Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180423 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180423.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Secret Global Surveillance Networks: Intelligence Sharing Between Governments and the Need for Safeguards - https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4443936-Secret-Global-Surveillance-Networks-Report.html

Energy giants and investors call for close UK-EU ties after Brexit - https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/energy-giants-and-investors-call-for-close-uk-eu-ties-after-brexit/ obvs

#Humansofcopyright: interview with Bas Peters From #Github - http://copybuzz.com/copyright/humansofcopyright-bas-peters-from-github/ talks about the harmful effects the proposed #Copyright Directive’s upload filter – Article 13 – would have on the software world, particularly in the EU.

The trillion-dollar coastal property bubble is ready to burst, per new study - https://thinkprogress.org/rising-seas-hit-u-s-coastal-property-values-a-pricing-signal-from-climate-change-848bf4e7443b/ when USians lose billions because of #climatechange, maybe they will finally wake up to reality

Court blocks Trump from delaying higher penalties on automakers that produce gas-guzzlers - https://thinkprogress.org/court-blocks-trump-from-delaying-penalties-on-automakers-4f79b691dba4/ that’s good

Invented Chinese characters, old and new - https://chinachannel.org/2018/04/24/sniglets/ Chinese sniglets (more on sniglets here: https://www.slideshare.net/glynmoody/glyn-moody-dark-ages-20-and-a-sniglet)

Tell @Facebook to shut down wildlife traffickers on its platforms - https://secure.awf.org/2018-FacebookAction?utm_campaign=fy18advocacy8&ms=B18V09E04M isn’t zuck hated enough already? does he really have to sell ivory, rhino horn, and other products from endangered species too?

Open Letter: 56 Organisations Encourage Axel Voss To Delete Ancillary Copyright From The Digital Single Market Directive - http://ancillarycopyright.eu/news/2018-04-19/open-letter-56-organisations-encourage-axel-voss-delete-ancillary-copyright-dsm-directive it’s a total disaster; bin it

‘I felt like dirt’: disabled Canadian woman told to leave UK after 44 years - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/24/canadian-woman-told-to-leave-uk-margaret-obrien so, that presumably means #brexit UK won’t be getting that free trade deal with #canada now…

Record levels of plastic discovered in Arctic sea ice - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/24/record-levels-of-plastic-discovered-in-arctic-sea-ice “microplastics are now ubiquitous within the surface waters of the world’s ocean. Nowhere is immune” well done us… #notreally

It’s Thanks To The Pirate Community That Amazon’s Attempt To Degrade Its Streaming Service Is Now Public - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180420/10453339683/thanks-to-pirate-community-that-amazons-attempt-to-degrade-streaming-service-is-now-public.shtml


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180422 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180422.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Customs union U-turn by May could inspire Brexiter cabinet revolt - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/22/may-could-face-revolt-over-customs-union-amid-eu-withdrawal-bill-defeats should be an interesting week… #brexit

‘No deal’ #Brexit risks disaster for food and drink industry, warn MPs - https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/no-deal-brexit-risks-disaster-for-food-and-drink-industry-warn-mps/ but at least we’ll have the car industry; oh, wait…

‘A vigilante state’: Aceh’s citizens take sharia law into their own hands - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/a-vigilante-state-acehs-citizens-take-sharia-law-into-their-own-hands #indonesia hurtles back to barbarism…

UK Space Sector Will Fall Behind Post-Brexit, Lords Warn - https://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/eu-internal-market-subcommittee/brexit-space/230418_Letter_LordWhitty_SamGyimahMP.pdf that’s OK, will match the rest of UK industry…

EU Council Presidency rushes to impose new copyfails in the EU - https://edri.org/eu-council-presidency-rushes-impose-new-copyfails-eu/ the Bulgarian Presidency is an unprofessional disgrace #copyright

Bulgarian Presidency Demands Mandate for #Copyright Negotiations with European Parliament - https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/EU/XXVI/EU/01/86/EU_18668/imfname_10803001.pdf this is awful; the Bulgarian presidency is a shame to its country #bg

The International Journal of the #Commons (IJC) has now launched its newest issue - https://www.thecommonsjournal.org/33/volume/12/issue/1/

The CIA Made A Card Game… And We’re Releasing It - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180422/00263739686/cia-made-card-game-were-releasing-it.shtml no, really…

Azeri ruling families linked to secret investments via Maltese bank - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/azerbaijan-ruling-families-linked-to-secret-investments-via-maltese-bank I’m shocked, shocked#notreally #Azerbaijan

Sunday, 22 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180421 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.de/2018/04/180421.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Artificial Intelligence — The Revolution Hasn’t Happened Yet - https://medium.com/@mijordan3/artificial-intelligence-the-revolution-hasnt-happened-yet-5e1d5812e1e7 interesting and sensible thoughts on #AI

Tories in new race row over identity checks for elections - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/21/identity-checks-election-disenfranchise-ethnic-minorities this is #gerrymandering in a more subtle form - exactly what the Republicans do in the US

“This is what “evangelical” has come to mean: a total lack of principle. Corruption.” - https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2018/04/22/evangelical-is-just-another-word-for-hypocrite/ #trump

Bill Gates, Airbus and SoftBank invest in satellite video startup that wants to help us ‘see and understand the Earth live and unfiltered’ - https://www.geekwire.com/2018/earthnow-satellite-video-bill-gates/

Disrupting the Publisher-Academic Complex - https://www.slideshare.net/petermurrayrust/disrupting-the-publisheracademic-complex “closed access means people die” says @petermurrayrust. and that’s a scandal. #oa


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180420 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180420.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Democratic National Committee’s Lawsuit Against Russians, Wikileaks And Various Trump Associates Full Of Legally Nutty Arguments - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180420/17162139684/democratic-national-committees-lawsuit-against-russians-wikileaks-various-trump-associates-full-legally-nutty-arguments.shtml yeah, bonkers

Publisher Helps To Keep Sci-Hub In The Public Eye By Trying To Bully It Into Submission Using Ineffectual Legal Remedies - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180410/09430039600/publisher-helps-to-keep-sci-hub-public-eye-trying-to-bully-it-into-submission-using-ineffectual-legal-remedies.shtml how not to do it #openaccess

Pushkin descendant puts Russian poet’s turbulent life on stage for first time - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/21/pushkin-opera-debut-grange-park-marita-phillips-russian pushkin is up there with shakespeare, with a more extraordinary life, lived to the full until that fatal bullet

India poised to introduce death penalty for child rapists - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/21/india-poised-to-introduce-death-penalty-for-child-rapists death penalty never justified, not even for this

Saturday, 21 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180419 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180419.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Natalie Portman pulls out of Israel award due to ‘distressing recent events’ there - https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/apr/20/natalie-portman-israel-genesis-prize her intelligence is deep and long-standing - https://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/science/01angier.html

On #Brexit, the views of the 48% must be respected too. That’s democracy - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/20/brexit-views-48-percent-respected-democracy so far, they have been totally ignored

Amber Rudd boasted of harsher immigration strategy, leak reveals - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/20/amber-rudd-boasted-harsher-immigration-strategy-leak-reveals & we thought she was the nice one… #Windrush

Thursday, 19 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180418 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180418.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Japan’s renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/japans-renewable-energy-puzzle-solar-push-threatens-environment not hard to solve: use a distributed approach with panels on every building and factory #renewables

The Press Publishers’ Right (#Article11): Multiple Negative Impacts On The #Futureofknowledge - https://voxscientia.eu/the-press-publishers-right-article-11-multiple-negative-impacts-on-the-futureofknowledge/ how the #copyrightdirective will harm science and learning #oa

“Three key facets of the Achmea ruling suggest that investment agreements with third countries will also be incompatible with EU law” - https://www.documents.clientearth.org/wp-content/uploads/library/2018-04-19-implications-of-achmea-judgment-coll-en.pdf #ISDS is a goner for EU trade deals

Trump of the tropics: the ‘dangerous’ candidate leading Brazil’s presidential race - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/jair-bolsonaro-brazil-presidential-candidate-trump-parallels when you think it can’t get any worse: “vowed to downgrade the environment ministry”

One Small Step for Preprints, One Giant Step Forward for Open Scientific Communications - http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2018/04/one-small-step-for-preprints-one-giant-step-forward-for-open-scientific-communications/ #preprints are the future

Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill - https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/doctors-tried-to-lower-148k-cancer-drug-cost-makers-triple-price-of-pill/ why #pharma companies are evil, part 23857

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. = https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-palantir-peter-thiel/ #palantir

Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 180417 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2018/04/180417.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

What the UN deal on #shipping emissions means - https://www.euractiv.com/section/transport/opinion/what-the-un-deal-on-shipping-emissions-means/ a start, at least, but much more needs to be done quickly

EU pushes to approve Japan trade deal, seeks to avoid CETA mistakes - https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-pushes-to-approve-japan-trade-deal-seeks-to-avoid-ceta-mistakes/ “does not deal with investment protection” #ISDS is dying, rightly… #jefta

The Music Industry Now Wants To Creep Past Site-Blocking Into App-Blocking - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180416/14490839641/music-industry-now-wants-to-creep-past-site-blocking-into-app-blocking.shtml the basic rule is: enough is never enough for #copyright maximalists

Exxon sued for stoking drought, floods, and wildfires - https://mashable.com/2018/04/17/exxon-suncor-climate-change-lawsuit-colorado/ we need thousands of these lawsuits all around the world… #climatechange

#Somaliland poet jailed for three years in crackdown on writers - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/18/somaliland-poet-naima-abwaan-qorane-jailed-for-three-years-in-crackdown-on-writers “Naima Abwaan Qorane’s lawyer said she had been threatened with rape and murder during her interrogation.” appalling

Bug bounty tender for #opensource software launched in the EU - https://marietjeschaake.eu/en/bug-bounty-tender-for-open-source-software-launched-in-the-eu this is good news

UK and India agree ambitious new tech partnership - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-india-agree-ambitious-new-tech-partnership amazing what you can do while part of the EU…

Whistleblowers contradict No 10 over destroyed #Windrush landing cards - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/18/whistleblowers-contradict-no-10-over-destroyed-windrush-landing-cards clearly time for the Home Secretary of the time to resign…

“If we are to decide what sort of #Brexit we want, the least we need is a menu, with prices. The one we have prepared represents the government’s current best estimates. It’s up to us to decide which of these prices is worth paying." - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/18/each-brexit-scenario-will-leave-britain-worse-off-study-finds

Trump and Abe’s pro-coal agenda disastrous for the planet - https://foe.org/news/trump-abes-pro-coal-agenda-disastrous-planet/ not content with slaughtering whales, japanese government also wants to cook the whole planet… #japan #dirtycoal

Boulder becomes first landlocked city to sue companies over climate change - https://thinkprogress.org/boulder-colorado-climate-change-lawsuit-exxon-9af5cbd6c472/ excellent precedent: every city should be suing #fossilfuel companies over the present and even worse future damage caused by #globalwarming

Government reports reveal new details about EPA pay raises and phone booth scandals - https://thinkprogress.org/government-investigations-probe-pruitt-pay-raises-and-spending-scandals-95dad0925225/ the nutter #climatedenialist-in-chief lands in even more (#globalwarming) hot water…

Florida kids are taking their climate-denying governor to court - https://thinkprogress.org/kids-are-suing-florida-governor-rick-scott-over-climate-change-f48b55e9ee53/ “Rick Scott once reportedly banned officials from saying “#climatechange” or “#globalwarming” in government reports.” what a sad fool

Refugees prefer war-torn Syria over life in U.S., Haley insists - https://thinkprogress.org/refugees-prefer-war-torn-syria-over-life-in-u-s-haley-insists-f4266aa5e0f4/ syrians are probably rightly worried about the risk of getting shot in US… #guns

Goldman Sachs Analyst Asks Whether Curing Patients Is A Sustainable Business Model - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180417/07114039642/goldman-sachs-analyst-asks-whether-curing-patients-is-sustainable-business-model.shtml maybe traditional drug development is not a sustainable business model #pharma