Sunday, 30 December 2018


#Brexit is full of hysterical self-pity’ - "I’m increasingly convinced that there will be a second referendum.The Sherlock Holmes principle is always a good one: you eliminate the impossible and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the solution."

“Thus #Japan will have earned itself intense global opprobrium without bringing itself any benefits at all. It will have harpooned itself in the foot.” - arrogance and stupidity #whaling

#Romania to take over EU presidency amid fears for rule of law - “One proposal being closely watched is an amnesty to protect politicians from prosecution for corruption” what could possibly go wrong? #2019 is clearly going to be fun…

Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump - presumably containing coded instructions for #2019

#Google wants to spy on everything you do at home, in every room (including the bathroom), to help “improve” your family - how about no? #privacy #surveillance

Thursday, 20 December 2018


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#Japan to resume commercial #whaling after leaving IWC – report - clearly time to organise global #boycott of japanese cars, electronics etc etc. that will concentrate their minds…

The LibreRouter project aims to make mesh networks simple and affordable - great; we need more meshes #opensource

Land Swap With #Chechnya Causes Mass Protests in #Ingushetia - excellent analysis of important developments in north caucusus

Trump shocks allies and advisers with plan to pull US troops out of Syria - what a nice holiday present for #iran

Vladimir Putin tells Theresa May to ‘fulfil will of people’ on Brexit - so if vlad wants it, do people really think this is going to be good for the UK, EU, and the West…? #brexitchaos

Wednesday, 19 December 2018


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British economy forecast to fall in GDP rankings - ah, so “brexit means…losing global economic clout”. got it.

The Brexiteers’ idea of how WTO rules would work is pure fantasy - because #brexiters are immune to cold facts, and prefer the warm bath of their delusions…

Wooden sleeping pods offer privacy to London’s homeless - shameful that these are necessary in #london in #2018

Antibiotic use plummets on US farms after ban on using drugs to make livestock grow faster - this is good news - #kudos to US farmers for acting quickly

Europe issues a deadline for US’ #PrivacyShield compliance - but a pretty weedy one #gdpr

Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to - correct

“The environment secretary, under questioning by MPs on the environmental audit committee, attempted to reassure farmers that there would be no mass slaughter of sheep in queues at UK ports such as Dover” - perfectly normal statement from Gove…


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Human rights body calls on US school to ban electric shocks on children - “use of electric shocks on severely disabled children” wut??? #murica

Brexit: 3,500 troops on standby to help in event of any no-deal crisis, MPs told - perfectly normal - exactly what people voted for in the referendum… #brexitchaos

Brexit putting thousands of ski resort jobs at risk for British workers - " leaving the EU will lead to a 31% increase in the cost of the British package holiday, whether skiing or summer camping." ah well, will of the people and all that… #brexitchaos

Carmakers criticise ‘unrealistic’ EU plan to slash vehicle emissions - after the industry’s lies and deception over diesel emissions, they can jolly well shut up and get on with it.

YouTube’s $100 Million Upload Filter Failures Demonstrate What A Disaster #Article13 Will Be For The Internet - great analysis; #eucopyright is on course to be the worst #copyright law in history…

Monday, 17 December 2018


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“The case for the public being given the final say is becoming so overwhelming that people from all parties, and of none, now recognise that this is the best way forward for our country.” - #peoplesvote

Chickens freezing to death and boiled alive: failings in US slaughterhouses exposed - “fuelling concerns about standards in a post-Brexit trade deal” you bet - this is what top #brexites want on our plates

Theresa May pushes forward £2bn no-deal Brexit preparations - yeah, sure - after all, we’re rolling in money, #amirite…?

Business leaders warn against plan to slash EU immigration to UK - tory bigots don’t even care about their business supporters any more… #brexitchaos

Carol Vorderman and Liam Gallagher back campaign against trophy hunting - “cruel, immoral, archaic and unjustifiable” damn right it is

Netherlands PM uses Britain’s Brexit ‘chaos’ as cautionary tale - well, at least our suffering will be a warning to others…

Sunday, 16 December 2018


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#Facebook doesn’t care about your #privacy, it just wants to farm your personal data – these confidential documents prove it… - #surveillance

Senior Tories urge free vote on second referendum - more and more people realise this is the only way out of this #brexitchaos

Jaguar Land Rover to ‘axe up to 5,000 jobs’ - “job cuts in new year as part of drive to combat #Brexit and falling sales”

Giuliani: Trump interview with Mueller would happen ‘over my dead body’ - OK, we accept your terms, Rudy…

No 10 denies making plans for second Brexit referendum - and in doing so, makes it much, much more likely… #peoplesvote


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Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn - another reason not to eat meat

Miss USA apologizes for mocking rivals’ English-speaking skills - no doubt she speaks vietnamese and cambodian fluently…

Saturday, 15 December 2018


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Facebook verbannt mit neuer Regel allen Sex von seiner Plattform - probably doesn’t matter, since only old peoplel use @facebook these days - the cool kids have moved on…

Branson: You can’t prepare for a hard Brexit - “companies would be left reeling like boxers if Britain left the European Union without a deal to smooth its exit” #brexitchaos

Top EU Court’s Advocate General Says German Link Tax Should Not Be Applied – But On A Technicality - this won’t stop #article11, so we must…

“For the EU on the other hand, at the end of this wild week, it is a great success. British politics is shattered into a myriad parts; the EU is more united than ever.” - so #brexitchaos has accomplished that, at least…

Courts preparing for Brexit surge in cases, top judge reveals - #brexit dividend strikes again…

Thursday, 13 December 2018


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Climate change talks lead to renewed pledge to cut emissions - “EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5C” kudos

School Boots Professor Off Campus After He Exposes Its Complicity In Predatory Publishing Schemes -

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


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McDonald’s to curb use of antibiotics in its beef supply - this must be effective, not token, and everyonen else must follow suit - this is a huge emergency

Four million Europeans’ signatures opposing #Article13 have been delivered to the European Parliament - EU politicians must listen if they want people to take the European project seriously #copyright

How Bike-Sharing Services And Electric Vehicles Are Sending Personal Data To The Chinese Government - anything online can be subverted for surveillance #privacy

Shadow rapporteurs take stand against Parliament’s handling of #copyright directive - too important to rush through…

How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction - rare good news

Urge Ecuador’s New Oil-Friendly Environmental Minister to Reject Yasuní Oil Drilling -

EU public says enough is enough on tobacco control - no: a small sample with skewed majority (66%) of smokers and ex-smokers say that to misleading questions. in real-life, we want lots more control, please…

Canal+ commits copyfraud, gets Banksy’s painting-shredding video removed from Youtube - this will be much easier with #article13 #uploadfilters - no penalties for false claims

TV, Sports & Movie Companies Still Freaking Out That EU Copyright Directive Might Include A Safe Harbor For Internet Platforms - #article13

Tuesday, 11 December 2018


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What is behind the spread of a mysterious allergy to meat? - ticks. are. Evil.

#Brexit is a failed project. Labour must oppose it - it must indeed if it wants to retain any political credibility for the future… #brexitchaos

Copyright Directive: how competing big business lobbies drowned out critical voices - very thorough exploration of how the playing field is completely tilted in favour of big business and big money in the world of #copyright legislation

Facts not fakes. Do not kill neighboring rights - shameful piece by a journalist who ought to know better; wants to make facts subject to #copyright - something that has never been the case for 300 years… #article11

“Occasionally he may risk his life” - this constant appeal to emotion underlines the fact that the author knows the facts are not on his side: #article11 will not bring in more money for journalists, or even publishers -

The EU says it wants Europeans to engage with it: now that 4 MILLION of them have opposed mass censorship through #Article13, will they listen? - nope #article13

Dover checks ‘would take eight hours per lorry’ in no-deal Brexit - Road Haulage Association warned: “plans for no-deal Brexit were “dire” and the sector faced a catastrophe on 30 March.”

US accused of obstructing talks at UN #climatechange summit - disgraceful that it should come to this…

Monday, 10 December 2018


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Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world’s biggest investors - they may not be the world’s most caring people, but they are certainly rational: they know failing to address #climatechange will be a disaster for us - and them

Brexit: UK can unilaterally revoke article 50, says EU court - so now we know what to do to end this #brexitchaos

“prominent Brexit supporters have made significant bets against companies exposed to the British consumer including big high street names.” - feel like mugs, #brexiters…?

The ‘innovation principle’ trap - this is a not-so-subtle attack on EU precautionary principle and on regulations in general; bin it

Armenian parliament election: Pashinyan wins, Sargsyan destroyed - “Pashinyan’s bloc ‘My Step’ has received 70.43% of the vote during the Armenian parliamentary elections”

New leftwing coalition urges Labour to reject Brexit - come on, @UKLabour, you know it's the right thing to do

ToxicDocs Levels the Playing Field for Efforts to Prevent Toxic Exposures - “database of some 20 million once-secret industry and trade association documents concerning the health hazards of toxic chemicals” #fab

EU figures rule out concessions as May postpones Brexit vote - how many times does this have to be said? #brexitchaos


No hope of success and no plan B – but the PM won’t blink - this should be her epitaph

Open Science Means Open Source–Or, at Least, It Should - Why #opensource was actually invented in 1665.

Brexit: Majority of country now think Britain should remain in the EU, new poll finds - but small sample size

IFPI Slams Pirate MEP For ‘Lobbying’ Kids, Forgets a Decade of Rightsholders Doing Just That - the hypocrisy of the #copyright maximalists is nauseating…

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge - another reason to bring down the #saudi torturers’ tyranny

Trump ‘at center of massive fraud against Americans’, top Democrat says - time to get rid of the #cimatedenialist

Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’ - “huge levies on multinationals, millionaires and carbon emissions”

Saturday, 8 December 2018


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Africa cocoa industry failing on deforestation pledge – campaigners - time to start boycotting chocolate makers that drive this

Trump to name former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as next UN ambassador - “does not have prior political or policy-making experience.” - oh dear, poor #murica

nice: wind energy providing 30% of UK’s energy at the moment - #renewables

Kent council leader warns no-deal Brexit would spread chaos across country - “at a cost of almost £1.75bn a week to the economy” #brexitchaos

revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson - “broad array of non-British groups and individuals, including US thinktanks, rightwing Australians and Russian trolls”

Labour MPs in leave areas want government ‘globalisation fund’ - sounds like a good idea to me… #peoplesvote

Thursday, 6 December 2018


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China demands release of Huawei executive arrested in Canada - the morons in trump’s cabinet have obviously never heard of “face”…

Some EU Nations Still Haven’t Implemented The 2013 #Marrakesh Treaty For The Blind - #copyright maximalists despise the blind

On Overcoming Pain - typically insightful piece on an unusual subject

PLOS Authors Say “Yes” to #Preprints - well done them - it’s the future of academic publishing

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


West Papua: conflicting reports surround attack that killed up to 31 - tkime for #indonesia to end its occupation of #WestPapua

“Virtually every poll in the sequence since the summer of 2017 has found a majority believing that the wrong decision was made in the EU referendum of 2016.”

Barclays customers ‘to leave en masse’ over #tarsands investment - damn right; shame on @Barclays

“Parliament did not give the British public consultation." - that’s explicitly what it did - it was an adivsory vote. had it been binding, a 60% threshold would have been reasonable, as elsewhere… #brexitchaos

Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US? - “The things the US complains about and wants conceded include limits on pesticide residues and hormone-disrupting chemicals in food, nutritional labelling” #brexitchaos

EU’s dependence on dollar to be reduced under new proposals - should have been done 10 years ago

Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work - good background to #australia's foolish attempts to break encryption

McCluskey "urged MPs to hold their nerve as Labour’s alternative approach would deliver for the country.” - IOW, he’s a clueless idiot too… #brexitchaos

Monday, 3 December 2018


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#Armenia's ex-minister of nature protection accused of taking $14 million bribe - poor armenia

Brexit backstop would be ‘practical barrier’ to trade deal, leaked paper says - which was pretty obvious #brexitchaos

Multiple threats from EU’s #GDPR to today’s corporate #surveillance and targeted advertising system - here’s why that’s good

General rules on direct and indirect liability for copyright infringement instead of Art. 13 - what an utter mess #article13 is #eucopyright

GCHQ Propose A ‘Going Dark’ Workaround That Creates The Same User Trust Problem Encryption Backdoors Do -

Insulin4All - “For Nicole Smith-Holt and her husband James Holt, Jr. whose son, Alec Rae Smith, died at 26 after rationing his insulin, the consequences of insulin prices are far too real.” #bigpharma greed kills

The Business of AI Startups - “survey of commercial AI startups, documenting rich detail about their businesses and their impacts on their customers. firms report benefits of AI that are more often about enhancing human capabilities than replacing them.”

Time To Tell The Truth About #Article13 - it’s not about the mythical “value gap”, which is actually an innovation gap… #eucopyright directive

Free Software Foundation receives $1 million from Handshake - #freesw

Sunday, 2 December 2018


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Key Labour figures urge party to prepare for a new Brexit poll - nearly there, @UKLabour #peoplesvote

Labour poised to move May confidence motion if she loses #Brexit vote - “If May’s government were not deposed, he said, Labour would start seeking a second referendum.” #PeoplesVoteNow

‘Will I have existed?’ The unprecedented plan to move an Arctic city - why extractive industries are bad, part 28357


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Sam Gyimah: second Brexit referendum best option for both sides - “There is a blocking minority in the House of Commons for almost every possible option which means that letting the people decide”

Met police push ahead with armed patrols despite backlash - stupid, panicked move: replace “policing by consent” with “policing by machine guns”

Rightwing thinktank deletes offer of access to ministers for donors - Adam Smith Institute “promising access to government ministers in exchange for donations”

Trump OKs seismic tests in Atlantic that can harm thousands of dolphins & whales - “emitting loud pulsing sounds every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day. These pulses are known to harass, harm, and even kill whales and dolphins.”

Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl - #2018 strikes again…

Multiple threats from EU’s #GDPR to today’s corporate #surveillance and targeted advertising system - that’s good

Saturday, 1 December 2018


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Donald Trump Jr may face legal peril after Cohen admits lying to Congress - I do hope so…

‘Comfort women’: anger as Japan paper alters description of WWII terms - cowardly, insulting and shabby behaviour from @japantimes

Berta Cáceres: seven men convicted of murdering Honduran environmentalist - “murder was ordered by executives of the Agua Zarca dam company Desa”

Автодорогу до Гергетского храма построили в Казбеги - boring: the old road was much more fun (even if I nearly died on it…)

British student who took photo from plane faces Egypt spying trial - these trials are absurd, and the governments that carry them ridiculous

Thursday, 29 November 2018


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Ningxia learns from #Xinjiang how to fight terrorism - the #uyghurs were just the start; #china will be rolling out its total #surveillance system everywhere…

London to lose €800bn to Frankfurt as banks prepare for Brexit - "there is no downside to #brexit"… yeah, right

Arlene Foster says DUP would not back second Brexit referendum - luckily, nobody cares what you think

EU net migration to UK falls to lowest level in almost six years - but “Non-EU net migration was at its highest since 2004” - we’re just swapping people who share our european heritage for those that don’t… #brexitchaos

Past four years hottest on record, data shows - <slow handclap/>

Extending article 50 would invalidate Brexit deal, says May - she’s making this up as she goes along; ask Barnier - I bet he doesn’t say that…

Linux and Supercomputers - nice history

‘Botched Brexit’ could spark electoral wipeout for Tories, rebels say - if @UKLabour are wise, they will start using this phrase…and go for #peoplesvote

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’ - time to boycott #Tokyo2020

The EPA has lost its mind - the @epa is just utterly pathetic; so sad to see how it has come down…


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Labour could seize option of second Brexit vote, says McDonnell - now we’re getting there… #peoplesvote

Police investigate racial attack on boy at Huddersfield school - I should hope so…

Chancellor admits UK will be worse off under all Brexit scenarios - that means less money for #NHS, more austerity - exactly what #brexiters wanted #amirite?

“Analysis produced by range of government departments suggests GDP could fall by as much as 10.7%” - bear in mind that trade deals typically produce fractions of a percent GDP boost, so there’s no way trade can make up that shortfall #brexitchaos

Wednesday, 28 November 2018


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New #GDPR Ruling In France Could Dramatically Re-shape Online Advertising - potentially big implications for EU and global online advertising methods

Fresh row looms as No 10 refuses to publish full #Brexit legal advice - a cynic might almost think they have something to hide - but surely not…?