Wednesday, 26 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190624.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Toxic chemicals and risks to infants: what to know and what you can do - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/25/toxic-chemicals-risks-infants-what-to-know if only there were some kind of precautionary principle that #murica could apply here…

How Peru fell in love with a sea giant worth far more alive than dead - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/25/peru-sea-giant-worth-far-more-alive-than-dead-giant-manta-ray a model for other countries and species



‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/25/climate-apartheid-united-nations-expert-says-human-rights-may-not-survive-crisis IOW anyone who claims to care about human rights must act on the #climatecrisis

Jared Kushner’s economic blueprint for Palestinians faces boycott and derision - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/jared-kushner-economic-blueprint-palestinians-boycott-derision hardly a surprise…

The Impossible Burger shortage: Why it’s hard to find this meat-free burger - https://www.cnet.com/news/the-impossible-burger-is-demand-outrunning-supply/ nice problem to have provided it doesn’t drag on too long


Canonical returning 32-bit Ubuntu Linux support after gaming uproar - https://www.zdnet.com/article/canonical-returning-32-bit-ubuntu-linux-support-after-gaming-uproar/ good to see they admitted their error so quickly…

France loses landmark court case over air pollution - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/france-loses-landmark-court-case-over-air-pollution excellent; more cases needed

Europe heatwave: record high of 45C expected in France - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/highs-of-45c-expected-in-france-as-heatwave-scorches-europe impressive how any climate change denialists can keep up their delusion in the face of this extreme weather, which is getting worse so rapidly

Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts - minister - https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-tech-exclusive-idUSKCN1TQ1TJ hmm



Monday, 24 June 2019

190624


Cartier, Bulgari and other luxury brands are flocking to WeChat -
https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/23/luxury-brands-sell-on-wechat/ this is exactly what they will do when @facebook introduces #libra

In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/23/business/media/stream-classical-music-spotify.html indeed, @spotify’s search engine for classical music is an utter disgrace


Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35 - https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-4-on-sale-now-from-35/ interesting move

Boris Johnson row: top Tory party donor joins calls for explanation - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/24/top-tory-party-donor-joins-calls-for-boris-johnson-to-explain-row I think we are seeing that hiding behind the clown’s mask, there is nothing but a void…boris johnson just can’t hack it

Boris Johnson does speak to Steve Bannon, says Nigel Farage - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/24/nigel-farage-deal-tories-ensure-no-deal-brexit-boris-johnson is this the kind of person we want running this country?

China’s War on Coal in Seven Charts: Peak Coal is Not a Blip but a Trend - https://macropolo.org/china-peak-coal-energy-trend/ “What has gained at coal’s expense? Natural gas and renewables.”

'Hell is coming': week-long heatwave begins across Europe - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/24/hell-is-coming-week-long-heatwave-begins-across-europe this is the price ordinary people must pay for feeble and inadequate action on the #climatecrisis; people will die as a result of #globalwarming

Tories warn of government collapse if Boris Johnson pursues no-deal Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/24/tories-warn-government-collapse-boris-johnson-pursues-no-deal-brexit never a dull moment these days…

#Australia Says Media Companies Can Be Sued Over User Comments On Facebook - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190624

I was Boris Johnson’s boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/24/boris-johnson-prime-minister-tory-party-britain “Corbyn is far more honest, but harbours his own extravagant delusions. He may yet prove to be the only possible Labour leader whom Johnson can defeat in a general election.”




Saturday, 22 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190620.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page


Continental Europe braced for ‘potentially dangerous’ heatwave - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/21/continental-europe-braced-for-potentially-dangerous-heatwave if only there were some scientifically-rigorous, over-arching explanation for this extreme weather…

Canada becomes first G7 country to ban shark fin imports - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/21/canada-bans-shark-fin-imports-sale other countries should follow suit





Thursday, 20 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190619.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Seawalls to protect US against rising oceans could cost $416bn by 2040 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/20/us-rising-seas-defense-seawalls-cost-report just a tiny fraction of the costs of the #climatecrisis. we’re talking many trillions. but by all means, pretend it’s not happening…

US joins four rogue countries seen as likely forces for bad, poll finds - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/19/us-russia-saudi-arabia-israel-iran-forces-for-bad-poll-finds time the rest of the world took action against these rogue states, no…?

Trump aims to force open UK/EU markets to GMOs – within 120 days - https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/18995-trump-aims-to-force-open-uk-eu-markets-to-gmos-within-120-days the EU will tell him to get lost; the UK will just bend over. well done, #brexiters, you voted for this…

Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s Good Omens - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jun/20/petition-netflix-cancel-amazon-prime-good-omens-christian-neil-gaiman-terry-pratchett not the sharpest knives in the drawer…

Ivanka Trump’s 2020 tweet violated Hatch Act, watchdog says - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/20/ivanka-trump-hatch-act-watchdog-crew-2020-election-tweet and absolutely nothing will happen as a result…

Facebook usage has collapsed since scandals, data shows - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jun/20/facebook-usage-collapsed-since-scandal-data-shows well, look at that…

A Jerusalem hospital where Palestinian babies die alone - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/20/a-jerusalem-hospital-where-palestinian-babies-die-alone what a heartbreaking symbol of #israel's unrelenting cruelty to children in #palestine

Antigua: sprawling ‘Chinese colony’ plan across marine reserve ignites opposition - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/20/antigua-yida-project-chinese-colony-controversy chinese destroying other people’s environment for profit, yet again…



Wednesday, 19 June 2019

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190618.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Copyright Fights Over The Australian Aborigine Flag Continue To Demonstrate Copyright Insanity - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190614/03261242401/copyright-fights-over-australian-aborigine-flag-continue-to-demonstrate-copyright-insanity.shtml

#India's 6th largest city just ran out of water - https://boingboing.net/2019/06/18/indias-6th-largest-city-just.html a glimpse of the future for many #climatecrisis

Ukrainian oligarchs accused of laundering $470b, buying up much of Cleveland - https://boingboing.net/2019/06/14/kyivland.html I beg your pardon…?

Can planting billions of trees save the planet? - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/19/planting-billions-trees-save-planet well, they will certainly help. we need billions and billions of trees to be planted quickly…

‘Credible evidence’ Saudi crown prince liable for #Khashoggi killing – UN report - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/19/jamal-khashoggi-killing-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-evidence-un-report “Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over journalist’s murder, says report”


One million EU citizens were deprived of vote in UK’s European elections - https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/opinion/one-million-eu-citizens-were-deprived-of-vote-in-uks-european-elections/ disgraceful; likely to have had a big impact on the results



Tuesday, 18 June 2019

190618


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest https://moodysmdd.blogspot.com/2019/06/190617.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Polish Government’s Legal Challenge To EU Copyright Directive’s #Article13/17 Remains Shrouded In Mystery, But Details May Not Matter - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190617/07063042411/polish-governments-legal-challenge-to-eu-copyright-directives-article-13-17-remains-shrouded-mystery-details-may-not-matter.shtml never say never…

NASA’s best-yet photo of asteroid Bennu nails the dramatic lighting - https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/18/nasas-best-yet-photo-of-asteroid-bennu-nails-the-dramatic-lighting/ amazing pix

UK led towards no-deal Brexit by untruthful elite, says ex-EU envoy - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/18/uk-led-towards-no-deal-brexit-by-untruthful-elite-says-ex-eu-envoy-ivan-rogers " in what he described as an act of “economic lunacy”

Content Moderation Is Impossible: You Can’t Expect Moderators To Understand Satire Or Irony - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20190613/02505742390/content-moderation-is-impossible-you-cant-expect-moderators-to-understand-satire-irony.shtml algorithms for upload filters will be even worse #article13/17

WhatsApp spyware: UK firm promises new ‘respect for human rights’ following allegations - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/18/whatsapp-spyware-israel-cyber-weapons-company-novalpina-capital-statement yeah, right, sure…



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

190607


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

190604


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.”



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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

190529


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

190528


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

190527


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

190526


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

190524


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…