election season

Illegal not to act: Could courts save world from climate change? - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27785-illegal-not-to-act-could-courts-save-world-from-climate-change.html we'd better hope so...

Air pollution costing global economy €143bn – World Bank - http://www.transportenvironment.org/news/air-pollution-costing-global-economy-%E2%82%AC143bn-%E2%80%93-world-bank fixing it is a bargain

Panoramafreiheit: EU-Abgeordnete fürchtet Einschränkungen für Urlaubsfotos - http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/julia-reda-europaabgeordnete-sieht-panoramafreiheit-in-gefahr-a-1040639.html sie hat recht... #freedomofpanorama

#Russia's Internet Propaganda Farm Is Being Dragged To Court For Labor Violations - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150624/08120231442/russias-internet-propaganda-farm-is-being-dragged-to-court-labor-violations.shtml what larks...

The geopolitics of TTIP: Who decides on rights? - http://www.iatp.org/blog/201506/the-geopolitics-of-ttip-who-decides-on-rights "#TTIP has been referred to as an “economic NATO”

"chances of #TPP being finished are now about 70 per cent, says NZ Trade Negotiations Minister Groser " - http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11471221 that low?

Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies - http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jun/25/avengers-star-patrick-macnee-dies farewell, Steed....

Farmland grabbing spreads in Europe - http://www.dw.com/en/farmland-grabbing-spreads-in-europe/a-18522750 "leading to a weakening of the environmental vitality of the rural sector"

Stephen Harper ready to sign #TPP and throw Tory rural base under the bus - http://boingboing.net/2015/06/25/stephen-harper-ready-to-sign-t.html lucky Canadian farmers

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150623 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150623.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Doctors vote to stop NHS from being 'privatised' under global trade deal #TTIP - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/doctors-vote-stop-nhs-being-5934037 good to see people waking up #ISDS

Malmström predicts Canadian-EU trade deal by July - http://www.politico.eu/article/ceta-trade-deal-ttip-malmstrom-isds-canada/ steamrolling #ISDS through regardless of what public thinks #CETA

Free trade agreements 'preferential' and dangerous, says Productivity Commission - http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/free-trade-agreements-preferential-and-dangerous-says-productivity-commission-20150624-ghw7rk.html " large unfunded liabilities" #TPP

#NZ "government’s actions in negotiating #TPP are a breach of Treaty of #Waitangi and its principles" - http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/taihoa-to-tppa-application-for-urgent-treaty-hearing/ #sovereignty

#TPP is coming to #Australia. Will the Labor leadership help stop this dud deal? - http://media-senatorwhish-wilson.cmail2.com/t/t-e-ilhudlk-qlhhjjrr-r/ seems unlikely, alas

Fast Track Moves Forward And Now Fight Is On #TPP Directly - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150623/15365731438/fast-track-moves-forward-now-fight-is-tpp-directly.shtml "thanks, Congress, for selling out the American public"

Wikileaks Reveals #NSA Spying On French Presidents - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150623/15145831437/wikileaks-reveals-nsa-spying-french-presidents.shtml question no one is asking: where did these come from? a leaker?

Baby beavers born to England's first wild colony - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/24/baby-beavers-born-to-englands-first-wild-colony hardly earth-shattering, but nice all the same...

Letter to S&D and ALDE MEPs: Stand Up for Net Neutrality - http://www.laquadrature.net/en/letter-to-sd-and-alde-meps-stand-up-for-net-neutrality make that real #netneutrality

China's Massive $10 Billion Railway Project Set to Cross South America - http://www.alternet.org/world/chinas-massive-10-billion-railway-project-set-cross-south-america this looks disastrous for the environment

Whatever You Call It - Open Journalism, Social Media Journalism, Open-Source Intelligence - It's Going Mainstream - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150623/09521131434/whatever-you-call-it-open-journalism-social-media-journalism-open-source-intelligence-going-mainstream.shtml

The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/maude-barlow/trade-deals-eu_b_7586512.html starting with #CETA, which is the most immediate threat

France summons US ambassador over 'unacceptable' spying - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/24/francois-hollande-says-us-spying-on-french-officials-unacceptable-nsa "other US spy targets included French cabinet ministers"

Rotherham child sexual exploitation inquiry: 300 possible suspects - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/24/rotherham-child-sexual-exploitation-inquiry-300-suspects uk police should work on this, not eco-groups

Netherlands loses landmark global warming case, ordered to cut emissions - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/netherlands-loses-landmark-global-warming-case-ordered-to-cut-emissions/ sets important precedent; who's next? #nl

Bruised ‘Fast-track’ scrapes past US Senate, as outcry mirrored on both sides of the Atlantic - http://ttip2015.eu/blog-detail/blog/bruised-fast-track-scrapes-past-us-senate-as-outcry-mirrored-on-both-sides-of-the-atlantic.html good analysis #TTIP

#DE Environment Agency on #TTIP: "improper design of regulatory cooperation carries considerable risks" - https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/topics/ttip-risks-for-environmental-protection wow

What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? - http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/fracking-whats-killing-the-babies-of-vernal-utah-20150622 "a #fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths" (v @cybearDJM)

Canada-EU trade deal would hinder policies 2 address climate change - http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2015/06/canada-eu-trade-deal-would-hinder-policies-to-address-climate time to #StopCETA : spread the word (& hashtag)

Top #TTIP lobbyists come into view - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/top-ttip-lobbyists-come-view-315697 "leaves citizens in the dark on who's really influencing EU leaders' moves"

Royal Navy bomb explosions caused mass whale deaths, report concludes - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/24/royal-navy-bomb-explosions-mass-whale-deaths-report important report: MoD must change its ways

AFJ: ISDS closes courtroom doors and undermines equal access to justice - http://www.afj.org/press-room/press-releases/afj-isds-closes-courtroom-doors-and-undermines-equal-access-to-justice "remove #ISDS from proposed trade deals"

GCHQ Asked Court To Let It Infringe On Anti-Virus Copyrights - For National Security - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150622/13274631424/gchq-asked-court-to-let-it-infringe-anti-virus-copyrights-national-security.shtml but but copyright is sacred

"TTIP could be rejected by the EP is if it includes #ISDS, considered unacceptable by majority of MEPs" - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/what-will-happen-ttip-european-parliament-315540

#China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan - http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/23/usa-china-climatechange-idUSL1N0Z92A920150623 nice number

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150622 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150622.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Exposure to mixture of common chemicals may trigger cancer, scientists find - http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jun/23/exposure-to-mixture-of-chemicals-may-trigger-cancer-scientists-find EU's Precautionary Principle is vital

#Openscience for a knowledge and data-driven economy - http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/oettinger/blog/open-science-knowledge-and-data-driven-economy_en must include #opensourcing the software created (v @RickyPo)

if the old #openaccess revolution is failing, & signs are it is - http://poynder.blogspot.de/2015/06/hefce-elsevier-copy-request-button-and.html - clearly time for #openaccess 2.0: no compromise

here's why the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) will stop #TTIP including any #climatechange measures - http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/18/3671309/tpa-passes-house-without-labor-companion/

Will #ISDS Disputes Lead To Wars One Day? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150622/10135331418/will-corporate-sovereignty-disputes-lead-to-wars-one-day.shtml here's how Russia is getting heavy over a $50bn award against it

Nottip block amongst 250,000 people at anti austerity march - http://www.nottip.org.uk/nottip-block-amongst-250000-people-at-anti-austerity-march/ #TTIP

Software companies are leaving UK because of government’s #surveillance plans - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/software-companies-are-leaving-the-uk-because-of-governments-surveillance-plans/ how much damage does it want to do?

U.S. and EU face 'heavy lift' to get trade deal: EU ambassador - http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/22/us-eu-usa-trade-idUSKBN0P22BV20150622 doubts about #TTIP grow & grow & grow....

TUC General Secretary calls time on ‘zombie trade deals’ - https://www.economicvoice.com/tuc-general-secretary-calls-time-on-zombie-trade-deals/ "still trying to foist [#ISDS] on us through #CETA" #TTIP

The fight for the open internet is happening right now in Brussels. - https://savetheinternet.eu/ big #netneutrality vote coming: looking bad

latest leak: here are the various positions of the 3 EU bodies on #netneutrality, presented in parallel columns - https://m.contexte.com/docs/6759/trilogues-neutralite-du-net-18-juin-2015-3.pdf

"the new fast track bill would tie the US’s hands on climate action" - http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2015/06/sierra-club-statement-senate-fast-track-cloture-vote well done all the Dems who voted for this #TPA

Taylor Swift Is Not The Savior Artists Need - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150622/22584031428/taylor-swift-is-not-savior-artists-need.shtml long, interesting, brave...

Senate ignores mass opposition to Fast Track - http://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2015-06-senate-ignores-mass-opposition-to-fast-track democracy, what's that? #TPA

Top UN Human Rights Experts say #TPP a concern for human rights: human rights evaluation must precede negotiations - http://canadians.org/media/top-un-human-rights-experts-tpp

Mehr Demokratie und der #TTIP-Pencil auf dem Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentag - http://www.mitentscheiden.de/11667.html

Monday, 22 June 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 150621 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2015/06/150621.html  yesterday's tweets as a single page

#CETA: vers une redéfinition totale du commerce et de l'investissement? - http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/isolda-agazzi/ceta-accord-europe-canada_b_7619084.html "Clauses de gel et de rochet"

Demand an end to child labour in the mining industry - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/392/124/576/

Dim prospects for #TTIP talks - http://nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=55&articleid=43681729 "Not a single important point has been resolved in the negotiations" (v @TTIPBeware)

The vote for the Right to Water at the European Parliament approaches - http://www.epsu.org/a/11505 pl. write to your MEPs (v @Bwassertisch)

Messing With Our Food Quality: More Evidence of Obama's Disinformation on the #TPP - http://www.alternet.org/messing-our-food-quality-more-evidence-obamas-disinformation-tpp why was COOL sacrificed?

Alleged Dallas Buyers Club Pirates To Be Asked For Employment, Income And Health Details - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150621/03075631404/alleged-dallas-buyers-club-pirates-to-be-asked-employment-income-health-details.shtml er, what?

#Australia passes controversial anti-piracy web censorship law - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/australia-passes-controversial-anti-piracy-web-censorship-law/ bogus justification, and ineffectual thanks to VPNs

Cameron frames welfare cuts as part of 'one nation' mission - http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jun/22/cameron-sets-out-his-one-nation-mission-in-a-speech-politics-live IOW one rich nation, & they others can just go & die

Google Unveils a Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC - http://www.wired.com/2015/03/google-unveils-chrome-stick-turns-display-pc/ $100? ridiculous

#GCHQ's surveillance of two human rights groups ruled illegal by tribunal - http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/22/gchq-surveillance-two-human-rights-groups-illegal-tribunal everything legal, eh? I don't thinks so..

Man who cannot walk or talk called for jobcentre 'back to work' interview - http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/22/man-who-cannot-walk-or-talk-called-for-jobcentre-interview this is the cruel world #Tories have made

Joint letter to UK cabinet minister in charge of #TTIP - https://www.foe.co.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/ttip-letter-sajid-javid-78491.pdf impressive list, good articulation of problems

Sunday Times Doubles Down On Government Stenography, Detailing Calls For Prosecution Following Own Debunked Story - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150621/07192931405/sunday-times-doubles-down-government-stenography-detailing-calls-prosecution-following-own-debunked-story.shtml

crash course on #TTIP negotiations: e-labelling - http://www.beuc.eu/blog/consumer-crash-course-on-ttip-negotiations-e-labelling/ how convenient that it will make it hard for consumers to check

The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/maude-barlow/trade-deals-eu_b_7586512.html look at the (awful) experience of #Canada, especially with #ISDS

#GCHQ has legal immunity to reverse-engineer Kaspersky #antivirus, #crypto - http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2015/06/gchq-has-legal-immunity-to-reverse-engineer-kaspersky-antivirus-crypto/ also subverted Pakistan's Internet

#TPP dairy deal 'not at a level we would currently like': Key - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1506/S00788/tpp-dairy-deal-not-at-a-level-we-would-currently-like-key.htm IOW, NZ is giving up Pharmac for beans....

The #Monsanto Protection Act is Back, and Worse Than Ever - http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2015/06/15/monsanto-protection-act-back-and-worse-ever how anti-democratic can you get?

"Language added during the House debate forbids U.S. trade negotiators from addressing climate change issues in negotiations" - no #TPA