Monday, 17 June 2019

190617


India heatwave: rain brings respite for some but death toll rises - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/17/india-heatwave-rain-brings-respite-for-some-but-death-toll-rises sadly, this is the #climatecrisis future for many parts of the world. temperatures and deaths will soar even higher…

Jagendra Singh: the Indian journalist burned to death - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/17/writing-truth-weighing-heavily-on-my-life-murder-jagendra-singh “Singh wrote a social media post about the threats he believed he faced for investigating sand mining in northern India.” awful

#Huawei Now Using Patent Claims To Demand $1 Billion From Verizon, As The US Tries To Chase Huawei Out Of The US Market - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190613/02365642389/huawei-now-using-patent-claims-to-demand-1-billion-verizon-as-us-tries-to-chase-huawei-out-us-market.shtml well, that was predictable…

Please Donate 78rpm Records to the Internet Archive’s Great 78 Project - http://blog.archive.org/2019/06/17/please-donate-78rpm-records-to-the-internet-archives-great-78-project/ great idea from great project



Friday, 7 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190606.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK official in charge of #Brexit border plans resigns - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/06/uk-official-in-charge-of-brexit-border-plans-resigns "earlier this year said there were no magic technological solutions for preventing a hard border with Ireland in the event of no deal."

How many more will die in US heatwaves as world warms? - https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/how-many-more-will-die-in-us-heatwaves-as-world-warms/ many, and unnecessarily

Cruise ships poisoning port cities as much as cars – new data reveals - https://www.transportenvironment.org/news/cruise-ships-poisoning-port-cities-much-cars-%E2%80%93-new-data-reveals outrageous that cruise ships still getting away with this

Rat brains provide even more evidence our brains operate near tipping point - https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/06/does-the-human-brain-teeter-on-the-edge-of-chaos-rat-brains-point-to-yes/ fascinating stuff

No ‘Novoland’: This Really Is a Tough Year for Chinese Costume Dramas - https://www.whatsonweibo.com/no-novoland-this-really-is-a-tough-year-for-chinese-costume-dramas/ insane: $72million, 55-episode series cancelled *20 minutes* before 1st episode due to air…

Russia Says it Will Soon Begin Blocking Major #VPNs - https://torrentfreak.com/russia-says-it-will-soon-begin-blocking-major-vpns/ not good

What do the American negotiating objectives mean for a future US-UK trade deal? - https://brexitcentral.com/what-do-the-american-negotiating-objectives-mean-for-a-future-us-uk-trade-deal/ basically: bend over and enjoy it... #NHS #chlorinechicken #hormonebeef

General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what next? - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/06/general-data-protection-regulation-one-year-on-what-next/ the first year was just a warm up; now #GDPR get serious…



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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190605.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

AFP signals journalists could face charges for publishing secrets - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/jun/06/afp-signals-journalists-could-face-charges-for-publishing-secrets bad stuff happening in #australia #censorship

"Donnie wasn’t a total bust: the photo he posted of him and his [trump] siblings in the Churchill War Rooms was a real insight for those who ever wondered what Britain would have looked like if the Nazis had won the war." - https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/j

Climate becomes top priority in EU’s 2020 budget - https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/climate-becomes-top-priority-in-eus-2020-budget/ "
As much as 21% of the proposed budget will be devoted to climate change issues." long overdue

Facebook's Triple Woes Over Cambridge Analytica Data Harvesting Scandal - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190605/07294642339/facebooks-triple-woes-over-cambridge-analytica-data-harvesting-scandal.shtml "There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy," on Facebook or any other social media site, says Facebook's lawyer Orin Snyder. so now you know.

Robert Downey Jr. launches a coalition to clean up the earth using AI and robots - https://thenextweb.com/world/2019/06/0

Secret footage exposes abuse of calves at Coca-Cola affiliated dairy farm - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/06/secret-footage-calves-fair-oaks-farms-illinois "young dairy calves being kicked, violently thrown, having their heads stamped into the ground and suffering from heat exposure" appalling



Wednesday, 5 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190604.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

New Study Shows That All This Ad Targeting Doesn't Work That Well - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190530/10330742303/new-study-shows-that-all-this-ad-targeting-doesnt-work-that-well.shtml hugely important "We still hope that sooner or later advertisers realize that they're getting scammed by the ad companies promising miracles"

#Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to #OpenSource - https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/facebook-not-microsoft-main-threat-open-source and it's not going to be easy to tackle this…

Donald Trump tells Prince Charles US is 'clean' on climate change - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/05/donald-trump-tells-prince-charles-us-is-clean-on-climate-change to charles's credit that he at least tried... #climatecrisis

Manufactured Goods industry would be hit the hardest by a no-deal #Brexithttps://www.statista.com/press/p/the_manufactured_goods_industry_would_be_hit_the_hardest_by_a_no_deal_brexit_uk_industry_reports_now_include_exclusive_brexit_analyses/ "gross value of the industry would decrease by 12% over next 15 years."

'Great views! Booze!': Is London ready for its biggest ever party boat? - https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/05/great-views-booze-is-london-ready-for-its-biggest-ever-party-boat interesting, raises a number of issues


Interpol makes public appeal in hunt for most wanted eco-criminals - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/05/interpol-makes-public-appeal-in-hunt-for-most-wanted-eco-criminals spread the word…

High heels at work are necessary, says Japan's labour minister - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/high-heels-at-work-are-necessary-says-japan-labour-minister so, how long before he resigns over this...? #KuToo運動

As Germany Floats The Idea Of Encryption Backdoors, Facebook May Already Be Planning To Undermine Its Own Encryption - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190604/07071342325/as-germany-floats-idea-encryption-backdoors-facebook-may-already-be-planning-to-undermine-own-encryption.shtml this is not good

Public concern over environment reaches record high in UK - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/05/greta-thunberg-effect-public-concern-over-environment-reaches-record-high good - now let's act to protect it - and us

Trump visit avoids major pitfalls despite usual blunders - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/05/trump-visit-avoids-major-pitfalls-despite-usual-blunders indeed; the queen's practised dignity and the d-day commemoration helped…



Tuesday, 4 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190603.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Thirty years on from Tiananmen: unpublished pictures of the student movement - http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190530-china-thirty-years-tiananmen-square-unpublished-photos-student-movement some amazing pix here #Tiananmen30

"President tweets that ‘big trade deal is possible once UK gets rid of the shackles’ - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/03/may-to-hail-great-partnership-with-us-as-trump-visits-no-10 "shackes" are health and safety regulations, and environmental protections; post-#brexit, UK will be a 3rd-world country

#Facebook Fails To Block EU Court Case That Could Rule Against Most Transatlantic Data Flows - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190603/07310442317/facebook-fails-to-block-eu-court-case-that-could-rule-against-most-transatlantic-data-flows.shtml potentially huge decision in the offing.. #privacyshield #surveillance

Marine ‘gold rush’: demand for shark fin soup drives decimation of fish - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/04/marine-gold-rush-demand-shark-fin-soup such greed and stupidity; #china getting better, but #hongkong, #macao & #taiwan bad

#Facebook, Not Microsoft, Is the Main Threat to #OpenSource - https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/facebook-not-microsoft-main-threat-open-source and it's not going to be easy to tackle…

How The Guardian grew its premium app offering - https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/google-news-initiative/how-guardian-grew-its-premium-app-offering/ "Today The Guardian generates more income from readers than advertisers" #journalism #newspapers

Watch an AI-generated human face become monstrous as its neural network decays - https://boingboing.net/2019/06/04/watch-an-ai-generated-human-fa.html nope nope nope

EU gives Nigel Farage 24 hours to explain Arron Banks funds - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/



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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190602.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

‘They are amazed’: New York City sees extraordinary leap in whale sightings - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/03/new-york-city-whale-sightings-increase “Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act that have mopped up pollution flowing from the Hudson River and helped safeguard humpbacks from direct harm.” good news for a change

"Asked if he would be willing to meet the London mayor, Trump replied: “No, I don’t think much of him. I think that he’s the twin of [the New York City mayor Bill] de Blasio, except shorter.” - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/03/trump-praises-nigel-farage-and-refuses-to-apologise-for-nasty-jibe-as-he-leaves-us trump acts and talks like petulant six-year-old child

Experts urge Theresa May to confront Trump over climate crisis - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/03/experts-urge-theresa-may-to-confront-trump-over-climate-crisis "an opportunity for the prime minister to challenge the president’s reckless approach and advance the UK’s reputation as an international leader on climate change"

#Brexit 'may bar UK scientists from €100bn EU research fund' - https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/jun/03/brexit-may-bar-uk-scientists-from-100bn-eu-research-fund "exclusion would see the UK drop out of the top tier of research nations" of course, that's what #brexit does to everything - makes us smaller, weaker, with less sovereignty

German Officials Think German Citizens Need Less Security, More Encryption Backdoors - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190530/17355942306/german-officials-think-german-citizens-need-less-security-more-encryption-backdoors.shtml how about nein?

Resurgent Greens find they can set agenda in German politics - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/03/germany-green-party-set-agenda-emission-debt-break-politics excellent news #GreenWave



Sunday, 2 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190601.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

‘We’ve only just started’: 1 year into GDPR, ad industry braces for more fines - https://digiday.com/media/weve-just-started-1-year-gdpr-ad-industry-braces-fines/ a reminder: #GDPR is very young, and its contours still being defined. it’s too early to pass judgement…

Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/01/donald-trump-like-20th-century-fascist-says-sadiq-khan @SadiqKhan tells it as it is, while #brexiters humiliate UK by grovelling before their new lord…

Donald Trump denies calling Meghan ‘nasty’ despite audio recording - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/02/donal-trump-denies-calling-meghan-nasty-despite-audio-recording he can’t stop lying, even when there’s clear evidence of his lies…

US wants access to #NHS in post-Brexit deal, says Trump ally - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/02/us-wants-access-to-nhs-in-post-brexit-deal-ambassador-to-uk-says "complaints about US food standards were ill-informed. “It’s completely safe." - it most certainly isn't, as US gov admits: https://www.theguardian.com/animals-farmed/2018/feb/21/dirty-meat-shocking-hygiene-failings-discovered-in-us-pig-and-chicken-plants #dirtymeat

Mitschnitt belegt, wie Trump Herzogin Meghan “fies” nennt - https://www.spiegel.de/panorama/leute/donald-trump-bestreitet-aussage-ueber-meghan-markle-a-1270445.html “Donald Trump fordert eine Entschuldigung der Medien: Sie hätten erfunden, dass er Herzogin Meghan als fies bezeichnet hat. Doch die Aussage gibt es auf Band.”

As London braces for Trump’s arrival, Sky News makes hilarious use of the baby blimp - https://mashable.com/article/donald-trump-london-visit-protests-baby-blimp/

Trump to land in UK amid rising anger over trade demands - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/02/donald-trump-to-land-in-uk-amid-rising-anger-over-trade-demands “UK would need to allow US agricultural products, including #chlorinatedchicken, on to the UK market as part of any post-Brexit trade deal, as well as US private sector involvement in the #NHS.”



190601


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190531.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

How much is good online security worth to you? How about $100,000? - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/05/how-much-is-online-security-worth-to-you-how-about-100000/ cheap at twice the price

General Data Protection Regulation one year on: what has it done? - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/06/general-data-protection-regulation-one-year-on-what-has-it-done/ more than you might think... #GDPR #privacy

Trump is no friend to Britain: time to give him and his foreign policy the heave-ho - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/01/trump-no-friend-to-britain-give-him-and-foreign-policies-heave-ho “In all of this, the vaunted “special relationship” has been of little use in mitigating behaviour that is destructive of what used to be called shared values.” bin it.



Saturday, 1 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190530.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Israel to auction prefab classrooms donated by EU to Palestinians - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/31/israel-to-auction-prefab-classrooms-donated-by-eu-to-palestinians stealing from the poorest of the poor - classy, #israel, very classy…

Elton John: 'I am a European – not a stupid, imperialist English idiot' - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/31/elton-john-brexit-not-imperialist-english-idiot-verona "I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done. It’s torn people apart". Bravo.

This Is Why We Can't Have Fun Things: The Copyright Dispute Over Lord Buckethead's UK Political Career - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190530/11303542305/this-is-why-we-cant-have-fun-things-copyright-dispute-over-lord-bucketheads-uk-political-career.shtml ridiculous that the mighty @LordBuckethead has to suffer this indignity…

Madrid set to become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone - https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/31/madrid-set-to-end-clean-air-project-in-rightwing-power-switch new right-wing mayor actively wants children to die unnecessarily from horrible lung diseases…

Oversharing: how Napster nearly killed the music industry - https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/31/napster-twenty-years-music-revolution crass, simplistic analysis: the music industry nearly killed itself by fighting, not embracing the digital revolution exemplified by napster…

Large expansion to ‘blue belt’ of UK’s protected marine areas announced - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/31/uk-creates-blue-belt-of-marine-protected-areas-twice-englands-size credit to Gove for doing this, but we need full no-take for the protected areas, and real enforcement of that

How much is good online security worth to you? How about $100,000? - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/05/how-much-is-online-security-worth-to-you-how-about-100000/ cheap at twice the price…

Why Is The US Government Letting #BigPharma Charge Insane Prices On Patents The US Owns? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190524/15584642274/why-is-us-government-letting-big-pharma-charge-insane-prices-patents-us-owns.shtml this insanity costs lives; it must stop


Thursday, 30 May 2019

190530


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190529.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page…

“The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned Tory leadership hopefuls that Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement is not up for renegotiation” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/may/30/barnier-warns-tory-may-deal-is-only-option-for-orderly-brexit-live-news-labour?page=with:block-5cef77838f0807b455f8af16#block-5cef77838f0807b455f8af16 seems pretty clear, no?

Tencent sues Bytedance over gameplay videos - https://technode.com/2019/05/30/briefing-tencent-sues-bytedance-over-gameplay-videos/ interesting

"Jeremy Corbyn has further muddied the waters on Labour’s line on a second referendum by suggesting such a vote may not include the option to remain." - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/may/30/barnier-warns-tory-may-deal-is-only-option-for-orderly-brexit-live-news-labour?page=with:block-5cef884c8f08cb6183378a72#block-5cef884c8f08cb6183378a72 corbyn is determined to destroy the @UKLabour party; @libdems and @TheGreenParty will be delighted…

Revealed: women’s fertility app is funded by anti-abortion campaigners - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/30/revealed-womens-fertility-app-is-funded-by-anti-abortion-campaigners appalling but clever…


New York tenants fight as landlords embrace facial recognition cameras - https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/29/new-york-facial-recognition-cameras-apartment-complex and so the normalisation of facial recognition continues apace… #surveillance

German Political Leader Questions YouTubers' Right To Tell Fans Not To Vote For Her Party, Urgently Summons Her Advisers In Response -- By Fax - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190529/01421942294/german-political-leader-questions-youtubers-right-to-tell-fans-not-to-vote-her-party-urgently-summons-her-advisers-response-fax.shtml incredible saga unfolding in #germany #rezo #AKKgate

Surviving Tiananmen: ‘I might have been one of the hundreds or thousands who lost their lives’ - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/30/ma-jian-tiananmen-square-remembered great piece. ma jian’s “beijing coma” is my favourite modern chinese novel. Recommended.

Reflections on the 2019 European parliamentary elections - https://blog.okfn.org/2019/05/30/reflections-on-the-2019-european-parliamentary-elections/ from someone who knows what she is talking about…

В Адыгее стартует программа углублённого изучения адыгейского языка - http://www.adigea.aif.ru/society/details/v_adygee_startuet_programma_uglublyonnogo_izucheniya_adygeyskogo_yazyka “Мы хотим привлечь внимание родителей к важности изучения адыгейского языка.” this is absolutely vital #circassian

Once Again, China Is About To Use The US’s Obsession With ‘Intellectual Property’ Against Us - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190521/23373342258/once-again-china-is-about-to-use-uss-obsession-with-intellectual-property-against-us.shtml

How wildcats will be reared for release in England and Wales - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/30/how-wildcats-will-be-reared-for-release-in-england-and-wales great idea; also, can we lots of beavers, please? #rewilding



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190528.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Labour under pressure to ballot members on second EU referendum - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/

Forget a second referendum, Labour should focus on bringing the country together - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/29/labour-second-referendum-bring-country-together-leave-remain nearly every “fact” here wrong. “We cannot win a general election by simply fighting for the biggest share of 48%”; that’s the point, it’s not 48%, it’s 54%++ now. wake up.

Government spends almost £100m on Brexit consultants - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/29/government-spends-almost-100m-brexit-consultants the #brexit dividend - at last…

Congress Now Pushing ‘Bring Back The Patent Trolls’ Bill - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190523/16334042270/congress-now-pushing-bring-back-patent-trolls-bill.shtml “It would also bring us back to a world in which the default is everything is patentable” madness

Keine Belege, dass die Grünen das #Rezo-Video in Auftrag gegeben haben - https://correctiv.org/faktencheck/europa/2019/05/26/keine-belege-dass-die-gruenen-das-rezo-video-in-auftrag-gegeben-haben “Unsere Bewertung: Die Webseiten liefern keine Belege für die Verdächtigung, das Rezo-Video sei eine Kampagne für die Grünen.”



Tuesday, 28 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190527.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

European elections: triumphant #Greens demand more radical climate action - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/28/greens-eu-election-mandate-leverage-climate-policy damn right, time is running out. EU must take the lead and show the laggards how to do it… #GreenWave #ClimateCrisis

Translating Tibetan Literature - https://chinachannel.org/2019/05/28/tsering-dondrup/ fascinating stuff #tibet

Chinese Military Will Replace Windows Operating System - https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-military-will-replace-windows-operating-system_2939392.html should have done this years ago…

Remainers won these elections – and they’d win a second Brexit referendum - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/28/remainers-eu-elections-second-brexit-referendum /cc @FT

Treated like trash: south-east Asia vows to return mountains of rubbish from west - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/28/treated-like-trash-south-east-asia-vows-to-return-mountains-of-rubbish-from-west quite right: the West must grow up and solve its own problems, rather than dumping them elsewhere

UK refuses to back ‘game-changing’ resolution on drug pricing - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/28/uk-refuses-to-back-game-changing-resolution-on-drug-pricing scandalous, and confirms that UK is unable to be a world leader in anything, even for morally inarguable moves

Theresa May describes ‘great regret’ as she arrives for last Brussels summit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/may/28/jeremy-hunt-tory-leadership-contest-no-deal-brexit-would-be-political-suicide-live-updates yeah, we’ve known the feeling for the last three years, but at least she’s going now…

Theresa May blames Brexit failure for EU election humiliation - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/28/theresa-may-blames-brexit-failure-for-european-election-humiliation tez, tez, please look at the results: *remainer* parties won, that's why tories - and you - were humiliated.…



Monday, 27 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190526.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Corbyn pressed by senior Labour MPs to back a second referendum - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/27/corbyn-pressed-by-senior-labour-mps-to-back-a-second-referendum wakey wakey, jeremy…

‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html the extremely specific details in this piece are…intriguing

#Green party celebrates EU result as it pushes Tories into fifth place - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/27/green-party-celebrates-eu-result-tories-fifth-caroline-lucas "She cast the party’s success in the context of a #GreenWave sweeping across Europe"

Europawahl: Dieser Wahlkampf wurde im Internet entschieden - https://netzpolitik.org/2019/europawahl-dieser-wahlkampf-wurde-im-internet-entschieden/ “Das ist vor allem der Verdienst der Jungen. Sie brachten online- und offline-Protest zusammen und setzten so ihre Themen Klimaschutz und Urheberrecht auf die Agenda.”

World’s rivers ‘awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics’ - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/27/worlds-rivers-awash-with-dangerous-levels-of-antibiotics this is incredibly stupid

The butterfly effect: how one species’ miraculous comeback could save the planet - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/27/butterfly-miraculous-comeback-save-planet-duke-burgundy mildly encouraging…

From Top Gear to the top field: how Jeremy Clarkson became an eco-friendly farmer - https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/27/from-top-gear-to-the-top-field-how-jeremy-clarkson-became-an-eco-friendly-farmer signs of the times… #greenwave

Die Zerstörung der CDU. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y1lZQsyuSQ if, like me, you didn’t watch this before, watch it now. a really important moment, I think, for Germany, and I hope beyond as other young people start speaking up like this… amazing.




Sunday, 26 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190525.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Stop Boris Johnson campaign launched by Tory moderates opposed to no-deal Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/moderate-tories-launch-stop-boris-johnson-campaign interesting…

Hammond warns leadership candidates not to ignore parliament on Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/26/philip-hammond-warns-leadership-candidates-not-to-ignore-parliament-on-brexit " increase the chances that a hard Brexit candidate could decide to go for a general election" so @uklabour had better get sorted if it wants to win…

Brexit will not save troubled steel industry, says trade body - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/26/brexit-will-not-save-troubled-steel-industry-says-trade-body but what do they know, compared to the geniuses of #brexit...?

#NHS bosses accused of breaking law in cancer scanning privatisation - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/26/nhs-bosses-accused-of-breaking-law-in-cancer-scanning-privatisation sue them - it's the only language they seem to understand…

The Chinese company that bought Grindr wasn't supposed to let Chinese engineers access Americans' data -- but it did - https://boingboing.net/2019/05/26/beijing-kunlun-tech-co-ltd.html surprise.…

Brexit: top Tories would bring down any PM who backs no deal - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/26/brexit-top-tories-would-bring-down-any-pm-who-backs-no-deal good to see a few rational tories still left…



190525


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190524.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

EU fraud watchdog considering Nigel Farage investigation - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/eu-watchdog-considering-nigel-farage-investigation-arron-banks damn right; only EU has the guts to tackle farage…

Police take hard line on arrested Extinction Rebellion protesters - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/24/police-take-hardline-on-arrested-extinction-rebellion-protesters shame on police for exactly the wrong response; when histories come to be written, they will emerge with shame

EU citizens denied vote in European elections to sue UK government -
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/eu-citizens-denied-vote-in-european-elections-to-sue-uk-government understandable, not sure it will achieve much even if they win… #DeniedAVote

“A “senior White House official” tells Acosta: “The president’s insane.”” - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/25/jim-acosta-cnn-white-house-trump-book-enemy-of-the-people oh, great…

Shami Chakrabarti warns police over @ExtinctionR prosecutions - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/may/25/shami-chakrabarti-warns-police-over-extinction-rebellion-prosecutions “Protesters’ passivity and non-violence had meant commanders could not send in riot police to clear the streets by force”

“Further environmental protests, along with US President Donald Trump’s visit in June and demonstrations over the ongoing Brexit debate, are likely to stretch police resources over the summer.” clearly need to coordinate the two for maximum impact #ExtinctionRebelion

Europe’s surging, far-right, “anti-establishment” parties: funded by billionaires, voting for billionaire-friendly policies, lining their own pockets - https://boingboing.net/2019/05/25/turkeys-vote-for-christmas.html IOW, only stupid mugs vote for them… #brexit

The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/may/25/the-power-switch-tracking-britains-record-coal-free-run that’s good but: “the largest power source in Britain remains natural gas, a carbon-emitting fossil fuel.” not so good



Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190523.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Pelosi v Trump: how a ‘stable genius’ president met his match - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/pelosi-v-trump-how-a-stable-genius-president-met-his-match more, please…

‘What they did to me was so horrific’: brutal silencing of a #Saudi feminist - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/24/what-they-did-to-me-was-so-horrific-brutal-silencing-of-a-saudi-feminist-loujain-al-hathloul “According to Amnesty International, the women were held incommunicado for a month and subjected to electric shocks, as well as psychological and physical torture.”

Larkin in the Middle Kingdom - https://chinachannel.org/2019/05/24/larkin/ fascinating stuff

Diehard #Bolsonaro supporters prepare to march as criticism of his rule intensifies - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/24/brazil-president-jair-bolsonaro-calls-for-street-rallies-as-criticism-of-his-rule-intensifies “It’s obvious the government is going to collapse”


Business leaders fear Conservative leadership contenders will back no deal - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/24/theresa-may-successor-must-break-brexit-deadlock-business-leaders now would be a good time to threaten to stop funding tories…



Thursday, 23 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190522.html’s tweets as a single page

China factories releasing thousands of tonnes of illegal CFC gases, study finds - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/23/china-factories-releasing-thousands-of-tonnes-of-illegal-cfc-gases-study-finds shame on #china the global cheat… #ozone

Dog gone: healthy pet put down in Virginia so it can be buried with owner - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/23/healthy-pet-put-down-in-virginia-so-it-can-be-buried-with-owner how selfish can you get? stupid woman is dead, what difference does it make?

Afghan public health chief settles in UK after kidnap by Taliban - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/23/afghan-public-health-chief-settles-in-uk-after-kidnap-by-taliban a gain for the UK, a loss for #afghanistan

Argentina and Algeria stamp out malaria in ‘historic achievement’ - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/23/argentina-and-algeria-stamp-out-malaria-in-historic-achievement impressive - kudos to them. but I fear it will be hard to maintain because of #ClimateCatastrophe

Duncan Smith calls for May’s cabinet to quit if Brexit bill published - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/23/duncan-smith-calls-for-mays-cabinet-to-quit-if-brexit-bill-published what a waste of skin this man is…

it’s a lovely sunny day here in London - why not go and vote? I just did…

UK Open Source Awards Shortlist Announced! - https://opensourceawards.org/2019/05/22/uk-open-source-awards-shortlist-announced/ “The 4 award category winners will be announced at the event hosted at University of Edinburgh Informatics forum on 12th June 2019.”

Laying Out All The Evidence: Shiva Ayyadurai Did Not Invent Email - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190518/23370542236/laying-out-all-evidence-shiva-ayyadurai-did-not-invent-email.shtml very long, very thorough, very interesting post

EU citizens in UK complain of being denied right to vote - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/23/eu-citizens-denied-vote-european-election-polling-booths-admin-errors this is turning into a major scandal #DeniedMyVote

#Botswana condemned for lifting ban on hunting elephants - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/23/botswana-lifts-ban-on-hunting-elephants “Experts say the move would be counterproductive as hunting elephants makes them fearful and aggressive, exacerbating conflict with local communities.”

Eurovision: UK’s dire points haul of 16 revised down to 11 - https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/23/eurovision-uk-dire-points-haul-revised-downwards-michael-rice how appropriate…

Techdirt Sues ICE After It Insists It Has No Records Of The 1 Million Domains It Claims To Have Seized - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190523/09390242264/techdirt-sues-ice-after-it-insists-it-has-no-records-1-million-domains-it-claims-to-have-seized.shtml great work by @techdirt


Donald Trump to bring adult children on UK state visit, reports say - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/23/donald-trump-uk-state-visit-adult-children great: more pathetic individuals to mock



Wednesday, 22 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190521.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Is modern life poisoning me? I took the tests to find out - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/22/is-modern-life-poisoning-me-i-took-the-tests-to-find-out this is why we need the Precautionary Principle

Yanis Varoufakis: Green New Deal can unite Europe’s progressives - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/yanis-varoufakis-green-new-deal-can-unite-europes-progressives yes, beginning to look like a way forward #greens

Leyla Aliyeva attends ceremony to release Caucasus bisons into Azerbaijan`s nature - http://vestnikkavkaza.net/material/123410 rewilding in #az - good to see

European regulators: 737 Max won’t fly again until we approve it - https://boingboing.net/2019/05/22/european-regulators-737-max-w.html and frankly, who would want to fly in it anyway?

EU ignoring climate crisis with livestock farm subsidies, campaigners warn - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/22/eu-ignoring-climate-crisis-with-livestock-farm-subsidies-campaigners-warn “EU must support farmers to produce less and better meat, and to provide meat and dairy alternatives”


UK suffers crushing defeat in UN vote on Chagos Islands - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/uk-suffers-crushing-defeat-un-vote-chagos-islands this is a foretaste of life outside EU; and there is not a thing that #brexiter morons can do about it… we will be a third-rate country thanks to #brexit




Tuesday, 21 May 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190520.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“Twitter has deprived me of free speech; its unfair and act of suppression” - https://doniagalvez.blogspot.com/2019/05/i-am-donia-galvez-30-years-old-and-i.html @Twitter really needs to look at its account suspension service, and improve the appeals procedure

Three conclusions to draw from Google denying Huawei access to software - https://fsfe.org/news/2019/news-20190520-01.en.html obvious ones, but important

U.S. to slap sanctions on Nord Stream 2 - http://vestnikkavkaza.net/material/123363 how about if #murica minded its own business? (not that I support the pipeline…)

Chagos Islands: isolated UK faces thrashing in UN vote on ownership - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/chagos-islands-un-expected-to-call-for-end-of-british-control #brexit already makes us weaker, with worse to come: " growing resentment of the UK’s permanent position on the security council" - we will lose this thanks to #brexit

В Абхазии сегодня отмечают День памяти жертв Кавказской войны - https://www.ekhokavkaza.com/a/29954392.html “21 мая 1864 года - день окончания Кавказской войны. В результате трагических событий тысячи абхазов покинули историческую родину.” #CircassianGenocide

Enhancing Galaxy Zoo - https://blog.galaxyzoo.org/2019/05/21/enhancing-galaxy-zoo/ “we’re now running an automatic classifier which works with those results from volunteers.” great idea

Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/254607 please sign to support this great idea #rewilding



190520


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/05/190519.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

For a fair, free and open future: celebrating 15 years of the Open Knowledge Foundation - https://blog.okfn.org/2019/05/20/for-a-fair-free-and-open-future-celebrating-15-years-of-the-open-knowledge-foundation/ needed more than ever in a world of #article13/17 blocks and censorship


Why #5G is a huge future threat to #privacy - https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/05/why-5g-is-a-huge-future-threat-to-privacy/ you think #surveillance is bad now? you ain’t seen nothing yet…

NDI: Почти 80% опрошенных поддерживают членство Грузии в ЕС - https://www.ekhokavkaza.com/a/29952141.html well, at least one country whose patron saint is St George gets it…

Brexit party’s funding must be investigated, says Gordon Brown - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/brexit-partys-funding-must-be-investigated-says-gordon-brown we had an illegal referendum in 2016, vitiated by #brexiters’ law-breaking: do we really want an illegal election now?

MPs have a duty to pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal, says Hancock - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/mps-have-duty-to-pass-theresa-may-brexit-deal-says-hancock what rubbish: MPs have a duty to scrutinise it and then do the best for the country, not just blindly accept it…

#BigPharma Companies Accused Of Conspiring To Inflate Prices Of Over 100 Generic Drugs By Up To 1000% - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190514/08453842205/big-pharma-companies-accused-conspiring-to-inflate-prices-over-100-generic-drugs-up-to-1000.shtml probably just a coincidence… #generics

Глава Адыгеи провел встречу с руководством Адыгэ - Хасэ - http://www.adigea.aif.ru/politic/details/glava_adygei_provel_vstrechu_s_rukovodstvom_adyge_-_hase “Дня памяти и скорби по жертвам Кавказской войны XIX века” - best way to honour that event is to teach #circassian in all the region’s schools as a matter of course

100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe - http://www.mezzacotta.net/100proofs/index-of-articles these are good; shameful we even need them…

В Адыгее обсудили подготовку к запуску самого мощного в стране ветропарка - http://www.adigea.aif.ru/politic/details/v_adygee_obsudili_podgotovku_k_zapusku_samogo_moshchnogo_v_strane_vetroparka great idea; do it

Pro- and anti-Brexit parties neck and neck in EU election, says poll - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/pro-anti-brexit-parties-neck-and-neck-eu-election-poll if @uklabour developed a spine & got off the fence, this would be overwhelmingly pro-EU…


Electoral Commission to visit Brexit party offices over funding concerns - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/electoral-commission-visit-brexit-party-offices-funding-gordon-brown-paypal that’s nice. probably have a cuppa while they’re there. but then what…?

“It’s time to recognise air pollution as an occupational health hazard” - https://www.britsafe.org/campaigns-policy/time-to-breathe-air-pollution-campaign/research-the-case-for-action/ “36,000 early deaths in the UK every year from ambient air pollution”

Racism on the rise since Brexit vote, nationwide study reveals - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/20/racism-on-the-rise-since-brexit-vote-nationwide-study-reveals of course

Turkey seeks extradition of UK barrister over Twitter activity - https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/may/20/british-barrister-facing-extradition-to-turkey-over-tweets wut???