Sunday, 31 December 2017

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171229 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171229.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

.@mmasnick's New Year's Message: Keep On Believing - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171227/17121238887/new-years-message-keep-believing.shtml "And yet, believe it or not, I am still optimistic about the future." #techdirt

‘It’s shocking, it’s horrendous’: Ellen MacArthur’s fight against plastic - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/30/ellen-macarthur-its-shocking-its-horrendous-fight-against-plastic kudos

Adonis on #Brexit: ‘No mandarin backs May. Government has broken down’ - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/30/lord-adonis-resignation-brexit-policy-theresa-may-whitehall-morale-collapsed lots of great quotes, to wit:

“The senior civil service is now totally drained physically and psychologically by attempting to deliver the impossible with #Brexit, such that it is no longer able to deliver the ordinary business of government."

"He paints a picture of a political system that is consumed by an impossible goal of securing a Brexit that is good for the UK economy, and a civil service at war with its governing masters."

"It is an open secret that no one will go and work in David Davis’s department [DexEU], and Liam Fox is regarded as a semi-lunatic."


Saturday, 30 December 2017

171229


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171228 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171228.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

"the sports minister, Miri Regev, called the Palestinian territories “an imaginary ‘state’” - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/29/israel-sports-minister-forces-nba-website-to-remove-palestine-occupied-jerusalem-trump

Thursday, 28 December 2017

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171227 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171227.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Evangelical Christians ‘uncritical’ in support for Trump, senior bishop says - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/28/evangelical-christians-uncritical-in-support-for-donald-trump-says-paul-bayes-bishop-liverpool well done him

‘A special place for Luxembourgish’: Grand Duchy’s native language enjoys renaissance - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/28/luxembourgish-grand-duchys-native-language-enjoys-renaissance good to hear…

Nazarbayev bans anonymous comments on Internet - http://vestnikkavkaza.net/material/108624 hmmm #kz


171227


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171226 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171226.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Germany Accuses Chinese Intelligence Services Of Using Fake LinkedIn Profiles To Recruit Informants And Extract Sensitive Information - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171218/03060438826/germany-accuses-chinese-intelligence-services-using-fake-linkedin-profiles-to-recruit-informants-extract-sensitive-information.shtml

Anti-#fracking tea lady vows to fight order to move catering van - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/27/anti-fracking-tea-lady-vows-to-fight-order-to-move-catering-van the heroine we need for #2018

Labour voters could abandon party over #Brexit stance, poll finds - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/27/labour-voters-could-abandon-party-over-brexit-stance-poll-finds wake up, @UKLabour…


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

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Government admits ‘losing’ thousands of papers from National Archives - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/26/government-admits-losing-thousands-of-papers-from-national-archives yeah, right, “lost”… #liars

$180bn investment in #plastic factories feeds global packaging binge - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/180bn-investment-in-plastic-factories-feeds-global-packaging-binge #oilcompanies don’t think they have done enough damage to planet yet…

China’s New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/25/business/china-online-lending-debt.html

200,000 dead in 11 years, with 2017 the deadliest year yet – now many Mexicans just want the killing to stop - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/26/mexico-maelstrom-how-the-drug-violence-got-so-bad simple: decriminalise drugs

British Military Chief Warns Russia Could Cut NATO’s Internet Connections, As Traffic For World’s Top Sites Is Mysteriously Routed Via…Russia - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171219/03092538838/british-military-chief-warns-russia-could-cut-natos-internet-connections-as-traffic-worlds-top-sites-is-mysteriously-routed.shtml

US to make at least $285m cut to UN budget after vote on Jerusalem - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/26/us-to-make-at-least-285m-cut-to-un-budget-after-vote-on-jerusalem trump has the petty vindictiveness of a three year old…

Philip Hammond urged to publish Treasury’s #Brexit impact studies - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/26/philip-hammond-urged-publish-treasury-brexit-impact-studies how many of these things are there…?


Monday, 25 December 2017

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171223 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171223.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s #whale hunters in Antarctic - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/23/sea-shepherd-loses-antarctic-battle-japan-whale-hunters #japan's deep and abiding shame

Moscovici warns UK against setting itself up as offshore tax haven - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/24/pierre-moscovici-warns-uk-against-setting-itself-up-as-offshore-tax-haven “UK will never be granted free trade agreement if it seeks offshore tax haven status”


Sunday, 24 December 2017

171223


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171222 - http://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171222.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The blue passport is taking back control? No, it was first imposed on us from abroad - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/22/blue-passports-taking-back-control-imposed-league-of-nations-burgundy-passport-eu #brexiters shown more stupid by the day

Uighurs fighting in Syria take aim at #China - https://apnews.com/79d6a427b26f4eeab226571956dd256e/AP-Exclusive:-Anger-with-China-drives-Uighurs-to-Syrian-war “Beijing vulnerable to militant attacks abroad.” important article #OBOR

EU dismisses May’s claim blue passports are sovereignty statement - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/23/eu-guy-verhofstadt-dismisses-mays-claim-blue-passports-are-sovereignty-statement “significant risk that British passport-holders would lose the right to use fast-track citizens’ lanes”


Friday, 22 December 2017

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171221 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171221.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Blue passports could put UK citizens at back of queue, EU officials say - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/22/blue-british-passports-could-mean-travel-delays-extra-paperwork the obsession with the colour of a passport confirms the clueless childishness of #brexiters

Paradise Papers: US puts sanctions on billionaire over dealings in DRC - https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/22/paradise-papers-us-sanctions-billionaire-dealings-drc kudos to trump and US - no, really...


Londons City f├╝rchtet #Brexit-Desaster - http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/handelsvertrag-londons-city-fuerchtet-brexit-desaster-a-1184472.html “Die politische Dimension hat Vorrang vor der technischen”


Thursday, 21 December 2017

171221


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171220 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171220.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant - https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/21/hinkley-point-c-dreadful-deal-behind-worlds-most-expensive-power-plant wonderful symbol of how UK has lost the plot in every sphere… #brexit

UK demands secrecy in Brexit trade talks with US - https://inews.co.uk/news/exclusive-uk-demands-secrecy-brexit-trade-talks-us/ so #brexit means we get all the worst bits of #TTIP, and even more secrecy than in EU… #WellDoneBreixters


UN to vote on #Jerusalem amid accusations of bullying by Trump - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/21/un-vote-on-jerusalem-accusations-of-bullying-trump “countries already bridling over the president’s approach”

Life expectancy in US down for second year in a row as opioid crisis deepens - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/21/us-life-expectancy-down-for-second-year-in-a-row-amid-opioid-crisis a warning of what not to do…


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

171220


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171218 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171218.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

HMS Queen Elizabeth, UK’s newest and biggest aircraft carrier, springs a leak - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/19/uks-newest-and-biggest-aircraft-carrier-springs-a-leak I do wish reality would drop the facile symbolism

The continental divide? Economic exposure to #Brexit in regions and countries on both sides of The Channel - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pirs.12334/full "UK regions are far more exposed than regions in other countries"

#Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/19/brexit-loss-influence-1970s-ex-mi6-chief-sir-john-sawers the good news is that no one in other nations will care what #brexit nutters like rees-mogg say…

“He warned that in future automatic EU solidarity over issues such as the Falklands might not be forthcoming.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/19/brexit-loss-influence-1970s-ex-mi6-chief-sir-john-sawers losing the falklands next #WellDoneBrexiters

#Russia Threatens To Ban #YouTube And #Twitter, But Probably Won’t Try - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171218/08274438827/russia-threatens-to-ban-youtube-twitter-probably-wont-try.shtml #VPN
Trump’s London visit still uncertain after call with May as tensions continue - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/19/trump-may-jerusalem-phone-call stay away, Donald: we don’t want you, and you won’t enjoy your trip, we promise

The Philip Morris Files - https://www.reuters.com/investigates/section/pmi/ “The secrets of the world’s biggest #tobacco company”

Spotify gives Linux users an early Christmas present: a new desktop client - https://thenextweb.com/tech/2017/12/20/spotify-gives-linux-users-early-christmas-present-new-desktop-client/ hooray


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

171219


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171218 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171218.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

HMS Queen Elizabeth, UK’s newest and biggest aircraft carrier, springs a leak - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/19/uks-newest-and-biggest-aircraft-carrier-springs-a-leak I do wish reality would drop the facile symbolism

The continental divide? Economic exposure to #Brexit in regions and countries on both sides of The Channel - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pirs.12334/full "UK regions are far more exposed than regions in other countries"

#Brexit will cause loss of influence on scale of 1970s, says ex-MI6 chief - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/19/brexit-loss-influence-1970s-ex-mi6-chief-sir-john-sawers the good news is that no one in other nations will care what #brexit nutters like rees-mogg say…

“He warned that in future automatic EU solidarity over issues such as the Falklands might not be forthcoming.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/19/brexit-loss-influence-1970s-ex-mi6-chief-sir-john-sawers losing the falklands next #WellDoneBrexiters

#Russia Threatens To Ban #YouTube And #Twitter, But Probably Won’t Try - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171218/08274438827/russia-threatens-to-ban-youtube-twitter-probably-wont-try.shtml #VPN
Trump’s London visit still uncertain after call with May as tensions continue - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/19/trump-may-jerusalem-phone-call stay away, Donald: we don’t want you, and you won’t enjoy your trip, we promise


Monday, 18 December 2017

171218


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171217 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171217.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Poll: Majority in UK backs Remain with ten-point lead - https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/poll-majority-in-uk-backs-remain-with-ten-point-lead... just one data point, but I predict there will be more that are similar #brexit

Trump will drop #climatechange from US National Security Strategy - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/18/trump-drop-climate-change-national-security-strategy pathetic and stupid...

#China Is Building The Ultimate #Surveillance Tool: A DNA Database Of Every Adult Resident In Troubled #Xinjiang Region - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171214/07293538807/china-is-building-ultimate-surveillance-tool-dna-database-every-adult-resident-troubled-xinjiang-region.shtml

How the blockchain will give the media back to the people, to save the planet - https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/we-are-using-the-blockchain-to-give-the-media-back-to-the-pe... interesting stuff; will it work? we'll see...

I have received death threats, and I blame the vitriol of the pro-#Brexit media - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/18/death-threats-brexit-media-rational-debate-crisis-confrontation ironic the pro-Brexit media has destroyed so much of value in UK culture

“A chaotic #Brexit would bring down the government and might destroy the Conservative party altogether” - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/18/brace-brexit-faultline-battle-transition-eu-rules-uk-obey-laws-deal well, at least we can look forward to that…

New Zealand Prepares Consultation to Modernize #Copyright Laws - https://torrentfreak.com/new-zealand-prepares-consultation-to-modernize-copyright-laws-171218/ sharpen your pencils in readiness... #NZ


US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/18/us-outnumbered-14-to-1-as-it-vetoes-un-vote-on-status-of-jerusalem says it all… #israel #palestine

UK cannot have a special deal for the City, says EU’s #Brexit negotiator - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/18/uk-cannot-have-a-special-deal-for-the-city-says-eu-brexit-negotiator-barnier well, that’s a bit awkward for those sunlit uplands…

Barnier: “We will not accept chlorinated chickens, nor other products that do not meet our food standards.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/18/uk-cannot-have-a-special-deal-for-the-city-says-eu-brexit-negotiator-barnier quite right too… #brexit


171217


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171215 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171215.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page
 
The Sore Tooth and the Broken Umbrella: Brexit and the Crisis of Nationalism - @fotoole - https://vimeo.com/247411379 best synoptic analysis of #brexit I have found; do watch...
Former diplomat to lead remainers' bid to shift public opinion on #Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/17/senior-ex-diplomat-to-advise-pro-eu-campaigns-befor... interesting move

Africa’s new elite force: women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/17/poaching-wildlife-africa-conservation-women-barbee-zimbabwe-elephant-rhino kudos to these women

Former #Fox News contributor who settled sexual harassment lawsuit breaks confidentiality agreement - http://thehill.com/media/365346-former-fox-news-contributor-who-settled-sexual-harassment-lawsuit-breaks powerful stuff; this is why #murdoch must not be allowed to buy sky news

Tory rebels urge Theresa May to form cross-party alliance for soft #Brexit - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/17/tory-rebels-urge-theresa-may-to-form-cross-party-al... good to see the debilitating passivity has gone


Sunday, 17 December 2017

171216


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171215 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171215.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Ovid's exile to the remotest margins of the Roman empire revoked - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/16/ovids-exile-to-the-remotest-margins-of-the-roman-empir... I'm sure he's relieved...

World's first photovoltaic highway nears completion in Jinan - http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201712/15/WS5a33346da3108bc8c6734df4_1.html #china, of course...

#Virunga: Mountain gorilla sanctuary under threat - http://www.awf.org/blog/virunga-mountain-gorilla-sanctuary-under-threat oil extraction must never be allowed in this unique site

Kahlschlag in den Karpaten - http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/rumaenien-holzt-seine-waelder-ab-holzmafia-nutzt-gesetzesl... appalling behaviour by Holzkonzern Schweighofer and others in #romania


Saturday, 16 December 2017

171215


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171214 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171214.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Catholic church dismisses key recommendations from landmark inquiry into child abuse - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/15/royal-commission-final-report-australia-child... confirming its utter irrelevance today

It Looks Like The FBI Thought About Prosecuting FOIA Requesters After Influx Of Automated Requests - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171213/13201138801/it-looks-like-fbi-thought-about-prosecuting-f... wut?

RU alt-right, hun? Spare a thought this Christmas for Britain’s political unholy trinity - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2017/dec/14/spare-thought-christmas-unholy-tr... just brilliant

DOJ Wants Protesters & Reporter Convicted For 'Hiding Behind The First Amendment' - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171214/16280538813/doj-wants-protesters-reporter-convicted-hidin... er, riiiight

Mike Pence's Holy Land visit in disarray after Jerusalem recognition - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/15/mike-pence-holy-land-visit-disarray-jerusalem-recogn... what was that old saying again? "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

New US embassy building unveiled at special architectural event - http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/article/14283/new_us_embassy_building_unveiled_at_special_architec... looks nice; but what happens when it's under siege by anti-trump demonstrators next year...?

Why does the EPA need a Republican opposition research firm? - http://mashable.com/2017/12/15/epa-press-war-definers-opposition-firm/ obviously they want to undermine that pesky environment thing even further

Tobacco giant Philip Morris is quietly funding an "anti-smoking"  foundation offering $1 billion in "grants" to public health leaders - https://boingboing.net/2017/12/15/derek-yach.html

Anna Soubry receives messages calling for her to be hanged as a traitor - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/15/anna-soubry-receives-messages-calling-for-her-to-be... #WellDoneBrexiters, you must be so proud of the UK you have made

2017 showed the global clean energy revolution is unstoppable no matter what Trump does - https://thinkprogress.org/2017-clean-energy-revolution-ac715480966d/ shafts of light amidst the global gloom


Thursday, 14 December 2017

171214


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171213 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171213.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page


#OpenAccess: What should the priorities be today? - https://poynder.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/open-access-what-should-priorities-be.html #oa

Congolese fighters convicted of raping young girls in landmark case - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/13/congolese-fighters-convicted-raping-toddlers-young-gir... "a group that christened itself Djeshi ya Yesu (The Army of Jesus)"


Bribes for TV soccer rights allegedly paid with 'agreement and support' of Murdoch's Fox executives - https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/dec/14/fox-alleged-bribes-tv-soccer-copa-libertadores why murdoch must not take over sky

Tory rebels warn May not to attempt to enshrine #Brexit date in law - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/14/tory-rebels-theresa-may-brexit-date-in-law-eu-withd... well done them

Data Is The New Oil, So Big Tech Is Pushing For A Digital Free Trade Deal - https://www.buzzfeed.com/burcukilic/big-tech-is-pushing-for-a-new-kind-of-free-trade “Decades ago it was pharmaceuticals, oil and food. Now tech giants want data to be the next frontier in the free trade agenda.”

UKIP appeals against ICO request for info on Brexit data dealings - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/14/ukip_appeals_against_icos_request_for_information_on_brexit_data_dealings/ nothing to hide, of course…

Roy Moore issues fiery video refusing to concede: ‘Immorality sweeps over our land’ - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/14/roy-moore-issues-fiery-video-refusing-to-concede-immorality-sweeps-over-our-land well, he certainly can speak from personal experience…


Leaked E-mail Shows Even The FCC's Own CTO Thinks Gutting #NetNeutrality Harms The Public - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171213/13553438802/leaked-e-mail-shows-even-fccs-own-cto-thinks-... they just don't care...

Dominic Grieve says he has had death threats after Brexit rebellion - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/14/dominic-grieve-says-he-has-had-death-threats-after-brexit-rebellion striking how it's always #brexiters making the death threats...

Omarosa Manigault-Newman on the White House: 'I've seen things that made me uncomfortable' - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/14/omarosa-manigault-newman-trump-ive-seen-things-that-... tell us more...

Two Separate Studies Show That The Vast Majority Of People Who Said They Support Ajit Pai's Plan... Were Fake - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171214/09383738811/two-separate-studies-show-that-vast-majority-... #netneutrality


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

171213


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171212 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/171212.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

The Folks That Built The Internet Tell The FCC It Has No Idea How The Internet Works - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171211/13221038786/folks-that-built-internet-tell-fcc-it-has-no-... it won't care... #netneutrality

Merkel ally says Brexit talks have raised UK support for second referendum - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/13/merkel-ally-manfred-weber-brexit-talks-second-refer... “The British people realise that Brexit means losing many things, but not gaining anything.”

UK Drug Lab Misconduct Calls 10,000 Convictions And Prosecutions Into Question - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171210/17172738779/uk-drug-lab-misconduct-calls-10000-conviction...

Chinese gang accused of selling poisoned darts to kill dogs for meat - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/13/eight-arrests-china-poisoned-syringes-kill-dogs-meat-t... "people who ate the meat were also in danger of being poisoned"

Don't risk water pollution from oil drilling on Leith Hill - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/protect-leith-hill-in-surrey-from-the-risk-of-water-contamina... this is absurd: oil must stay in the ground - we don't need more drilling #UK

Guatemalan women take on Canada's mining giants over 'horrific human rights abuses' - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/13/guatemala-canada-indigenous-right-canadian-mining-comp... "bring some accountability to a Canadian mining company for horrific human rights abuses in another country"

Facebook Says #Russia Spent Less Than $1 Trying To Interfere In #Brexit - https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/facebook-says-russia-spent-less-than-1-trying-to-interfere & if you believe that, I have a bridge you may care to purchase..




171212


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171211 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171211.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Youth climate trial reaches federal appeals court, as judges signal it's going to trial - http://mashable.com/2017/12/11/youth-climate-case-appeals-court/ excellent

US Study: UK economy likely to suffer post-Brexit - https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/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' - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/12/austria-stubs-out-looming-smoking-ban-freedom it's official: far-right parties give you cancer...

Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo - https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/11/thylacine-dna-reveals-weakness-kangaroo-tasmanian-ti... one of the best examples of what’s known as “convergent evolution”

Fears grow across the Atlantic over Brexit fallout - http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42315280 "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... - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171204/02561438730/why-does-china-love-sharing-economy-not-becau... #bikes #surveillance

Donald Trump visit to UK expected in new year, says US ambassador - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/donald-trump-visit-to-uk-expected-in-new-year-says-u... "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 - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/12/surveillance-firms-spied-on-campaign-groups-for-big-co... want to hate big business a little more?  read on...

Insurance giant Axa dumps investments in #tarsands pipelines - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/insurance-giant-axa-dumps-investments-tar-sands-pipelines important: who now wants to be left with stranded assets…?

No-deal #Brexit will cost everyone in UK £1,585, says US thinktank - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/12/no-deal-brexit-cost-everyone-uk-1585-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 - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/12/big-oil-lobby-get-what-it-wants-epa-trump-pruitt #EPA

David Davis has damaged trust in UK, says Verhofstadt - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/12/david-davis-has-damaged-trust-in-the-uk-for-brexit-... sack him - he's utterly incompetent #brexit

Calls for greater fossil fuel divestment at anniversary of Paris climate deal - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/12/calls-for-greater-fossil-fuel-divestment-at-anni...

UK banks join pledge to come clean on #climatechange risks - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/12/uk-banks-join-multinationals-pledge-come-clean-clim... "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 - https://boingboing.net/2017/12/12/organlegging.html #T1D

David Davis has damaged trust in UK, says Verhofstadt - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/12/david-davis-has-damaged-trust-in-the-uk-for-brexit-... sack him - he's utterly incompetent #brexit


Monday, 11 December 2017

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Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171210 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171210.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

North Atlantic right whales on the brink of extinction, officials say - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/north-atlantic-right-whales-brink-of-extinction-... sad

'Not ashamed': dolphin hunters of Taiji break silence over film The Cove  -  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/not-ashamed-dolphin-hunters-of-taiji-break-silence-ove...  well, this bunch of lying, greedy butchers ought to be ashemed #japan

Boris Johnson condemned for trade forum with Sudan over rights abuses - https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/dec/11/boris-johnson-trade-forum-sudan-rights-ab... #brexit means...compromising on human rights in trade deals

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/meat-tax-inevitable-to-beat-climate-and-health-c... do it

European governments refuse to follow Trump on status of Jerusalem - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/eu-to-step-up-efforts-over-middle-east-peace-process 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 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/tsunami-of-data-could-consume-fifth-global-elect... 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. - https://qz.com/1133123/batteries-cant-solve-the-worlds-biggest-energy-storage-problem-one-startup-ha... this looks good; let's hope it works at scale

The Free Market Argument For #NetNeutrality - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171210/01533638775/free-market-argument-net-neutrality.shtml long, deep stuff from @mmasnick - well-worth reading


Sunday, 10 December 2017

171210


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171208 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171208.html 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 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171208/07312738765/top-eu-data-protection-body-asks-us-to-fix-problems-privacy-shield-expect-referral-to-regions-highest-court.shtml

#Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/09/michael-gove-voters-can-change-eu-deal-if-they-dont-like-it which means they can also vote to stop/reverse it…


171209


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171208 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171208.html 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 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171208/07312738765/top-eu-data-protection-body-asks-us-to-fix-problems-privacy-shield-expect-referral-to-regions-highest-court.shtml

#Brexit: voters can change EU deal if they don’t like it, says Michael Gove - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/09/michael-gove-voters-can-change-eu-deal-if-they-dont-like-it which means they can also vote to stop/reverse it…


Friday, 8 December 2017

171208


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171207 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171207.html 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 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171204/08332238733/uk-court-says-company-is-innocent-massive-data-breach-caused-vindictive-employee-must-nonetheless-pay-compensation.shtml

‘Death spiral’: half of Europe’s coal plants are losing money - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/08/death-spiral-half-of-europes-coal-plants-are-losing-money shut them down, buy batteries…

“Concetta Riina, created an online espresso store named Uncle Tot├▓ after the man believed responsible for about 150 murders” - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/08/coffee-is-the-new-racket-how-mafia-are-brewing-up-trouble disgusting

EU closes mammoth trade deal with Japan - https://www.politico.eu/article/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 - https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/com-2017-495_en “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 - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/08/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 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/08/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 - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171206/03565338753/russia-says-disconnecting-rest-net-out-question-wants-alternative-dns-servers-brics-nations.shtml

Did A Non-Existent Eatery In A Shed Become TripAdvisor’s Top-Rated Restaurant In London? - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171207/07102738759/did-non-existent-eatery-shed-become-tripadvisors-top-rated-restaurant-london.shtml you be the judge


Thursday, 7 December 2017

171207


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171206 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171206.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

UN security council to discuss US recognition of Jerusalem - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/07/jerusalem-un-security-council-us-recognition-jerusalem-donald-trump-israel-capital “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” - https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-companies/companies-prepare-for-disorderly-brexit-as-talks-stall-idUKKBN1E10JK #WellDoneBrexiters

Brexit: UK fails to retain voice in European court of justice - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/07/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 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/07/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 - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/07/turkish-president-erdogan-to-make-landmark-visit-to-greece whoa, never a dull moment these days…

FCC Boss Lies Again, Insists Net Neutrality Harms The Sick And Disabled - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171204/08140938732/fcc-boss-lies-again-insists-net-neutrality-harms-sick-disabled.shtml this man will stoop to anything

‘Brexit was the tipping point’: EU nationals on why they left the UK - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/brexit-tipping-point-eu-nationals-left-uk this disgusting #brexit bigotry will shame this country for decades…

There’s proof: electing women radically improves life for mothers and families - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/06/iceland-women-government-better-for-mothers-america-lessons 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 - http://www.ciel.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AWorldCourtForCorporations.pdf #MIC #ISDS

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Boris Johnson expected to go to Tehran this weekend - https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/07/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 - https://www.ft.com/content/50431bb0-db4a-11e7-a039-c64b1c09b482 “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 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/06/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 - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/northern-irish-border-terror-target-police-chief-warns-brexit pity #brexiters don’t understand…


171206


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171205 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171205.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/05/us/harvey-weinstein-complicity.html what a disgusting human being weinstein is…

Google Says It Can’t Filter Pirated Content Proactively - https://torrentfreak.com/google-says-it-cant-filter-pirated-content-proactively-171202/ another reason why #articel13 in EU #copyright directive must go

“Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested that regulatory divergence was a must after #Brexit.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/05/pressure-grows-on-theresa-may-as-dup-reveals-brexit-shock 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 ) - https://edri.org/donate/ needed more than ever these days…

Trump’s Jerusalem statement is an act of diplomatic arson - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/06/donald-trump-jerusalem-statement-capital-israel-middle-east “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.) - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/dec/06/david-davis-questioned-by-brexit-committee-about-impact-assessments-politics-live?page=with:block-5a27ff0b5483ae06cb81bed0#block-5a27ff0b5483ae06cb81bed0 dwarf

Dutch government publishes large project as Free Software - https://fsfe.org/news/2017/news-20171206-01.en.html nice #nl

Labour leadership in UK has antisemitic views, says Israeli minister - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/06/labour-leadership-in-uk-has-antisemitic-views-says-israeli-minister-gilad-erdan 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 - https://boingboing.net/2017/12/06/can-you-hear-me-now.html agreed; never understood their attraction, personally…

Appeals Court: Forcing A Teen To Masturbate So Cops Can Take Pictures Is A Clear Violation Of Rights - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171205/16092838751/appeals-court-forcing-teen-to-masturbate-so-cops-can-take-pictures-is-clear-violation-rights.shtml er…

The Wikipedia Competitor That's Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy - https://www.wired.com/story/everipedia-blockchain/


#Climatechange already costs us all money, and it’s going to get worse - https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/12/weve-all-managed-to-end-up-paying-the-costs-of-climate-change/


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

171205


Moody’s Microblog Daily Digest 171204 - https://moodysmdd.blogspot.nl/2017/12/171204.html yesterday’s tweets as a single page

Top EU #Privacy Campaigner Says He Wants Lots Of Money For ‘None Of Your Business’ - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171201/07371138716/top-eu-privacy-campaigner-says-he-wants-lots-money-none-your-business.shtml sounds good to me… #noyb

Upload Filters: Heads – They’re Illegal; Tails – They’re Illegal - http://copybuzz.com/editorial/upload-filters-heads-theyre-illegal-tails-theyre-illegal/ why #article13 must go from EU #copyrightdirective

Oceans under greatest threat in history, warns Sir David Attenborough - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/05/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 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/05/brexit-poses-huge-risk-to-britains-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 - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/05/housebuilders-issue-brexit-plea-as-poll-reveals-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 - http://infojustice.org/archives/39330


“UK government was in “an ever-worsening, deteriorating cycle,” he said. “I love Britain and I hate to see what is going on.” - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/05/we-cant-go-on-like-this-mood-of-resignation-in-eu-as-brexit-talks-stutter imagine how we feel… #brexit


Shy Tory remainers must find the courage to mutiny too - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/05/shy-tory-remainers-theresa-may-brexit-brussels-dublin "The [#brexiter] wreckers are kicking over chairs because they are losing the argument."