Wednesday, 13 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171211 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it's going to trial - excellent

US Study: UK economy likely to suffer post-Brexit - this is why UK won't do impact studies: "loss in GDP of nearly 5%, or $140 billion, in the ten years after Brexit"

Austria stubs out looming #smoking ban in name of 'freedom' - it's official: far-right parties give you cancer...

Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo - one of the best examples of what’s known as “convergent evolution”

Fears grow across the Atlantic over Brexit fallout - "fall back to World Trade Organisation rules would reduce EU FDI inflow into the UK by about $7.8bn (£5.8bn)."

Why Does China Love The '#Sharing Economy'? Not Because Of Communism... - #bikes #surveillance

Donald Trump visit to UK expected in new year, says US ambassador - "chances of such [large-scale] protests not going ahead during any visit are minimal". you bet.

#Surveillance firms spied on campaign groups for big companies, leak shows - want to hate big business a little more?  read on...

Insurance giant Axa dumps investments in #tarsands pipelines - important: who now wants to be left with stranded assets…?

No-deal #Brexit will cost everyone in UK £1,585, says US thinktank - IOW £6,000 for a family of four: you got that spare...?

'No shame': how the Trump administration granted big oil's wishlist - #EPA

David Davis has damaged trust in UK, says Verhofstadt - sack him - he's utterly incompetent #brexit

Calls for greater fossil fuel divestment at anniversary of Paris climate deal -

UK banks join pledge to come clean on #climatechange risks - "237 companies with a combined market capitalisation of $6.3tn (£4.7tn) were now backing the scheme."

How a maker with Type I #diabetes led an #opensource project to create a free-as-in-code artificial pancreas - #T1D

David Davis has damaged trust in UK, says Verhofstadt - sack him - he's utterly incompetent #brexit

Monday, 11 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171210 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

North Atlantic right whales on the brink of extinction, officials say - sad

'Not ashamed': dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove  -  well, this bunch of lying, greedy butchers ought to be ashemed #japan

Boris Johnson condemned for trade forum with Sudan over rights abuses - #brexit means...compromising on human rights in trade deals

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report - do it

European governments refuse to follow Trump on status of Jerusalem - good to see EU showing some spine; absence of trump's poodle, the UK, probably helps

‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 - remember: this is mostly personal data. we should collect less, zero if possible

Batteries can’t solve the world’s biggest energy-storage problem. One startup has a solution. - this looks good; let's hope it works at scale

The Free Market Argument For #NetNeutrality - long, deep stuff from @mmasnick - well-worth reading

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171208 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Top EU Data Protection Body Asks US To Fix Problems Of ‘Privacy Shield’ Or Expect A Referral To Region’s Highest Court -

#Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove - which means they can also vote to stop/reverse it…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171208 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Top EU Data Protection Body Asks US To Fix Problems Of ‘Privacy Shield’ Or Expect A Referral To Region’s Highest Court -

#Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove - which means they can also vote to stop/reverse it…

Friday, 8 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171207 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UK Court Says Company Is Innocent In Massive Data Breach Caused By Vindictive Employee, But Must Nonetheless Pay Compensation -

‘Death spiral’: half of Europe’s coal plants are losing money - shut them down, buy batteries…

“Concetta Riina, created an online espresso store named Uncle Totò after the man believed responsible for about 150 murders” - disgusting

EU closes mammoth trade deal with Japan - but: “the two sides have not reached an agreement on investment protection” #ISDS #jefta

EU 2nd Data Package - “a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union” #privacy

Palestinian shot dead in Gaza as protesters clash with Israeli troops in West Bank - & so the spiral of violence beings - all because of trump

Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF - disgraceful & pointless: soon there won’t be snow #bulgaria

Russia Says Disconnecting From The Rest Of The Net ‘Out Of The Question’, But Wants Alternative DNS Servers For #BRICS Nations -

Did A Non-Existent Eatery In A Shed Become TripAdvisor’s Top-Rated Restaurant In London? - you be the judge

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171206 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UN security council to discuss US recognition of Jerusalem - “condemnation continues to mount across the Middle East and internationally”

“The question is no longer whether we are moving (operations to the EU), it is a question of how big those moves are” - #WellDoneBrexiters

Brexit: UK fails to retain voice in European court of justice - our global influence shrinking by the day… #WellDoneBrexiters

Chinese ban on plastic waste imports could see UK pollution rise - "unfortunately because of Brexit … we have other priorities.”

Turkish president tells Greece he wants to rip up border treaty - whoa, never a dull moment these days…

FCC Boss Lies Again, Insists Net Neutrality Harms The Sick And Disabled - this man will stoop to anything

‘Brexit was the tipping point’: EU nationals on why they left the UK - this disgusting #brexit bigotry will shame this country for decades…

There’s proof: electing women radically improves life for mothers and families - time to bring in quotas for women…

World Court for Corporations is a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” – New report exposes dangers of proposed Multilateral Investment Court - #MIC #ISDS

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson expected to go to Tehran this weekend - how about if we did a swap…? #iran

The Lords spell out grim consequences of ‘no deal’ #Brexit - “loss of 75,000 financial services jobs and rise in food prices”; “there really is nothing worse than no deal.”

Environmental crusaders risk their lives to save Philippine paradise - such bravery: “His eyes were gouged out. His tongue was cut off. His testicles were cut off and placed in his mouth”

Irish border checkpoints would be terror targets, police chief warns - pity #brexiters don’t understand…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171205 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine - what a disgusting human being weinstein is…

Google Says It Can’t Filter Pirated Content Proactively - another reason why #articel13 in EU #copyright directive must go

“Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested that regulatory divergence was a must after #Brexit.” - that has to mean downward - there is nothing stopping EU membvers raising standards…

Boost your shield against violations of #digitalrights - support European Digital Rights (@edri ) - needed more than ever these days…

Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson - “only way to resolve the Jerusalem issue is for it to serve as the capital of both states”

Hammond says the cost to the country of having a “less favourable” #Brexit deal - ie, a no deal Brexit - would dwarf the cost of what the government is expecting to pay when it leaves (around £50bn, according to some reports.) - dwarf

Dutch government publishes large project as Free Software - nice #nl

Labour leadership in UK has antisemitic views, says Israeli minister - time to fight this tired old trope that “anti-israel government” = “anti-semite”. it doesn’t, so don’t fall for it.

(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other “voice assistant” product - agreed; never understood their attraction, personally…

Appeals Court: Forcing A Teen To Masturbate So Cops Can Take Pictures Is A Clear Violation Of Rights - er…

The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy -

#Climatechange already costs us all money, and it’s going to get worse -

Tuesday, 5 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171204 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Top EU #Privacy Campaigner Says He Wants Lots Of Money For ‘None Of Your Business’ - sounds good to me… #noyb

Upload Filters: Heads – They’re Illegal; Tails – They’re Illegal - why #article13 must go from EU #copyrightdirective

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough - " albatross chicks being killed by the plastic they mistake for food were too upsetting to broadcast"

#Brexit poses huge risk to Britain’s food standards, report says - “Rush to secure trade deals could lead to a lowering of standards”

Housebuilders issue Brexit plea as poll shows UK reliance on EU workers - more exemptions from #brexit…?

Letter From 24 Civil Society Groups To EU And #Mercusor Trade Negotiators, Re: Ip And Access To Medicines -

“UK government was in “an ever-worsening, deteriorating cycle,” he said. “I love Britain and I hate to see what is going on.” - imagine how we feel… #brexit

Shy Tory remainers must find the courage to mutiny too - "The [#brexiter] wreckers are kicking over chairs because they are losing the argument."

Monday, 4 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171203 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

.@SadiqKhan plans network of #London water fountains to reduce plastic waste - simple but brilliant move

Scientists demand end to crop-based biofuels - “false solution to climate problems”.

Eight arrested over murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia - but are they the right eight…?

Call for Participation // re:publica 2018 (Berlin, 2-4 May) - the best tech conference #rp18

Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him - who can blame animals for fighting back?

Security Researcher Held In Jail For 8 Months Because He Wrote An Angry Blog Post, Released For Now - crazy story

Fury as #Mexico presidential candidate pitches amnesty for drug cartel kingpins - it would be far simpler to decriminalise drugs


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171202 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Theresa May faces new crisis after mass walkout over social policy - #brexit will exacerbate social divide - #london will be fine

“US envoy says plan for more humane strategy is incompatible with US sovereignty” - well, yes, can’t have any of that humanity in US policy

Home Office putting UK’s research reputation at risk, says Jeremy Corbyn - petty and vindictive behaviour by UK government

May to take charge of Brexit talks at crucial Brussels meetings - well, that’s it, then - we’re doomed

Sunday, 3 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171201 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Sturgeon tells May to ignore ‘extreme Brexiteers’ during EU summit - not least because the 52-48 vote was clearly not a mandate for extreme brexit - on the contrary

EU could impose punitive tariffs on key British exports such as beef if UK seeks to lower regulatory standards - damn right too: if UK gov won’t maintain high stds, EU must

#Adani Group: #China Construction Bank won’t grant loan, PR firm says - significant if confirmed

Sharp drop in net migration of EU citizens to areas outside south-east England - despite #brexit, they are welcome here in #london

MEPs looking into death of journalist ‘disturbed’ by trip to #Malta - reluctance to investigate and prosecute major cases had created a “perception of impunity”

What a moment to cut ourselves off from friends in Europe - “Tories are blind to the truth about our alliance with America” #brexit

Saturday, 2 December 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171130 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

EU #Copyright review: The FSFE joins more than 80 organisations asking the EU member states to reject harmful Article 13 -

Mixed Messages? The Limits of Automated Social Media Content Analysis - “We explain five limitations of these tools” #copyright

Sicilians take aim at oil ‘monster’ they blame for children’s birth defects - "it is the water that is the contaminant of the toxic substance.” #italy

David Davis threatens to quit if Damian Green is sacked unfairly - for some value of “unfairly”…

ISPs Are Already Using The FCC’s Planned #NetNeutrality Repeal To Harm Consumers - well, course they are…what did people expect?

Meghan Markle could shake up monarchy, says Noam Chomsky - what a time to be alive…

Trump Tweet About Surveillance Undercuts FBI’s Glomar Responses In FOIA Lawsuits - horrible though they are, his tweets have their use

How London’s loss is Dublin’s gain after #Brexit - “Close to 100 big banks, insurers and law firms maybe sizing up the capital”

Navy Officer Working For The NSA Caught Trying To Search Her Boyfriend’s Son’s Phone - this never happens, they say…

Linux Journal Ceases Publication - that’s sad…thanks for all your great work

Australian State Wants To Let Tech Companies Ignore Laws And Regulations - er, what?

Thursday, 30 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171129 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Open Letter on EU #Copyright Reform - impressive list of 80 organisations warning of proposed Directive’s huge flaws

Rudd tells Trump critics: focus on 'bigger picture' of UK-US relations - the one that shows UK as the US's poodle... #brexit

The EU #copyright reform proposal is a threat to fundamental rights, the economy, education and creativity -

As Net Neutrality Repeal Nears, Comcast’s Promise To Avoid ‘Paid Prioritization’ Disappears - probably just one of those oversights…

Giro d’Italia backs down in Israel row over calling start ‘west Jerusalem’ - bullying rewarded again…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171128 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

No 10 condemns Trump’s tweets but won’t cancel state visit - if trump is stupid enough to come to UK, he’ll be greeted by the biggest demos ever…

New study uncovers the ‘keystone domino’ strategy of climate denial -
Scientists: go forth and debunk myths”

Tory Brexiters to protest to No 10 about deal on £60bn divorce bill - how dare these bunch of extremists try to impose their mad will on UK

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171127 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Yet Another Legal Action By Dogged Privacy Activist Brings Good News And Bad News For #Facebook In EU’s Highest Court -

New Zealand broadcasters refuse to stop using Māori words - damn right - it’s their country; bigots who don’t like it can leave

David Davis could be in contempt of parliament over #Brexit studies - the more they fight, the more we know they are hiding bad stuff

Oxford economists raise alarm at vanishing wealth of nature -

Corbyn becoming PM is ‘worse threat to business than Brexit’, says bank - because “spending priorities towards low-income households” - a feature, not a bug

Facebook to hand over details of Russian-backed #Brexit posts - should be interesting… #russia

Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools – study - “situation may be no better on Apple’s App Store”

US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims - shows even USians can’t accept gun violence, but resort to insane denial

Unrestricted Text and Data Mining with allofPLOS - this should be standard everywhere #TDM

Monday, 27 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171126 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Fears for world’s rarest penguin as population plummets - fishing industry probably to blame - again

EU27 united in demanding ‘more progress’ on border in #Brexit talks, says Irish foreign minister - Politics live - they’d be fools not to

“Many have questioned the long-term viability of the UK’s continued place as one of the permanent five veto-wielding members of the security council” - seat makes no sense after #brexit

Hard #Brexit would hit 142 Irish cross-border agreements - just absurd - time to drop this pernicious idea

Sunday, 26 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171125 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The trouble with bitcoin and big data is the huge energy bill - important point; need low-energy computing programme

Fox: “I think this needs to be an economic Brexit, not a political one” - the man’s a blithering fool

Zimbabwe activists fear post-Mugabe human rights crackdown - people aren’t called “the crocodile” for nothing

Trump reaffirms support for ‘accused child molester’ Roy Moore - nice to trump doing absolutely the worst thing for the republicans

Russian hacking: FBI failed to tell US officials their email was targeted - Feeble Bureau of Investigation…


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171124 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Bangladesh PM claims ‘forced disappearances take place in UK and US’ - someone with their finger really on the pulse of reality

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’ - great news - kudos to #mexico

Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row - unacceptable bullying

Labour can take Tory ‘crown jewel’ councils next year, says Sadiq Khan - interesting #london

Irish warn Theresa May: change course or risk #Brexit chaos - “Brexit could reduce UK living standards by up to 9% in the most pessimistic case.”

North Atlantic’s greatest survivors are hunted once more - irresponsible industrial fishing must end #whales

Friday, 24 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171123 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

“South Korea’s most popular search engine, Naver, has blocked results for searches for the [sex] store’s name” - #SouthKorea

Uma Thurman breaks Harvey Weinstein silence, saying #metoo - still very cross, and doubtless with good cause

“Northern Ireland politicians who backed #Brexit made an “historic mistake” that contributed to the crisis at Stormont” -

Reverse the decision to exclude animal sentience from the EU withdrawal bill - why do this unless they want to lower animal welfare?

Environment Secretary confirms sentience of animals will continue to be recognised and protections strengthened when we leave the EU - we’ll see after US FTA…

.@rgibli addressed failure of current copyright models to work in the interests of authors, & offers a new formulation which would place authors’ interests at the centre of copyright discourse -

“there is no historical precedent for renegotiating such a wide range of agreements in the short timespan available” - it’s simply impossible #brexit

amsterdam popular with “non-European companies looking to set up a European bridgehead that have ruled out London” - #brexit

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171122 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre - blood wood - shameful

Liverpool estimated it generated a return of £750m to the local economy from £170m of spending - yeah, what has the EU ever done for us…?

Leaving Apple and Google : my “eelo odyssey” - #freesw pioneer @gael_duval has a cool new project: “an appealing alternative for the mobile and for web services” /cc @aral

“Spanish claim that [Gibraltar] might be excluded from transitional arrangements unless there is deal over future status” - oh, look: as we predicted #brexit

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171121 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

How the brown bear became public enemy number one in rural Romania - troubling populist element here #ro

UK universities ‘face disaster within weeks’ without clear #Brexit plan - UK gov doesn’t give a damn

The latest threat to your online #privacy: exfiltration of personal data by website session-replay scripts - sneaky, and bad under #GDPR

‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe - depressing

Uh, This Flat Earther’s Homemade Manned Rocket Launch Does Not Sound Totally Advisable - so how does he think GPS works?

Gibraltar heading for​ abrupt exit from single market, says Spain - oh look: just as we warned… #brexit


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171120 - yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Top German Judges Slam EU Plans To Create Global Court To Enforce #ISDS - EU should stop putting corporations above nations

UK government votes that animals are incapable of feeling emotion and pain - shameful; prelude to lowering animal welfare standards as part of US FTA

“amid signs that some EU nations no longer feel the need to automatically support an isolationist former partner.” -

Once More European Parliament Shows Council The Road To © Common Sense On Article 13 - well done LIBE MEPs & @michalboni

Belief that customs system will be ready for Brexit ‘borders on insanity’ - when are #brexiters going to wake up to reality

Lords: Stop MPs’ Heartless Animal Vote - the true face of #brexit: cruel & stupid