Thursday, 31 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151229 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TPP's Forgotten Danger: Stronger Trade Secrets Protection, With Criminal Penalties For Infringement - in #TTIP too

"Dilley earns £100,000 a year for working 2 to 3 days a week with government." - gotta pay for those Caribbean hols

The man who talks to sperm whales - "sperm whale boasts a brain five times the size of the human brain"; amazing

Bumbling would-be UK bomber asked Twitter followers for target suggestions - once again, #crypto was *not* a problem

One Of Congress's Biggest Defenders Of NSA Surveillance Suddenly Aghast That NSA May Have Spied On Him - no, really?

Datenschutzbaustelle Europa 2016 - important analysis of how #EU will undermine crypto & destroy privacy in 2016

Cops Sic Police Dog on 17-month-old Daughter of Man they Mistook for a Suspect - "heart-wrenching screams of agony"

These Ain't Masterminds: Would Be Terrorist Crowdsourced Targets On Twitter Using 'Silent Bomber' Handle - #UK

Ian Murdoch's final tweets are here: they describe something bad happening; much more clarity needed here...

#TPP could trump climate accord - "gives polluters power to sue governments who try to implement Paris agreement"

Wednesday, 30 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151228 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

From Paraguay to the US, Australia to Spain, El Niño brings Xmas chaos - not just El Niño - far out on normal curve

#China’s new anti-terror law copies UK: No backdoors, but decryption on demand - setting a bad example #surveillance

Las multinacionales norteamericanas contratan a Madeleine K. Albright para obtener un clima favorable a #TTIP -

#TPP nations arranging to sign free-trade deal in early February - signing is easy bit; ratification the hard one

Sadistic Cops Make Dog Maul Unarmed Suicidal Teen – Caught Planning and Celebrating It in Texts - just sick

Book Publisher Has No Idea How Google Works But Pretty Sure It Could End Piracy If It Tried - yeah, right

Couple found guilty of 7/7 anniversary London bomb plot - "asked Twitter followers whether 2 target shopping centre"

UK government wants to become a ‘smartphone state’ - I'm sure it does - it's the perfect surveillance device #GCHQ

Gérard Depardieu to play Joseph Stalin in new film - ouais/да - seems appropriate...

#DMCA Has Delivered Us Into The Hands Of The Proprietary Internet Of Disconnected Things - gift that keeps on taking

Free Books from Springer - "all books at
Springerlink from before 2005 freely downloadable as searchable pdf files"

Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future - maybe somebody should do something about it...

Wikimedia Foundation feuert Vorstandsmitglied - huh? what's going on here, then?

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151227 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Flood defences need complete rethink, says Environment Agency - people are waking up; will UK government do so too?

Palmyra arch that survived Isis to be replicated in London and New York - nice

Flood defences row: UK paying price for Cameron's broken promises - be rather poetic if #climatechange took him down

Law to curb power of top court 'is end of democracy in #Poland' - sad to see - and worrying...

Harvard Law Review Freaks Out, Sends Threat Over Public Domain Citation Guide - go home HLR, you're ridiculous

EU Agriculture would be gross losers in #TTIP Agreement - Anderson MEP - & that's according to US gov's own figures

Protecting Trade Secrets: Impact of Trade Secret Theft on US Competitiveness & Solutions to Remedy this Harm -

NGOs: #Israel plant Gesetz gegen regierungskritische Organisationen - no comment necessary...

Activists Increasingly Face Dirty Tricks by Food Industry - which means, of course, they are desperate & losing

32C3: Die Schweiz will sich eine „Mini-NSA“ schaffen - #ch

BT loses its outsourcing legal case against Cornwall Council - couldn't happen to nicer ex-monopoly...

Origins of the Irish down to mass migration, ancient DNA confirms - fascinating stuff #genomics

Senator Richard Burr: Confused And Wrong On Encryption - #crypto is not a problem

Monday, 28 December 2015


Gonorrhoea could become untreatable, says chief medic - hurtling back to the pre-antibiotic era...

new wave of film tourism as fans seek out locations - "when it comes to film locations, few countries can beat UK"

EU Agriculture would be gross losers in #TTIP Agreement - Anderson MEP - & that's according to US gov's own figures

'Boycott and sanction' power to be stripped from UK councils - so much for Tories believing in "local democracy"

Dutch city plans to pay all citizens a ‘basic income’, and Greens say it could work in the UK - bold, brilliant move

Dream of walking all way round England’s coast comes a step closer - nice

North Korea's computer operating system revealed by researchers - UK government doubtless studying closely #IPBill

Sunday, 27 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151225 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

"a month’s rainfall coming in a day" - if only there were some theory to explain these extreme weather events...

Saturday, 26 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151224 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Software Freedom Conservancy announces funding match by Private Internet Access - a great cause needs help now....

West Bank risks being plunged into chaos in 2016, warn Palestinian officials - "as ye sow, so shall ye reap"

Friday, 25 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151223 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

#TPP projected to push up GDP by 2.59% - but after 10/20 years = 0.1/0.2% GDP boost per year, lost in model's noise

Israeli PM condemns video of Jewish extremists celebrating toddler's death -  "dancing with guns and firebombs"

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Wednesday, 23 December 2015


'Almost too late': fears of global superbug crisis in wake of antibiotic misuse - selfish farmers will kill millions

call for papers - re:publica TEN | 2-4 May 2016 -

UK Government Has Secretly Created A Huge Database Storing Details About Its Citizens' Private Lives -- Since 2000 -

Ed Miliband aims for cross-party coalition on climate change - hmm, hope he doesn't lose this one...

Widow faces deportation from UK despite being 92 & frail - Tory compassion at its finest - & just in time for Xmas

Calls for David Cameron to step in after US bars British Muslim family from trip - welcome to the future #UK

Sunday, 20 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151219 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

‘Stoner sloth’ anti-drug campaign gets reality check as medical experts walk away - oh, Internet, you are a tease

Whatever the likes of Airbnb and Uber are up to, it isn’t ‘sharing’… - important point #appropriation

Elite Think Tank Held a Secret Panel to Counter the Growing Movement Criticizing Israel - interesting #BDS

On Thin Ice: Big Northern Lakes Are Being Rapidly Transformed - Lake Baikal ecosystem at risk...

Ministry of Freedom: Trisquel GNU/Linux systems with libreboot preinstalled - good to see more offers like this

Charging old people for falling down is an affront to human decency - not The Onion, just result of Tory policies

The Dangers of #TPP to Mexican Legislation Regarding Intellectual Property - watch out, #mexico, they're behind you

Saturday, 19 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151218 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Urgent: UK Consultation on Draft Investigatory Bill Closes Monday - Please Write - here are some key issues #IPBill

May risks 'turning clock back 140 years' with plans for fire service - has she just blown her leadership bid?

hunter crushed to death by baby elephant as he tried to measure its ivory for US client - oh, what a shame...


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151217 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Australian government wins plain packaging case against Philip Morris Asia - big win for #AU and health #tobacco

Agriculture  in  #TTIP: new USDA study - proves EU farmers likely to lose massively under deal (v @SilviaLiebrich)

Plain Packaging victory is outstanding for public health but #ISDS still Damocletian sword over #AU democracy -

European Commission public consultation on the role of Internet platforms and intermediaries - easy-to-use tool

"We’re always looking for voluntary translators to help spreading information and news about #TTIP & #CETA" -

#TPP Ratification Process Grinding To A Halt As Canada Launches 'Widespread Consultations' On Deal - not there yet

The future shape and financing of UK's Network Rail - if you don't want it completely privatised, reply to this...

Public Pressure & Allies in Congress Keep “Rider” Blocking State Labeling of GMOs Out of Spending Bill - surprising

"a third of the carbon in the atmosphere today used to be in the soil, and modern farming is largely to blame" -

Friday, 18 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151216 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Mass Surveillance & the European Court of Human Rights - "questions about validity of systems of mass surveillance"

Does the Gates Foundation do more harm than good? - review of interesting book #philanthrocapitalism

The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage - running #ubuntu

EU Data Protection Package – Lacking ambition but saving the basics - could have been worse, then #EUdataP

Pre-crime arrives in the UK: Better make sure your face stays off the crowdsourced watch list - slippery slopes

UK police busts karaoke “gang” 4 sharing songs that aren’t commercially available - "commercial-scale"? I think not

UK's PRESTON collects about 4,000,000 intercepted phone calls a year - shows #IPBill "debate" is a total sham

how Google enlisted members of US Congress it bankrolled to fight $6bn EU antitrust case - hardly surprising, no?

Big brands 'cheating' consumers with false lightbulb efficiency claims - why we need more "red tape", not less

#BlackBerry boss conciliatory tone on encryption - anyone who thinks there is a crypto "middle ground" is clueless

Unilever *loves* #TTIP - not 'cos will make mega-corps richer, but 'cos it will make stinking poor people smell nice

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151215 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Death penalty rates plunge to lowest level in the US since 1970s - hopeful signs

Dallas Buyers Club loses (again) in its court pursuit of pirates - quite right (v @alpharia)#AU

EU agrees on new law that severely punishes firms for violating user privacy - big, but we don't have all details

Help us challenge agribusiness influence over the EU's food safety policy - great work; pl. support if you can

#SnoopersCharter “so technically complex” it may be infeasible, telcos say - come on, just bin the thing #IPBill

Macedonia open to changing its name to end 24-year dispute with Greece - *finally*

Jailed MI6 informant blocked from taking case to court of human rights - this case stinks to high heaven

Einigung über EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung: Reaktionen aus Politik, Verbänden und der Presse - #EUdataP 

Vietnam Arrests Lawyer for 'Propaganda', 10 Days After Beating - EU refused to do human rights assessment before FTA

Let's Fix EU #Copyright! - "online form will close on 25 December 2015 midnight"

#Fracking under national parks approved by MPs amid acrimony - such blatant contempt for democracy & public #tories

EU data protection rules: Major step forward for consumer protection and competition - saith The Greens/EFA #EudataP

Internet has revelation that climate change action won't kill the economy after all - well, that's good


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151214 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Niederlande: Referendum gegen #TTIP & #CETA - need this in all EU nations given magnitude of changes involved

UK Movie Pirates Facing Shocking Prison Sentences - "none of the defendants made a penny from their actions"; absurd

Moral Failure of Computer Scientists - "These aren’t the dark times for either law enforcement or intelligence"

Qubes OS will ship pre-installed on Purism’s security-focused Librem 13 laptop - sounds nice

Spanish Government Using Obstructionism And Bureaucracy To Nullify Transparency Law - they just hate #FOI laws...

Man faces years in jail for alleged online comment insulting Thai king’s dog - does lèse-majesté apply to pets?

Jeff Koons sued for appropriating 1980s gin ad in art work sold for millions - art builds on art; get over it...

anybody know this lot? - are they any good? who's behind them? thanks for any info

Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market - scant details so far...

Trade deals are far from the only answer - "existing intellectual property protections actually inhibit innovation"

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


Nurofen's maker admits misleading consumers over contents of painkillers - #BigPharma strikes again...

Dutch eBook Readers Being Reminded They Don't Actually Own Those eBooks They Bought - #copyright in the 21st century

Lightbulb #DRM: Philips Locks Purchasers Out Of Third-Party Bulbs With Firmware Update - you knew this was coming

Don’t Be Misled; The #TPP Is Still Coming Full Steam - "using a threat to delay TPP as a ploy to get leverage"

Major Summit Could Put World's Poorest Inhabitants on Corporate Chopping Block - this is where #TPP & #TTIP lead

Health GAP Submission to U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means on #TPP and Access to Medicine -

Supreme Court Again Makes It Clear: Companies Can Erode Your Legal Rights Via Mouse Print - bad idea...

US agency rarely intervened in projects that could risk endangered species - staggering dereliction of duty

Sunday, 13 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151211 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

US meat industry ignores FDA, health experts, buys more #antibiotics - outrageous; compulsory ban needed now

"Keeping the price of a barrel of crude at $75 or less will devastate the profitability of fossil fuel extraction" -

"comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster." - 

China Is Making Domain Name History - I wonder why...

Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era - let's hope so, let's hope so... #COP21

Saturday, 12 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151210 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

McConnell warns #TPP can’t pass Congress before 2016 elections - "There’s significant pushback all over the place"

EU struggles to renew deal with Big Tobacco - EU should be taking legal against them, not be bought off by them

FBI Admits To Using Zero Day Exploits To Hack Into Computers - still want to use Windows?

CETA's Festering Wound: Corporate Sovereignty in the form of #ISDS - #CETA still in limbo... #canada #eu

#TTIP: "Moody’s are saying it will amount to equivalent of cup of coffee per person per day" - @glynmoody actually

Sponge injection could save the lives of gunshot victims - clever approach

You may soon need a licence to take photos of that classic designer chair you bought - more #copyright madness

EU can suspend new data transfer pact with US if worried about privacy: Official - but they never will #safeharbour

Tokyo’s drone squad will deploy 10-foot drones armed with nets to police the sky - #drone dogfights coming soon...

Friday, 11 December 2015


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 151209 -  yesterday's tweets as a single page

Last chance: UK #TTIP Debate today: Please Contact MPs Now.  Here's what I've sent - #ISDS pl. pass on...

S&D votes in favour of PNR. An important tool in the fight against terrorism - nope; just S&D being feeble again

#ISDS in #CETA and #TTIP threaten to prevent the necessary energy transition to tackle climate change - here's how

DronePunks - aerial photography, reports on the cutting edge of quadcopter innovation, and the latest drone news

tell EU lawmakers not to wreck the net - EU consultation on new regulations for the internet made easy

Today's TTIP debate transcript House of Commons - long;  interesting to see how #TTIP, #ISDS is entering mainstream

Aufforstung in Afrika: 1,5 Milliarden Dollar für sehr viele Bäume - sounds good, let's hope it happens #COP21

UK government seeks views on cutting house building 'red tape' - another covert assault on the environment?

#COP21: draft text supports free trade deals at the expense of the climate - profits before the planet; idiots

Irish to be given full official EU language status - great news for the language

Tobacco lobby stubs out total German tobacco ad ban - come on, Germany, I expect better from you...

EU aims to crack down on unsustainable #palmoil and illegal #logging - nice aspiration, but will it really happen?

'Intelligence Professional' Says NSA Deserves Trust, Power & Its Bulk Phone Metadata Collection Back - how about no?