Thursday, 31 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160330 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

You can make Japanese whaling a deal breaker - great idea: no EU-Japan trade deal unless it stops killing whales

Mississippi bill would let churches create gun squads exempt from prosecution -

Wednesday, 30 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160329 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Rare example of lost language found on stone hidden 2500 years ago - #etruscan – exciting

EU money should not help destroy #Bulgaria’s Kresna Gorge - absurd, harmful waste of money #bg

#TPP to boost Māori economy by $200m, MPs told -$200m,-mps-told but as usual, the costs of TPP are ignored in this claim...

Using Adblock Plus to block ads is legal, rules German court—for the fifth time - time to give up, perhaps?

Diana Markosian's best photograph: the 105-year-old Armenian who escaped genocide - amazing someone still living #am

Inside the garage labs of DIY gene hackers, whose hobby may terrify you - #CRISPR DIY

Why do the Tories want to hide who owns British land? - good analysis of an exceedingly bad idea #opendata

EU consultation on IP enforcement; FFII submission - deadline is 15 April 2016

White House says U.S. leadership, prestige at stake in debate over #TPP - IOW, not about trade, but power

Nigerian Government Says Country Needs More Jail Time For Pirates And Control Over Content Of Creative Works -

Are the first meaningful European NOx limits for shipping in sight? - long overdue

Laptop containing plans of Belgian PM's home found near terrorists' flat - again, no mention of crypto being used

Why Won't @w3c Carve Security Research Out Of Its #DRM-In-HTML 5 Proposal? - why did it accept it in first place?

Trump: women who get illegal abortions should be 'punished' - "would ban abortion if elected president" #darkdays

Tuesday, 29 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160328 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Met Police boss is “blaming the victims” over online fraud, says security expert - windows malware makes that unfair

In the Wake Of The Latest Terrorist Attacks, Here's A Rational Approach To Saving Lives - makes sense

Refuse to sign up to #CETA to Save Our Stilton (and other protected food names) -

Leonardo DiCaprio travels to Sumatra to support rainforest conservation efforts - bravo #indonesia

Turkish Government Summons German Ambassador Because Of Silly Satirical Video... That's Now Getting More Attention -

Monday, 28 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160327 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

#EU Public Consultation on a proposal for a mandatory #Transparency Register - open until June (v @pinguinpatje)

Selling #TPP as the Farm Economy Drops off a Cliff - "even rosiest scenarios conclude economic gains are tiny"

Trade, Labor, and Politics - "Panglossian view of trade as win-win for everyone" #TPP #TTIP

The zombie ISDS - a reminder why #ICS is just as flawed as #ISDS #TTIP #CETA

Rep. Speier Wants To Register Every Prepaid Phone Purchase, In Case Someone Bad Uses One As A Burner Phone - nope

Lauded academy chain to be stripped of its schools after critical finance report - welcome to future of UK education

Brussels attacks: 'Fight the westerners' text sent to youths in Molenbeek - no #crypto necessary... #be

Vote Leave releases list of serious crimes by EU citizens in Britain - scraping the barrel much? pathetic


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160326 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

"Infrastructure Act removes control for decisions to sell or develop public land from public sector" - (v @aral)

Syrian regime forces retake 'all of Palmyra' from Isis - welcome news

"you end up with a flood of information and not enough people to analyse it." - snooping on all of us makes it worse

"alarming increase in the  investor state dispute settlement cases" in BITs - #ISDS

Activists launch legal action against French marine park over orcas - end this barbarism now

#NZ: Over 330 ask to have say on #TPP - shows why much more time is needed to discuss this

Trade policy is no longer just for political nerds: it matters in UK & US - only took 3 years for Guardian to get it

anyone interested in the rise and fall of #TTIP can find 51 posts chronicling the saga here:

and for a quick (well, 6000 words) backgrounder on what's at stake with #TTIP, you could try this:

Sunday, 27 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160325 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

#PL approves large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval forest - "could trigger EU to launch punitive procedures"

#AU bricklayer has more than $590m in bank account, court hears - "is not 'at liberty' to say how he got it" uh-huh

UK Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes - moving to US model, which is disastrous for animal welfare

The new trade paradigm: Pro-globalization, anti-‘free’ trade agreement - important shift #TPP #TTIP

journalist Florence Hartmann jailed by war crimes tribunal - once more, whistleblower punished, criminals free

Public Services Under Attack - #TTIP, #CETA, & secretive collusion between business lobbyists and trade negotiators

#TPP "is about sustaining and extending an incredibly inefficient and corrupt system of financing drug research" -

Irish government denies threat to destroy records of women mutilated in childbirth - only because we're watching #ie

"suggesting the bombs were work of a large international network" - targeted surveillance, not mass spying, needed

"posted on YouTube in 2014 shows Fayçal Cheffou, one of main suspects of the Brussels attacks." - not "going dark"

Saturday, 26 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160324 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

"home-grown suicide bombers known to the authorities were able to hit Brussels" - not about "going dark" at all...

Stealthy malware targeting air-gapped PCs leaves no trace of infection - nasty; good job it's only #Windows – again

Why developing countries are dumping investment treaties - #ISDS the big problem

Meet the largest science project in US government history—the James Webb Telescope - exciting

French Politicians Want To Create Ancillary Copyright In Thumbnail Images - more #copyright madness

Britain to pay billions for monster internet surveillance network - #IPBill will be costly disaster for privacy

Once Again, The Brussels Attacks Were An Intelligence Community Failure, Not An 'Encryption' Problem - important

#TPP: The Thing Sanders, Trump, and Clinton Agree On. It’s That Bad - "Trump is right: It’s a bad deal."

Police question National MP Chester Borrows over claims he drove car at #TPP protesters - TPP supporters desperate?

#Japan Kills 200 Pregnant Minke Whales - disgusting (v @laurahelmuth @edyong209)

Brussels bomber's DNA confirms his link to Paris attacks, say prosecutors - #notcrypto #notgoingdark

A new bill seeks to kill anonymous ‘burner’ phones by requiring registration - predictable, but ineffectual

This man packed a lawn mower with explosives, shot it with a rifle, then lost his leg - uh-huh

Friday, 25 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160323 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Largest U.S. restaurant company targeted over treatment of workers, animals, environment - time to up the pressure

Russian Anti-Piracy Group Wants To Forbid Discussions Of Blocklist Circumvention Tools - that'll work #copyright

“Google tax” on snippets under serious consideration by European Commission - here's how to stop it #copyright

Israeli soldier is filmed shooting dead wounded Palestinian attacker - seems Margot Wallström deserves an apology...

Syrian forces enter Palmyra in battle with Isis, says state TV - isis on the backfoot...?

Pottery fragment offers evidence of Christian settlement in Roman London -

‘Privacy’ creates single-use virtual credit cards for safer online shopping - burner credit cards: interesting

Rethinking Bilateral Investment Treaties: Critical Issues and Policy Choices - #TPP #TTIP #TISA

Internet Archive Seeks to Defend Against Wrongful Copyright Takedowns - great work again...

"cost of #pesticides may far outweigh their benefits" - this is why #TTIP must look at costs as well as benefits

Member state offices in Brussels: wide open to corporate lobbyists - "inadequacy of current EU transparency regime"

Thursday, 24 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160322 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Ash dieback and beetle attack likely to 'wipe out' all ash trees in UK and Europe - more depressing news...

Looming Trade Deals Threaten Efforts to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground - which is why energy companies want them

Utilities Are Playing Dirty In Florida To Kill Solar Energy Disruption In The Cradle - these are climate criminals

Regulations of Toxic Chemicals under #TTIP - "serious threat to EU chemical laws and policies"

awkward questions over bombers’ links to Paris terror cell - yet again, they were known to authorities

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

#TPP Text Provides Clues to U.S. Positions in #TTIP - explains in detail how #TTIP will undermine EU food standards

Wednesday, 23 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160321 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Eight-second videos are long enough to infringe on #copyright, says UK judge - but depends on detailed circumstances

Researchers use synchrotron to read ancient, burned scrolls from Rome - new ancient greek plays to come, perhaps?

UK Government Forbids Publicly-Funded Scientists And Academics From Giving Advice It Disagrees With -

Anti-#DRM activists go to @w3c meeting to protest Digital Restrictions Management in Web standards -

Trade Backers Pin #TPP Hopes on Lame-Duck U.S. Congress - admitting they must use subterfuge to get it ratified

Before We Even Know The Details, Politicians Rush To Blame Encryption For Brussels Attacks - surprise; not

Would #CETA limit regulatory controls on soft drinks? - if it doesn't, #TTIP could chill legislation through #ISDS

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Burner phones, not #encryption, kept Paris terrorists off authorities’ radar - undermines case for backdoors #IPBill

Drinks makers consider legal action against sugar tax - in future, #TTIP's #ISDS will be perfect for doing this

Hillary Clinton doesn’t get it: Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders and the truth about #TPP -

Will regulatory cooperation in TTIP become a straight-jacket for EU law making? - excellent analysis of #TTIP's core

#globalwarming taking place at an 'alarming rate', UN climate body warns - "The future is happening now"

#TTIP: Civil Society on new EU proposal on Regulatory Cooperation -  "threat to democratic decision-making"

European Commission Continues to Ignore Parliament on #TTIP - but what will @Europarl_EN do about it?

Joshua Freeman and George Laking: Threat to medicine pipeline in #TPP -

Assuming Away Unemployment and Trade Deficits from the #TPP - "paltry 0.029% per year on average over 15 years"

Monday, 21 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160319 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

February was the warmest month in recorded history, climate experts say - how much longer will denialists deny?

The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online - just appalling (v @mmasnick)

this: "burner phones used with discipline serve as a far more important operational security tool than encryption" -

How the US ends up in a real Civil War this Fall - "can be pulled off with only five people." eek

The animation software behind Futurama and Studio Ghibli’s films is going open source - great news

By rejecting $1bn for a pipeline, a First Nation has put Trudeau's climate plan on trial - important battle #ca

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160318 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

New York senator proposes tax credit for #opensource developers - we need this everywhere, writ large...

Saturday, 19 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160317 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Palestinian Global Teacher victor - "inspired to teach after her daughters were shot at by Israeli soldiers."

American Medical Association joins AllTrials - good news

Chelsea Manning: government anti-leak program a 'blank check for surveillance' - paranoia is corrosive

Deradicalising Britain: activists turning young Muslims away from extremism - support this, not idiotic "Prevent"

UN envoy warns of environmental activist murder ‘epidemic’ - time 2 boycott ‘blood-tainted’ products from land grabs

EU Commission failing to properly enforce trade agreements - why bother signing more of them then? #TTIP

Who can stop Trump? Republicans may have little choice but to vote Clinton - that seems a little...unlikely, no?

Non-smoking woman forced to pay £650 fine for dropping cigarette in town she’d never been to -

#London drops the veil on electric double-deckers, will hit roads in April - ooh, exciting...

Asian Voices On Access to Medicines: Scrap TRIPS, Voluntary Licences Not Working, FTA Threats - we need TRIPS-minus

#TPP’s Promised Environmental Protections Do Not Deliver - See more at: bin it

"View this confidential file that i upload for you to  secure your document." - why thank you - how could I refuse this kind offer...?

Friday, 18 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160316 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Story of cities #4: Beijing and the earliest planning document in history - fascinating stuff #china

#TPP at risk as the US political pendulum swings towards trade isolationism - all US candidates against it...

Surge in #renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions - pity UK government isn't helping much

Digital rights groups say #PrivacyShield deal must be sent back to negotiators - UK gets knuckles rapped again

'A defining moment':@SeaWorld decides to stop breeding killer whales - long overdue

Have your say on the Investigatory Powers Bill - outrageous they still want a "Word document" in 2016 #openstandards

MuckRock's #FOIA Redaction Hall Of Shame - bonkers, hilarious & ridiculous - all at the same time

Quinlan:  #TTIP 2020 more realistic than 2016 - how about we make that 2200?

Thursday, 17 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160315 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

#NZ: Longer wait and higher prices likely under #TPP - quite simply, people will die as direct result of TPP

#Antibiotics becoming ineffective at treating some child infections - sawing through the branch we sit upon...

Apple's Response To DOJ: Your Filing Is Full Of Blatantly Misleading Claims And Outright Falsehoods - great analysis

Yes, You Can Reconcile The Wide Sharing Of Personal Medical Research Data With Greater Participant Control -

Potential Impact of #TTIP on public health - big academic paper in English (v @MartinMWhitlock)

Legal adviser to top EU court says open Wi-Fi provider is not liable for user’s piracy - potentially big #copyright

Crumby cocktails at dawn: Inside the Brussels tech #lobbying bubble - useful primer #eu #ttip

On Trade, Angry Voters Have a Point - why #TPP is in trouble - and #TTIP will be

"when #patent rights have been too broad or strong, they have actually discouraged innovation" - (v @jwildeboer)

Malta gives go ahead to shooting of 5,000 endangered turtle doves - #malta, civilised? not so much... #EU

Fresh protests likely as Lula joins #Brazil cabinet as chief of staff - amazing turn of events

Journalism Professor Dan Gillmor On Why You Should Support Techdirt's Crowdfunding Campaign - good cause

TACD’s recommendations on the proposed food safety chapter in #TTIP excellent ideas - we need them all

ICSID orders Argentina to pay US$136 million plus interest for contractual breaches - that will be popular #ar

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Moody's Microblog Daily Digest 160314 - yesterday's tweets as a single page

Obama to kill off Arctic oil drilling - working on his legacy again; that's good...

Investigatory powers bill not up to the task - that's what this impressive list of legal scholars say... #IPBill

here's the latest #TTIP leak: "Proposal for Chapter: Good Regulatory Practices" - lots of anti-democratic stuff here

Can't Make This Up: Paramount Says Star Trek Fan Flick Violates Copyright On Klingon And 'Uniform With Gold Stars' -

We need to get this investigatory powers bill right – it’s not fit for purpose now - says @Keir_Starmer...#IPBill

#CETA: Who pulled the plug on the right to regulate? - "Euthanasia during a legal scrub"

Is GCHQ Embedded in Wikipedia? - lots of weird stuff happening

Is #ISDS in EU Trade Agreements Legal under EU Law? - rather important question #TTIP

US & EU trade union leaders: #TTIP negotiations 'On the Wrong Course' - everyone agrees - except the 1% who benefit

Analysis: How #TPP, #TTIP and agriculture are shaping EU #Japan trade talks - interesting stuff

Sanders & the death of #TPP: Why his stunning Michigan upset could be the final nail in the free-trade coffin -

Metal prospectors discover astonishing treasure hoards from Anglo-Saxon England - fab stuff

Despair Fatigue - brilliant analysis, great writing, oddly hopeful: what's not to like? #UK

Louisiana's vanishing island: the climate 'refugees' resettling for $52m - a story from the near future

White House Begins To Realize It May Have Made A Huge Mistake In Going After Apple Over iPhone Encryption -

MPs vote in favour of Investigatory Powers Bill after Labour, SNP abstain [Updated] - not very promising... #IPBill